About us

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).

Our Purpose

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.

Our Aim

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.

How our Inspections are Conducted

  1. RSI has established a joint inspection scheme in which each individual member may request inspections to be carried out by independent inspectors. RSI operates a networks of experienced inspectors across Sweden.
  2. Inspections are performed, against RSI standards, on dry cargo vessels chartered directly by members, or vessels transporting cargoes bought as CIF included (Cost, Insurance, Freight). The inspector completes a report and RSI communicates the result to the ship operator of the dry cargo vessel. In turn, the ship operator responds with a corrective action plan for any potential observations found.
  3. Based on the results from the inspection, the member evaluates whether or not the vessel is suitable for their trade.
  4. The report, as well as the ship operator’s corrective action plan, are shared among members via a joint database.


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