Singapore’s Thome raises management competence barrier

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Singapore–headquartered Thome Ship Management has become the first third party ship manager to receive full accreditation by DNV SeaSkill for its competence management system. The system supports owners and managers in competence benchmarking and certification services and gives an independent assessment on skills and management systems. It 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.Commenting on the award, Thome Group chairman and chief executive officer Olav Eek Thorstensen said: “Because the barriers to entry into shipmanagement 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. It clearly demonstrates our company has met with stringent global standards.”Det Norske Veritas president Tor Svensen added: “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.”  

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