Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC) has recently been assessed as being fully compliant with the latest ISO 50001 energy management standards, following a series of initiatives designed to maximise energy use savings across its fleet and reduce emissions levels still further.
KOTC deputy chief executive, Ali Shehab, says, “We anticipate that energy savings can be made possible by focusing on the many different ways of managing energy consumption set out in the standard. Adopting the methods outlined in the ISO 50001 standard for our fleet of ships and head office, follows almost three years of hard work by KOTC in setting the regulatory framework and procedures in line with the standard, by training human resources, installing the necessary instruments and software and setting the right practices in place to ensure compliance.”
KOTC conducted rigorous internal audits both at head office and onboard its vessels and subsequently appointed the classification society DNV-GL as consultants. The Norway-based company conducted an audit for KOTC at its headquarters and on a sample of vessels between 12th and 14th February this year, during which it was confirmed that KOTC operations met the requirements set out by the ISO 50001 standard.” As a result the company was duly certified, joining the relatively small number of shipping companies worldwide that have successfully implemented the ISO energy management system.
Ali Shehab adds, “Implementing ISO 50001 will contribute to reducing greenhouse gases resulting from fleet operations, which will have a positive impact on the environment and help safeguard the planet for future generations. Additionally, this initiative will internally benefit KOTC by optimising fuel consumption and minimising fuel cost. Consequently, following the ISO standards will not only help us ensure compliance with existing and forthcoming emissions regulations, but will also maximise our profits as well.”