Compliance at Sea

Stolt Tankers’ ships operate with valid International Transport Workers’ Federation Union (ITF) agreements (collective bargaining agreements) for all seafarers onboard. We also adhere to the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) Seafarers’ Bill of Rights; the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW); the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS); and the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL). Port State Control and Flag State Inspections verify our compliance with these conventions.

 We document MLC compliance within our Ship Management System, with additional vetting conducted during routine onboard inspections. This vetting is carried out as part of the Oil Companies International Marine Forum/Chemical Distribution Institute (OCIMF/CDI) Tanker Management and Self-Assessment process and through periodic International Safety Management (ISM) audits. DNV GL, the world’s largest ship classification society, carries out these audits on behalf of the Flag States.

Responsible ship recycling

When it comes to ship recycling, Stolt Tankers and its preferred recycling yards operate in accordance with the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO’s) 2009 Hong Kong Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships.

All ships delivered for recycling hold an inventory of hazardous materials, certified by accredited auditing body DNV GL, and verifying that the vessel has been properly prepared. During recycling we maintain one to three surveyors onsite at the yard, to monitor the process first-hand from start to finish.

Stolt Tankers is a founding member of the SRTI (, a ‘one-stop-shop’ for publishing information on ship recycling against a set of predefined disclosure criteria. This online platform has been jointly developed by key industry stakeholders to encourage shipowners to share their ship recycling policies. It offers stakeholders access to information on different companies’ approaches, enabling them to make informed decisions when choosing their shipping partners.