Thome wins Dry Bulk Operator Award

The Thome Group has won the Dry Bulk Operator Award at an event organised by Safety4Sea on Tuesday (3rd October).

The award went to the ship operator of bulk carriers or general dry cargo vessels that demonstrated above average safety excellence and performance in its maritime activities.

Accepting the award on behalf of the Thome Group, Sverre Ditlev Simonsen, Director, Business Development, said: “Winning this award means a lot to all our people who work diligently to make sure that safety is our overriding principle in our work at sea or ashore.”

Thome currently manages a fleet of 60 dry cargo and container ships, from handy size and feeders to VLOCs in addition to 130 tankers.

The company has always felt there is a direct correlation between a good ‘Health & Safety, Security & Environment’ performance and a strong business performance.

The group strives to achieve safety excellence by having zero accidents and believes this can only be met if safety is not just a priority but is embedded in the very culture of the company and becomes a way of life amongst its employees.

The awards ceremony was followed by a conference the next day where Sean Hutchings, Chief Technical Officer for the Thome Group, gave a presentation on how ship managers need to make their safety management systems on board their vessels more user friendly through simplification.

It’s a project that Thome has nearly completed by investigating the challenges posed by the growing administrative burdens and numerous new complex regulations which are mirrored by how complicated management systems have become onboard.

Pictured, L to R, are Sverre Ditlev Simonsen, Director, Business Development, and Sean Hutchings, Chief Technical Officer for the Thome Group.