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February’s IMO Effective Crew conference didn’t just hear from the Solent University researchers. There were also first-hand accounts from maritime employers about their experiences of stable crewing…
The Effective Crew conference heard from some leading shipping company managers who spoke of the gains that can be made from stable manning strategies.
MOL LNG Transport (Europe) managing director Andy Hill said his company has returned to stable crewing after a period of rapid fleet expansion had led to a more flexible approach.
With some of its ships now training on Arctic routes, significant investment is being made in training to meet the requirements of the Polar Code. Stability has improved accountability and has helped to develop greater levels of trust between crews and clients, Mr Hill noted. Back-to-back arrangements have given senior officers greater flexibility in their assignments and the ability to improve family and social life.
'We have seen increased levels of professional pride,' he added. 'Returning to the same ship has enabled pre-joining briefings to be optimised and officers are ready to start on arrival.'
While stable manning may not be so cheap, it has delivered improved recruitment and retention rates, improved record-keeping and improved SIRE inspection results, as well as savings on operational and maintenance costs.
We have seen increased levels of professional pride. Returning to the same ship has enabled pre-joining briefings to be optimised and officers are ready to start on arrival.