Sicherheit, Qualität, Compliance und Umweltschutz
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DNV GL Excellence Certification


DNV GL presented E.R. Schiffahrt with the certificate "DNV GL Excellence – 5 Stars". It is awarded for reliable ship operations and the introduction of and compliance with above-average safety, environmental and quality standards.

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United Nations Global Compact

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Container Ship Safety Forum (CSSF)

Christoph Werner
Director Marine & Quality
E.R. Schiffahrt

Safety, quality, compliance and environmental - cornerstones of the corporate philosophy

Our modern safety and quality management system is geared to the following four criteria and forms the framework for the work of each and every employee:

  • Safety of crew, ships, environment and cargo
  • Compliance with national and international regulations and legislation 
  • Ensuring consistently high quality 
  • Optimal economic efficiency

High safety standards
High safety standards ensure that any threats and risks to crew, ships, environment, cargo, and thereby for our customers, are kept as low as possible. Compliance with national and international rules and regulations is an essential basis for doing so.

Stringent quality management 
A stringent quality management system ensures the consistently high quality of our services and identifies new potential for optimisation.

Risk management system
In the interest of our customers and partners all activities are monitored by means of an operations management system (controlling) to ensure implementation of improvements with a maximum operating efficiency. Moreover, E.R. Schiffahrt complies with a risk management system monitoring and adjusting risks and measures on a continuous basis.

All company employees are constantly working to improve and further enhance our high quality standards and to harness further potential to optimise quality and safety.

Certified by DNV GL
E.R. Schiffahrt’s safety, environment, quality and energy management is certified by DNV GL in accordance with the International Safety Management code to BS OHSAS 18001:2007, DIN EN ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 50001:2011.

Environmentally sound ship recycling
In addition, the container vessel "E.R. Los Angeles" is the world’s first vessel to fulfil the future requirements of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in respect of environmentally sound ship recycling. In a pilot project supported by Germanischer Lloyd, an inventory of hazardous materials has been drawn up. By the terms of the IMO convention, these are materials that were commonly used at such time for construction of ships or parts of its equipment, however now expected to posing a potential threat to the environment. Such material has been recorded systematically, and this registration and localisation are a core concern of the IMO convention.

DNV GL “Modification Excellence Award”
E.R. Schiffahrt was the first company to receive the new “Modification Excellence Award” which was presented by DNV GL at the end of November 2014. The classification society herewith confirmed energy savings of 15 per cent as well as improved cargo capacities for a series of retrofitted 13,100 TEU vessels. The measures include new bulbous bows, energy efficient propellers, engine modifications and cargo boosting.

United Nations Global Compact
E.R. Schiffahrt joined the United Nations Global Compact in April 2012. By signing up for the initiative the company commits to align social, ecological and economic aspects and publish their activities in an annual progress report. This voluntary commitment to responsible corporate citizenship focuses on ten principles in the areas of human rights, labour standards, environmental protection and anti-corruption.

Code of Conduct
The Code of Conduct is based on the company policy and the UN Global Compact which E.R. Schiffahrt has signed up to in 2012. It defines the collective understanding of proper legal and ethical conduct at E.R. Schiffahrt. The company expects its management and all employees on board and ashore to conduct all business activities in full compliance with applicable laws, rules and regulations all over the world. Moreover, the Code of Conduct reflects the common ethical standards at E.R. Schiffahrt.

Code of Conduct for Suppliers
Based on the UN Global Compact the Code of Conduct for Suppliers defines E.R. Schiffahrt’s basic requirements applying to procurement in the areas of human rights, working conditions, environmental and business integrity. E.R. Schiffahrt expects its suppliers and subcontractors to respect the principles described in the Code of Conduct for Suppliers as well as declared in the UN Global Compact and to implement at least equivalent standards in their own business.

Container Ship Safety Forum (CSSF)
E.R. Schiffahrt is a founding company as well as a steering committee member of the Container Ship Safety Forum (CSSF). Launched in 2014, the CSSF is a global business-to-business network to improve safety performance and management practices in the container shipping industry. At the beginning of 2017 the CSSF comprised 15 members, which represent more than one third of the world’s containership tonnage. All members collaborate to advance the continuous improvement of safety culture and performance in the container shipping industry by learning from each other, benchmarking themselves against peers, and establishing best-practice procedures. Its common aim is to establish a Global Safety Standard for Container Shipping Companies.