|Number of ships, technical management||16||17|
|Number of ships, crewing||34||37|
Belships Management (Singapore) Pte Ltd. and Belships Management AS in Oslo represent the group’s technical and maritime expertise within dry bulk and product tankers. Belships Singapore is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the ships, while Belships Oslo is in charge of insurance and claims.
Belships aims to provide quality at all levels. Belships Management Singapore has for several years been certified pursuant to ISO 9002 and was also one of the first companies to comply with the SEP standard (Safety, Environment and Pollution) of Det Norske Veritas.
Belships Management Singapore and the subsidiaries Belships Tianjin (China) and Belships Shanghai are in charge of the technical management of bulkers, while technical management is offered for tankers and product tankers through the company Belchem Singapore Pte Ltd. Belchem is 40 per cent owned by Belships Management Singapore. Belships Management Singapore also has a cooperating company in Yangon (Myanmar) to improve access to qualified personnel.
At year-end, Belships Management Singapore was responsible for the manning of 34 ships, of which 13 ships had Chinese/Burmese crew, 18 ships had Russian officers and Philippine/Burmese ratings and three ships had crew from the Philippines and Myanmar. These operations represent a major part of the company’s total activity.
During the year, Belships Management was incharge of the technical management of 16 ships, seven of which through Belchem. We assume that this number will increase to 18 ships shortly through signature of two new contracts.
The costs of running the ships under Belships Management are very competitive, but we are registering continued pressure on costs. Besides running the company’s regular fleet, the company also provided ship agency for a total of 115 ships during the year, an increase of eight ships compared with the preceding year.
In conformity with the company’s requirements to safety, quality and environment, the audit of the ISM Code Document of Compliance (DOC), ISO and OSHAS was carried out in May 2012 by Det norske Veritas.
Both Belships Management Singapore and Belchem Singapore are certified pursuant to ISO14001 in addition to ISO 9001 and OSHAS 18001. Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) is being implemented for the fleet and certificate of compliance will be accomplished before July 2013.
Belships Management Singapore has been approved by the Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) in China to staff on ships carrying foreign flag. Under the new rules such assignment cannot be carried out without license.
No serious pollution incidents occurred in 2012.
There were seven minor crew injuries and one stevedore injury recorded for the first half of 2012. However, no crew injury was reported for the last two quarters of the year. Contributing factors remain the same as above and in addition we are also cultivating safety awareness through behavioural change.
At the end of 2012, Belships Management Singapore had 26 onshore employees, while Belships Tianjin and Belships Shanghai had 20 and five employees respectively.