QUEBEC CITY, Que. — Green Marine, a program aimed at improving the shipping industry’s environmental footprint, has added New York-based Roymar Ship Management as its newest participant.
Roymar, a wholly-owned subsidiary of TBS International, manages TBS’ entire international fleet including 50 multipurpose vessels and bulk carriers. Scarsdale, N.Y.-based Roymar is the 50th company and the first major US-based shipowner to join Green Marine.
“This is the next step in TBS and Roymar’s long-standing policy to environmentally improve our fleet and be at the forefront of environmental protection,” said Roymar president Ronald Tursi.
Green Marine is a bi-national, voluntary program that aims to improve participants’ environmental performance beyond regulatory compliance by introducing best practices, reduction targets and/or new technologies to improve their record in areas such as invasive species, air emissions and greenhouse gases, cargo residues, oily waters, conflicts of use within ports and environmental leadership.
Port authorities, shipowners and terminal operators participating in the program evaluate their performance each year on a one-to-five scale from regulatory compliance to achieving excellence. Their results are independently verified by a third party and shared publicly to demonstrate their environmental commitment.
“Green Marine’s priorities and steps towards environmental improvement are fundamentally the same regardless of where companies are located within North America,” said David Bolduc, Green Marine’s executive director. “Inviting Roymar Shipment Management to join the program seemed more than natural for the evolution of our program.”
Initially founded by Canadian and US companies in the Great Lakes region in 2008, Green Marine recently expanded into the West Coast and aims to implement its environmental program throughout North America.