The Company, having established and implementing an Environmental Management System certified in accordance with ISO 14001, believes that although shipping is by far the most fuel-efficient mode of transport, nevertheless additional action has to be taken to further improve the energy efficiency of ship related operations. The increased energy efficiency will eventually result in increased environmental protection by reducing air emissions as well as in improved operational performance by reducing energy cost.
Energy efficiency is controlled primarily through well-planned and properly managed ship operations and requires the personal commitment of everyone involved in the above tasks. To be successful, energy efficiency and conservation must become a way of life than just a mere compliance with rules and regulations.
With the aim of enhancing the energy efficiency of the ship operations, the Company is committed to:
- Establishing, documenting, implementing, maintaining an Energy Management System in accordance with the requirements of ISO 50001, with the objective of continually increasing energy efficiency and minimizing energy waste. A set of objectives and time-specific, measurable - whenever practicable and possible - and attainable targets should be established and maintained, which should relate to a combination of design optimization, in-service performance monitoring and best-practice operational management processes.
- Establishing and maintaining a Company Energy Efficiency Management Plan (CEEMP) which should be regularly reviewed by the senior management. This Plan, which applies to all fleet vessels, provides standard procedures and practice on best energy management under the various operational modes of each vessel.
- Ensuring the availability of information and of necessary resources to achieve the set objectives and targets.
- Promoting energy efficiency awareness through training to the shore and sea-going personnel and implementing energy related campaigns and other relevant personnel incentive/motivating programs.
- Promoting co-operation within the shipping industry with the aim of facilitating energy efficient operations.
- Monitoring and complying with all applicable legal and other requirements related to ship energy management.
- Supporting the purchase of energy-efficient products and services, and design for energy performance improvement.
Furthermore, Det Norske Veritas issued to ARCADIA fleet statements of conformity of Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plans (SEEMP) with the new amendments to Annex VI of the International Convention for the prevention of pollution from ships (MARPOL) related to reducing the greenhouse gas emissions from ships. The amendments require both new and existing ships with a gross tonnage of 400 tons or greater engaged on international voyages to retain a SEEMP onboard on or after 1 January 2013. This is a voluntary SEEMP evaluation program provided by DNV to improve the energy efficiency of ships included in their plans in accordance with the IMO guidelines.
Now ARCADIA joins an elite group of Companies around the world that have certified their systems and processes against the ISO 50001 standard and demonstrated best practices for energy use and conservation onboard the fleet vessels and at the Arcadia premises.
The Company’s Energy Efficiency Management Policy should be periodically reviewed with the aim of being kept always updated so as to function as the driver for the continual improvement of energy efficiency.