5 February 2021
Jeremy Ho, QHSE Manager - LDPL Middle East
1/ What has been your career path so far?
I started my second career in the maritime industry with an Offshore company in 2011. I joined them as an Operation Executive to manage a fleet of offshore vessels operating in both Singapore and Western Australia, I was then promoted to a Fleet Superintendent after three months with them. The next exciting job opportunity was with one of LDA group company as a HSE Superintendent, where I am task to prepare a new Company Management System and implementation for new build vessels operating in Indonesia. I took a strategic career move to join one of the prolific shipbuilding company as the Commercial Manager to challenge myself further in ship construction business. Finally, I am back again to LDA group company, LD Ports & Logistics to take up a total new challenge as the QHSE Manager and was task to build a new team and system from scratch.
Over the years, I had a steep learning curve, but I am lucky to get connected with many experienced people from the maritime industry and opportunities to attend regular maritime seminars. I have benefited from their inestimable sharing and did a lot of reading to support me on solving skills for overcoming challenges and obstacles along the way.
2/ Could you tell us more about your current role / your missions?
Being the QHSE Manager and DPA of the company, I am entrusted with the responsibilities for the Safety of our People as our top priority and the implementation and follow-up of our Company Management System, so that we remain committed to a process of sustainable development and continual improvement.
The continuous support and commitment from all Individuals and our Management and are the key importance success for QHSE Department’s mission. It is a never-ending journey nor any holidays for Safety. We are just must be here for Safety of our People.
3/ How did your position evolve in the Group?
Promoting a Just Culture and not just a non punitive response to people’s mistakes. Leading by example is one of the best ways to influence the people around us. When our People are safe, our business continue efficiently, and we can impress our strong market presence.
4/ What do you like the most in this job?
I am a great fan of new challenges and the best thing in my job, there is always room for improvement and to do it even better. The professional work experience and knowledge offers the opportunity of applying subject specific theoretical knowledge to a real-life situation. Just to name one, risk management.
5/ Could you name 3 must-have qualities for this job?
The 3Ps in short.
Patience - we need to make correction and convince our people to cultivate a safe working mentality.
Perseverance - we need continued effort and determination to achieve our QHSE objectives.
People-Orientated - we need to invest time to listen, understand and focus on the situation before finding a good solution with all the department.
6/ Any anecdote or major fact you would like to share about your job?
Sometimes we need to really scratch our head to balance an effective communication with crew who might be less inclined in English during training. Thanks to technology such as translation/voice App that comes in handy.
7/ Are you a land or sea person?
I am on land.
8/ What are your hobbies and interests?
Travel and Reading. Virtual Touring might be a safer option now during Pandemic.
9/ What is your motto?
The word impossible means I M POSSIBLE.