Our Commitment To The Earth
VANCOUVER BC, April 21, 2017 – At Global Container Terminals, preserving the planet is priority in everything we do, from our operating procedures to the equipment we use. As our business continues to grow and increase in capacity, this becomes even more important. This Earth Day, we are introducing the new Global Commitment seal, our visible pledge for a sustainable future. The eight new, electric cantilevered rail mounted gantry cranes and two ship-to-shore Megamax cranes at GCT Deltaport are among the first to bear the seal but moving forward, it will be placed on all new heavy iron GCT equipment that meets our environmentally friendly standards.
“The Global Commitment seal represents our mission to continue innovating ways to make our terminals, equipment, and operations more sustainable,” said Eric Waltz, President of GCT Canada. “It’s a visible reminder to ourselves, our partners, and the community that the actions we take together today, can have a positive impact on our future tomorrow.”
In an effort to further reduce emissions and improve air quality around port facilities in New York and New Jersey, the Port Authority is launching a demonstration project with GCT New York to retrofit two yard tractors for each facility with auto stop-start hybrid technology. Yard tractors account for the largest number of on-terminal vehicles in the port and contribute to 33 percent of all cargo handling equipment emissions. The Port Authority will reimburse up to $72,000 for the costs of the retrofits, which are expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 25 percent.
“As the technology leader in terminal operations and the first Green Marine certified facilities in the harbour, this initiative aligns with our goal to improve efficiency while minimizing our environmental footprint,” said John Atkins, President of GCT USA. “As our terminals continue to expand, we are committed to ensuring our operations and equipment support our vision of a sustainable future.”
In January, GCT Bayonne became the first terminal to introduce a truck reservation system in the New York harbour. In just a few months, the program has improved turn times by 41%, resulting in a high subscription rate from the drayage community, reduced emissions, and a smoother flow of traffic during peak hours.
About GCT Global Container Terminals Inc.
Headquartered in Vancouver, BC, GCT Global Container Terminals Inc. operates four Green Marine certified terminals in two principal North American ports. Through GCT USA on the East Coast, the company operates two award-winning facilities: GCT New York on Staten Island, NY and GCT Bayonne in Bayonne, NJ. On the West Coast, GCT Canada operates two gateway terminals: GCT Vanterm and GCT Deltaport in Vancouver and Delta, BC. Visit globalterminals.com and follow us on Twitter at @BigShipReady to read more about GCT.
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