About Knutsen OAS Shipping
Knutsen OAS Shipping is a fully integrated shipping company with operation, newbuilding supervision, chartering and project development in-house.
Knutsen OAS Shipping is undertaking the commercial and technical management/operation of all LNG carriers and the Product/Chemical tankers. Knutsen OAS Shipping has also administrative support functions and newbuilding supervision services for Knutsen NYK Offshore Tankers AS (KNOT).
We have a branch office in Spain, Knutsen OAS España, S.A. This office is located in Madrid and it is managing the commercial operation, business development, customer daily contact point and crewing for the LNG vessels under Spanish flag.
The Knutsen fleet development is based on managing projects from design to operation, with organic growth. We have an active approach regarding development and implementation of new technology.
As per beginning of 2019, we have in total 15 vessels in operation; 11 LNG carriers and 4 product/chemical tankers. In addition, Knutsen has 4 LNG carriers under construction.
Knutsen has extensive construction supervision experience from 56 newbuilt ships, 10 ship conversions in the past and is currently undertaking 7 newbuilding projects.
The current onshore staff is in total 73, with a total of 634 officers and crew. The Knutsen crew is highly skilled and trained with over 20 years experience from LNG carriers, Product/ Chemical tankers and offshore operations. Our crewing system is self-sustained based on a high extent of internal promotion and former cadets employment.
We have a strong focus on technology development, and is world leading technology provider in marine transportation of compressed natural gas with its proprietary Knutsen PNG® Technology. Knutsen has also its own proprietary technology for VOC reduction during tanker loading, Knutsen KVOC® Technology, and has developed new technology for ballast water treatment for large tankers, KBAL®. The KBAL® technology is due for USCG and revised IMO qualification by end 2019.
Our objective is to maintain a fleet of high quality- and technically advanced vessels. Every vessel we own and operate is of a high technical standard. Knutsen OAS Shipping is committed to deliver environmentally friendly services and products at a level of Quality, Health, Security and Safety that complies with the requirements of our HSSE&QA Management System, international & statutory regulations and meets or exceeds our contractual and legal obligations. Knutsen OAS Shipping AS is certified according to ISM, ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015, OHSAS 18001 and is Sarbane Oxley compliant.
Our customers are the oil, gas and energy majors which set the highest requirements to safety and reliability standards. Our customers are Shell, Naturgy, Total, Iberdrola, Endesa, Enel, Union Fenosa Gas, Edison and Gasnor (Shell).
Knutsen believe that transparent and good corporate governance drives value creation through aligned stakeholders as well as company interests.
Knutsen’s core values are credibility, innovation and care. These values shall reflect our performance of the work including our relation to each other, our customers, suppliers and society in general. These values and commitments shall contribute to the foundation and further development of the confidence towards the company and clients.
The governing principles together with the Code of Conduct make up the foundation for governance in Knutsen.
Code of Conduct
The Code of Conduct defines the core legal and ethical standards and applies to all Knutsen directors, managers and other employees. It is the personal responsibility of each director, manager and other employee to duly respect all restrictions imposed by those laws, rules and regulations, including those relating to accounting and auditing matters.
Supplier Code of Conduct
The Supplier Code of Conduct defines the core legal and ethical standards we expect from all our suppliers, any subsidiary, other associated company or companies under management of KNOT Management are required to operate.
Membership of MACN- maritime Anti-Corruption Network
Knutsen has been an active member of MACN – Maritime Anti-Corruption Network since 2014. This is a global business network working towards the vision of a maritime industry free of corruption that enables fair trade to the benefit of society at large.
Shipping is being subjected to ever-stricter environmental and safety requirements, and Knutsen have the objectives concerning a high quality of the operation of the vessels. The fleet consists of modern vessels of high technical standards.
Knutsen places considerable emphasis on safety and quality control, and strict requirements are put on safety and operation of the vessels. Knutsen has established overall guidelines to ensure that:
- The Knutsen activities shall be executed professionally and in accordance with national and international rules and regulations as well as internal and external standards and proactive actions shall be taken to avoid injuries, loss of life and material damages.
- The Knutsen operations shall be planned and attention shall be made on executing activities and operations so that the environmental consequences are minimized.
- The Knutsen HSSE & QA system, is in accordance with international requirements and standards, and the company maintains all necessary certificates for its operation of activities. Knutsen OAS Shipping AS has ISM certification from several flag-states and is further certified according to the international standards; ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 and OHSAS 18001:2007.
Knutsen has an active approach regarding implementation of technology for reducing emissions to water and air.
The Health Safety and Environmental Policy of Knutsen OAS Shipping is as follows;
KOAS is committed to continuously strive for a safe working environment for all employees so that no personnel, visitors and others are injured or harmed during their employment or activities engaged by Knutsen OAS Shipping.
KOAS is committed to deliver environmentally friendly services and products at a level of Quality, Health and Safety that complies with the requirements of our HSE&QA Management System, international & statutory regulations and meets or exceeds our contractual and legal obligations.
KOAS is committed to maintain comprehensive environmental management system; The system shall ensure that environmental objectives, requirements and considerations are integrated elements of the total activities of the Company. Further, it shall be ensured that the Company and vessel activities are planned, executed, verified, reported and analysed in a consistent and systematic manner and in compliance with legal and other requirements that the Company and vessels are subject to.
Our vision is 0 – ZERO – accidents and/or incidents, meaning:
- 0 personnel injuries
- 0 work related illnesses
- 0 spills to the environment
- 0 material damages
To achieve our commitment, Knutsen OAS Shipping AS shall:
- Raise the competence of our employees through training and career development.
- Employ qualified and trained personnel.
- Meet or exceed all applicable laws and standards in all our operations.
- Identify risk, establish safeguards, including being prepared for any emergency and plan all operation based on experience and shared knowledge.
- Have an environmental program including continuous improvement of our effort to minimize the impact on the environment
- Use well-maintained equipment and safe and effective procedures.