By Claes Eek Thorstensen, President & Chief Commercial Officer, Thome Group
This edition of Thome Group News focuses on all aspects of compliance whether it is regulatory, statutory, company or procedural.
Shipping is one of the most regulated industries in the world and as a responsible maritime service provider we need to ensure that all the vessels in our fleet comply with these rules to avoid any delays, off-hires or fines which could have a detrimental affect on our business and reputation.
As a manager of a fleet operating worldwide, we are always scrutinized to audit and vet our compliance to the various regulations. This cannot be controlled by a few individuals and we all need to work as a team to ensure we meet and exceed the compliance standards. We are being bench marked against our competitors and good results ensures that we are selected as operating partners by owners and the preferred operator for various cargo owners and traders.
There are several very good articles in this issue which highlight MARPOL compliance including the Environmental Tag System (ETS). We also learn about Charter party compliance for tankers and bulk carriers and retro-fitting an ‘open loop’ ballast water management system in readiness for the 2020 sulphur cap regulations which come into force next January.
Regular maintenance of onboard equipment is key to running an efficient vessel and this TGN issue covers the importance of having a well-developed Planned Maintenance System (PMS) to pre-empt any maintenance issues and keep equipment running at optimal performance.
There is also a very good article on the Thome Management System (TMS) which is our integrated management system that covers a broad spectrum of regulatory, legal, statutory, best practice and industry requirements. It also, importantly, covers the Company’s specific requirements too so I would advise you all to read it.
Finally, there is a very important drug and alcohol compliance feature which outlines the company’s zero tolerance stance towards the misuse of alcohol or unprescribed drugs and controlled substances whether working in the office or onboard. Being under the influence of drugs or alcohol seriously affects a person’s performance and puts other employees lives at risk which is why violation of this policy could lead to instant dismissal and/or legal action.
If you have any compliance issues then please contact the relevant department within Thome who will be able to help you with any queries.