In what turned out to be the most fitting event to celebrate 10 years of dedicated service to Filipino seafarers and its foreign principals, Crewcare, Inc. marked its first decade of crewing excellence through a grand gala celebration at the Rizal Ballroom of Shangri-La Hotel Makati on November 30, 2010.
Allseas Marine SA General Manager Mr. George Skrimizeas and Allseas Marine SA Crew Manager Capt. Ioannis Doumenis together with Senator Gordon, Greek Ambassador Polyxeni Stefanidou and select guests from the local maritime industry joined the entire Crewcare family led by its
President, Ms. Josephine Roldan, in the milestone occasion.
Some of Crewcare’s off-duty Filipino seafarers and their families, as well as cadets also took time off to join the momentous celebration.
In her welcome remarks during the program, Ms. Roldan shared the success that Crewcare has achieved during its first decade of operation to the company officers, staff, cadets, Filipino seafarers and their families.
She was quite proud that despite the many challenges that beset the maritime industry, both local and international, in the past couple of years, Crewcare managed to pull through and even post significant gains highlighted no less by the establishment of its own office building in the
heart of Manila and a branch office in Cebu.
Ms. Roldan likewise extended her and Crewcare’s appreciation to the company’s principals, Allseas Marine and Paragon Shipping, for anchoring their trust and support to the crewing company.
In his message during the program, Mr. Skrimizeas expressed his whole-hearted appreciation to Crewcare officers, staff and their Filipino seafarers for their dedication and hard work in competently filling up the crewing requirements of Allseas Marine and Paragon Shipping.
“Your collective efforts have immensely contributed in the continued growth of Allseas Marine SA despite the challenging times in the global shipping industry. At the moment, Allseas is continuing with its expansion program with the recent acquisition of two containerships and the placement of seven newbuilding orders,” proudly stated Mr. Skrimizeas.
The constant growth of Allseas augurs well for Crewcare as well as for many other competent and qualified Filipino seafarers since this would mean more employment opportunities onboard the vessels of Allseas. The Allseas Greek executive said that their decision to put up an office in Manila has proven to be a good one. “This decade has been full of experiences for Crewcare and for us too. I am just glad that the Filipino officers that we recruited at the time we started are still the same persons who are still onboard on most of our vessels now,” Mr. Skrimizeas said.
“We consider our crew members and their families as part of our family. We know most of them and they know us too. During our first decade of operation, Crewcare has proven to be a company that really cares and supports each and every member of its family. It has also shown its concern for society through socio-civic undertakings such as medical missions and feeding programs among other initiatives,” remarks Mr. Skrimizeas.
He likewise reiterated Allseas’ commitment to the professional development of its Filipino seafarers as well as their welfare and
continued well-being including their families through various training and family welfare programs. Senator Richard J. Gordon accentuated the significance of the occasion not only for Crewcare but also for the maritime industry, as the event’s
guest-of-honor and speaker.
Senator Gordon lauded both Crewcare and Allseas for achieving important milestones in a very competitive maritime industry. He cited
the officers and staff of Crewcare and their Filipino seafarers for their determination and for meticulously logging in hours of hard work that naturally fueled the company’s constant growth. He likewise commended Allseas for its continued trust and preference for
Filipino seafarers to serve onboard its managed vessels. “The fact that most of Allseas vessels are manned by full-Filipino crew complements speaks highly of the confidence of the Greek company in the capability of Filipino seafarers as world-class mariners,” Gordon enthused.
Gordon also urged the Filipino seafarers of Crewcare and Allseas not to rest on their laurels and rallied them to continue upgrading their level of professional competence that will eventually redound to their own benefit and that of their respective families.
Greek Ambassador Stefanidou also delivered a message during the program and she focused on the shared common values of Greek and
Filipinos when it comes to strong family ties. She added that both nationalities also have rich maritime traditions, thus further
strengthening the connection between the two cultures.
Ambassador Stefanidou is also proud that Greece has the biggest merchant marine fleet in the world, and most of their vessels are also employing Filipino seafarers, which is but a testament to the economic partnership between the two countries. Following the speeches, Mr. Skrimizeas, Ms. Roldan and Capt. Doumenis, handed out a Loyalty Award to Ms. Helyn Tamisan, Accounts Manager of Crewcare, for having been with the company for all of its 10 years in existence.
The officials likewise handed out a Best Performing Vessel Award for 2010 to MV Friendly Seas, which was received by 2/E Rizalado.
Combining Christmas with Filipiniana motif, the event’s world-class entertainment numbers were provided by the Folklorico Filipino Dance Company, the Intramuros Cultural Dancers, and the Don Bosco Chorale. Crewcare’s Robert Dagalea also crooned several ballads while the company’s cadets rendered a very inspiring pantomime play that drew oohs and aahhs from the audience, thus completing the event’s wide array of entertainment.
Capt. Doumenis drew curtain call to the meaningful program by delivering the closing remarks. “Allseas would not have posted its
constant growth if not for the significant contributions of Crewcare and the competent and qualified Filipino seafarers it regularly provides our vessels particularly in the aspect of productivity.” From a private company back in 1993, Allseas Marine SA has transformed into a global international shipping group from 1996 until today. The company started managing tanker vessels back in 2000. Five years later, Allseas began managing bulk carriers. In 2010, Allseas forayed into the containership market with the acquisition of two containerships.
The company has already attained a leading position in the shipping industry and is committed to the highest quality, integrity, environmental standards of shipping services as well as business ethics on course toward business excellence. Allseas Marine is now known all over the world as an excellent first-class cargo carrier.