For many years Franck Gibone worked in the West African oil market for a publicly traded service company, where “investor return” - may it be by pushing rates up in a high cycle or cutting costs in a low market to maximize profits for the shareholders - was paramount. This conventional approach and lack of creativity in developing a business were among the contributing factors in his decision to join in 2019, the Perenco Group, a family-owned and managed company in France. “A world of difference”, he states.
The ‘Wagenborg Attitude Training Experience & Responsibility Programme’, or WATER program, was launched in autumn this year. With this tailor-made training program, Wagenborg works on the leadership skills of its captains and officers. “The role of the captain and officers has shifted significantly in recent years from pure seamanship to a management position. Since people management is underexposed in nautical training, we are looking for ways to develop this”, says Mark Hoving, Senior Operational Manager Wagenborg Crew Management.
The shipping industry is and will remain cyclical. Good and bad years alternate. As a shipping company, it is therefore not that easy to remain profitable in the longer term. Especially considering all the environmental requirements and expectations that are set today. In addition, shipping is capital intensive, whereby appropriate financing is inextricably linked to the future of shipping. We talk to Bert Kuiken (Commercial Director) and Joep Gorgels (Global Head of Coverage Transportation & Logistics) of ABN Amro about mutual expectations, challenges for the future and the “Poseidon Principles”.
“We believe sea transport is important for SCA towards the future. For the last decades Wagenborg has been able to ship our products with a high quality and flexible fleet and had the chance to grow together,” says Mikael Toft, Commercial Manager SCA Sourcing & Logistics.
“Making our company more sustainable every day for current and future generations.” With this ambition, Wagenborg presented its sustainability policy at the end of 2020. We will talk to CEO Egbert Vuursteen and CFO Jeroen Seyger about good entrepreneurship, taking responsibility and greening at Wagenborg.
While TNO Business Developer and researcher Jurrit Bergsma still wondered two years ago whether ocean shipping would switch to sustainable energy carriers, now, he says, the question is mainly when the sector will switch. “From a technical point of view we are well on the way, now it is important to gain the trust of the ship owners with proven scalable concepts, and to make it financially feasible, so that we can take the next step in practice.”
Polluting ships, an outdated sector and menial work: that is the average image of maritime shipping portrayed in the media. “Incorrect and unnecessary”, says Annet Koster, Director of the Royal Association of Dutch Shipowners (KVNR). “The general public is unfamiliar with Dutch maritime shipping, so it’s high time we tell them just who we are, what we do and what course we have set for the coming decades!”
After having seen much of the world, Jan Willem Danser and Peter Danser were put in an extremely unusual situation by their charterer Klaus Wirring, in August 2019: ‘Are you willing to transship freight from fishing boats on board the MV Trinitas, from Antarctica to Montevideo?’ More than a year down the line and the ship is still hard at work in this very unique region.
Jan van Dam is not only a shipowner and trendsetter in terms of sustainability, but Jan van Dam is also a keen sailor. So when he heard about wingshaped elements which would theoretically result in 8 to 10 percent less fuel consumption on board his ships, he decided to turn his ship Ankie into a pilot ship.