Quality, Health and Safety, Security, Environment (QHSSE) 


SPO aims to deliver Excellence in Offshore Marine Services. We own and operate a large, modern offshore fleet with diverse capabilities and has more than 20 regional offices all over the world. The company is committed to establish, implement and maintain a Quality Management System (QMS) in accordance with ISO 9001:2015 requirements and aims to deliver high quality services to our clients. 

Health & Safety 

At SPO, safety always comes first and the safety of our people underpins everything we do. SPO is committed to achieve Zero Harm and we strive for the highest level of safety and operational standards through our Health, Safety and Environmental policies, Safety Management Manual (SMM) and Standard Operations Procedures (SOP) to ensure that the company abides by the applicable health and safety legislations, international protocols and other health and safety standards, codes and guidelines set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Flag administrations, classification societies and other industry companies. 

We firmly believe that everyone has a fundamental role to play to ensure that their work environment is safe and conducive. We aim to nurture a conducive work culture where our employees take ownership and responsibility for their safety and the safety of the people around them so that every employee can get home to their loved ones safely. All employees are empowered to STOP Work when they consider a job to be unsafe in accordance to our STOP Work policy. In 2018, SPO developed and published the Get Home Safe Rules to provide practical guidance for all SPO employees who carry out, or are responsible for, activities with particular potential to cause serious injuries or accidents, especially fatalities.

SPO seafarers with the Get Home Safe booklet.

To learn more about the Get Home Safe Rules, click here.


SPO recognises that the security and protection of all persons (ashore and afloat) are the overriding priorities of all business activities. We are committed to provide a safe and secure work environment which protects people, assets and information from potential threats.

Security procedures and practices for vessel operations and offices are put in place and reviewed regularly. All potential security threats, irregularities, breaches and incidents are reported and thoroughly investigated to allow for the continual improvement of our security processes and procedures. We comply with the requirements of the International and Port Facilities Security Code (ISPS) by training designated Ship Security Officers, Regional Security Officers and Company Security Officers in accordance with International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and providing every vessel with a specific ship security assessment and ship security plan.


In line with the Swire Group’s strong environmental protection mandate, SPO is committed to be a good steward in preservation and environmental protection efforts in areas where we operate our businesses. In 1997, the United Nations (UN) Environment Programme announced that it recognised the extraordinary contributions of the Swire Group to environmental protection by electing them to the prestigious ranks of its “Global 500 Roll of Honour”.

SPO has always sought to treat the environment responsibly and sustainably for the benefit of the generations that follow. Our continuing dedication in this area culminated in our corporate commitment in 2008 that SPO would strive to continually reduce our carbon footprint. This was seven years before the world agreed at the 2015 UNFCCC Conference in Paris, and a full 10 years before IMO made its first formal commitment for our sector, to seek to limit the increase in the average global temperature, in order to reduce the risks and impacts to the world of man-made climate change.
SPO has adopted two approaches to reducing our carbon footprint. In the past, as there was no technical and viable solution to burning fossil fuels in the vessels’ internal combustion engines, which emits Greenhouse Gases (GHG) like CO2, SPO took the initiative to safeguard nearly 5,000 hectares of virgin rainforest in Paraguay against being cut down to clear space for ranching. For this, SPO receives carbon offset credits against our GHG emissions.
In 2018, SPO invested in a research and development (R&D) project with the Maritime Energy & Sustainability division at a university in Singapore to establish if hydrogen can be technically and commercially produced on demand, obviating the need for bulky storage tanks, to power fuel cells to operate our ships. If successful by 2020, SPO would be able to use hydrogen as an almost GHG-free alternate to the fossil fuels currently used.

QHSSE-related Policies:


  • Document of Compliance (DOC)
  • ISO 9001:2015
  • ISO 14001:2015

Safety Campaigns

On 15 April 2020,  SPO launched the Hand & Hand Tool safety campaign video to heighten awareness of hand and finger-related injuries.

Hand & Hand Tool safety campaign poster
SPO's Hand & Hand Tool safety campaign poster.

The video was created as part of ongoing efforts to improve workplace safety. It adopts the refreshing use of animation and illustration to portray real-life SPO incidents and drives home the message that safety begins with every individual. It highlights common causes for hand-related injuries, preventive measures and the impact of such accidents to employees and their families. The video serves as a reminder for every employee to be more mindful of such injuries so that we can reduce the number of hand and finger-related injuries and Get Home Safe.

SPO's ​Hand & Hand Tool Safety Campaign Video.