We don't see our business as separate from the world. We depend on it, and wish to help shape it positively.
Below are some of our achievements across the three pillars of our Sustainability Strategy in 2020.
Above: Photo by Matthew Albanus, Master, SPO
We will respect and care for our employees and other stakeholders, unlocking the potential for all of us to grow.
- Addressing wellness at sea during the COVID-19 global pandemic was one of our
key focus areas. Travel restrictions imposed by governments around the world created substantial hurdles to effecting crew changes and repatriation of seafarers. Our Manning teams worked tirelessly to ensure that we manage crew movements safely, despite constantly changing regulations and restrictions in different countries.
From April to December 2020 we arranged for 6,358 movements of our seagoing employees. SPO covered all expenses associated with getting our seafarers on and off our vessels safely, including extended quarantine periods ashore during joining
and / or leaving ships.
- In our effort to look after the wellbeing of our seafarers, we doubled the internet bandwidth on the vessels at a very early stage of the pandemic lockdown so that they could keep in regular contact with their families and friends. Communication with the vessels also played a major part in managing the crisis. We instigated fortnightly Microsoft Teams calls with the Masters on the vessels and at home; we then extended this to all senior officers. As Management could no longer visit the vessels in person, virtual Management visits were held. This was all centred on keeping our remote employees abreast of the latest developments.
- SPO's dedicated crisis helpline was used by our seafarers to seek professional help when they needed it. The helpline goes hand in hand with the three-day Wellness at Sea course facilitated by the Sailors' Society which is included in training requirements for all of our seagoing employees.
- SPO implemented Flexible Work Policy arrangements for our employees globally.
We published two COVID-19 pulse surveys for shore-based and seagoing employees to gather feedback on the Company's response and efforts in managing the pandemic. The results helped SPO to better understand and address employees' key concerns by introducing measures and continually enhancing the efficacy of our communication efforts.
- SPO remained highly committed to training and development. In 2020 we trained 2,414 seafarers on various online courses by SMTC instructors, equating to a total of 4,301 training hours. This represents a 77% increase in the number of people trained in 2019.
- We were selected as one of five finalists of the Talent Development award at the
13th edition of the Seatrade Maritime Awards.
We doubled the internet bandwidth on the vessels at a very early stage of the pandemic lockdown so that they could keep in regular contact with their families and friends.
Sailors' Society, Wellness at Sea
Above: Photo by Brian Yurasits on Unsplash
We will help create a resilient environment that provides for our future.
- We have set ourselves a goal of eliminating Single-Use Plastic Water Bottles (SUPWBs) on board vessels and in offices. Over the course of 2020, we achieved a 60% reduction in average SUPWBs usage per vessel, coupled with an increase of 333% in the use of refillable flagons.
- SPO committed to switch to refrigerants with zero Ozone Depleting Potential (ODP) and lower Global Warming Potential (GWP). We have a target of a 50% reduction of HCFC-R22 refrigerant (freons) used in the fleet by 2021 (from 2020 baseline), in accordance with the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal protocol. In 2020, our use of HCFC-R22 reduced by 19.2%.
- SPO sustainably and responsibly recycled Pacific Falcon in Alang, India. 98.7% of the vessel's components were reused / upcycled. The Ship Recycling Facility (SRF), R.K. Industries, had willingly and proactively implemented all the necessary SRF Management Plans and upgraded their facilities to meet the requirements of the Hong Kong Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, even though it is adopted but not yet formally ratified. SPO employed a site monitoring team to work alongside SRF personnel to help ensure that all work was carried out in full compliance with the Management Plan and Ship Specific Recycling Plan.
Over the course of 2020, we achieved a 60% reduction in average SUPWBs usage per vessel.
Above: Photo by Matthew Albanus, Master, SPO
We will work with communities wherever we operate to improve people's lives.
- SPO has a long-term partnership with Endangered Species International (ESI) in South Mindanao, the Philippines, working to protect the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) designated 'critically endangered' Philippine forest turtles on Mount Matutum. SPO also assisted ESI with a programme of mangrove and coastal reef conservation, management and rehabilitation activities in the Sarangani Bay area, some 80 kilometres downstream of the turtles' forest habitat. SPO sponsors the travel, accommodation and subsistence costs for our Filipino seafarers who work as volunteers for the rehabilitation of these forests and mangroves for a period of five days. Achievements in 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down all activities, included planting 600 mangrove seedlings, collecting 32 large sacks of non-biodegradable debris and waste, and raising awareness on the importance of mangroves as ecosystems in the local community.
- SPO provides ongoing assistance to ASSMDA - an independent, not-for-profit organisation headquartered in Manila. ASSMDA supports the dependents of ASSM seafarers and works with the local communities on educational, social and civic projects. Throughout 2020, ASSMDA conducted several activities in aid of seafarers' families and local communities, from relief operations through to assisting with distribution of COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to communities.
- SPO donated USD 25,000 to maritime charity, Sailors' Society, demonstrating our continued commitment to supporting seafarers in need. The funds will go towards the charity's work around the world, with half dedicated to work in the Philippines, where it has been rolling out mental health awareness, family resiliency workshops and pre-departure seminar modules for seafarers and families.
Achievements in 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down all activities, included planting 600 mangrove seedlings, collecting 32 large sacks of non-biodegradable debris and waste, and raising awareness on the importance of mangroves as ecosystems in the local community.
Because when the world in which we operate thrives, so do we.