The protection of the environment has high priority in all our activities. Our aspiration is to avoid any environmental damage and to lastingly reduce waste water, air and noise emissions, as well as the generation of solid waste. We are committed to using energy and natural resources efficiently.
Our activities impact the environment both directly and indirectly. Thus, the storage and transportation of petroleum products carries a risk of spillage. It is our responsibility to reduce this risk significantly by implementing preventive safety measures. In addition, our sites use energy, water as well as various raw materials, and generate airborne emissions, waste and wastewater.
We are committed to minimizing our environmental footprint. Environmental issues are therefore an integral part of the HSSE management system across our group of companies. According to the HSSE Policy, we are committed to making efficient use of energy and resources, and promoting the environmental awareness of employees in order to minimize harmful effects. In order to evaluate our impact on climate change, our holding company Marquard & Bahls calculates the carbon dioxide (CO2) footprint for the entire group.
We prioritize a rapid and effective response to emergency situations when they occur. To ensure that we are fully prepared for all situations, we also work with local and international regulatory bodies.
To ensure professional support in the event of a major oil spill, Marquard & Bahls is for its subsidiaries a shareholder in Oil Spill Response Limited. Oil Spill Response Limited is the world’s largest oil spill response company. Marquard & Bahls is also an active member of the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF), a voluntary association of oil companies that works to ensure a safe and ecologically responsible operation of oil tankers and tank terminals.
To avoid petroleum products being transported by ships that do not meet our high standards, Mabanaft has established a Ship Charter Policy that defines detailed minimum requirements for chartered or accepted ships (C-term purchases). Its overriding goal is to ensure safe transport of the products at all times, and strict adherence to the changing requirements and rules of international tanker shipping. Among other things, this includes the requirements of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), who determines, among others, age limits or hull types. Moreover, the policy includes the assessment of the flag states. To enable a quick and up-to-date assessment of ships in accordance with this policy, we use a customized web-based information system.
All company-owned and chartered ships on international voyages are in compliance with the regulations of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code issued by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).