Partnerships and engagement

CSL understands that its ability to improve environmental performance throughout its operations depends on the commitment of its employees both onboard and ashore.

Through education, skills-building and active participation in and support of community initiatives, CSL is striving to ensure all employees have the skills and knowledge necessary to make environmentally responsible decisions.CSL also realizes that its environmental objectives cannot be reached in isolation of industry stakeholders, NGOs, governments and regulators. Partnership building, consultation and effective communications are recognized as essential to promoting sound public policy and industry standards in marine transportation.

Green Marine

Green Marine is a voluntary environmental program initiated by the St. Lawrence-Great Lakes marine industry. Through this program, participants commit to making specific improvements in their environmental performance based on predetermined criteria. For more information, please visit the Green Marine's website.


World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

Research to protect North Atlantic Right Whales

CSL is supporting WWF-Canada on a research project to collect and advance real-time data on the location and movements of North Atlantic right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and Roseway basin. The project is conducted in partnership with Dalhousie University and the Canadian Whale Institute.  

The critical status of the endangered North Atlantic right whale is a major concern. This new partnership will support research into new technologies and regulations to mitigate the risk of shipping collisions with the whales. We are supporting the advancement and adoption of acoustic gliders in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Gliders can detect and transmit whale signals and locations in near real-time, which ships can then use to re-route and adapt. The University of Dalhousie is developing and operating the technology, and CSL is proud to work with the researchers there to use this cutting-edge solution to help protect whales.

Coastal Cleanup

The health of our oceans is a serious concern for CSL. In 2011, staff from both the CSLI Beverly office and the Canada Steamship Lines office in Montreal took part in coastal cleanup activities in their respective areas as part of the Ocean Conservancy’s annual global initiative. Aimed at cleaning shorelines around the world, the Ocean Conservancy has carried out this work for the past 25 years. The one-day annual event has become the largest volunteer effort for ocean health. By recording the items found during the cleanup, the Ocean Conservancy is able to get a clearer picture of the state of the world’s waterways and make informed decisions about trash prevention and cleanup strategies for the future. For more information, please visit the Ocean Conservancy's website.