DNV skills certification for ship manager

21 Sep 2010
Thome CEO Olav Eek Thorstensen, president Claes Eek Thorstensen, and Capt Ivar Thomasli, managing director of Thome Ship Management Philippines, were presented with the DNV SeaSkill certification by DNV president Tor Svensson at DNV’s Singapore offices

Thome CEO Olav Eek Thorstensen, president Claes Eek Thorstensen, and Capt Ivar Thomasli, managing director of Thome Ship Management Philippines, were presented with the DNV SeaSkill certification by DNV president Tor Svensson at DNV’s Singapore offices

Singapore-based Thome Ship Management has become the first third party ship manager to receive full accreditation by DNV SeaSkill for its competency management system.

DNV’s SeaSkill is an integrated management assessment system which supports ship owners and managers in competency 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 said today: “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 competency 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 and I am very pleased with that.”

The accreditation for Thome Ship Management took 18 months of intense verification procedures on managed ships and at the group’s offices in the Philippines and Singapore.

To receive the accreditation, Thome undertook a series of management processes which included identifying competence needs based on the business objectives of the company and developing customised competence standards. It performed assessments to gauge the current competence level of the crew and underwent a gap analysis. Thome then undertook a training needs analysis and trained crew to boost their work performance.

Thome and DNV worked closely with Aniket Solutions, an IT provider which developed a software program that facilitates the system, named CrewPETS (Crew, Performance, Education & Training System), which Thome has used on board its managed ships as well as in its offices.

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