People at Zeaborn Ship Management
the backbone of the company
the backbone of the company
Zeaborn Ship Management has a special Performance Support Team in place with the aim of improving the ship operation efficiency. Having been a Chief Engineer from 2005 to 2015 now I am one of six team members and responsible for identifying the potentials for more efficiency and safety together with the crews on board. This is a new way of solution-centered collaboration between ship and shore. My job consists of a permanent vessel hopping. The Support Team members organize their schedules themselves and we aim to stay in the same geographical region to avoid long flights and jet lag if possible.
My stay on board the vessels generally lasts for 14 days. During this time, I try to support and involve every single crew member. The topics we work on include company procedures and requirements, safety awareness, preparations for port authority inspections and environmental protection measures, among other things.
The crews get to know about our visit at least ten days in advance. After arrival, I start work with an opening meeting to inform all department heads. One big advantage is the experience my Support Team colleagues and I have gained over the last decades working at sea. We have worked on many different ships, found good solutions to various challenges, which can now be adopted by other vessels.
Team spirit plays a big role at Zeaborn Ship Management and the Performance Support Team can really support the vessels as intermediaries. We link both ship and shore, and further the communication between the vessels. We help to spread good ideas from vessel to vessel. Our job is not about controlling anyone or anything. On the contrary, we see ourselves as partners on a common mission to improve the overall performance of the company.
In 2017, we visited 70 vessels and trained 1,500 seafarers. 2018 we will focus on our safety campaign to sharpen the awareness for safety topics and the communication between and shore.
The biggest challenge to crew training and my job on board is to achieve visible results on the vessels and ashore. Therefore, it is very important that the Performance Support teams always provide professional support anytime and act cooperatively.
What I appreciate most about Zeaborn Ship Management is the excellent teamwork and office management. The crews are highly trained and the vessels are in very good condition. Therefore, the company’s strong market position is absolutely justified.
In my function as chief engineer, I am in charge of the engine room and the entire engine crew. Keeping the master continuously informed about engine operation, crewing subjects and all kind of deficiencies or irregularities is part of my work. If required I report to Zeaborn Ship Management directly.
The vessel consistently has to be in a highly reliable technical condition. At the same time, I ensure compliance with relevant national and international regulations concerning the environment as well as occupational and ship safety.
The overall condition, maintenance and repair of all engine machinery and equipment on board of the vessel, minimizing the risk of downtime and delays on sea passages and during cargo operations also belong to my area of responsibility. I have to oversee the economical and efficient operation of the engine and ensure that the crew members observe all safety and working standards.
In 2005, I started working as an engine cadet. My career developed constantly from there and I became fourth, third and second engineer before being promoted to chief engineer in 2015. The challenge about this position is to be manager and technician at the same time. My personal priority is to treat my colleagues respectfully.
ZEABORN Ship Management places great emphasis on safety, which is of great value. Communication and cooperation between ship and shore is excellent. This assures a professional work and is of great significance to me.
What I particularly enjoy about my work is that all people on board are one family. We must look out for each other, or more precisely, take responsibility for one another. The key to a good working atmosphere is communication and a respect-oriented cooperation among all colleagues. “Walk slow, think fast” is my guiding principle. I am convinced that you must stay calm in critical situations to find the right solution quickly.
As Second Officer I have two important functions on board. The first one is my duty as a watch officer and the second one is my role as navigating officer. That means I take part in planning the rout from one destination to another, thereyby assuring the vessel's safety and efficiency in accordance with our internal Safety Management System as well as the compliance with any national, international and maritime law and regulation with regard to navigation. I am also in charge of keeping all navigational and communication equipment in good working condition by performing scheduled tests. Whereas any malfunction of this equipment has to be reported directly to the master without any delay, in order to be rectified by procedures immediately. Apart from this, I also keep the Electronic Navigational Charts (ENC's) and relevant publications up-to-date to ensure their compliance with relevant authorities.
I very much appreciate Zeaborn Ship Management’s Safety Management System and how it was implemented. It is very useful in our everyday life at sea and keeps the seafarers informed about how to operate the vessel safely and in compliance with international regulations. As new technologies and new regulations emerge we continually strive to be up-to-date and make sure our company is one of the globally sought-after ship managers. During port stays, I take over the role of duty officer on deck and must therefore be familiar with all cargo and ballast operations in port. Also, I make sure that reefers and dangerous goods containers are loaded as per plan and lashed accordingly. Zeaborn Ship Management places great emphasis on safety and quality. The equipment provided on the vessels is of high standard and thus keeps the crew well protected. Accident prevention is being taught on all vessels, giving the crew a clear awareness to act carefully at work. Furthermore, communication between ship and shore is very reliable and professional. I can always count on my colleagues in the office to give support immediately when needed. I am a very optimistic person. Difficult situations challenge me but I believe that one can overcome all obstacles. This way of thinking enables me to finish what I started. What I enjoy while working on board is camaraderie. It is very important because we are a limited number of people living together in a very small and very special environment for a long time.
As Master I have overall command of the vessel, which means I am responsible for safe operation and optimal economic performance. I am accountable to the company, the owners, the charterers as well as national and international authorities.
Safeguarding the occupational health and safety of the crew is also part of my responsibilities. I have to make sure all procedures for safe working practices and accident prevention are implemented and all national and international regulations and company policies are fully complied with and followed by the entire crew.
Today it is especially important to focus on economic vessel operation and the requirements of individual customers. My personal priorities are thoroughness, safety and keeping the team-spirit on board alive. As new technologies emerge and new regulations are put into practice, we have to educate ourselves continually in order to comply with them.
Zeaborn Ship Management places great emphasis on customer demands and quality. I appreciate very much that I can always depend on my company and that there is a constant willingness to improve further. Communication between shore and sea is excellent. Whenever the need arises we can count on a quick response and great support. The training courses offered in fields such as bridge team management and ship handling are outstanding, and I consider them as necessary.
What I enjoy especially about my work is that I have freedom of decision based on what is in the best interest of all parties concerned. I also really love changing to a new vessel from time to time. Meeting new people and working with a new crew is always fun and motivates me.
Corporate governance and working with people are subjects that I am passionate about. Accordingly, I hold dual roles at Zeaborn Ship Management (Singapore) as the Company Secretary and Senior Vice President (SVP) Human Resources (HR) & Administration.
The roots of Singapore’s legal system can be traced back to the English legal system, and it is from this historical basis that the company’s officer, who is primarily responsible for administrative and reporting functions mandated by law, is still called the "Company Secretary" today. Broadly, my job as the Company Secretary is to ensure that all relevant statutory obligations are met, business interests of the company are always protected and good corporate governance is practiced. Furthermore, I serve as an advisor and provide practical support on regulatory matters to the Directors, and share timely information on statutory obligations.
In my second role as SVP Human Resources & Administration, I enjoy working with people and dealing with the various HR situations and challenges. I am intrigued by the similarities and yet uniqueness of each individual – no person is ever alike and will never react similarly to the same issue. I also enjoy the exchanges and collaboration with my HR counterparts at the headquarters in Hamburg: we learn from one another with new perspectives of the local norms and cultural differences.
Having started in 2007, I have gone through the various stages of the markets. Each stage presented different challenges but also opportunities. Hence, the requirements for both corporate governance and HR functions are constantly transforming and I continuously embrace these changes in both roles as the Company Secretary and SVP Human Resources & Administration.
In the course of the merger at the beginning of 2018 I started to work at the Marine & Quality department as Vice President Projects. I am responsible for the integration process and process optimization both on the level of Marine & Quality and Project Management Office (PMO) at Zeaborn Ship Management.
On the Marine & Qualitly level I primarily work on the relaunch of the Quality Management System. I coordinate projects, review the existing tools and examine how we can build up a system over all business units always keeping in mind how we define and provide sound ship management services for our customers. The projects always have two target groups: the crews on the vessels and the employees on shore. Many years of experience in all positions on board from nautical junior officer to captain and on shore as Designated Person Ashore (DPA) and PMO helps to develop understanding for both target groups. It makes it easier to understand processes and to identify the respective needs.
In the scope of the merger a close coordination of all activities between the numerous involved stakeholders ensure that the merger activities are properly planned, specific targets are defined and continuously monitored regarding goal achievement. To establish uniform processes, keep track and adjust where necessary as well as growing together further – these are some of the main targets within the project. A big challenge for all employees is to find a balance between the daily business and the necessary integration tasks. Nevertheless, the undisturbed and smooth service for our customers must always have top priority.
What I like most about my job are the variety and high dynamics. I appreaciate most about Zeaborn Ship Management that we all act in concert - we have a great team spirit. Besides that, the quality promises are kept, which justifies the company’s strong market position.