Not only are the trio of reefer containerships recently
Contship Containerlines the largest of their type in the world but
they are among the most 'green' and environmentally friendly. They
even have their own 'green' passports.
The three ships in question - Contship Aurora, Borealis and
Australis - have entered service on Contship Containerlines'
Europe/Australasia/North America services. All three are classified by
Germanischer Lloyd. Indeed, Contship Aurora, was the first ship to be
awarded Germanischer Lloyd's 'Green Passport' classification.
The green notation is a voluntary standard which allows a
shipowner/operator to demonstrate its commitment to the environment.
The notation concentrates on operational aspects to reduce the risk of
emissions to the sea and air. The passport is only issued once the
owner can show compliance with all applicable laws, as well as some
legislation that is still pending. It will only be awarded to ships
which, like Contship's three vessels
, exceed minimum international
maritime environment protection requirements and meet tough local or
In accordance with this notation, the ships:
· meet all relevant environmental legislation such as SOLAS and Marpol
· meet the requirement of Annex 6 regarding air emissions
· are painted with non-TBT paint
· meet the requirements of the Montreal protocol with regards to
· have a comprehensive waste management plan
· are ISM certified
· have fuel oil management procedures set out
· have a sewage management plan
· hold ISO 14001 accreditation through the ship managers.
"Not only does Contship Containerlines want to be seen by its
customers as meeting their needs through the provision of modern
tonnage, but it is keen to do it in a manner which least harms the
environment," said David Halliday, Senior Vice President of CP Ships'
Australasia and Asia Business Unit. "The Germanischer Lloyd Green
Card, or passport, is a very stringent regime for ships to meet. But
we are proud to have achieved this and believe it will pay dividends
in helping to expand our business.
"In tender documents, many of our customers require evidence of our
environmental policies. By having the green passports these ships are
ahead of the game . and much of the competition . and this maintains
our record of setting the standards in container shipping."