We have achieved the Intermediate Level of the Code of Conduct as introduced by Rightship and, while working to achieve the Excellent Level, are in active discussions with Rightship to improve the Code further.
100% of our fleet is enrolled in the Qualship21 program of the United States Coast Guard.
We are also in discussions to join the MAERSK MC-KINNEY MOLLER CENTER FOR ZERO CARBON SHIPPING.
The continuous training and education of both our crew and our office staff is a paramount pillar of our corporate strategy and mentality. In this context, we have created a modern training program for our seafarers in safety-related items, invest in our people attending various seminars and offer scholarship opportunities for graduate studies. Also, in cooperation with leading educational institutions we run internship programs for students and recent graduates in related fields.
Our male/female ratio at the office is 1/1 and we are striving to attract, train and develop more and more female officers for the vessels in our fleet.
We provide stable employment and health insurance to our employees both ashore and onboard. Special medical cover packages are also offered to our seafarers’ families.
We have studied and invested together with our principals and trading partners in alternative fuels and biofuels, wind assisted propulsion, wake equalizing ducts, propeller boss cap fins, dynamic biofilm protection, low friction antifouling coatings, and have been amongst the first to test various prototypes.
All our vessels are equipped with ballast water treatment systems and we carry out regularly extensive water analyses to assess the quality of EGCS washwater discharges at sea.
Our contribution to climate action is focused on the investment in SOx and NOx abatement technologies. Next generation paints, energy saving devices and performance monitoring systems are in the core of these initiatives.
In coordination with our principals we run the vessels with engine and deck cadets who are employed based on specific planning for their career development. We conduct on certain intervals, full assessment of the Seamen and upon their disembarkation, there is a sophisticated training needs analysis so that during their vacation, they get appropriate training before getting back onboard.
New recruits are carefully selected and along with experienced crew members undergo an extensive and continuous training program, both ashore and on board. Prior to embarkation seafarers receive a detailed briefing on technical, operational, crew-related, and safety and quality-related matters.
We are committed in supporting the physical and mental well-being of our seafarers. As such, we have equipped our managed vessels with Wi-Fi connection, gym equipment and other recreational facilities. We have also established a private insurance scheme for all our crew and their immediate family members.
Moreover, since the pandemic outbreak, we have adopted a remote medical assistance consultation service that provides our seafarers in need with medical advice and diagnosis.