In order to contribute towards improved conditions in the dry cargo shipping industry, a partnership between the founding member companies was initiated. The initiative was named the Responsible Shipping Initiative (RSI).
The purpose of RSI is to promote responsible shipping with regards to working conditions, health and safety, and the environment in the Baltic and North Sea areas.
The focus lies on on establishing and managing a contractually binding standard for responsible shipping. Dry cargo vessel carriers adhere to this standard, which was chartered by RSI’s members and has been developed in close dialogue with relevant stakeholders. The outcomes of performed inspections are shared among all members.
The partnerships and exchanges of information between RSI’s members revolve around matters concerned with responsible shipping. For this reason, questions regarding pricing, terms and conditions and other commercial matters are never discussed within RSI.
By employing the developed inspection scheme, RSI continues to learn about the conditions and realities on board, which in turn helps to continually develop and adjust its requirements. Dry cargo vessel carriers are aware that the main purpose of RSI is to adress and improve standards on board.