Established on 2012 as a Bumiputera company
1. HEALTH & SAFETY POLICY
SYNERGY MARINE consider health and safety to be equal in importance to all other primary business objectives. Company management, to the most senior level, are fully committed to creating and maintaining a safe and healthy working environment, ensuring safety at sea and the prevention of human injury or loss of life.
Within the Company’s Safety Management System (SMS) has been developed for the onshore and offshore management of vessels in compliance with the ISM Code, international and flag state legislation and all other applicable mandatory rules and regulations.
Our SMS provides for safe practices in ship operation and preparation for responding to emergency situations. We have identified clear lines of communication between shore based and shipboard personnel and throughout the organisation.
By establishing practical safeguards against all identified risks, the number of accidents, incidents and hazardous occurrences or situations is minimised. All such events are reported, lessons learned, and appropriate steps taken to avoid recurrence.
Through a process of internal communication and auditing, the Company will ensure that all employees are made aware of this Policy and that they familiarise themselves with, understand, and comply with Company health and safety instructions and procedures relevant to their own roles and responsibilities.
All employees from the Managing Director to each individual at the work site, including any contractor or other person employed, are responsible for the effect that their own actions and omissions have on the health and safety of themselves and others.
The effectiveness and suitability of our Safety Management System, and those operating it, are regularly reviewed by all levels of management and a process for continual improvement implemented and maintained.
2. DRUG AND ALCOHOL POLICY
Our health, safety and welfare can be seriously affected by the consumption of alcohol and/or controlled drugs.
The use, consumption, supply, possession, concealment, transportation, purchase, manufacture, promotion or sale of, or being under the influence of ‘Prohibited Substances’ is forbidden.
The consumption of alcohol on-board ship is forbidden, as is being sufficiently under the influence of alcohol so as to potentially compromise the safety of self or others.
This applies to all persons who work, visit and/or perform services on vessels owned or managed by the company.
A violation of this Policy by any individual of the Company is likely to result in the individual being summarily dismissed. A violation by third party personnel will result in the offending party or parties being removed from the vessel.
The Company has the right to conduct breath testing, blood analysis and/or urine testing and/or search a person and their personal possessions at any time.
The Company has provided a procedure ‘Drug and Alcohol Control’, detailing the enforcement of this Policy in SMS Section 06.
SYNERGY MARINE has a policy of routine, random and “with cause” drug and alcohol testing.
3. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION POLICY
SYNERGY MARINE is fully committed to the prevention of damage to the environment, incorporating legislative requirements and information about significant impacts, in particular to the marine environment. We achieve this by minimising harmful operational indirect and accidental discharges and controlling our consumption of natural resources.
We focus on areas of our operations where our actions have the greatest potential for adverse environmental impact and we minimise this potential by:-
- Evaluating environmental risks
- Segregating garbage and waste
- Planning voyages carefully
- Providing pollution response equipment preparing and training in incident management
- Monitoring our effects on the environment
By establishing practical safeguards against all identified risks, the number of environmental accidents, incidents and near misses are reduced. All such events are reported, lessons learned, and appropriate steps taken to avoid recurrence.
Through a process of internal communication and auditing, the Company will ensure that all employees are made aware of this Policy and that they familiarise themselves with, understand, and comply with Company environmental-protection instructions and procedures relevant to their own roles and responsibilities.
All employees from the Managing Director to each individual at the work site, including any contractor or other person employed, are responsible for the impact that their own actions and omissions have on the environment.
The effectiveness and suitability of our Environmental Protection Policy and those operating it, as well as our environmental performance, are regularly reviewed by all levels of management and a process for continual improvement implemented and maintained.
4. ETHICS POLICY
It is our company policy to conduct business in an honest and ethical way, and without the use of corrupt practices or acts of bribery to obtain an unfair advantage, ensuring our activities remain consistent with the applicable laws and regulations of the countries in which we operate.
We will maintain a culture of openness, trust and integrity in all our business objectives.
Bribery and corruption harm the societies in which the acts are committed. Such behaviour undermines the economy, brings disorder to the markets and curtails development.
All employees are expected to be honest in their dealings with our clients, vendors, all other stakeholders and with each other, respecting individual rights and ensuring that their actions are free from discrimination, corruption, libel, slander or harassment.
This is not only our cultural commitment but is also a legal requirement.
5. PERSONNEL POLICY
SYNERGY MARINE is fully committed to maintaining its reputation as a ‘company of choice’ for people wishing to work in the marine industry. We provide an environment where quality, integrity, innovation and excellence are rewarded by career development opportunities. An environment where collaborative and participatory work styles are adopted, where no barriers exist to communications within the organisation and where individuals are empowered to accept responsibilities for their actions.
Within the Company’s SMS, a Human Resources Department has been developed in line with ‘best practices’ and in compliance with regulatory, legal and customer requirements.
We provide a competent, motivated and stable workforce by recruiting qualified individuals with the required levels of experience then maintaining our high standards by regular assessment and follow- up training where appropriate.
All employees are treated fairly and with respect at all times and ensure that there is no discrimination on grounds of sex, race, age, religion, sexuality and disability.
Through a process of internal communication and auditing, the Company ensure that all employees are made aware of this Policy and that they familiarise themselves with, understand and comply with associated instructions and procedures.
The effectiveness and suitability of personnel policy are regularly reviewed and a process for continual improvement implemented to meet the changing needs of the industry.
6. SECURITY POLICY
SYNERGY MARINE is committed to ensuring that effective security measures are implemented on- board company owned and managed ships in compliance with the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) amendments to Safety of Life at Sea, (SOLAS) Chapter XI-2 and Parts A&B of the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS) – Measures to Enhance Maritime Security.
The Company has appointed a land based Company Security Officer who has the responsibility and authority to develop, implement and maintain effective security practices.
Trained Ship Security Officers are provided on-board every ship in the fleet to ensure that Ship Security Assessments are reviewed and each certified Ship Security Plan is regularly practiced and assessed to ensure continuing suitability.
The Master has the overriding authority and responsibility to make decisions regarding the security of the ship and to request the assistance of the Company or of any Government as may be necessary.
7. SMOKING POLICY
Our health, safety and welfare can be seriously affected by tobacco smoking. Employers have a general duty to provide a working environment for all employees that is, so far as is reasonably practicable, safe and without risks to health. This includes protecting all employees, contractors and visitors, both onshore and offshore from the harmful effects of passive smoking.
The Company encourages all personnel to promote a “No Smoking” culture and continues to offer information to help quit smoking. In line with industry best practice the following must apply:
Office Premises, smoking is not permitted:
- Within any enclosed company premises including company vehicles.
On-board Ship, smoking is not permitted:
- Inside the vessel’s accommodation, this includes the Bridge, Control Room, Mess room area and all cabins.
- However vessel Masters must designate a specific room or an area on the vessel where smoking is permitted.
- Outside the accommodation while operating within the 500m zone of an installation, and, if advised of a gas or similar hazard by the platform, smoking is strictly prohibited in all locations.
- On small boats, e.g. FRC’s and Daughter-craft, whether petrol or diesel driven.
- Where indicated on any risk assessment, permit to work or other operational checklist.
- In exterior spaces during operations where there is a hazard of fire or explosion such as:
- Receiving or transferring fuel, oil, or other volatile liquids
- Handling any type of flammable material.
- During emergencies and emergency drills / exercises
- When moored or mooring alongside docks, or piers, where smoking is prohibited
- While in the immediate vicinity of rigs, platforms, FPSO’s or any other offshore installation
- In obvious fire or hazardous operations.
Disengagement of smoke detectors is strictly forbidden. Any infringement of the above should be reported to the HSE Executive. Disciplinary procedures will be followed if there is non-compliance from any employee. Non-compliance by Contractors personnel is likely to result in removal from the vessel or site.
8. STOP WORK AUTHORITY
Stop Work Authority (SWA) is the right and duty of each employee to stop a job that is unsafe or that is felt to be unsafe. Any employee can shut down or suspend any job if it is thought that an unsafe working condition exists at any time or at any place. If you or any employee is in doubt whether any health, safety or environmental aspect of any operation is proceeding properly, it is your duty to stop the operation immediately until the condition can be improved or the doubt is resolved.
Stopping unsafe work prevents people from being injured and helps avoid accidents. SYNERGY MARINE will fully support any good faith use of the SWA.