Blue and Gold Fleet Marine Operations
NPS, Sound Environmental Management on Land and Shore
A leading environmental steward in marine tourism, Blue and Gold Fleet (B&G) provides fast, clean, and efficient ferry services for more than 1.5 million people yearly between San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf, NPS's Alcatraz Island, and commuter ferries for several bay area cities. B&G Fleet partners with the National Park Service and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy in many projects to protect, stabilize and rehabilitate Alcatraz's natural and cultural resources. B&G also partners with Marine agencies, including the Marine Mammal Center to insure that ferry operations have minimal impact on sea lion populations, up from ten in 1989 to 1,341 in 2003. B&G's "Green Waves" Environmental Management System is an exemplary launch pad for comprehensive environmental management that now influences all phases of B&G operations. In 2003, B&G tested biodiesel fuel in its 400 passenger ferry, Oski, an important step to help reduce our nation's dependence on foreign oil as well as to reduce impacts to the environment.
From left to right: Jim Poole, Jo Pendry, Steven Griles,
Ronald Duckhorn, Richard Maddux, Lee Shenk
Richard Maddux, Environmental, Health and Safety Officer
Blue & Gold Fleet LP, San Francisco, CA
National Park Service Concessioner, Alcatraz Island & Golden Gate National Recreation Area