Athens: At a recent ceremony Maran Tankers of Greece received ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 – both certificates issued by DNV. Maran Tankers has as its standing objective the operational excellence of the 34-ship strong tanker fleet.

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Tor Svensen, COO DNV Maritime handed over the certificates to Sokratis Dimakopoulos, HSQE manager Maran Tankers.

A key factor for achieving this is the work aimed at the continual improvement of the company’s Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental performance. Similar certification will also be implemented in the near future to cover the LNG/LPG vessels of Maran Gas.

“Pushing forward and adopting a proactive approach to Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental matters is regarded as one of our key drivers for enhanced overall business performance,” said Sokratis Dimakopoulos, Maran Tankers manager for health, safety, quality and environment at the ceremony.

He added: “We have embraced an integrated management approach based on the requirements of both ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 and this methodology has worked very well. We feel that the structure, contents and direction of both management systems complement each other efficiently.”

“Overall safety at sea, the safety and wellbeing of the crew and the ever increasing need for environmental compliance and foresight are important success factors for the future. I would like to compliment Maran Tankers Management on its engagement and strong commitment to these important programmes for future success,” said Tor Svensen when he handed over the certificates.

ISO 14001 is the internationally recognised Environmental Management System standard for environmental improvements and regulatory compliance. The increased awareness of sustainable development gives environmentally credible companies a competitive edge in national and international markets. The standard provides a clear management framework based on the well established management principles of “Plan-Do-Check-Act.” It requires an organisation to assess its operations’ impact on the environment, understand how those impacts can be managed, and set clear objectives and targets for continuous improvement.

OHSAS 18001 is the international standard for Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) management. It provides a framework for organisations to control their OH&S aspects, ensure legal compliance and continually improve performance. The OHSAS management system is now a legal requirement in many countries and it assists companies in investigating the health and safety risks related to their operations. Implementing the standard means that such risks are evaluated and controlled by setting clear objectives and targets in order to improve performance. The OHSAS 18001 standard has been designed to be compatible and harmonised with the other international management system standards, especially ISO 14001.