What we are doing to reduce our environmental impact
Commitment to compliance
Hazardous Waste Management
- o We prevent all deleterious substances generated from our ship repair work from entering the marine environment. This includes harmful metals that are commonly found in antifouling paints. We collect and contain vessel hull wash-water on our floating dry-docks to reduce the risk.
- All hazardous materials and wastes such as contaminated bilge water, waste-oil, waste paints, solvents, and sandblast grit are managed as per provincial and federal regulation - we use licenced venders to transport these materials off of our shipyards, and ensure responsible end-of-life management at registered hazardous waste disposal or recycling facilities.
- We own and operate a Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) at one of our North Vancouver shipyards that is strictly regulated under local and provincial jurisdiction. This allows us to treat in-house, and responsibly dispose of all oily-waste water generated from our marine fleet, and customer ship repair work. In this case, we avoid transporting the liquid waste off-site for management.
- At applicable shipyards, we comply with Air Quality restrictions that cover our spray painting and sandblasting operations - we report and collaborate regularly with municipal, provincial, and federal regulators.
- We hoard (tarp) vessels or position them in curtained sheds on our shipyards, as applicable. Weather conditions are monitored to ensure optimal blasting and coating operations, this acts to reduce overspray and dust generation.
Spill Prevention and Response
- If we do have an environmental incident, we have Spill Contingency Plans and procedures in place on all of our shipyards to ensure our employees are well prepared to respond, including external reporting requirements.
- We conduct regular spill response drills with our shipyard employees to test our Contingency Plans in the event of an incident - we review performance and correct deficiencies to improve our response capabilities.
Beyond Compliance Initiatives
Solid Waste Management and Recycling
- We segregate major waste stream components from our ship repair work such as wood, steel, rope, precious metals, cardboard, and large industrial soft and hard plastics (at applicable yards). This acts to reduce the volume of general waste sent to the landfill from our shipyard operations, while increasing our recycled content.
- In some cases, we work with our suppliers to reduce the volume of packaging delivered with ship repair work orders.
Coating and Abrasive Improvements
- Spent sandblast grit from our North Vancouver shipyards is recycled through our abrasive vendor(s) and local cement manufacturers, rather than sent to a landfill. We work with our suppliers to pilot test, and use alternative abrasive mediums to copper slag where we can - this includes nickel, garnet, and aluminum oxide among others.
- Our painting and blasting departments are continually researching products that maintain high quality operational performance, while reducing negative air quality aspects. If possible, we source coating products that have reduced volatile organic compound (VOC) content, and ensure we are purchasing low-dust sandblast grit.
Employee Engagement and Awareness
- We conduct toolbox talks, distribute environmental awareness memorandums, and maintain an internal EMS intranet web site to communicate key environmental issues to our employees. This can include anti-idling awareness from our diesel mobile equipment, energy conservation measures we implement, and waste management and recycling best practices, among others.
Energy Consumption Reduction
- We work in partnership with BC Hydro Power Smart to assess and reduce the consumption of electricity from our industrial operations.
- As part of our certified ISO 9001 Quality Management System, our shipyard customers complete a performance evaluation questionnaire following all repair work on our shipyards - we include an environmental performance question to get feedback on how we are doing.
Green Marine Program
- We are participants of this voluntary environmental program that is designed to strengthen the maritime industry's environmental performance.
- Performance results are externally validated and publicly reported to ensure credibility.
- Check out the 2012/2013 Green Marine Progress Report