SEATTLE — The Port of Seattle presented its Green Gateway Partners Awards, which recognize the comprehensive environmental achievements of the port’s cruise and containership operators. This year’s award winners are APL Ltd., Maersk Line, Matson Navigation, COSCO Container Lines America’s Inc., Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruise Lines, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, and Holland America Line.
“It’s great to have customers who not only understand that we have to work toward continuous improvement, but demonstrate a clear commitment to do so,” said Tay Yoshitani, Port of Seattle CEO. “We thank you for your efforts.
The name of the awards – Green Gateway Partners – complements 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 three recognition levels – gold, silver or bronze. For the first time, the port has awarded a platinum-level award for the commitment Holland America has made to environmental sustainability. The awards and scoring system were done by analysts from Cascadia Consulting Group and Glosten Associates.