Reflections: Three things I learned from my overseas attachment at POSH

In May this year, Fang Chang, our Taiwanese Marketing Executive colleague from POSH Kerry Renewables, underwent a one-week attachment at POSH’s Singapore office. In order to help her better understand the intricacies of the Group’s different business functions and the behind the scenes work that make a successful offshore marine operator, she was attached to our Offshore Supply Vessels (“OSV”) division.

She shares her reflections on her stint with us.

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My attachment programme lasted from 13 May to 17 May 2019, during which I worked alongside several business units. It was absolutely eye opening to see how our Singapore headquarters ran their office. I was also grateful to have had the chance to meet colleagues from all the four business units, namely, Offshore Supply Vessels ("OSV"), Offshore Accommodation ("OA"), Transportation & Installation ("T&I"), and Harbour Services & Emergency Response ("HSER").

Even though my time here was brief, I learnt many valuable lessons, which are very applicable to my career at POSH Kerry Renewables.

Collaboration across Business Functions

One key lesson I learnt was that a company needs to work closely together across functions. During my attachment with the OSV division, I had the opportunity to witness how a Charter Party was drafted and understand the commercial implications and terms. Other contract intricacies I learnt include insurance, risk, and how different payment terms all play a part in the way a contract is negotiated. All these required  different business functions to work hand in hand at every step, and I am grateful for the guidance I’ve had along the way. At the end of my attachment, I was able to confidently arrive at a costing for a mobilisation and demobilisation charter, as well as draft a Charter Party agreement.

Passion and Ownership

The second key takeaway during my stint is the importance of passion. Through my conversations with various people, I realised that passion is the most prevalent theme driving this group of individuals forward. The offshore industry is niche and not easy to navigate as the safety of our crew is at the center of our business – this requires deep commitment to the job from various functions. I am truly thankful to have had the opportunity to work with such an experienced, passionate and dynamic team and witness first-hand their sense of ownership and responsibility.

Getting Closer to our Customers

Lastly, I learnt that working in a commercial environment not only requires having a good grasp of market sentiment or “head knowledge”, but also requires building and maintaining strong relationships with our clients, which includes constantly pre-empting what they need and offering them suitable solutions. It is important to be able to constantly engage and innovate for our clients in order to remain competitive in this industry.

Following my stint in Singapore, I am excited to hit the ground running now that I am back in Taiwan. The demand for renewables has been growing faster than expected, and it is reassuring to see that our team at POSH is committed to delivering quality solutions to our clients, and I am privileged to be a part of this.  

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Fang Chang, third from left, at a meeting with POSH Fleet Services and CR Classification Society during her one-week attachment in Singapore

 

About PACC Offshore Services Holdings (“POSH”)

Headquartered in Singapore and listed on the Singapore Exchange, POSH is a leading offshore marine services provider with more than 60 years of operating experience in offshore and marine oilfield services. With a young and diverse fleet of over 100 offshore vessels, POSH is known as a best-in-class service provider serving multiple segments of the offshore energy value chain and readily transferable expertise for the offshore wind sector.

POSH Kerry is a joint venture between leading offshore marine operator PACC Offshore Services Holdings Ltd (“POSH”) and Asia’s premier logistics service provider Kerry TJ Logistics (”Kerry TJ”).

POSH Kerry Renewables partners with Metal Industries Research & Development Centre for Taiwan’s first specialised maritime training centre

TAIWAN, 11 APRIL 2019 - POSH Kerry Renewables, Senior Manager Mr. Harry Wu and MIRDC, President Dr.Chiu-Feng Lin signed a memorandum of understanding ("MoU”).

TAIWAN, 11 APRIL 2019 – POSH Kerry Renewables (“POSH Kerry”) has been invited to partner the Metal Industries Research & Development Centre (“MIRDC”) to train local maritime talents in areas covering Dynamic Positioning (“DP”) training, at Taiwan’s first specialised Maritime Training Centre.

The company today signed a memorandum of understanding (“MoU”) with MIRDC – an agency under the umbrella of Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs – to join leading maritime companies Maersk Training and DNV GL to develop professional courses across various specialties. These courses will uplift Taiwan’s maritime capabilities by developing local expertise for both onshore and offshore talent.

The maritime training centre is scheduled for completion in 2020 and will be located within the vicinity of Shin Da Harbour in Kaohsiung.

Mr Kelvin Teo, Managing Director, POSH Kerry, said, “We are excited to contribute towards the establishment of Taiwan’s first specialised Maritime Training Centre, especially in the area of DP training. In sharing our expertise and providing on-the-job training on board our large fleet of DP offshore vessels, POSH Kerry will do its part in cultivating a pipeline of local talent who can anchor the government’s plans to advance its offshore renewable energy and marine industries.”

As a Taiwan-based integrated solutions provider, POSH Kerry is able to lend its expertise to develop DP training curriculum that are accredited by The Nautical Institute. The company will provide trainers for these courses, as well as offer attachment opportunities for trainees to serve as DP Operators on DP vessels. The partnership with MIRDC reaffirms POSH Kerry’s commitment to support the offshore renewable energy and maritime development goals for Taiwan.

POSH Kerry Renewables wins first contract in Taiwan, inks MOU with Seagreen

POSH Kerry Renewables (“POSH Kerry”) has secured its first contract for the Taiwan offshore renewables market.

This contract was awarded within the company’s first month of setting up in Taiwan. Under this contract, POSH Kerry will provide anchor handling, supply and standby support to an international geotechnical services operator during the site survey, installation and construction of an offshore wind farm.

The scope of work will begin off the coast of Guanyin and potentially include other sites in Yunlin and Taoyuan-HsinChu. Work is scheduled to commence in Q3 2018.

The Taiwan-based integrated solutions provider also recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) with local marine and towage company Seagreen Enterprise (“Seagreen”).

This strategic partnership not only further broadens POSH Kerry’s service portfolio, but also supports the Taiwan government’s goal of building up local offshore marine capabilities through the exchange of knowledge and best practices. Under the partnership, Seagreen can leverage POSH’s extensive track record in executing complex offshore marine projects to enhance its operational know-how. Both POSH Kerry and Seagreen will also embark on joint initiatives to recruit, train and build up a pipeline of Taiwanese crew.

Breaking new ground: POSH enters Taiwan offshore renewables market through JV with Kerry TJ Logistics

POSH announced its entry into the Taiwan offshore renewables sector in July, through a joint venture with Kerry TJ Logistics ("Kerry TJ"). This joint venture aims to provide a one-stop solutions platform for offshore wind farm developers, EPCI contractors and wind turbine manufacturers.

This is the first time that two major players in their respective fields have integrated supply chain and marine solutions on a single platform capable of supporting the entire offshore renewables project life cycle. Leveraging the capabilities and assets of both companies, POSH Kerry will provide a comprehensive portfolio including the end-to-end transportation of wind turbines and components as well as diversified marine solutions during the installation, operations and maintenance of offshore wind farms in Taiwan.

With an established track record for executing complex offshore energy projects requiring stringent operational and safety standards, POSH brings specialised offshore marine expertise and a modern fleet of vessels that are readily transferable to support offshore wind operations. Listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange, Kerry TJ is Taiwan’s largest logistics provider with an extensive local supply chain network and in-depth market knowledge that will support POSH Kerry’s clients in navigating the evolving local operating landscape.

 We are excited to enter the offshore renewables sector with Taiwan’s largest logistics provider Kerry TJ Logistics. Our unique platform will provide clients in the Taiwan offshore renewables sector a comprehensive suite of supply chain and offshore marine solutions that can be configured to meet their specific requirements.”

Mr Lee Keng Lin
Deputy Chief Executive Officer, POSH

We are glad to be partnering with leading offshore marine operator POSH as they establish their presence in Taiwan. I am confident that our extensive local networks and logistics expertise will support POSH Kerry’s clients in navigating Taiwan’s evolving operating landscape.”

Mr Richard Shen
Chairman, Kerry TJ Logistics