- Shipowner E.R. Schiffahrt Successfully Certified to ISO 50001 (Energy Management)
- · DNV GL 5-Star Excellence Certificate Renewed
Hamburg, 10 September 2014 — Hamburg-based shipowner E.R. Schiffahrt has successfully completed the certification process pursuant to ISO Standard 50001 (Energy Management Systems). Last week Tor Svensen, CEO of DNV GL Maritime, handed over the ISO certificate to Dr Herrmann Klein, CEO of E.R. Schiffahrt. This makes E.R. Schiffahrt the first German shipowner to have its entire fleet certified to all standards relevant to the shipping industry, including the compulsory SIM and ISPS codes and the MLC 2006 standard as well as the voluntary ISO standards 9001, 14001, OHSAS 18001 and most recently, ISO 50001.
“When a ship-owning company chooses to improve the safety of its vessels, commit to more environmentally sound operating practices and adopt an optimised management system, it builds competitive advantage and earns the reputation of being an ethical enterprise. With this new certificate E.R. Schiffahrt underscores its commitment to making continuous, sustainable investments in optimising energy efficiency and service quality. E.R. Schiffahrt thus demonstrates it is well capable of handling the challenges of the maritime industry, ” said Svensen.
Based on the data it gathers, E.R. Schiffahrt will implement specific technical and educational measures to improve energy efficiency. This ongoing improvement process in line with the shipowner’s integrated management system will be supported by annual periodical audits, both internal and external, as well as a re-certification procedure after three years. “We are extremely pleased we were able to implement a structured energy management system on our ships within a short period of time. It allows us to capture and document our energy utilisation and consumption performance continuously. Having a state-of-the-art energy management system in place and minimising the fuel consumption of our vessels are crucial prerequisites for maintaining our competitive edge, ” emphasises Dr Hermann Klein.
DNV GL Excellence Certificate Renewed
E.R. Schiffahrt also received its new DNV GL Excellence Certificate which attests to reliable ship operation and confirms adherence to an established set of above-average safety, environmental and quality standards.
The ship-owning company has been holding this certificate for three years. E.R. Schiffahrt is one of only eight shipping companies worldwide to have been awarded this certificate. Following this year’s audit which confirmed that all criteria are being met, the new ISO 50001 certificate as well as E.R. Schiffahrt’s participation in the UN Global Compact are stated prominently on the newly-issued certificate.
About E.R. Schiffahrt
E.R. Schiffahrt is a maritime services provider and one of the largest charter companies for container ships and bulk carriers in Germany. Currently it controls more than 100 vessels in service. The company was established in 1998 by Erck Rickmers and employs around 3, 500 people on land and at sea. DNV GL awarded E.R. Schiffahrt with its ‘DNV GL Excellence – 5 Stars’ certificate for its exceptional safety, environmental and quality standards. In 2012, E.R. Schiffahrt was the first German shipowner to become a member of the UN Global Compact, a voluntary initiative to promote sustainable development. The company E.R. Offshore was founded in 2006 and manages 13 special vessels for offshore oil and gas production as well as for building and supplying offshore wind farms. Its ships are deployed around the world. www.er-ship.com
About DNV GL – Maritime
DNV GL is the world’s leading classification society and a recognized advisor for the maritime industry. We enhance safety, quality, energy efficiency and environmental performance of the global shipping industry – across all vessel types and offshore structures. We invest heavily in research and development to find solutions, together with the industry, that address strategic, operational or regulatory challenges. In the field of training the DNV GL Maritime Academy provides examples of how target oriented measures undertaken can actually achieve the customer’s desired effect. www.dnvgl.com/maritime