Dubai-based OSV owner and marine logistics provider Topaz Energy and Marine has joined the World Ocean Council, a global non-profit organisation whose member companies are committed to sustainable ocean development, science and stewardship
Topaz Energy and Marine head of QHSSE Ian Trebinski said the move “signals Topaz’s clear commitment to further enhancing our contributions to the sustainable use and development of the maritime sphere in all our activities, to the benefit of our employees, business partners and stakeholders”.
As an example, Mr Trebinski said Topaz shows its commitment to sustainable operations through installing a fuel management system on a large share of its fleet, enabling a reduction in fuel consumption and emissions, such as CO2 and greenhouse gases. “Another pillar of Topaz’s business model is developing local workforces, and today more than 75% of all our seafarers are from the countries in which we operate”.
World Ocean Council (WOC) chief executive Paul Holthus added, “Offshore support vessel and logistics services are a critical component of ocean economic activity and Topaz is a leader in addressing the sustainability challenges of responsible operations for this sector”.
In July, Topaz Energy and Marine was acquired by Dubai-based DP World in a US$1.1Bn transaction. DP World is a member of the WOC.
With the growing interest in sustainable ocean development in the Gulf region, the WOC will organise a briefing seminar on ’The Blue Economy and Corporate Ocean Responsibility’ in Dubai in September 2019.