With the implementation of an integrated safety, environmental and quality management system, the Hamburg Süd Group is documenting the fact that the company attaches great importance to the quality and environmental compatibility of its services, as well as to the safety of human life, ship and cargo. As early as 1996, the shipping group was one of the first leading international container shipping lines to be certified worldwide in line with the ISO 9001 quality standard. In the same year and on a voluntary basis, the International Safety Management (ISM) Code was introduced, before the existing quality and safety management system was augmented by the ISO 14001 environmental management system in 2000.
The implementation of the quality management system ensures that there is no standstill in the high quality we offer. We constantly work on improvements to meet changing requirements, now and in the future. This is achieved by formulating and reviewing quality targets annually. To avoid errors before they occur, Hamburg Group staff receive continuous training, because error avoidance has precedence over error rectification.
Within the framework of its environmental management systems, Hamburg Süd pursues the goal of reconciling environmental protection and economic efficiency. It is for this reason we operate a young and modern fleet, which impacts the environment far less than older vessels. Slow steaming and optimised route planning further result in a sparing use of fuel. In this way, the Hamburg Süd Group reduces emissions, thereby supporting global efforts to stop climate change. Hamburg Süd’s refrigerated containers are also equipped with the latest technology. They permit the shipment of particularly sensitive commodities which could be transported only by air in the past. This is yet another way the company contributes to relieving pressure on the environment. Hamburg Süd Group staff around the globe, too, have committed themselves to the husbanding of natural resources and environment-friendly action.
To meet safety requirements under the ISM Code, high-quality equipment on board the vessels guarantee the highest degree of safety at sea. At the same time, regular training courses and an intensive training programme contribute to safety aboard. In addition, risk analyses are regularly prepared to specifically counter potential hazards well ahead of time.