As we move towards the end of the year, in this case an extraordinary 2020, it is traditionally time to reflect on the opportunities and challenges of the last 12 months. A year ago, no one could have foreseen or predicted the ways in which the world would change this year; impacting global, regional and local economies, changing the face of many industries and sectors, and altering the lives of individuals, families and communities. I have heard a number of people saying that the world as we knew it will never be the same again; we will not return to “normal”.
This year has tested us all on many levels and has caused significant changes in the priorities of businesses. Sustainability, through good corporate citizenry, is a key value for AMSOL, and supported by our commitment to Safety, Health, Environment and Quality this enabled us to hold the course of the company as the global pandemic hit our country, clients, our employees, our supply chain and our areas of operation.
Whilst we were able to continue operating throughout this period and supporting our clients in delivering their essential services in the Energy, Mining, Maritime and Ports sectors, it has been the commitment of our people – specifically at sea and serving in our owned and managed fleet – who have carried the day, without whom we would not have been able to keep on moving forward. The challenges that our seafarers based in Southern Africa have faced in the form of extended tours of duty and periods away from their families, no shore leave, isolation onboard and impact on physical and mental health has been significant. Throughout, they have lived our Company Values and I have been reminded this year of the special spirit of AMSOLITES that enables us to go the extra mile to ensure that our clients achieve their objectives, and our business remains competitive.
At AMSOL, 2020 has really tested our people, our systems, our processes and our resilience and ability to adapt to change. But it has also provided an opportunity to think about our industry and our business differently, to interrogate our business model, revisit cost efficiency measures, engage meaningfully with our clients and forge even stronger relationships.
Together with you, our clients, suppliers, service providers and partners, we move towards 2021 knowing that it will hold many uncertainties during a pandemic that is far from over. However, with ‘Partnering to create value’ at the center of our company Purpose, we remain confident that we will navigate the next 12 months with the longer term in mind, and our commitment to the wellbeing of our people, our sector and the maritime industry across the region at the heart of our activities.
Together with the AMSOL Board of Directors, we wish you and your families well and we thank you for your continued partnership.
Chief Executive Officer