Five GL stars for German operator

14 Dec 2011
(Lleft to right): Dirk Lange, Germanischer Lloyd, Stefan Bülow, Reederei Ernst Russ, Jan Stahmer, Reederei Ernst Russ, and Matthias Ritters, Germanischer Lloyd, at the presentation of the ‘GL Excellence - 5 Stars’ certificate.

(Lleft to right): Dirk Lange, Germanischer Lloyd, Stefan Bülow, Reederei Ernst Russ, Jan Stahmer, Reederei Ernst Russ, and Matthias Ritters, Germanischer Lloyd, at the presentation of the ‘GL Excellence - 5 Stars’ certificate.

Germanischer Lloyd has awarded shipping company Ernst Russ the ‘GL Excellence - 5 Stars’ certificate in recognition of the operator’s quest for the highest quality, safety and environmental standards in shipping.

Ernst Russ managing director Stefan Bülow and Jan Stahmer, health, safety, environment und quality manager, were presented with the certificate, making the Hamburg shipping company only the ninth shipowner to receive this award.

"Commitment to the highest safety and quality standards is a prerequisite for successful collaboration with our international partners and clients. This is why we are particularly delighted that this award underlines our approach," said Bülow, as he received the certificate.

Companies can document their efforts to comply with international standards, both mandatory and voluntary, through "GL Excellence" certification by Germanischer Lloyd. This provides independent proof of their commitment to the sustained improvement of their quality, environmental behaviour, reliability, safety and social responsibilities. The Ernst Russ fleet meets the requirements of the ISM Code, the ISPS Code, ISO 9001 (quality) and ISO 14001 (environment). Practical ISPS Code exercises for averting danger (such as piracy) are regularly carried out with the GL Academy. As a subscriber to GL's Emergency Response Service, the shipping company has technical support on hand for any emergency. Training measures in the areas of environmental protection and energy efficiency, as well as the use of GL Crew Manager software set above-average benchmarks and, according to GL, are evidence of a future-oriented and reliable shipping firm.

By fulfilling the obligatory requirements (including at least five management systems such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001, health and safety management system, Maritime Social Responsibility Standard, ISM and ISPS), the shipping company is entitled to "GL Excellence - 5 Stars" certification. Ernst Russ has received this award for its entire GL classified fleet.

Compliance with "GL Excellence - 5 Stars" certification is checked every three years alongside the ISM and ISO audits.

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