24 September 2020

Observing World Maritime Day with James Fisher Shipping Services 

James Fisher Shipping Services (JFSS) reflects on its proactive approach to improving safety and sustainability in the shipping industry.  

JFSS continues to set its safety and operational criteria higher than the required industry standards, making a concerted effort to improve the environmental sustainability of its shipping operations.  

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) created World Maritime Day in observation of shipping safety, maritime security, and the overall sustainability of the marine environment. In line with this year’s theme, ‘sustainable shipping for a sustainable planet’, Neil Burns, managing director at JFSS, reflects on the sustainability of the company:  

"James Fisher’s vessels have been focused on sustainability since 1847. To successfully navigate through the last 173 years within an extremely challenging environment is an absolute testament to its commitment towards sustainability, both past and present.  

“Through innovation and commitment, our collaborative and sustainable culture is embedded into our core business strategy every day. Driven by our people through a foundation of respect, integrity and honesty, we believe we can positively impact the world around us by continually setting a strong example, leading the field and understanding our part domestically and globally within an ever-changing market.”  

JFSS’ latest safety-focused initiative demonstrates the company’s ability to engage with its staff on the topic of generating safety ideas in a fun way.  

Ben Welch, assistant superintendent at JFSS, says: 

“JFSS runs a ‘Vessel Safety Challenge’ which encourages all seagoing and shore-based staff to submit their ideas on the subject of improving safety. Each month these suggestions are discussed by the management team, winners are chosen, and a number of the suggestions are implemented.” 

In an effort to become a more sustainable shipping company, JFSS’ fleet renewal programme focuses on reducing its vessels’ emissions by opting for more modern and efficient engines. Recent acquisition of the Corrib Fisher and the Dee Fisher demonstrates its commitment to develop its product offering via ever more sustainable and economical vessels.