A standard is a guideline document that reflects agreements on products, practices or operations, by recognized government, industry or professional bodies or trade associations. A standard provides requirements, specifications, guidelines or characteristics that can be used consistently to ensure that materials, products, processes and services are fit for their purpose.

ISO International Standards ensure that products and services are safe, reliable and of good quality. For business, they are strategic tools that reduce costs by minimizing waste and errors and increasing productivity. They help companies to access new markets, level the playing field for developing countries and facilitate free and fair global trade.


ISO 50001

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Using energy efficiently helps organizations save money as well as helping to conserve resources and tackle climate change. ISO 50001 supports organizations in all sectors to use energy more efficiently, through the development of an Energy Management System (EnMS).
ISO 50001 is based on the management system model of continual improvement also used for other well-known standards such as ISO 9001 or ISO 14001. This makes it easier for organizations to integrate energy management into their overall efforts to improve quality and environmental management.
ISO 50001 provides a framework of requirements for organizations to:

  1. Develop a policy for more efficient use of energy
  2. Fix targets and objectives to meet the policy
  3. Use data to better understand and make decisions about energy use
  4. Measure the results
  5. Review how well the policy works, and
  6. Continually improve energy management.

It specifies requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining and improving an energy management system, whose purpose is to enable an organization to follow a systematic approach in achieving continual improvement of energy performance, including energy efficiency, energy use and consumption.
It contains requirements applicable to energy use and consumption, including measurement, documentation and reporting, design and procurement practices for equipment, systems, processes and personnel that contribute to energy performance.
It applies to all variables affecting energy performance that can be monitored and influenced by the organization.
ISO 50001 is applicable to any organization wishing to ensure that it conforms to its stated energy policy and wishing to demonstrate this to others, such conformity being confirmed either by means of self-evaluation and self-declaration of conformity, or by certification of the energy management system by an external organization.

On July 2012, ARCADIA SHIPMANAGEMENT CO LTD became the first shipping Company to obtain Certification on ISO 50001:2011 by the Norwegian Classification Society DNV.

"On July 2020 the Company was Certified to the revised ISO 50001:2018 (Energy Management) by Det Norske Veritas".


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DNV Standard ST-0029 – for Certification of Maritime Training Providers

Standards for Certification are publications that contain principles, acceptance criteria and practical information related to the Society's consideration of objects, personnel, organizations, services and operations. Standards for Certification also apply as the basis for the issue of certificates and/or declarations that may not necessarily be related to classification.
This standard gives requirements for learning providers within maritime and offshore field, offering academic and/or vocational training and education, and leading to the issuance of certificates so as to ensure the quality of development and delivery of courses and programmes. The objective shall ensure that programmes and courses being offered within the maritime and offshore sector are properly designed, contain clear objectives as to results, are carried out by qualified instructors and are evaluated and improved in line with market demands and experience.
The maritime training centre's top management shall establish a quality policy and ensure that quality objectives are established and that the objectives are measurable and consistent with the quality policy. The maritime training centre's management shall also ensure that customer requirements are determined and met with the aim of enhancing customer satisfaction.
The maritime training centre shall continually improve the effectiveness of the management system through the use of quality policy and objectives, audit results, data analyses, corrective and preventive actions and management review.

ISO 14001



ISO 14001 is the world’s most recognized framework for environmental management systems (EMS). It specifies requirements for an environmental management system to enable an organization to develop and implement a policy and objectives which take into account legal requirements and other requirements to which the organization subscribes, and information about significant environmental aspects. It applies to those environmental aspects that the organization identifies as those which it can control and those which it can influence.
It sets out the criteria for an environmental management system and can be certified to. It does not state requirements for environmental performance, but maps out a framework that a company or organization can follow to set up an effective environmental management system. It can be used by any organization regardless of its activity or sector. Using ISO 14001 can provide assurance to company management and employees as well as external stakeholders that environmental impact is being measured and improved.
The benefits of using ISO 14001 can include:

  1. Reduced cost of waste management
  2. Savings in consumption of energy and materials
  3. Lower distribution costs
  4. Improved corporate image among regulators, customers and the public

ISO 14001 is applicable to any organization that wishes to establish, implement, maintain and improve an environmental management system, to assure itself of conformity with its stated environmental policy, and to demonstrate conformity with ISO 14001 by:

  1. making a self-determination and self-declaration, or
  2. seeking confirmation of its conformance by parties having an interest in the organization, such as customers, or
  3. seeking confirmation of its self-declaration by a party external to the organization,
  4. seeking certification/registration of its environmental management system by an external organization.

All the requirements in ISO 14001 are intended to be incorporated into any environmental management system. The extent of the application will depend on factors such as the environmental policy of the organization, the nature of its activities, products and services and the location where and the conditions in which it functions.

ARCADIA SHIPMANAGEMENT CO LTD has been Certified on ISO 14001:2004 (Environment) – on April 2008 (initially Certified upon ISO 14001:1996 – on March 2004), by the Norwegian Classification Society DNV.On June 18, Certification upon the updated ISO 14001:2015 (Enviroment) was granted.

ISO 45001

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The purpose of an Occupational Health & Safety management system is to provide a framework for managing OH&S risks and opportunities. The aim and intended outcomes of the OH&S management system are to prevent work-related injury and ill health to workers and to provide safe and healthy workplaces; consequently, it is critically important for the organization to eliminate hazards and minimize OH&S risks by taking effective preventive and protective measures.
The Company has determined:
a) the other interested parties, in addition to workers, that are relevant to the OH&S management system.
b) the relevant needs and expectations (i.e. requirements) of workers and other interested parties.
c) which of these needs and expectations are, or could become, legal requirements and other requirements.
d) provides the resources needed for the establishment, implementation, maintenance and continual improvement of the OH&S management system.

Company's Top management has established, implements and maintains an OH&S policy, including a commitment to provide safe and healthy working conditions for the prevention of work-related injury and ill health and is appropriate to the purpose, size and context of the organization and to the specific nature of its OH&S risks and OH&S opportunities. The responsibilities and authorities for relevant roles within the OH&S management system are assigned and communicated at all levels within the Company and maintained as documented information. Workers at each level of the Company have assume responsibility for those aspects of the OH&S management system over which they have control.

The Company has established, implements and maintains processes for the elimination of hazards and reduction of OH&S risks using the following hierarchy of controls:
a) eliminate the hazard,
b) substitute with less hazardous processes, operations, materials or equipment,
c) use engineering controls and reorganization of work,
d] use administrative controls, including training,
e) use adequate personal protective equipment.

On July 2020 the Company was Certified with ISO-45001:2018 for Occupational Health and Safety.


Green Award 2024


The objective of the Green Award certification scheme is to promote the safe and environmentally friendly behavior of ship and crew/management, mainly by achieving international acceptance, recognition, regulation and coordination of the “Green Award” Certification, all in observance of (inter)national conventions, legislation and developments in the area of ship lay-out, equipment, crew, operations and management.
The Green Award Requirements address issues related to quality, safety and environment and pay extra attention to crew elements. The most recent update of the Green Award requirements covers Monitoring of Ship Exhaust Emissions, Marpol NOx emission limits, ECDIS and Hot Work procedures.

From Tallinn to Tokyo and from Venice to Vancouver, the Green Award Foundation is active all over the world with the certification scheme for dry bulk carriers and oil tankers that go above and beyond the set standards in cleanliness and safety. All efforts are made to benefit the marine environment, including cleaner seas.
Efforts and benefits are also key issues for the ship owners. Admitted, it is quite an effort to meet the stringent Green Award requirements. But once certified and proven to be more environmentally friendly, the ship owners reap various benefits like:

  • Discount on port dues
  • Charter preference
  • Continuous improvement
  • Lower costs
  • Lower insurance premiums
  • Acceptation by PSC / vetting inspections
  • Quality more visible
  • Better image
  • Motivation and pride of crew
  • Less incidents
ARCADIA SHIPMANAGEMENT CO LTD has been Awarded with the “Green Award” on February 2005.


Risk Management Assessment - THESIS



THESIS (The Health, Environment, Safety Information System) is an application, originally developed by Shell and now jointly with ABS Consulting. It was developed specifically to create and manage robust safety management systems.

It has been based on the Bow-Tie concept to visually display how hazards are controlled and how the risk associated with them is reduced to As Low As Reasonably Practical (ALARP). It documents the provenance of information and the reference sources from which the information is obtained. It is an extremely flexible and simple tool whose application extends from safety, health and environment risk into any aspect of business exposed to hazards and risks. It is frequently used to build management systems from concept as well as capture and refine those that already exist.

THESIS is a software tool that can effectively demonstrate how a facility's Safety Management System can be implemented. It assists companies/operators in the analysis and management of the hazards and risks to which their business is exposed, and graphically displays and illustrates the relationship between hazards, controls, risk reduction measures into a representation that has become to be known as the THESIS bow-tie methodology.


ARCADIA SHIPMANAGEMENT CO LTD has been Certified by the American Bureau of Shipping for Risk Management Assessment -THESIS on February 2005

ISO 9001


ISO 9001 specifies the basic requirements for a quality management system (QMS) that an organization must fulfill, to demonstrate its ability to consistently provide products (which include services) that enhance customer satisfaction and meet applicable statutory and regulatory requirements. The standard can be used for certification/registration and contractual purposes by organizations seeking recognition of their quality management system. The standard is based on a number of quality management principles including a strong customer focus, the motivation and implication of top management, the process approach and continual improvement. Using ISO 9001 helps ensure that customers get consistent, good quality products and services, which in turn brings many business benefits.

There are five sections in the standard that specify activities that need to be considered upon implementation of the system:

  1. Overall requirements for the quality management system and documentation
  2. Management responsibility, focus, policy, planning and objectives
  3. Resource management and allocation
  4. Product realization and process management, and
  5. Measurement, monitoring, analysis and improvement.

Together, the five sections of ISO 9001 define what an Organization should do, to consistently provide product that meets customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements. In addition, the Organization will seek to enhance customer satisfaction by continual improvement of the quality management system.

ARCADIA SHIPMANAGEMENT CO LTD has been Certified on ISO 9001:2008 (Quality) – on June 2009 (initially Certified upon ISO 9001:2000 - on December 2001), by the Norwegian Classification Society DNV.On June 2018, Certification upon the updated ISO 9001:2015 (Quality) was granted.

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