September 20, 2010
Thome is first ship manager to get DNV SeaSkill accreditation
Thome Ship Management has become the first third party ship manager to receive full accreditation of its competence management system by DNV SeaSkill
SeaSkill is an integrated management assessment system created by the classification society. The system supports shipowners and managers in competence benchmarking and certification services and gives an independent assessment on skills and management systems.
The system verifies a company's ability to identify, define, develop and improve the competence of seafarers and those supporting them ashore in accordance with mandatory requirements and customers' needs.
Thome Group Chairman and chief executive officer Olav Eek Thorstensen says: "The rewards of an effective competence management system are safer and more efficient operations and a greater commercial advantage. I believe that in going through this rigorous procedure over the past 18 months, we have proven that our systems are of the very highest international standards.
"Because the barriers to entry into ship management are low, a management competence system such as DNV SeaSkill can really set world class managers with global standards apart from managers who are unable to be accredited with such an award," said Mr. Thorstensen. "It clearly demonstrates our company has met with stringent global standards and I am very pleased with that."
DNV President Tor E. Svensen says: "I am delighted to see that Thome Ship Management has become the first international third party ship manager in the world to receive DNV SeaSkill certification. Many marine incidents and accidents are related to human error and should be the starting point for proactive competence management activities. Addressing competence means protecting assets, securing future cost reductions and gaining competitive advantage. In short, it improves safety."
Thome Ship Management recently completed the accreditation procedure on managed ships and at the group's offices in the Philippines and Singapore. To receive the accreditation, which Thome is calling the Thome Competence Management System, the group undertook a series of management processes which included identifying their competence needs based on the business objectives of the company and developing customized competence standards.