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2018 Issue 3
Diversity at Sea
• Why Diversity Matters
• Celebrating 60 Years of Business in Singapore!
• Wallem Ship Agency - Project Cargo Expertise
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he theme of this issue is “Wellness and Diversity”. At Wallem our seafarers’ safety, health and wellbeing, remains our top priority. It is critical that we care for our seafarers so that they in turn can manage the vessels safely and efficiently for our customers. We believe that this can only be achieved through a positive safety culture which is reinforced throughout our organisation at every level. In this issue’s Safety Focus on page 14 we hear from one of our seafarers about the importance of mentorship in ensuring a safe environment onboard.
The subject of gender diversity at sea is gaining more light these days, as it should, noted that a mere 2% of the global seafarer workforce is female. A diverse workplace is a stronger, happier, more competitive and more innovative one. Respect and support for all our seafarers is a key aspect of our strong safety culture. Read more on this topic in pages 3-6 and hear directly from one of our inspirational female seafarers who wants to be judged for the work she does and not just because she happens to be female. Our safety culture is something Wallem has a strong reputation for, along with providing reliable and efficient services to our customers. Read on pages 21-22 about the recent handling of a project cargo by our Ship Agency team in Taiwan. The customer, OHT reached out to Wallem to look after this operation thanks to our team’s expertise in handling all types of project cargo and reputation for looking for efficiencies and benefits for our customers at every opportunity. In September we celebrated the 60th Anniversary of Wallem Singapore; a huge milestone in the Group’s history. Our Singapore office began as a small agency office and has grown to a regional hub and our second largest office. We were delighted to welcome our Board of Directors, clients and partners to a special event to mark this occasion. During the event, GM of Wallem Ship Agency Singapore Frankie Tan was honoured by the Singapore Tourism Board for the work he has done to support cruise in the region – Wallem supports more than 500 cruise calls in the Asian region alone a year! See pages 19-20 for photos from the event and page 30 for a tribute to Frankie Tan. Earlier this year I announced my decision to step down as CEO. My replacement was announced in September and I have just handed the reins over to Wallem’s new CEO Frank Coles. Frank is highly experienced, having worked in various fields in the maritime industry over the years. I am very confident that under Frank’s leadership and with Wallem’s strong management team and our outstanding employees, that the Company will continue to go from strength to strength. I trust that you will give Frank your full support and a warm Wallem welcome! I would like to thank all my colleagues ashore and at sea for your hard work and dedication over the 13 years that I have been with Wallem and 7 years as CEO. I am very proud to have called Wallem my family and of all our wonderful achievements and successes over the years. Calm seas and safe sailing!
Wallem Group CEO
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CONTENTS Lead story
Why Diversity Matters Respect & support for our female seafarers CEO Message
News & Events
Awards & Recognition
Safety & the Seafarer
Wallem Fleet Officers' Meeting
Celebrating 60 Years of Business in Singapore!
Wallem Ship Agency - Project Cargo Expertise
At the Helm
Have you got the next bright idea?
Firsthand account of Transit through the Panama Canal
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Why Diversity Matters
Respect & Support for our female seafarers
allem is a place where both men and women can achieve their highest aspirations. Respect and support for all our seafarers is integral to Wallemâ€™s strong safety culture. Having seafarers who feel engaged and positive is essential to boost morale onboard, and ensure that the focus is on operational excellence and safety.
An industry issue Women make up a mere 2% of the global maritime workforce. It is clear that more needs to be done to recruit and welcome women into the industry. A gender diverse workforce and an inclusive culture is not only the right thing to do but it also increases engagement, reduces turnover and benefits the bottom line. Encouraging and supporting more women into the shipping industry has to come at government level and from support from shipping organisations such as the IMO. They need to work together with maritime colleges and companies to encourage more women into the industry. Faced with an ageing workforce and with shipping not attracting the younger generations as it once did, there is an industry shortage of good quality recruits. Like most TRUE NORTH THE WAY FORWARD
shipping companies, Wallem is faced with the challenge of actively trying to encourage more young people into shipping; both male and female. The fact is that few women consider shipping as a career option because there is a lack of information and support for women on career opportunities in the maritime field. There is a general lack of forums and workshops to exchange ideas and views about the maritime sector and how to ensure women can be part of the future seafarer workforce. There is also a lack of a support network as a whole for women in the maritime industry â€“ at company, organisation and government level. At Wallem, we are committed to the lifelong mentoring of our all seafarers, with structured capability building to transition maritime professionals from sea to shore positions. In fact, our shore staff is made up in good part of ex-Wallem seafarers.
LEAD STORY A respectful and professional workplace Female seafarers make up around 0.6% of our total pool of seafarers (around 50 female crew in total). These women are spread evenly across the ranks, with a particular large number of 2nd and 3rd Officers and Engineers. Wallem is committed to promoting gender diversity and creating supportive and respectful environments both onshore and onboard Wallem-managed ships. Diversity and inclusivity are key components of our wellness@sea programme which promotes a positive working culture and behaviour – and provides our seafarers with support regarding wellbeing at sea, including but not limited to stress management, healthy eating and the importance of quality sleep and exercise. We are proud of our strong dignity@sea programme which promotes a respectful and professional workplace environment on board. We believe that it is our duty as ship manager to ensure that all Wallem seafarers; both male and female, are valued crew members whose well-being and mental and emotional health is taken care of. Wellness@Sea and dignity@sea are key aspects of
Wallem’s pre-joining safety briefings and are included in all training sessions. The content is also reinforced during Wallem Fleet Officers’ Meetings where seafarers are encouraged to share and give feedback on all aspects of life at sea.
Time for change Unfortunately one of the biggest barriers that women face in this industry is perception – firstly that seafaring is an industry exclusively for men and secondly that women are still seen by some as a “homemaker” whose job is to stay home and look after the kids, while their husband is the “breadwinner”. This perception and mindset needs to change. We believe that the more women that share and shed light on their career success in this field, the more women it will inspire to do the same. We have some great advocates in our current female seafarers, who are very happy to share their experiences of life onboard during our Wallem Fleet Officers’ Meetings and act as mentors for new female recruits.
Interview with 2nd Officer Ronalyn C. Ferrer
e caught up with Ronalyn C. Ferrer, A Filipina 2nd officer sailing on the Wallemmanaged vessel the M.T. Dolviken. She talks about her career path with Wallem and the challenges of life at sea.
How long have you worked with Wallem?
What is the best thing about life at sea?
I joined Wallem’s cadetship programme in the Philippines in 2011 and my shipping career began from there.
Going to sea has long been my greatest passion. Whenever I am at sea, I am at peace. And of course being paid to have this experience is a bonus. I believe that life at sea gives you so many unique experiences that you would not get working in any other field. And of course the people – those you meet and sail with, those who give you support and share their knowledge and experience with you – that is really one of the best things about life at sea. My life at sea is not perfect but I can say that life has been a rollercoaster ride, an exciting and worthwhile rollercoaster ride.
When did you first go to sea? In 2012, I sailed as deck cadet onboard the Challenge Pearl, my first ship and first love!
What rank are you sailing at now? I am presently sailing as a 2 nd officer on the Dolviken. This is my first contract as 2nd Officer and I feel extremely blessed to be given such a big opportunity. I previously sailed as a 3rd officer on other Wallem-managed vessels.
Why did you choose Wallem? The reason behind choosing Wallem was that I knew from the time I completed my studies, that Wallem was actually the only company hiring female seafarers at that time. Fortunately I was accepted for the Wallem Philippines Cadetship programme.
What do you like about sailing with Wallem? I know that Wallem doesn’t discriminate - the Company fully supports the future of female seafarers in the shipping industry. Wallem feels like family – the people you have sailed with, the people you meet along the way – the people are one of the reasons why I love Wallem.
What is the toughest thing about life at sea? The most difficult thing is being away from family; especially when you’re feeling down and the one thing you need is a hug from your parents. That’s one of the hardest things for sure.
What do you miss the most? I miss my parents and my pets the most. And the food of course. I don’t go out much in the Philippines so I miss my own bed and my favourite TV shows.
Do you have much contact with other female seafarers? Honestly, before I began this career, I didn’t know any other female seafarers. And that was one reason I was attracted to this career – I was challenging myself to be successful in a male-dominated field. As time has gone by I have met some fellow female seafarers - in school, Issue 3 2018
“And for my fellow female seafarers: give it your best s h o t . P ro v e t o e v e r y o n e t h a t y o u a re w h e re y o u a re b e c a u s e you deserve it... Do not try your best bu t b e t h e b e s t .” at Wallem, on social media… and yes we talk and share stories about life at sea. It’s also nice to know that in some parts of the world there are real opportunities to lead in this field. This makes me feel optimistic that one day it is possible for me to be a leader in this field with Wallem or in the Philippines.
What advice would you give to other female seafarers? I always tell other people, not just other female seafarers, that you should work with your heart. You have to love this life in order for you to survive, and survive with a happy heart. You should be passionate about this kind of work and not just work for money. And for my fellow female seafarers: give it your best shot. Prove to everyone that you are where you are because you deserve it. Never give anyone a chance to say that you aren't worthy of your position, because you’re not just representing yourself but every female seafarer in the world. Do not try your best but be the best. As for me personally, I have made sure that no-one can say that I do not deserve what I have right now. I made sure that on every ship and in everything that I do, that I have given 100%. TRUE NORTH THE WAY FORWARD
Everyone that I have worked with can testify that I worked my way up in the right way and not just because I am a girl.
What are your future ambitions? I passed my Chief Officer exam in December 2017. I have always wanted to become a Chief Officer. I love calculations, the operations - I love the work of a Chief Officer. And I am trying my best to learn more. I also want to be a vetting inspector and have my own training center for seafarers. Dreaming to become a Master will come maybe when I become a Chief Officer. But as of now, I am set on becoming a Chief Officer.
Mentorship & Support We have set up a new channel to give a voice to our female seafarers. A dedicated team of female shore staff are on standby to answer questions, provide support and mentorship. (Our male seafarers are also welcome to contact the team for questions on how to support their female colleagues)
Supporting an Inclusive Culture
evin Menon, Clinical Psychologist and author of Wallem’s wellness@sea programme talks about why diversity matters, how it involves and affects all of us and how Wallem supports diversity and inclusion.
Kevin leading a workshop on wellness and diversity
According to Kevin Menon, diversity in an organisation as a whole is important because it encourages growth, allows for the incorporation of more ideas, fosters creativity and innovation and allows for tapping into a wider talent pool. Gender diversity is important because any organisation that moves towards gender diversity takes one more step towards an inclusive culture which allows for new ideas and approaches that may create a competitive edge. He explains, “Diversity goes beyond gender issues and encompasses the whole gamut of how all of us are different. We need to recognise that everyone is different beyond the artificial preconceived groups or categories they are placed in and that different does not mean bad. Organisations that are able to draw on these differences by fostering an inclusive culture will always be stronger, more competitive and more innovative.” Kevin points out that it has been shown that the culture onboard a vessel can drastically affect a seafarer’s wellness. “Fostering a positive and supportive culture at sea promotes wellness, mitigates risks and builds overall productivity,” he adds. Wallem has long had policies around equal opportunity on and off shore and operates ships with diverse crews. Wallem’s seafarers comprise of a range of different nationalities and genders. The company is committed to ensuring a positive, inclusive and supportive atmosphere onboard.
Kevin goes on to explain that Wallem encourages discussion on the subject of diversity at Fleet Officers meetings as part of its commitment to ensuring a positive, inclusive and supportive atmosphere onboard. The company is bringing more light to topics such as gender intelligence (learning to appreciate the differences, attitudes and behaviours that distinguish men and women) and unconscious bias (stereotypes which shape our perception and behaviour). Kevin explains that the subject of diversity was formalised and incorporated into Wallem’s dignity@sea programme when it was put together in 2016. He explains, “The premise behind dignity@sea is all about building the awareness and tools required to foster a culture of respect, acceptance and inclusivity; as well as reducing discrimination, bullying and harassment.”
It has been shown tha t the culture onboard a vessel can drastically affect a seafarer’s wellness. Issue 3 2018
NEWS & EVENTS
Wallem Takes Over Management of Four Genco Capes
with these being the first Capes from Genco to come under management. Our relationship with Genco has gone from strength to strength thanks to a mutual focus on safety and operational efficiency. The appointment to manage these particular vessels was also due to our good PSC record with Australia and smooth trade into Port Hedland. We are very pleased to take on the management of these further four ships for Genco.
Wallem Welcomes the Breiviken to Managed Fleet
allem Ship Management has been awarded the management of four more Genco vessels – The Genco Resolute, Genco Endeavour, Genco Defender and Genco Liberty. The Capesize bulkers were taken over by Wallem on 14th & 15th of August and 8th & 11th of September 2018 respectively. All four bulkers will be managed out of Wallem’s Hong Kong office. Wallem’s relationship with Genco goes back to 2005, with Wallem taking over management of Genco’s first vessels. Over the years, Wallem has managed a variety of vessel types for Genco from Handysize vessels to Panamax ones,
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e are delighted to welcome the Breiviken into our managed fleet. The Breiviken is a crude oil tanker owned by Viken Shipping. It was delivered from Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in Korea to Viken on 23rd July. The Breiviken will be managed out of our European Ship Management office. Fair winds and following seas!
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Zero Inspections for the Front Pollux
The Sonangol Kizomba underway
n August, the Front Pollux received Zero observations from a Shell SIRE and PSC inspection at Dunkirk. Earlier in April, the vessel had also received Zero observations from Statoil and AMSA at Gore Bay, Sydney. The vessel’s owner sent a message of thanks to the Master and crew; as well as the onshore team for two Zero inspections.
Another successful Drydocking for Wallem technical team
Wallem Nominated by Ace Tankers for Vessel Call to Singapore
allem Ship Agency was nominated by Ace Tankers to look after the cargo loading for their vessel the Golden Ray in Malaysia and Indonesia in July. This business win is the result of a visit to Ace Tankers in Amsterdam in May by Business Development Manager for Europe, Tomas Langgård and Managing Director for Wallem Ship Agency Indochina, Denzyl Allwright. The loading went smoothly and to the client’s satisfaction.
Wallem Appointed by Eimskip
W The Sonangol Kizomba in dry dock
he Wallem Ship Management technical team completed yet another successful dry docking project in August. The Sonangol Kizomba was docked in Yiu Lian shipyard, Shekou, China for the 4th Intermediate Survey and the CAP1 renewal Survey. The drydocking involved steel renewal on deck and in some of the internal structures within the cargo and ballast tanks; as well as a coating upgrade in the ballast tanks. The work was all completed to a high standard within a tight time frame and within budget.
allem has been appointed as agents by Icelandic ship owner Eimskip for their two newbuilds in Guangzhou, China. The vessels are currently under construction and building is expected to be completed by April next year. Our agency team will be there to provide support to the owner and help with formalities ahead of the delivery. Thanks to Business Development Manager for Europe, Tomas Langgård for securing this appointment! Issue 3 2018
NEWS & EVENTS
Japan Agency team welcome back the RV Sonne
Japan team handle MSC Splendida Full Turnaround in Yokohama
Captain Oliver Meyer and Grace Kakimoto on the Bridge
n 23rd August our Japan Agency team welcomed the German Deep Ocean Research vessel, the R.V. Sonne back to Yokohama. The vessel stayed in port for four days and our Japan operations team led by Grace Kakimoto provided support and help with the embarkation and disembarkation of crew and scientists, provisioning of spare parts and supplies etc. The R.V. Sonne will research a submarine volcano in the Pacific Ocean before travelling to Taiwan. The vessel will call to Singapore in July next year for dry dock repairs. It will then call at Hong Kong in early September 2019 where the port agency will be arranged by our Hong Kong team.
ur Japan Agency team supported the MSC Splendidaâ€™s full turnaround operations at Yokohama twice in August. The vessel made maiden calls to multiple Japanese destinations on these itineraries. These included Yatsushiro, Sasebo, Miyako island and Naha where our operations staff provided services to the vessel. The MSC Splendida is homeported in Shanghai and will return to Yokohama at the end of October to complete another two Japanese itineraries.
Firefighting checks onboard the Ovation of the Seas
allem Ship Agency in Hong Kong helped to arrange for visits onboard the M.V. Ovation of the Seas for the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal Fire Station. The purpose of the visits was for the firefighters to familiarize themselves with the firefighting equipment onboard; as well as the ship evacuation plan. Thanks to Capt Nielson for his approval and the shipâ€™s Safety Officer (Mr Diaz, Gerald Benito) for his detailed introduction during the visit.
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NEWS & EVENTS
Frank Coles Takes the Lead at Wallem
eet Frank Coles. Frank has been appointed Wallem Group CEO to replace outgoing CEO Simon Doughty who announced his decision to step down earlier this year. Frank’s experience in the industry spans across maritime law, shipping services and maritime communications with Frank having held leadership roles in recent years with Inmarsat and Transas.
Upon announcing the appointment, Wallem’s Chairman Nigel Hill said, “We are delighted that Frank has agreed to join us. The shipping services sector is grappling with a wide range of challenges and opportunities at present. We are confident that we have found the right person to ensure that Wallem stays in the forefront of delivering first class maritime solutions to its customers, as it has done throughout its long history.”
Frank said that the opportunity to lead and help grow a prestigious and diversified company like Wallem was something he could not pass up. He says, “With the increased industry focus on efficiency, safety and the environment, providing quality shipping services, crews and technical support is going to be critical. Wallem understands the needs and expectations of owners and clients and is well placed to be a leader in the future of maritime operations support.” Welcome onboard, Frank!
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Wallem at BIMCO in Shenzhen
eneral Manager for Ship Management, Chris Hassall took part in BIMCO’s Sulphur Cap 2020 & Renewal Energy Conference held on 29th June in Shenzhen. Chris sat on a panel and shared his expertise on this very current topic in front of an audience of over 200 people. The panel looked at the issues of shipowners’ operating costs, LNG as a solution and forecasts of scrubber installations .
Wallem at Posidonia
roup Technical Director Ioannis Stefanou and Director of Sales & Marketing Nigel Moore attended the world’s largest shipping event in Posidonia, Greece in June. Ioannis and Nigel spent time connecting with Greek owners and sharing more about Wallem’s service expertise.
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Wallem at INTERTANKO AGM
he Intertanko Annual General Meeting was held in June. Wallem Group CEO Simon Doughty was honoured to judge the INTERTANKO photo contest once again this year. This was a great opportunity to get the Wallem logo front and centre on the stage and in all the publicity materials. More than 150 participants from across the maritime industry gathered for the event which was held this year in Rome. It focused on predictions and scenarios for the future supply and demand of liquid energy, emerging societal patterns and focus on low-carbon solutions as well as specific aspects of the future of tanker shipping, from ownership structures to risks and relationships. A Wallem seafarer’s entry in the competition won runner-up in the contest (all entries were anonymous).
Youngster Shipbroking Meeting
usiness Development Manager for Europe, Tomas Langgård attended the 26th Youngster Shipbroking Meeting in Hamburg in June. Wallem sponsored the event which was a nice opportunity for Tomas to meet fellow shipping executives and to spread the word about Wallem and the services we provide.
8th Oil Tanker Shipping Summit 2018
irector of Sales & Marketing Nigel Moore joined Business Development Manager for China Karen He at the 8th Oil Tanker Shipping Summit 2018 in Beijing. The conference was held on 26th June and provided a good opportunity to promote Wallem services to tanker owners and operators.
Wallem takes part in Safe Tanker Operator Review
Singapore Agency Takes Leadership Role at the STB Inaugural Port Ops Forum
allem was invited to take part in a review of The International Safety Guide for Oil Tankers and Terminals (ISGOTT) to create the 6th Edition of the Safe Tanker Operations ISGOTT Guide. Marine Superintendent Alexander Ostrovskiy from our Hamburg Office is representing Wallem in the working group, contributing his hands on technical experience, along with a group of other industry experts. The working group is tasked with ensuring that practical knowledge is included in the 6th edition and meetings will be held over the next few months. The International Safety Guide for Oil Tankers and Terminals (ISGOTT) was first published in 1978. Since then, through regular revisions up to the last 5th Edition (2006), it has become established as the world leading reference document covering the critical safety interface between tankers and the marine terminals they visit.
Frankie Tan speaking at the event during the forum
he inaugural STB Port Ops forum was held on 5th September. Topics covered included immigration clearance, emergency preparedness, fly-cruise, Singapore’s customs policy and cruise developments. Wallem was pleased to invite three out of the six cruise lines in attendance and our Singapore team look forward to making further valuable contributions to the next forum.
Wallem at Asia Cruise Forum, Jeju
Pictured with MSC Cruises’ Dongwei Qian (Port Ops Director) and Kevin Chen
D for Ship Agency Dickson Chin joined our Korean agency team at the Asia Cruise Forum in Jeju, Korea. The forum was a good opportunity to catch up with Wallem’s cruise customers and to showcase our cruise expertise to potential clients. Issue 3 2018
Wallem Represented Capt. Passey at International Appointed to Ratings Conference National Seafarers Welfare Board
he Government of India has appointed Wallem Ship Management India’s Chairman Capt. Navin Passey to become a member of the country’s National Seafarers Welfare Board. This body formulates and oversees welfare policy, plans and projects for Indian seafarers. Congratulations to Capt Passey on this latest appointment.
Wallem at SMM
irector of Marine HR, Capt. Fared Khan was invited to moderate a panel discussion at the International Ratings Conference in Shenzhen on 14th September 2018. Capt. Khan moderated the panel discussion on “Employment of Chinese Ratings on board ships with multinational crew from the international shipowners’ perspective”. Capt. Cheng from Wallem’s training centre in Shenzhen also represented Wallem on a separate panel.
L-R: Tomas Langgård and Jobst Fischer-Riepe
usiness Development Manager for Europe, Tomas Langgård attended Lloyd’s List Business Briefing along with colleague Jobst Fischer-Riepe on 6th September 2018 during SMM. The Briefing looked at the Three Elements of Efficiency and specifically how a deep understanding of the regulatory framework and an appreciation of the skills needed by tomorrow’s seafarers will enhance the benefits of next generation technology.
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Safety & the Seafarer
eck Cadet Gemie Von Nicholson D. Campos, currently sailing onboard the M.V. Golden Nimbus, talks about Wallem’s safety culture and the importance of mentorship.
“The fishermen know tha t the sea i s dangerou s and the storm terrible, b u t they have never fou n d these dangers sufficient reasons f o r remaining ashore.” – Vincent Van Gogh
Life at sea is an adventure but it can also be dangerous. Dangers are lurking right around every corner; dangers that when disregarded can turn into an unfortunate event which can be catastrophic to human life, the environment or the vessel. Our job as seafarers is to transport cargo around the world. It is also to ensure that this is done safely by anticipating dangers that may occur during our voyage. Safety should always be our top priority. A Seafarers’ wellbeing is extremely important. Life at sea can be lonely which is why we should take care of ourselves, both mentally and physically so that we can return home to our loved ones safe and sound at the end of our contracts. That’s why safety is one of the most important topics discussed onboard. At school, all the theoretical aspects of our profession I learned are quite different to the reality at sea. In reality, if you disregard your safety, any operation onboard could lead to an accident. Many times, I have been corrected by the Chief Mate or Bosun during operations because I was standing in the wrong place, places where danger may occur when something happens i.e. snapback areas. As a novice, I
didn’t take this criticism personally because I know that they are just looking out for my safety. On the contrary I try to learn from these kinds of things so that dangers may be avoided. So, before and after operations I ask the Chief Mate and/or Bosun questions such as "What should I do? What should I look out for?" They told me that it’s better to ask if you don’t really know, rather than risk something happening. As a novice, new to this profession I try to learn things that will help me become better at this job and become safety conscious in everything I do. Thankfully I have crewmates that are willing to teach me and mentor me to become a better seafarer. At the same time I will now assess things that may compromise my own safety, that of my crewmates, the vessel and the environment. The process of learning is never ending so I continue to learn from my fellow crewmates in terms of technical operations and safety, increasing my knowledge and experience. Through this I will be able to improve and become a good seafarer. Hopefully someday I can do the same to those who are new onboard. I hope to pass on the knowledge and experience I am gaining now and most of all to emphasize just how important safety is to a seafarer. Issue 3 2018
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
Wallem Vessel Rescues Six Fishermen
Wallem Ro-Ro Diverts to Help with Rescue in the Med
n Saturday 9th June 2018, the Captain and crew of the Wallemmanaged vessel the KSL Seoul rescued six fishermen after their boat was involved in an accident and subsequently capsized. The KSL Seoul was The fishing boat the ‘Sister Reds’ alongside passing through the KSL Seoul the Mindoro Strait en route to Port Walcott in West Australia when they spotted the capsized fishing boat, the ‘Sister Reds’ with six Filipino fishermen clinging onto its upturned hull. The KSL Seoul immediately notified the Philippine Coastguard and the local Maritime Rescue Coordinating Council (MRCC) and changed course to approach the boat. The six fishermen were rescued and pulled safely onboard the KSL Seoul using life rings and cargo nets. After the rescue, the KSL Seoul diverted to the rendezvous position with the Philippines Coast Guard ten nautical miles north of Cabra Island. Early the next morning, all six fishermen were safely transferred to the Coastguard vessel, the Cape San Agustin, and the KSL Seoul resumed its voyage to Australia. Well done to our Wallem seafarers onboard the KSL Seoul whose actions undoubtedly saved the lives of the fishermen. You have done all at Wallem proud.
The Master and crew of the KSL Seoul
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Master of the Coral Leader, Capt. Monish Nesaraj and his crew
he Wallem-managed vessel the Coral Leader was involved in the rescue of the crew from a sailing yacht in distress in the Mediterranean Sea, just off Corsica. On the 26th August, the Coral Leader was on route to Tarragona in Spain when the Master received a call from the French Coastguard asking for help with the rescue of a yacht with five persons onboard. The Coral Leader diverted course to help. The yacht was eventually spotted by the crew and a French navy rescue helicopter arrived onsite shortly after. Due to adverse weather conditions the Coral Leader was requested to remain on standby close to the yacht while the helicopter left the scene to get additional rescue equipment. When the helicopter returned, all five crew were successfully airlifted to safety. The Master of the Coral Leader, Capt. Monish Nesaraj and his crew were thanked by the French coastguard for their part in the rescue mission. Well done to the Capt. Nesaraj and his crew for their outstanding seamanship and making us all proud!
The Coral leader, a PCTC vessel, also known as a ro-ro
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Welcoming our First Vessel under Japanese Flag
Captain and crew of the Aphrodite Leader commemorating the vesselâ€™s changeover to Japanese Flag
he Aphrodite Leader, a Pure Car & Truck Carrier (PCTC) is the first vessel under Wallem Ship Management to come under the Japanese Flag. The Aphrodite Leader completed the various inspections, audits and surveys in accordance with the Japanese Flag requirements in early August. It was then officially changed over to Japanese Flag on 10th August 2018, upon receipt of the statutory certificates from the Japanese Government and Class NK. This marks a positive milestone as Wallem is now one of just a few international ship managers capable of managing Japanese Flag vessels. It is a clear testament to our strong safety culture, commitment to quality and efficient operations. Wallem is dedicated to continue supporting our Japanese customers with technical and ship management services for car carriers, tankers and container vessels. Wallem Ship Management is fully accredited to do full technical management for Japanese flag vessels with Class NK, including the provision of crew with fully compliant Wallem Professional seafarers meeting the stringent Japanese flag requirements. Issue 3 2018
Wallem Fleet Officers' Meeting W
allem holds Fleet Officers' meetings regularly throughout the year in the locations where the majority of Wallem seafarers are from: the Philippines, Ukraine, China and India. The purpose of the meetings is to foster greater ship-shore communication and collaboration by strengthening teamwork and engagement and to ensure that all seafarers are aligned on company expectations and safety best practices.
Wallem Fleet Officersâ€™ Meeting (WFOM) Manila
meeting was held in Manila in August for Wallem Fleet Officers, with the theme, Empowerment & Engagement and Wellness, which is our safety strategy leading to Safety & Operational Excellence. The two-day meeting was attended by around 100 people including our seafarers, senior management from Wallem Ship Management and representatives from our Philippines manning office, Westminster Seafarers Management. In support of the theme, presentations and sessions covered over the two days included those on Resilience, competency, social media awareness, our anti-bribery policy and cyber security awareness. An introduction to our new Marine HR system and how seafarers can use the crew self service to access all the information they need on training, etc. when on leave was also given. Assistant Chief Surveyor for ABS Greater China, Mr. Duncan Peart talked to our seafarers about shipboard safety and gave a presentation on the Human Element in PSC inspections. The event was interactive to ensure that it was engaging and supported our focus on building high performing teams. The meeting was also a good opportunity to reiterate Wallemâ€™s commitment to providing a supportive environment onboard our ships. The two-day event was followed by a special family night where seafarers and their families got together with Wallem management to enjoy dinner and dancing.
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Viken Day Seminar
n third day of the conference, a meeting was held for seafarers with the Viken fleet. This was attended by Technical Director for Viken Shipping Mr Vidar Winciansen and senior management from Wallem. The theme was â€œProud Viken Seafarersâ€? and topics covered included safety & engagement and cyber security. This conference was also followed by a special family night dinner. Issue 3 2018
Celebrating 60 Years of Business in Singapore!
n 19th September, Wallem’s Chairman, Board of Directors and Senior Management team were joined by clients, partners, colleagues and friends to mark Wallem Singapore’s 60th Anniversary. During the event, a presentation was made to GM of Wallem Ship Agency Singapore Frankie Tan and other Long Service awardees from Wallem Ship Agency (Teo Ah Bah, Wee Bok Kee Henry, and Neo Soon Thiam), with a combined long service of almost 200 years! Our Chairman also took the opportunity to thank our CEO Simon Doughty for his service to the Group over the years.
The Wallem Singapore office is headed up by Nitin Mathur, a seasoned maritime professional, with expertise in Commercial Management, Asset Protection and Maritime Investment solutions. Wallem’s Singapore office was set up on 1st July 1958. What began as a small office offering Ship Agency services has grown to become an Asian hub with capabilities for Ship Management, Technical Management, Ship Agency and Commercial Services; supported by our global network of 46 offices in 17 countries. Thank you to all who joined us in Singapore to mark this special occasion!
L-R: Kean Seng Ng, VP & Country Marine Manager (Lloyd’s Register Asia), Kheng Veng Chan, Technical Manager (SDTR Marine), Wallem GM Marine HR Praveen Shukla and Yun Peng Liu, Operations Manager (SDTR Marine)
L-R: Capt. Daknash Ganasen Director of Marine from Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, GM of Wallem Ship Agency Singapore Frankie Tan and Head of Commercial Operations at Wallem Kaushik Neogy
L-R: Capt. Jaspreet Chhabra, Global Freight Operations Manager (Louis Dreyfus Commodities Asia Pte Ltd), GM of Wallem Ship Agency Singapore Frankie Tan, Francis Kan, Deputy GM Wallem Ship Agency Singapore, Anant Bahl, Commercial Operations Manager, Commercial Services, Deepak Doshi, Freight Trader (Louis Dreyfus Commodities Asia Pte Ltd)
L-R: MD for Wallem Singapore Nitin Mathur with Wallem Chairman Nigel Hill and MD for Wallem Ship Agency Indo-China Denzyl Allwright
L-R: Wallem GM Marine HR Praveen Shukla with Sau Weng Tang MD, LISCR Singapore
L-R: MD for Wallem Ship Agency Dickson Chin with Simon Baker Vice President Pacific (G2 Ocean)
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L-R: Sales & Marketing Director, Wallem Group Nigel Moore, Leonard Tui Head of Port Operations - East Asia (HĂśegh Autoliners)
L-R: Kenny Rogers, Head of Aurora Tankers and Kaushik Neogy, Head of Commercial Operations at Wallem Commercial Services
L-R: Capt.Vinod R. Bali, Manager, Port Operations Group (G2 Ocean Singapore Pte Ltd), MD for Wallem Ship Agency Dickson Chin
Arnold Wu, Managing Consultant, T-time Advisory with Lynette Lim, HR Manager for Wallem Singapore
L-R: Simon Baker Vice President Pacific (G2 Ocean Singapore Pte Ltd), Sales & Marketing Director, Wallem Group Nigel Moore
L-R: Maheswaran Muniandy Deputy Managing Director (CST Belchem Singapore Pte Ltd) and Wallem Marine Director Fared Khan
L-R: Kean Seng Ng, VP & Country Marine Manager for Lloydâ€™s Register Asia, Logan Chong, MD Transportation Sector, BNP Paribas Asia and Sau Weng Tang MD for LISCR Singapore
L-R: MD for Wallem Ship Management David Price, Capt.Rajan Singh, Deputy General Manager, Planning, Business & Operation Div. (OMC Shipping Pte Ltd)
L-R: Sau Weng Tang MD, LISCR Singapore, Fleet Manager for Wallem Ship Management, Ashoke Sengupta and Wallem GM Marine HR Praveen Shukla
L-R: Willie Tan Deputy Head, Investment Promotion (InvestHK Singapore office), Amber Chang Account Manager, Advertising (Tradewinds), Nicolas Parrot Managing Director - Head of transportation sector (BNP PARIBAS), Sales & Marketing Director, Wallem Group Nigel Moore, Logan Chong MD Transportation Sector (BNP PARIBAS), Benjamin Wong Head of Transport and Industrial (InvestHK)
L-R: Wallem Marine Director Fared Khan, Wallem GM Marine HR Praveen Shukla, Paul De Costa Technical Manager (FSL Trust Management Pte Ltd), Roger Woods CEO (FSL Trust Management Pte Ltd), Utkarsh Jhingran Deputy General Manager (Euronav Singapore Pte Ltd)
L-R: Andrei Moroc Shipping Origination (Berenberg), Henry Woo Head of Business Development Asia (Hansa Heavy Lift (Asia), Ken Gu Operations Manager (Centurion Bulk Singapore)
L-R: GM of Wallem Ship Agency Singapore Frankie Tan with Wallem Group CEO Simon Doughty
L-R: Wallem Group Chairman Nigel Hill and Group CEO Simon Doughty
L-R: Singapore Long Service Awardees - Henry Wee, Teo Ah Bah, Neo Soon Thiam with GM of Wallem Ship Agency Singapore Frankie Tan
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Wallem Ship Agency Project Cargo Expertise
OHT vessel the Falcon with barge onboard
he Wallem Ship Agency Taiwan team were pleased to support the call of Offshore Heavy Transport (OHT)’s vessel the Falcon in August to discharge a jack-up barge in Taichung, Taiwan.
OHT vessel the Falcon pre-ballasting stage 1
space constraint. That way there would be no concern about the berth and buildings / obstructions alongside the pier or any draft or length restrictions. This allows more room for manoeuvre for the operation and more options to recover should anything go wrong.
OHT is a Norwegian specialised heavy transport vessel operator which transports all kinds of oversized cargoes for various markets. OHT owns and operates a number of open deck semi-submersible heavy transportation vessels. Cargoes transported range from offshore drilling rigs and dredging equipment to oversized floating and non-floating cargo which is typically extremely large and heavy (up to 40,000 tons), and high in value.
However, despite the team’s plans and preparations, on the day the Falcon arrived in Taiwan waters, the weather was too rough to perform the operation at the outer anchorage. OHT would either have to wait it out, which would cost time and money or an alternative solution had to be found. The team had to think on their feet to find the safest and best solution to meet the customers’ needs.
Wallem was appointed as agent for this Taiwan call because of our experience and our strong capability in handling such complicated and delicate mid-stream operations. When OHT needed help with the loading of a crane onto their vessel the Osprey in Hong Kong in late 2017, they turned to Wallem Ship Agency as agent. The Wallem team helped to find a suitable location and handle all the logistics involved in getting the cargo (a huge crane) onto the vessel. The call involved meticulous planning and coordinating; especially when an unexpected last minute request came for a height exemption. In the end, the mission was accomplished without additional cost and delay to the customer.
Thankfully the TIPC (Taiwan International Ports Corporation) agreed that the operation could be performed safely at high-tide alongside W/No.31 pier. So while this was a positive step, this meant that the operation would be much more delicate and extra care would have to be taken. Due to the limited space, and tight tide window, the operation would now be even more challenging! Ultimately, thanks to the good teamwork and co-operation of all parties involved (agents and the port authority) as well as the expertise of owner’s Loadmaster Capt. Ole, the operation was performed safely and without delay and to OHT’s satisfaction and appreciation.
When OHT looked for an agent in Taiwan to handle the discharge of a jack-up barge from their vessel the Falcon, they didn’t hesitate to reach out to Wallem again. They knew that they could count on our reliable agency team to get things done, safely and according to schedule.
Wallem Ship Agency handles a range of vessel types, calling at all Asian ports. Our Ship Agency is known for providing reliable, flexible and efficient agency services at the best possible cost. The teams have solid experience in handling mid-stream operations and specialize in finding solutions for project cargo shipments, lay-up and ship repair.
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OHT vessel the Falcon pre-ballasting stage 2
OHT vessel the Falcon pre-ballasting until the jack-up barge can float
Two tugs assisting in towing the jack-up barge off the Falcon
The jack-up barge having been towed away
The Falconâ€™s deck in water after the jack-up barge is towed away
The Falconâ€™s deck above water after de-ballasting
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At the Helm
Master hands command of VLCC over to his brother
n 9th September 2018 Capt. Deepak Nigam, Master of the M.T. Kondor passed command of the M.T. Kondor onto his own brother, Capt. Chaitanya Nigam. The brothers grew up together in Dehradun in Northern India and are six years apart.
Fountain as a cadet in Chiba, Japan. In 2003, he became Master of a VLCC, the Heibe Ambition. He then worked for a Japanese company, Kyoei Tanker as part of Wallem manning arrangement until September 2016, making him the first Wallem Master to work for them.
Capt. Deepak Nigam was inspired to pursue a career at sea at the age of 14 when he read an article in the Reader’s Digest entitled “Master of the Queens”; about the gentleman who had commanded both the Queen Mary and the Queen Elizabeth. His younger brother Capt. Chaitanya Nigam confesses that his brother was instrumental to him pursuing the same career path. He recalls that he was in 7th grade when his brother went to sea and he always dreamed of following in his footsteps.
When asked what they enjoyed about working for Wallem, the brothers both agreed that Wallem has been like an extended family and second home to them over the years. Capt. Deepak says what has impressed him the most is that “the teams as sea receive such strong support from the teams ashore and from the senior management”. His brother, Capt. Chaitanya acknowledges that support from Wallem has really helped him to attain the rank of Master of VLCCs. “Wallem has been the beacon which has successfully guided me despite many challenges along the way,” says Capt. Chaitanya.
Capt. Deepak Nigam has been with Wallem since October 1975 after beginning his career with the Royal Indian Merchant Marine Training Ship “Dufferin” in September 1970. He worked his way up through the ranks and was promoted to Master in 1984. Highlights of his career include taking over as Master for the world’s largest jumboized vessel - the Seawise Giant (renamed the Jahre Viking in April 1991) and for the world’s largest designed and built ship – the Prairial (named Sea Giant then) from takeover until the vessel was scrapped in 2003. Capt. Chaitanya Nigam began his career with Wallem in 1981, joining his first ship, a tanker called the Gracious TRUE NORTH THE WAY FORWARD
And proof that seafaring really does run in the family – Capt. Chaitanya’s son Akshay Nigam is a Deck Officer who is also sailing with Wallem!
W i t h C a p t . D e e p a k N i g a m ’s b ro t h e r C h a i t a n y a N i g a m n ow at t h e h e l m , w e a re s u re t h a t the Kondor is in safe hands.
Have you got the next bright idea?
s an organization we need to be agile and proactive with our thinking and approach to meet the needs of customers today and tomorrow. To foster a culture of innovation at Wallem and further embed innovation in our DNA we have launched an exciting new programme called “innov8”.
What’s it all about? We want to create an environment to support, promote and reward creative thinking and collaboration. The innov8 programme is aimed at encouraging our staff (both at sea and on shore) to contribute innovative ideas to the company that could positively impact our business. For example; ideas which would help us find better ways to serve our
customers through improved processes or cost efficiencies. Every idea, no matter how big or small will be considered!
What’s in it for me? Aside from fame and glory, shortlisted ideas will be put forward for Wallem innov8 awards and those with successful ideas that are implemented by the Company will be rewarded. All Wallem staff onshore and at sea are invited to send ideas. Email your idea to the Innov8 group now at email@example.com Issue 3 2018
Firsthand account of Transit through the Panama Canal By Capt. Manjit Singh Sangha
aster of the Sonangol Cazenga, Capt. Manjit Singh Sangha and his crew share their experience of navigating Sonangol’s first Suezmax tanker (the 156,898.8 dwt Sonangol Cazenga) through the Expanded Panama Canal: After seven years of intensive construction, the expanded Panama Canal opened on 26th June 2016. The additional lane is for the transit of Neopanamax vessels, offering a shorter route and greater cargo capacity for its customers. The Expanded Canal has three lanes of locks, up from two previously. With these new locks, the Panama Canal is able to handle vessels with overall length of 366 m (1,201 feet), 49 meters beam and 15.2 meters draft – and with almost twice the cargo capacity than before. To prepare for transit, the crew of the Sonangol Cazenga submitted all the necessary ship information and plans to the Panama Canal Authority. Prior to arriving in the Panama Canal waters, the ACP advisory to shipping No. A-152017 requires vessels to completely switch (changeover) from HFO (residual fuel) to light fuel (distillate fuel) that will be used for their propulsion engines, auxiliary engines, boilers and other ancillary equipment. “Upon arrival at Cristobal the vessel anchored at a selected spot, along with many other vessels arriving to anchor at the same time. Early the next morning we moved the vessel into place for the pilot to go onboard, along with two canal inspectors to begin the transit,” says Capt. Sangha. Capt. Sangha explains that unlike the old locks, the Neopanamax Canal does not utilize locomotives to keep the vessel in the centre of the Gatun locks. Pilots are therefore instructed to keep the vessel sliding on the Teflon fenders to one side of the locks. Three tugs are required to control ships movement, one tug centre lead forward, one tug aft with two tugs lines made fast to port and starboard quarters, and one tug assisting at break of accommodation which is released before entering the locks. Tugs forward and at stern are used to control the ship’s bow and stern, in
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order to keep the vessel to one side of the lock sliding along the fenders, assisted by numerous engine and helm movements. The vessel should stop moving ahead at least 300 feet from the forward lock gates. This is to maintain safe distance from the ship’s bow to the forward lock gate and to allow sufficient space for the tug to operate in between. The speed used to move from one lock to another should be maintained between 0.5 Kts to 1.0 Kts. Capt. Sangha shares that, “Before exiting the last lock on the Pacific side, the vessel started moving ahead on its own without any engine movement, causing stress on the stern lines. This was countered by using astern movement in the ship’s engines. Upon inquiring with the pilot, it was revealed that this effect was due to difference in density of lock water (0.9954) and ocean water (1.025).” The total time for the transit (from pilot going onboard to pilot disembarking) was 17.6 hours, including 5.7 hours anchoring at Gatun Lake. When transiting the canal Capt. Sangha shares that engineers should keep an eye on starting air pressures, and steering system as too many movements and helm orders are given to avoid contact with the lock fenders. He also advises that the navigation team should be vigilant and attentive to the orders given by the pilot. The team should closely monitor both helm and engine orders and report immediately to the Master / pilot if either response is not as ordered. “Transiting the Canal, one of the most amazing engineering achievements of all time, was an incredible experience for all onboard,” concludes Capt. Sangha.
Wallem in the Local Community C
orporate Social Responsibility at Wallem comprises charity and fundraising activities in our local communities; especially those which benefit the seafaring community or the communities in which our seafarers or colleagues reside. It also includes projects or initiatives which relate to the support of the maritime industry, particularly education.
“Day of the Seafarer 2018” celebrations across Wallem
onday 25th June was IMO’s International “Day of the Seafarer”, aimed at showing appreciation for the hard work done by seafarers around the world and acknowledging the commitment made by them. To mark this day, colleagues in our offices and manning agencies around the world dressed in our Group's colours of red, white and blue and gathered to take photos to show their support for our seafarers. Special Safety & Wellness Dinners were also held onboard Wallemmanaged vessels as acknowledgement and appreciation of their dedication and outstanding performance and to commend them on some recent achievements made by our crews including rescues at sea.
The theme this year was “Seafarers’ Wellbeing”; something which Wallem is passionate about and committed to. As part of our ongoing emphasis on wellness at sea, we reached out to our seafarers on the day to get some feedback on what seafarers’ wellbeing means to them. We also reviewed and shared the results of a survey on wellness and mental health done by the UK P&I club on over 2,000 Wallem seafarers. All feedback has been incorporated into Wallem’s comprehensive wellness@sea programme which is a key part of our Safety Strategy and aimed at empowering our seafarers to take care of their own mental and physical health. Issue 3 2018
Wallem Singapore Staff Give Back
Helping Our Colleagues Affected by Kochi floods
ur Singapore staff were keen to give back to their local community by volunteering at a local charity. â€œWilling Hearts Soup Kitchenâ€? is wholly run by volunteers who prepare, cook and distribute around 6,000 meals a day, 365 days a year. Beneficiaries include the elderly, the disabled, low income families, poverty-stricken families, and migrant workers in Singapore. A group of 34 of our Singapore office staff signed up to volunteer on 10th September. They helped to chop meat and vegetables and do other chores such as cleaning and check inventories. It was hard work but a very worthwhile afternoon for all who volunteered!
n August 2018, the state of Kerala (and city of Kochi) in India was affected by severe flooding. This resulted in homes being destroyed and some 220,000 people displaced. Many of our staff; both sea and shore-based and their families, who live in the affected region sadly lost their belongings, and in some cases their homes, to the floods. Generous donations were made by our staff to provide their colleagues with the financial assistance they will need to help rebuild their lives. These donations have been matched by the Group and the funds were distributed to those affected in September.
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WoW India Support Local Womens’ Foundation
he Women of Wallem (WoW) Kolkata chapter paid a visit to the Pinkishe Foundation at the end of July. The Pinkishe Foundation is the fastest growing self-help community of Indian Women. It is a NGO focused on the development, well-being, pride and happiness of Indian women. The members of the foundation come from all walks of life cutting across all socio-economic strata, religions, beliefs. The foundation is also well known for providing financial aid to young females in need, fighting against social injustice towards women, providing them with financial independence opportunities, etc. WoW Kolkata was welcomed by Pinkishe Foundation members who gave the team insights into the work done by the foundation. The WoW ladies then presented the Pinkishe Foundation with a donation which will go towards supporting women’s health in the rural parts of India.
Meeting with the Women of Wallem in Manila
n early September a meeting was held with the Women of Wallem (WoW) ladies in Manila. Attending the meeting were General Manager for Marine HR, Praveen Shukla, Viken Technical Director Vidar Winciansen, Westminster President Capt. Ceferino Leal Jr. and other Westminster staff. WoW continue to support seafarers’ families, engage with wives, husbands and children getting them together for social and creative activities and providing a vital support network. They also help to look after seafarers waiting to join vessels. The meeting was a great opportunity to review past activities and make plans for the future to support our seafarers.
Annual Picnic Get-together
ur Mumbai colleagues and their families got together for the annual picnic at a local water park. It was a fun day filled with happy memories. Issue 3 2018
Promotions & Appointments Congratulations to the following colleagues on their well-deserved promotions!
Lee Ting Fong Cynthia
Bong Siew Fong
Nathalie Quiquempoix, Group Business Process Manager was promoted to General Manager Business Process Marine for Wallem Ship Management; effective 1st July 2018. Huang Lingyun, Boarding Officer for Operations in Wallem Ship Agency Operations Department in Hong Kong was promoted to Senior Boarding Officer; effective 1st June 2018. Lee Ting Fong Cynthia, Accounts Assistant for Wallem Accounts Department was promoted to Accounts Supervisor; effective 1st June 2018. Bong Siew Fong, Executive Assistant/ SID Coordinator for Wallem Ship Management Marine Safety Department was promoted to Commercial Executive; effective 1st June 2018.
We would like to welcome the following colleagues to the Wallem family:
Philip George Tate
Lapiguera Connie Gomez
Choi Yuen Tung Kelly
Chan Yiu Chung Felix
Lau Yuet Shing Frank
Tiwari Rajanish Prabhat
Philip George Tate joined Wallem Ship Management Technical Department in Hong Kong as Fleet Manager on 11th June 2018. Lapiguera Connie Gomez joined Wallem Ship Management Procurement Department in Hong Kong as Purchaser on 3rd July 2018. Choi Yuen Tung Kelly joined Wallem Ship Management Marine Safety Department in Hong Kong as Marine Executive on 5th July 2018. Chan Yiu Chung Felix joined Wallem Services in Hong Kong as Accounts Assistant on 30th July 2018. Lau Yuet Shing Frank joined SeaSafe Marine in Hong Kong as Service Administrator on 16th July 2018. Tiwari Rajanish Prabhat joined Wallem Ship Management Technical Department in Hong Kong as Marine Superintendent on 6th August 2018.
Retirements In this issue we bid a fond farewell to our Hong Kong colleague TC Lau who retired recently:
Lau Tat Chiu
Lau Tat Chiu, Senior Purchasing Supervisor for Wallem Ship Management Procurement Department in Hong Kong retired on 23rd September 2018 after 35 years of service to Wallem. Thank you to TC for your dedication and contributions to the Company over the years. You will be dearly missed!
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Honouring Frankie Tan!
Ms Annie Chang, Assistant Director, Cruise Infrastructure and Industry Design Development, Singapore Tourism Board presenting Director and General Manager of Wallem Ship Agency Singapore Frankie Tan with a small momento to thank him for his contribution to Singapore’s shipping industry
eet General Manager of Wallem Ship Agency Singapore, Frankie Tan. Frankie is the name and face of our Singapore agency operations team and was recently presented with a 52 year long service award.
Frankie has had a long and exciting maritime career, having joined the maritime industry in 1966 as an Operations Assistant for Harpers Shipping. In 1982 Frankie was promoted to Line Manager in charge of an Australian Breakbulk/Container Liner service for Harpers. This role saw him manage the Operations department for breakbulk, conventional cargo and container liner services, oversee tankers, trampers, OPL and look after the ad hoc cruise ship operations. Frankie was one of the pioneers for handling cruise ships in the 1980s. Back then he was one of the few agents handling homeporting cruise ships and Frankie worked closely with the Singapore Tourism Board and Singapore Cruise Centre. He helped to build the cruise ship business from two principals to ten; two of whom- Japan Grace Peace Boat & Cunard Line are still with Wallem today. Frankie worked his way up to the position of General Manager in 1995 before being appointed as Director of Harpers Singapore and Harper Wira Malaysia. When Wallem acquired Harpers in 2003, Frankie was tasked with managing the operations of Wallem Agency in
Singapore and he was appointed to head the team in 2013. Over the years, Frankie has been instrumental in further developing our cruise business in Singapore, securing Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCCL)’s first homeporting ship in 2007. RCCL remains one of our biggest cruise principals today. Frankie also worked to secure US navy business for Singapore back in 2013. Wallem has handled more than 250 Navy ships calls since then. With Frankie at the helm of the agency business in Singapore, Wallem’s business has grown from strength to strength. Today Wallem is one of the largest agencies in Singapore and regionally, handling more than 500 cruise calls per year, in addition to hundreds of other vessels in port or at anchorage. Frankie has built a very strong and capable agency team over the years and he is more than happy now to take a step back and allow his team to run the day-to-day operations and provide an excellent experience for our customers. In September 2018, during a celebration to mark Wallem’s 60th anniversary in Singapore, Frankie was honoured by the Singapore Tourism Board for his contribution to the industry. A big thank you to Frankie for your contribution to Wallem over the years! Issue 3 2018
Long Service Awards Congratulations and a big thank you to our colleagues at sea and on shore who recently reached the following milestones (from June 2018 to September 2018) in their careers at Wallem:
Capt. Intikhab Ahmed
NAME Intikhab Ahmed Lau Tat Chiu
NAME Cyrus Bulsara Raj Jha Rajeev Goel Leung Kit Yi Michelle
NAME Bappaditya Bose Peeyush Jain Kartick Chatterjee Jaime Fontanilla Roberto Giron Sunil Carvalho Vinod Gade Sujit Mungekar Nileshkumar Tandel Yam Sek Chung Andrew Singh Puran K. Gopalkrishnan Biswajit Chain
NAME Mohammad Sohael Rana Gagan Batra Narayan Kandapal Mauricio Manlangit Constantino I A Cardoso Aurelio Jr Fernandez Dineshkumar Patel Lito Iligan Mario Dubal
Lau Tat Chiu
Capt. Cyrus Bulsara
POSITION /RANK Master Senior Purchasing Supervisor
POSITION /RANK Master Master Master Insurance Clerk
POSITION /RANK Master Master Electo Technical Officer Bosun Bosun Bosun Chief Pety Officer Bosun Able Seaman Motorman Manager, Accounting Systems Assistant Fleet Manager Associate Manager, Marine HR, India Messenger, Administration, India
POSITION /RANK Master Chief Engineer Chief Engineer Pumpman Engine Fitter Bosun Able Seaman Motorman Motorman
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Capt. Raj Jha
Capt. Rajeev Goel
NAME Teodorico Geronimo Chan Wai Man Sandy Yip Chun Chung Wilson
NAME Kunal Chandarana Arul Vivek Sakarias Hui Chuan Liu Shou Feng Wei Ashok Kumar Leo Hondrade Erwin Grutas Jucel Neo Harishbhai Tandel Shaileshkumar Tokrawala Dino Cruz Prashant Dhide Ronnie Salas
NAME Brian Dantonius Hong Xing Li Jian Ming Shi Sameer Chadha Xiu Ming Lin Abhinav Tiwari Alujjage Don Janaka Gunawardena Bai Man Song Ji Qiang Zhang Jian Wang Manoj Sahoo Michael Manzano Mohit Chawla Qing Chun Wei Rahul Singh Satyaprakash Gagat Varun Thapliyal
Leung Kit Yi Michelle
POSITION /RANK Motorman Business Specialist Senior Accounts Assistant
POSITION /RANK Master Chief Officer Chief Engineer Chief Engineer Engine Fitter Fitter Able Seaman Able Seaman Able Seaman Ordinary Seaman Motorman Motorman Chief Cook
POSITION /RANK Master Master Master Master Master Chief Officer Chief Officer Chief Officer Chief Officer Chief Officer Chief Officer Chief Officer Chief Officer Chief Officer Chief Officer Chief Officer Chief Officer
PEOPLE 10 YEARS
NAME Vitalii Poliakov Ajit Singh Atish Jadhav Kurian Kurian Nitish Bharadwaj Pei Hua Yang Peng Hu Prashant Bhosale Rahul Singh Roopesh Muvvala Shuai Li Stanislav Makarov Sudeep Purushothaman Vivek Jha Vivek Kizhakkethottam George Ankit Sanwal Ashis Shaw Daren Vaz Xiang Gui Gao Xiao Wei Zhao Xiu Guo Li Ayush Tahim Gang Zhang Jalaj Raha Kabul Sajudi Kyaw Myint Ling Feng Si Orlando Jr Gomez Said Djojosuroto Yong Sun Alwyn Viegas Arvin Michael Stronach Igor Titorenko Lowell Jay Quimno Manoj Balakrishna Nair Pandikannan Shanmugam Sanjib Mondal Seetharaman Kallidaikuruchi Zhi He Bogdan Urbanovskiy Domnic Fernandes Guang Hui Xu Hla Htay Mohmmed Khan Rajasekaran Arunachalam Ranbir Hooda Rowell Tibor Anil Kumar Maria Tariq Xavier Fernando Satyendra Singh Benjie Baldivia Dindo Roda Jose Varghese Subash Kesavan Achary Zhan Tao Jia Carmel Valanathan George Michael Chang You Yu Chang Zai Yao Gui Xing Wang Hong Yue Liu Ming Shui Wang
POSITION /RANK Chief Officer 2nd Officer 2nd Officer 2nd Officer 2nd Officer 2nd Officer 2nd Officer 2nd Officer 2nd Officer 2nd Officer 2nd Officer 2nd Officer 2nd Officer 2nd Officer 2nd Officer 3rd Officer 3rd Officer 3rd Officer Chief Engineer Chief Engineer Chief Engineer 2nd Engineer 2nd Engineer 2nd Engineer 2nd Engineer 2nd Engineer 2nd Engineer 2nd Engineer 2nd Engineer 2nd Engineer 3rd Engineer 3rd Engineer 3rd Engineer 3rd Engineer 3rd Engineer 3rd Engineer 3rd Engineer 3rd Engineer 3rd Engineer Electrical Engineer Electrical Engineer Electrical Engineer Electrical Engineer Electrical Engineer Electrical Engineer Electrical Engineer Electrical Engineer Electro Technical Officer Electro Technical Officer Electro Technical Officer Pumpman Engine Fitter Engine Fitter Engine Fitter Fitter Bosun Bosun Bosun Bosun Bosun Bosun
NAME Nageswara Rao Mylapilli Nileshkumar Captain Shun Ping Mo Umeshkumar Tandel Yi Fan Chen Zhen Shan Ma Alberto Raagas Brando Juntereal Chandro Galo Cajes Jayvee Rivera Jerson Mato Jie Fu Jing Jing Wang John Raymond Daguno Joseph Tan Kristopher Derrick Marquez Qiao Wen Rodel Flores Ashok Gupta Bhagwan Singh Chandrahash Tandel Chiragbhai Tandel Mayurkumar Tandel Prashant Mishra Rajesh Kumar Karattu Vayal Rajnikant Tandel Shaileshkumar Tandel Umashankar Singh Ananias Velasquez Armando Bayaton Frederick Lanuzga Jafrey Perez Warren Geonanga Zaldy Sena (Ă‘A) Anilkumar Bamania Ashokbhai Tandel Devendra Chauhan Dharmeshkumar Tandel Nareshbhai Chauhan Navinchandra Patel Pravinbhai Tandel Shivbhan Chaurasia Muhammed Ashraf Narayanam Venghat Sebastiao Fernandes Feng Cheng Nelson Pasiona Shu Rong Shen Varian Dela Rosa Jitendra Pansare Joseph Pinto Raymond Fernandes Dean Alarcon Liang Li Rommel Regalado Yue Jie Su Chin Dickson Lap Kong Chayut Anuwan Charlie Bussayabuntoon Hemant Purohit Richa Daroch
POSITION /RANK Bosun Bosun Bosun Bosun Bosun Bosun Able Seaman Able Seaman Able Seaman Able Seaman Able Seaman Able Seaman Able Seaman Able Seaman Able Seaman Able Seaman Able Seaman Able Seaman Able Seaman Able Seaman Able Seaman Able Seaman Able Seaman Able Seaman Able Seaman Able Seaman Able Seaman Able Seaman Motorman Motorman Motorman Motorman Motorman Motorman Motorman Motorman Motorman Motorman Motorman Motorman Motorman Motorman Purser & Catering Officer Purser & Catering Officer Purser & Catering Officer Chief Cook Chief Cook Chief Cook Chief Cook General Steward General Steward General Steward Messman Messman Messman Messman Managing Director, Ship Agency Commercial Assistant, Wallem Ship Agency Aviation Division, Thailand Managing Director, Ship Agency Myanmar Assistant Manager, Finance, India Manager, HR, India Issue 3 2018
Stormy skies Taken by Second Officer Animesh Das onboard the M.T. Gener8 Supreme at Jose Anchorage, Venezuela.
A visitor onboard Taken by Capt. Birsha Haldar, Master of the M.T. Gener8 Andriotis at Long Beach
Rising sun Taken by Ordinary seaman, John Rofel C. Florita, onboard the M.V. True Patriot in Western Australia
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Into the blue The Capesize bulker, the Genco Liberty
Landing success! Taken by Chief Officer A. V. Sakarias onboard M. T. Gener8 Success
Itâ€™s all so quietâ€Ś Taken by 3rd Officer, Karthik Velayutham in the Indian Ocean onboard the M.T. Gener8 Apollo
Navigating with the Sun & the Stars Masters of the craft, L-R 2nd Officer Harpal Singh and Capt. Deepak Nigam sailing on the M.T. Kondor
Time for training! Taken by Master of the M.T. Front Pollux, Capt. Ajit Dixit
Ready for action. Marine Engineer Edryan Rebute onboard the M.T. KSL Seoul
At the Gatun locks Keeping watch at the locks Taken by 3rd Officer M. Sohaib Afzal onboard the FSL Osaka at the Panama Canal
Orange sky Taken by AB Jefty Tan onboard the M.T. Troviken
Shooting hoops Crew of the Dolviken ready to shoot some hoops.
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