Capt. Khan, who is particularly passionate about the topics of seafarer safety and wellness, is excited to work for Wallem, an organization which supports seafarers to perform every voyage safely and efficiently without losing focus on their wellbeing.
SAFETY4SEA: How did it come about that you joined shipping industry and your field of expertise specifically?
Capt. Fared Khan: My home town, Port Dickson in Malaysia, was a tanker port and as a little boy I used watch the giant tankers being tied to the Single Buoy Mooring (SBM). One of my maternal uncles was a seaman and I was fascinated by the stories of his travels. My interest in maritime adventure was nurtured then. At the age of 18 I started sailing as a deck cadet, sponsored by a Singapore-based shipping company and I haven’t looked back since. I spent twenty years at sea and have now been ashore for 15 years. I am looking forward to another decade in the maritime industry and I am excited to see the developments to come.
S4S: What about your current job/ role most excites you and why?
Capt. F.Kh.: The most exciting part of my current role is supporting our seafarers to perform every voyage safely and efficiently without losing focus on their wellbeing. This role encompasses marine safety, marine human resources and marine training. I believe if we get the people piece right, we will get everything else right.
It is great see the positive results of the practical steps we have taken with the Wallem fleet to move towards safety and operational excellence. An increasing number of ships are achieving zero injuries, zero spills and zero incidents. This achievement is of course attributed to my team at sea and ashore. Thank you Wallem seafarers.
S4S: When you think of the word successful who's the first person who comes to mind and why?
Capt. F.Kh.: Benjamin Sheares – the 2nd President of Singapore. He was well loved by his family, friends, colleagues and nation. That’s indeed a rare combination for a person. Sheares exemplifies the idea of never giving up in life - if you have an ideal and your method doesn’t work - don’t give up and forsake the ideals but change the method instead. You can’t expect a different outcome if you’re using the same old method again and again. Moreover, he never stopped learning and adapted to new medical technologies to save lives. He believed that learning is a lifelong pursuit and that no education is wasted. We are living in a different time today and we have to keep up with technological innovations and changes and adapt them to the maritime world.
S4S: What is the best and what was the worst piece of advice?
Capt. F.Kh.: The best advice I ever received that to find a partner that lives and breathes your dreams. The worst advice I was given was “You only live once” – typical traditional seaman mentality. Maybe I have matured since but I definitely don't live by this advice, nor would I give this to others.
S4S: What is the most worthwhile career investment (in energy, time, money) you’ve ever made?
Capt. F.Kh.: I think my most worthwhile career investment was a Master’s degree in maritime studies from Nanyang Technological University, in collaboration with BI Norway. It was a true eye opener on the vast scope and diversity of the maritime industry. Attending classes after office hours, between ship visits whilst trying to balance family time was extremely challenging. In hindsight, despite that, it was the best investment I have ever made. Luckily I had great support from my wife who drove me to and from the university and prepared a delicious supper for me after my late night classes.
S4S: If you could give a piece of advice to your 18-year-old-self one thing, what would it be and why? What piece of advice should you ignore?
Capt. F.Kh.: I got married later in life (when I was 35). I am blessed to have a wonderful wife and four great children. So my advice to myself would be to get married and have kids as family provides stability and focus in life. As far as what I would choose to ignore, that would be the part about marrying later!
S4S: In the last five years, what new belief, behavior, or habit has most improved your business life?
Capt. F.Kh.: As Nelson Mandela said, “It always seems impossible until it is done.”
I believe that we can operate our vessels with zero injuries, zero spills and zero incidents even in the most complex and high risk conditions if we work as a team and do the right things all the time.
The Rosenthal or Pygmalion Effect is the phenomenon whereby higher expectations lead to an increase in performance making it highly likely to achieve the desired results. I would like to prove it right that by working together with our seafarers we can achieve our safety vision.
S4S: What is your personal motto?
Capt. F.Kh.:My personal motto is “Do what is right, not what is easy.” It encompasses focus on the human element, safety and the environment. If each and every one of us does what is right, not what is easy then the whole world will be a slightly better place.
About Capt. Fared Khan, Marine Director, Wallem Ship Management
Captain Fared Khan began his maritime career at sea, coming up through the ranks to Master on oil tankers followed by onshore roles with American Eagle Tankers (AET) and BP Shipping where responsibilities included safety, marine assurance, marine HR, dry docking and lay up projects. Captain Khan’s current role as Marine Director at Wallem Ship Management encompasses HSSE, Marine HR and Training to ensure vessels are manned by professional and engaged staff who are proud to serve in the Wallem fleet. Capt Khan is particularly passionate about the topics of seafarer safety and wellness.