GREEN MARINE CERTIFIED 2018
WHAT IS GREEN MARINE?
  • Largest voluntary environmental certification program in North America
  • Framework for the maritime industry to reduce environmental footprint
  • Independent verification of participant’s results every two years

Guiding Principals

  • Corporate leadership approval (annually)
  • Minimize environmental impact in operations/activities
  • Develop and promote environmental protection measures
  • Integrate sustainable practices

Green Marine Supporters – U.S., Canada, Europe

  • Port authorities, ship owners and terminal operators
  • Environmental groups, governments – federal, state and municipal & research
  • Education and conservation institutions

Stewardship

Exceeded or met requirements in all environmental indicators

  • Spill prevention
  • Greenhouse gases & air pollutants
  • Dry bulk handling & storage
  • Environmental leadership
  • Community impact measures – lighting, noise, housekeeping
  • Waste management

Specifically…..

  • All electric cranes in the steel, bulk and container terminals
  • Repowering locomotives to smart idle / EPA certified off-road industrial engines to reduce diesel emissions (particulate matter & nitrogen oxides by more than 90%)
  • No-idle policy
  • Recycling – metals, batteries, ink/toner cartridges, paper/cardboard, oils/lubes, rubber, lightbulbs, plastics, coal residues
  • Dust control
  • Twice weekly near shore / shoreline inspections / cleanup where releases could impact  waterways
Upper Mobile Bay Wetlands Project

Planning is underway for the creation of 1,200 acres of wetlands in the Upper Mobile Bay through the beneficial use of dredged sediments. The project, known as the Upper Mobile Bay Beneficial Use Wetland Creation Site (Planning) Project, considers an area in the bay about 1.5 to 2.5 miles south of the causeway and I-10.

The $2.5 million planning project is funded by the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities and Revived Economies (RESTORE) of the Gulf States Act. It is a Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council-approved project and is sponsored and directed by the Alabama State Port Authority.

Each year, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Alabama State Port Authority remove approximately six million cubic yards of sediment from Alabama’s Mobile Harbor federal navigation channel and adjacent public berths. Current practices place dredged materials in permitted open-water or upland management areas. These valuable sediments can be used to create wetlands and habitat. Currently, Mobile Bay Estuary Program (MBNEP) wetland mapping indicates there are 6,200 acres of wetlands (emergent marsh) in the Upper Mobile Bay/Lower Mobile-Tensaw Delta area. By constructing this project, sediments could remain in the Upper Mobile Bay system, increasing these important wetland habitats by 15%.

Upon completion of the planning phase at the end of 2021, the Port Authority anticipates requesting construction funds for the first 100 acres of wetlands from the RESTORE Council in 2022. It is anticipated that an additional 1,100 acres of wetlands will be created over the next 10-20 years. Additional information may be found at uppermobaywetlands.com.

MORE INITIATIVES
  • Bike / commuting-ride share outreach
  • Conversion to LED lighting
  • Invasive species removal
  • Shoreline trash removal
    • Three Mile Creek / Industrial Canal
    • Garrows Bend
    • Arlington Park
    • Mobile River