Ensuring sound governance practices at all levels, is a key part of sustainability at ESL Shipping. Our Code of Conduct defines a common set of rules for sustainable business for the Group.
As an international company, ESL Shipping also operates in countries in which corruption is common. According to Transparency International, these include for example Russia. Our Code of Conduct prohibits corruption and bribery in all forms. Code of Conduct training includes anti-corruption issues and provides guidance for identifying any suspicious situations and practices considered unethical. In 2021, over 98% of the ESL Shipping’s shore personnel completed the Code of Conduct training.
The key tool in the prevention of corruption and bribery is the responsible management of the supply chain. To ensure appropriate operating methods, Aspo has prepared the Supplier Code of Conduct, with compliance required from all suppliers. Significant numbers of the partners of ESL Shipping are major international companies, with which each of these businesses have been engaged in long-term cooperation and have their own stabilised processes for the responsible management of supply chains.
ESL Shipping checks possible sanction risks of all counterparties with modern and efficient tools. No business is allowed before the sanction risks are checked and evaluated thoroughly. In addition, the Group monitors closely sanction risks of current counterparties as the sanction schemes evolve constantly and new sanction risks may emerge suddenly.
Compliance often means the observance of requirements, laws, rules and regulations. At ESL Shipping Group, compliance also means ensuring that we act in accordance with requirements that are derived from laws and regulations, our compliance manual, internal guidelines, Aspo’sCode of Conductand the UN Global Compact principles.
ESL Shipping group companies all have awhistleblowing channelwhich is accessible on the websites of all three group companies. The system is managed by an external company which ensures the full anonymity for a person who wishes to report suspicious behaviour against our compliance requirements.
Remote pilotage project continues
ESL Shipping’s vessels Haaga and Viikki are part of Sea4Value (S4V) program, a joint co-creation program of industry, research and authorities started early 2020. Program is designing steps towards maritime digitalization, service innovations and information flows.
Haaga and Viikki will be involved and participating especially in the remote pilotage trials. To carry out remote pilotage, certain equipment, such as navigational data gathering systems with antennas, are installed onboard the vessel to share real-time information to remote (pilotage) locations. In addition to onboard installations, shore-based equipment, such as video feed, is used to monitor and confirm vessels’ entrance.
In early November, equipment was installed onboard Haaga and her inbound pilotage to Kellosaari, Helsinki, was already monitored from a remote location. The aim of the project with Haaga and Viikki is finally to perform pilotage remotely on a certain port call to Helsinki. S4V and its remote pilotage trials is expected to generate useful information for the future when renewing pilotage legislation, how to proceed and gather data from a vessel and how such data is shared and used.
While there will remain a need for pilotage in the future, the means of how it might be provided may change. The intention is to improve the efficiency and sustainability of pilotage and facilitate further development of the pilotage service regardless of how the actual service is provided: onboard or remotely.
Code of conduct training completed Target: 100%
Compliance training completed Target: 100%
Sanction checked customers and suppliers Target: 100%