In the operations of Tallink, securing the safety of people, environment and property comes first.
Tallink’s Safety Management System adheres to the ISM (International Safety Management), ISPS (International Ship Port Facility Security) Codes and the requirements according to the ISO 14000 environmental management standard in order to guarantee the operations of the ships and onshore organisation, prevent accidents, loss of human lives and environmental damages caused to marine environment. Safety Management System is audited by Lloyds Register, Estonian, Swedish and Finnish Maritime Administrations.
The safety management operations of Tallink aim at maintaining and developing safe procedures for ships and creating a safe ship environment for both the crew and passengers. Crew’s safety management skills are continuously developed, tested and practiced during drills and exercises in cooperation with authorities. These skills are improved by identifying the known risk factors and areas, and practicing related procedures. In addition, crew environmental safety awareness is continuously improved.
The objective of Tallink’s Safety Management System is to ensure that the valid rules and requirements set out by IMO (International Maritime Organization) maritime authorities, certification bodies and other maritime organizations as well as their applicable regulations and standards are adhered to.
Ships masters are responsible for the onboard safety and security operations of the ships managed by Tallink. The task of the onshore organization is to supervise, support and develop safety and security work.
All our vessels carry lifesaving equipment which meets the highest safety standards and are always ready for use. Nevertheless our highest-level nautical and good-seamanship practices together with top-level safety and security organisations are designed to prevent situations where all this safety equipment could be put in use.
Tallink recognizes environmental protection and management as one of its highest priorities and that every effort is to be made to conserve and protect the environment from marine, atmospheric and other forms of pollution, including office based waste. Vessels are maintained and operated in accordance with the MARPOL convention (International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships) in order to ensure that air and sea pollution is kept at the lowest practicable level. All our newest cruise ferries are designed to use operational exhaust gas catalyser system. The applicable air pollution level requirements are met and our vessels use the low sulphur content fuel. All new ships that are currently being built for Tallink have created possibility for us to be engaged into the developing and testing activities of the newest technology of exhaust gas cleaning system which besides of the CO emissions are meant to lower also the NOx emissions.
Tallink operates a zero spill to the sea policy and our objective is to eliminate the possibility of pollution at source by ensuring high standards of safety and awareness are maintained and that all relevant legislation and conventions are followed for both its sea and shore based activities. We are also committed to the continual improvement of methods used to carry out and achieve this objective, including the use of equipment and practices that minimize waste generation.
Tallink`s ships and the subsidiary managing the technical operating of the vessels HT Shipmanagement have the high level environmental certificate ISO 14001:2004 released by Lloyds Register.
ISO 14001:2004 is a highly valued international environmental management certificate, voluntary for companies.
All of our vessels have received all required international oil pollution prevention certificates. During their respective navigation periods, our vessels also hold valid sewage pollution prevention certificates to the extent required. Handling of garbage on the vessels is regularly recorded and several of our vessels also hold a special garbage pollution prevention attestation. As the certificates are issued for limited periods, we regularly apply for the renewal of the certificates before their expiry.
Conclusively in order to assure the protection of the environment Tallink complies with mandatory rules and regulations, taking into account codes, guidelines and standard from maritime organizations; actively promotes environmental awareness by training and education of its employees; operates its office and ships taking into consideration the efficient use of energy and materials; wherever practicable, adopts the principles of re-use and recycling; requires that suppliers and contractors working under its direct control and affiliated companies apply environmental standards consistent with its own; participates in discussion with relevant authorities with a view to being aware of current environmental issues and topics and to develop measures to minimize risk to the environment; ensures compliance by undertaking regular inspections and audits along with the rectification of any nonconformity.