Again, all DTG ships have been certified for the next two years by the quality management system GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice). We thus follow an important consumer protection rule: since 1st July 2007, all ships transporting animal feed have to prove by a valid certificate that they maintain a general code of hygiene. This standard is to ensure a safe and uninterrupted feed chain. For this purpose, a mandatory inspection has to be carried out by an approved inspection body every two years. Based on a checklist, all relevant data and locations are inspected for due order. In doing so, the hygiene level of the ship is evaluated (e.g. for cleaning, cargo compartment inspections, etc.) not only by control of relevant documents. Rather, all shipping spaces and equipment are examined on site (dirt, oil, pests, etc.) for a final assessment. To receive a GMP certificate, among other things, registration of each ship in the PDV is prerequisite. Checks of valid PDV numbers are conducted at the loading points.