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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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Key element of our operations practice is the “safety culture” reflected in all our activities. A well-trained crew is a prerequisite to running safe, environmentally friendly and profitable tankers.

Grace Management S.A. rolls in-house and vessel-specific familiarization training for all seafarers in order to ensure that all crew thoroughly understand, adopt and constantly observe Company’s high standards. Accordingly, the training programme we require from our manning agents is not limited to the certification mandated by the STCW, but extends to navigation and engineering courses, Company’s specific tanker operations and bilge water waste oil management programs.

In order to have reliable and loyal crew on board vessels under management, we request external training of our crews to our own standards as well as to the Standards for Training Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW). 

At Grace Management S.A., we consider training as the “root cause” for achieving “zero incidents” at sea. We demand from our crewmembers to be always pro-active. A new training and familiarization program on applicable international laws and regulations is implemented for all our crews, placing emphasis on safety of life at sea and pollution prevention.

Through implementation of sound procedures, employment of skilled and experienced personnel and Safety and Quality awareness training of our people, we promote safety at all levels, ashore and at sea.

Our aim is to inspire self-compliance and motivation to safeguard the Environment. Health, Safety and the Environment are a priority and all seafarers serving onboard Company vessels are carefully selected to meet the particular requirements.

We review the performance of all seafarers and have developed a system that monitors the ongoing progress and development of seafarers in an objective manner. To earn promotions, seafarers attend shore side training courses and are assessed on board by senior officers and attending superintendents. Sea service records are also evaluated. We recognize improvement in performance and reward our seafarers on the basis of their individual and collective achievements.

 

 

Contact Information

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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