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SCI won the prestigious Seatrade Award for CSR commitments

Mumbai : The Shipping Corporation of India has won the prestigious Seatrade Middle East & Indian Subcontinent Awards (SMEISA) in the category of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Award for its Commitment to community welfare, Breadth of company fully involved or knowledgeable about CSR commitments and Voluntary schemes/projects initiated.

Known as the ‘Oscars’ of the maritime world, the awards were presented at the Atlantis The Palm Dubai attended by more than 750 of the who’s who of the region’s maritime and shipping industry.

“The companies that were both shortlisted for the awards and those that were winners have shown exemplary levels of achievement, in areas such as technical and operational innovation, commitment to safety and quality, social and environmental responsibility, business acumen and development of human resources.Seatrade salute them all,” said Chris Hayman, Chairman of Seatrade, the award organisers.

The awards were judged by a 12-strong panel of esteemed international judges, led by Rear Admiral Efthimios Mitropoulos, secretary general of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

The Shipping Corporation of India Ltd has identified Coastal areas as the major area of intervention for its CSR activities. Maritime Education is a focus area of SCI wherein students from socially and economically backward sections of the society pursuing maritime courses at premier institutes of the country like IIT, IMU and MTI are identified and SCI CSR scholarships are provided to them.

SCI also responds in a timely manner to natural disasters exemplified at the interventions in Leh Ladakh during the devastating Flash Floods last year. We also undertake public facilities development at Public Hospitals so that efficient medical care facilities may reach the economically weaker sections of the society. SCI also partners with grass root level NGOs at the demarcated areas and ensures that the needs of the community/ beneficiary are identified and appropriate interventions are charted out to bridge the gap between their needs and requirements.”

Damco wins ‘Supply Chain Best Partnership’ at SCM Logistics Excellence Awards

Mumbai: Damco – one of the world’s leading providers of freight forwarding and supply chain management solutions was honored at the SCM Logistics Excellence Awards held in conjunction with the 7th Annual SCM Logistics World conference. Damco won the category ‘Supply Chain Best Partnership Award’ for outstanding contributions in supply chain partnerships.

“Damco is a provider of supply chain solutions and logistic services that has played a significant role in driving supply chain and logistics excellence in their client organisations, resulting in improved business performance,” says Lynette Han, General Manager, Terrapinn, the conference organiser.

“The award illustrates the importance and significance of supply chain partnerships, particularly during volatile economic landscapes and when facing fast-changing market demands,” she said. “Winners of this award are organisations who have gone beyond the conventional terms of their contracts and business deals to help and support their clients in mitigating the challenges of a volatile economy as well as the ever-changing business and consumer landscape.”

The SCM Logistics World Conference, held at the Marina Bay Sands Singapore, brought together more than 500 executives in the supply chain and logistics industry. The delegates of the conference and supply chain practitioners around the world cast their votes in a global voting system.

The organisations were voted on their track record in assisting clients to reduce supply chain and logistics cost and develop an integrated supply chain. They were also assessed on service level performance in terms of credibility, reliability and provision of end-to-end supply chain solutions/services. Quantifiable results that demonstrated success in developing mutually beneficial partnerships to strengthen the client’s commercial objectives were also taken into consideration.

“We are very proud to receive this award,” says Martin Thaysen, Global Chief Commercial Officer, Damco. “We are working to put the customer in the centre of all our activities, and this shows we are on the right track. The key is to constantly improve services. Another good indicator is that our 2011 customer satisfaction survey shows increased customer satisfaction for the 4th consecutive year.”

Safmarine’s investment in new six MPVs vessels helping to unlock West African Potential

ANTWERP: Regional Shipping specialist, Safmarine, says its investment in six new multi-purpose vessels (MPVs) is a clear indication of the company’s long term commitment to the breakbulk and project cargo market.

The company’s six new, modern, 18 000 dwt vessels have a lift capacity of 150 tons, more than 100 reefer plugs, box-shaped holds and tween decks and are purpose-built for the shallow waters of most West-African ports.

The vessels, which join Safmarine’s existing fleet of 14 chartered MPVs, have been built to the highest standards and have ‘Green Passports’, which record all materials used during their construction.

According to Grant Daly, Safmarine’s Head of MPV, “West Africa is home to some of the world’s fastest growing economies and Safmarine’s aim is to provide the shipping services needed to help our customers grow their business in this dynamic and fast growing market.
Daly says he has noted an increase, globally, in the demand for regular MPV shipping services, particularly to Africa.

“This has largely been due to the growing number of energy and infrastructural investments (such as road, ports, power generation, telecoms etc) taking place in a number of African countries. Many countries have realised the importance of investing in this type of infrastructure as a precursor for future economic growth.

“By transporting the cargo needed for these projects, Safmarine’s MPV service is helping these countries create a solid foundation for sustainable economic growth.”

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