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December 2016 - Orfeas Saves Four French Boaters in the Atlantic Ocean

On December 19, 2016, our AMVER participating vessel, ORFEAS, rescued four (4) French boaters from S/V L’AMIRAL, a disabled 50-foot sailing boat in the Atlantic Ocean, about 1,082 miles east of Puerto Rico.

The international rescue operation started on December 18, 2016, when rescue authorities in Fort de France Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Center in St. Maarten notified U.S. Coast Guard in San Juan, Puerto Rico of a disabled sailboat in heavy weather requesting assistance after their rudder failed.

U.S. rescue authorities conducted an Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue (AMVER) callout to identify and notify vessels transiting in the vicinity of the distress and coordinated with Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Greece to contact our ORFEAS, which was approximately 250 nautical miles away from the disabled sailing vessel.

The Captain of ORFEAS immediately agreed to divert course in order to rescue the distressed boaters. On December 19, 2016, ORFEAS arrived on scene and managed to rescue all four French boaters despite 40 knot winds and 16-foot seas prevailing in the area. The rescued boaters were uninjured and remained onboard the ORFEAS until the vessel arrived at Ceuta, Spain on December 27, 2016.

 

November 2016 – AMVER System

We are pleased to announce that our KOUROS has been awarded with a Certificate of Merit by the United States Coast Guard in recognition of “outstanding dedication to the Automated Mutual-assistance Vessel Rescue System”, which seeks to provide a worldwide safety network to assist search and rescue coordination in responding to emergencies at sea.

October 2015 – AMVER system

We are pleased to announce that our EVRIDIKI has been awarded with a Certificate of Merit by the United States Coast Guard in recognition of “outstanding dedication to the Automated Mutual-assistance Vessel Rescue System”, which seeks to provide a worldwide safety network to assist search and rescue coordination in responding to emergencies at sea.

December 2014 – USCG Qualship 21 Program

We are pleased to announce that our USA trading vessels, KOUROS and ORFEAS, have been successfully assessed by USCG and accredited under their Qualship 21 Program.

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March 2014 - e-SMS Implementation

We are pleased to report that, Company's Safety Management System is now running exclusively through Ulysses Document Management System,

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Innovation

 

 Innovation

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As part of our effort to upgrade our services to Clients, we have introduced a number of advanced integrated IT solutions, hardware technologies and applications, both ashore and onboard vessels.

Information technology plays a vital role in the effective and smooth management of our fleet. The target is to increase usage of software technologies in our daily operations and ensure readily processed information. Thus, we avoid inefficiencies, minimize accidents, manage regulatory changes and achieve proactive maintenance.

We have implemented an Information Management System that assists our Company to effectively comply with managerial self-improvement targets and new external regulations. Continuous improvement in our management practices and operations is achieved, whereas progress is continuously monitored, in line with the modern requirements of our competitive industry, especially after the introduction of Tanker Management Self Assessment (TMSA).

We have installed ECDIS systems on all Grace-managed vessels. This marine navigational system of electronic vector cartography exceeds the demands and requirements of navigation today. The accuracy of the system, along with the immediate update of navigational corrections and charts, improve safety and advance the quality of our services.

In order to enhance the training of our seafarers ashore, we have created an in-house advanced training program using navigational simulators. This enables simulator training and certification of our watch officers, chief officers, captains and pilots serving on vessels under management. The system goes beyond the requirements of IMO STCW 95 Convention and well prepares our seafarers for the duration of their service onboard, while laying the foundations for a paperless navigation in the future.

 

 

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GRACE MANAGEMENT S.A.
1, Dervenakion   Street
185 45 Piraeus - Greece
Tel     : +30 210 4065250 
Fax    : +30 210 4065251
E-mail info@graceshipman.gr

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