Swire Bulk has closely followed the safety initiatives put in place by CNCo Fleet Management and the Green-Jakobsen project managers.
Swire Bulk’s operators have an annual SMART goal to visit at least one vessel and make a safety presentation and observe operations on board. Safety presentation been revised to include concepts learned from the Green-Jakobsen’s project.
We continued pro-actively addressing safety compliance in ports where we see a gap in stevedore’s performance, especially in Indian ports discharging logs and scrap steel. A similar project has been implemented in ports in Thailand.
We also saw the increase in stevedore safety reporting due to implementation of the revised reporting format and increase in the number of vessels chartered-in by Swire Bulk.
The ‘informal, strictly non-commercial, dry-bulk Health and Safety forum’ continued to meet in 2018. With other like-minded dry-bulk operators, CNCo has sent a strong message to the market that CNCo and Swire Bulk are committed to highest levels of safety and also to the highest compliance levels to global regulations covering other aspects of the shipping industry.
In our operators’ interactions with Masters, there has been a continued emphasis on safety and the message is that they are empowered to ensure such safety at all times, with the full support of the onshore management personnel.