Montreal’s CSL Group (CSL)—an owner and operator of self-unloading cargo ships—has released its fourth annual Corporate Sustainability Report,detailing the company’s ongoing efforts to improve its performance on a wide range of sustainability-related goals, including ballast water management.

The report includes CSL’s sustainability results for the 2016–17 fiscal year and covers highlights in the areas of governance, safety, environmental responsibility, ethics, the workplace, employee and community engagement..

“As CSL’s new CEO since April 2017, I take great pride and comfort in knowing that CSL and its owners care deeply about people, safety, the environment, and our communities,” said Louis Martel, president and CEO of The CSL Group.

In May 2016, CSL’s ballast water treatment system received U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) type approval for such a system. This was the first electrochlorination ballast water treatment system approved by the USCG, according to CSL. The system has achieved both IMO certification and USCG type approval and can manage and treat 4,000 to 5,000 tonnes per hour of water flow.

“Even in today’s difficult market, sustainability remains fundamental to the way we conduct our business. We see it as a competitive advantage, a driver of innovation and an investment in the future of our employees, customers and communities,” said Martel.

Last June, Water Canada reported on the challenges involved in global ballast water regulations.


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