CONFERENCE FOR THE EASTMED FAMILY
By Eva Tan
The continued growth of Eastern Mediterranean Maritime-Greece (EASTMED) is rooted on its core corporate priority: family.
Not only is this so accepted in clannish Asia, family is a universal priority in all cultures since Man became gregarious and formed communities.
EASTMED has implemented this policy in all operational aspects: closely-knit as one family, from ratings to officers, non-formal approach, open and direct reach-outs; cascading even on training seminars for their Filipino officers and ratings in cooperation with Eastern Mediterranean Manning Agency-Manila (Eastmed Mla).
The year’s two annual seminars started May 17 for ratings at the Aloha Hotel, Manila.
On May 20-25, junior and senior officers gathered at EastMed In-House Training Center in Malate, Manila and at Navigator Intl Maritime Training and Assessment Center housed at S&L Building Roxas Boulevard, Ermita, Manila.
About 60 ratings and 45 officers (on vacation) participated.
Spyridon Pierratos, crewing manager, opened for the management, appreciating participation of all in the seminar, “… to upgrade the safety onboard the vessels and to minimize the accidents.”
Eastmed Mla GM Edgardo Flores acknowledged the “loyalty with the company,” reason “… why
we are doing all of these things to enhance your knowledge furthermore in order to avoid accidents.”
The captain admits an accident breaks his heart since “...You’ve grown with us, you are like a family to us.” This meets well with the crew as Capt. Flores is known to mingle with the crew, a father figure who cracks jokes with them even as he is close to the Greek shipowners.
Flores has served on EASTMED vessels for over 20 years before heading its exclusive manning agency in the country for decades now. Also a qualified auditor, the captain runs a simple but smooth operation with minimal office staff, overseeing about 1,500 officers and ratings on 78 vessels (bulk carriers, tankers and containers).
Capt. Thomas Papathanasiou, Marine Superintendent S.Q.E./Dept and George Galanos, Greek Technical Superintendent focused on safety issues, updates on industry developments and regulations, primarily inspection requirements and allied topics.
Papathanasiou’s update is because “…we like our people to be on the dot with us and we are very happy when we perform that because their response is very enthusiastic.”
Capt. Herminigildo Lazarte, President-Navigator Intl Maritime Training and Assessment Center facilitated the retraining of the deck officers at the full mission bridge simulator, given specific situation on-board, to deal with the situation as one EASTMED team, a test on competence and resiliency.
Skype sessions were conducted with the operations manager, purchasing department, accounts and spare representatives, tanker operations, to see the larger picture.
An IT specialist presented a framework of various software operating on-board for better communications for commercial reasons (payment, internet response) and allied awareness on maintenance system in electronic form and with actual training.
Dr. Solomon Ching and his colleague at Micah Medical Clinic and Diagnostic Laboratory tackled various medical issues and addressed priorities on mental health issues for seafarers, also a new requirement for officers and ratings.
Capt. Papathanasiou announced the installation of a video conferencing system in Manila and Athens, operational middle of June. This supplements the monthly training sessions, as the two annual in-house seminars continue.
These also compliment external training centers (like for ECDIS, other specializations) to update training certificates on various equipment and refresh training.
EASTMED offers seaborne transportation services to the energy, industrial and agricultural sectors, going over 42 years of by linking supply and demand of regions of the world, with operational excellence.
This expertise in the ocean transportation helps customers to execute strategies, create new opportunities and improve performance over peers.
EASTMED operates a fleet of world-class tankers to move crude oil and by-products across the globe and provide midstream services to equity producers, refineries and traders.
It also works with leading food and grain processing companies, helping transport safely and efficiently bulk agricultural products from the farms to the markets of the world.
Agemar Manning Agency was established in Manila on March 15, 1993. It was renamed Eastern Mediterranean Manning Agency (Eastmed Mla) on February 14, 2014 to act as the exclusive manning agent in Philippines for EASTMED.
Over the years, Eastmed Mla has developed a reputation for integrity, commitment and devotion to seafarers.