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:
- Maintaining regular engagement with stakeholders and organisations connected to the shipping industry and the places and jurisdictions in which we operate;
- Ensuring we comply with the laws and regulations of the jurisdictions in which we operate;
- Being mindful of the implications of our business activities on our communities and stakeholders;
- Supporting through activities and donating financially to the most deserving communities and causes most closely connected to our business – in particular seafarer welfare; and
- Supporting and sponsoring our employees who get involved in the communities in which they and Pacific Basin are active or reside, and who participate in groups and associations related to aspects of the shipping industry
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 Human Resources Director is an Asian Ambassador of the Sailors’ Society, an organisation we support because of our particular interest in the welfare of seafarers and their dependents globally. Through this role, we promote regionally the need to support the welfare of seafarers whose lives at sea are not easy and who give so much to the business of shipping.
- In 2018, our charitable donations and sponsorship amounted to over US$84,000, including donations to the Sailors’ Society and the Mission to Seafarers.
- We sponsor a minibus in Manila for the use of the Sailors’ Society to provide free transport to all seafarers in Manila and to facilitated ship visits by the Manila port chaplain.
“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 2018:
In 2018 our ships called at 793 ports
We thank your captain and his officers and crew for their exceptional co-operation during cargo loading.
Customer at load port in Australia
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 protection of the marine environment.
Department of Ecology, Washington, USA
The crew was very cooperative and did everything possible to make this a smooth loading. The Chief Mate in particular did a fantastic job.
Stevedore in Vancouver, Canada
Your skilled crew demonstrated responsibility and safety awareness making for smooth cargo loading operations, and they gave their best efforts to our crane operators. I really thank you for your crew’s assistance and appreciate the Master and Chief Officer’s excellent organisation and cooperation.
Customer at load port in Mozambique
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
The museum welcomed over 132,000 visitors in 2018, including over 19,000 student and community group visitors and 12,000 event attendees. In addition to showing its permanent collections, which expanded with important new acquisition and gifts in 2018, the museum arranges quality exhibitions and programmes such as public lectures, symposia, family activities and industry focused events.
Marking the International Day of the Seafarer, Pacific Basin sponsored free admission to the public, with Pacific Basin ship cadets, shore-based managers and former ship captains volunteering their time to present museum objects, seafaring stories and career paths with local families.
Special exhibitions included a world class display of artefacts telling the history of early Sino-American trade in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and, during Hong Kong Maritime Week, a shipbuilding and green technology exhibition providing a glimpse into the future of green shipping.
HKMM continues to generate community value through its social enterprise managed café, marine environment agenda and outreach programmes involving local schools and minority groups.
- Hong Kong Maritime Week – We frequently support Hong Kong Maritime Week (formerly Maritime Awareness Week) to generate enthusiasm amongst young Hongkongers for shipping as a worthwhile career.
- 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 2018, 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. Five 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 and our crews typically include 1-2 Hong Kong officer cadets.
Pacific Basin Soccer Sixes –
In November, we hosted the
seventh instalment of the Pacific
Basin Soccer Sixes intercompany
football tournament in which Hong
Kong’s shipping and related services
companies fielded 20 teams in this
increasingly popular sporting event
for the Hong Kong shipping hub.
Funding other good causes, a Pacific Basin team
completed the mountainous 100km Oxfam Trailwalker
hike for the fourteenth 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.
- A team of three colleagues completed the Sailors’ Society Hong Kong Trek in aid of outreach work for seafarers around the world. They hiked 25km of the Hong Kong Trail together with four other PB colleagues who supported our team and assisted the organisers from the Sailors’ Society.
The Shipping Industry
We are active contributors within the shipping community and have a voice in the international dialogue with 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 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
- Hong Kong Shipping Register Customer Relations Group
- Lloyd’s Register and ClassNK Technical Committees
- ClassNK Hong Kong Owners Committee
- Maritime Anti-Corruption Network