Kitakyushu is the first Japanese port
               to join the Green Award scheme

Kitakyushu, Japan – 4 November, 2014 - At today’s ceremony followed by a press conference in the city hall of Kitakyushu, the city’s mayor Mr. Kenji Kitahashi and Chief Executive of the Port of KITAKYUSHU Mr. Tetsuji Hashimoto announced their decision to embrace the Green Award scheme. A discount of 10% is offered to all Green Award certified Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) carriers from the 4th of November, 2014.

Presenting a certificate of recognition for the outstanding contribution of the city of Kitakyushu to the environmental protection to mayor Mr. Kitahashi, Green Award’s Chairman Mr. Pieter Struijs emphasized the importance of a global network of Green Award ports. He said, “These ports show their commitment to the highest safety and quality practices and try to attract quality shipping through rewarding Green Award vessels with incentives. Corporate Social Responsibility is not mere empty words for Green Award ports. Today the port of KITAKYUSHU is joining this global network.”

          From left to right: Jan Fransen Executive Director, Green Award Foundation;
Pieter Struijs Chairman, Green Award Foundation; Kenji Kitahashi mayor of Kitakyushu;
              Mr. Tetsuji Hashimoto Chief Executive of the Port of KITAKYUSHU

It is not a coincidence that the port of KITAKYUSHU becomes the first port in East Asia that supports Green Award. Kitakyushu was selected by OECD as a model for its Green City Program. The city together with the port authority constantly works towards retaining its “green” city status and improving safety in port. And Green Award is a reliable indicator of high quality ships and a tool to eliminate substandard shipping and demonstrate ports’ dedication to the highest standards of safety, quality environmental protection.

Green Award is a quality mark for sea-going and inland navigation vessels that go beyond international conventions and regulations in terms of ship layout and equipment, quality of operations and management. The Green Award scheme brings together ship managers and ports or private companies that evince their leadership in sustainability and in practicing their CSR principles.

The first Japanese port joining the Green Award scheme is a significant milestone. Ports in Asia, as growing shipping market, and in Japan in particular, as a major importer of LNG, play a vital role in environmental and safety awareness in the region. Participation of Kitakyushu in Green Award is a powerful contribution to this objective. As the mayor said, “We hope that our participation will not only lead to the spreading of the programme throughout the ports in Japan, but also to those in other Asian nations. We do hope that the marine environment will consequently be protected even further on a global scale.”

Press release by Green Award in Japanese (click to read)

Press release by Kitakyushu in Japanese (click to read)


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