Operating Standards

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 Shipping 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 our managers have adopted operating procedures which 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 subject to 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 IMO guidelines on CO2-indexing.

IMO 2020 global sulphur limit

Costamare welcomes the conclusions of IMO’s MEPC 73 which direct IMO to work further towards a smooth, safe and consistent implementation of the 2020 global sulphur cap in marine fuels.

Costamare follows the guidelines of the IMO, as the sole global regulator for shipping and believes that the IMO 2020 regulation will provide safeguards against the safety and operational issues already detected and will not burden the ships and their crews with unrealistic and disproportionate responsibility and liability.

It is vital to ensure a smooth implementation of properly considered and effective regulations for the benefit of the environment and the sustainability of the shipping industry. Costamare will promote this new area in the shipping industry by any means possible setting the safety at sea as a top priority.


Costamare insists on above-standard living and working conditions for seafarers employed on the Costamare fleet. As part of this commitment, our managers, on top of their other quality, safety and environmental management systems have adopted the requirements of the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC 2006).



Costamare Marine Training Services 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 with Costamare.
Costamare MTS Training Centre 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 provides maritime education and training of the highest industry standards.

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