Green Award and RightShip: Working together for quality shipping
Pictured at Posidonia 2016: (L) RightShip CEO Warwick Norman & Green Award Executive Director, Jan Fransen
Green Award Foundation and RightShip increase collaboration to promote safe, sustainable shipping
Green Award Executive Director Jan Fransen and RightShip CEO Warwick Norman have signed an agreement to strengthen the recognition given to Green Award members in RightShip's new online vetting platform, RightShip Qi.
A ship that has passed the rigorous Green Award certification process and obtained Green Award certificate will receive additional credit and a positive score adjustment in RightShip's 5-star predictive Risk Rating. This rating, along with acknowledgement of Green Award membership, is prominently displayed in RightShip Qi's new vessel dashboard, further improving the potential of Green Award vessels for preferential chartering selection.
Since 1994, Green Award has been inspecting and certifying ship managers and ships that go beyond legally required standards in terms of ship layout and equipment, quality of operations and management. Green Award brings together top tier ship owners and managers with ports and maritime service companies that reward quality ships with incentives.
Ship vetting specialists RightShip provides transparent data via an online platform that is relied on by charterers, managers, owners, financiers and ports to make responsible and advatageous choices. RightShip's new online platform ("Qi") identifies the relative safety and sustainability of vessels by using a sophisticated predictive analytics model to devise risk rating scores.
Green Award and RightShip have been working together since 2003, and their cooperation has strengthened over the years. Initially joining forces with Green Award as a supporter of the certification scheme, RightShip's involvement is such that they are now viewed as a Green Award incentive provider.
"Green Award believes that ship owners and managers who go the extra mile to make their vessels safer and greener deserve to be recognized," said Green Award Executive Director Mr. Fransen. "By rewarding good owners and managers we make high quality shipping economically sound, and move towards eliminating substandard ships from the market. At Green Award we are happy to see that RightShip continues to recognize the high performance of Green Award ships and link them with charterers.
"We have worked with Green Award for 13 years now and we are very pleased to strengthen our association even further" said RightShip CEO Warwick Norman. "Our new vetting platform, RightShip Qi, provides greater visability into vessel information by highlighting memberships such as Green Award, and providing positive ratings adjustments to the vessels of Green Award members. Our data, collated over many years, shows us that the more environmentally friendly vessels also tend to be the safer vessels. Sustainability pays dividends to many stakeholders in many ways."
About Green Award
The Green Award foundation was established in 1994. Green Award is a global, independent, non-for-profit quality assurance organization that works by certifying ship managers and vessels that go beyond the industry standards in terms of safety, quality and environmental performance. The scheme is open for sea-going oil and chemical tankers, bulk carriers, LNG and LPG carriers, container carriers and inland navigation barges.
The essential of Green Award is that it covers a wide range of aspects related to safety quality and the environment. Green Award brings together high quality ships, maritime service providers and ports that want to improve safety, attract quality ships and reduce environmental and safety risks. In fact Green Award acts as the platform for the industry cooperation. Green Award Incentive providers (ports and maritime service providers) award ships the highest safety and quality standards of which are confimed by the Green Award certificate with various benefits such as discounts on the port dues, products and services.
With over 75 incentive providers in North America, Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia currently participating in the scheme, Green Award motivates ship owners and managers to invest in the improvements on board and ashore and serves as a reliable indicator of the ship's highest standards and as a Corporate Social Responsibility and risk reduction tool for shipping companies and ports.
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