Environmental stewardship is integral to OSG's corporate culture, fleet operations and safety management system. The Company seeks to meet compliance with all applicable rules and regulations and some environmental programs and procedures exceed compliance.
The chief engineer on board each OSG vessel is responsible for checking oil discharge monitoring equipmentOn board, crew take the extra steps to reduce waste generation and solid waste discharges to sea through separating and recycling trash and waste products
As a responsible corporate citizen, OSG acknowledges the worldwide concern about atmospheric pollution. The Company is committed to reducing the environmental impact of our operations on the sea, land and air. OSG's environmental risk management program, policies and procedures are centered on waste and water management, reducing energy consumption, recycling and meeting or exceeding compliance with regulatory requirements.
The shipping industry operates within a comprehensive global regulatory network of international, national, local, flag state and classification society compliance requirements. At OSG, ultimate responsibility for carrying out health, safety, quality environmental protection and social policies resides with the CEO, who has delegated responsibility for technical operations to the heads of shipping operations, SQE and others across the Company's dedicated fleet management offices.
Meeting and Exceeding Compliance
OSG seeks to meet or exceed compliance with all applicable rules and regulations governing the marine industry. In fact, some of the Company's environmental equipment and procedures require more than what is mandated by MARPOL, a conscious decision taken by OSG that is fully supported by its Board of Directors. Two such examples include the installation of trash compactors and specialized equipment such as enviro-logger and enviro-tags.
Through emergency response drills and exercises, OSG strives to ensure both sea and shore staff are properly trained and prepared in environmental incident reporting procedures, activation of the Company's emergency response plans and compliance with all U.S. and international laws and regulations. The Company conducts quarterly fleet drills and annual fleet management office drills in compliance with U.S. Coast Guard and IMO requirements.
Training Linked to Environmental Programs
OSG's environmental training program seeks to ensure that sea and technical shoreside staff understand all Company environmental policies and procedures, regulatory requirements, the impact of vessels on the environment and the Company's commitment to environmental stewardship. Environmental training content is customized to align with OSG's safety management system and environmentally specific equipment on board.
Annual Message From Management
In addition to formal training, a DVD featuring the CEO and heads of shipping operations is sent annually to each OSG-managed vessel and technical office. An abbreviated version of management's 2011 message can be viewed here.
To read more about OSG's approach to the Environment, read pages 12-14 in the 2010 Health, Safety and Environmental Report.