Failing to Prepare is Preparing to Fail

Failing to Prepare is Preparing to Fail

By Olav Nortun, Chief Executive Officer, Thome Group

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The above saying is a good maxim to live by especially when working in such a regulatory based industry as commercial shipping.

Complying with rules needs a lot of preparation and planning to ensure that there are robust systems and procedures in place.

There are some very informative articles in this issue of TGN which deal with compliance and we must all be aware of our responsibilities to ensure that we work hard as a team to ensure we comply with any regulatory, legal, or statutory industry requirements that govern our job roles.

Being alert to and aware of corruption is also covered in this issue and I am pleased to say that the Thome Group has joined the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) which is a consortium of maritime companies across the globe with the shared vision of having a maritime industry free of corruption.

If enough companies resist the harassment for bribes from corrupt port officials and other individuals then we will eventually stamp out such practices.

Finally, I am pleased to be able to announce that Thome won the Ship Manager of the Year award at the Seatrade Maritime Asia awards ceremony which took place at the Intercontinental hotel in Hong Kong last 28th June.

It is down to the hard work of all employees that we were able to win this award which was judged by an independent panel of senior personnel in the industry. Some of the criteria that the judgement was based on included: cost and operational efficiency, safety record, and commitment to crew welfare and training.

I would like to thank all of you for your efforts in keeping the Thome Group at the forefront of the industry through your continued dedication and loyalty.