By Claes Eek Thorstensen, President & Chief Commercial Officer, Thome Group
In this issue of TGN our overall theme is vetting and preparing for inspections whether they are statutory, regulatory or commercial.
Some of these requirements can be for specific sectors like the oil majors with the SIRE inspections while others are risk assessment based like RightShip’s ratings based system that categorizes a ship’s suitability to trade.
At Thome Group, we instill a culture of continuous improvement and knowledge sharing to help our fleet prepare for these vetting visits. The other added complication is that different inspection bodies will focus on specific issues which will vary depending on the vessel type and or a particular trend or theme.
This is why it is so important that we keep each other informed of our experiences and continue to update our management systems and procedures to remain up to date with the changing vetting requirements.
Equally, as well as having our systems in place and up to date, we also need to train our senior officers in the etiquette required when dealing with vetting inspectors. We need to be aware that these inspectors should be treated courteously and with respect. They are only doing their job and do not deliberately want to raise observations or detentions but need to check if a ship is safe to trade.
This is why, at the Thome Group, we perform our own periodic inspections using our TMS and SMS to check that our Masters and crew understand the importance of the effective implementation of these systems onboard.
It is important to understand that “Vetting is our Ticket to Trade” and is of prime importance to our clients, charterers and us as the ship manager.