MTM adds vessel to Green Award - Yokohama joins

Apr 07 2017

Maran Tankers Management (MTM) has gained Green Award certificates for its latest VLCC newbuildings.

In total, three MTM VLCCs recently received their certificates. The latest was ‘Maran Athena’, which was delivered in October, 2016 and joins her sisterships ‘Maran Arete’ and ‘Maran Ariadne’ which received their certificates on 27th November, 2016 and 31st January, 2017, respectively.

‘Maran Athena’ underwent an audit at Rotterdam undertaken by a Green Award surveyor. The VLCC was inspected and found to be in excellent shape and fully in compliance with the Green Award requirements.

Green Award executive director Jan Fransen praised MTM’s engagement with the quality scheme. “Maran Tankers Management entered the Green Award scheme shortly after its inception. They have been our certificate holders since 1996 and we have witnessed through the years their rise to one of the most distinguished shipmanagers and providing excellent transportation services.

“Since their first entry into the scheme, Maran Tankers have been raising the bar on quality and safety in keeping with continuously updated Green Award requirements. Maran Tankers Management is a great example of socially responsible world-class provider of shipmanagement services. They have strong vision on how the successful transporter of the future should operate,” he said.

In addition, the Port of Yokohama officially became a Green Award member on 1st April, 2017.

On 30th March, 2017, Mrs Fumiko Hayashi, Mayor of City of Yokohama met with Fransen to seal the deal and to make an announcement.

All types of Green Award certified deepsea vessels are now entitled to a discount of 15% on port dues when calling at Yokohama.

“It is an important decision of Yokohama,” said Jan Fransen, Green Award executive director. “Due to its special geographical position and port facilities handling various cargo types, Yokohama is one of the key ports in Asia. The port plays major role in shipping in the region. Yokohama’s sustainable approach and participation in the Green Award scheme will help mitigate negative effects of shipping in the whole area.”

"By participating in the programme, we hope it will result in improving the port safety and environment even further," said Mrs Fumiko Hayashi, “The Port of Yokohama is the core of Yokohama’s logistics and economy. And the port is strategically one of the most important ports in Japan that handles various ship types; container carriers, pure car carriers, cruise ships, liquid and dry bulk ships, etc. The largest two import cargoes are LNG as number one, followed by petroleum, which cover one third of the throughput. We will accelerate our contribution to the environment by taking the opportunity to participate in the programme and sharing it to the world."  

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