It is our aim to provide a working environment where our people will thrive and develop by working together, and have the opportunity to combine formal education, on-the-job training and new challenges. We offer our employees a wide range of learning opportunities, which includes both technical and non-technical skills training.

Managers are responsible for identifying training needs together with their employees through daily follow-up and annual employee dialogues. We make use of internal and external classroom training covering a wide range of subjects, which our employees are invited to attend as part of their development. In 2016 we started using e-learning as a platform for self studies within a variety of topics.

New employees go through a familiarisation program with introduction to the company and the duties of their position. In addition employees visit a ship and terminal as part of the introduction program to learn how the ships and terminals operate, as well as meeting the crew.

As part of the knowledge sharing, we also organise events where employees are invited to attend and take part in discussions on subject matters of interest. With respect to our seafarers, education and certificates are the basic formal requirements. The high level of technological specialisation onboard and the general complexity of ship operations combined with regulatory requirements make the demands on competence levels of crew increase. Grieg Star follows the international convention called Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) as well as other official requirements. In addition we have developed a set of tailor made courses and training programs in order to make sure that all the seafarers are able to handle the equipment they meet onboard our vessels, as well as obtain company specific skills.

Competence development and training are vital to ensure operational and situational understanding and to build confidence. In 2017, 751 training participants were recorded. Some courses are mandatory for all seafarers, while others are specific to rank. In addition we have various quality assessments of seafarers. In total 530 seafarers went through such assessments in 2017.

Training participants in 2017

Quality assessments of seafarers 2017

As in 2016, 2017 has seen high focus on leadership, management, communication and teamworking skills where 211 management level officers attended the Maritime Resource Management (MRM) training, a course specifically targeted on how to lead people  and manage resources better. The remaining management level officers are expected to take the training in 2017. They will be joined in by the operational level and petty officers, and later, the rest of the ratings. MRM has also been extended to the Technical and Maritime Superintendents (now Vessel Managers) and Grieg Philippines and Grieg Star Philippines employees. Thirteen employees from Bergen and five (5) from Manila have taken the MRM in 2016. More shore employees are targeted in 2017. The goal is to refresh our managers on best leadership and management practices, put everyone involved in ship management on the same page and speak the same language, enhance ship-shore and onboard communication routines, strengthen the organizational safety culture, and eventually bring down the number accidents and unwanted incidents closer to zero.

Participants in MRM training 2017

Before going on board, all our seafarers have to complete the Pre Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) held in our offices in Manila. The seminar focuses on health, safety, security, discipline, procedures and regulations. Whenever appropriate this includes training, and prevention and risk-control regarding diseases.

All vessels are conducting Safety Representative Working Environment Committee (SRWEC) meetings once a month. The company requires all officers to attend the NIS required SRWEC/PEC course.

Officers’ workshop in the new premises of Grieg Philippines, February 2016

Through the SRWEC meetings the Shipboard Management has the opportunity for to give information to the Officers and Crew and getting feedback and suggestions in return. The SRWEC meetings are important forums where Officers and Crew can freely discuss and gain experience from each other. Areas like safety, security and working environment are in focus and we strongly believe that these meetings are important for rising consciousness with regards to these topics.

The HSSEQ department makes monthly summaries based on all vessels inputs/feedback from the SRWEC reports and all Improvement reports that has been received each month. This is being distributed as experience transfer in our Quality Management Reporting System (QMRS).