Arctic Shipping Corporate Pledge
Protecting our planet is the responsibility and goal of Evergreen Marine and we are responsible for delivering goods to all parts of the world in a safe and environmentally friendly manner.
For responding to the measures taken by Ocean Conservancy and Nike to protect the Arctic area. Evergreen Marine has signed an "Arctic Shipping Corporate Pledge" to ensure that we not use Arctic routes for expressing our determination for support sustainable shipping.
Ballast water is the most convenient method of ensuring the safety and stability of ships. Discharging ballast water and sediments at will however leads to the transfer of harmful aquatic organisms and pathogens to another port or body of water. Some species may end up causing irreversible harm or impact on the local ecology, human health, economy and resources.
In 1982, Article 196 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Ballast Water Convention explicitly stated that "States shall take all measures necessary to prevent, reduce and control pollution of the marine environment resulting from the use of technologies under their jurisdiction or control, or the intentional or accidental introduction of species, alien or new, to a particular part of the marine environment, which may cause significant and harmful changes thereto." The International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediment (BWC) drawn up by the IMO in 2004 aimed to prevent, reduce and ultimately eliminate the risks to environment, human health, property and resources posed by the transfer of harmful aquatic organisms and pathogens through the control and management of ships' ballast water and sediment.
Under the BWC, there are currently two ways of reducing ecological pollution caused by ballast water.
Ballast Water Treatment System
The main types of BWMS are filters and UV disinfection. They also conform to the following ballast water discharge standards:
- Organic matter equal or greater than 50 microns in size: The discharge must contain less than 10 organic particles per cubic meter of ballast water.
- Organic matter equal or less than 50 microns in size: The discharge must contain less than 10 organic particles per milliliter of ballast water.
- The concentration of V.cholerae (serum O1 and O139) must be lower than 1 colony-forming unit (CFU) per 100 ml.
- The concentration of E.coli must be lower than 250 CFU per 100 ml. The concentration of Enterococcus must be lower than 100 CFU per 100 ml.
Preservation of whales
Evergreen Marine's participation in the ship speed reduction programs in North America, North Atlantic and Panama to reduce the risk to ship strikes for whales has been widely recognized. Evergreen Marine has been long committed to the maintenance of marine ecology and the environment at ports. Over the years, we have cooperated with gov-ernment agencies, research institutions, cargo owners, and the shipping supply chain to launch a number of environmental initiatives. In the future, we will continue our en-deavors to promote the sustainable development of the marine environment. We actively participated in the "Vessel Speed Reduction Program" sponsored by the National Oce-anic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA ), and voluntarily reduced their speed in the Santa Barbara waters off the coasts of Los Angeles and Long Beach, as well as San Francisco to protect the air quality and marine ecology of the port communities. We won the Silver Award in Santa Barbara and the Gold Award in San Francisco for Ex-cellent Environmental Protection in 2019.
The conservation program runs from July to mid-November every year. Under the pro-gram, ships are required to reduce their speeds to 10 knots (18.5 miles per hour) or less when passing through the Santa Barbara Channel once they are within 95 nautical miles (176 km) of the port. Large marine animals such as the blue, humpback and fine whales migrate into these waters to feed during this period so reducing vessel speed helps with the conservation of these endangered species, and reduces the risk of ship strikes by giving the whales more time to get out of the ships' way.