Company Policy

The purpose of the Company policy in the area of safety and pollution prevention is:

  • To accomplish the general objectives specified by the Code and implemented in the Safety Management System

  • To ensure the safe operation of ships in compliance with international standards (rules and regulations);

  • To promote, on this basis, the competitiveness of the ships on the global shipping market, and to achieve the company business goals and objectives — to make a profit through shipping.

  • In this respect, the Company declares its commitment, and gives priority, first of all to the ensuring of safety and pollution prevention.

The safety commitment and priority concern all areas of Company activities — general management, operation (including commercial, transportation and technological, and operator activities), navigation (shipping), technical area, personnel and finances. Undertaking the duties and the responsibility imposed by the Code, the Company takes all measures to ensure:

  • safety at sea, prevention of human injury or loss of life, avoidance of damage to the environment, in particular to the marine environment, and to property.

The Company ensures:

  • the compliance with international and national standards (rules and regulations) on safety and pollution prevention (both mandatory and recommended by organizations, Administrations, classification societies and maritime industry organizations);

  • the continuous improvement of the safety management skills of personnel ashore and aboard, including preparing for emergencies, related both to safety and pollution prevention;

  • stable and reliable two-way ship-shore communications; regular reports of the masters on the operational circumstances and the condition of the ship; any onboard problems and the remedial measures undertaken; and any required support from the shore;

  • the presentation by ship and shore-based personnel (within the area of their duties, authority and responsibility) of reports on any identified non-conformities with the safety standards (rules and regulations) and the corrective measures undertaken (including extreme measures, if required);

  • the conducting of regular internal audits and systematic reviews (analyses) of the condition of safety;

  • the preparation and practice of interrelated shore-based and shipboard Emergency Response Plans and ship oil pollution emergency plans, which reflect the capability and preparedness of the Company to undertake prompt and operational responses to any dangers which may occur onboard the ships;

  • the investigation of incidents, emergency situations and accidents to identify the circumstances and the reasons thereof, and the implementation of active remedial and prevention measures.

  • the assess of all identified risks to its ships, personnel and the environment and establish appropriate safeguards.

In order to implement the safety policy into practice, the Company has developed and introduced a Safety Management System, which specifies the main areas of policy implementation, and allocates the necessary resources and personnel.

In their efforts to establish and promote the safety policy, the management of the Company makes sure that the policy is properly understood, perceived and recognized by all shore-based and ship personnel. To this end, it:

  • undertakes active measures to instill in the personnel the belief that an advanced culture of safety of shipping is needed;

  • directs its efforts to the prevention of hazardous situations onboard the ships through helping the personnel understand and realize that it is important to apply safety standards (rules and regulations), personal discipline and precautions;

  • requires that the personnel should apply safe methods of operation and work and should avoid any dangerous methods;

  • establishes social prerequisites (including promotion) to motivate the ship personnel to make positive decisions which contribute to enhancing the safety of shipping.

The company incorporates in the procedures of the company procedures for compliance with MLC 2006.The aim is to improve the life at sea, to decrease the possibilities for accidents on board the vessels ,to increase the social status of seafarers. Ensure the right of seafarer for decent working and living conditions ,his right for health protection, medical care and social protection.

Company has developed Ship MRV Plans for the vessels larger than 5000 GT in order to implement EU regulation 2015/757 on the monitoring, reporting and verification of carbon dioxide emissions within the European Union.The plan will be implemented from 01.01.2017

The effectiveness and efficiency of the safety policy is analysed annually and, if necessary, the relevant modifications, amendments and corrections are made to the policy.

Alcohol and drugs

Alcohol and drug consumption can potentially lead to emergency situations and create additional hazards for vessels, ship personnel, cargo and the environment. The Company shall warn ship personnel (officers and ratings) about their liability for any emergency situation related to alcohol and drug consumption, whether or not while performing job duties, onboard the ship, whether the ship is underway or alongside.

The ship personnel shall not be allowed to bring and consume onboard the ship any alcohol beverages, or to come to the ship under the influence of alcohol.

Alcohol abuse is determined by the blood alcohol concentration level. The maximum levels applicable in the countries of ports of calls are taken into account and used (if these levels are stricter than the national ones).

The Company strictly forbids the possession, distribution or use of any drugs onboard the ship. Exceptions shall only be in cases when drugs are prescribed by the doctor against pain, in limited quantities and for a limited period, and only with the permission and under the supervision of the Master.

In case of any suspicions, the Master shall be entitled to test the ship personnel for alcohol at sea by using means available onboard, and for drugs – on the shore at authorized laboratories. The test results shall be recorded in the ship’s log and reported to the Company management.

Business ethics

The Company performs its business activity by applying the commonly accepted ethical principles. These principles prescribe, inter alia, that the Company:

  • Subjects its business activity to the goal of ensuring a profit and social and economic stability, but this goal cannot be achieved at the expense of the safety of shipping.

  • Refrains from undertaking any business activities for which it does not have the necessary capacity and resources, and which may have a negative impact on the safety of shipping.

  • Does not take part in any business activity which is believed to be unsafe or unlawful, and suspends its activity if it can be used for any illegal operations.