While the shipping industry is facing shortages of skilled sea staff in its traditional recruitment markets, there is also growing demand for the skills of our staff across the BP Group. This is due to the increasing need for experienced marine assurance specialists. As a result we have become a global recruiter in recent years.
BP Maritime Services (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. (BPMSS) and BP Maritime Services (Isle of Man) Limited BPMS (IOM)
BP Maritime Services (Singapore) (BPMSS) is now the legal employer of all officers. It carries out and is responsible for all the HR functions applicable to sea staff, including global recruitment, development, training and performance, disciplinary and grievances of BP's marine employees and general HR functions relating to them. BP Maritime Services (Isle of Man) BPMS (IOM) provides logistical support to BPMSS including allocating crew to vessels, crew changes and management of travel, and travel arrangements and logistics for training courses. This activity is administered from the Isle of Man. The logistics management and interface with our Indian officers continues to be managed by Executive Ship Management (ESM). With the increase in fleet size, and with over 1,000 officers now employed under BPMSS contracts, these changes were timely to ensure we have the organisational capability to continue to attract, motivate and retain world-class talent and continue to deliver clean seas, safe ships and commercial success.
Good communication is central to the creation of a more inclusive organisation. As well as a number of information initiatives and our online publication, The Flag, we have Sea Staff briefings to encourage more direct and positive two-way dialogue with shore management. A handbook on seafarers’ terms and conditions of employment was also developed and issued early in 2007 and has since been updated.
Employing a diverse workforce at sea remains a challenge both in terms of gender and ethnicity. Nevertheless we value diversity and seek to promote it through awareness programmes, diversity champions and the use of diverse selection panels for senior level management jobs.