Strategies and Business Profile
The Company was incorporated with limited liability in Hong Kong on 23 April 1991 and listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (stock code: 137) on 6 December 1991 as the holding company for a number of ship owning and ship chartering subsidiaries. Since 1992, the Company started diversification of businesses such as trading and investments in various industries in China. Following a reorganization in June 1994, Jinhui Shipping and Transportation Limited became the immediate holding company of the shipping group. In order to generate international interest in Jinhui Shipping, it has been listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange, Norway (stock code: JIN) since October 1994.
The Group's fleet comprise principally of Supramax class vessels, a larger and more efficient Handymax design that enjoys increasing demand from customers around the world. The Group will focus on taking sensible and decisive actions, maintaining a strong financial position and moderate leverage, not ruling out a reduction in fleet size in order to sail through the current storm by placing further emphasis on prudence and stability as our core objectives going forward and seek to be a preferred vessel provider for customers.
On the commercial side, our strategy is to maintain a flexible chartering policy to achieve an optimal balance between longer term time charterparties which generate a robust cash inflow, and spot exposure which allows the Group to take advantage of any upside in future charter rates. We will also further boost up our risk management efforts with the objective to minimize potential counterparty risks.
The Group operates its worldwide shipping activities through Jinhui Shipping, an approximately 55.69% owned subsidiary of the Company.
The Group's shipping activities began in the mid 1980's, principally in the form of chartering dry bulk carriers worldwide. The Group masterminds a meticulous and complex shipping operation linking suppliers with end users around the world. Its chief task is to identify the exact requirements of customers and use suitable vessels to carry bulk cargoes for specific voyages or periods of time.
The Group operates a modern fleet of dry bulk carriers which are either used for carrying cargoes or time chartered-out to other shipping operators whichever is expected to bring a higher economic benefit to the Group.
The key success factors in the ship chartering business are timing, performance and relationship. Ship charterers have to know their customers and suppliers well, building up mutual trust and respect. It is in this important area that the Group has always excelled, helping to cement contracts and maintain reasonable business flow even during difficult periods when the economy is weak.
It is the Group's policy to comply with all applicable environmental rules and regulations in its shipping operations as well as in its daily working environment to avoid the emission of noxious liquids into the environment. The Group's owned vessels are well maintained and we place great emphasis on the operation in compliance with safety and environmental laws and regulations including but not limited to ISM Code, ISPS Code, MARPOL and other applicable rules regulated by IMO. We ensure all crew on board are trained and certificated in accordance with STCW Convention. Our owned vessels are also subject to the laws, regulations and rules of each country and port they visit. Starting from 1 January 2019, our vessels adopted IMO Data Collection System on fuel consumption and we switched to compliant low sulfur content bunker fuel in late 2019 in order to meet the IMO 2020 Sulphur Cap requirement which is in effect starting from 1 January 2020. We have developed policies and procedures intended to ensure our compliance with these laws, regulations and rules.
As at 31 December 2019, the Group had eighteen owned vessels and 399 crew employed on board.