“The opening of the office reflects the growing importance of the Middle East to the company and is part of its strategy to be closer to its owners, stakeholders and suppliers both in the region and at the world,” he said.
A relatively new player, its fleet has grown rapidly, with a total of 33 vessels under management with owners based in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
With offices in India and Singapore, Su-Nav Group aims to optimize its focus towards safety and the marine environment. It also offers owners a range of ship-related services, including the provision of in-house manpower, training, accounting, project management and travel.
At an invitation-only event held recently in Dubai, suppliers, classification societies, flag states, OEMs, insurers, owners, operators and agents heard Su-Nav CEO Sachit Sahoonja expand on his vision of building sustainable partnerships to protect the environment, generate equitable wealth, minimize the depletion of natural resources and build gender equality in the workplace.
“We want to become a global pioneer in technology, innovation and services for ship owners around the world. Our technical and marine team is always at the forefront to keep the ship in compliance with all regulatory requirements and operate- to the highest standards in the industry,” he said.
“This allows for optimal vessel utilization by all stakeholders. Our Trade Maximization Program for Geared Bulk Carriers is a unique program to ensure near-zero downtime due to gear and technical breakdowns of charge”.
Su-Nav’s seeks to promote the welfare of seafarers and harness new technologies through its own innovation lab. “As a former seafarer, I understand the challenges we face in transforming shipping to become a safe and inclusive industry, to attract talented young people to join this dynamic and exciting sector,” he said.
The company’s gender equality policy means that 40% of shore-based staff are women, while at sea there has been a steady increase in female seafarers in senior positions.
He said he was also a strong advocate of providing seafarers with first-class living and working environments while at sea, as well as welfare packages and financial support for seafarers’ families who are experiencing hardship. Su-Nav claims one of the highest seafarer retention rates in ship management.
“Our approach to vessel management is simple yet effective. We can offer owners assurance of the state of maintenance and profitable operation of their vessels, supported by regular and transparent financial and operational reporting,” Sahoonja concluded.
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