Voluntary Environmental Compliance Program (VECP) Guidelines

In the last decade shipping companies have seen the need and benefit of introducing Environmental Management Systems (EMS) to improve their environmental performance, either within the present Safety (and Environmental) Management System (SMS) according to the ISM Code or based on the ISO 14001 standard.
While the ISM Code deals with the environmental reporting and management of ship operations activities, the international ISO 14001 standard applies to those environmental aspects that the organization identifies as those which it can control and those which it can influence (it does not itself state specific environmental performance criteria).
In order to assist ship owners and collect the Best Practices developed in the United States, (read ECM NEWSLINE June 2011, Sept 2010, June 2010) ECM/ECM Europe has developed a Guideline, called the Voluntary Environmental Compliance Program (VECP).
The VECP provides operational guidelines intended to promote uniformity of environmental violation management through shipowning organizations.
The design and implementation of voluntary environmental compliance plans and frameworks will need to take into account the varying needs of a specific organization, its particular objectives,
context, structure, operations, processes, functions, projects, products, services, or assets and specific practices employed.
Nevertheless, VECP can be applied to any type and size of ship-owner and ship-manager organization and specifies requirements for an environmental management system to enable a shipping company to prevent, detect and correct environmental violations under applicable international flag state, port
state and coastal state law, and the United State laws including, but not limited to, the international Convention for Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL), and all applicable U.S. Federal and State statutes and regulations including, but not limited to the Ports and Water Safety Act (PWSA), the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS), the Clean Water Act (CWA) and the Oil Pollution Act (OPA 90) and the EU Directive 2009/123/EC.
VECP is available as a PDF File and can be requested by filling the request form at the following web page
ECM/ECM Europe Team offers its customers VECP auditing and gap analysis activities to assess the level of compliance of your Company.

For further information please do not hesitate to contact Bruno Di Lascio info@ecmeurope.net.

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