Our activities impact the environment both directly and indirectly. We therefore want to make every effort to position ourselves as an environmentally friendly company within our business activities – a company that keeps its negative impact on the environment to an absolute minimum.
We are well aware that our business activities pose potential risks to the environment and that we rely on resources such as energy, water and building materials. We must therefore make every effort, now and in the future, to keep any negative impact on the environment as low as possible. To achieve this, we have set high environmental standards for ourselves.
Environmental issues are an integral part of our HSSE management system. Our policy on HSSE stipulates that we use energy and raw materials efficiently, avoid environmental pollution, and promote environmental awareness among our employees so as to minimize harmful influences. For many years now, we have been recording the frequency of product releases and their volume, the amount of energy and water used and the waste produced at our sites and have established corresponding KPIs that enable us to better identify and evaluate our development. Additionally, 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.
Precautions in Case of Spills in Water
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.
Own Ship Charter Policy
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).