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Environmental Policy


Key Objectives of ZIM’s environmental policy:

  • To uphold mandatory requirements (such as IMO, Flag, Class).
  • To provide safe practice in Ship Operations.
  • To create a framework for setting and reviewing environmental objectives and targets.
  • To establish safeguards against all identified risks – (Risk Assessment and Risk Management).
  • To train and prepare for emergencies.
  • To continue to improve personal skills of all personnel, ashore and on-board ship.
  • To encourage our employees, customers and suppliers to promote sustainable consumption.
  • To monitor and reduce electricity and fuel consumption on board our vessels and in the main offices. C02 Calculator and Emissions Measurement System implemented in ZIM Website for our Customers, since February 2017.
  • To increase the fresh water recycling and re-use of sewage-treatment.
  • To continue monitoring and reporting the vessels CO2 Emissions as well as SOX & NOX, as part of the CCWG.
  • To reduce emissions of cargo transported by land, by selecting reliable Rail Transportation whenever available.
  • To encourage our Suppliers to keep high standards, on sustainability, environmental, labor, human rights, training and ethical standards.


ZIM’S Safety and Environmental Protection Policies are communicated to all company employees ashore and on board our vessels. Click to view document sent to all employees and publicly presented our offices and vessels




ZIM complies with the following regulations concerning safety and environmental laws

  • ISO 14001:2004 (voluntary) – Environment Management System.
  • SOLAS – Safety of Life at Sea
  • ISM Code – International Safety Management Code for the Safe Operation of Ships and for
    Pollution Prevention
  • MARPOL –Prevention of Pollution from Ships
  • IMDG Code – International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code
  • CARB - Cold Ironing
  • All the crews on our vessels are equipped with Active Protective Measures to reduce Noise Exposure.


How we Implement the ISM code?

  • ZIM has implemented the ISM Code since 1997.
  • A designated person in the company’s Ship Management Department conducts annual
    internal audits on board ZIM’s vessels and in the main office.
  • ZIM conducts an annual ISM Management Review.
  • External ISM Audit, conducted by NK Class Surveyor: ZIM vessels regularly pass the external audits without Non-Conformity (NCR). The NK Class audits are considered most demanding in the industry.
  • The periodical audits lead to continuous improvement of SMS (Ship Management System) on board ZIM’s vessels.
  • As part of the ISM Code, SMS (Safety Management System) is available and implemented on each vessel, including Risk Analysis resulting in Shipboard Operations Procedures and Integrated Shipboard Emergency Plan and Procedures, including for accidental oil/fuel Pollution.


Environmental Management System (EMS) - ISO Standard 14001:2004

  • ZIM has voluntarily implemented the international ISO Standard 14001:2004 since January 2009.
    ISO 14001:2004 specifies requirements for an environmental management system to enable an organization to develop and implement a policy and objectives which take into account legal and other requirements to which the organization subscribes, and information about significant environmental aspects. It applies to those environmental aspects that the organization identifies as those which it can control and those which it can influence. ISO 14001:2004 aims to establish, implement, maintain, and improve the environmental management system, to assure itself of conformity with its stated environmental policy, as well as to demonstrate conformity with ISO 14001:2004.
  • The Certificate of Environmental Management System (EMS) Registration has been assessed, certified and issued by an independent 3rd party which is ClassNK (Nippon Kaiji Kyoken).  
    See the certificate


Our Ship Management practice cover Environmental aspects related to:

  • Waste, Hazardous Materials and chemicals Management (solids, liquids)
  • Oil Sludge Management.
  • Refrigerant Gases - A/C, Reefers
  • Electricity Utilization          
  • Cleaning Materials (green environment)
  • Monitoring of the company’s vessels bunkers (fossil fuel) energy consumption, is done daily.


Preventing Maritime Pollution

  • MARPOL: Regulations for prevention of pollution from vessels by: 
    • Ballast Management
    • Oil (SOPEP)
    • Sewage
    • Garbage
    • Air pollution


Our vessels are certified for complying with the mandatory MARPOL regulations.


Ballast Management & Sewage


  • Ballast Management: Managing ballasting and de-ballasting procedures according to the Ballast Management Plan.
  • Sewage & Gray Water:
    • Sewage is treated in a special treatment system. Special void areas have been converted to be used as collecting tanks.
    • Gray Water is collected in a converted void space



  • Bilges: Bilge liquids are being collected and separated through the "Bilge Separator". Overboard discharge is less than 15 p.p.m.
  • Sludge: Sludge is collected in a dedicated tank to be discharged to designated shore facilities.
  • Garbage: Garbage on board is separated into components such as plastics, paper, and food waste.  Incineration of allowed components is performed on board and then the ash is delivered to shore facilities.
  • Waste Water treatment: At our Head Office all grey-water are cleaned and reused for irrigation purposes, as well we use recycled paper for printing, all used-paper and batteries are sent for recycling, and similar policy in our other main offices. 
  • Working Processes for the reduction of waste are been implemented on board ZIM Vessels and Offices.


Air - NOx and SOx Control and Increasing Fuel Efficiency

  • Fleet Low Load Operation (~40% NCR).
  • NOx – EIAPP Cert.  (2002, 17.9 gr/Kwh)
  • SOx- In SECA (Baltic Sea), EU, and in California, ZIM is using low sulphur content fuels.
  • Fuel Changeover (HFO -  MDO)
  • ZIM promotes the use of IT Tools for Optimizing Route Planning, including the use of External services such as WNI (WeatherRoute) in order to assist the Vessels command in Route Planning, in order to increase the vessel, crew and cargo safety, and reduce the vessel’s fuel consumption, and decrease the emissions.
  • Trim Optimization software is used together with the Vessels Planning System Software, in order to optimize the vessel’s trim and draft and reduce the ballast quantities to minimum, in order to improve the vessel’s performance and reduce the vessel’s fuel consumption and emissions.
  • Waste Heat Recovery System in the Exhaust Boilers of all the vessels, as well as in the Evaporator (FW Generator) system, for more efficient engine use, resulting in fuel saving and reducing the emissions.
  • Measures are taken in order to reduce the vessels water resistance by optimal trim as well as continuous hull and propeller cleaning and polishing and by the use of special TBT-Free hull paints on all our vessels.
  • Optimizing of vessels load and cargo efficiency by more cargo consolidation, using JV Partners and Alliances, etc…
  • "Cold Ironing" - we have implemented "Cold Ironing" infrastructures, to preventing using vessels’ A/E during cargo operation thereby reducing NOx and SOx emission.


Wildlife & Wildlife Products cargo Policy


The following types of wildlife and wildlife products Cargo are forbidden on ZIM Vessels (following Examples include but are not limited to): Shark fins, wildlife ivory/ bone/ pelts/ horns/ skins/ furs/ rugs/ parts, wild animals organs/ corpses, illegal trade of plants and wild animals, trophy animals (Elephants, Rhinoceros, Tigers, Lions, Bear, etc.), marine mammals, migratory birds/eggs/feathers/nests/parts, Turtle or Tortoise shell, etc….

It is part of ZIM’s Policy to support Biodiversity Conservation by adopting the procedures outlined above. and by the above policy we contribute to it.


Ships scrapping and recycling

Shipyards and facilities to be used for ship scrapping and recycling shall be verified as meeting applicable international environmental convention standards, including IMO Hong Kong Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships (2009).

​ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd is one of the leading carriers in the global container shipping industry. ZIM operates a modern fleet and a network of shipping lines offering cargo transportation services on all major global trade routes, supported by the company's local offices and representatives around the world.

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