Many of our companies are involved in storage and transportation of petroleum products. We are aware of the associated responsibility for people and nature.
Therefore, we focus our efforts on preventing environmental damage and a purposive quick response to emergency situations. Modern facilities and efficient workflows, combined with preventive maintenance programs, serve to minimize the risk of spills.
Precautions in Case of Spills in Water
To ensure professional support in the event of a major oil spill, Marquard & Bahls is for its subsidiaries a shareholder in Oil Spill Response Limited. Oil Spill Response Limited is the world’s largest oil spill response company. In this course, at Oiltanking scenario-specific contingency plans were developed for all relevant sites, and practical training and drills were carried out. Marquard & Bahls is also an active member of the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF), a voluntary association of oil companies that works to ensure a safe and ecologically responsible operation of oil tankers and tank terminals.
Own Ship Charter Policy
To avoid petroleum products being transported by ships that do not meet our high standards, Mabanaft has established a Ship Charter Policy that defines detailed minimum requirements for chartered or accepted ships (C-term purchases). Its overriding goal is to ensure safe transport of the products at all times, and strict adherence to the changing requirements and rules of international tanker shipping. Among other things, this includes the requirements of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), who determines, among others, age limits or hull types. Moreover, the policy includes the assessment of the flag states. To enable a quick and up-to-date assessment of ships in accordance with this policy, we use a customized web-based information system.
All our storage facilities handling ships on international voyages as well as all company-owned and chartered ships on international voyages are in compliance with the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code issued by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).