The Port of Seattle presented its Green Gateway Partners Awards, which recognize the comprehensive environmental achievements of the port’s cruise and containership lines.
This year’s award winners are Maersk Line, COSCO Container Lines America’s Inc., Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises, and Holland America Line.
“These awards show that maritime businesses are doing the right thing for the environment every day,” said Tay Yoshitani, Port of Seattle CEO. “Their efforts have removed hundreds of tons of pollutants from Puget Sound air.”
The name of the awards – Green Gateway Partners – compliments the Port of Seattle’s role as the Green Gateway for maritime trade between Asia and the American Heartland. A study released in 2009 showed that for cargo originating in much of Asia and bound for a wide range of destinations across the United States, routes through Seattle resulted in lower carbon emissions than other routes.
The Green Gateway Partners Awards set as a minimum requirement participation in the Port’s At-Berth Clean Fuels program or use of shore power. These and other environmental activities are assigned point values. Depending on the number of points earned, Green Gateway Partners can achieve one of four recognition levels – platinum, gold, silver or bronze. The awards and scoring system were done by analysts from Cascadia Consulting Group and Glosten Associates.
Port of Seattle, March 25, 2014