DNV and Gulf Offshore comment on North MarinerNews // March 28, 2002
DNV says companies, organisations and the public at large are now realising the importance of limiting ships' emissions to the air and sea that have the potential of adversely affecting the environment.
This focus has caused a trend among leading companies of implementing an environmental management system. DNV says that assigning an environmental class notation such as CLEAN or CLEAN DESIGN "tells the market something about a company's environmental performance and efforts and addresses issues such as reducing the amount of waste produced and emissions to the air and sea".
The North Mariner was designed and built in Norway to Det Norske Veritas's main class notation (+1A1) and new voluntary CLEAN class notation. It will shortly be commissioned to join Gulf Offshore's worldwide fleet of supply vessels.
Gulf Offshore currently operates/manages 33 vessels in the North Sea, 13 vessels in Singapore, three in Brazil and three in West Africa, and is expanding. Further new ships will be commissioned this year.
In providing offshore marine services, primarily to companies involved in the offshore exploration and production of oil and natural gas, Gulf Offshore is committed to delivering a safe, environmentally clean and cost-effective service.
Duncan Anderson, Operations Manager at Gulf Offshore North Sea Ltd, said: "We are a quality and environmentally conscious organisation. Our modern and technologically advanced fleet is operated in accordance with our Safety Management System, which complies with the International Code for Safe Management of Ships and Prevention of Pollution (ISM Code) and BS EN ISO 9002. We achieved ISM through Det Norske Veritas long before it was mandatory. But more than this, we recognise the importance of limiting adverse effects on the environment, and decided to opt for DNV's environmental class."