Green Award continues to expand

Sep 16 2016

Green Award has continued to add to its list of incentive providers.

Among the latest to join the Rotterdam-based organisation is Gard, the largest P&I Club and leading marine hull insurer.

It has become the first insurer to become a Green Award incentive provider.

Gard’s contribution will focus on two areas. The first is an annual Gard Green Award event for shipowners and managers who hold the Green Award certificate. This seminar will address topics, such as market challenges and trends, risk management and loss prevention, as well as innovation and new technology.

The second will help to benchmark to the performance of Green Award vessels for the organisation.

Rolf Thore Roppestad, Gard CEO, said “Sharing knowledge and expertise is one of the pillars on which Gard is built and is vital to both our ability to actively support members and clients and in our relationships with the wider world. We are committed to making a positive contribution to the industries we serve by offering dedicated resources for knowledge sharing and learning.

The aim of the Green Award is to promote the highest standards of safety, quality and sustainability in shipping, and we are delighted to support those goals by becoming the first insurance incentive provider. We look to build long-term relationships with external stakeholders and maintain a network of partners to enhance knowledge sharing– this latest initiative is a strong example of how we do that.”

“Gard is a P&I Club with outstanding reputation and embedded corporate social responsibility values, committed to safety,” Dimitrios Mattheou, Green Award chairman, said in his welcome speech. “Green Award certificate holders are in the top tier of the shipping industry, they strive for excellence. They are often pioneers and can benefit from sharing knowledge and learning about the optimal ways of implementation of the best practices. We appreciate that Gard has declared its support to Green Award members through hosting Green Award annual events for them. Gard’s contribution to these meetings with their expertise and insightful speakers will enable Green Award certificate holders to further improve their efficiency and performance.”

Another company to recently sign up was Athens-based ELSSI Drug Testing, which will offer up to 15% discount on its drug and alcohol tests.

On 10th September, 2016, Stavros Stamatopoulos, ELSSI Drug Testing operations director announced the company’s decision to join a Green Award network. 

ELSSI provides drug and alcohol testing solutions and fulfils the requirements of an independent international service, which is credible both to the shipowners and the national and international authorities and the US Coast Guard.

As a certified company using a US SAMHSA (Substance Abuse of Mental and Health Services Administration) approved laboratory, ELSSI claimed to exceed the requirements of all the international and national organisations (IMO, ILO, US Coast Guard) that are concerned with drug testing.

Green Award certified vessels are now entitled to receive a 5% discount on drug and alcohol testing and on biochemical testing, and a 15% discount on drug and alcohol sampling kits.


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