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Sustainability

We take our environmental responsibilities very seriously and are constantly looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint and minimise our ecological impact.

Significantly more fuel efficient pilot boats

When designing our fleet, we made a conscious decision to use the most fuel-efficient vessels we could find, which has paid off in spades as we currently use a little more than half the fuel of other pilot boats operating in Western Australia based on the same operational parameters.

Reduced single-use plastics

A couple of years ago we made the decision to remove as many single-use plastics as possible from our supply chain.

We installed water fountains and ensured all staff have reusable water bottles which removed 50,000 x 600ml bottles annually from our Port Hedland operation.

Carbon Offset Program

We are proud to have worked with Canopy Nature Based Solutions, a company of Greening Australia, to offset the fuel burn from our Port Hedland vessels in 2022. Specifically, in 2023 we purchased carbon credits for projects in the Southwest of Western Australia, Tasmania and Indonesia geared towards the preservation of native forests and the planting of native trees on land that was predominantly used for agricultural purposes.

EV Fleet Program

As part of our long-term commitment to a greener future, in 2023 we purchased our first electric vehicle for use by our Port Hedland site leaders. As more work car options become available, we plan to replace other vehicles in our fleet with cleaner electric options.

Minimising greenhouse
gas emissions

We have ambitions to reach a NetZero greenhouse gas emissions target by 2050 and are working with a sustainability consultant to develop our emissions reduction policy and identify avenues to reach our target.

We are fanatical about the maintenance of our boats, which means not only are they more reliable, but they run as efficiently as possible.

However, even though our boats are extremely fuel efficient by today’s standards, new technologies mean we’ll soon be able to reduce emissions further.

We’re currently investigating engines that run on HVO100 (Hydrated Vegetable Oil) Fuel, which could reduce direct emissions by an incredible 90%.

In addition, we’re considering an alternative propulsion system which could improve the efficiency of our boats by 50%.

We’re even focussing on the material our line boats are made from and are building our new boats from High Density Polyethylene (HDPE), which is 100% recyclable and has more than twice the lifespan of aluminium.

Finally, we’re in advanced talks with a global green energy company about converting one of our line boats to hydrogen, which would emit zero greenhouse gasses.

45% less

CO2 emissions emitted by Odyssey’s newest pilot boat compared to pilot boats operating at Fremantle and Dampier*

* Calculated per nautical mile travelled at cruising speed.

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Indigenous Partnerships

We pride ourselves on being a truly diverse and inclusive workplace, with a highly supportive culture that values different thinking and different ways of working.

Our people come from a wide variety of backgrounds, and differ by gender, culture, ethnicity, education, age, religion, physical ability and family responsibility.

And, because of this, each has their own unique skills, experience and views.

We are committed at all levels to promoting teamwork through inclusion and to developing people based on their individual strengths as well as their personal ambition.

And, in a very male-dominated industry, our wonderful female team members are well supported and feel completely safe to perform their duties, in whichever area of the business they operate.

Social responsibility

6.5%

Indigenous personnel*

34%

Local employees*

21%

Female personnel*

12

Traineeships completed*

* Port Hedland only (as at May 2023)

ESG

Governance

We take our environmental responsibilities very seriously and are constantly looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint and minimise our ecological impact.

Significantly more fuel efficient pilot boats

When designing our fleet, we made a conscious decision to use the most fuel-efficient vessels we could find, which has paid off in spades as we currently use a little more than half the fuel of other pilot boats operating in Western Australia based on the same operational parameters.

Reduced single-use plastics

A couple of years ago we made the decision to remove as many single-use plastics as possible from our supply chain.

We installed water fountains and ensured all staff have reusable water bottles which removed 50,000 x 600ml bottles annually from our Port Hedland operation.

Carbon Offset Program

We are proud to have worked with Canopy Nature Based Solutions, a company of Greening Australia, to offset the fuel burn from our Port Hedland vessels in 2022. Specifically, in 2023 we purchased carbon credits for projects in the Southwest of Western Australia, Tasmania and Indonesia geared towards the preservation of native forests and the planting of native trees on land that was predominantly used for agricultural purposes.

EV Fleet Program

As part of our long-term commitment to a greener future, in 2023 we purchased our first electric vehicle for use by our Port Hedland site leaders. As more work car options become available, we plan to replace other vehicles in our fleet with cleaner electric options.

Minimising greenhouse
gas emissions

We have ambitions to reach a NetZero greenhouse gas emissions target by 2050 and are working with a sustainability consultant to develop our emissions reduction policy and identify avenues to reach our target.

We are fanatical about the maintenance of our boats, which means not only are they more reliable, but they run as efficiently as possible.

However, even though our boats are extremely fuel efficient by today’s standards, new technologies mean we’ll soon be able to reduce emissions further.

We’re currently investigating engines that run on HVO100 (Hydrated Vegetable Oil) Fuel, which could reduce direct emissions by an incredible 90%.

In addition, we’re considering an alternative propulsion system which could improve the efficiency of our boats by 50%.

We’re even focussing on the material our line boats are made from and are building our new boats from High Density Polyethylene (HDPE), which is 100% recyclable and has more than twice the lifespan of aluminium.

Finally, we’re in advanced talks with a global green energy company about converting one of our line boats to hydrogen, which would emit zero greenhouse gasses.

45% less

CO2 emissions emitted by Odyssey’s newest pilot boat compared to pilot boats operating at Fremantle and Dampier*

* Calculated per nautical mile travelled at cruising speed.

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Indigenous Partnerships

At Odyssey, we are passionately committed to supporting Indigenous businesses and are proud to have partnered with the following companies, to grow opportunities and enrich outcomes for Indigenous Australians. Get in touch if you want to partner with us. 

InTravel Group

InTravel is a 100% Indigenous owned and operated boutique travel company. Since 2020, InTravel has been managing our corporate travel program, overseeing both executive travel and our demanding FIFO roster.

Spartan First

Spartan First is an Indigenous owned occupational health service that has been working closely with us to provide high-quality medical assessments and ongoing healthcare for our employees.

Kulbardi

Kulbardi, Australia’s largest Indigenous owned stationery and workplace supply company, keeps Odyssey well-stocked with stationery supplies. 

Clontarf Foundation

Odyssey has partnered with the Clontarf Foundation to provide young Indigenous men with the opportunity to take part in trainee programs that support and drive entry into the marine industry.

IronMerge

IronMerge is an Indigenous owned labour hire and recruitment company that Odyssey has partnered with to provide Indigenous people with a pathway into the maritime sector and ongoing employment opportunities.

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Diversity

We adopt the highest standards of health, safety and quality practices in line with Australian Marine Orders, and are aligned with international ISO HSEQ certification and Odyssey’s own internal standards. We are committed to continuous improvement. 

Industry leading systems and technologies

Our systems have been developed to support the productivity, efficiency and safety of our operations, ensuring that we’re able to provide first-class vessel and towage management services to our clients at all times.

Odyssey maintains a health, safety, environment and quality (HSEQ) integrated management system that is certified to:

  • ISO 45001:2018 (Occupational Health and Safety);
  • ISO 14001:2015 (Environment); and
  • ISO 9001:2015 (Quality).

In addition, we maintain two safety management systems which are operated in compliance with Marine Order 504 under our AMSA issued Certificates of Operation.

We proactively manage change to ensure that: any changes to equipment, operating procedures, materials or design that have the potential to affect the safety and health of personnel, equipment/asset integrity or the environment are evaluated prior to being implemented; identified risks are mitigated; and the longer-term impacts of the change are monitored.

Safety record and culture

We recognise that the first line of defence against health, safety, and environmental risks is to maintain a strong HSEQ focused culture and employ excellent personnel selection and recruitment processes.

We have a strong record of providing safe and reliable vessel services in harsh and remote conditions across a number of ports:

  • Exmouth (2009 to 2015);
  • Onslow, Thevenard Island, Varanus Island, Barrow Island and Dampier (2009 to 2019);
  • Port Hedland (2008 to present); and
  • Point Samson (2010 to 2012)

In addition, since 2021 we have been providing marine towage management services at the Port of Geelong, and as of May 2023 we have safely completed over 2,000 towage jobs.

We proactively manage risk by employing practical hazard identification and risk management systems to identify, record, analyse, and adequately control hazards associated with our work activities.

We set and work to health and safety standards above those required by industry and constantly raise the bar by applying the principles of continuous improvement to our processes.

We are committed to maintaining the health and safety of our crew and take every opportunity to learn from incidents and near misses so that we are continually improving workplace safety.

Our excellent safety record speaks for itself – from May 2022 to April 2023 we worked 130,380 hours with 1 Lost time injury (LTI) and prior to the that the last LTI was in 2018. This gives us a 12-month rolling All Injury Frequency rate (AIFR)* of 1.53.

* AIFR is calculated per 200,000 manhours multiplied by the number of lost time injuries, medical treatment and restricted work cases divided by the overall Odyssey work hours.

1,361

Internal training exercises completed by crew to bolster skills in 2022

1,307

Drills completed in 2022

ESG

Environment