Providing high-quality services in the field of maritime transport above all implies strict adherence to the international regulations governing maritime safety. In turn, this is directly dependent on the professionalism of captains, crews, and the associated shore-based personnel.
We regard Sovcomflot’s team as an important competitive advantage for our group. Our personnel policy is aimed at the preservation, strengthening and development of human resources. The company pays particular attention to maintaining a high level of social protection for its team. Sovcomflot is a dependable and stable employer, which complies with all the legal requirements regarding employment, and strictly fulfils its financial obligations to employees. This is appreciated by our personnel, as evidenced by a consistently high retention rate: in 2020 this reached 99.45% for officers and 98.47% for ratings.
Sovcomflot Group carefully plans the career and professional development of its employees. In 2020, 501 fleet employees received promotion. They included 106 senior officers, 199 junior officers, and 196 ratings. Over the past year, 321 of SCF’s fleet officers and shore staff participated the seminars organised by different SCF offices.
The key directions for human resource management activities in 2020 are:
Corporate Pension Programme
The Pension Programme designed for Sovcomflot seafarers has been functioning since 2007, and is being implemented jointly with Ingosstrakh Life. Sovcomflot makes monthly contributions from its own funds for seafarers, in proportion to the time worked on a ship.
Upon reaching retirement age (60 years for men, 55 years for women), the programme participants may receive the accumulated funds at any time, either in full or in monthly payments.
At the beginning of 2021, 4834 shipboard employees of SCF Group were members of the Pension Programme. Since the beginning of the Programme, 625 seafarers have received pension payments totalling more than 169 million roubles.
At present, sailors, motormen and mess stewards are covered by another pension programme implemented by the company in cooperation with the Russian Seafarers Trade Union.
Since 2007 SCF Group has implemented a pension programme for its seafarers in partnership with Ingosstrakh-Zhizn. The company makes monthly contributions to its employees’ pension, proportionate to their length of service. Contributions from SCF Group to its employees’ pension funds total USD 1.5 million per year. The company also makes additional contributions to seafarers over 55 years of age in order to top up their personal pension account.
As soon as a participant in the programme reaches pensionable age (60 for Russian men, and 55 for Russian women), he may at any time receive access to these funds, either in their entirety or as monthly payments.
As of November 2014, 4068 employees of the SCF fleet were part of the pension programme. Since the start of the programme 141 employees have received pension payments, totalling USD 705,000.
Currently the programme is not available to sailors, engineers or stewards. These employee categories are covered by a separate pension programme, which the company implements in partnership with the Seafarers’ Union of Russia.