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Stena RoRo has become the first operator to sign a contract for DNV’s new Triple-E rating. Triple-E is an environmental and energy efficiency rating scheme for ships which helps ship operators to stay at the forefront with regard to green shipping rules and regulations.
DNV’s Triple-E is a voluntary environmental and energy efficiency rating scheme. It has been developed in close cooperation with the industry and is designed as a tool to help ship operators improve their organisational performance, identify ways to minimise their environmental impact and optimise their fuel consumption and thereby reduce costs.
After receiving a Triple-E rating for its Stena Foreteller vessel as part of a pilot project with DNV, Stena RoRo became the first customer of this new rating scheme to sign a Triple-E contract for three of its other vessels – the Stena Forecaster, Stena Forerunner and Ark Forwarder.
“The Triple-E rating is based on the capture of environmental and operational data from ships. The rating focuses on factors such as a ship’s environmental management practices and energy efficient operations as well as on verifiable monitoring, measurement and documentation schemes. Many of these factors can easily be influenced by the ship owner; either by itself or with the assistance of third parties such as DNV. Thus, Triple-E encourages a process of continuous improvement,” says DNV Chief Operating Officer Olav Nortun, who presented the certificate at an event in Gothenburg today.
Stena RoRo AB’s Manager for Commercial Operations AmbjÃ¸rn FrÃ¸jd, who received the certificate, says: “During the past year, we’ve focused on fine tuning our operational processes and developing decision support systems for the crew on board. We view Triple-E as the next logical step to further strengthen our follow-up of the continuous sustainability improvements made to our fleet. We also see it as positive that class societies are playing a role in the development of benchmarking tools within the field of sustainability in the shipping industry.”
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