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March 31, 2010

Foss attains environmenal milestone

Foss Maritime has earned ISO 14001 certification. ISO 14001 is an internationally accepted specification for environmental management systems created by the International Organization for Standardization to help organizations minimize how their operations affect the environment and comply with related laws, regulations and requirements.

Foss Maritime will use ISO 14001 as a blueprint to achieve its "zero trace" corporate goal.

With its new certification, Foss' entire marine division, both shoreside and marine, moves to the forefront of American maritime companies that have publicly committed to sound environmental practices and continual improvement, bringing in outside auditors to certify their safety, quality and environmental (SQE) processes.

The SQE audit, which incorporates ISO 14001, was conducted by ABS. The ABS SQE certification program allows shipowners to demonstrate adherence to the highest levels of safety, quality and environmental standards.

Foss was certified for its environmental management system, which includes a number of programs with objectives that include:

Reducing vessel emissions, fuel consumption and energy use.

Updating procedures for hazardous waste disposal and reducing use of hazardous substances where possible.

Minimizing the risk of spills and reducing frequency and quantity of spills.

Reducing the volume and improving the quality of gray water released from vessels.

Increasing recycling efforts in regional offices and on vessels.

Foss has already received safety and quality certifications from ABS that include SQ certification, which incorporates ISO 9001 for its Quality Management System and ISM (International Safety Management) for its safety management system.The recent certification adds the E for the environmental component.

Foss has also received certification from AWO (American Waterway Operators - Responsible Carrier Program) for meeting safety, quality and environmental standards.

"Our employees are committed to achieving the highest safety and quality standards. We are now demonstrating our commitment to the environment as well - it is what our customers have come to expect from us," said Gary Faber, President and COO of Foss.

"Protecting the environment is a core corporate value for Foss. This program goes beyond federal state and local regulations, moving from compliance to proactive prevention of environmental impacts on air, land and water. It goes without saying that that is where Foss wants to be," said Faber.

The ABS SQE and ISO 14001 certification follow on the heels of Foss winning the U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Benkert Award gold medal for environmental excellence in 2008.

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