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Editor in chief: Angelo Scorza
03/09/12 15:07

Angelopoulos certified its good shipmanagement

Greek shipping company Arcadia Shipmanagement got ISO 50001 certification from DNV

Arcadia Shipmanagement Co Ltd., the shipmanagement company owned by the Angelopoulos family of Greek shipowners, resulted to be the first shipping operator certified by Det Norske Veritas DNV Greece according to ISO 50001. The Norwegian class society also evaluated the SEEMPs prepared by Arcadia Shipmanagement for all its vessels and issued corresponding statements of conformity. “ISO 50001 offers a voluntary international standard that specifies the requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining and improving an energy-management system, and offers companies a systematic approach to continually improve energy performance, including energy efficiency, use and consumption” clarified Nikolaos Boussounis, DNV Regional Manager for Region East Mediterranean, Black and Caspian Seas. “Certification to the ISO 50001 standard is one way in which ship operators can reduce the environmental impact of their operations. On the other hand, the Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) is mandatory as defined by IMO MEPC 213 (63) and  incorporates best practices for the fuel efficient operation of ships, such as better speed management throughout a ship’s voyage. Such efficiency measures will significantly reduce fuel consumption and, consequently, CO2 emissions”.
Arcadia Shipmanagement has previously achieved certification against a number of internationally recognised QHSE standards, including ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and Green Award and can now join an elite group of companies around the world that have certified their systems and processes against the ISO 50001 standard and has demonstrated best practices for energy use and conservation on board its fleet vessels and at the Arcadia premises.
 “ARCADIA has long recognised the value and importance of strong management systems. The implementation of ISO 50001 should reduce our ships’ energy costs, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and other environmental impacts” commented Mattheou Dimitrios, Managing Director of Arcadia Shipmanagement. “We’re pleased that the ISO 50001 certification further recognises that our best practices for energy use and conservation are fully integrated in Arcadia’s fleet vessels.”
Released in June 2011 by the Geneva-based International Organization for Standardization, the ISO 50001 standard is a global energy management system developed to continually improve energy management performance, including energy efficiency, energy use and conservation.
The system provides shipping companies a way to take an active role in reducing their energy consumption and associated greenhouse gas emissions onboard ships, and to respond to economic constraints in the global market. The ISO 50001 standard presents a comprehensive and clear approach to smart energy use, and allows companies and ships to reduce their energy consumption and take advantage of renewable energy technologies.
Simultaneously DNV issued to the Greek company, which asked it on a voluntary basis, statements of conformity of Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plans (SEEMP) with the new amendments to Annex VI of the convention for the prevention of pollution from ships(MARPOL), related to reducing the greenhouse gas emissions from ships, which require both new and existing ships in excess of 400GT engaged on international voyages to retain a SEEMP aoard after 1st January 2013.
Arcadia Shipmanagement Co Lts had previously achieved certification on several internationally QHSQ standards, among them ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and Green Award.
Arcadia Shipmanagement Co Ltd. was established in 1998 and, within just one decade, has taken delivery of 20 newbuildings with a total capacity of some 2.5 million dwt: 16 double hulled tankers and 4 panamax bulkers were built by Hyundai Heavy Industries and Samsung Heavy Industries,
All new vessels have been built in compliance with the strict international regulations with highly improved specifications under the supervision of DNV and ABS American Bureau of Shipping.
In 2000, Arcadia chose to retain the management of only the tanker fleet - in order to fully focus on the increased demands and responsibilities involved in the safe transportation of oil – so that the panamax bulkers were assigned to another management company. The Angelopoulos’ subsidiary
concentrated on building two types of tanker: the aframax of 105,000 to 115,000 dwt and the suezmax type of 159,000 to 165,000 dwt, with identical designs so as to capitalize on the advantages inherent in the management of sister vessels, such as crew and shore personnel training, maintenance of machinery with similar parts, and many other areas.
At present Arcadia manages one of the lowest average age worldwide with the majority of its vessels flying the Greek flag, and is also a member of Helmepa and Intertanko.
For concluding the largest shipbuilding program worldwide, with 7 deliveries of tankers of above 100,000 dwt in 2007, that same year the company achieved the distinction of Tanker Company of the Year 2007 at an event organised by Lloyd’s List.
The company stresses to have invested heavily in strengthening its management and crew, with continuous training and education, also establishing a modern and well equipped training center certified by DNV.
ClassNK Awarded Authorization from Portugal

ClassNK’s Chairman and President Noboru Ueda announced that the Portuguese Flag Administration (Instituto Portuário e dos Transportes Marítimos, I.P) and ClassNK entered into an agreement under which the Society is now able to perform surveys and issue certificates in accordance with SOLAS, MARPOL, Load Line and other international conventions to all Portuguese flagged vessels and Madeiran flagged vessels, on behalf of those flags administrations.
The Portuguese register, according to World Fleet Statistics (Fairplay), holds 353 vessels (for overall 168,293GT) and the Madeiran register holds 106 vessels (1,072,256GT).
With Portugal, a total of 105 countries/regions are delegating authority for certifications and survey of its registered fleet to ClassNK.

Angelo Scorza