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RightShip launches environmental rating
After months of design, planning and testing, Australian
based RightShip has just launched its online environmental
rating for RightShip’s 200 subscriber organisations and some
2,500 users worldwide.
The rating, which follows IMO guidelines and analyses
extensive data, gives RightShip users an immediate snapshot of
the efficiency and sustainability of some 53,000 vessels from
RightShip’s online database.
RightShip’s CEO, Warwick Norman, says the rating has the
potential to be a valuable tool for everyone in the shipping
industry and confirms that RightShip customers including
charterers, ports and terminals have driven this addition to their
well-established vetting system.
“There is a real demand for reliable data and analysis on the
environmental sustainability of ships,” Mr Norman says. “Some
customers have strong sustainability policies and want to align
vessel selection with these policies. Many others can see pressure
growing for greater energy efficiency and sustainability, know
they have to prepare for future reduction targets, and need some
help and guidance to get started.
“Now our subscribers have the tools at their fingertips. The
world is changing, and while our customers are facing a lot of
uncertainty, this is a concrete development that can help them
stay ahead of the curve.”
Mr Norman acknowledges that there are other ways for
organisations to check environmental data about vessels,
including the recently-launched website run by Carbon War
Room (which, under agreement, uses Energy Efficiency Design
Index, or EEDI, data sourced through RightShip).
He points out that RightShip’s environmental rating system,
while it also provides EEDI data, goes well beyond energy
efficiency characteristics at vessel building.
“We say that EEDI might give you the carbon footprint, but we
aim to give the total environmental footprint”, Mr Norman adds.
To evaluate sustainability and deliver the new
rating, RightShip’s system analyses data including pollution
incidents, ISO14001, CO2 emissions index, MARPOL
deficiencies and affiliations with RightShip partners including
AUSMEPA, Green Award and Class Societies’ Environmental
Users can also see a graphical representation of the ship’s
environmental performance compared to the normalised average
for comparable vessels (by MEPC ship type and size), helping
them benchmark the ship they are viewing against others in its
sub-class – for example, comparing vessel-specific statistics across
bulk carriers with a similar deadweight.
All data relating to sustainability performance above
compliance is combined and analysed to provide a star rating,
from one to five stars – a rating style that has been compared to
“fridge stickers” as a quick guide to energy efficiency, but which
will be very familiar to organisations that already use RightShip
to assess the overall risk associated with vessels.
In fact, RightShip is keen for the industry to view the new
rating as complementary to their established system, making use
of proven technology and RightShip’s experience and expertise
to come to grips with the growing challenge of improving
shipping’s sustainability and environmental performance.
Subscribers who choose to make use of the new
environmental rating will be able to view it alongside risk rating
as they consider a vessel’s suitability, helping them make fully
informed business decisions. They have also been advised that
the two ratings stand absolutely separately in the system, so it is
completely up to each subscriber what use they choose to make
“The rating will help our customers who are shippers, ports
and terminals to pursue their sustainability policies and
targets,” Mr Norman explains. “And demand will grow if, as we
expect, regulatory pressure increases and ports and terminals
vary charges based on the costs and risks each vessel poses to
“This will also give owners, operators and potentially
shipbuilders a way of promoting benchmarking and drive
rewards for investment in responsible environmental practice.”
Anyone interested in finding out more about the online
system or other vetting tools can contact RightShip at any time
at its offices in Melbourne, Australia, in London and in Houston,
USA, or online.
For further information contact:
PH: +61 3 8686 5741 (Melbourne, Australia),
PH: + 44 207 337 6180 (London, UK),
PH: +1 281 245 3380 (Houston, USA),
Comark Corporation, a leader in the
design and manufacture of “ruggedised”
computer solutions for the marine,
military, and commercial markets, has
received type approval on its 58cm
series of MDU marine displays from the
American Bureau of Shipping (ABS).
Type approval is given to marine
display products that are designed and
tested to meet IEC 60945, maritime
navigation and radio communication
equipment and systems, and can be
The MDU23 features a LED backlit
display, which provides a more durable,
brighter display, and consumes less power.
All electronics are conformal coated to
protect against moisture and corrosion,
and touchscreen options are also
available. The MDU23 has also been
designed and tested to meet ECDIS
requirements called out in IEC 61174.
With a viewable screen area of 470mm by
352mm it is compliant with IMO ARPA
requirements. “Comark’s MDU23 has
been designed and testing to provides our
customers with a rugged and reliable
solution that meets the strict operating
requirements found in a marine
environment,” said Steve Schott, President
For further information contact:
Comark Corporation, USA.
Screenshots from RightShip’s new online vessel environmental sustainability
rating; the comprehensive system arms RightShip’s subscribers with the
complete data needed to move forward into an environmentally sensitive
future, giving them the certainty that their choices will stand the test of
rapidly-changing legislation, policy and standards
Comark Corporation receives ABS type approval for 58cm MDU marine displays
The MDU23 features a LED backlit display,
which provides a more durable, brighter display,
and consumes less power
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