Certifying international standards in environment, safety and quality, the Green Award Foundation is an independent, non-profit organisation committed to safe, clean shipping.
It was established in 1994 by Rotterdam Municipal Port Management and the Dutch Ministry of Transport.
The foundation stimulates improvements in shipping and environmental awareness and assists international ports in efforts to improve environmental procedures. The Green Award is presented by the Bureau Green Award, the executive body of the Green Award Foundation.
Certification consists of an office audit and a complete audit of individual ships and focuses on crew, operational, environmental and managerial elements. The certification scheme is open to oil tankers and dry bulk carriers upwards of 20,000 deadweight tonnes, liquefied natural gas carriers and inland navigation vessels. "The Green Award certifies seagoing vessels and inland barges that go above and beyond international standards in environment, safety and quality," says managing director Jan Fransen. "International ports and service providers grant incentives to Green Award certified vessels including various financial and non-financial benefits and facilitate improvements in international shipping. We intend the Green Award to continue to be a leading example of a joint industry corporate social responsibility initiative."