Environmental Policy

Environmental Policy | Greenhouse gas and other air emissions


The stevedoring industry's main activities revolve around the loading, discharging, and handling of various bulk and breakbulk cargoes. These activities are performed with the use of heavy equipment and machinery (e.g., cranes, forklifts, payloaders, trucks, etc.). Although relatively limited in terms of comparison with the overall transportation chain, the air emissions resulting from the use of such equipment and machinery is not insignificant.

FMT has developed the following policy and actions in order to reduce its air emissions.


Greenhouse gas

In order to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emitted by machinery at our terminals, we make sure that the engines of our machinery are not run unnecessarily and we ask that third party (e.g., trucks) equipment engines be turned off whenever possible (No Idling Policy). FMT is committed to maintaining an inventory of its greenhouse gas emissions and to using this information as a basis to implement reduction targets and measure progress. A three-year reduction plan, with quantifiable objectives has been developed.

FMT has energy efficiency initiatives in place, which include industry best practices, aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. One of the critical measures adopted is the strict adherence to manufacturers' machinery maintenance protocols and intervals to ensure optimum performance of all equipment.

FMT has put in place an incentive program that promotes carpooling and the use of public transportation by its employees. This is done both as an awareness tool for employees and to help reduce greenhouse gas
associated with passenger traffic.

Air emissions

FMT's machinery purchasing policy requires that all new equipment and machinery purchased be of models with advanced engine design equipped with latest emissions reduction technologies (e.g., catalytic mufflers) in order to reduce air emissions (carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, nitrogen oxides, and particulate matters).

All other (older) machinery will be gradually retro-fitted with catalytic mufflers in order to reduce air emissions, or will eventually be retired.

All equipment is to be maintained in accordance with the manufacturers' recommended programs and intervals to ensure optimum performance.