The policy of Arista establishes that all operations carried out by its personnel, both ashore and on board will emphasize its commitment to the following objectives:
1. Safety is our number one priority. The prevention of any physical injury and loss of life is our top priority;
2. The protection of the environment, in particular the marine life is important to us;
3. We maintain the technical and operational efficiency of the vessels at the highest possible level;
4. We protect our vessels and crew against illegal practices;
5. We operate our vessels and transport the cargoes safely and efficiently.
Arista Shipping places particular importance on environmental issues; we aim to protect and improve the environment through diligent management and by adopting known best practices.
Arista Shipping evaluates annually its environmental compliance and seeks to minimize its impact on the environment. The most important of environmental issues and Arista's priorities pertain to air emissions, discharges into the sea, waste disposal, land pollution and use of raw materials and resources.
Further to strict compliance with all international, regional and local regulations on environmental protection Arista aspires to the following policy objectives:
1. Continuous investment in new technologies and implemetantion of environment-friendly methods;
2. Minimization of any adverse effects of machinery operation by ensuring unimpeded operation through proper and timely maintenance;
3. Encouragement of staff (office and maritime personnel) to adopt environment-friendly practices and develop environmental awareness through proper information and training;
4. Active participation in organizations that promote the principles of environmental safety and protection;
5. Participation in international research and development programs that promote efficiency, accountability and pollutants' reduction within the shipping sector;
6. Constantly being updated on environmental issues and adopting new cutting edge practices regarding the environment.
Arista's fleet consists of modern, newly-built vessels that meet the full range of international regulations on environmental protection, the majority thereof contained under MARPOL 73/78 Regulation of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
Examples of how we apply strict environmental criteria of operation include:
1. All chemicals used in ships have been selected based on their friendliness to the environment.
2. Prohibition of use of substances that cause ozone depletion; all chemical additives in use have been chosen for their environmental compatibility.
3. As far as human resources are concerned, Arista trains its employees on best practices and minimum disturbance to the environment.
Arista Shipping is an active member of the HELMEPA (Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association), a non-profit, non-governmental association, the purpose of which is the development of ecological awareness and the establishment of the ‘safe operation’ culture within the shipping sector, with the help of publicity, advertisement and information.
The International Management Code for the Safe Operation of Ships and for Pollution Prevention (ISM Code) first came into force at the end of the 90s, under the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS).
Since 2002, the ISM Code has been mandatory for all shipping companies.
The ISM Code lays down safety-management objectives and requires both shipowners and operators to develop and maintain an extensive Safety Management System. Part of the SMS is a safety and environmental protection policy, providing for on-board and shore-based resources to deal with any emergency.
Successful ISM Code implementation ensures that safety and environmental pollution risks remain under control:
- Planning and monitoring of all operations.
- Compliance with international standards.
- Accident prevention measures.
- Onboard emergency procedures.
- Appropriate resources.
- Effective communication between onboard and onshore personnel.
- Thorough training.
- Clearly defined roles and responsibilities.
ISM Code procedures, including regular audits and periodic efficiency evaluation, are documented and compiled in a Safety Management Manual, a copy of which is kept on board.