Marshall Islands registry recognises Green Award ships

Sep 14 2018

The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Registry is to recognise Green Award certified ships with an incentive.

Ships registered in the RMI and certified by Green Award will be granted a 30% discount on the annual marine services fee.


Green Award Chairman, Capt Dimitrios Mattheou, and executive director, Jan Fransen, presented a Green Award plaque to Theo Xenakoudis, director, worldwide business operations of International Registries (IRI), which provides administrative and technical support to the RMI Registry on 11th September.


Capt Mattheou called this co-operation a huge step in the direction of an environmentally conscious and safe maritime industry of the future. “Striking a balance between economically sound and environmentally and socially responsible shipping is of paramount importance. That’s a task for the entire maritime community. By supporting Green Award, the RMI Registry joins the frontrunners of the industry actively taking measures to reduce their ecological footprint and encourage improvement of safety,” he said.


”Age is often an indicator of a greener fleet, and the RMI fleet is the youngest of any of the top 10 registries. We have always aimed to make our fleet environmentally friendly and so we are pleased to see that more than 16% of Green Award vessels are RMI flagged. The RMI has also maintained its Qualship 21 status for 14 consecutive years and, in addition, more than 28% of the United States Coast Guard’s E-Zero designation vessels are RMI flagged. It is noteworthy to see that so many RMI owners and operators are going beyond the industry’s standard for environmental performance measures,” said Xenakoudis.


Another company to commit to the Green Award recently was GAC UK.


The company claimed to be the first UK ship agency to sign up to the Green Award scheme.


Under the agreement, Green Award-certified ships that use GAC's ship agency services at UK ports can claim a 10% discount on the company’s agency fees.


GAC UK handles around 7,000 port calls around the UK every year and is part of the GAC Group. GAC UK is the fourth GAC company in Europe to join the Green Award incentive scheme, following GAC Belgium and GAC Netherlands, which signed up in 2015, followed by GAC Greece in June of this year.


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