Going beyond the Compliance

This year has become a real challenge for the shipping world. Global preparation for IMO 2020 is on the war-footing now as the deadline approaches on 31st December 2019. At the “CNCo’s Annual Safety Seminar 2019” in Odessa, which was held on August 21-22, Stuart Jones, Fleet Director in his opening address to the attendees detailed the steps which had already been taken and the future plans in place for effective implementation of the IMO 2020 regulations across the CNCo’s fleet. He also reported on the new additions to the fleet, the company’s environmental performance and the global shipping risks.

Stuart Jones, Fleet Director of CNCo

Stuart further stated that “IMO 2020 is not the only environment challenge that CNCo faces. We are also working on plastic water bottle reduction. This is one more step towards an eco-friendly future. Knowing how much plastic piles up in the World’s Oceans and how much recycling plastics costs, the company has proactively decided to install drinking water filters onboard of every CNCo ship”.

Psychological and mental health of the crew members is one of the important topics covered in the ‘Annual Safety Seminar’ of CNCo. Jesmark Ramos, Head of Crewing presented on steps taken by CNCo to prevent suicides and improve mental health of its seafarers.

Workshop on Safety Delta™ and Seagull Training platform was conducted by Samar Shahane, Safety & Training Manager and Bjarke Jakobsen, Partner, Green-Jakobsen.

Debashis Sen, Fleet QA Manager & DPA presented on how to take the concept of Safety I’s from Workshops to Workplace to further improve the safety culture of the company.

Bogdan Zelensky, Founder and President of Alpha Navigation Crew Management held a session on Leadership at Sea.

“Changing Over from High Sulphur to Low Sulphur– is, to my mind, the greatest challenge of the shipping industry in the near future”, commented Master Andriy Savchenko, Commodore of the China Navigation’s fleet.

Master Andriy Savchenko, Commodore of the CNCo’s fleet

Capt. Savchenko joined CNCo as a Chief Officer in 2004. At that time, CNCo had a smaller fleet; all crew members and office staff knew not only one another, but also all the family members. He further added, “A lot of things have changed during my 15-year time in the company fleet. China Navigation has expanded and become a real corporation! A number of ships, as well as their crew, have grown up over the years. The only thing that has remained unchanged is a company’s striving to meet the world standards and even to exceed them! I noticed this fact many years ago. When our ship calls a port, the crew has an opportunity to monitor the stevedores and others who interface with the ship such as the mooring gang. And, surely, we pay attention not only to the quality of their work, but also to the quality of their Personal Protective Equipment. The motto of China Navigation is to be the best in the industry and to aim at going beyond common standards in the shipping. To my mind, it is an indicator of a high performing company. It amounts to good technical condition of ships and care for the crew. Having worked in China Navigation for a long time, you surely get used to the best.”

A concept of family company has not also diminished during this time; CNCo tends to grow and build a pool of their own officers– those who are familiar with the company policies and standards from the very beginning. For this reason, the company has established a structured cadet training programme and select aspirants of different nationalities to integrate with the company’s ethos.

Year after year the company keeps on moving forward. Every ‘Safety Seminar’ not only gives insights on technological advancements but also highlights the changes in the fleet and in the shipping industry. These annual seminars are also perfect opportunities to communicate with the peers and the office management alike, to ask questions of interest in an informal setting and to acquaint with each other better. CNCo does everything to remain intimate family company for its seafarers.