Controls and regulations

Tanker shipping is probably one of the most strictly regulated and scrutinised industries. The comprehensive regulations cover environmental and safety aspects, as well as technical and work environment areas. This regulatory control, together with our own internal work, contributes to maintaining consistently high quality.

Internal and external controls

In addition to our own controls, there are also comprehensive inspections and follow-­ups from authorities and customers. The vessels in the fleet, both owned and chartered, are subject to continuous quality inspections in the form of vetting by the oil and chemical industry, flag state annual inspections, published port state controls and the classification societies’ inspections. The inspections include the ship’s construction and its general condition, equipment and procedures for navigation, survival equipment, fire-fighting equipment, cargo handling systems, oil recovery equipment and procedures for crisis management. Crew numbers, the crew’s qualifications, employment conditions, the ship’s logbooks and certificates are also examined. Shore-based activities are checked primarily by auditing processes and procedures.

Certification and internal control

As a large proportion of daily operational work is purchased from external service suppliers, sustainability efforts are largely reflected in the work carried out in their respective operations. We work together continuously to develop sustainable working practices and improve our sustainability performance. In the area of ships and ship management, NMM’s certification includes ISO 9001 (quality), ISO 14001 (environment), ISO 50001 (energy) and OHSAS 18001 (health and safety). The certification is aimed at continuously reducing the total environmental impact of operations. Safety and environmental work is regulated within NMM by a Group-wide SHE (Safety, Health and Environment) ­policy, which contains minimum standards and requirements for reporting in a number of areas such as incidents and accidents, absences due to illness and occupational injuries.