Shell Marine has been awarded accreditation through the International Marine Purchasing Association’s IMPA ACT Sustainable Maritime Suppliers scheme, which is part of a wider effort to enhance the overall sustainability of marine and shipping industries.
In addition to being a well-known oil company, Shell has a lubricants division that is heavily involved in the development, supply, and management of high-quality lubricants for a range of industries, such as extreme-pressure gear oils like Shell Omala S2 G 320. Shell Marine, meanwhile, is a major player in the supply of lubricants to marine industries with some 30 blending plants and a network presence in over 700 ports in 58 different countries. It now becomes the first lubricant supplier to receive the new accreditation.
Commenting about the development, Jan Toschka, Executive Director at Shell Marine, said he was “delighted” at being the sector’s first representatives to be recognised in this way.
IMPA ACT is a group of various stakeholders from the shipping industry that share the common goal of enhancing the social, environmental and economical sustainability of their wider marine industries. To achieve this, they have all resolved to adopt the IMPA ACT Supplier Code of Conduct, not just within their own organizations but also throughout their supply chains wherever possible.
Companies like Shell Marine are awarded preferred supplier status upon satisfying certain defined standards or meeting agreed targets. The accreditation process is audited entirely by the IMPA and can involve spot checks.