Shipping companies must continuously navigate the complexities of regulatory compliance across the globe, particularly with respect to environmental and MARPOL requirements. Failure of vessels to keep up with these requirements can be both expensive and possibly disastrous for a company’s reputation and business continuity. But how does a company, often with limited resources, maintain fully updated compliance in this environment? Many of our customers have partnered with Witt O’Brien’s not only because of our industry-recognized expertise, but because of the like-minded core values we share, including environmental stewardship and public responsibility. Such was the case for one of our key marine transportation clients.
Working in collaboration with the client, Witt O’Brien’s developed an environmental auditing program to complement the customer’s environmental policies, practices, and procedures and ensure compliance with current regulations and requirements. In the process, the team also bench-marked industry leading best management practices. The program implemented was developed through several years of providing on-board technical assistance to more than 1000 vessels. Witt O’Brien’s marine technical professionals are experts at identifying risks to ensure compliance and alleviate, correct, or remedy alleged environmental and MARPOL-related violations. This program systematically facilitates increased environmental preparedness, eliminating the risks associated with non-compliance, while guiding companies along a path to enhancing their environmental performance and processes.
Witt O’Brien’s continues to support its client with its environmental preparedness and compliance program. This includes regular on-board attendance activities to perform audits and provide training as needed to increase environmental awareness and minimize, if not altogether eliminate, the possibility of future environmental non-conformities or MARPOL-related violations. This level of on-hands expertise continues to aid our client in reclaiming environmental excellence within the industry.