For the last 20 years, we have constantly made innovations to how we fish in both the South Georgia and Ross Sea fisheries and we are continually investing in assets and scientific research to keep our impact on the environment to a minimum. For example, our new vessel’s more efficient propulsion and advanced electronics allow us to reduce our emissions and therefore our carbon footprint. However, our primary concern has always been to improve safety and crew welfare:
- Our vessels have been specifically designed and built to operate safely in the Southern Ocean
- British flag safety standards and Norwegian Class Society provide third party verification of our internal safety culture and procedures
- The company undergoes regular internal safety reviews to continuously improve operational procedures.
- Norwegian labour saving innovations in baiting and setting lines allow us to operate with less crew, meaning we’re able to provide the highest standards of crew accommodation
- Reduced crew numbers also allow us to provide a higher quality of provisions and working apparel for the crew
- All crew are fully insured for medical attention including medivac repatriation, while our medically trained bridge officers have 24/7 access to international medical assistance by telephone in case our crew need treatment whilst at sea. All of our ships have dedicated hospitals on-board
- A robust company anti-slavery and child exploitation policy enshrines basic rights across the fleet
- Crew are rested for 1-4 months between trips to ensure they are properly recuperated and fit for operations.
Other areas in which we are working to continually raise standards:
- Minimising non-target bycatch
- Trying to eliminate bird bycatch
- Gathering data used to help manage the fishery
- Delivering scientific research.