With 90% of the world’s international trade travelling by sea and the industry accounting for three to four percent of global CO2 emissions, the environmental impact of shipping is considerable.

Friend of the Sea has developed a new certification project, with the aim of improving the sustainable use of the marine environment by the shipping industry.

The Standard

The Friend if the Sea criteria for sustainable shipping require:

  • pollution prevention by regulating fuel efficiency;
  • use of antifouling and waste control;
  • social accountability;
  • legal compliance.


Would you like to receive a quotation for Friend of the Sea’s audit and royalties to use our logo?
Please fill out the online Preliminary Information Form (PIF):

  • All information will be kept strictly confidential and implies NO commitment on your company’s part.
  • Friend of the Sea's certification is voluntary and NOT mandatory to gain access to markets.
  • The application process is NOT discriminatory on size, scale, management and minimum number of operators.
  • Friend of the Sea is a NGO and it strives to make participation in the audits affordable for all companies.
  • Please contact us for more information on Government funding which might be available in your Country for sustainability certifications: info@friendofthesea.org