Evergreen Marine Earns Certification from ABS
Thursday, December 12, 2002
Evergreen Marine Corporation (Taiwan) Ltd. has achieved certification of its
combined Safety, Quality and Environmental Management Systems (SQE) to the
exacting, internationally recognized standards established by ABS.
"Under the leadership of its founder, Group Chairman Dr. Y.F. Chang,
Evergreen has shown an unwavering commitment to safety, quality and
environmental protection since its inception in 1968," said ABS President,
Robert D. Somerville, when presenting the certificate of compliance. "This
commitment to continuous improvement flows from the Chairman, to the
executive team and throughout the organization to all the office and
seagoing staff around the world."
Receiving the new certificate, Captain S.Y. Kuo, Chairman of Evergreen
Marine, stressed the company's obligation to Safety, Quality and
Environmental management "since worldwide full container service commenced
nearly 28 years ago." That commitment, he said, includes the safe and
efficient operation of its fleet of nearly 150 ships in global service, a
safe and healthy working environment for all its employees, the prevention
of pollution from all sources, and full compliance with all applicable
international laws and regulations.
Evergreen demonstrated its commitment to these principles by voluntarily
meeting the International Safety Management (ISM) Code requirements in
1997, five years before the mandated date. The decision to expand its
management system to include full compliance with the ABS SQE standards was
taken in 2001. Company compliance has now been achieved and individual
certification of every vessel in the fleet is scheduled for completion
within 2-3 years.