Safety and Environmental Policy
Eckerö Linjen safety and environmental policies are to conduct safe and environmentally friendly motor vehicle and passenger ferry service between Åland and Sweden with good profitability and sustainability.
Full Eckerö Group including Eckerö Linjen is environmentally certified according to ISO 14001 standard. We conduct business in accordance with environmental legislation and certification is a guarantee that we perform continuous environmental improvements. Our goal is to minimize our environmental impact and to constantly working in developing new methods for disposal of emissions and wastes from our ship.
The purpose of Eckerö Linjen environmental work is that it should be a natural part of daily task. Everyone in the organization has a responsibility to actively monitor and develop their goals. Minimizing adverse environmental consequences and using resources efficiently is our main goal within the organization.
In 1996 was certified Shipping Equity Eckerö’s organization and ship under the ISM Code. The ISM Code is a documented safety and environmental systems to ensure that everyone within the organization functions as agreed upon in the safety and environmental issues. The certification requires us, among other things to take responsibility for the environmental impact and that we follow directives, rules and regulations.
Emissions to air
The ship and the machinery of energy efficiency, as well as fuel quality, are of great significance in reducing air pollution. On our ship we have chosen to operate the ship engines with a fuel that has lower sulfur content than is usually a standard in the shipping industry. We use only low sulfur (0.05% S) to reduce emissions of sulfur compounds ( SOx) .
The ship’s electricity is produced by generators connected to the motors. In order to avoid unnecessary emissions Eckerö Linjen have long since turned off the engines in the harbor and used the shore. This result in no emissions of sulfur and nitrogen oxides occur after the ship is moored at night. The port shutdowns at night which we shut off the engines power during these times.
All biological residues collected on the wards and collected in separate containers daily for ashore for composting. Residues will be sorted for recycling. Oil residue collected by car and goes to recycling.
The vessel has closed sewer systems and wastewater is pumped ashore for treatment plant. The ship produces mainly two different types of waste water. Gray water is formed in the showers and sinks; black water is formed during toilet flushing. To achieve the highest possible degree of purification, we pump all waste water, gray water and black water ashore to a municipal treatment plant. This means that our waste underwater phosphorus and BOD 7 – load on the Baltic Sea ends.
All involved in environmental activities and is responsible for the environment at their workplace. An important part of the compulsory training for new staff is the way in which residues should be treated right at their workplace. All staff receives ongoing training in environmental work.
Regarding the use of chemical products is an ongoing process in which we try to replace this with environmentally friendly alternatives. When it comes to the ship bottom paints used today no toxic tin -based paints to keep the bottom clean. Instead, we have chosen to brush vessel bottom continuously, which simultaneously means that the vessel has lower fuel consumption and hence lower emissions to air and water.
The group also has a bus company, which is the first bus company in Finland who obtained evidence of environmental and energy responsible bus operators that correspond to SFS-EN ISO 14 001.