Green Award dataprovider for Equasis
 

Equasis brings all players involved in the various various fields of marine business together in an effort to improve marine safety. It is a tool to make the information relating to the quality of ships and their operators transparent.

While much relevant information is collected and available, it is scattered and often difficult to access. One of the main conclusions of the Quality Shipping Conference in Lisbon in June 1998, was a unanimous call from the participants, representing the whole range of industry professionals (including ship owners, cargo owners, insurers, brokers, classification societies, agents, ports and terminals), to make such information more accessible. In response to this call, the European Commission and the French Maritime Administration decided to co-operate in developing an information system collating existing safety-related information on ships from both public and private sources and making it available on the Internet. The result is: www.equasis.org.

The present version of the Equasis database has been fed with data supplied by several providers. For example: Port State Control Regimes, Private vetting Schemes, IACS Classification Societies and International Group of P&I Clubs. Green Award also is a dataprovider for the Equasis database.

The main principles, in setting up, the Equasis information system are as follows:

Equasis should be a tool aimed at reducing substandard shipping, and it should be limited to safety-related information on ships.
Equasis has no commercial purpose; it addresses a public concern and should act accordingly.
Equasis should be an international database covering the whole world fleet.
Active co-operation with all players involved in the maritime industry is needed.
Equasis will be a tool used for a better selection of ships, but it will be used on a voluntary basis; there will be no legal pressure for industry to use Equasis.
The setting-up and effective operation of Equasis will promote the exchange of unbiased information and transparency in maritime transport and thus allow persons involved in maritime transport to be better informed about the performance of ships and maritime organisations with which they are dealing.


The Green Award website is linked to the Equasis-website, www.equasis.org.

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