Evergreen Marine Corporation has become a signatory to the Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative (SRTI) as part of its commitment to plan a completely sustainable life cycle for its vessels.
Hosted by the Sustainable Shipping Initiative, the SRTI is an online platform via which members report information on their ship recycling policies and activities against a set of predefined disclosure criteria.
Evergreen and other participating shipowners can share their approach to this critical component of environmental and socially responsible ship operations in the interest of transparency.
In turn, this will give access to this information to cargo owners and financial stakeholders so that they may make their own informed decisions.
In a statement, Evergreen said: “We have had a long-standing commitment to ‘Clean Oceans’. Embodied in this goal is a mission to ensure responsible and sustainable operations wherever they touch the environment, whether at sea or on land, and to care for the people we employ and the communities we serve.”
Evergreen not only requires strict recycling standards for those vessels being disposed of but also incorporates state-of-the-art design into its new builds when planning its current fleet renewal strategy.
This is to minimise the impact of container shipping operations both on marine life, on port communities and on humanity worldwide.
The shipping line has invested in measures that go beyond environmental regulations, such as its new 12,000 teu class F-type vessels, of which the first in the series is already in service network since March of this year, are equipped with a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) reactor system.
This technology ensures that the vessels meet MARPOL nitrogen oxide (NOx) emission Tier III standards, which is above the current Tier II requirements.
Additionally, all of Evergreen’s new builds and its ships already in service, no matter on which service trade they will be deployed, will be provided an Inventory of Hazardous Materials Part 1 (IHM part 1) for Class approval and SoC certification.
Evergreen added: “When a vessel is decommissioned and recycling is planned, not only can valuable and reusable resources be recovered but potentially dangerous waste and pollutants must be processed properly.
“Recycling operations with the highest standards of safety available must be utilised. We are therefore pleased to share our recycling policies by joining SRTI and helping lead a growing industry initiative to demand more responsible ship recycling in the future.”
Andrew Stephens, executive director of the Sustainable Shipping Initiative, said: “Evergreen Marine joins a growing SRTI family that includes like-minded ship owners who are holding themselves to account before key stakeholders, including clients, investors and the wider public.
“This includes an increasingly diverse range of stakeholders engaging on topics of data and transparency, circularity, and the role of financial stakeholders in sustainable and responsible ship recycling in the absence of global regulation.”