1st of July, 2016, Athens – Bureau Veritas’ fuel monitoring program, VeriFuel, has become a Green Award incentive provider. Cooperation, meant to further encourage the best practices of the shipping industry and mitigate its environmental impact, was officially announced at a cocktail reception held in Athens by the Bureau Veritas.
An official commencement ceremony took place during the reception on the 1st of July, 2016. Mr. Dimitrios Mattheou, Chairman of the Green Award Foundation and Mr. Jan Fransen, Executive Director of the Green Award Foundation, welcomed Bureau Veritas – VeriFuel http://www.bureauveritas.com/services+sheet/commodities/verifuel+-+understanding+marine+fuel to the Green Award scheme and handed over a symbolic Green Award plaque.
On the photo from left to right: Mr. Ewoud Kamminga – Global Head Bureau Veritas VeriFuel; Mr. Dimitrios Mattheou – Chairman Green Award; Mr. Jan Fransen – Executive Director Green Award; Mr. Bill Stamatopoulos – Business Development Manager Bureau Veritas VeriFuel; Mr. Michael Sterghiou – Regional Director Bureau Veritas Commodities
The Green Award Foundation is an independent quality assurance organization that certifies shipping companies and vessels that go beyond the industry standards in terms of safety, quality and the environmental performance. The Green Award scheme brings together ports and maritime service providers that want to encourage safer, cleaner and greener shipping and ships that strive for excellence. Incentive Providers from all over the maritime sector support certificate holders by offering them various benefits, making Green Award a platform for cross-sectoral Corporate Social Responsibility.
VeriFuel is Bureau Veritas’ comprehensive Fuel Monitoring Program designed for the marine industry. Backed by the Bureau Veritas network of laboratories at strategic locations worldwide, VeriFuel provides residual & distillate marine fuel quality and quantity assessment, advisory reports and expert opinion to improve fuel management.
“VeriFuel aims to be the most environmentally friendly fuel testing service provider,” said Bill Stamatapoulos, Business Development Manager, Bureau Veritas – VeriFuel. “Our fuel oil testing for vessels meets quality specifications and environmental regulations and we provide the most enhanced testing scope for marine fuels offering vessels a safer operation. Furthermore, we have minimized waste in our laboratories and offices and provide a paperless environment for reports and the biggest sampling kits for fewer dispatches to reduce CO2 emissions. Our customers can also utilize local laboratories for testing to avoid air freight of fuel samples.”
VeriFuel has become a Green Award Incentive Provider in line with its policy to better protect the health and safety of its employees and subcontractors and minimize impact on the environment. Green Award certified ships will receive a 5% discount on fuel quality testing and on bunker surveys, and a 15% discount in all fuel related training courses.
“Fuel-related problems and emissions are an issue taken very seriously by the shipping industry. Green Award considers it as one of its priorities to tackle pollution and promote the use of low sulfur fuel. Exact data on fuel characteristics enables efficient steaming. VeriFuel’s role in addressing this issue is crucial,” said Green Award’s Chairman Mr. Mattheou. “We welcome Bureau Veritas’ decision to join the Green Award scheme with its VeriFuel program.”