Costamare and its managers have a track record of providing a service that is on time, safe and environmentally friendly. To achieve this, the performance of management systems, crew and shore based staff are as important as the standard of the Costamare fleet.
Costamare 's managers have each implemented a Quality, Safety and Environmental Management system. This integrates ISO 9001: 2008 quality management and ISO 14001:2004 environmental management standards with the International Safety Management (ISM) Code for the Safe Operation of Ships and for Pollution Prevention. Costamare Management was first awarded quality certification and ISM compliance in November 1998, more than three years before the ISM Code came into effect for containerships, their owners and managers.
The Costamare fleet and Costamare's and its managers operating procedures meet strict internal and external safety criteria. Costamare 's managers are devoted to looking after the Costamare fleet and the crew and officers working on board and to protecting the environment. Costamare places great importance on human resources and training. Prudent investment in containerships as well as insistence on thorough monitoring and maintenance of the Costamare fleet are also at the heart of the Costamare philosophy.
Shipping is not exempt from strict standards of environmental protection driven by awareness of climate change and other effects from emissions. For many years Costamare Inc., its founders and its managers have supported voluntary programs to protect the marine environment. In 2008 five of the Costamare fleet registered with an operational CO2-indexing programme, becoming the first ships worldwide to comply fully with interim International Maritime Organization guidelines on CO2-indexing. Finally, Captain Vasileios Konstantakopoulos is chairman and honorary chairman of the Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association (Helmepa).
Costamareinsists on above-standard living and working conditions for seafarers employed on the Costamare fleet. As part of this commitment, Costamare Inc.'s managers, on top of their other quality, safety and environmental management systems already in operation, commenced in 2010 implementing in their management systems the requirements of the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC 2006) which is expected to enter into force for all industry participants at the end of 2011. In fact, in 2010, the first ever certificate in respect of a containership owned by Costamarewas issued by Germanischer Lloyd for compliance with the provisions of MLC 2006. Compliance is now being introduced throughout the Costamare fleet.
Costamare MTS S.A. (“Costamare MTS”) is a company offering high quality maritime education and training services to ship officers, crews and shipping companies' employees. Costamare MTS is a company affiliated to Costamare.
The Training Centre is accommodated in its own premises and is equipped by state of the art training facilities such as the TRANSAS Navi Trainer Professional NTPRO 5000 240 degrees Simulator.
Costamare MTS's team of instructors comprises industry top professionals carefully selected on the basis of thorough theoretical knowledge and sea gained professional competence.
With the above facilities, courses and dedicated staff Costamare MTS serves its primary target to provide maritime education and training of the highest industry standards.