Outstanding GMPs Recognized
The Phil Transmarine Carriers (PTC) honored its outstanding Global Maritime Professionals (GMPs) at the 4th PTC Seafarer Awards, held June 20 at Whitespace Manila. This is part of the year-long celebrations of PTC’s 40th Anniversary celebrations.
The bi-annual search pays tribute to exemplary contributions of GMPs to national and global maritime industry. Launched in 2012, it is divided into four categories among all ranks, be offshore or onshore: Outstanding Performance, Heroism and Bravery, Financial Management and Community Service.
Capt. Stan Santiago, VP for Crewing Operations, emphasized, “… what makes our PTC Seafarer Award finalists even more admirable is their commitment to go beyond the call of duty… to risk their lives to save others and secure the safety of their vessels, to pursue entrepreneurial initiatives to help provide employment.”
Capt. Manuel Balinquit of Ugland Marine Management was named GMP of the Year. Mission-oriented and leader onboard, Capt. Balinquit dedicates onshore time to his community through relief efforts during natural calamities, feeding programs, coastal clean-ups, and wildlife conservation.
Balinquit led the officers and crew of MV Star Norita in the heroic rescue of two Korean fishermen in Russia last August 2018. For this, he was nominated Seafarer of the Year at the inaugural CrewConnect Global Industry Awards last year; commended by City of Legaspi, Albay, and the Regional Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
Able Seaman Franklin Tagle of Finnlines was named GMP of the Year for Bravery and Heroism in recognition of his valiant efforts to extinguish a fire that broke out onboard MV Finmill last March 15, 2019, saving the vessel and the lives of passengers and crew.
For his outstanding competence and dedication to his duties onboard the vessels of Komaya Shipping while successfully operating his own trucking business and decorative stones supply, Chief Engineer Joel Fernan received the GMP of the Year for Entrepreneurship.
Entrepreneurship Awards were given to Bosun Eruel Meraña, 2nd Engr. Melvin Meraña, and Chief Officer Allan Meraña of Ugland Marine Management who all own and manage Mercraft Shipping commended by the town of Polillo, Quezon, for providing a fast, comfortable and reliable option for sea travel. The brothers also operate Nor-Phil, a gas station named in honor of Ugland and PTC.
Second Engineer Sherraine Dominguez of Northern Marine Management received the GMP of the Year for Community Service Award for her services to the community of Binmaley, Pangasinan and her alma mater, Caloocan Norte Elementary School in Pangasinan.
In support of the Intl Maritime Organization’s (IMO)call for greater empowerment of women in the maritime industry (through #IAmOnBoard campaign), 2/E Sherraine Dominguez of Northern Marine Management and C/O Angie Mae Cagud were recognized for professionalism, competency and dedication to seafaring which have contributed to gender equality.
Ms. Carla S. Limcaoco, President of the PTC-CSJ Foundation and Co-Founder of the Women in Maritime Philippines Association (WIMPAHIL) presented the awards to families substituting for the honorees onboard in active duty.
Chief Cook Ariel Iresare and Chief Cook Romeo Lababit, both from EXMAR, received Special Citations for outstanding culinary skills and successfully winning the grand prize in the Festive Cooking Inter-Vessel Competitions held in 2017 and 2018.
Other finalists recognized:
- Chief Officer Angie Mae Cagud of Essberger Crewing Services
- Chief Engineer John Regan Delos Santos of Seaspan Ship Management
- Captain Aldwin Agpasa of Asiatic Lloyd ShipManagement LLP
- Able Seaman Alejandro Flores of Northern Marine Management-Stena
- Chief Cook Gandhi Alarde of EXMAR
- 2nd Engr Samuel Cuballes of Ugland Marine Management
- Electrician Leonardo Doroja of Finnlines
- Chief Officer Gilbert Bune of Wallenius Marine
- The officers & crew of
- MV Fidelio of Wallenius Marine
- IVS Phinda of Grindrod Shipping
- MV Star Norita of Ugland Marine Management'
Chief Operations Officer Edgar Milla recalled IMO’s Ambassador Salinas has seen the potential of Filipino seafarer as far back as 1979. Milla adds, “And today, even after 40 years and counting, that unmatched potential still holds true as the Philippines continuously serves as the Seafaring Capital of the World.”
The 4th PTC Seafarer Awards was presented in cooperation with ACM Homes, Constellation Travels, Cocolife, Eastwest Healthcare, PHILCAMSAT, RCBC Telemoney and IEF.