THE FIVE COMMITMENTS OF THE FRENCH SHIPOWNERS
MARFRET, AS SIGNATORY OF THE BLUE CHARTER, UNDERTAKES TO :
1 – FOREVER IMPROVE THE SAFETY AND THE QUALITY OF SHIPS
- Maintain the French flag’s position at the highest level of the Memorandum of Paris ratings.
- Further enhance the policy of modernisation and maintenance of the fleet.
- Enforce the strict application of International and European regulations related to maritime safety.
- Co-operate with the Authorities to ensure safe maritime transportation.
2 – PROTECT THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT AND COASTLINE
- Prevent all forms of pollution by oil and toxic products.
- Reduce NOx and SOx emissions to preserve the ozone layer.
- Control refuses, water ballast end waste disposals.
- Prevent and prohibit unauthorized disposals at sea.
3 – GUARANTEE GOOD LIVING AND WORKING CONDITIONS FOR CREW
- Recruit ocean-going personnel in strict conformity with the International regulations in force and further their qualifications within the Company.
- Maintain superior payment conditions and standards of employment to those prescribed by the I.L.O. (International Labour Organisation).
- Encourage the use of a common language well understood by the crew.
- Ensure proper control to ships’ access.
4 – MANAGE THE COMPANY WIITH TRANSPARENCY AND ETHICS
- Clear identification of the Owner or Manager of a vessel.
- Select professional partners that adhere to the Blue Charter criteria.
- Implement as a priority the rules and regulations relating to safety into Company management pocedures (controls, correction of non-conformities).
- Within each Company, ensure necessary human and material resources to attain the required level of safety and protection of the environment.
5 – ASSERT SOLIDARITY WITH THE MARITIME COMMUNITY
- The maritime community groups together with the coastal population all those whose activities are linked to the sea; this community shares values that create strong ties of solidarity.
- French Shipowners are commited to supporting the members of this community, in particular with respect to a maritime incident, through the International regulations and with the means so defined.