First of all, allow me to dedicate this edition of PartnerShip to the seafarers who disappeared during the sinking of the Bourbon Rhode but also, more generally, to all our seafarers who passionately exercise a difficult profession on all the seas of the globe. I thank them for their commitment.
The beginning of this year has seen BOURBON taking a decisive step forward marked by the finalization of our financial restructuring and the evolution of the group’s governance. This evolution will ensure the sustainability of the company by preserving the group and its assets in their entirety in order to deliver the #BOURBONINMOTION strategic action plan, which is more vital today than ever. I am confident in the future of the group and in the capacity of BOURBON teams to meet the challenges.
We have clearly identified these challenges. First of all, to build on our fundamentals, which have made BOURBON a leader in marine services, which we call "Back to Basics"! This means confirming safety and compliance as absolute priorities that we place before any other consideration, investing in the technical availability of our vessels and delivering BOURBON's high level of operational excellence to our clients around the globe. However, although the offshore marine services sector is progressively recovering, this new BOURBON must also reinvent itself and set a bold, ambitious and pragmatic course, fully aware of the constraints of today's market, which remains uncertain in the light of the international events that we have witnessed these past few weeks.
Our commitment to developing our operational model toward more services can be seen today in integrated logistics services, “on behalf” shipmanagement and "Airport to Rig" passenger solutions - which you will discover in this edition of PartnerShip.
Tomorrow's offshore service, the one that will be sustainable over time, will be the one that does the best with the least, the one that deeply challenges its processes both onshore and offshore. Because "Less is more", let's deliver more and better services while rationalizing our organization and our investments. It is by finding the right balance, the right quality of service / price ratio that our clients will be ready to pay a fair price that is sustainable over time.
Gaël Bodénès, Chairman of BOURBON Maritime