Safety is a key element in a ship design. All ESL Shipping vessels are ice-strengthened and meet the requirements for the demanding conditions of winter navigation. Safe operations are further enhanced by the ship’s crew being well acquainted with the conditions in their operating area. ESL Shipping vessels sail under the Finnish flag and mainly with a Finnish crew.

ESL Shipping Ltd was given ISM certification in 1997 by the Finnish Maritime Administration, now called the Finnish Transport Safety Agency or Trafi. The ISM Code or International Safety Management Code provides an international standard for the safe management and operation of ships and for pollution prevention. The certificate is re-validated annually.