Social Stewardship

A Truly Diverse Workforce

Inclusion and diversity are core pillars of business growth and central to our company’s identity. We can better understand and meet customer needs, create a workplace environment where employees can perform to their fullest potential, which ultimately drives better financial performance. In 2019, approximately 49% of our onshore employees were women and 33% of these held leadership positions. We remain committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of inclusion and diversity. 

Putting Family First: Interpreting Zero Harm

Zero Harm has been BW LPG’s vision for many years, and the goal of ensuring that safety of all employees remains at the forefront of all our shipping operations continues to remain a priority. A dedicated team within BW LPG implements regular initiatives to enforce a strong safety culture in a growing family of seafarers and shore based staff, so that we deliver great solutions to our customers with Zero Harm. Recognising that it is a journey, many initiatives have been implemented in recent years to support our ambition.

Beyond “Zero Harm” as a corporate vision, what does it mean for employees? As individuals and as teams, we commit to taking personal responsibility for safety, communicate safety concerns, and actively share best practices and learn from near-miss incidents. It was with deep sadness that we lost a seafarer overboard on a BW vessel in December 2018. To drive home the importance of Zero Harm for BW as a company and for each of us as individuals, BW organised a Zero Harm Art Competition. This competition was open to children and siblings of employees, aged 15 years and below.

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Serving Society Through Energy Delivery

BW LPG’s VLGC BW Elm was the first UK-flagged gas carrier to pass through the Strait of Hormuz after Iran’s seizure of the Stena Impero. BW LPG followed developments in the Strait of Hormuz closely and all vessels are to proceed with additional vigilance and to follow appropriate security protocols in place. We also liaised closely with all the relevant authorities such as flag, class, and insurers and operated at its highest security protocol.

In 2019, BW LPG is pleased to report that there were neither any incidents of piracy nor security incidents on board any of our vessels. Individual companies such as BW LPG cannot solve the problem to end piracy ourselves, but we take our responsibility to train and protect our crew, vessels and cargoes very seriously. The IMO has taken a leadership role in coordinating efforts to alleviate the problem from the maritime perspective.

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Running for Life

In the context of development goals of the global community, the World LPG Association (WLPGA) launched the Cooking For Life campaign in 2012, with the aim to transition one billion people from cooking with traditional and other dirty and dangerous fuels to cleaner-burning LPG by 2030. By convening governments, public health officials, the energy industry and global NGOs, this campaign explores practical ways of expanding access to LPG in the developing world to improve the lives of billions of people whose health and safety are threatened by cooking with solid fuels. Cooking For Life focuses on communicating the benefits of switching populations from cooking with biomass and other dirty and dangerous fuels, to cooking with LPG. Ranging from key studies and reports to marketing initiatives, workshops and participation in public events, the WLPGA has provided good industry practices and policy tools to grow the industry in a safe and sustainable manner.

Switching to LPG would improve quality of lives and bring far-reaching environmental and economic benefits. LPG produces virtually no particulate matter and low emissions of carbon monoxide compared to most non-renewable fuels. Emissions of toxic gases that can cause serious health problems if breathed in are negligible, making LPG highly suitable as a household cooking fuel. The economic benefits include the reduction in health-related expenditure and productivity gains that result from less illness and longer life, as well as the time saved in collecting traditional fuels. The total economic benefits of half of all the people using solid fuels worldwide are estimated at around US$90 billion per year compared with net intervention costs of US$13 billion.

As the leading maritime carrier of LPG and living up to our aim to deliver clean energy for a sustainable world, BW LPG supports the WLPGA Cooking For Life Campaign. Since our inaugural participation in 2016, a team of shore employees has participated in the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon every year. Not only does this inspire a healthy lifestyle amongst employees, we are also dedicated to donating to the campaign for each employee taking part in the 10km, half marathon and full marathon races. 

Economic Enhancement

From Steel to Steel: Driving Change in The Ship Recycling Industry in India

How can BW LPG as a company create value for society – making people’s lives better, enabling economies to grow, and protecting the environment for future generations? Is it an oxymoron to seek ways to create value for society in the very area where there is so much controversy, particularly for its negative impact on society and the environment? BW LPG aims to be a driving force for change – focusing on the positive impact shipping companies can have on local communities who rely on ship recycling for decent work and economic growth, by doing it in a safe and responsible manner and playing a part to improve industry, innovation and infrastructure in developing countries.

Shipping is a global industry and it is only with international legislation can we enforce a standard approach to responsible ship recycling. In the absence of such global legislation, companies must step up. The ship recycling industry is in a period of transition with an increasing number of yards being certified in line with the Hong Kong Convention. In anticipation of ratification of the Hong Kong Convention, dozens of shipyards in Alang and other locations in South East Asia and Turkey have invested heavily and already reached a level that guarantees Hong Kong Convention standards to ensure ships are recycled sustainably.

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The Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships was adopted at a diplomatic conference in 2009. The Convention requires facilities to recycle vessels in a responsible manner that do not pose unnecessary risks to human health, safety and the environment, by providing guidelines on the safe handling of environmentally hazardous substances, as well as mandating a minimal standard of working and environmental conditions at recycling yards with appropriate enforcement mechanism such as certification and reporting requirements.

Calculated Move

Ship recycling is a fundamental part of the shipping value chain. Newbuildings are delivered from yards, and chartered and traded as vessels. At the end of their commercially-viable life, they are sold to be recycled, where steel and useful parts of the vessels are dismantled and reused. The danger is that vessels are recycled in places which offer the highest prices for steel, and higher prices are offered at the expense of operating standards. What happens then is a persistent lack of progress in health and safety standards in developing countries where communities can truly benefit from responsible recycling.

Rather than to exclude facilities based on their geographical location, the only way to ensure health and safety of workers is to impose global legislation. This global legislation will stimulate all countries and individual shipbreaking yards to raise their standards and make substantial progress in the areas of safe and environmentally friendly ship recycling. If we abandon ship recycling breaking yards where the communities rely heavily on recycling, the international community does not help those yards to improve and prosper. By working with yards in Alang, we can make a direct impact on working conditions, and change the industry for the better.

Recycling BW Havis

The 1992-built LPG Carrier BW Havis was recycled in 2018. BW LPG identified the Hari Krishna Steel Corporation facility in Bhavnagar, Gujarat, India for this recycling. The yard was fully inspected and certified by an International Class Society that it met the requirements of the Hong Kong Convention. BW LPG provided an inventory of all hazardous materials and waste (Green Passport), certified by DNVGL, to the yard to facilitate the safe handling, separation, transportation and storage with no harm to the work force and minimal contact with the sea or unprotected soil. A comprehensive recycling plan was prepared and provided to the yard to ensure strict compliance with BW LPG’s policy. An observer and company supervisor from BW LPG remained on site and provided daily reports on progress, compliance and that the recycling plan was being applied. The recycling of BW Havis was successfully completed after a year at the yard.

BW LPG cannot solve a global, industrywide challenge on its own. By being transparent in our approach towards responsible ship recycling, legally requiring that yards work with our representatives on the ground to raise and meet our work standards, we hope to be a catalyst and change sentiment towards recycling in South Asia. Responsible ship recycling in full compliance with global standards of health and safety is possible, and it starts with us choosing to work with yards to implement real changes to conditions on the ground.

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