Looking back at 2021

2021 sailed by in the blink of an eye and was not exactly what we expected it to be. Challenges were aplenty but I’m sure each and every one of us has learned and changed for the better as well as gained a newfound appreciation for the little things in life. In spite of the COVID-19 situation, BGC was privileged to support a wide range of nationwide initiatives to fulfill its obligations and responsibilities in line with the national objectives, working with various Government Ministries on Brunei Darussalam’s Energy Transition, Climate Change, Brunei Darussalam’s Chairmanship of ASEAN’s Business Investment Summit and Energy Business Forum, and many more. Through such collaborative undertakings, we believe that Brunei has made significant progress in addressing a diverse range of issues related to the environment, the economy, and most importantly, the development of human capital – which were largely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Importantly, BGC continued to deliver its obligations in delivering Brunei Darussalam’s precious LNG cargoes to her customers uninterrupted, cementing our reputation as a safe and reliable transporter of LNG. With COVID-19 being one of the major disruptors to shipping in 2021, BGC like many others has had to introduce additional safe measures in order to adapt to the ever-changing landscape. The enforced adoption of technologies and new ways of working also in hindsight accelerated BGC’s progress in its digital transformation and to be more innovative. It is therefore crucial for us to embrace challenges and turn them into opportunities by strategically investing in infrastructure, organisational development, and education for the present required skillsets and future-ready skills. As we bid farewell to 2021, we at Brunei Gas Carriers (BGC) would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy and safe new year ahead. We hope that you will enjoy the holiday season with your family. Please continue to observe the existing SOPs. May the new year bring joy, happiness and prosperity to all. Stay strong, stay calm, and stay safe! #bruneimaritime #bruneigascarriers #bruneishipping

Braving the sea in pandemic times

Navigating through the pandemic landscape has not been easy. Heightened measures and travel restrictions have implicated the maritime industry, resulting in lengthier tours and difficulties in relieving people on time. In a recent interview, our people tell the story of what it is like to brave the seas during these challenging times, and spoke of the importance of mental resilience to cope with the resurgence of the COVID-19 outbreak. At Brunei Gas Carriers (BGC), the safety and wellbeing of our seafarers will always be our top priority. Through the establishment of our COVID-19 task force, we ensure that all standard operating procedures (SOPs) align with the latest guidelines provided by the Ministry of Health (MoH), Ministry of Energy (ME), Maritime and Port Authority of Brunei Darussalam (MPABD) as well as the country requirements of the ports that the vessels frequent internationally. As Brunei Darussalam gradually enters the endemic phase, we expect to see the easing of measures and travel restrictions to allow for timely repatriation. Nevertheless, we will continue to remain vigilant by upholding our safety measures and heeding the authorities to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our people. Stay calm, stay strong, and stay safe. BGC… Shipping Energy First-Class. For the full story, click on the link in our bio. #bruneimaritime #bruneigascarriers #bruneishipping #BGCCares

Long Service Award

On Saturday 11th December, BGC held a small reception to honour 38 of the company’s Long Service Award (LSA) Recipients achieving their milestones of 20, 15 and 10 years. The event took place both physically and virtually in order to adhere with the current SOPs in place.

This year, BGC also celebrated and bid farewell to its first retiree – Awang Hj Maidin bin Hj Sabtu who was BGC’s Ship Admin Officer for the past 15 years.

In his opening remarks, BGC Managing Director, Pg Shamhary Pg Dato Paduka Hj Mustapha thanked the LSA recipients for their unwavering service and dedication to the company all these years – “On behalf of BGC, I wish to express my heartfelt appreciation to each one of you for all your hard work, dedication, and sacrifice for the company, for you have been an invaluable asset to BGC. The company’s successes and achievements would not have been possible without your wisdom, support, resilience, and most importantly, your loyalty.”

Despite the current situation, it was important for the company to be able to continue honouring the LSA recipients. Pg Shamhary, in his speech, also mentioned, “BGC, together with its people, is constantly adapting to the demands of the shipping industry as demonstrated by our resilience in managing our shipping operations throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Our feats have been nothing short of spectacular”.

“Alhamdulillah, we have continued to uphold our reputation as a safe and reliable operator during these difficult times and we should be proud of it, even though it may come with the price of long tours for our seafarers. This is certainly not an ideal situation, and as much as we may not like it and would prefer to avoid it as much as possible – this is where our professionalism is tested, and I believe we are all great professionals and can overcome it.”

Recipients were presented with an LSA gift as well as a special commissioned watercolour painting of BGC A-Class vessels, which were handed over by BGC’s Managing Director.

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Empowered Youth, Empower Youth

Brunei Gas Carriers is honoured to support and be a part of the BIBD Youth Empowerment Summit (YES!) 2021 as a Platinum Sponsor. Two main events were held in conjuction with the launch of the summit – The first on 30th November, a virtual signing ceremony which was held for all supporting organisations. Signing on behalf of BGC was Managing Director, Pg Shamhary Pg Dato Paduka Hj Mustapha, where his advice to youth was, “Regardless of whether you hold any leadership authority, there is always one person you are always responsible for leading – And that is yourself”. At BGC, we recognize that people are our key resource. When it comes to functional expertise and leadership attributes, developing people is one of our key strategies in BGC for business sustainability and growth. We believe in having the right people, with the right skills, in the right jobs, who display the right behaviours and share the same commitment. Our support to this programme is part of our commitment and desire to help nurture and strengthen the nation’s aspiration in fueling highly capable individuals for the country’s future talent pipeline. The second main event which took place on 11th December 2021 was the official launch of BIBD YES! 2021 which was officiated by Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah, Minister at the Prime Ministers Office and Minister of Finance & Economy II as Chairman of the BIBD Board. The event kicked off the 3-week series of talks and saw just under 800 participants in attendance from 15 different countries! BGC is proud to be given the opportunity to provide two mentors for the series of topics under ‘Voluntarism & Community Work’ and ‘Social Enterprise & Impact’. These talks will be taking place over the coming weeks. To find out more, visit the programme curators @curiousmind_bn. BGC, Shipping Energy, First-Class. #BIBDYES2021 #YouthEmpowerment #YouthLeadership #BruneiMaritime #BruneiGasCarriers #BruneiShipping #ShippingEnergyFirstClass