Major industry developments and concerns were addressed at the 1st Green Award – GARD conference held on September 28, 2017, in Athens, Greece.  Ship managers, owners, maritime related businesses and organizations met during the event organized in Athens. The initiative came from Green Award, an international organization which certifies ships & ship managers that demonstrate performance beyond that required by the industry’s regulations.

Fully supported by GARD, a maritime insurance company and a Green Award incentive provider, the event attracted Green Award stakeholders as well as many other industry organizations and companies not engaged in the Green Award scheme.

The day opened with a meeting of Green Award certificate holders. Discussions held in the morning provided invaluable input for further development of the Green Award requirements on topics such as noise and UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDG). GARD shared its data and benchmarking analysis with the Green Award certified ship managers present at this meeting.

Conference started in the afternoon and was open to the industry (by invitation only). US Coast Guard, DNV GL, Alpha Marine were amongst the key speakers. Presentations covered Ballast Water Management, TMSA3 and human element, simplification of procedures, EU MRV and IMO DSC. Delegates debated on these topics with some questions leading to official replies to follow. Jan Fransen, executive director of Green Award, informed the attendees about Green Award’s activities, recent developments and research carried out by the foundation.

Delegates represented organizations genuinely interested in investing efforts into safety and reduction of the environmental footprint.

As Green Award chairman, Capt Dimitrios Mattheou said addressing the attendees:

“There is no need to convince any of the people present today of the importance of safety, quality and environmentally-friendly performance. We all know that these are the core values. We all strive for excellence.”

The focus of the evening event was on promotion of measures to improve safety and environmental performance, contribution to loss prevention and obtaining feedback from Green Award stakeholders, both certificate holders and incentive providers.

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