SSI Welcomes Vancouver Fraser Port

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  • The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) today has introduced the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority as its newest member.
  • The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is the federal agency responsible for the stewardship of Canada’s largest port, the Port of Vancouver.

Vancouver Fraser Port Authority joins SSI, reports SSI.

Background

The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) has inducted the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority as its newest member, coming to be the first port authority to join the endeavour consisting of seventeen members across the maritime ecosystem.

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is the federal agency responsible for the stewardship of Canada’s largest port, the Port of Vancouver. Situated on Canada’s west coast, the Port of Vancouver is the third largest port in North America by tonnage, facilitating the trade of roughly $275 billion in goods with more than 170 world economies.

As part of the Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has set a concept for the Port of Vancouver to be the world’s most sustainable port and is working towards a purpose of phasing out all emissions by 2050. The port authority oversees creative environmental programs and initiatives designed to reduce climate change-related emissions, improve air quality, and protect local ecosystems.

Details

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority adds representation for SSI in North America. Over the last several decades, the port authority has taken a leading role in supporting sustainable shipping practices through programs such as its EcoAction Program for ships, which was one of the first programs to propose financial incentives for shipping lines that follow sustainable practices, such as plugging into shore power or using low-carbon fuels; and its world-leading Enhancing Cetacean Habitat and Observation (ECHO) Program, which corresponds one of the world’s largest voluntary endeavors to reduce the impacts of shipping on endangered whales. Earlier this year, the port authority committed to exploring the feasibility of the world’s first cruise-led green corridor, between Washington, British Columbia, and Alaska, in partnership with the Port of Seattle, the Borough of Juneau, and leading cruise lines.

“We are very pleased to become the first port authority to join this important global collaboration for sustainable shipping,” said Robin Silvester, chief executive officer and president of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.

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Source: SSI

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