First CA Port Joins Green Marine
The Port of Hueneme, ranked in the top 11% of all U.S. Ports for general cargo flow has signed on as a participant in Green Marine, the largest voluntary environmental program for the maritime industry in North America. The announcement was made November 23rd by Jess Herrera, President of the Oxnard Harbor District’s Board of Harbor Commissioners.
Green Marine’s environmental program makes it possible for ports, terminal operators and shipping lines to voluntarily reduce their environmental footprint through a comprehensive program that addresses key environmental issues and criteria using 11 performance indicators including air emissions, community impacts, environmental leadership and much more.
Membership in Green Marine requires that members demonstrate year-over-year meaningful improvements in measurable ways to maintain their Green Marine certification. Green Marine is transparent with all results independently verified and made public.
“We’re absolutely delighted to welcome Hueneme as the first port from California to join the Green Marine program,” said David Bolduc, Green Marine’s executive director. “We have no doubt that the administration of this deepwater port will enhance our membership by sharing its environmental initiatives and best practices.”
The Port recently christened the first stage of its wharf 1 shore side power program, the largest single emissions reduction program in Ventura County history. Over the next 30 years, the electrification of the Port’s wharf 1 will reduce PM by 92%, NOx by 98% and CO2 by 55%. A second stage allowing additional ships to simultaneously plug-in is expected to be completed early next year. “In addition to providing shore power to ships at berth, the port is also pursuing aggressive energy audits leading towards yet more positive environmental impacts,” said the Port’s CEO and Executive Director Kristin Decas.