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ESG Compliance

    The subject of ESG is becoming an increasingly important topic for all shipowners, investors and financiers across all major industries today. ESG isn’t just the responsibility of the financial investors however, it is imperative that all companies understand the environmental and social consequences of their business operations and ensure that there is an appropriate level of governance and support in place.

    The global maritime industry is no different, and as a hugely capital-intensive industry, attracting sources of investment capital from around the globe, shipping’s ESG profile is arguably one of the most high-profile of all industries today.

    Ships face a huge variety of ESG risks and challenges which begin in the construction phase, continue throughout the trading life of the vessel(s) and finally conclude at the end of their lifecycle. The oceans represent over 70% of the Earth's surface and it is the responsibility of those who use the oceans for commercial advantage, to do so responsibly, sustainably and with our collective future in mind.

    As providers of capital, banks, investors, funds and other sources of finance have a direct responsibility to ESG and have a huge opportunity to shape the way that we address these issues now and in the future.

    At Idwal, we are committed to ESG compliance right across our own business and we support the need for accountability, commitment and transparency across all aspects of the global shipping industry in respect of climate change and wider environmental, social and governance factors. 

    Our commitment extends both to supporting our customers’ businesses, as well as our own and we have developed several supporting ESG-related initiatives and services which can help you evaluate and mitigate the ESG risks across your business.

    Compliance is not enough. At Idwal we look “beyond compliance” to see where we can make a difference.

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    The letters "ESG" stands for environmental, social, and governance.

    Until recently, these three letters meant very little to many shipping company executives and their financial investors. Today, most executives, and their finance partners fully understand that ESG-impact must be considered alongside almost every business decision; from yard selection to chartering-decisions, trading routes, crewing and resourcing, to ship-recycling , the impact of ESG runs seamlessly through every part of the shipping value-chain. 

    However, methodologies for including ESG considerations into day to day decisions and access to reliable data, varies considerably and whilst it has progressed considerably in recent years, it remains a challenge for many organisations. 



    The environmental impact of shipping covers a wide variety of factors, all of which have varied degrees of impact. Much of the environmental issues have been covered by, and are subjected to, increasing levels of legislation and regulation from the likes of IMO. The most critical and high-level environmental categories can be defined as:

    • GHG Emissions
    • Energy Efficiency
    • Marine Pollution
    • Bio-diversity & Invasive Species
    • Climate Risk
    • Scrapping/Recycling

    The social impact of shipping covers a wide variety of factors, both at sea and on shore. Whilst there are some legislative measures in place, many social issues in shipping require further support and regulation. There are several organisations supporting and promoting improvements to social standards in shipping, often without clear directives or legislative support. The most critical and high-level social categories can be defined as:

    • Labour Rights & (beyond) Compliance
    • Health & Safety
    • Living working standards
    • Anti-Corruption
    • Security of people
    • Diversity

    Governance in shipping is a complex topic which is exacerbated by an army of intermediaries and ownership structures which together do not necessarily promote a culture of transparency across the industry. It is essential that shore-based procedures, policies and protocols catering for the corporate entity are implemented and translated into procedures which can be adhered to onboard, a well as ashore. The most critical and high-level governance categories can be defined as:

    • Anti-corruption
    • Security of Assets
    • Transparency (Tax, ownership & accountability)
    • Sanctions and compliance
    • Political interests


    We have developed a range of ESG-focused services which can be applied to your business to help you make smart decisions related to ESG across your vessel(s), your portfolio or across your organisation.

    Whether you’re a shipowner, investor, financier, charterer, insurer or manager – our ESG services can be tailored to meet your specific business needs.


    Our ESG supplement can be added to any standard Idwal inspection service, such as our condition or pre-purchase inspections, and provides a high-level yet concise ESG assessment of any vessel type from an onboard perspective.

    Utilising our unique digitalised framework, and our global network of expert marine surveyors, our ESG supplement will generate a initial ESG grade of your vessel which can be used to quickly determine ESG-compliance onboard.

    EEXI Calculation

    The IMO has set a goal to reduce the carbon intensity output of vessels by 40% by 2030 and a 70% carbon intensity by 2050. During MEPC 76 in June 2021, they adopted amendments to MARPOL Annex VI, introducing a key new metric known as EEXI (Energy Efficiency Existing Ship Index) which is based on the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) formula.

    Idwal offer free EEXI calculation and advice on meeting the targets.


    Banks, funds, leasing companies, and ship owners around the world use Idwal ESG services to make smarter decisions towards their internal targets.

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