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On World Maritime Day: ASYAD Group Adopts International Practices To Conserve Marine Environment

 

  • Sohar Port is the only port in the Middle East and one of 20 international ports to implement the World Ports Climate Initiative (WPCI).
  • Compliant logistics services support environmental sustainability in Port of Salalah and Port of Duqm.
  • Oman Shipping Company’s fleet is fitted with innovative GHG emission reduction technologies.
  • Oman Drydock Company boasts integrated chemical waste recycling and management plants.
  • Sinyar Ferries is geared with eco-friendly water jet propulsion solutions.
  • International Maritime College Oman gifts the sector with national workforce to promote marine engineering and deal with marine environment issues 

 

ASYAD Group aims at achieving growth and business continuity while keeping the sustainability of marine life high on its agenda, by adopting international standards and practices to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit the Sulphur content in fuel oil in its operations. These efforts fall in line with the Sultanate of Oman Logistics Strategy (SOLS) 2040 to cement Oman’s global logistics hub position.

 

ASYAD Group, true to its values, has been geared up to celebrate the World Maritime Day, observed annually on 24 September and held this year by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on the theme: “Sustainable Shipping for a Sustainable Planet."  The logistics group is committed to supporting the efforts of concerned authorities preserve Oman’s marine ecosystem and will continue to echo the global voice for preserving the natural capital locally and internationally, through its implementation of sound maritime transport practices.

 

ASYAD Group adheres to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL Annex VI), throughout its maritime operations as part of its efforts to protect the maritime environment. Green initiatives such as using Very Low Sulphur Fuel Oil (VLSFO); prohibiting fuel or plastics discharge into the marine environment; and controlling ships ballast water and sediments are key business policies and practices within ASYAD Group operations.

 

Throughout its operations, the Group translates the sustainable development goals in the area of maritime transport into long-term initiatives. Oman Shipping Company has been adopting several measures equipping its fleet with innovative technologies. In addition to installing scrubbers onboard the ships as a means of emission control by purifying the exhaust gas before reaching out to the environment, the Company uses Very Low Sulphur Fuel Oil (VLSFO) 0.5% m/m, which reduces sulfur dioxide (SO2) emission by 80%, as well as silicone-based antifouling coatings for its ship hulls. Oman Shipping Company is also working on complying with the Ballast Water Management Convention, which means continuous exchange of the ballast water on the way from one port to another by not less than 200 nautical miles from the nearest land.

 

Additionally, all Omani ports pay attention to the sustainability of the environment by adhering to international regulations and standards. The Port of Salalah, fitted with reception facilities, which works in compliance with the international and local requirements for Zero Tolerance of Illegal Discharges from Ships, provides a host of compliant logistics services centered on the safety of marine life. As for the Port of Duqm, it was established according to the best international environmental and safety standards to maintain the maritime life.

 

In an unprecedented initiative, Sohar Port demonstrated its commitment to sustainable shipping by introducing a system that rewards international ships and shippers keen on reducing air emissions, in accordance with the IMO standards. Sohar Port gives a 5% rebate on port dues to shipping companies that have made additional investments in their ships and crew to improve their environmental performance, safety and quality standards. This year witnessed a 40% increase in rebates granted and 239 ships against 148 ships in 2019 were rewarded. Sohar Port is the only port in the Middle East and among 20 international ports providing such incentives within the framework of the World Ports Climate Initiative (WPCI).

 


 

Adhering to the quality requirements of MARPOL, Oman Dry Dock Company boasts integrated plants for recycling and disposing of chemical waste, as well as filtering and purifying bilge water and oily effluents before being discharged into the sea. Up to the end of August 2020, the quantities of treated and discharged water increased by 29% compared to that of 2019. Furthermore, Oman DryDock Company has sold 4,073 tons of the oil it recycled this year; adding another revenue stream to the Company and registering a 140% increase in the volume of sold recycled oil compared to last year.

 

Sinyar-Ferries have been following the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL Annex VI) Air Pollution requirements, by limiting the Sulphur content in fuel oil and using eco-friendly waterjet propulsion solutions and built-in exhaust cooling systems; reducing gas emissions by 77% compared to regular ferry engines.

 

International Maritime College Oman (IMCO) provides process engineering courses and curricula supplementing the maritime transport sector with research outputs and a qualified national workforce, ready to contribute to the advancement of marine engineering and deal with various safety, environmental and marine issues. Moreover, IMCO gives intensive courses to the future seafarers on international practices to minimize risks to the marine environment, in addition to the impact of safety and environmental issues on the industry.

 

ASYAD Group will continue to pursue its stance of harmonizing between its drive for economic growth while implementing responsible business practices to reduce its impact on the environment by adhering to the international agenda, introducing eco-friendly technologies, and nurturing a green logistics sector.

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