- Author: Alexandra Jane Oliver
- Keywords: Maritime
Matthias Ritters, Regional Manager Germany at DNV GL presented the “DNV GL Excellence Certificate – 5 Stars” certification to Claus-Peter Offen.
“Reederei Claus-Peter Offen has made a strong commitment to sustainability, energy efficiency and safety – demonstrating that it is one of the industry’s most reliable and environmentally friendly companies,” said Matthias Ritters.
The certificate honours reliable ship operations and compliance with high safety, environmental and quality standards. Reederei Claus-Peter Offen meets eight mandatory requirements, such as certification to ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 50001, OHSAS 18001, MLC (Maritime Labour Convention), ISM (International Safety Management), ISPS (International Ship and Port Facility Security) and ERS (Emergency Response Services) as well as optional requirements, such as conducting an emergency response drill (ERS), complying with the BWM (Ballast Water Management) and EP (Environmental Passport) class notation, and having a modern international training programme in place.
The shipping company has a fleet of some 80 modern containerships that belong to the handymax (1,800 to 3,000 TEU), panamax (4,000 to 5,100 TEU), postpanamax (5,500 to 9,700 TEU) and super-postpanamax (> 10,000 TEU) class. It runs liner services for leading charterers and offers technical consulting as part of its ship management services.
“Using innovative, efficient and green technologies is very important to us. We are delighted to have been awarded the DNV GL certificate and it motivates us to continuously improve the quality and reliability of our services. The `DNV GL Excellence Certificate – 5 Stars´ also verifies this to our charterers,” Claus-Peter Offen said at the award ceremony.
About DNV GL Excellence
International standards and management systems seek to continuously optimise and control the safety, environmental impact and operational processes of ships. The “DNV GL Excellence” certification documents the commitment of customers to comply with a broad range of these standards. “DNV GL Excellence” and “DNV GL Excellence – 5 Stars” provide independent third-party proof of a voluntary commitment to the continuous improvement of quality, sustainability, safety, security and social responsibility standards.
“DNV GL Excellence” certification can be obtained by meeting at least ten requirements in the categories Management Systems, Safety & Security, Environment & Efficiency, and Operation & Comfort. This comprises of a mixture of mandatory and optional requirements, for example a certified Energy Efficiency Management System (ISO norm 50001) or the use of DNV GL Ship Management Software Systems. Meeting the demands of five of seven Management Systems (ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 50001, OHSAS 18001, ISM and ISPS Code and MLC, 2006), qualifies shipowners to be certified “DNV GL Excellence – 5 Stars”. The “DNV GL Excellence” certification provides proof of reliability in ship operation and documents above average safety and quality standards to customers and stakeholders. Continued compliance with the highest quality standards is verified every three years in combination with periodical ISM and ISO company audits.