Warren, R.I., based Blount Boats, Inc. has become the eighth shipbuilder to join Green Marine, a voluntary environmental certification program for North America’s maritime industry.
The program encourages participants to reduce their environmental footprint by taking concrete actions.
To receive their certification, participants must benchmark their annual environmental performance through Green Marine environmental program’s exhaustive self-evaluation guides. They also need to have their results verified by an accredited external verifier and agree to publication of their individual results.
Blount Boats is a family-owned private shipyard with 70 years of experience.
“We’re already committed to delivering vessels that exceed our clients’ expectations and now wish to go beyond compliance in our work in terms of the environment as well,” says Marcia Blount, the company’s president. “The Green Marine framework is tailor made for the marine industry and scalable to our size of operations. It will provide guidance towards greater sustainability for our shipbuilding activities.”
“Blount Boats increases the shipyard participation and is very timely with Green Marine releasing a new performance indicator for ship recycling in the coming year,” says David Bolduc, Green Marine’s executive director. “It is also rewarding to see more shipyards joining from the U.S. East and West Coasts, the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence region, and British Columbia.”
The Green Marine environmental certification program addresses key environmental issues through 12 performance indicators that include greenhouse gases, air emissions, spill prevention, waste management, environmental leadership, and community impacts – some applicable to shipping activities, others to landside operations.