V.Ships received the 2018 GREEN4SEA Dry Operator Award, sponsored by Macgregor, for its continuous efforts towards environmental compliance with the implementation of green shipping practices to reduce environmental footprint, strengthening its reputation for high quality new build supervision and ship management of dry bulk vessels. Other short-listed nominees for this category were: Carisbrooke Shipping, Fednav, OOCL and Polaris Shipping.

Presenting the award Mrs. Athena Kanellatou, Managing Director, Macgregor, on behalf of the sponsor said: ”The ocean’s health is in a critical state, as it has already absorbed more that 80% of the heat added to the climate systems and around one third of the CO2 emitted by humans. Congratulations to V. Ships worldwide that successfully demonstrates the know-how and the commitment to ensure that the adverse effects of all emissions and discharges are minimized.”

Accepting the award on behalf of V.Ships Greece, Mr. Costas Kontes, General Manager, stated “Across V.Group we have 1,000 vessels under technical and crew management with an active pool of 44,000 seafarers and 3,000 shore based colleagues. From our systems to our processes, safety governs our decision making and we are honored to be recognized for our green initiatives as well, since sustainability remains at the core of our attention. Both safety and environmental excellence will continue to be first and foremost in everything we do.”

V.Ships has a long history of focusing on environmental issues. Over the two decades, this has continued with many initiatives focusing on compliance and environmental compliance in particular. Company policy requires that all risks to the environment associated with the global operation of the Company offices and vessels are identified and controls put in place in order to ensure that the adverse effects of all emissions and discharges are minimised.

V.Ships attracted the most votes by the end of the voting period which held online during a 30-days period. GREEN4SEA Conference & Awards within the scope of awarding environmental excellence and performance above average in any aspect of maritime activity. Other winners of the 2018 GREEN4SEA Awards were: Prime Marine for the Tanker Operator Award, Alfa Laval for the Technology Award, MPA Singapore for the Port Award, Project Forward for the Clean Shipping Award, Elemed Project for the Initiative Award and Dr. George Gratsos for the Leadership Award

Find photos from the awards ceremony at Flickr and explore more about the nomination & voting procedure and the winners of 2018 GREEN4SEA Awards at http://events.safety4sea.com/2018-green4sea-awards/