In February 1996, Expedo completed the documentation of its own standard procedures and systems and received accreditation to DNV's Safety and Environmental Protection (SEP) standard. SEP extends our quality management standards beyond compliance with the International Safety Management (ISM) Code.
We have a community onboard and ashore that enthusiastically and rigorously embraces the Company's quality management systems, fostering continuous improvement and development.
Expedo was accredited with ISO 14001 compliance in 2003 by Det Norske Veritas. Meeting this standard demonstrates our commitment to face the environmental challenges of the future through dedicated resources. We see ISO 14001 as an opportunity to develop our expertise and strengthen our knowledge and skill base to meet or exceed our clients' requirements.
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On 25th June 2007 Expedo became the second company in the world to be
accredited for Competence Management Systems.
Achieving Competence Management System certification demonstrates our
commitment to achieve excellence in maritime safety, security and
protection of the environment. It demonstrates commitment to continual
improvement, excellence in customer service through professional
competence and conduct, and assurance of minimizing contractual risk for
our customers. It provides a foundation for establishing, maintaining
and utilizing competence on board and ashore to achieve company business
goals and objectives.
DNV audits the shore management and at least one of the fleet vessels each year. All fleet vessels are audited by DNV at least once
within the five year renewal period of the CMS certificate. In addition, all vessels are subject to an internal CMS audit each year.
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Competence Management Policy
The Company has established a Competence Management System (CMS) which forms an integral part of the Company Safety Management System (SEP/ISM) and the Environment Management System under ISO 14001:2004. Competence Management System provides a foundation for establishing, maintaining and utilizing competence on board and ashore, to achieve company business goals, company objectives and desired performance levels.
The system allows for competence to be continually evaluated, developed and improved. CMS shall be fully implemented on all Company vessels in accordance with DNV Competence Management System Standard. Full support shall be extended by the shore based and ship board management teams to achieve the objectives of CMS.
Competence Management System Objectives
Objectives of CMS are to achieve following goals:
- Improve performance towards safety, environment protection and vessel operations.
- Improve competence of individuals.
- High quality staff recruitment and retention.
- Conformity to statutory Rules and Regulations.
- Improve maintenance, vessel performance and reduce operating costs.
We recruit only from the very best maritime academies in Asia and personally select outstanding graduating cadets.
All cadets undergo our Officer Training Programme for at least one year onboard.
They may only be promoted as junior officers after they have passed
extensive competence evaluation by ships' seniors, our Superintendent
team and the Manning Department.
Company Manning Policies
The Company shall establish and maintain,
a) rigorous vetting and recruiting procedures
b) strict guidelines for educational qualifications, and
c) A Competence Management System to provide for continuous programs of assessment, training and competence development for all ranks to achieve the stated objectives and business goals.
d) The common language to be used onboard ships is English so that all crewmembers can communicate with each other, which is especially important in emergencies.
e) Manning planning workbook shall be maintained either as hardcopy or in electronic format (eg. Danaos Crew Module) and updated periodically, so that future manning needs can be met
Company Manning Objectives
The Company shall ensure that each managed Ship,
a) is operated by properly certified, qualified, trained and experienced Master and senior officers, who are competent both physically and mentally to serve the type and size of ship to which they are assigned, and
b) is manned with qualified, certificated, competent and medically fit marine personnel in accordance with national and international requirements, in numbers and with skills consistent with the trade of the ship and the workload imposed on the ship's crew, and who fully understand their roles and responsibilities and;
c) that both the Master and his crew have the required skills, motivated, familiarized and trained for the implementation of the Company's program for Safety, Quality and Environment Protection and who are capable of working as a team.
All our navigating officers undertake training for Bridge Team
Management and Collision Avoidance. Senior officers undertake Ship
Handling Simulator courses at the IDESS training and bridge simulation
center (www.idess.com), Manila. We have contracted with Seagull
(www.seagull.no) to provide on board Computer Based Training for various
operational and engineering modules. Our officers attend various shore
based training courses beyond mandatory requirements at approved
training centers in Manila, India and China. In addition structured ship
board training is provided on each vessel to improve competence and
skills of our seafarers.
We have designed and provide comprehensive emergency drill plans for onboard training. Our masters follow these plans to conduct periodic training as designated by the Company. All training records are monitored by our Safety Department.
Our attending superintendents request emergency drills onboard to verify that they have been implemented properly.
We also contract with Marine Safety Services (www.threequays.com) to provide further Safety Training and an objective inspection of all safety equipment onboard each ship over an 18 month cycle. Additionally, we send all our onboard training and inspection records to Marine Safety Services for their independent review.
Our D&A random testing is well in excess of OCIMF recommendations. Our policy on alcohol prohibits consumption by any crew member for four hours before and during watch duty or work duty. No crew member may consume alcohol together with any person visiting the ship in port.
All our ships maintain a networked database (designed in cooperation with Danaos Management Consultants Ltd.) for continuous maintenance.
We have the same updated Danaos database onshore, globally networked, which enables the technical director and superintendents, in all our offices,
to continuously monitor the maintenance status onboard.
Our superintendents inspect each ship every 4-6 months to verify the maintenance system has been implemented properly onboard and
determine maintenance priorities when necessary
A number of best practices have been developed internally on ship board
systems and procedures to improve operation, handling and knowledge
which benefits the fleet by improving fleet reliability. These are
filtered into our shipboard training programs with the aim to achieve
consistent performance across the fleet.