Sustainability

Our vision is to create tomorrow’s solutions for sustainable marine operations. We care for the natural environment and the society we are a part of, and sustainable growth is at the core of what we do. We have been around for 100 years, and we aim to keep going for generations to come.

Environmental policy

Ulstein provides ship designs, shipbuilding, system solutions and services that make efficient, proper and reliable marine operations possible. (BUSINESS CONCEPT)

Focusing on our VALUES: “Innovate, Engage and Advance”,
and through our STRATEGIES: “Sustainable growth, Internationalisation and Innovation”,
we continuously strive to achieve our VISION:

“We create tomorrow’s solutions for sustainable marine operations”

To achieve sustainability Ulstein will strive for all activities and products to have the least possible negative effect on the environment (HSE POLICY) through the following:

  • Ensure 100 % compliance with current requirements and regulations
  • Aim to develop environmental friendly products, that helps our customers reducing their environmental footprints, by reducing emissions and doing less harm to the environment
  • Take gradual and measurable steps towards making our products, processes and operations more sustainable. This implies us to
    • strive to take necessary actions to ensure energy efficiency in our operations
    • ensure and secure appropriate recycling of materials

UN Global Compact

UN Global Compact is the world's largest corporate sustainability initiative. It is a call to companies to align strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and take actions that advance societal goals.
We report annually of our activities in the ten principles of the UN Global Compact.

UN’s sustainable development goals

In September 2015, all 193 Member States of the United Nations adopted a plan for achieving a better future for all — laying out a path over the next 15 years to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and protect our planet. At the heart of “Agenda 2030” are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which clearly define the world we want — applying to all nations and leaving no one behind.

This is how we support the UN’s sustainable development goals. We allocate resources to innovation and new solutions for environmentally sound marine and maritime activities. We take on the responsibility to deliver long-lasting ships that are more energy efficient and that can be powered by renewable energy sources or by low-carbon solutions. This includes new types of vessels or solutions that help the customers increase their value, while improving fuel efficiency, reducing emissions and doing less harm to environment.

Product development

When designing a ship or developing a product, we keep in mind their life cycle environmental impact. Any product will have an impact when being produced, when being in use, and when taken out of use. We keep updated on all new environmental standards and safety regulations and constantly work to implement these in new developments to reduce the overall impact.

Windea La Cour, a Service Operation Vessel for the offshore wind industry, in the dock hall at Ulstein Verft.
Windea La Cour, a Service Operation Vessel for the offshore wind industry, in the dock hall at Ulstein Verft.

Sensible use of resources

Some of our activities are regulated by laws and regulations which have been drawn up for the protection of the natural environment, and need extra attention.

Our shipyard is our single largest company, which in turn leads to a great demand for resources. Keeping the use of resources at a sensible level and reducing the environmental risks in waste handling are target areas. Vessel construction leads, inevitably, to the production of waste. Our shipyard has procedures for a responsible handling of waste, including hazardous waste, various metals, oil, residues from sandblasting and painting. Also, the yard has put much efforts and investments in energy efficiency and energy conservation.

Get empowered by taking conscious carbon steps

The shipping industry is transitioning towards reduced emissions and improved energy efficiency. Whether integrated in a novel design, or retrofitted, a solution supporting the transition should be the best compromise between operational needs, forming a good balance between cost and benefit.

Get empowered

A responsible partner

​We are a corner-stone company in the community of Ulstein, Norway. We are present in several other countries around the world and vessels from us travel the seven seas. The things we do and choices we take influence the world around us.

A responsible Partner

Corporate Social Responsibility

The future lies in the hands of those coming after us. We care about the society we are a part of, and take responsibility for developing our community.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Science efforts

Initiatives in long-term recruitment increase interest for the maritime industry. We cooperate with several schools, from grammar to upper secondary schools, with the aim to spread knowledge about the maritime cluster of Norway. This is investing in our future.

Science efforts