Wallem is proud to have been awarded “Hong Kong Ship Manager of the Year” by the Mission to Seafarers - voted for by Seafarers themselves.
In order to shortlist companies eligible for this award, seafarers on Hong Kong-flagged were surveyed by the Mission to Seafarers. The survey comprised of a number of questions about their views on their employers (owners and managers), with particular focus on safety, security and welfare. The results of the survey and winners were announced at the Mission to Seafarers’ Annual Charity Dinner held on November 17th in Hong Kong.
Receiving the award on behalf of Wallem, David Price, Managing Director of Wallem Ship Management said “This award is very meaningful since the voting was done by seafarers themselves. We strive to continue to devote all our efforts to ensure that there is a strong safety culture and a professional and supportive environment onboard all Wallem-managed ships. We would like to thank our seafarers for this great honour."
The Mission to Seafarers is an international maritime charity which provides help and support to the 1.5 million crewmen and women who face danger every day to keep our global economy afloat.
Safety makes good business sense, that much is true. However, Wallem’s Marine Director Captain Fared Khan believes passionately that safety and operational excellence go hand in hand. What’s more, that a strong safety culture ensures that seafarers are happy, engaged, motivated and committed – and with people at the core of our business, this is our main concern. We asked Captain Khan about what attracts seafarers to Wallem, our training philosophy and the measures we take to keep our seafarers safe at sea.
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On Saturday 5th November, Wallem had three teams taking part in the Sailors’ Society Hong Kong Trek! ‘Wallem Striders’, ‘Wallem Warriors’ and ‘Coast Busters’ hiked 15km from Pak Kung Au in Lantau Island, across Sunset Peak (the 3rd highest peak in Hong Kong at 869 metres above sea level) finishing at Discovery Bay.
The Sailors’ Society helps seafarers and their families with welfare and practical support, visiting ships in ports and talking with seafarers away from home for extended periods of time. They facilitate contact with loved ones as well as making medical treatment accessible whenever and wherever required.
The charity is thus especially poignant to Wallem, and our teams committed to raising at least HKD$6000 each; a pledge all participants exceeded. As the setting, Lantau Island did not disappoint, living up to expectation as both a beautiful and challenging beast. Breath-taking views were commonplace on such a clear, sunny day and a true sense of achievement was felt by all on completion, especially for those who had never hiked before!
Though none of our teams set any records, the immense team spirit that is indicative of Wallem employees shone through, with every team crossing the finish line in high spirits. Well done to those who took part and helped out (both on the day and in the weeks and months beforehand), your company is proud of you!