Svitzer will help our customers achieve local content requirements by hiring and training local crew, buying from local suppliers and building up local skills and knowledge.
Svitzer puts great emphasis on delivering value back to the countries and communities we operate in. To us, an operation has to be mutually beneficial in order for it to be a true success. We achieve this by hiring local crew, providing training and career opportunities and by using local suppliers and service providers.
Experience and training
Historically, Svitzer has always been a company that values strong ties to the communities we operate in. As we began our expansion around the world, mergers with local companies kept this spirit alive. Today, in a time of extensive globalisation, we still believe in the value of a high degree of localisation. We make a point of nurturing the local maritime industry wherever we plan a new operation. We bring our 180-year history and experience into play to provide training and jobs on and offshore for the local workforce.
Angola and Oman
Our operations in Angola and Oman are good examples of localisation in action. In Angola, we recruited and trained some 80 Angolans with no previous maritime experience. Today, they are STCW-certified sailors with steady jobs and further training and career options aboard the Svitzer vessels in their area. In Oman, Svitzer and local authorities have agreed on an ambitious plan to have the entire fleet servicing the country’s LNG terminals manned exclusively by Omanis.
Aside from a moral obligation to make sure our operations also benefit local communities, experience has taught us that a high degree of localisation also makes sound sense from a business perspective. A good, respectful working relationship with local businesses, unions and authorities simply makes it easier to run efficient operations with a minimum of disruption for the customer