Capital Link’s 4th Annual Shipping & Offshore CSR Forum took place in London on 4 November 2014. Gerry Docherty, Ardmore Shipping’s Director of Technical Services, participated in a panel discussion on the topic of Best Industry Practices – the Importance of Safety & Quality Culture’.
Gerry spoke about Ardmore’s commitment to a culture of safety:
“As a company, Ardmore has three guiding principles – Professionalism, Integrity and Respect – and these can be found everywhere, on our vessels and in our offices. For us, safety is constantly to the fore and this comes down to culture, not just processes. We communicate the importance of safety to all our seafarers, from their first day with us as a cadet, and we work hard to ensure that health and safety is an integral part of our company culture.”
Gerry described Ardmore’s close involvement with its seastaff:
“We are actively involved in selecting our seastaff, we get to know them well and we make sure they understand our expectations. We employ of lot of talented seafarers and we believe in empowering them, giving them responsibility and equipping them with the tools that help them to do their jobs to the highest standard.”
Gerry also spoke about the commercial importance of a safety culture. For Ardmore, this not only protects its crew, cargo and vessels, it also helps to maintain uptime, keeps its vessels on hire and ensures that Ardmore satisfies the requirements of class, port state and vetting inspectors.
The Capital Link CSR Forum aims to raise the visibility of Corporate and Social Responsibility (CSR) in the shipping and offshore industries and to explore the commercial, operational and financial benefits of CSR.