Safety & Environment

Spliethoff endeavours to maintain the highest level for quality, health, safety and environment for all its operations.

Therefore the following core safety and environmental values have been identified:

  • Highest standards in safety management, constantly striving for a zero incident/accident working environment.
  • Integrated Safety Management system based on the International Safety Management Code meeting or exceeding clients’ expectations.
  • Exchange of lessons learned via our company magazine to raise awareness and elimination of recurrence.
  • Vessels fly the Netherlands quality flag, and all vessels are classed by high standard IACS classification societies.
  • High standards for design, maintenance and operation of the vessels and training of its crew.
  • Focus on environmental responsibility.
  • Operates vessels worldwide, including in Emission Control Areas and through sensitive marine environments, in strict compliance with applicable legislation.
  • Limiting ship’s emissions of SOx, NOx, soot (fine particles) and CO-2,
  • Cleaning waste and ballast water and following strict waste management plans.
  • The company and ships are certified in accordance with international standards ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISM (International Safety Management) Code, ISPS (International Ship and Port Facility Security) Code and the Maritime Labour Convention.


Spliethoff is constantly striving for a zero incident/accident working environment. Spliethoff continuously and proactively identifies risks on board and provides for specific training programs on various risk matters. A reporting and monitoring system is in place for risk analysis and management.

In-house developed IT systems ensure smooth cooperation between fleet and office, and provide the basis for full compliance.

Our QHSSE Department ensures that all the vessels comply with or are ahead of the latest Quality, Health, Safety, Security and Environmental regulations. In co-operation with the crewing and technical departments, they increase the crew’s awareness of safety and environment by means of information and instructions. For instance: a purpose build cargo crane simulator is used to provide additional training and certification for ships staff, exceeding STCW and other national and international requirements. In house training for office staff is provided to understand the risk factors for all ship operations.


Environment: Reducing our carbon footprint

Crew, Technical and Operational Departments endeavour to minimise fuel consumption, and, subsequently, less air emissions (sulphur, nitrogen, CO-2).

The Technical Department continuously searches for new ways to optimise the efficiency of vessels’ propulsion systems and to facilitate economic sailing. Behavioural change and technical measures aim to reduce the electricity and fuel consumption on board. For example, vessels are equipped with a waste heat recovery system.
New ships have been constructed with highly efficient engines, advanced energy efficient rudders and their hull have modern coatings to minimise resistance. Special attention is given to trim and speed optimisation. 
Vessels use weather routing systems in order to track and avoid bad weather, and optimise voyage conditions.

Over the last years, Spliethoff has developed in-house a sensor-based fleet performance platform. The whole fleet has been, or will be shortly, equipped with fuel consumption measuring equipment and data loggers to measure, analyse and improve the ships’ efficiency. Moreover, fuel monitoring dashboards were installed on board, enabling the crew to sail as fuel efficient as possible. Click HERE to view a video of the project.

Less emissions to the air - Scrubbers

Spliethoff strives to reduction of the fleet’s SOx and soot (PM) emissions. All S-type classed vessels are equipped with scrubbers (exhaust gas cleaning system) and more vessels will be equipped with scrubbers in 2019 and 2020. The scrubber is a device that washes sulphur and other substances out of the engines exhaust gasses.

Click HERE for a short animation regarding the scrubber technology and our considerations to choose for this technology.

Less emissions to the water

Spliethoff also continuously works on reducing the vessels’ emissions to the water.

Waste water for example is cleaned before discharge.
Where/when possible, mineral based lubrication oil is replaced with bio-degradable lubricants (EAL).
Furthermore, the vessels exchange ballast water on a regular basis to prevent the transport of alien species. New vessels are already equipped with a certified ballast water treatment system and our technical department is reviewing the possibilities for installing ballast water treatment systems on the older vessels as well prior to the mandatory IMO regulation (Ballast Water Convention).