Green Award is a voluntary quality assessment certification scheme that inspects and certifies ships

A Green Award certificate, which can be obtained by ships that go above and beyond the industry standards in terms of safety, quality and environmental performance, acts as a quality mark and brings benefits to its holders.

Green Award in brief

  • Established in 1994

  • Non-profit, independent, international

  • Quality mark for high performing vessels

  • Own in-house developed requirements

  • A network of ports, ship managers, charterers, maritime service providers and authorities

  • Governed by key industry representatives

  • Ocean and River

  • Audits and certified ships and shipping companies

  • 30+ countries in Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa, Australasia and South and North Americas participate

  • Over 1500 ships certified (inland and sea) and over 200 incentive providers which include ports and maritime service providers participate

  • Tool for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for ports and companies

About Green Award’s logo


Our logo is a modern image of Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea, with his trident. The blue color in the logo symbolizes the ocean as a clear blue wave in a clean ocean. The color green is symbolizing the environment. The blue wave is, since the requirements for Green Award certification, dynamic: step by step greener and safer shipping.

Poseidon looks firm to his ocean, seeing a red floater symbolizing the human element. Mistakes or misbehavior by human beings can spoil his ocean, but also they are the only ones who can work on improving it.

The two short prongs of Poseidon’s trident symbolize technical requirements and management requirements of the ship certification programme. The long and most important prong stand for the human element.

In the Greek mythology Poseidon is the god of the sea, earthquakes, storms and horses. Poseidon is shown with a trident, just like Neptune, the Roman god of the sea.

The Green Award logo is designed by Henk Knoeff.