Many of our companies are involved in storage and transportation of petroleum products. We are aware of the associated responsibility for people and nature. Therefore, we focus our efforts on preventing environmental damage and a purposive quick response to emergency situations. Modern facilities and efficient workflows, combined with preventive maintenance programs, serve to minimize the risk of spills.
Precautions in case of spills in water
To ensure professional support in the event of a major oil spill, Marquard & Bahls is for its subsidiaries a shareholder in Oil Spill Response Limited. Oil Spill Response Limited is the world’s largest oil spill response company. Marquard & Bahls is also an active member of the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF), a voluntary association of oil companies that works to ensure a safe and ecologically responsible operation of oil tankers and tank terminals.
Own ship charter policy
In Mabanaft's Ship Charter Policy, detailed minimum release requirements for chartered or accepted vessels (C-term purchases) and barges ensure that petroleum products are only transported by vessels that meet our strict standards. The primary objective is the safe transport of the products as well as strict compliance with the requirements for the international tanker sector. Among other things, this includes the requirements of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), who determines, among others, age limits or hull types. Moreover, the policy includes the assessment of the flag states. To enable a quick and up-to-date assessment of ships in accordance with this policy, we use a customized web-based information system.
All company-owned and chartered ships on international voyages are in compliance with the regulations of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code issued by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).