Fincantieri Marine Group (FMG) is the newest participant in "Green Marine," the largest voluntary environmental certification program for North America’s maritime industry, the company announced today.

Shipbuilder Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM) and aluminum construction facility Fincantieri ACE Marine are the first two shipyards in Wisconsin to join the environmental program and thereby assess their environmental performance for continual improvement, FMG said.

“Fincantieri has a global reputation for being one of the largest and most diverse shipbuilders in the maritime industry,” Dario Deste, president and CEO of Fincantieri Marine Group, said in a statement. “But we also continue charting bold initiatives in sustainability and innovation, and that includes our efforts here in the U.S.” 

FMG aims to operate in the most sustainable manner. During recent expansion work done at its FMM shipyard, Fincantieri worked with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to ensure the health and safety of the environment and to limit disruptions to recreational use of the Menominee River.  

The nearly complete $300 million capital expansion program for FMG's U.S. shipyards includes many new climate-controlled facilities and the largest ship lift in the U.S. to ease ships in and out of the water while minimizing impact to the Menominee River ecosystem, the company said.

“We’re so pleased to welcome the renowned Fincantieri into Green Marine where it can benchmark its progress along with 10 other U.S. and Canadian shipyards and more than 140 ship owners, ports, and terminals in North America,” said David Bolduc, Green Marine’s executive director. 

To complete its certification, each Fincantieri shipyard will assess its environmental performance based on Green Marine’s applicable indicators, which include greenhouse gases and air pollutants, spill prevention, waste management, community impacts, and environmental leadership. The annual certification process is rigorous and transparent, with the individual performance of each participant independently verified every two years.