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We invest in leadership skills development onboard and ashore.

At the end of 2019, the group employed 337 maritime professionals, out of which 85 percent at sea. Noteworthy is that this figure includes only the personnel on the the group’s owned vessels. Moreover, over 350 seafarers work onboard our time-chartered vessels. They are employed by respective vessel managers.

Year 2019 was successful for ESL Shipping in the Minute Competition, which is organised by Finnish Seamen’s Service. In 2019 results, Eira was 5th and pusher Rautaruukki 7th. The aim of the Minute Competition is to boost activity among seafarers and to promote healthier lifestyle. In overall results, ESL Shipping reached third place. In addition, ESL Shipping’s and AtoB@C Shipping’s team participated football tournament organised by Finnish Seamen’s Service.

In order to further improve the leadership skills among the onboard management, ESL Shipping participated in tailor-made Deep Leadership course for ships’ personnel together with other Finnish shipping companies. The pioneering course was partly sponsored by Seafarers' Pension Fund (MEK) who together with ship owners and other stakeholders saw a need to develop and coach the onboard management on their interaction skills and leadership behavior. The outcome of the Deep Leadership training showed a clear positive trend on measured 360 degree profiles of participants. Based on encouraging experience it has been decided to continue the training of the ship personnel as well as the whole office staff in 2020.