(Houston) ABS, a leading provider of classification and technical services to the marine and offshore industries, announced it has joined the Green Award certification network. As an incentive provider, ABS offers Green Award Certificate holders discounts on software and training courses to encourage high safety and environmental standards in shipping.
“ABS is proud to join forces with the Green Award to improve shipping safety and environmental performance,” said ABS President, Chairman and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki. “Our commitment to creating a sustainable future through our data and digital leadership to maximize safety and minimize environmental impacts pairs well with the Green Award’s mission to promote environmentally responsible shipping through management excellence and continuous improvement.”
In his welcome address, Chairman of the Green Award Foundation Captain Dimitrios Mattheou said: “One of the top priorities of the Green Award is to serve society through implementation and promotion of CSR across the industry. Performance-driven participants, whether ship managers or a maritime organizations, help grow environmental awareness and create an efficient and secure circle of partners encouraging sustainable and responsible shipping. With its worldwide coverage, ABS will significantly help enhance partnerships of like-minded parties striving for excellence.”
The Green Award network connects top notch ship managers and ships that continuously demonstrate the highest standards of safety and environmental protection with ports and other organizations committed to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) principles. Ships holding a Green Award certificate have verified excellent performance and are rewarded by incentive providers, including ports and maritime related companies and organizations.
Founded in 1862, ABS is a leading international classification organization devoted to promoting the security of life and property and preserving the natural environment through the development and verification of standards for the design, construction and operational maintenance of marine and offshore assets.
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 100 incentive providers in North and South 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.