By Olav Nortun,
Chief Executive Officer, Thome Group
This edition of TGN focuses on fuel management and energy efficiency which is a vitally important aspect of ship management, especially in light of the upcoming regulatory changes regarding the IMO’s sulphur cap on fuel to below 0.5% in 2020.
We have many challenges ahead to ensure we choose the right solution for each of the vessels we manage as there are a variety of options depending on the type of vessel, the ports it visits, the global availability of low sulphur fuel and whether the installation of scrubbers is a viable solution.
I am confident that we have the right personnel with the necessary experience to work closely with our partners to choose the most appropriate options in each case.
I am also pleased to read that we have won the best safety performance award from Pertamina for one of its Thome managed vessels called the Navigator Pluto. This is particularly pleasing as this vessel falls into the ‘Above 15 years old’ category which indicates a sustained effort from both crew and the office in maintaining such high safety standards.
The Thome Group’s annual conference is also reported in this issue and is always one of the year’s highlights especially with its overall theme “Partnering for Success”. The Group has always been at the forefront of the industry with initiatives designed to help improve the welfare of its office staff, crew members and their families. It is also an exciting time for TSM Group for the launch of the new TSM Privilege Card which is a first of its kind in the industry, bringing benefits and privileges to our Filipino Seafarers.
I also think you will enjoy reading about our seafarers’ experiences when they take time out to enjoy some shore leave. It is so important that we all take time to relax and unwind from the stresses and strains from our work life so we can return to it with renewed energy and enthusiasm.
I hope you enjoy reading this issue as much as I have.