There are mandatory requirements, plus various voluntary measures you can take that will enhance your company’s environmental profile. By improving environmental performance ship/rig owners and operators will increase their long term revenues.
There are mandatory requirements, plus various voluntary measures you can take that will enhance your company’s environmental profile. As public awareness about the environment grows, so does the value of environmental performance as a competitive advantage.
By improving environmental performance ship/rig owners and operators will increase their long term revenues. Many owners and operators therefore choose to certify for Environmental Management Systems such as ISO14001. In addition to internal assessment of environmental impact and targets, ISO 14001 adds continuous improvements.
Voluntary environmental class notation
Most of the class societies have developed their own environmental notation that may be applied to a vessel. Examples of this are DNV Clean Design, Lloyd´s EP Notation, Bureau Veritas Clean Ship. These notations also have a direct influence on onboard waste management. Environmental class notations are continuously being developed and are, in general, becoming increasingly stringent.
As cargo owners and charterers, the oil companies typically demand higher than normal environmental compliance from the ship owners transporting their cargoes, such as tanker owners and owners of offshore supply vessels. The same applies to owners building LNG carriers and car carriers.
Standards beyond legislation
A growing number of international third party bodies such as Clean Shipping Index, Clean Cargo Working Group and Green Award Foundation set standards for environmental efforts that go beyond global and regional rules and regulations and ISO14001.
Shipowners, operators and vessels are certified or acknowledged for the efforts made. These efforts have both long-term and short-term benefits.
Clean Shipping Index
The Clean Shipping Index gives cargo owners immediate access via internet to information on the environmental performance of ships of all types. Performance data based on self-assessment by the shipping companies is available in the areas of exhaust emissions, discharge of chemicals, and handling of water and waste.
Data can be verified by the Class Societies at the ship owner’s own cost. Cargo owners in the network are jointly stipulating that from 2012 onwards, in order to be included in their procurement process, ship owners must have at least two vessels verified.
The Clean Shipping Index sees each vessel from a holistic perspective – all emissions and discharges are seen as equally important.
Sara Sköld, Environmental Specialist, Clean Shipping Project: “The main benefit for ship owners and operators is, of course, more cargo. But it also enables them to get to know their own environmental performance and benchmark it against other shipping companies and individual ships. Registered ships get a reduction in port dues in the Port of Gothenburg and other ports are discussing giving similar reductions for Clean Shipping certified ships. Sara Sköld’s advice to ship owners and operators: “Start focusing on environmental issues sooner rather than later. Make the investments now to secure your environmental and financial performance in the future.”
Green Award Foundation
J.A.A.J. Fransen, Managing Director of the Green Award Foundation, relates that shipping industry players throughout the world are now aware of the Foundation. “We don’t confine our work to environmental issues, we also focus on safety and quality, since they are all connected. Interest is growing all the time among cargo owners, charterers, ship owners and operators.”
He points out that onboard management of waste fractions is an essential aspect of environmental ship operation. “Uson Marine waste handling systems and equipment align perfectly with the Green Award Foundation’s philosophy,” says Fransen.
“When we started the Award in 1994 the industry was not really ready to implement waste management routines. The Port of Rotterdam had started a project named “Green Frog” to give ships an incentive to use its waste reception facilities. The project was later incorporated into the Green Award Foundation. Since then awareness of the importance of waste management has grown steadily, but we still have a long way to go to stop pollution of our oceans.”
Benefits for owners, as expressed by the Green Award Foundation:
– Cargo owners choose ships with Green Award to fulfil their own corporate environmental policies. Example: After a Green Award audit on one of its own vessels, a large oil company now uses Green Award certification procedures to evaluate chartered ships.
– Green Award certification for each vessel is updated annually by means of an audit.
– The Green Award also requires continuous improvements to the vessel to be initiated by the ship owner.
Lower costs including:
– Discounts on port dues
– Lower insurance premiums
– Lower interest rates from banks
– Discounts from companies selling suppliers of marine safety and environmental systems, navigational equipment and other relevant products
Acceptance by PSC/vetting inspections
– Inspections go smoothly with no, or fewer deviations from requirements.
– The Green Award is a visible mark of quality and efforts.
Motivation and pride of crew
– Example: The first Green Award audit takes 1-2 days. A Green Award spokesman says that crews quickly see the benefits, welcome them and become motivated. They are usually well prepared for the following audits, which then take much less time.
– The crew is better prepared and preventive measures have been taken.