Shaping a better maritime future with Anglo-Eastern
Anglo-Eastern is a firm believer in leading with integrity and progressively setting the standard, with a vision to shaping a better maritime future. These goals have been the driving force behind our business for more than 40 years. As such, it is no surprise that we have long embodied a number of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, even before they became known as such.
From offering steady employment, quality education and training, and supporting economic growth as part of what we do, to embracing equal opportunities, gender equality, and cleaner and green practices, we are proud to uphold not just one, but several Sustainable Development Goals.
Decent Work and Economic Growth
As a privately owned, family-oriented employer of some 28,000 merchant mariners from predominantly developing economies like India, the Philippines and China, Anglo-Eastern provides above-average employment and remuneration opportunities in countries where it matters and makes a difference to those we employ, their families, and their communities.
We look after our crew in every way and regard them as family, in turn welcoming their own on board our ships, to join us at company events, and to partner with us in community initiatives, such as those led by Anavi, a grassroots charity network voluntarily run and operated across India by Anglo-Eastern crew spouses.
In India, a country in which we have deep roots and long ties, we have been recognised by the nation’s shipping authority as the largest and most compassionate employer of Indian seafarers, which is a double distinction we take great pride in holding.
Just as we go beyond our role as an employer, we provide more than just jobs. To those who perform, we offer lifelong careers in our managed fleet, with emphasis on continuous learning and development, opportunities for both vertical and lateral growth, as well as sea-to-shore mobility. Many of our shore-based senior and middle management teams are in fact former masters, chief engineers and officers of other ranks.
Education and training are paramount at Anglo-Eastern. To ensure the necessary understanding, skill sets and safety/compliance culture, Anglo-Eastern established and operates its own dedicated maritime academy and network of strategically located maritime training centres, complete with simulators, working models, machine workshops and virtual/augmented reality training, amongst other learning facilities.
Through these nationally and internationally acclaimed institutions, we offer quality, industry-recognised pre- and post-sea education and training to grow and develop the learning and careers of our cadets and officers, with graduate cadets guaranteed employment within our managed fleet.
Anglo-Eastern advocates and practises equal opportunities for all, regardless of gender, age or culture, etc. In terms of gender equality, we offer the same access to education, training and employment to both men and women alike. What we look for in our cadets and crew is a genuine passion for ships and seafaring, plus the right fit for our company culture, fleet and the role at hand. These qualities are not gender-bound, but defined by personalities, skills and experiences.
In Hong Kong, where Anglo-Eastern is headquartered, we are proud to count Hong Kong’s first female chief engineer amongst our ranks, having trained and mentored her from the start of her maritime career over a decade ago. We also released an industry booklet on gender diversity and inclusion in conjunction with ISWAN and WISTA, two international bodies aimed at supporting women at sea.
Responsible Consumption and Production
Life Below Water
Shipping is amongst the cleanest and most cost-efficient forms of mass transportation, but as an industry, it is also a large polluter due to the sheer volumes of cargo moved as a result of its affordability. As such, the maritime industry has committed itself towards a cleaner and greener future, with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) setting a 50% reduction target in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 compared to 2008, amongst other related targets, campaigns and regulations.
At Anglo-Eastern, we wholeheartedly embrace such initiatives, as the seas are our livelihood and the future of our planet. Every step is being taken to ensure that our fleet goes above and beyond what is required by environmental regulations, industry targets and more. From cleaner fuels, enhanced efficiencies, stringent training and in-house campaigns, we are tackling the issues head-on.
We have launched our own plastic waste reduction initiative on board our ships, and at the Anglo-Eastern Maritime Academy, our cadets are taught environmental awareness through living and breathing green practices daily within the academy’s largely self-sufficient campus. Community education and clean-ups, green idea competitions and projects, plus wide-scale recycling efforts on campus are all part of academy life, and what we hope our cadets will take away with them when they join our ships and the wider community.
Shaping a better maritime future is not just a tagline. At Anglo-Eastern, it’s what drives us to do what we do as seafarers, as ship managers, as members of the maritime industry, and importantly, as part of this blue planet we call home.