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Drawing on our Social & Relationship Capital

We recognise our obligations as a responsible member of the communities in which we operate, and we seek to ensure that the interests of these communities are represented within Pacific Basin and vice versa. Our engagement in and contributions to these communities takes a number of forms, in an effort to support their – and our – longer-term sustainability.

We achieve this by:

Our engagement in and contributions to the communities in which we operate are an important part of sustainability at Pacific Basin. We continue to donate to and be actively involved in good causes, the majority of which relate to seafarer causes and other staff-driven initiatives.

The Seafarer Community

As one of the largest foreign employers of Chinese crew and a significant employer of Filipino crew, we invest in recruitment activities and training programmes in Dalian, Manila, Hong Kong and Odessa. Community donations are focused on seafarer welfare causes.

“Our sponsors’ long-term support is crucial to sustaining our welfare output. And continuation of these crucial alliances and the industry’s recognition of seafarers’ need for our welfare work is fundamental to being able to sustain our free provision of service.”

Ports Where our Ships Trade

Our ships trade globally and our crew and ships are considered ambassadors for Pacific Basin wherever they sail, so we inspire them to:

  • strictly abide by requirements under applicable environmental law so as to minimise our impact on the cities, towns, ports and shorelines we visit;
  • show skilful seamanship and act professionally in the way they conduct their ships’ business;
  • be respectful law-abiding visitors, to show warm hospitality towards visitors on board, and to be in every way becoming of Pacific Basin personnel; and
  • establish and maintain good relations with port authorities, agents and other stakeholders in the places we visit.

One measure of our success in this area is the feedback we get from stevedores, port operators and other stakeholders in the ports where we call. Here are examples of commendations we received in 2017:

In 2017 our ships called at
823 ports

A job well done by all your crew with excellent cooperation for a safe and successful loading.

Stevedores in Longview, USA

Our inspector found your vessel to be well organised and safely operated. Your vessel’s management practices demonstrate a strong commitment to marine safety and environmental protection.

Department of Ecology, Washington, USA

We credit your master and his crew for their professionalism, work ethic, courtesy and general attitude towards safety during loading operations in our port. Many positive comments were made by stevedores, surveyors and others about their approach to all facets of their work.

Customers at load port in Australia

Your crew were a pleasure to work with and were professional in all aspects of their work. They were very hospitable to all who came aboard and worked with them every day. The loading went well as the crew efficiently assisted every time they were required. I hope to see this crew back again on future voyages.

Stevedores in Stewart, Canada

Our Hong Kong Community

We take an active role in Hong Kong where we are headquartered, listed and where our owned dry bulk fleet is flagged. We are members of the Hong Kong Shipowners Association executive committee, the Shipping Consultative Committee of the Hong Kong Administration and the Seafarer Advisory Board. We also support various maritime and related causes in Hong Kong.

  • Hong Kong Maritime Museum (HKMM) – We have been supporters of HKMM since its establishment in 2003 and we are inaugural partners under the museum’s CSR Partner Programme which matches the museum’s programmes and initiatives with our shipping and Hong Kong communityfocused social responsibility priorities.
  • The museum welcomed over 130,000 visitors in 2017, including over 15,000 student and community group visitors and 21,000 event attendees. In addition to showing its permanent collections, which expanded with important new acquisition and gifts in 2017, the museum arranges quality exhibitions and programmes such as public lectures, symposia, family activities and industry focused events.
  • Notable events included an academic symposium on the cultural and trade links between countries located along China’s traditional Maritime Silk Road, and special exhibitions on the origins and trade of Chinese export silver, and ancient maritime and overland trade. Hong Kong Maritime Week (see below) helped the Museum’s growing reputation as a centre for informal learning for all things maritime.

    HKMM continues to generate community value through its social enterprise managed café, marine environment agenda and disadvantaged schools outreach, and several other initiatives.

  • Hong Kong Maritime Week – We frequently support Hong Kong Maritime Week (formerly Martime Awareness Week) to generate enthusiasm amongst young Hongkongers for shipping as a worthwhile career.
  • At Hong Kong Martime Week in November 2017, our Third Officer Simon Ng spoke to secondary school students and their parents about his fascinating life as a seafarer and how to qualify for a career at sea, such as through the Pacific Basin Cadetship programme which Simon joined in 2014.

  • Maritime Education – We regularly recruit interns from Hong Kong’s Maritime Services Training Institute, which is part of the Vocational Training Centre, some of whom transition into full-time employees.
  • Our Fleet Personnel GM serves as vice chairman of the Maritime Education and Training Sub Committee of the Hong Kong Shipowners Association, helping to work with government and academia to raise the profile of maritime education in Hong Kong and promote shipping careers to young Hongkongers.
  • Student Scholarships – In 2017, we funded two more scholarships at Hong Kong Polytechnic University where four students are currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in International Shipping and Transport Logistics under our sponsorship. Four recipients of our scholarship now work at Pacific Basin in Hong Kong, London and Vancouver.
  • Supporting local employment – We employ on some of our ships a number of senior officers from Hong Kong, and we have run an officer cadet recruitment and training scheme in Hong Kong since 2013.

  • All our owned ships fly the Hong Kong flag. In 2017, our newbuilding m/v Osaka Bay took the Hong Kong Shipping Register (the fourth largest in the world) past the 110 million gross tonnage mark.
  • Pacific Basin Soccer Sixes – In November, we hosted the sixth instalment of the Pacific Basin Soccer Sixes intercompany football tournament in which Hong Kong’s shipping and related services companies fielded 19 teams in this increasingly popular sporting event for the Hong Kong shipping hub.
  • Pearl River Delta Emissions Control – The voluntary Fair Winds Charter which we signed up to in 2013 resulted in new Hong Kong regulation requiring ocean-going vessels to switch to clean marine fuel with sulphur content not exceeding 0.5 per cent while at berth in Hong Kong which led to similar standards being adopted by several other key Pearl River Delta ports effective 1 January 2017. The limit will apply also to all vessels entering Hong Kong waters from January 2019 to further reduce air pollution in the region.
  • Funding other good causes, a Pacific Basin team completed the mountainous 100km Oxfam Trailwalker hike for the thirteenth consecutive year in aid of Oxfam’s poverty alleviation programmes.
  • A team of 10 colleagues ran the Bloomberg Square Mile Relay race through Hong Kong’s Central business district raising funds for local charity Unleash Foundation which promotes the inclusion of youth with physical disabilities through inclusion training and home-based work opportunities.

The Shipping Industry

We are active contributors within the shipping community and have a vo ice in the international dialogue w ith legislators and other parties on topical issues and future legislation in our industry.

Pacific Basin and its senior management ensure our regular engagement with the shipping industry and relevant governmental and regulatory bodies through membership of appropriate industry organisations such as:

  • International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners (Intercargo)
  • The Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO)
  • The Baltic Exchange
  • Executive Committee of the Hong Kong Shipowners Association, an influential organisation within the International Chamber of Shipping and the International Maritime Organization (IMO)
  • Sub committees of the Hong Kong Shipowners Association, such as the Marine Sub Committee and the Maritime Education and Training Sub Committee
  • Hong Kong Shipping Consultative Committee
  • Customer Relations Group of the Hong Kong Shipping Register
  • Lloyd’s Register and ClassNK Technical Committees
  • ClassNK Hong Kong Owners Committee