By Claes Eek Thorstensen, President & Chief Commercial Officer, Thome Group
This first issue of 2020 is about waste management.
We are all responsible for environmental protection and at Thome Group, we have a very clear and stringent environmental policy.
How we manage our garbage on board is particularly important as very heavy fines can be imposed if we are found to be contravening MARPOL regulations.
All crew needs to be diligent in how to collect, segregate, store, process and dispose of garbage in accordance with current regulations. There are placards and garbage management plans which crew should be made aware of and all waste disposal should be recorded in a garbage record book.
Oil Record Book entries must also be maintained and accurately recorded as failure to do so will also fall foul of strict regulations leading to huge fines and possible detentions. The industry is rightly getting tough on non-compliance particularly with regards to environmental matters as climate change activists have brought this issue to the forefront of global concerns.
Shipping is trying to get its house in order, being the major transporter of goods around the world, and so the new sulphur cap regulations, which came into force on the 1st January, are the start of ever stricter regulations which aim to lessen the industry’s negative environmental impact on the planet.
In fact, the IMO has set the challenge for the industry to reduce the total annual GHG emissions by at least 50% by 2050 compared to 2008, while simultaneously pursuing efforts towards phasing them out entirely.
This is a huge commitment, but with the collective effort of the industry, I am sure that solutions will be found and the Thome Group will work together to meet these future challenges to stay at the forefront of the ship management and protect the interests of our clients.
We must take our responsibilities seriously, so please read the following articles thoroughly and should you have any questions please direct them to your immediate superiors who will help to clarify any aspects of your role in the safe management of waste on board.