Saudi Aramco intends to achieve the ENVIRO notation for each vessel in its 23-strong fleet of offshore support vessels, tugs, self-elevating units, and special purpose vessels. Seven vessels have already been awarded the notation, with the remainder of the fleet in the process of being evaluated.
“Obtaining the environmental notation illustrates the Marine Department’s willingness to go well beyond basic compliance as part of our ongoing commitment to maritime excellence, and environmental protection in particular,” said Abdullah Tewairqi, Marine Department Manager, Saudi Aramco. “This international accreditation confirms and consolidates Saudi Aramco’s standing as a market leader in the field of marine environmental protection.”
The ENVIRO notation identifies a vessel’s level of compliance with international environmental protection requirements and integrates further ABS environmental protection requirements. The notation, together with the enhanced ENVIRO+ notation, was developed with the objective of promoting environmentally focused design, construction, and operation of ABS-classed vessels. More than 1,100 vessels in the global fleet hold one ore more of the notations;
“ABS is committed to supporting the industry in reaching its environmental objectives and the ABS ENVIRO suite of notations sends a strong message that environmental impact has been fully considered. It is evidence of the commitment of owners and operators to meeting and exceeding international environmental regulations,” said Patrick Ryan, ABS Senior Vice President, Global Engineering and Technology. “The ENVIRO notation demonstrates both Saudi Aramco’s and ABS’ commitment to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s higher environmental standards, and we are proud to be able to support Saudi Aramco in achieving their vision for a fleet that is equipped for greener operations.”