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Ships with a Green Award certificate reap various financial and non-financial benefits. By rewarding high safety and environmental standards in shipping, Green Award makes above standard ship operation economically more attractive. The Green Award certification scheme is open to oil tankers, chemical tankers and dry bulk carriers, LNG and container carriers and inland navigation vessels. On the 1st of January. 2014, a new certification program for container carriers was launched.

Demonstrating a reliable proof of operating to the highest safety, quality and environmental protection standards can be a real challenge for ship managers. The Green Award certificate is recognised by the industry and can only be obtained by vessels which met stringent requirements. The Green Award certificate shows industry stakeholders that the ship performs better than an average vessel.

Above legally required standards

The Green Award certificate requirements are developed by a research team under constant supervision and leading of the Board of Experts and the Committee. They cover items related to exhaust emissions, hazardous materials, human factor, vessel’s maintenance, operations and management.

Continuous improvement

The requirements are continuously improved with consideration to new technologies and solutions. Green Award is responsive to the amendment demands and new certification programs from the industry. On the 1st of January. 2014, a new certification program for container carriers was launched. The requirements for other types of sea-going vessels were amended and extended and came in force on the 1st of January this year. An updated set of requirements for inland barges will be published soon.

Survey and audit

If a – following a survey on board and an audit of the ship manager’s office ship – a vessel meets the scheme’s requirements, a Green Award certificate is issued. It implies that a vessel goes beyond international conventions and legislation in terms of ship lay-out and equipment, quality of operations and management. Audit results are never disclosed to any third party. In case of non-conformities or weaknesses, Green Award will consult the ship manager and captain on necessary improvements.

High quality performance

The certificate reflects that a ship manager protects ship owners’ interests through reducing operating costs and risks and increases overall quality of its services. A scientific research carried out in 2004 and analysis of the data from 2005 to 2011 collected by the Port State Control and Equasis clearly showed that Green Award certified ships performed significantly better than ships overall and had zero or almost no deficiencies.

Financial and non-financial benefits

Certified ships enjoy various benefits provided by 32 ports and 20 institutions such as banks and maritime service providers. These may include discounts on port dues, lower insurance premiums and lower costs. Green Award certified vessels and ship managers often get charterers’ preference, and enjoy a higher rate of acceptation by PSC/vetting inspections. With less incidents, and a continuous improvement of the ship’s performance, the Green Award quality mark enhances the visible quality and boosts the image of the vessel and the crew’s motivation and pride.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policies

Green Award serves as a tool for ports wishing to improve safety, implement their CSR policy and fight sub-standard shipping. Ports participating in the Green Award scheme provide discounts on port fees to vessels that have the Green Award quality mark.

Ports and other institutions willing to support quality shipping and protect the environment can give any incentive and apply it to the scheme. All administrative work and inspections are organized by the Green Award foundation. It also works together with ports on solving safety/environment related issues and consults on outlining and implementing the CSR strategy through the scheme.

Euroshore supports Green Award ships

Green Award and Euroshore International Trade Association share similar values. Euroshore declares promoting the environmentally sound disposal of ships waste as one of its objectives. The Association recognizes the importance of high safety standards and environmental awareness and demonstrates its dedication to the protection of the environment by being a part of the Green Award scheme as an incentive provider.