Simple celebrations ushered in the second year of Topmast with officers and staff, families and close friends at Comida China de Manila, Pasig City last September 20th.
Pastor Peter Hauje, a missionary pastor from Papua New Guinea and a good friend of Mr. Espineli, led the thanksgiving and prayers; later, with song numbers and a magic show to the delight of the party.
Chairman and CEO Joel Espineli opened the celebrations while his wife, Topmast CFO, Chichi Espineli, delivered the closing remarks.
Present with their families were members of the Board of Directors Kristine Gazo (GM and CMO), Bong Burgos (Technical and Managing Director) and JR Dequina (Chief Technical Officer).
Other guests included friends from the maritime industry and associates from sister companies like Philkairos and CleanHAUL Environmental. Espineli, having business interests in the environmental service sector as well.
Topmast started with life-saving equipment and other maritime supplies. It was later accredited as the exclusive Philippine distributor for Image Soft Oy, a leading maritime software developer from Finland.
Topmast is also a distributor of NAVTOR, a leading force in innovative e-Navigation solutions and supplier of navigational products and services for the shipping industry.
NAVTOR’s innovative software solution is an easy way to track, report and manage vessel and fleet movement. It ensures full overview of chart usage and update history, vessel tracking and service management for navigators on board and ship management on shore.
The software is available as PC software and a mobile app, included with the subscription to NAVTOR’s ENC services.
Espineli took pride on accomplishments of the first 24 months, certain “Topmast is yet to create history, being the youngest among players in the maritime industry.”
But he shall “take the higher ground. That we shall never compromise to unethical business practices. To be very professional in the delivery of our products and services and to provide only the best solutions and systems to the Philippine maritime industry.”
Topmast started during trying times when piracy tested to the hilt the quality of trainings of Filipino seafarers. MARINA released STCW Advisory 2016-26, which bans the “use of unlicensed, cloned, imitation or pirated simulators, computer-based training (CBT) and other similar equipment, devices or instruments including softwares or hardwares, books and other publications for training, education and/or assessment of seafarers”.
It was like manna from heaven —Topmast advocacy fortified into law!
Taking the higher ground, morally, is always difficult, and oftentimes discouraging. Yet, Topmast has committed its service not only to business but to God and country.
Espineli waxed sentimental that “business returns, though important, come second to staying committed to principles and keeping values and not compromising to sharp business practices.”
He projects “all that hardwork has started to pay-off these past few months. And can say that Topmast has emerged!”
“The harvest is now visible. Topmast shall continue to pursue its moral practice of business, and with the help of our foreign principals, we will continue to strive and provide the most technically advanced systems and solutions to our customers.”
He acknowledged two main principals: (1) Image Soft Oy of Finland, for providing DNV GL certified maritime solutions, full-mission bridge simulators, to include arctic and polar waters operations; (2) NAVTOR of Norway, partner in supplying e-Navigation solutions and global navigational products and services.
Topmast will again join Image Soft at the CrewConnect Global Conference & Exhibition at Sofitel Phil Plaza in Manila, November 5-7, being the exclusive local distributor for Image Soft Oy, the leading maritime software developer. The team will be at Booth No. 11 throughout the CrewConnect event.
Image Soft Maritime Training Simulators create sophisticated, high quality training environments for DNV GL certified maritime training. Its comprehensive product portfolio consists of Full Mission Bridge Simulators, ECDIS, ARPA Radar, Sonar and GMDSS Simulators.
IS Full Mission Bridge Simulator for Arctic Training is the leading solution for maneuvering simulated vessels in ice. Engine Room Simulator tops the portfolio.
Maritime schools and training centers now patronizes Topmast’s Image Soft being technically advanced, reasonably priced and more user-friendly.
Espineli is certain he could contribute to the industry by promoting a very good product such as Image Soft. The primary feature software security, tightly safeguarded from being cloned or pirated.
Added bonus is the excellent after-sales service from the Topmast Team with free technical support and consultations, very quick response time being based locally.
Topmast is now serving pre-eminent maritime training centers and schools like the New Simulator Center of the Philippines (NEWSIM), with Full-Mission Bridge Simulator and four Mini-Bridges in its Makati training facility, and another one soon to be set-up in their Iloilo training center.
Our Lady of Fatima University, Valenzuela City, carries Topmast Engine Room Simulator and ECDIS.
Metro Dumaguete College has also recently closed a deal with Topmast for a Navigational Stand-alone Simulator.