SEATTLE—The Port of Seattle recognized several maritime businesses for their innovative approaches to environmental stewardship. The fifth annual event highlighted the energy and effort that businesses along the working waterfront do on a daily basis to make Puget Sound a cleaner place.
“We started the Green Gateway Awards program five years ago to both highlight our customers’ commitment to good environmental practices and encourage them to go above and beyond what current regulations require,” said Port of Seattle Commissioner John Creighton. “Next year’s awards will provide further opportunity to highlight the work of maritime companies operating in the Puget Sound region, as our Northwest Seaport Alliance will have the potential to include more customers and their vessels.”
This year’s winners all made the silver category, scoring between 75 and 89 points out of 100. Scores were determined by analysts from Cascadia Consulting Group and Glosten Associates based on submitted application materials.
The awardees are:
Princess Cruises won not only the silver but was also recognized as the Most Innovative Partner. Princess Cruises’ use of low-sulfur fuels beyond the required levels and zero discharge of ballast water in Puget Sound contributed to its high scores in the Air & Energy and Wastewater categories. The innovations recognized include participation in an emission and control technology research project on three vessels, extensive efforts to minimize waste streams, and a process to return expired chemicals and pyrotechnics to the supplying vendors.
Celebrity’s use of low-sulfur fuels beyond the required levels and energy efficient water consumption practices contributed to its scores in the Air & Energy and Wastewater categories. Celebrity also earned points for additional Innovations described in its application, including innovative programs to engage crew and guests in Celebrity’s sustainability efforts.
COSCO Container Line
COSCO’s consistent use of low-sulfur fuels beyond the required levels and outreach to the crew on waste and wastewater contributed to its high scores in the Air & Energy, Wastewater, and Waste & Sustainability categories.
Holland America Line
Holland America’s zero discharge of ballast water in Puget Sound, and progressive energy efficiency and waste management practices contributed to its high scores. Holland America also earned points for additional Innovations for state of the art propulsion and handling systems that allow their vessels to routinely maneuver without tugboats.
Maersk Line’s use of low-sulfur fuels beyond the required levels and progressive operational processes in the Air & Energy, and Waste & Sustainability categories contributed to its high scores. Maersk also earned points for additional Innovations in part due to its “QUEST” program, a joint development program to reduce energy consumption in vessels carrying refrigerated containers.
Royal Caribbean International
Royal Caribbean’s use of low-sulfur fuels beyond the required levels and initiatives to reuse and reduce greywater contributed to its high scores in the Air & Energy and Wastewater categories. Royal Caribbean also earned points for additional Innovations described in its application, including re-use of waste heat from the engines to heat shower water.
About the Port of Seattle
Founded in 1911, The Port owns and operates Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, four container cargo terminals, two cruise ship terminals, one grain terminal, a public cargo terminal, four public marinas, and manages a number of real estate assets for financial return and economic advantage. The port’s operations currently help create nearly 200,000 jobs and $7 billion in wages throughout the region. Over the next 25 years, the port’s “Century Agenda” seeks to create an additional 100,000 jobs through economic growth while becoming the nation’s leading green and energy-efficient port. Learn more at www.portseattle.org.