The Oman Shipping Company (OSC) subsidiary, Oman Ship Management Company (OSMC), recently held a high-level conference in Goa, India, to share best practice in terms of safety and to discuss the latest trends in the maritime industry.
The two-day event covered current regulatory initiatives in the industry as well as safety and security onboard vessels. Other topics included multi-cultural crew management, on-board procurement, crisis management, IT infrastructure and the use of social media networks. Specialist keynote speakers were invited to present insights into vessels inspections, maritime security intelligence and crisis communication, among other topics.
Captain David Stockley, chief operating officer of Oman Ship Management Company, said: “The conference was attended by more than 100 members of our offshore staff and business partners. The event is our major knowledge sharing platform where we highlight the latest updates in the company and the industry.”
He continued: “’The primary message to all our seafarers was “Go 7 Zeros” to enhance safety culture in the company by adopting zero accidents, health-related incidents, oil spills, loss of process capabilities, lapses in security, cargo damage and marine and atmospheric pollutions. When it comes to safety, all of us has a role to play and make all our operations onboard vessels safe for the seafarers, environment and carried cargo”.
Captain Stockley highlighted the fact that OSMC remains absolutely committed to, and is passionate about, maintaining the highest international standards of safety and environmental responsibility. This led the company to be awarded The Maritime Standard Award for Safety and Security 2018, he pointed out.
OSC is also looking to develop the skills and competencies of its seafarers through a Scholarship Program for securing management level certificates, under which fully paid scholarships are made available to the local seafarers enrolled with the company. This October the company signed an agreement with the International Maritime College Oman to provide training to all its cadets, including non-Omanis.