Health, Safety, Quality & Environmental Policy
Mission Statement
The Company is dedicated to the provision of professional Marine Management Services, which comply with or exceed the safety and environmental requirements of our Principals, and responsively conduct such services, prioritising the safety of life & limb, whilst safeguarding the environment & caring of 3rd party property.

This will be achieved by the Company’s total commitment to:
  • Continually improving the effectiveness & performance of the established Management System.
  • Continuously improve safety management skills and competence of shore staff and seagoing personnel, by promoting training, familiarization and drills.
  • Implementing, maintaining and communicating this Policy to all Company employees and other interested parties.
  • Recognising that Health, Safety, Quality and Environment Protection are essential in order to achieve the Company's objectives and their responsibilities to Senior Management.
  • Establishing, promoting, monitoring and reviewing Safety, Quality and Environmental Objectives in order to realise this Policy.
  • Ensuring compliance with mandatory rules and regulations and that applicable Codes, guidelines and standards recommended by the IMO, relevant Flag Administrations, Classification Societies and Maritime industry organisation are taken into account.
  • Providing adequate resources to realise this Policy.
  • Establish safeguards against all identified risks to Life, Health, Property & pollution prevention.
  • Promoting safe, healthy & environmentally friendly practices and a safe working environment.
  • Being prepared for emergencies.
The Company Aims to Achieve Goals of ZERO Accidents and ZERO Spills at Sea through continuous Improvement
Good management system performance is fundamental to the Company’s long term success and is therefore an integral part of its business plans. System responsibilities extend throughout the organisation from the Managing Director downwards. Everyone is expected to take a personal, active and constructive role in drive for faultless, efficient, competitive and customer focused operations.

In the following Policy statements, the overall intentions and the direction of the Company related to the established Management System issues, as formally expressed by the Senior Management, are set out.
The Company by defining and implementing this Policy aims to :
  • Prevent unsafe acts, personal injury, damage to property and the environment
  • Recognise that health, safety, quality and environment protection are line management responsibilities and are essential in order to achieve the Company's operating objectives
  • Develop a sense of personal responsibility to create interest and enthusiasm with respect to health, safety, continuous improvement and environment protection
  • Ensure that personnel assigned to the various tasks are appropriately experienced and trained in that task and engage the more experienced to share their knowledge with those with less experience personnel
  • Policies are posted in prominent positions on board each Vessel and in the Head Office
  • Policies are reviewed at least every 12 months during the Management Review Committee meeting and are revised whenever necessary in order to ensure that the aims set are achieved and to monitor the correctness and effectiveness of the procedures and guidelines given
  • Company Policies & Objectives should be communicated to all shore and sea going personnel
  • Company activities ashore and on-board should be in line with the Policies and Objectives and fully implemented by all the shipboard and shore personnel.
Statement of the Master’s Ultimate Authority
The Master is the ultimate authority on matters affecting the Safety of the ship, her crew, her cargo and the Environment. He shall, at all times, take all necessary steps and precautions to prevent accidents and minimise the consequences of accidents. For this purpose the Master has all the necessary Authority from the Company on Owners behalf for the ships they manage.

No Employee of the Owners or Managers, or its Agents shall have Authority to Override the Master’s decisions in the performance of the Responsibilities mentioned above and no Commercial considerations should ever interfere with the Ultimate Authority of the Master and his Responsibility and decisions for the Safety of the Ship, her Crew, her Cargo and the Environment

Safety Policy
It is the Company’s Policy to promote Safety at sea and avoidance of damage to the environment. In order to comply with this Policy, the Company is committed to continuous efforts to identify and eliminate or manage safety risks associated with its activities.

The Company’s goal is to conduct its business in a manner that protects the safety of employees, others involved in its operations, customers, and the public as well as to prevent all accidents, injuries, and occupational illnesses through the active participation of every employee.
For achieving these goals, the Company:
  • Complies with all applicable laws and regulations, and apply responsible standards where laws and regulations do not exist
  • Designs and maintains facilities, establishes management systems, provides training and conducts operations in a manner that safeguards people and property
  • Responds quickly, effectively and with care to emergencies or accidents resulting from its operations, in co-operation with industry organizations and authorized government agencies
  • Stresses to all employees, contractors, and others working on its behalf their responsibility and accountability for safe performance whilst at work and encourage safe behavior outside of work
  • Undertakes appropriate reviews and evaluations of its operations to measure progress and to foster compliance with this Policy
  • Works with government agencies and others to develop responsible laws, regulations, and standards based on sound science and consideration of risk
  • Conducts and supports research to extend knowledge about the safety effects of its operations, and promptly apply significant findings and, as appropriate, share them with employees, contractors, government agencies, and others who might be affected.
Environmental Policy
The Company is committed to continuous efforts to improve environmental performance throughout its operations. It is the Company’s goal to conduct its business in a manner compatible with the balanced environmental and economic needs of the communities in which it operates.
To achieve these goals, the Company :
  • Complies with all applicable environmental laws and regulations and apply responsible standards where these laws and regulations do not exist.
  • Responds quickly and effectively to incidents resulting from its operations, in co-operation with industry organizations and authorized government agencies
  • Engages concern and respect for the environment, emphasize employee's responsibility in environmental performance and foster appropriate operating practice
  • Undertakes appropriate reviews and evaluations of its operations to measure progress and to foster compliance with this Policy
  • Works with government and industry groups to foster timely development of effective environmental laws and regulations based on sound science and considering risks, costs and benefits, including effects on energy and product supply
  • Conducts and supports research to improve understanding of the impact of its business on the environment, to improve methods of environmental protection, and to enhance its capability to make operations and products compatible with the environment.
  • Manages its business with the goal of preventing incidents and of controlling emissions and wastes to below harmful levels
  • Communicates with the public on environmental matters and share its experience with others to facilitate improvements in industry performance.
Health & Hygiene Policy
The Company holds health and hygiene as first priorities during its operations while its outmost concern is to ensure that all shore staff and seagoing personnel execute their work under health and hygienic conditions. Following ensured, to achieve high health standards & personal hygiene :
  • Complies with all applicable laws and regulations, and applies responsible standards where laws and regulations do not exist
  • Seeks to identify and evaluate health and hygiene risks related to its operations that potentially affect its employees, contractors or the public
  • Communicates knowledge about health and hygiene risks gained from its relevant programs and related studies, to potentially affected individuals or organizations and the scientific community
  • Determines at the time of employment and thereafter, the medical fitness of employees to do their work without undue risk to themselves or others
  • Provides or arranges, for medical services necessary for the treatment of employee occupational illnesses or injuries and for handling medical emergencies
  • Undertakes appropriate reviews and evaluations of its operations to measure progress and to foster compliance with this Policy
  • Implements programs and appropriate protective measures to control such risks, including appropriate monitoring of its potentially affected employees
  • Works with government agencies and others to develop responsible laws, regulations, and standards based on sound science and risk consideration
  • Conducts & support research to extend knowledge about health & hygiene operations effects.
  • Provides voluntary health and hygiene promotion programs designed to enhance employees’ well being and personal safety. These programs supplement, do not interfere the responsibility of employees for their own health care. Information about employees obtained through these programs and as considered confidential, should not be revealed to non-medical personnel except at the request of the employee concerned, when required by law or is necessary to implement the Company’s Drug and Alcohol Policy.
Quality Policy
The Company ensures that the quality of its operations, the safety and health of its employees and the protection of the environment remain the predominant factors in all aspects of its operations. In this respect, the Company has established and maintains a process based Quality Management System that is designed to continuously improve the quality of services offered by the Company.

The Company is committed to conducting all activities for which it is responsible in a safe, efficient and environmentally sound manner that consistently meets custom expectations, while ensuring effective and efficient compliance with prevailing statutory and regulatory requirements.

The Quality Policy has the full support of Senior Management and applies to all employees of the Company. It is the policy of the Company to provide services, which are always in accordance with our own standards and our customers’ requirements, including legal obligations.

It is mandatory that the Company’s Management and Operating procedures are known, understood, adhered to at all times and reviewed to ensure the maintenance of our quality standards.

In order to ensure that operations and quality service objectives can be achieved, the QMS addresses the continuous monitoring of all aspects of the Company’s operation so that potential problems can be readily identified and appropriate corrective actions implemented. The nature of services provided by the Company allows access to the industry’s best practices and where there is a clear benefit these will be adopted within the Company.

The Company recognizes the importance of customer satisfaction and will work to exceed customer expectations. Open and ongoing dialog will be maintained with all Charterers to communicate their expectations and to discuss feedback on performance regularly.

Company Security Policy
  • The Company has established the Ship Security Plan to detect security threats and take preventive measures against any security incident which may affect safety and security of the managed by the Company ships, personnel and shipboard property, according to SOLAS Chapter XI-2 and ISPS Code (International Code for the Security of Ships and Port Facilities) requirements. This plan is approved by administration or by recognised security organisation.
  • The Master and all crewmembers should give effect to those requirements stipulated in the Ship Security Plan and should be familiar with their duties. They should also undergo necessary training given by the Master or Ship Security Officer designated by the Company.
  • On behalf of the Company, the undersigned declares that the Master has the overriding authority and responsibility to make decisions with respect to the Security of the ship. The vessel will be provided with all the necessary support by the Company when requested by CSO, the Master or the Ship Security Officer in any matter affecting the security of the ship.
Navigation Policy
The safety of personnel, vessel, cargo, and the protection of the environment is the foremost objective in the navigation of managed vessels. Speed and economy, while important, are secondary to safety and environmental considerations.

The ultimate responsibility for safe navigation rests with the Master. However, this responsibility also extends to Officers and Crew, who must always be on the alert to prevent incidents. It is the duty of each crew member observing any situation which they feel may endanger the safety of personnel, the vessel, the environment, or the cargo or impact on flawless operations, to report their observations to the Officer of the Watch, or if circumstances dictate, to the Master. An investigation should be carried out immediately and action taken as necessary.

Regarding safe navigation, the Company has established procedures for sound and efficient Bridge Organisation, Passage Planning and Voyage Execution. The main objective of the procedures is to ensure all Company vessels passage planning and execution of voyages will be carried out, having the safety of the vessel, the crew, the cargo and the environment as the primary objectives. In order to achieve this objective, relevant instructions as stated in Manual No.2 “ Bridge Management & Navigation Safety “ should be strictly followed.

Company vessels shall provide safe, reliable and efficient marine transportation.

The safety of Life and the Ship shall always take precedence over other considerations.

Nothing in this policy or any Company’s regulation should be construed as relieving any Master, Officer or Crewmember of their responsibilities to exercise sound judgment at all times

Drug & Alcohol Policy
The Company supports all statutory regulations stating the obligations of employers and employees regarding the illicit use and handling of drugs. The possession, use, trafficking and sale of drug substances onboard which may result in unusual behaviour of an individual in the course of performing his duties is strictly prohibited.

No person is allowed to board a vessel or operate its equipment whilst under the influence of Drug or Alcohol and no one is allowed to carry onboard drugs or alcohol for any use. It should be noted that alcohol impairment is defined as blood alcohol content of 40mg/100ml and greater.

To avoid illegal introduction of drugs on board, Senior Officers will prior to sailing from a port known for drug trafficking, conduct a visual check of all spaces and where they notice something they consider suspicious they will report it immediately to the Master. The various spaces (lockers, stores, etc.), which are not necessary to remain open for the Safety or the normal operation of the vessel, are to be locked so as not to serve as drug hide outs. A senior officer should inspect all deliveries of foods, stores, paints etc. for the detection of drugs. Unannounced alcohol and drug tests will be carried out at least once per year and will be recorded by the Master in the relevant Safety Logbook. All Officers and ratings will be tested for drugs and alcohol prior to joining the Vessel and records will be kept at Company offices and onboard.

The Original Statements Signed By The Managing Director


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