Athens, 8 June 2016: DNV GL has signed a partnership agreement with the Green Award Foundation at Posidonia today to promote the highest standards of safety, quality and sustainability in shipping. DNV GL will become an incentive provider for the Green Award scheme and offer discounts for shipowners and managers who hold the Green Award certificate. The Green Award Foundation is an independent quality assurance organization that certifies shipping companies and vessels which exceed industry standards. It works with incentive providers from all over the maritime sector to offer certificate holders benefits such as discounts on port dues, products and services.
“The recognition of Green Award ships by DNV GL is a huge step towards further acceptance of corporate social responsibility principles in the industry, ” says Green Award’s Chairman Captain Dimitrios Mattheou. “It demonstrates support to ship managers and owners prepared to invest efforts and means in better performance, and helps in making these investments economically sound. Green Award audits ships to assist in preventing incidents and improving safety. Green Award incentive providers reward efforts made by ships to meet the Green Award requirements – a great example of a joint action by the industry!”
“Enhancing the safety, quality and sustainability of ship operations is at the heart of what we do at DNV GL – therefore, working with the Green Award Foundation was a logical step for us. The scheme offers an excellent opportunity to reward companies which set best practice examples for shipping, and I hope it encourages many more companies to invest in future-proof technologies, ” says Ioannis Chiotopoulos, Regional Manager for the East Mediterranean, Black and Caspian Sea at DNV GL – Maritime.
DNV GL will offer Green Award companies a 10 per cent discount on training courses delivered by the DNV GL Academy worldwide. The certificate holders and their vessels also receive a 10 per cent discount on audits related to environmental standards such as ISO 14000 and ISO 50001.
With its network of ports, maritime organizations, service providers, ship managers, and owners, the Green Award scheme works to enhance the environmental and safety performance of ships and to promote the highest quality standards. Its requirements cover a wide range of subjects: from emissions reduction and sewage handling to the human factor, and from noise issues and equipment maintenance to management standards on shore.
About DNV GL
Driven by its purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment, DNV GL enables organizations to advance the safety and sustainability of their business. Operating in more than 100 countries, the company’s 15, 000 professionals are dedicated to helping their customers in the maritime, oil & gas, energy and other industries to make the world safer, smarter and greener. For more information visit www.dnvgl.com/maritime
About Green Award
The Green Award foundation was established in 1994. Green Award is a global, independent, non-for-profit quality assurance organization that works by certifying ship managers and vessels that go beyond the industry standards in terms of safety, quality and environmental performance. The scheme is open for sea-going oil and chemical tankers, bulk carriers, LNG and LPG carriers, container carriers and inland navigation barges.
The essential of Green Award is that it covers a wide range of aspects related to safety, quality and the environment. Green Award brings together high quality ships, maritime service providers and ports that want to improve safety, attract quality ships and reduce environmental and safety risks. In fact Green Award acts as the platform for the industry cooperation. Green Award incentive providers (ports and maritime service providers) award ships the highest safety and quality standards of which are confirmed by the Green Award certificate with various benefits such as discounts on the port dues, products and services.
With over 70 incentive providers in North America, Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia currently participating in the scheme, Green Award motivates ship owners and managers to invest in the improvements on board and ashore and serves as a reliable indicator of the ship’s highest standards and as a corporate social responsibility and risk reduction tool for shipping companies and ports. For more information visit www.greenaward.org