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Responsibility is our tradition: In 1994 Hapag-Lloyd was the first shipping company who had certified all its worldwide activities according to ISO quality standards. By 1996 binding environmental guidelines were formulated. In 2003 a certification according to environmental standards was added to the already existing ISO quality standard. Both systems were combined to our integrated Quality and Environmental Management System (ISO 9001 + ISO 14001) and since then have continuously been updated. Our ISO certification includes all activities of Hapag-Lloyd's worldwide organisation.
Our ISO 9001 and 14001 certification for the worldwide organisation was renewed by DNV GL in June 2018. Fleet Managment received their new ISO 9001:2015 and 14001:2015 certification in March 2018.
Hapag-Lloyd calculates carbon emissions for all owned and chartered container vessels by using the methodology developed by the Clean Cargo Working Group. The CO2 as well as SOx emission data have been verified by DNV GL. For further information please read the pdf-document from March 20th, 2018 below.
In 2007 we were the first container shipping line worldwide to be certified with the newly established standard “Excellence - 5 Stars”. This certificate encompasses multiple criteria and calls for the implementation of health and safety measures (MLC 2006 Certification), certification in line with ISO 9001 (quality), ISO 14001 (environment), ISM Code (International Safety Management) and ISPS Code (International Ship and Port Facility Security) for the prevention of maritime danger. New on the one hand is that the essential requirements have been consolidated, and on the other hand include requirements that go far above and beyond these international standards and regulations.
Our “Excellence - 5 Stars” certificate has successfully been renewed and is valid until December 20th, 2019.
Since 1997 all our new ships receive an Environmental Passports for highest environmental standards. It will be issued for measures carried out voluntarily which help to improve maritime environmental protection.
Hapag-Lloyd has qualified its fleet in accordance with IMO’s Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI), the Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) and the corresponding International Energy Efficiency Certificate (IEEC).
These certificates help to reduce emissions from international shipping by energy efficiency measures, ensure compliance with mandatory regulations and support our green approach - also proven by issuing these certificates before they became mandatory in 2013. Already in 2012, Hapag-Lloyd became the first
shipping company in the world to have its entire own-managed fleet certified in accordance with the IMO’s Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) and Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) bearing in mind that the EEDI is obligatory for newbuildings (since 2013) only.
Hapag-Lloyd equips all its newbuilds with an inventory of hazardous materials (IHM).
The IHM is a certified record which details all of the materials built in to a vessel which may pose a threat to health or to the environment. An up-to-date IHM will enable all these materials to be located and disposed of safely. This ensures that vessels are recycled in a safe and environmentally friendly way. The IHM must be updated if any changes are made to the vessel.
Hapag-Lloyd is the first company to receive the “DNV GL Excellence Green Star” certificate in recognition of its compliance with the highest standards in ship recycling in September 2018.
The “DNV GL Excellence Green Star” certificate enables us to document our commitment to safety and environmental regulations through the implementation of a “green” ship-recycling programme.