Operational excellence

An independent ship management company that offers a comprehensive range of high quality marine services, Goodwood Ship Management is driven to exceed the expectations of its customers in all areas of operation.

Its extensive range of ship management services covers technical management, crew management, commercial management and marine consultancy services (including new building supervision). Thanks to its wide ranging expertise, today Goodwood Ship Management manages a highly diversified fleet, consisting of VLCCs, Suezmaxes, Aframaxes, chemical / product tankers, LPG and container vessels.

A team of highly skilled, experienced and dedicated professionals manages all of these vessels, and they are ableto utilise many years of shipping background and operational expertise to handle the most complex international shipping operations. Goodwood Ship Management takes ownership, but also embraces the owners’ approach, allowing ship owners to secure and service very long-term contracts from the most demanding charterers.

It is through providing this exemplary level of safe, reliable and cost-effective ship management services that Goodwood Ship Management seeks to differentiate itself from the rest of the market. In order to maintain these levels it constantly challenges existing procedures and brings about improvements to its operations.

A perfect example of how Goodwood Ship Management embraces modern approaches is its electronic document management system, which is used to facilitate the integration of various management systems. These include ISM Code, TMSA and the ISO standards for Quality, Environment, and Occupational Health & Safety and Energy Management. Using this system leads to greater compliance with the various standards, while minimising the administrative load on Goodwood and its seagoing staff.

This point also illustrates how Goodwood Ship Management is dedicated to assisting employees in order to ensure they can undertake their duties in the best way possible. It is this approach that helps the organisation maintain its exceptionally high retention rates for crew and officers, which, when Shipping & Marine last featured the business, stood at 84 per cent for crew and 88 per cent for officers.

Its seafarers are sourced from India, Italy, Norway, Spain, and the Philippines, providing a diverse global perspective on its work whilst maintaining high standards. On the manning front, Goodwood Ship Management’s policy, adopted in 2008, to induct cadets on the Deck, Engine and Electrical sides, has begun to give dividends. “This year we have our first batch of home grown deck and engine cadets joining back and we will have a steady stream of them as Officers in the coming years,” said Capt. Sabnis, Managing Director, speaking in 2012. “Our crew are presently trained at a number of different external training facilities and also at the company’s own facilities in Goodwood Marine Services located in Mumbai and Transglobal Maritime Inc in Manila. The Personnel & Operations department supervises all training courses and programmes to ensure the best quality is achieved.”

The company continues with an active recruitment policy, and is keen to welcome both seafarers onboard its vessels as well as staff ashore who share its core values of strength, quality, teamwork, loyalty, creativity and responsiveness. By creating such a strong and reliable team, Goodwood Ship Management is better placed to capitalise on opportunities and bring about unified actions that are instrumental to its pursuit of zero accidents and zero spills.

This last point brings Goodwood’s dedicated environmental policy into focus, and Capt. Sabnis discussed the company’s green efforts and the latest ISO accreditation on the market in the last interview: “Since the beginning, our fleet has been eco-friendly, especially the newbuild VLCCs that we have supervised their construction and inducted into our management,” he explained. “The series of Kamsarmax vessels being built are also eco-friendly and energy efficient ships.”

He continued: “Energy is the one issue where maximum money is often spent by the owner as it affects the direct operating cost of the ship. If an owner can achieve even a 0.5 or one per cent saving in efficiency, with the cost of bunker fuel today it would tantamount to a substantial saving. That is what drives our environmental and energy efficient mindset. To achieve it we have revised our procedures, bringing in new operating methods and energy management plans.”

In fact, Goodwood Ship Management Pte Ltd became the first ship management company in Middle East, Asia and Pacific region and third globally to be certified by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) for the implementation of an Energy Management System on board the managed vessels in April 2013. This achievement further reinforces the company’s commitment to sustainable operations and improving energy performance in accordance with ISO 50001.

Capt. Sabnis said: “This is an industry where an organisation’s reputation for its services is paramount. Achieving the ISO 50001 certification demonstrates and re-reaffirms our commitment to maintaining a progressive approach to building energy management into our everyday business practice.”

As the company stands in 2015, it is still a young business, having been established only seven years ago in 2008. However, a high quality service has always been the crux of Goodwood Ship Management’s offer, and by taking challenges and seeing them as opportunities, and by working hard to effect change and get the job done, the company continues to enjoy success. Goodwood Ship Management is ambitious, and while it currently manages a fleet of 36 vessels worldwide, it has the ability and expectation to handle many more. By mid-2016, the company expects to reach a fleet of 45 vessels, all of which will be supported by the focus on quality for which the Goodwood Ship Management name has become renowned.

Goodwood Ship Management
Exemplary reputation in the market

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