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GAC Greece joins Green Award Foundation

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l to r: Green Award Executive Director Jan Fransen, GAC Greece Assistant General Manager Socrates Zorbas, GAC Group Sales Director Neil Godfrey and Capt. Dimitrios Mattheou (Green Award Foundation Chairman).

Incentive scheme demonstrates commitment to environmental issues

Athens, Greece, 6 June 2018 GAC Greece has become the latest GAC company to sign up to the Green Award (GA) Foundation’s scheme, underlining its commitment to environmental issues.

Under the scheme, GA-certified ships that use GAC’s ship agency services at Greek ports can claim a 10% discount on the company’s agency fees. By joining the incentive scheme, GAC Greece demonstrates its commitment to applying and promoting measures to encourage green shipping.

The Green Award Foundation is a non-profit, independent international platform for the maritime industry to stimulate safer, cleaner shipping by supporting vessels that go beyond legally required standards. Participating ports and maritime service providers provide incentives for vessels through the scheme, to achieve a safer, greener and sustainable future.

The Green Award Foundation’s Chairman Capt. Dimitrios Mattheou officially welcomed GAC Greece to the scheme when he presented its participation certificate to Assistant General Manager Socrates Zorbas and Group Sales Director Neil Godfrey at the GAC stand at the Posidonia 2018 Exhibition being held this week in the Greek capital.

Capt. Mattheou says: “We are delighted to have such a value-oriented company as GAC Greece on board. Its willingness to offer our members the incentive of a discount on its agency fees clearly demonstrates a commitment to improve standards in shipping. Environmental responsibility and safe operations are elements that fit very well with the values of the GAC Group.

“As well as promoting extra safe and extra environmentally-friendly shipping, Green Award is about creating a platform from which to help frontrunners get the recognition they deserve and a strong foundation for industry-wide joint maritime Corporate Social Responsibility. Again, a perfect match with our new incentive provider GAC Greece.”

GAC Greece handles 600 calls by all kinds of vessels at the country’s ports every year. It is part of the GAC Group, one of the world’s largest ship agencies with a long-standing reputation for quality service. GAC is a keen supporter of green initiatives, as evidenced by its Chairman’s Awards for HSSE Excellence which rewards initiatives taken by GAC companies to reduce their negative environmental impact and boost safety and security.

George P. Fragos, GAC Greece’s Operations Manager, says: “At a time when the environment is at the top of the agenda for many, we are delighted to work with Green Award to help its members save costs.”

GAC Greece is the third GAC company in Europe to join the Green Award incentive scheme. GAC Belgium and GAC Netherlands signed up in 2015.

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