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Thome Ship Management links with DNV to boost seafarer competency

Thome Ship Management links with DNV to boost seafarer competency

Singapore:  Det Norske Veritas (DNV) has struck a groundbreaking agreement with Thome Ship Management to deploy a sophisticated crew appraisal and training system that will set a new global benchmark in seafarer competency management levels.

DNV today signed a contract with Thome Ship Management to verify and certify Thome's Competence Management System in accordance with DNV standards, and in compliance with specifications from the Society of International Gas Tankers and Terminal Operators (SIGTTO) and the Tanker Officer Training Standards (TOTS).
The agreement means Thome Ship Management becomes the first ship manager in Asia to set up a classification society-endorsed Competence Management System for its managed fleet, which currently consists of more than 100 vessels.

DNV is the only classification society to offer a full suite of services supporting ship owners and managers in competency benchmarking. Through its SeaSkill system, DNV is dedicated to helping the industry identify, maintain and develop competence at both the organisational and individual levels.
A signing ceremony officiated by DNV deputy CEO Tor Svensen and Thome Ship Management President and Chief Executive Officer Olav Eek Thorstensen took place at the Shangri La Hotel in Singapore this morning.

Under the terms of the agreement, DNV and Thome Ship Management will systematically examine crew tasks, work tools, operating environment, officers' mental well-being, training and experience, and communications across different vessel types.  [16/10/08]