Environment – Our Strategy for Climate Change & Environmental Sustainability

In recent years, the global community has become increasingly aware of the urgent need to combat climate change and safeguard our environment. Among the various sectors contributing to environmental degradation, maritime operations have been a focal point due to their significant carbon footprint and potential for ecological harm. To mitigate these impacts, stringent regulations and measures have been introduced to promote compliance and foster sustainability in the maritime industry. Here, we delve into five key areas crucial for achieving environmental stewardship in maritime activities:

  1. Complying with EEXI and CII Regulations: The Energy Efficiency Existing Ship Index (EEXI) and Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII) regulations have been implemented by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from existing vessels and monitor the carbon intensity of ships. Shipowners and operators are required to comply with these regulations by optimising vessel efficiency, adopting alternative fuels, and investing in energy‑saving technologies. By adhering to EEXI and CII standards, the maritime industry can significantly mitigate its environmental impact and contribute to global efforts to combat climate change.
  2. Compliance with IHM Regulations: The Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) regulations mandate the proper management and disposal of hazardous materials onboard ships to prevent environmental pollution and protect human health. Shipowners are obligated to conduct thorough IHM assessments, identify hazardous substances, and implement safe handling and disposal practices in accordance with IMO guidelines. Adhering to IHM regulations not only minimises environmental risks but also fosters a culture of responsible waste management within the maritime sector.
  3. Ballast Water and Waste Management: The discharge of ballast water and improper waste management pose significant threats to marine ecosystems, introducing invasive species and pollutants into delicate habitats. To address these challenges, strict protocols for ballast water treatment and waste disposal have been established under international conventions such as the Ballast Water Management Convention and MARPOL Annex V. Implementing effective ballast water treatment systems and adopting sustainable waste management practices are essential for preserving marine biodiversity and ensuring the long‑term health of our oceans.
  4. Zero Spills or Discharges: Zero spills or discharges must be the ultimate goal for maritime operations to prevent oil spills, chemical leaks, and other hazardous incidents that can devastate marine environments and coastal communities. Comprehensive risk assessment, robust contingency planning, and stringent operational procedures are essential for minimising the likelihood of accidents and responding promptly and effectively in the event of an emergency. Embracing a zero‑tolerance approach to spills and discharges reinforces the commitment of the maritime industry to environmental protection and sustainable development.
  5. Control on Single‑Use Plastics: Single‑use plastics pose a significant threat to marine ecosystems, contributing to pollution, endangering marine life, and contaminating food chains. Recognising the urgency of this issue, regulatory bodies and industry stakeholders are increasingly implementing measures to restrict the use of single‑use plastics onboard vessels. Strategies such as promoting reusable alternatives, implementing recycling programs, and enforcing strict waste reduction policies are crucial for mitigating the adverse impacts of single‑use plastics and fostering a cleaner, healthier marine environment.

In conclusion, achieving environmental sustainability in maritime operations requires a comprehensive approach encompassing regulatory compliance, technological innovation, and a commitment to responsible stewardship. By embracing measures such as complying with EEXI and CII regulations, adhering to IHM requirements, implementing effective ballast water and waste management practices, striving for zero spills or discharges, and controlling single‑use plastics, the maritime industry can play a pivotal role in mitigating climate change and safeguarding our planet’s precious ecosystems for future generations.