Environmental Policy

Environmental Policy | Water and land pollution prevention


FMT handles and stores a wide variety of bulk and breakbulk cargoes at its different terminals. All terminals are located along bodies of water and all of the cargo handling and some of the storage is done outdoors.

These circumstances raise an environmental concern with regards to potential land and in particular, water contamination resulting from spills or cargo residues that could end up in the soil or bodies of water (as a result of ongoing operations or accidentally).

FMT has adopted the following in order to minimize such occurrences.


Water pollution prevention
FMT has, or is implementing, storm water pollution prevention plans at all its terminals to prevent rain water run-off from entering the nearby waters.

Spill prevention
FMT has spill management plans at all its terminals. These plans include containment measures, identify equipment and materials (e.g., absorbents) to be used and contain directions for proper and timely notification to relevant local authorities.

All FMT machinery and equipment is cleaned and washed in a designated containment area (wash pad) where residual cleaning water is contained and treated to separate oil residues. Oil residues are subsequently properly disposed of. In locations where proper containment areas (wash pads) are not available, FMT refrains from washing equipment to avoid uncontained residue discharge. When it becomes necessary to wash equipment in these locations, FMT employs the services of a professional cleaner with proper water residue containment equipment.

Whenever possible, FMT machinery is refueled in a designated and contained area. For machinery that can not be moved to this area, employees are instructed to take proper care when refueling to prevent spillage.

FMT has procedures and instructions in place to make sure that sweeping and snow removal activities performed by its personnel and machinery are carried out in an adequate manner. When snow removal and dock sweeping activities are sub-contracted to third parties, the sub-contractors are made aware of FMT's requirements and are requested to perform their duties accordingly.

Dust prevention
It is FMT's standard practice to cease cargo operations when weather conditions (e.g., high winds) will cause excessive dust. It is FMT's policy to arrange for regular sweeping and to endeavor to keep its terminals clean and free of dust and debris. Bulk cargoes kept outside will be stored in an environmentally responsible manner and will be tarped or sprayed with water when possible and necessary.

Cargo residues
In order to minimize cargo residues, FMT has implemented best practices at all its terminals; these include maintenance standards for equipment and training for personnel and labor.

FMT has a cargo residue management plan that includes monitoring measures as well as "reduction at source" initiatives and a complaint response procedure. Furthermore the plan includes an inventory of equipment used and the best practices linked to the reduction of cargo residues. It also contains a description of the procedures designed to minimize residues as well as a summary of all applicable regulations.

It is FMT's policy to work cooperatively with ships to minimize cargo residues left onboard at the end of cargo operations.

Re-use, recycling, and disposal
It is FMT's policy to (1) maximize the re-use of dunnage and other reusable materials, (2) recycle, and/or (3) ensure proper disposal of all such materials.

All used materials, garbage, oil residues, etc. generated at FMT's machinery and equipment maintenance facilities are disposed of in an adequate manner through specialized contractors.