Athenian Sea Carriers Ltd. is an organization in which the safety
of our people is a value which is not compromised, safety excellence is recognized as good business, leaders at all levels are safety role models,
effective safety leadership is a prerequisite for promotion, people are aware of the hazards and risks in their workplace and act accordingly,
compliance with safety standards and procedures is absolute, and repeat incidents are evidence of an out of control operation.
Athenian Sea Carriers Ltd. is the first shipping company that
have implemented a formal Health, Safety and Environmental Risk Management Approach, widely recognized in offshore and inshore industries,
to assure the protection of the Company's people, environment, assets and reputation within which the Company operates.
Athenian Sea Carriers Ltd. have conducted vessel-specific Health,
Safety and Environmental Cases to demonstrate to every interested party, that essential controls are in place, so that the major risk dealt with
Health, Safety and Environment arising from operation of the vessel are tolerable and are reduced to As Low As Reasonably Practicable (ALARP).
Risk Management Certification of Athenian Sea Carriers Ltd. was a
result of the strong efforts of both shore-based personnel and vessels' crew as well as the contribution of ABS Consulting experts.
ATHENIAN SEA CARRIERS LTD Ltd. takes pride in being amongst the
first shipping companies to have achieved the ISO 9001 certification.
The decision was based on its obligation under ship-management
contracts to provide qualified crew and the choice of the scheme is intended to stress out the importance attached by the Company to having
qualified crew on board its ships.
The initial certification audit was successfully completed on
the 16th of March 2000 by ABS.
The scope of the ISO certification was defined as "Operation of oil
tankers, and design, development and provision of training courses to seafarers"
Pursuing our Environmental Policy and awareness, ATHENIAN SEA
CARRIERS proceeded with the application and the achievement of certification to the demanding ISO 14001 Environmental Management System
standard, on September 2002. It covered all the ships in its fleet as well as the company's head office in Athens.
The rigorous management system requirements were audited and certified
by ABS Quality Evaluations. While presenting the certificate, ABS President Robert D. Somerville had said, "Only a very few ship owners in
the world have achieved this standard.
Action should focus on the source of pollution to the
maximum possible extent. This process would not be possible without the commitment of our employees. Environment Program is part of our daily
business, both at office and on board the ships." noted Christos Stathis, Chief Executive Officer of ATHENIAN.
The efforts for further improving our Management System and thus
better satisfying our increasing stakeholder needs, were being rewarded in 2007. This was the year that ATHENIAN achieved certification to the
Health Safety, Quality and Environmental (HSQE) requirements of the ABS Guide for Marine Health Safety, Quality and Environmental Management.
Certification took place on 11th of December 2007 and certificate was issued on 8th of September 2008.
The HSQE Guide incorporates all the general management system
principles embodied by the ISM Code, ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001.
Thus, ATHENIAN SEA CARRIERS complies with the sound management
systems principles reflected in the requirements of the International Safety Management (ISM) Code, Quality Management Systems (ISO 9001:2008),
Environmental Management Systems (ISO 14001:2004) and Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems (OHSAS 18001:2007).
For More Information Contact:
Athenian Sea Carriers: Captain Manolis Kasmas
Tel: +30210 6834875 - Mob: + 306946 791214
EFQM Excellence Model
The EFQM Excellence Model was introduced at the beginning of
1992 as the framework for assessing organisations for the European Quality Award. It is now the most widely used organisational framework in
Europe and it has become the basis for the majority of national and regional Quality Awards.
The EFQM Excellence Model is a practical tool that can be used
in a number of different ways:
- As a tool for Self-Assessment.
- As a way to Benchmark with other organisations.
- As a guide to identify areas for Improvement.
- As the basis for a common Vocabulary and a way of thinking.
- As a Structure for the organisation's management system.
Athenian's Sea Carries Ltd. Finance & Business Audit Division
was assessed and granted the "Committed to Excellence in Europe" Award - 2004.
Athenian Sea Carriers Ltd. was assessed and granted the "Committed
to Excellence in Europe" Award - 2005.
Athenian Sea Carriers Ltd. was assessed and granted the "Recognized
for Excellence (4 stars) in Europe" Award - 2007.
In 2008 Athenian Sea Carriers Ltd. was assessed and granted the "Recognized for Excellence (5 stars) in Europe" Award, which was renewed during 2011, 2013 & 2015.
EBEN Ethics Model
The EBEN GR Business Ethics Model is a fruitful effort of EBEN GR
promoting business ethics excellence, through a business model with purpose of sustainable leadership. The model consists of three levels with
their respective Bee (Business Ethics Excellence) Awards, granted after succeeding the HONEY assessment and incorporates methods and systems
that contribute significantly to business success, targeting at sustainable business excellence.
Everyone in the Company, is abide by the EBEN GR Standard Corporate Code:
Integrity: ethical handling of personal Vs
Objectivity: compliance with laws, rules and
Independence: prompt reporting appropriately
Confidentiality: enforceable without side effects
Competency: full, fair, accurate, timely,
understandable report disclosures
Accountability: adherence to the code
Sustainability: be present everywhere at all times
Athenian Sea Carriers has accomplished the Bronze (Good Will) BEE Award during 2007,
Silver (Proven Support) BEE Award during 2008 and since 2009 the Gold (State of Honesty) in Auditing, Business Excellence and Environmental actions areas.
Furthemore in 2016, Athenian has succeeded the Platinum Award at Vetting Procedures.
In 2000, the U.S. Coast Guard developed an initiative to acknowledge the
foreign flagged vessels that call in U.S. ports, whose careful safety management enables them to operate high-quality vessels safely, and to provide direct
benefits to those vessels.
This initiative is called QUALSHIP 21, quality shipping for the 21st century.
To encourage quality vessel operations, the U.S. Coast Guard is providing a
QUALSHIP 21 Certificate to all QUALSHIP 21 designated vessels, with a maximum two (2) year period of validity which corresponds to the vessel’s last U.S.
Port State Control Safety and Protection Environmental Compliance exam.
The actual benefit for tanker vessels is that the annual / mid-period
examination of a QUALSHIP 21 tank vessel may be reduced in scope. Furtheremore we will be able to get waiver of USCG inspection for each vessel qualified as
It should be highlighted that less than ten percent of foreign-flagged vessels
operating in the United States meet the eligibility requirements of this program, thus putting the qualified vessels in an elite class.
With respect to the above, we are proud to announce the enrollment of Athenian
Sea Carriers LTD along with our vessels:
to the Qualship 21 status of USCG.
Business Excellence in Shipping & Trading (BEST) Award Scheme
BEST Scheme combines the excellence levels of three famous models: EBEN SEE.G,
TMSA and EFQM. With BEST Scheme, everyone interested can be certified by all three models at the same time at a low cost and become widely identifiable not
only in the shipping but in the whole business world.
The advantages deriving from the application of these three models on behalf of
the shipping companies are the following:
- Building relations of trust and understanding with all the social partners
- Enhancement of clients’ credibility
- Support and assent of the employees and other public groups for the fulfillment of business strategy
- Maintenance and enhancement of corporate reputation
- Support of businesses in crisis conditions
- Understanding and enhancement of the positive messages by the Press representatives
Within this framework, Athenian Sea Carriers shipping company has been awarded as
a pioneer company as far business excellence in shipping is concerned since it has adopted all three models of total quality (TMSA-EBEN SEE.G-EFQM).