Rock and Roll — theme and thrill of the Christmas party of UltraShip Crewing Phils (UCPI), so festive evoking throwbacks and up-modes last November 27th at the AMOSUP convention hall, Intramuros, Manila.
Party headers are UCPI Pres. Pedro Miguel Oca, Capt. Jeffrey Rodriguez (GM) and CEO Martin Bork, Ultragas APS and Ultraship APS, joined by UCPI Board of Directors Atty. Jose Angelo Agcaoili & Atty. Josefina Buenaseda.
AMOSUP Pres. Conrado Oca, VP-Intl Affairs Johnny Oca and Legal Counsel Noli Partido were among the special guests.
A complete package: imaginative best attire, games and raffles, food and drinks, true bonding and renewals — a special highlight were Loyalty Awards given to about 20 officers and crew who have served for five to 30 years.
A week before, UCPI held a mini-crew seminar & Safety Leadership Course. Both attended by Head of Technical Mr. Michael Petersen.
Mr. Migs Oca opened with hopes the safety leadership course & technical mini-seminar gave valuable knowledge. It should complement the changing environment wherein their seafarers should set “high standards and a business model as the benchmark for other industries to follow.
Let us maintain our high standards in maintaining maritime safety and the protection of our environment.
Winners are people who are not afraid to fail… so put your hearts and minds into leading the smallest activities you undertake.”
He raised the hoops with three loud cheers: UltraShip! Hep, hep, hooray!
CEO Bork closed acknowledging “this is quite an organized party… And this is also an opportunity to thank you all for all your hard work through the years…”
He is optimistic 2019 will “… be less challenging…make profit…and I think you are great part of that… wishing all Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!”
It was a joint venture in October 2009 between Ultragas and a local crewing agency, and named Othello-Micomar; then changed to UltraShip Crewing Phils (UCPI) in August, 2014.
It has served the Ultragas fleet since 1988, with long-term plan to level up to the Ultranav group with the Filipino seafarers.
UCPI offers highly competitive maritime professionals both at sea and ashore with Crew Management as its core competency, with over 500 experienced mariners for the growing fleet of LPG vessels managed by UltraShip ApS in Denmark and Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement in the United Kingdom.
UCPI has an enviable retention rate close to 93%, allowing the company to provide marine HR solutions with high degree of dedication, loyalty and efficiency.
It provides support to the UltraShip technical management in Copenhagen (HQ) such as marine IT/Planned maintenance system and ship payroll services from its offices at the third floor, NAESS House, 2215 Leon Guinto St., Malate, Manila.
Ultragas ApS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sociedade Ultranav Limitada, the shipowning and operating unit of the family-owned Ultramar Group of Santiago, Chile.
Ultramar was founded in 1952 by Captain Albert von Appen, initially focusing on agency and logistical services to foreign shipping companies. He was joined by his sons, Sven and Wolf, who diversified and expanded the activities into a.o. Argentina, Peru, Uruguay, Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, and Panama – and into Europe and the U.S.
The group is a major operator of port terminals and has undertakings in mining, power generation, gas storage and distribution, sulphoric acid production.
In deep sea shipping, Ultranav operates about 290 vessels (about 70 owned) About 70 more are specialized vessels within harbour and deep sea towage, salvage activities, and off-shore drilling and production support in locations throughout South America.
On top, the fleet includes tankers for crude oil, refined products, and chemicals, dry cargo bulk carriers, multi-purpose dry cargo vessels, and specialized vessels for the transport of liquified gases headed by Dag and Richard von Appen.
Today, Ultragas ApS operates 18 specialized gas carriers in intl trading of various types ranging from 3,500 to 20,700 cbm capacity.
It is a long way when Ultragas was a pioneer in 1960 with Newbuilding, a gas carrier the smallest vessel of its kind ever built plying the Patagonia region of South America.