By TGN Editorial Team
Since the beginning of June this year, Thome Group has participated in a number of major international maritime events, with senior managers being asked to be on panels to share their views on important industry topics.
Our Chief Human Resources Officer Simon Frank shared his views on Thome’s seafarer vaccination plans and strategies during a forum entitled, “Seafarers and the Vaccine Against COVID-19” on 21st June. The forum was part of the Crew
Connect Europe Virtual Event, which took place from 21-22nd of June 2021.
The forum discussed the vaccination plans and progress in Europe, challenges to procurement and implementation, and how to mitigate the consequences of those have been vaccinated and those who have not.
On 25th June, Simon participated at the Safety4Sea Crew Welfare Week where he contributed to the ship manager’s perspective on “Crew Welfare Best Practices”. The forum was part of a Safety4Sea week of events designed to discuss topics concerning crew in the run-up the Day of the Seafarer on 25th June. A few of Thome’s seafarers also participated in interviews speaking about crew welfare.
Simon’s presentation at the event focused on the initiatives that Thome has put in place to support and help its seafarers such as; physical and nutritional support, mental health and emotional support, and social support.
Finally, on 8th of July, Thome Group CEO Olav Nortun participated in a panel discussion on Seatrade’s Maritime Online Series entitled, “Making Data Work for Shipping”. During the discussion, Olav stressed that the most crucial part is “to know the value of data and justify why you are going to invest.” He went on to say that companies must be more explorative in their approach and figure out where that value lay and what could be done differently to create value whether as a saving in efficiency or improvement in performance.