Maintaining the Conservation of Marine Ecosystems, Becomes the Key to Temas (TMAS) for a Sustainable Business

TMAS ensures that all operational activities on board comply with the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL)

JAKARTA - Preserving the ocean and its ecosystem is a step taken by PT Temas Tbk (TMAS) to implement environment, social and governance (ESG) in the field of sea transportation.

Main Director of PT Temas Tbk Faty Khusumo said that currently the company continues to strive to preserve the sea and its ecosystem.

"Then nature will provide for our needs," said Faty in a sustainable report on Wednesday, October 5, 2022.

He realized how important it is to take action as early as possible to protect the earth.

According to him, every action and policy that TMAS takes now will also have an impact on the survival of future generations.

The company is also committed to reducing environmental impact through the responsible use of resources aimed at reducing waste, pollution and increasing energy efficiency.

All of that aims to build a healthy ecosystem and sustainable activities.

"TMAS ensures that all operational activities on board are in accordance with the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) which regulates the prevention of pollution of the marine environment by ships from operational or unintentional causes," said Faty.

He continued that this involved non-hazardous and hazardous waste and air pollution generated from the company's fleet.

One form of responsibility taken in terms of preserving marine ecosystems is reflected in a Safety and Environmental Protection Policy statement that is binding for all personnel in the company, both on land and on ships.

The policy is reviewed periodically as a key part of the management review process to ascertain whether the policy is still relevant or not.

The policy is contained in the Safety Management System Guidelines which are an integral part of the four pillars of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), namely:

- International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS);

- International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW)

- The International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL)

- Maritime Labor Convention (MLC)

"All ships operated by the company have passed periodic audit verification. This is stated by having a valid Safety Management Certificate on board and a Document of Compliance certificate for the application of systems on land/office," added Faty.

Faty also revealed that in 2021, TMAS is preparing a long-term environmental management system policy to set company operating standards in conducting assessments and taking actions related to environmental pollution.

Several policies that have been implemented and matters that will be regulated in the policy include:

- Ballast Water System

In accordance with the rules that apply to ships on international routes, several of the company's ships serving international routes have been equipped with a Ballast Water Management System and a Ballast Water Treatment System. It is hoped that in the next few years, BWMS can begin to be implemented both for international and national route ships.

- Prevention of marine pollution by using anti-fouling paint

- Prevention of pollution with Sewage Treatment

- Prevention of pollution with Oil Water Separator (OWS)

- Prevention of pollution by disposing of waste in accordance with IMO regulations (Garbage Management Plan) and recorded

- Prevention of air pollution by using Low Sulfur Fuel

"The company's main energy consumption consists of electricity and fuel consumption. Both types of energy are used to support the company's operational activities and company support facilities," added Faty.

Furthermore, according to Faty, fuel oil (BBM) is used for the company's operational vehicles to support field work activities and bunkers as fuel for the company's ships.

In addition, TMAS also uses diesel as fuel for heavy equipment used for the company's operational activities.

Company ships serving foreign routes have used very low sulfur fuel oil (VLSFO) with a maximum sulfur content of 0.5% and low sulfur marine gas oil (LSMGO) with a maximum sulfur content of 0.1% in accordance with the provisions of Annex VI in IMO 2020 regarding the use of low sulfur fuel in the world.

Meanwhile, ships serving the company's domestic ship service routes use MFO and HSD fuel.

Apart from fuel, TMAS uses electricity as one of the main energy sources to support the company's activities. During 2021, the electricity consumption used by the company increased by 2.1% compared to 2020.

This increase occurred due to the work from home (WFH) mechanism implemented by the company in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Whereas in 2021 WFH activities at the TMAS office will begin to decrease because the government allows 11 business sectors which are included in essential fields to carry out work from office (WFO) activities with a maximum of 50% of staff present and continue to implement health protocols (prokes).

TMAS also implements an energy saving policy by turning off electricity and lights when the office space is empty, turning off the air conditioner (AC) during work hours and always making sure electronic devices are turned off when not in use.

"The company upholds the eco-friendly principle in carrying out office activities. One of them is by implementing a system of using recycled paper and reusing used paper that can still be used to minimize the use of new paper," said Faty.

Faty also advised employees at TMAS to bring their own drinking water containers (tumblers or glasses) that can be used during meetings or daily working hours and provide drinking water filling points for employees.

In addition, the management of the TMAS building also implements a policy to use leftover materials from ships that are still suitable for use according to construction standards to carry out repairs to the company building.

The company also maximizes several buildings that are no longer in use by restoring empty spaces to support TMAS operational activities and reusing building materials that are still fit for use to make repairs to the company's main office building.

The building materials used are in the form of paint and iron suitable for use in order to minimize the waste generated by TMAS.

Apart from maximizing the reuse of items that can still be used, in terms of social aspects, especially the diversity of employees, as of December 2021, TMAS has 1,194 office employees and 898 crew members.

"There are 934 male employees in the office or 72% more than 276 female employees," said Faty.

Faty emphasized that the composition of the male crew was 882 people or 98% more than the female crew of 16 people. With good HR management, TMAS is optimistic to survive and achieve success in this pandemic era.

The principle of equal employment opportunity has always been the basis for the company in selecting the best people to be part of the company's employees. In the recruitment process, the company always ensures that there is no discrimination in any company work environment.

Then in 2021, TMAS is committed to increasing innovation and carrying out digital transformation in carrying out its business activities.

Through this digitization process, it is hoped that gradually all transactions and ordering procedures will become more effective, efficient and reduce environmental impacts such as reducing paper use. Some of the innovative adaptations that TMAS has made are:

- Use of the Infor application to record payments and company assets with the aim of carrying out business efficiency. Through the Infor application, companies can supervise business operational activities in an integrated manner and at the same time reduce the use of paper and ink in carrying out the company's business activities

- Launching of the KlikTemas online booking application on June 11, 2021. Through the launch of the application, customers can make orders more easily and can find out the schedules and routes offered by integrated companies through one application.

- Development of video training and virtual training for crew members, so that TMAS can develop the quality of its human resources and provide cost and training time efficiencies by utilizing the digitalization process.