On the 15th and 16th May 2017 Chemikalien Seetransport (CST) held a seminar in the conference hall of the Londonskaya Hotel in Odessa.
During two intense days the participants had the opportunity to discuss areas of concern for CST and the entire shipping industry.
The origins of CST go back almost 50 years when the company’s headquarters were established in Hamburg, Germany. Key area of the company’s business is shipment of petroleum products, liquefied natural gas, chemicals and bulk cargo.
Today CST fleet consists of 22 vessels with an average fleet age of 10 years and a total deadweight of 645261 GT. From the first day the company has adhered to an ethos of maximum safety and efficiency of cargo shipments as a priority. Management of the company assumes a clear attitude and puts a primary concern for the people, environmental friendliness and team moral support.
The seminar was arranged to share the company’s future plans with our seafarers, to talk about progress and prospects, showing full commitment by top management and to reinforce the key objectives and tasks set by CST for its crews. According to Managing Director Oliver Hennes, such events contribute to strengthening of teamwork and morale within the CST – essential items when ensuring the expansion of CST. “Ukrainian seafarers make up over 40% of our crews, both senior and junior officers. We have a number of requirements and expectations of our seafarers – In addition to qualifications meeting international standards, our employees must perform their duties on board, and adhere to the company policies. They must also be environmentally-conscious and involved in commercial process to the maximum, doing their best to make it as efficient as possible. Ukrainian seafarers meet these requirements to the full extent”, says Oliver Hennes.
Teamwork was the topic of a number of discussions during this two-day seminar. Other topics included in the seminar were shipment safety arrangements, effective communications and media relations.