Title: Bibby Maritime’s April Monthly Obstacle
Intro: The natural environment is defined as ‘all living and non-living things that occur naturally’. Bibby Maritime want to highlight what we’re doing as a company to reduce our impact in it.
Challenge: Bibby Maritime operates on a set of core values that we implement in our everyday work life and ethic to ensure that we achieve a high standard and level of performance. These are 'work together', 'be better', 'be innovative', 'do the right thing' & 'trust each other'. As we work heavily in the Maritime Industry, we are aware of the crisis that our world’s oceans and natural environments are currently in. Our core values have influenced us as a company to create and implement various means of reducing our footprint and interference in the oceans and landscape around us.
Solution: Here are a few ways we have reduced our impact on the environment;
Plastic – Did you know that some single use plastic products, for example plastic cutlery and straws, can take over 400 years to decompose? For this reason, we have removed the use of plastic water bottles and plastic drinking utensils on board our vessels. Furthermore, all of our waste is strictly segregated on board and sent to the appropriate receptacle facilities to ensure all recyclables are allowed another use.
Emission control – Reduced emissions are a great benefit, both environmentally and financially. To decrease the number of emissions, we have an ‘economic’ mode in which our generators can run at a lesser rate. Even though they are functioning at a reduced capacity, the generators can still produce enough power to able to maintain each Coastel’ s position effectively through ‘Dynamic Positioning’. To further reduce our emissions, we are currently in the process of changing all of the fluorescent light tubes into LED lights across all of our vessels.
Water usage – Plastic and emissions are very prominent items to consider when talking about the environment. However, did you know - of all the water on this planet, only 1% of it is fresh and readily accessible? You might want to think again before you leave the tap running… We have installed vacuum toilets and shower heads that greatly reduce the on board water consumption. Furthermore, we have special on board waste water management system that us to recycle grey water into fresh clean drinkable water. The rest is sent ashore to an appropriate receptacle facility.
In comparison to our land based counterparts, our emissions are up to 27% less, meaning we are more friendly and less intrusive to the environment. The team at Bibby Maritime are happy to be doing their part towards helping the environment.