Safety – our number-one priority

At Stolt-Nielsen Limited, safety for people and the environment is our number-one priority with our goal of zero harm always in mind.

This Company-wide commitment is supported by ongoing efforts to:

  • Create a deeper, hands-on awareness of safety issues at the highest levels of management
  • Ensure that appropriate resources are provided to support SNL’s stated commitment to safety, including training programmes
  • Provide additional assurance of rigorous compliance in a constantly expanding and increasingly complex regulatory environment
  • Drive the Company-wide implementation of safety processes and reporting that leverage both SNL’s existing experience and ongoing developments in safety.

While our businesses drive operational safety initiatives, at a corporate level we focus on four key performance indicators. These are reported to our management team quarterly and measure:

  • That procedures meet or exceed the latest industry standards
  • That training is tracked and provided as scheduled
  • That compliance with procedures is monitored and reported
  • The trend in the number of serious accidents, incidents and near misses

Protecting our planet
Our success in business depends on our ability to meet a range of environmental challenges. We must operate safely and manage the effect our activities have on the environment, neighbouring communities and society as a whole.

At Stolt-Nielsen the driving force behind all our efforts in this area is quite simple: it’s the right thing to do.

Stolt-Nielsen Limited’s commitment to sustainability is driven and impacted by many factors and complex relationships. Efforts to increase fuel efficiency, which also has the environmental benefit of reducing emissions, have increased with rising bunker fuel prices.

Environmental regulations have also continued to increase in recent years, the IMO’s global sulphur cap on marine fuels which will enforce a reduction to 0.5% starting from January 1, 2020 being of particular note. At the same time, our stakeholders expect us to demonstrate our commitment to sustainability and our responsibility to the environment.

Ship recycling
Stolt Tankers – and the recycling yards it selects – operate in accordance with the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Hong Kong Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009. All ships delivered for recycling hold an inventory of hazardous materials, certified by DNV GL, verifying that the vessel has been properly prepared. Stolt Tankers and the yards it uses are ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 certified for environmental and quality management. During recycling, Stolt Tankers maintains one to three surveyors on-site at the recycling yard, to monitor the process first-hand, from start to finish.