BOURBON favors strong local partnerships in order to encourage local development and perpetuate our operations.

Highly internationalized and decentralized, BOURBON intends to develop the level of local employment, by focusing on training and the transfer of skills and technologies.

We are recruiting and training even more local officers and seafarers. Strengthening our cultural diversity enables us to achieve sustainable growth in the heart of our areas of development.

We operate in many emerging countries, and developing skilled jobs is a concern that we share with local authorities. Each context requires a specific solution, and in this sense, BOURBON makes sure that each of its 29 operating affiliates take local requirements into account and ensure compliance with the principle of subsidiarity1.

The subsidiarity principle is among the 12 OECD guidelines that define social and corporate responsibility. It can be summed up by the saying: "Think globally, act locally."

Developing local skills

At the heart of BOURBON's commitments: a single quality of service throughout the world.

To promote local hiring, training programs have been established near the group's areas of operation. These programs complement our global network of BOURBON Training Centers.

Find out more about training at BOURBON.

BOURBON has nearly 65% of local personnel and 80 different nationalities.


We feel it is essential to help the areas where we operate to benefit from the socio-economic effect of our activities.

To deliver our services, we have chosen to recruit teams with strong local roots in Africa, Latin America, and Asia.

Being close to operations and supporting local development

BOURBON has implemented a centralized purchasing and maintenance system, based in Dubai, whose mission is to control all purchases and reduce the group's operating costs.

We have chosen to focus our development on the establishment of a network of local service providers - over 4,800 suppliers - to reduce our logistics costs and optimize our supply costs, while ensuring the continuity of our activities. This organization enables us to be responsive and to provide our customers with efficient local maritime support.

Local presence in Southeast Asia

With the fastest growth in managed vessels, BOURBON is strengthening its presence in Southeast Asia, thus becoming the 2nd largest region after Africa.

In Indonesia, the local flag requires the transfer of ownership of vessels in the country and ship management to be conducted 100% on site. This is why the group has strengthened the structure of the local affiliate to manage a growing fleet (15 crewboats).

In Thailand, BOURBON has increased the recruiting and training of local seafarers, over the past year and a half. Management of vessels and crews at a local level has been strengthened, and a dozen ships are currently run by 100% Thai crews.

In Malaysia, our Kuala Lumpur-based affiliate is developing and strengthening its position in the booming oil activities. It has become a certified supplier by large local companies such as Petronas, but also multinationals operating in Malaysian waters, such as Exxon Mobil or Shell. The affiliate's ambition is to double its fleet over the next two years and recruit crews that will be trained specifically in the BOURBON Training Center in Singapore.


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