Marine Log


March 22, 2006

Chemical tanker gets Green Passport

Mediterranea di Navigazione's Ottomana 25,000 dwt IMO Class II product/chemical tanker Ottomana, delivered from the Celik Tekne yard in Tuzla, is the largest tanker built in Turkey.

It has been designed and built to the very highest environmental standards and carries the Green Star notation of Italian classification society RINA. It is also now the first chemical tanker and Italian vessel to hold a Green Passport.

The Green Passport scheme is applicable to all ships and can be implemented for both newbuildings and ships in service. It is an inventory of all materials which would need special handling during repair or scrapping, and an inspection system to maintain the listing for the life of the vessel. It is a voluntary application of the IMO scheme outlined in Resolution A.962(23) Guidelines on ship recycling that are expected to become mandatory.

Ugo Salerno, CEO of RINA says, "Mediterranea di Navigazione is right at the forefront of responsible environmentally conscious shipping. In 2002 it was the first non-passenger company in the world to voluntarily opt for higher green standards for its fleet, and we were proud then to issue its Shogun with our Green Star logo. Today we break new ground, issuing Ottomana with this internationally-recognised Green Passport. RINA has carried out a full inventory of all material on the ship which will need to be considered when the ship is repaired or recycled, and we have devised and put in place a regular review scheme to keep it up to date. This is an important step on the road to responsible ship recycling, and we are proud that RINA is able to work with forward thinking companies like this to keep shipping green and responsible."