Friday, June 26, 2015

Dubai Freight and Logistics Group Signs Up for Sustainable Shipping

New Member for World Ocean Council
Shipping News Feature

UAE – As part of its commitment to sustainability, freight and logistics outfit the GAC Group has become a member of the World Ocean Council (WOC), an international shipping and maritime industries alliance for Corporate Ocean Responsibility, where the Dubai headquartered freight and logistics firm will join more than 80 WOC members from across the industry, many of which have long-standing ties with the GAC group of companies, to support international initiatives that promote sustainable development and conservation of the ocean, and will continue to actively pursue developments that reduce the environmental impact of shipping operations. Christer Sjödoff, GAC’s Group Vice President, Commercial said:

"The sea is our natural habitat, so it makes sense that we should do everything in our power to make sure it is sustained. The mission and goals of the World Ocean Council resonate well with our own determination to serve shipping and other sectors that use the world’s oceans in a way that protects and preserves the delicate marine ecosystem, and the environment as a whole.

"As a Group, GAC takes the long-term view for sustainable results. We depend on the seas for a large part of our business, so it is our joint responsibility to ensure that the oceans are protected today, tomorrow and into the future.”

GAC says its commitment to sustainability is demonstrated through its efforts to develop services like HullWiper, GAC EnvironHull’s diver-free underwater hull cleaning system that reduces fuel consumption whilst protecting the sea from contamination by removing fouling, alien species and chemical or toxic substances. Further, GAC-SMHI Weather Solutions, a strategic alliance between GAC and the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI), provides ship owners and operators’ valuable tools to plan their routes to avoid heavy weather, thus boosting fuel efficiency and reducing the risk of a loss at sea and the resulting ecological and material costs. Paul Holthus, WOC founding President and CEO, says:

"We are proud to welcome GAC to the growing WOC global alliance of leadership companies, which is generating significant interest from companies in the Mideast and Asia. GAC is exemplary of the companies that have a long term commitment to sustainability and are proving it by developing innovative business solutions to reduce industry impacts on the marine environment and improve shipping safety and efficiency."