June 22, 2015: The GAC Group has become a member of the World Ocean Council (WOC), the international business alliance for Corporate Ocean Responsibility, as part of its commitment to sustainability.
As an active WOC member, the Dubai-headquartered GAC Group will support international initiatives that promote ocean sustainable development and will continue to actively pursue developments that reduce the environmental impact of shipping. GAC Group's over 9,000 professionals at its offices in more than 50 countries around the world are encouraged to take initiatives that reduce the impact of business on the communities they serve and operate in.
Christer Sjödoff, GAC Group Vice President – Commercial, said: "The sea is our natural habitat, so it makes sense that we should do everything in our power to make sure it is sustained. The mission and goals of the World Ocean Council resonate well with our own determination to serve shipping and other sectors that use the world's oceans in a way that protects and preserves the delicate marine ecosystem, and the environment as a whole."
GAC's commitment to sustainability is demonstrated through its efforts to develop services like HullWiper, GAC EnvironHull's diver-free underwater hull cleaning system that reduces fuel consumption whilst protecting the sea from contamination by removed fouling, alien species and chemical or toxic substances.
In addition, GAC-SMHI Weather Solutions – a strategic alliance between GAC and the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) – provides ship owners and operators valuable tools to plan their routes to avoid heavy weather, thus boosting fuel efficiency and reducing the risk of a loss at sea and the resulting ecological and material costs.
"As a Group, GAC takes the long view for sustainable results," added Sjödoff. "We depend on the seas for a large part of our business, so it is our joint responsibility to ensure that the oceans are protected today, tomorrow and into the future.
"We also look forward to the 3rd WOC Sustainable Ocean Summit, held in Singapore in November this year, and encourage other leadership companies to be a part of this unique multi-industry conference on global Corporate Ocean Responsibility," Sjödoff concludes.
Paul Holthus, WOC founding President and CEO, added that: "The WOC is proud to welcome the GAC Group to the growing WOC global alliance of leadership companies. The WOC is generating significant interest from companies in the Mideast and Asia. GAC is exemplary of the companies that have a long term commitment to sustainability and are proving it by developing innovative business solutions to reduce industry impacts on the marine environment and improve shipping safety and efficiency."