Since 90 percent of the world’s international trade travels by the sea and gas emissions from this industry account for 3 to 4 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

Friend of the Sea criteria for sustainable shipping require:

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


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

  • All the information will be kept strictly confidential and implies NO commitment on your company’s part.
  • The Friend of the Sea 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: