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SMT Shipping goes solar in Guinea

In keeping with its efforts to reduce carbon emissions and save on fuel costs, SMT Shipping has converted to 100% solar power in its office and worker residence in Bel Air, Guinea. Consistent and cost-effective electric power in Guinea is a challenge. When SMT first explored fossil fuel-based electric power, only two options were available :

  1. a connection to a local generator available only in the evenings from 1900 to midnight with a monthly cost of US $500 or
  2. the purchase of a dedicated generator with a minumum consumption of 200 litres of gasoil per month supporting only 12 hours of electricity per day.

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Port Operations Manager Sekou Camara knew there was a better way and began to explore the possiblity of renewable energy. The search for the right service provider took some time, but SMT chose solar energy specialists Houlma et Fils Polar Solar, who offered both competitive pricing and high standards of quality. The system consists of two solar panels installed on the roof as well as two large batteries, a regulator, and other equipment. The system has been in use for over a month and provides the facility with 24 volts of electricity.

The cost savings are impressive. According to Mr. Camara,
« factoring in equipment costs, maintenance, and the fuel required by a traditional generator, SMT Shipping will save USD1600 a year for more reliable, higher quality and green energy”. In honor of the new electric capacity, our shore-based team in Bel Air supplied the building’s three bedrooms with brand-new ventilators to make guests feel right at home – keeping cool with the power of the sun!


Fleet Management Achieves Many Improvement Milestones

SMT Shipping’s Fleet Management Department has achieved significant milestones in many areas of the extensive re-organization it first launched in August 2019.

As Director of Fleet Operations/Construction & Special Projects Slawomir Pyz explains, this ongoing work establishes optimization processes throughout the department – concentrating on both project and labor management. Ultimately, the Department’s streamlined systems will serve as a model for other SMT departments and will ready the company for its next phase of growth. Below are brief summaries of the great work accomplished so far.

Technical Management

Major achievements in technical management have focused on areas of accountability and autonomous decision-making. Rather than concentrate all strategic decisions at the top of the hierarchical ladder, SMT’s technical management has dramatically increased transparency and communication regarding compliance, financial management and cost control, and job performance. Increasingly, every level of management now takes ownership of their piece of this overall performance puzzle. Masters, for example, are now free to act as full Vessel Managers, and Masters and Chief Engineers are encouraged to use their own creativity and managerial skills to help their vessels excel. The Directors of Fleet Operations support the great work of their teams, increasing the level of trust and professional input throughout all levels of the organization.

Purchasing

Critical work has been made in procurement through the great efforts of Purchasing Manager Ania Szyszko and her steadfast team based in both Poland and the Netherlands. Standardization and long-term supplier contracts are critical tools for cost management in purchasing.

With this in mind, the purchasing department analyzed over 30,000 items in their database to standardize the acquisition of various consumables, provisions, spare parts, and services. The department is developing a network of contracted suppliers, increasing our purchasing power and economies of scale – a project that should be completed by the end of the summer.

Crewing

Despite many long days managing the ongoing crew change crisis due to Covid-19, the Crewing Department also found time to make great strides in many of their core functions, including recruitment, contract management, crew welfare, cadet management, and company branding.

Among their many initiatives is the development of the Crew Welfare Task Force, which seeks to address the needs and well-being of crewmembers through a combined effort of the Crewing, Systems, and Risk Management departments. Crewing has taken important steps with its network of manning agency partners – focusing on strategic communication regarding recruitment needs, seafarer training, and crew evaluations. They have also made great progress in developing SMT’s global cadet program, with a growing list of partnerships with maritime agencies around the world.


As the Covid-19 pan­de­mic conti­nues to affect the world, SMT’s offices are try­ing to find ways to ope­rate in an effi­cient and safe man­ner.

Wet hands with water

Wet hands with water

Apply enough soap to cover all hand surfaces

Apply enough soap to cover all hand surfaces

Rub hands palm to palm

Rub hands palm to palm

Right paim over left dorsum with interlaced fingers and vice versa

Right paim over left dorsum with interlaced fingers and vice versa

Palm to palm with fingers interlaced

Palm to palm with fingers interlaced

Backs of fingers to opposing palms with fingers interlaced

Backs of fingers to opposing palms with fingers interlaced

Rotational rubbing of left thumb clasped in right palm and vice versa

Rotational rubbing of left thumb clasped in right palm and vice versa

Rotational rubbing, backwards and forwards with clasped fingers of right hand in left palm and vice vesa

Rotational rubbing, backwards and forwards with clasped fingers of right hand in left palm and vice vesa

Rinse hands with water

Rinse hands with water

Dry thoroughliy with a single use towel

Dry thoroughliy with a single use towel

Use towel to turn off faucet

Use towel to turn off faucet

... and your hands are safe.

... and your hands are safe.