Safety and Environmental Protection Policy

Reference: ISM Code Clause 2 – Safety and Environmental Protection Policy

The company is committed to achieve the highest Safety Management Standards throughout the organization and help to protect the environment in the area of operation.

Safety management objectives of the Company are:

  • Provide for safe practices in ship operation and a safe marine environment.
  • Assess all identified risks to its ships, personnel and the environment and establish appropriate safeguards.
  • Continuously improve safety management skills of personnel ashore and on-board ships, including preparing for emergencies related both to safety and environmental protection.
  • Operate the ships in a safe and environmentally friendly manner with the goal of zero incidents and zero spills to sea.

The high standards of safety and pollution prevention shall be achieved by operating a Safety Management System which meets the requirements of ISM Code IMO Res. A 741 (18), as amended, which sets the Safety Management standards for the organization with the objective of ensuring safety at sea, prevention of human injury or loss of life, avoidance of damage to the marine environment and to ship or property.

The company recognizes the importance of the evolvement and commitment of top management in the implementation of the policy.

The company achieves its objective with regard to safety and environmental protection by means of the following:

  • Establish and insist upon safe operating practices and provide safe and healthy environment in order to avoid harm to health, injury to personnel and damage to property and environment.
  • Compliance with mandatory rules, regulations, codes, guidelines and standards applicable to the company’s Safety Management System.
  • Providing the shipmaster with all the necessary authority and support to prepare and respond to emergencies.
  • Providing documented instructions for executing the duties of personnel and for various operating conditions of the vessels.
  • Maintaining contingency procedures for reporting and responding to serious accidents and hazardous occurrences for minimizing harm to people, property and environment.
  • Employing qualified and experienced persons in crucial positions with regard to the Safety Management System and familiarizing them with their assigned duties.
  • Establishing an effective system of communication within the organization and ensuring people are receiving instructions in a language understood by them.
  • Evaluating the Safety and Environmental Management System at defined intervals through internal audits and management reviews.
  • Fully cooperate with public authorities and others to mitigate the effects of accidents and environmental damages which may occur.
  • Review of policy by the top management annually and whenever deemed necessary.

Compliance with the policy and Safety Management System is mandatory for all staff involved with the Safety Management System. Safety and pollution prevention is everybody’s responsibility. All shore and sea staff are instructed to adhere to this policy and the requirements of the Safety Management procedures and instructions.

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