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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Environmental Management Systems News

US Outer Continental Shelf: New Vessel Safety & Environment Rules Proposed

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The U.S. Coast Guard herald the publication of an advance notice of proposed rulemaking to publicize regulations requiring vessels engaged in outer continental shelf activities  to develop, implement and maintain a vessel-specific safety and environmental management system. The safety and environmental management system incorporates the management program and principles of American Petroleum Institute’s Recommended Practice for Development of a Safety and Environmental Management Program for Offshore Operations and Facilities, Third Edition, May 2004 (API RP 75).

NASSCO Receives ISO Certification

NASSCO has earned the designation as the first private shipyard in the U.S. to receive ISO 14001 certification for its comprehensive Environmental Management System and environmental protection policies. The certification process was conducted by ABS. ISO 14001 is a voluntary international standard that establishes the requirements for a company's Environmental Management System (EMS). Elements include environmental policy, planning, operational controls and internal auditing. The certification is also comprised of continual improvement in environmental performance and employee environmental awareness.

ABS Earns Provisional Accreditation from COS

ABS Quality Evaluations, Inc. (ABS QE) became the first audit service provider to obtain Provisional Accreditation status from the Center for Offshore Safety (COS) on April 25, 2013. As a provisional accreditor, ABS QE offers safety and environmental management system audits to evaluate the implementation and maintenance of COS member companies’ safety and environmental management systems throughout their offshore operations. The Safety and Environmental Management Systems program was developed to be implemented by operators, suppliers and contractors by November 15, 2013 in support of the COS’s mission to promote and protect the environment, focusing exclusively on offshore safety in the deep-water (water depths > 1,000 ft.).

Crowley Awarded ISO 14001 Certification

Crowley's ship assist and escort services group has been awarded ISO 14001 certification for its environmental management system used for its operations in Valdez, Alaska. This certification is applicable to Crowley's provision of ship management and operation of tugboats in ship assist and escort services as well as response barges and oil spill response vessels. Crowley provides these services in Valdez Harbor and Prince William Sound for the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company Ship Escort / Response Vessel System (SERVS). requirements for a total quality environmental management system. externally certified. Evaluations.

UK Tankship Port Gets EcoPorts PERS Certification

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Leading UK oil and gas terminal, Port of Milford Haven, has become one of only three ports in the UK to achieve European-wide accreditation for the standard of its Environmental Management System, having recently been awarded an EcoPorts PERS certificate. Lloyd's Register recently evaluated the Port's Environmental Management System documentation and awarded Milford Haven Port Authority (MHPA) the EcoPorts PERS certification. The assessment process is part of the European Sea…

Carnival Corp. Earns Environmental Management Certifications

The operating companies of Carnival Corporation & plc have completed implementation and certification of their respective environmental management systems to the ISO 14001 standard. Certifications have been issued to the company's operating units by four different irecognized maritime regulatory agencies in recognition of Carnival's commitment to systematic management of its processes, products and services to minimize environmental impact. Germanischer Lloyd from Germany, Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance from North America and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency in the UK. issues. these tools to enhance their processes.

ABS Certifies To ISO 14001 Standard

ABS Quality Evaluations Inc. has certified the first offshore platform fabrication company's environmental quality management system to the internationally recognized ISO 14001 standard. The Morgan City, La., facilities of worldwide marine construction company J.Ray McDermott, Inc., was successfully audited by ABS QE to receive this certification. According to ABS QE Auditor Patricia Fitzgerald, the Morgan City facility implemented an integrated Quality, Health and Environmental management system for the entire scope of fabrication and repairing of offshore structures. Since residential neighborhoods and other businesses as well as bayous border the yard, environmental concerns were factored into the overall program. The Environmental Management Systems (EMS) procedures developed by J.

United Defense Shipyard Receives EPA Award

United Defense announced the presentation of an environmental stewardship award by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to Southwest Marine (SWM), its San Diego, Calif., shipyard. EPA Chief of Staff Thomas J. Gibson presented the award to SWM for the company's “outstanding voluntary contributions to environmental protection.” Southwest Marine played a key role, partnering with the EPA, in the development of an Environmental Management Systems Guide. This guide provides a plan for the shipbuilding and ship repair industry to help eliminate or greatly reduce potential sources of environmental pollution during the production process.

Guam Shipyard Fined

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently reached a settlement that requires the Guam Shipyard to spend $25,000 to create an environmental management system and pay a fine for hazardous waste violations. The shipyard will pay $19,534 for storage of hazardous waste without a permit, and for its failure to close hazardous waste containers. The environmental management system will improve on management of hazardous waste by encouraging pollution prevention and requiring regular employee training. The shipyard will also conduct a yearly review and certification of its waste management efforts. The waste has since been shipped for disposal to a proper hazardous waste disposal facility as required by the EPA's hazardous waste regulations.

Foss Maritime Environmental Milestone

Foss Maritime has earned the ISO 14001 environmental certification to use as a blueprint to achieve its "zero trace" corporate goal. With its new certification, Foss' entire marine division, both shoreside and marine has publicly committed to sound environmental practices and continual improvement, bringing in outside auditors to certify their safety, quality and environmental (SQE) processes. The SQE audit, which incorporates ISO 14001, was conducted by ABS (American Bureau of Shipping), an international classification society with headquarters in Houston, Texas. The ABS SQE certification program allows ship owners to demonstrate adherence to the highest levels of safety, quality and environmental standards.

Wärtsilä's Environmental Report Recognized

Wärtsilä Group's first Environmental Report was ranked the best separate environmental report in 2001 alongside M-Real's report in a competition held in Finland annually to judge the environmental and social responsibility reporting of Finnish companies. The Wärtsilä report is the first report to be published by a Finnish mechanical engineering company. It has been prepared with highly ambitious objectives, adopting the model of the Global Reporting Initiative. The report describes the company's products and their environmental impact. The whole reporting competition, comprising the report, Internet pages and annual report, was won this year by the wholesale and retail chain Kesko Oyj. Wärtsilä Group published its first Environmental Report in June 2001.

Alyeska Honors Crowley with Exceptional Award of Merit

Crowley's ship assist and escort services group was recently honored by the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company with a 2002 Exceptional Award of Merit. Management System, and for achieving perfect environmental and safety records for 2002. Crowley's new ESQA Management System fully meets and integrates four internationally certified management codes: the International Safety Management (ISM) Code, the American Waterways Operators Responsible Carrier (AWORC) program, the ISO 9000 Quality Code, and the ISO 14000 Environmental Management Systems Code.

Harley Marine Receives Enviromental Awards

Harley Marine Services is  a  environmental protection and stewardship within the marine industry and has been since its founding in 1987. They have developed a robust, multi-faceted environmental management program that is innovative and designed to have participation throughout each operating area of the company including the offices, shops, tugs and barges and at every level from deckhands and clericals to the CEO. Since receiving ISO 14001 environmental certification in 2008…

ALMACO Group Earns ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 Certifications

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ALMACO Group has received multi-site certifications for ISO 14001:2004, for implementation of Environmental Management Systems (EMS), and OHSAS 18001:2007, for developing Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) management systems, in compliance with the international standards. The certifications cover ALMACO’s products and services comprising engineering, procurement, construction, total project management, maintenance and on site installations for accommodation and food handling areas in living quarters, offshore installations and floating accommodation units.

Northrop Grumman Awarded ISO 14001

a third-party auditor of quality and environmental systems. achievements in environmental excellence. Schievelbein, president of Northrop Grumman Newport News. Bob Gilman, president of ABS QE. and society. focused on environmental management. in a more systematic way. certification.

Wärtsilä Wins Environmental Award

Det Norske Veritas granted Wärtsilä's Finnish companies, Wärtsilä Finland Oy and Wärtsilä Technology Oy, ISO 14001 environmental certification in recognition of the functionality of Wärtsilä's environmental management system. Wärtsilä's ISO 14001 environmental management system covers all the company's operations: sales, manufacturing, R&D and service. ISO 14001 is an international environmental standard highly respected by the customers. A product range that addresses environmental issues offers a clear competitive advantage in the marine and power plant markets. Wärtsilä's engines meet all current environmental requirements and Wärtsilä's goal is to exploit new technologies to achieve further reductions in emission levels.

Alnmaritec Gains ISO Environmental Accreditation

Alnmaritec, a boat building company based in Northumberland, announced that it has achieved formal accreditation of its Environmental Management system to the internationally recognized ISO 14001:2004 standard. The accreditation was given by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance (LRQA) after an 18 month process of system development and audits.  

Northrop European Environmental Cert.

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has received International Standards Organization (ISO) certification for the environmental management systems at the company’s Sperry Marine facilities in Europe. The Certificate of Conformance from ABS Quality Evaluations confirms that Sperry Marine’s environmental management system meets the requirements of the ISO 14001:2004 standard. The certification applies to the Sperry Marine offices in Antwerp, Belgium; Copenhagen, Denmark; Hamburg, Germany; Vlaardingen, Netherlands; Bergen, Norway; and New Malden, U.K. The ISO 14001:2004 standard is a management tool enabling an organization to identify and control the environmental impact of its activities…

Matson Receives ABS Certification

internationally recognized standards established by ABS. Patrick L. Fallwell, Matson is the first U.S. standards resulting in this certification. Fallwell. quality system sought after by leaders in the maritime industry.

Georgia Port, Emissions Reduction Grant

The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) has been awarded a United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) grant. The $250k award will retrofit GPA-owned equipment with devices that reduce air emissions. “As an integral part of GPA’s ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship, reducing consumption and emissions is a top priority,” said GPA’s Executive Director Doug J. Marchand. The engine exhaust enhancements will include diesel oxidation catalysts and crankcase filtration systems installed on 80 units of GPA’s container handling equipment. “These equipment upgrades will reduce diesel emissions by 25 percent,” said GPA’s Director of Engineering and Maintenance Wilson Tillotson.

Matson Honored With Coast Guard Environmental Award

Matson Navigation Company has been awarded with the U.S. Coast Guard's 2006 Rear Admiral William M. Benkert Marine Environmental Award for Excellence. The Benkert Award was created to recognize outstanding achievements in marine environmental protection that go beyond mere compliance with industrial and regulatory standards. Matson was the only containership operator recognized in the 2006 award process, which is conducted every two years. Other recipients of the 2006 award include Dow Chemical, British Petroleum, Marathon Petroleum and Todd Shipyard. The formal awards presentation will take place on June 26 in San Diego. Matson has had a zero discharge policy since 1993 and is still the only container vessel company that has such a program. In 2003, Matson's S.S.

Tundra MDS Completes Stage 1 of ISO 14001:2004

Tundra Maritime Defense Services (MDS), the maritime division of Tundra Group, announced that it has completed Stage 1 of the ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:2007 certification process conducted by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance (LRQA). Tundra MDS’s Integrated Management System (IMS) is already certified to ISO 9001:2008, ISO 28000:2007 and ISO/PAS 28007:2012. Recognized worldwide, ISO 14001 confirms an organization is effectively managing and mitigating its impact on the environment. Tundra’s environmental management system (EMS) is a continuous cycle of planning, implementation, review, and improvement of actions carried out to achieve stated business and environmental goals. OHSAS 18001 Certification verifies that an organization effectively provides a safe and healthy workplace.

Alaska Tanker Company Awarded SQE Certification

Alaska Tanker Company, LLC (ATC) based in Beaverton (Portland), Oregon has achieved "Safety, Quality and Environmental (SQE) Certification" including Accredited International Standards Organization (ISO) 14001 Certification to the Environmental Management System Standard on November 21st, 2001. This accomplishment makes ATC the first U.S. flag seagoing Shipping Company to attain SQE and ISO 14001 Certification from the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). This feat was achieved within 2 ½ years of ATC's inception. The attainment of Certification to the International Safety Management (ISM) Code as well as ISO 9001 (Quality Management System Standard) and ISO 14001 demonstrates the Company's commitment to be a World-Class tanker operator.

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