Saam Towage Colombia has attained carbon neutrality at all its maritime towage operations in Cartagena Bay.

Classification society Bureau Veritas confirmed that the firm correctly ‘measured and offset’ 100% of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions produced in 2020 at Cartagena Bay.

The offset emissions included 3,930t of carbon, covering all services delivered for the Ecopetrol Group.

As a result, the company received PAS 2060 carbon neutrality certification, as well as ISO 14061-1 assurance of GHG.

Saam Towage Colombia country manager Joao Paulo Marins said: “Sustainability is a strategic objective and moving forward towards more and more sustainable operations is one of the cornerstones of our management. Because of this, we not only measured our carbon footprint and took steps to reduce it, but we also decided to fully offset it with forestry projects, thus making our operations carbon neutral.”

For achieving carbon neutrality, the firm provided training for personnel, switched to LED lighting and efficiently utilised fuel by planning manoeuvres.

To offset discharges, the company selected two initiatives, which also back the local economy in communities near Saam Towage operations and support the revival of deforested acreage.

This project is known as the Andean and Atlantic Coast Association Programme – FCG and Caracoli Carbon Bonds.

This year, the company aims to modernise its facilities and equipment technology.

It is also involved in the future deployment of a solar power generation plant at the Cartagena Operations Base.

In June 2020, SAAM placed an order with Kalmar for the supply of 16 Kalmar Ottawa T2 terminal tractors for its Chile and Ecuador terminals.