Health, safety on top of Nakilat growth agenda: CEO


gulf| To cater to growing industry needs, Nakilat is being responsible in various aspects of its operations as part of its long-term growth and development strategies, according to the ‘Qatar 2019’ report by The Oil & Gas Year (TOGY).

Nakilat CEO Abdullah Fadhalah al-Sulaiti told TOGY that “clean energy is vital for present and future developments, creating a sustainable future for the next generations.”

He said: “Nakilat strives to meet the growing energy transportation needs in a responsible manner by balancing the economic, environmental, and social needs aspects of sustainability, steered by excellence in safety and health, solid governance and ethical business practices.

“Nakilat places safety, health, environment and quality (SHEQ) at the top of our agenda. The company continuously seeks ways to enhance safety performance through setting stringent targets and standards higher than the benchmarked industry average.”

Al-Sulaiti said Nakilat won the International Safety Award in 2017 and earned the highest Five Star grading following a comprehensive occupational health and safety audit from the British Safety Council in 2018 and 2019.

He said Nakilat was also the first company in Qatar to be certified for the new ISO 45001:2018 Occupational Health and Safety Management System standard in 2018 by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance, a standard which is set to transform workplace health and safety practices globally.

“This is a reflection of the company’s proactive approach in ensuring its health and safety systems meet the latest industry-leading standards. These recognitions demonstrate the company’s commitment to promoting an incident-free and injury-free environment within its workplace,” he said.

According to al-Sulaiti, all Nakilat vessels achieved ‘Green Award’ status and operate in accordance with best practices as defined within the programme. Also, al-Sulaiti said the company introduced regular monitoring of ambient air quality and marine water and innovative measures to reduce electricity consumption at Nakilat’s shipyard to improve efficiency.

“Given our various green initiatives across our businesses, Nakilat fully supports these regulations geared towards the reduction of environmental emissions. We are the first company to undertake a MEGI (M-type Electronically-controlled Gas Injection) retrofit for a Q-Max LNG carrier, and also among the first few to trial the ballast water management systems (BWMS) technology and assist in product development,” he said.

He added,“Nakilat is dedicated to pursuing innovative ways to create additional value in its operations and increase its competitive advantage. The company has been making strides for its successful digital transformation journey in modernising its vessels with advanced IT systems and infrastructure to increase efficiency, boost employees’ productivity, substantially reduce costs, and enhance security.”

Other IT awards bestowed on Nakilat include the CIO 100 Award, Silver Winner of SAP Mena Quality Award, and the Microsoft Qatar Digital Transformation Award 2018, affirming the company’s success in driving the technology agenda within the shipping and maritime industry.