Press Release: Port Corpus Christi Earns Green Marine Certification

Jul 28, 2017


CORPUS CHRISTI, TX, USA – The Port of Corpus Christi is pleased to announce that it has earned the Green Marine Certification by Green Marine, a voluntary environmental certification program for the North American marine industry.  In recognition of exemplary performance in environmental management and leadership, the Port of Corpus Christi was the first port in Texas to become Green Marine certified.

The highly selective, rigorous Green Marine certification process requires organizations to benchmark annual environmental performance, and be externally audited.  Other organizations that have been named include Port of Seattle, Port Everglades, Port of New Orleans, Ceres Terminals, Glencore, Kinder Morgan Westridge Terminal, Marine Atlantic; and many more.

Port Corpus Christi, downtown Corpus Christi, and Harbor Bridge

The Port of Corpus Christi is the first port in Texas to become Green Marine certified.

“The Port of Corpus Christi has once again demonstrated its leadership in achieving this certification in line with the port’s commitment to improving air quality, water quality, soils and sediments, wildlife habitat, and sustainability,” said Sean Strawbridge, Port Corpus Christi Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer.  “A hearty congratulations to all port staff who have worked diligently to achieve this milestone.”

Green Marine’s environmental program offers a template for port authorities, terminal operators, and shipping lines to voluntarily reduce their environmental footprint. The comprehensive program addresses key environmental issues using up to 7 performance indicators for ports and seaports that include reducing air emissions, minimizing community impacts, and demonstrating environmental leadership.

Green Marine overview

Established in 2007, Green Marine is a North American environmental certification program for the maritime transportation industry. The program stems from the maritime industry’s voluntary initiative to surpass regulatory requirements. There are currently more than 100 companies – ship owners, port authorities, terminal operators and shipyards – from coast to coast in Canada and the United States participating in the program. The Green Marine program’s unique character derives from the support being earned from more than 50 environmental organizations and government agencies. These supporters contribute to shaping and revising the program.

About Port Corpus Christi

As a major economic engine of the South Texas Coastal Bend, Port Corpus Christi is the 4th largest port in the United States in total tonnage.  Strategically located on the western Gulf of Mexico with a 36 mile, 47 foot (MLLW) deep channel, Port Corpus Christi is a major gateway to international and domestic marine commerce.  The Port has excellent rail and highway network connectivity via three North American Class-1 railroads and two major interstates. With an outstanding staff overseen by its seven member commission, Port Corpus Christi is clearly “Moving America’s Energy.”

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