Environmental Stewardship

At U.S. Shipping, environmental stewardship is a top priority. We have a multi-faceted environmental management system which is highly integrated with safety and quality and includes:

  • Compliance with all environmental laws and regulations governing marine transportation
  • Meeting or exceeding third-party standards for environmental excellence
  • Environmental safeguards designed for our vessels and equipment
  • Ongoing, comprehensive environmental training for our employees
  • Development of innovative technological solutions to environmental challenges
  • A culture of environmental awareness and responsibility
  • Operating practices which conserve fuel, minimize waste, and reduce emissions
  • Recycling initiatives
  • Environmental response planning and training
  • Use of environmentally acceptable lubricants (EAL)


We are proud to provide our customers with the most fuel efficient and cleanest mode of bulk transportation. Ships emit significantly less carbon dioxide (CO2) than trains or trucks, and articulated tug barges (ATB) emit less CO2, nitrogen oxides (NOx), particulate matter, and hydrocarbons (HC) than both alternative modes of transportation.*

Our state-of-the-art fleet is engineered and equipped to provide maximum environmental protection and minimize the impact of our operations with:

  • Double hulls on our petroleum and petrochemical tankers and ATBs
  • Electronic chart display and information systems (ECDIS)
  • Sophisticated status-monitoring systems for propulsion and cargo — our ATBs are equipped with advanced systems typically utilized on ships

In 2016, the U.S. Coast Guard presented U.S. Shipping with the prestigious Rear Admiral William M. Benkert Environmental Protection Bronze Award honoring leaders in the field of marine safety and environmental protection. With great pride in our success, we are committed to continuous improvement achieved through innovation and an unwavering dedication to environmental stewardship.

*Source: United States Maritime Administration