MMA is committed to achieving sustainable outcomes for our environment, and the communities in which we operate
MMA is committed to achieving the highest standard of environmental performance across all of its business activities.
- Our services across our business support the production of transitional energy solutions, with over 60% of our activity currently related to LNG. We also deliver solutions to the renewable energy sector, including the provision of services to support offshore windfarm development. We currently have three vessels supporting offshore wind projects in Taiwan along with associated subsea and project logistics services. A key part of our strategy is to expand this part of our business.
- We are focused on reducing our emissions through a range of energy saving initiatives, and engine optimisation and operational efficiency trials on our vessels to minimise fuel consumption.
- We have a dedicated research and development team at the forefront of new technologies, including LNG-fuelled and battery-powered vessels.
- We are committed to clean oceans and are targeting the elimination of single use water bottles on our vessels by 2024 through the implementation of new potable water systems on our vessels and providing multi-use drink containers across the fleet. We are also targeting a 10% reduction in general single use plastics year-on-year. We also promote the proper segregation and disposal of waste across our business, and conduct shipbuilding and ship repairs only in environmentally compliant facilities.
- MMA is certified to ISO 14001 in our international business.
To support our community engagement goals, MMA is committed to:
- Investing in local community projects that have a positive and sustainable benefit;
- Seeking business opportunities with local suppliers and subcontractors;
- Striving to be good corporate citizens, conducting business in an ethical manner;
- Developing long-term relationships with local Indigenous communities in order to increase Indigenous participation in our workforce and promote opportunities for training and development; and
- Creating and maintain cross-cultural awareness throughout the business.
MMA recognises that supporting community endeavours, either in kind or monetarily, is a responsibility we have to the communities in which we operate. During FY2020, MMA continued to support our communities through our Target 365 rewards programme, where business units that achieve exceptional safety performance are given the opportunity to donate monetary rewards to a range of registered charities and community initiatives. To date, MMA staff have directed over $120,000 to local charities.
In FY2020, MMA donated over $35,000 to a range of charities including the Make a Wish Foundation, the Red Cross Foundation, the Salvation Army, and a number of New South Wales-based charities in support of the Australian Bushfire appeal.
Supporting local contractors and vendors (including Indigenous businesses) is an ongoing priority for MMA. MMA continues to engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (“ATSI”) enterprises to support its operations offshore Australia.
MMA is committed to ensuring we maintain our operating excellence and continue to provide the best service to our customers. To achieve this, MMA works with reliable and reputable suppliers to deliver solutions. Uptime on our vessels is critical to overall operating and financial performance so sourcing the right rather than the cheapest suppliers is critical to success.
As a business with a global focus, MMA aims to have a workforce that best represents the communities in which we operate. In the past 12 months, MMA has continued its focus on hiring from and supporting the communities within which we operate. As of July 2020, we employ over 1,100 employees from 29 countries, many of whom speak languages other than English.
MMA has in place four major employee development programs, each focusing on a specific region and/or demographic group. Traineeship programs are also in place for Timor Leste and Indigenous Australians, providing opportunities both within our Australian and International operations for nine seafaring and one HSEQ trainees.
Our ATSI Traineeship programme is providing opportunities for marine careers to ATSI people in Northern and Western Australia. With three vessels operating from Darwin, we are in a unique position to provide both training in maritime operations and seatime opportunities.
Timor-Leste Seafarer Local Content Strategy
Our Timor-Leste Local Content Strategy is providing procurement, employment and training opportunities for Timorese businesses and Timor-Leste nationals and permanent residents. We are providing a Deck Cadet Traineeship program where participants complete college studies and then join our international fleet to gain their Seatime qualification.
The technical competence of our crew has been enhanced over the past 12 months with the continuation of an industry sponsored development program that has seen over 100 crew benefit from targeted development activities. All of these activities contribute to MMA’s capability to offer our clients a skilled and knowledgeable workforce.