Ferry operator goes for Triple-E rating

08 Apr 2011
Stena Foreteller, first ship with DNV’s Tripe-E rating (StenaRoRo)

'Stena Foreteller', first ship with DNV’s Tripe-E rating (StenaRoRo)

Det Norske Veritas reports that Stena RoRo has become the first operator to sign a contract for its new Triple-E environmental efficiency rating.

DNV explains that Triple-E is a voluntary environmental and energy efficiency rating scheme. It has been developed in close cooperation with the industry and is designed as a tool to help ship operators improve their organisational performance, identify ways to minimise their environmental impact and optimise fuel consumption and thereby reduce costs.

After receiving a Triple-E rating for its Stena Foreteller vessel as part of a pilot project with DNV, Stena RoRo became the first customer to sign a Triple-E contract for three of its other vessels - the Stena Forecaster, Stena Forerunner and Ark Forwarder.

“The Triple-E rating is based on the capture of environmental and operational data from ships. The rating focuses on factors such as a ship’s environmental management practices and energy efficient operations as well as on verifiable monitoring, measurement and documentation schemes. Many of these factors can easily be influenced by the ship owner; either by itself or with the assistance of third parties such as DNV. Thus, Triple-E encourages a process of continuous improvement,” says DNV chief operating officer Olav Nortun, presenting the certificate at an event in Gothenburg.

Stena RoRo manager for commercial operations Ambjørn Frøjd, said, on receiving the certificate, “During the past year, we’ve focused on fine tuning our operational processes and developing decision support systems for the crew on board. We view Triple-E as the next logical step to further strengthen our follow-up of the continuous sustainability improvements made to our fleet. We also see it as positive that class societies are playing a role in the development of benchmarking tools within the field of sustainability in the shipping industry.”

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