Oman Ship Management Company (OSMC) has staged a major conference in India, enabling seafarers to share best practices and expand their industry knowledge. It comes as OSMC has experienced major growth in its managed fleet, expanding from 27 to 38 vessels in last two years, largely due to expansion in its chartering business.
More than 100 delegates took part in the Conference, which involved not only seafarers from OSMC fleet vessels, but office staff, crewing agencies and industry experts such as from Shell, P&I Clubs and Lloyds Register, among others. According to OSMC’s Chief Operations Officer, Captain David Stockley, the annual event provides a platform for seafarers to connect with the firm’s senior management to discuss a broad range of pressing maritime matters.
He added, “This year we also received insightful presentations from Shell on resilience and dealing with crises at sea, as well as an outline of Shell’s criteria on ranking. Our delegates further benefitted from a fascinating presentation from Captain Tony Field of Lloyds Register on fuel oil testing. Our valued seafarers were also given a fleet overview, while addressing lessons learnt from incidents in the last year. A session dedicated to customer feedback and a reflective learning workshop also proved highly useful for staff development.”
OSMC is a subsidiary of Oman Shipping Company (OSC), which currently operates more than 50 ships of different types and sizes with a total cargo carrying capacity of about 8 million tons. OSC’s diverse fleet spans including very large crude carriers (VLCCs), liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, product tankers, multi-purpose vessels, bulk carriers and containerships, serving Oman’s oil and gas, petrochemical and other industries.
Captain Stockley added: “We have strong experience in technical management and have formed effective working structures to enhance the link between vessels and offshore support through crew, operation and HSE departments. This event is a clear testimony of company’s commitment to continually enhancing its safety culture.”