RightShip is committed to making a difference to the maritime sector.
By making our seas safer, minimising the environmental impact of international shipping and supporting not-for-profit organisations that work towards improving the wellbeing of seafarers, we believe we can make a difference.
Through RightShip’s commitment to raising safety standards, substandard ships have been removed, rather than relocated from the supply chain. This places strong market pressure on ship owners and operators to raise their safety standards.
RightShip is a signatory to the Poseidon Challenge and is working towards zero fatalities, zero pollution and zero detentions. Intercargo members are recognised for their better-than-average port state control records and are awarded additional quality bonus points to their vessels risk rating score.
In 2014, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) estimated that international shipping contributes around 800 million tonnes of CO2 each year, which amounts to around 2.2% of the global total. If unabated, the industry's emissions are projected to increase by between 50% and 250% by 2050.
RightShip's answer to this alarming issue is the GHG Emissions Rating, which compares the theoretical carbon dioxide emissions of ships of a similar size and type, allowing for informed sustainable vessel selection. In early 2016, the RightShip GHG Emissions Rating was used by 27 charterers, who account for 1 in every 5 vessels chartered worldwide, or over 2 billion dwt per annum.
In addition, RightShip is a founding member the World Ocean Council, a not-for-profit organisation which seeks to catalyse collaboration in ocean sustainability and stewardship, tackling global marine environmental issues and advancing "Corporate Ocean Responsibility".
RightShip also recognise the important role HELMEPA, AUSMEPA, CYMEPA and NAMEPA undertake to promote sound environmental practice and reward all member vessels with an increase in the RightShip environmental rating.
RightShip: A carbon-neutral organisation
Complementing our mission to improve the safety and environmental sustainability of the maritime industry, RightShip are a proud carbon-neutral organisation. This involves RightShip purchasing carbon credits to offset the emissions associated with the operation of our three global offices' business operations including international flights, as well as employee travel to and from work.
It was estimated that the net total carbon emissions for RightShip during 2015 / 2016 was 628.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents (tCO2-e).
Through the carbon offset program, RightShip are upholding their commitment to provide leadership in environmental sustainability to the international shipping industry.
RightShip provide carbon offset sponsorship to organisers of selected maritime industry events. Through the establishment of CO2 reduction and offsetting initiatives, RightShip work with event organisers to take responsibility for emissions associated with maritime events and to lead in climate change action.
The carbon footprint of the event is then estimated, taking into consideration the number of attendees, the location and length of the event, as well as accommodation and travel requirements of the delegates.
RightShip then purchase the required number of carbon offset credits to make the event carbon-neutral. A carbon offset certificate is awarded to the conference, highlighting the commitment of both RightShip and the organisation to compensate for the environmental impact of their event.
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Giving back to the maritime industry is important to RightShip. In the past two years we have supported the following not-for-profit organisations:
- The Sailors’ Society – donating AUD$70,000 to provide social welfare coaching in martime technical colleges across China; raised over US$20K in the 2015 Asian Challenge (further to the $15K+ raised in 2013)
- Mission to Seafarers, Melbourne, Australia – sponsor of the art show; RightShip employees each offer one day of their professional services per annum
- Seafarers House, Fort Lauredale, Florida - donated over US7K to purchase computer equipment
RightShip also has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) to better address and understand the industry’s human element.
1 Pangolin Associates - Greenhouse Gas Assessment for RightShip Pty Ltd FY 2015/16