BlueScan unifies maritime supply chain sustainability assessments

BlueScan, a new unified standard for maritime industry sustainable procurement certification, was launched November 8, 2017. It will eliminate redundancy and elevate all parties concerned.
BlueScan unifies maritime supply chain sustainability assessments

Getting clarity on the sustainability of maritime supply chains has up until now been a tangled process, given most maritime companies have operated in isolation from one another, utilizing differing standards, that result in disparate interpretations and implementations of sustainability when it comes to procurement. BlueScan aims to remedy this.

In an effort to unify this process, five maritime companies have collaborated with MVO Nederland Maritime Network and SmartTrackers to create BlueScan. Boskalis, Heerema Marine Contractors, Pon Power BV, Royal IHC and Theunissen Technical Trading are all spearheading this effort. 

A co-created sustainable procurement tool

Officially launched November 8th at Europort, BlueScan is an online application that gives companies that span the range of the maritime sector the ability to swiftly assess the sustainability level of their suppliers, in a way that all parties can agree, reducing redundancy in certification and testing. BlueScan begins with a foundational questionnaire that incorporates all project partners custom methods while being aligned with international standards. 

A new, unified standard

Eliminating previously cumbersome silos between companies, BlueScan allows for information sharing between maritime network partners. With this, would be suppliers now need only adhere to a single standard, their audit requests reduced to one. 

BlueScan seeks to raise sustainability across the complete maritime chain

The tool is part of a project framework that delineates procurement requirements, thus elevating a high level of auditing and evaluation standards. Given this solid, clear foundation, BlueScan makes it simpler for maritime suppliers to make sustainable choices when it comes to procurement. The founding maritime companies involved in this project also hope to see this tool be a way to educate and elevate suppliers, helping them become increasingly sustainable year over year. 

From Dutch origins to world

Once broad adoption of the BlueScan standards is reached in the Dutch maritime sector, the vision is that this will have a ripple effect throughout the global maritime value chain. 

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