Peter Döhle Schiffahrts and Sirius Ship Management have agreed to cooperate on the recruitment, training and career development of seafarers in Manila, Philippines.
The agreement is the brainchild of Roy Machart, general manager of the Hamburg-based Döhle group, and CEO Filippo Guadagna, CEO of Genoa-based Sirius.
The two realised they had similar values to crew training while attending meetings of the International Maritime Employers’ Council.
“As usually happens, taking part in an international association like IMEC, working with foreign colleagues, becomes an occasion to share information, impressions and problems that, strange but true, are the same we experience daily, especially dealing with people management,” Machart said in a release.
“That is what happened to me and Filippo Guadagna: we met and talked and realized that we have to deal every day with the same problems, so we thought that together we could have solved them better.”
Guadagna said both companies share the view that only through the in-house development of crew can high levels of safety and security in vessel operations be achieved.
“The Philippines is one of the largest seafarers’ basins, if not the greatest in the world, so it can ensure, at least for certain types of vessels, an important synergy of matching with the training of Italian personnel, sharing onboard the same problems with a common company approach,” Guadagna said.
The cooperation will take place at the European Training and Competence Centre (ETCC), which Peter Döhle Schiffahrts established for maritime training in central Manila in 2011.
“The two companies together will build the career paths of their officers, contributing to their professional growth, their integration with European culture, making them feel members of a ‘European’ family, working in an international environment and not temporary guests in a global market where the economic offer wins but does not last,” Guadagna went on.
The ETCC sees over 1,000 participants in its courses and around 2,000 pre-embarkation trainees each year.
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