2nd SAFETY4SEA Manila Forum

The 2nd SAFETY4SEA Manila Forum was scheduled as a full day event (09:00 to 17:00) on Tuesday 24th of October 2023 at the Luzon Ballroom of Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, Philippines.

This is a NON PROFIT event expected to attract a target group of approx. 200 persons / 100 organizations attendance from Safety, Technical, Marine departments of shipping operators and other related industry stakeholders. Attendance will be FREE of charge to delegates, a common feature of ALL SAFETY4SEA forums with sponsors covering all the expenses of the event.



08:00- 9:00  Welcome Coffee & Registration

09:00- 9:05  Forum Opening by Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA

09:05- 09:50  Opening Keynote Address Session

  • Engr. Ramon C. Hernandez, Director of Shipyards Regulation Service (SRS)/ Maritime Safety Service (MSS)- MARITIME INDUSTRY AUTHORITY (MARINA)
  • Vadm. Eduardo Ma R. Santos, President, Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP)
  • Dr. Angelica Baylon, MAAP ERO Director and PAEPI Global Chair Emeritus

09:50- 10:00  Results of industry wide SEAFiT Survey by Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA

10:00 – 11:15 Panel #1 Caring for the crew: Promoting welfare at sea
Moderated by Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA

  • Crew Alarming Trends: Crew Abandonment, Bullying & Harassment, Suicides onboard, etc.
  • It’s OK not to Feel OK: Recognizing the Significance of Mental Health for Seafarers
  • Mental Health and Coping Strategies: Implementing a Safety-Centric Approach to Mental Wellness
  • Raise Seafarers’ Welfare and Wellbeing: Focus on wellness-focused training and awareness programs for seafarers


  • Arnold B. Javier, President, Magsaysay Maritime Corporation
  • Atty. Iris Baguilat, President, Döhle Seafront Crewing (Manila), Inc.
  • Capt. Yu Yamada, Assistant Director – Account Management, Rightship
  • Capt. Akshat Arora, Senior Risk Assessor, Thomas Miller P&I Ltd

11:15 – 11:45 Networking Coffee Break

11:45 – 13:15 Panel #2 Seafarers in today’s maritime world: Nurturing vital soft skills and training
Moderated by Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA

  • Soft Skills Focus: How soft skills contribute to safer and more efficient maritime operations
  • Sustainable Course: Crew Training and Development for Shipping Decarbonization
  • Adapting to Technological Advancements: Strategies for ensuring that seafarers are equipped with the digital skills needed
  • Crew Training in Shipping Decarbonization: Emerging trends in seafarer training for smooth transition


  • Capt. Sundeep Sequeira, Sales Director, OneLearn Global
  • Danna Raphaella Ocado, Information Systems Manager, I.M.A. ASSESSMENT AND TRAINING CENTER, INC.
  • Donnie Bagang, Managing Director, GREEN MARINE ENGINEERING Pte. Ltd
  • Leo M. Bolivar, Country Manager, International Registries (Far East) Limited
  • Allan Raymund Olano, General Manager · Green Jakobsen Philippines, Inc.

13:15 – 14:15 Networking Buffet

14:15 – 14:30 PSC Intelligence Presentation: Dimitris Psarros, Business Development Manager, RISK4SEA

14:30 – 15:15 Panel #3 Seafarers’ health: Key priorities for a proactive approach
Moderated by Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA

  • Health Risk Focus: Need for pre-boarding medical screening standards for Filipino seafarers
  • Fatigue management: Maintaining balance of work and rest hours onboard
  • Focus on sleep quality: How to maintain a ‘sleep hygiene’ onboard
  • Health and Preventive Care: The importance of preventive healthcare for seafarers


  • Chris Hall, Managing Director- Hong Kong, The American Club
  • Dr. Christian Angelo P.  Lubaton, Medical Director for Holistic Care, Nordic Medical Clinic

15:15 – 16:15 Panel #4 The younger generation in the spotlight
Moderated by Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA

  • Technology and Automation: How younger seafarers are adapting to and embracing emerging technologies on modern vessels
  • Sustainable Shipping: The younger generation’s commitment to reducing the maritime industry’s environmental impact
  • Career Development and Training: Personal experiences in pursuing maritime careers, including education, training, and mentorship
  • Regulatory Compliance: The impact of evolving maritime regulations on younger seafarers’ roles and responsibilities


  • Yrhen Bernard Sabanal Balinis, Licensed merchant marine officer, IMO Goodwill Maritime Ambassador
  • Capt. Michael Caranguian, PD Fleet (Döhle Seafront)
  • Christian Erik Garin, 2nd Officer, Arcadia Shipmanagement Co Ltd.
  • Joan Gift Mandafe, Chief Officer, Zeaborn Ship Management (Cyprus) Limited
  • Richard Rey Permundo, 2nd Engineer, Wah Kwong Ship Management
  • Capt. Cyril Pineda, Hartmann Crew Philippines
  • Capt. Joel Tronco, Dorian LPG

16:15 – 17:15 Panel #5: Anchoring resilience: Strategies for adapting to change
Moderated by Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA

  • Crew Safety and Mental Wellness: Enhancing Resilience at Sea
  • Enhancing Psychological Resilience: Share effective strategies and best practices
  • Personal Well-being and Self-Care: Highlight the importance of self-care and well-being practices for seafarers
  • Resilience Training and Mental Preparedness: Examine the importance of resilience training for seafarers


  • Jose Albar Kato, Vice President for Internal Affairs, FAME
  • Dr. Michael U. Jimenez, NTC Psychologist/Subject Matter Expert, Norwegian Training Centre-Manilla
  • Dr.  Roxanne Garcia, Lead Physician, VIKAND
  • Karen Gail Ibanez, Psychologist, Mental Health Support Solutions Philippines
  • Marville Espago, Regional Manager, Philippines, International Seafarers’​ Welfare & Assistance Network (ISWAN)

17:15 Closing Remarks, Forum ends



Attendance is FREE, subject to Registration



Capt. Akshat Arora, Senior Risk Assessor, Thomas Miller P&I Ltd

Akshat is a Master Mariner with significant sea-going experience on a variety of dry cargo ships; and over 13 years of shore-based experience managing aspects relating to maritime safety/security, quality management system, commercial operations, vetting & technical management. Prior to joining the UK P&I Club in Singapore in June 2023, he worked with an IG P&I Club in the Loss Prevention department with a particular focus on crew and cargo claims, environmental compliance, ship surveys, incident investigation and root cause analysis. In recent years, Akshat has been closely involved with issues related to seafarers’ wellbeing, cyber risk management, sustainable ship recycling, maritime decarbonisation, dry bulk and container casualty-related matters. He is an associate fellow of the Nautical Institute (AFNI), and a member of the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) technical committee.


Dr. Angelica Baylon, MAAP ERO Director and PAEPI Global Chair Emeritus

Dr Angelica M.  Baylon, External Relations Director of the Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific, is actively involved in Research, Instruction, Productivity and Extension Services (RIPES).  She is also Chairman and President Emeritus of the Philippine Association of Extension Program Implementers (PAEPI)-Global. Professor  Baylon had collaborated with scholars spreading over global regions (the Asia Pacific and Oceania, the Americas, Europe, and Africa) for international research cooperation. With 2 PhDs and 4 Masters, all earned with honors and grats , her research interest includes Maritime Education and Training (MET), Women Empowerment, Global Competencies, Corporate Social Responsibility, Bioethics, Sustainability, Disaster Risk Management, Human Security, Global Public Health, Human Rights Education, Traditional Health Practices, Indigenous People, Renewable energy, Smart Transport System, Shipping Ports and International Logistics or SPIL,  OBE, TVET, CBETA,  K to 12, PBL, Blockchain Technology, GIS to cite a few. She is an editorial board member, paper contributor, and paper reviewer of reputable maritime journals:   International Journal of Transportation and Navigational Safety (TRANSNAV), Poland; Journal of ETA Marine Science (JEMS), Turkey; and Journal of Marine Technology and Environment (JMTE), Romania. Funded by the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP), she accomplished two maritime research projects in 2012 and2014 with policy implications.  On research, in additional to Philippine awards and being in the list of PHILIPPINES MEN AND WOMEN OF SCIENCE and in the  SPECIALIZED PHILIPPINE REFERENCE FOR EXPERTS AND SCIENTISTS , she is a recipient of numerous global awards like the  2011 Outstanding Asian Research Leadership Award from the International Association of Multidisciplinary Research (IAMURE)   and the lifetime 2017 Research Fellowship from the Royal Institute of Singapore, to cite a few. She is Vice-Chair of the Expert Group on Recruitment, Career Development and Job Transition (2019 to date)  for Seafarers of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation for Seafarers Excellence Network ( APEC-SEN), being managed  by KIMFT, South Korea as the secretariat of the Asia Pacific Economies  of the  Maritime Industry Authorities . In 2022 ,she accomplished a commissioned funded APEC SEN research entitled “COVID-19 Reaction: APEC SEN Distance Learning Platform for Seafarers’ ‘. Her publications are listed on Google scholar, Scopus Index and Web of Science.


Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA

Apo is the Founder & Managing Director of the SQE Group, including SQE MARINE, SQE ACADEMY, SAFETY4SEA and RISK4SEA. He is a veteran Maritime Safety, Quality & Environmental Expert, Consultant, Trainer and Project Manager with a 30 year background in shipping as Technical, Marine, Safety & Training Superintendent, Consultant and Project Manager. He entered shipping as Engineering Superintendent with a leading ship manager operating a mixed fleet of bulk and oil/chemical tankers and later shifted to regulatory compliance and QHSE specialization  as superintendent and later as a Consultant, Trainer and Project Manager. Apostolos has successfully completed a wide range of QHSE projects including 250+ management system projects (ISM/ISPS/ISO 9001-14001-18001/TMSA/MLC/DBMS), 500 vessel and office audits to various standards and he has trained more than 10,000 people in a wide variety of QHSE and Shipping related subjects. He is holding Mechanical Engineering Bachelor and Master’s specializing in Energy & Environment and Master’s Degrees in Maritime Business and Business Administration (MBA). Apostolos is the founder and Managing Editor of SAFETY4SEA that produces a wide range of paper magazines, the globally leading portal in Safety & Environmental protection for shipping (www.safety4sea.com) and numerous large scale events and he is a frequent speaker in many events across the globe, while he has chaired more than 70 large scale forums so far. You may explore more about the activities of the group at www.sqegroup.co


Donnie Bagang, Managing Director, GREEN MARINE ENGINEERING Pte. Ltd

Donnie Bagang is a distinguished Chief Marine Engineer Unlimited with 23 years of experience in the maritime industry, both at sea and ashore. His journey in the maritime world is characterized by a profound commitment to sustainability and decarbonization. Donnie Bagang achieved a historic milestone by becoming the world’s first Chief Engineer to commercially oversee the operation of a Dual Fuelled Methanol Tanker. Over the course of his career, Donnie spent a significant 16 years navigating the seas aboard Oil and Chemical Tankers, with a notable six-year tenure as a Chief Engineer. His extensive experience at sea provided him with invaluable insights into vessel operations and maintenance, contributing to his comprehensive understanding of maritime challenges and solutions. Donnie’s career path evolved as he took on roles such as Drydocking Superintendent, Technical Superintendent, and Senior Vessel Manager, specializing in Dual Fuelled Methanol Tankers. In these pivotal roles, he demonstrated his expertise in a wide range of areas, including overseeing new building projects, executing retrofits, managing emergency repairs, and orchestrating dry docking operations. His extensive experience also encompassed conducting surveys, implementing planned maintenance systems, and working with electronic controlled engines, dual fuel technology, and optimizing vessel performance. Beyond his technical roles, Donnie is a Certified Maritime Educator, Assessor, and Course Developer, he serves as a Marine Technical Consultant and a Business Development and Marketing Strategist while he currently holds the  position of Managing Director at Green Marine Engineering Pte. Ltd. in Singapore. In this pivotal role, he continues to drive forward the agenda of sustainability and environmental responsibility within the maritime industry.


Atty. Iris Baguilat, Döhle Seafront Crewing (Manila), Inc.

Atty. Iris Baguilat is President of Döhle Seafront Crewing (Manila), Inc, a Founding member and Trustee, Association of Licensed Manning Agencies (ALMA) Maritime Group and also Trustee, Maritime Law Association of the Philippines (MARLAW). A seasoned lawyer who held executive positions in various companies and organizations in the Philippine Maritime sector, Iris’s proactive and transformative leadership shaped the company Döhle Seafront into an established crewing firm well-known locally and abroad. She serves as a lead consultant to agencies involved in shaping the Philippine shipping laws and stands at the forefront of the country’s efforts to answer the challenges posed by the pandemic. Döhle Seafront Crewing (Manila) Inc. is a premier Philippine manning agency providing excellent and quality crewing services directly to the Döhle Group and various international ship owners and operators since 2009.


Yrhen Bernard Sabanal Balinis, Licensed merchant marine officer | IMO Goodwill Maritime Ambassador PH

Yrhen Bernard Sabanal Balinis is a seafarer by profession with 5+ years of experience in the maritime industry on board international sea-going ships spanning bulk carriers, general/heavy lift vessels, and oil/chemical tankers. He holds numerous advisory, ambassadorial, chairmanship and council membership positions from the Royal Institute of Navigation- Younger Members’ Group (RIN-YMG), Human Rights at Sea (HRAS), Maritime UK, CHIRP Maritime, and The Nautical Institute. He also serves as the youngest International Maritime Organization Goodwill Maritime Ambassador (IMO GMA) where he advocates #FortheYouthinMaritime believing that these new generation will be the key drivers of the maritime industry. Yrhen has been recently appointed as one of the experts in the United Nations Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (UNDOALOS) with expertise in maritime transport, and welfare and social status of seafarers.


Leo M. Bolivar, Country Manager, International Registries (Far East) Limited

Mr. Bolivar joined International Registries, Inc. and its affiliates (IRI) in August 2015 as Office Manager for the newly opened office in Manila, Philippines and was promoted to Country Head of the Philippines in 2016. Prior to joining IRI, Mr. Bolivar worked for Navis Maritime Services, Inc., where he served on the Board of Directors and most recently held the position of Senior Executive Vice President and General Manager, where he was responsible for the management of day-to-day administrative operations. Additionally, in this role he oversaw internal and external audits and assisted in the development and implementation of compliance with key corporate, legal, and regulatory requirements. Mr. Bolivar has also held the positions of Director, Corporate Treasurer and Vice President for Administration with Crossbow Outsourcing Inc, Director and Head of Administration at Ulstein Marine Services, AS, and Owner’s Representative and Consultant at Uljanik Plovidba d.d. Mr. Bolivar has also worked as an Executive Assistant to the Owner’s Representative at Stolt-Nielsen Philippines Inc. Mr. Bolivar is a member of the Philippines Norway Business Council, Filipino Association for Mariners’ Employment, Inc. and currently the Chairman and co-founder of Maritime Stakeholders Alliance Asia, Inc.


Capt. Michael Caranguian, PD Fleet (Döhle Seafront)

Captain Michael Caranguian, a seasoned mariner with over a decade of experience at the helm of container vessels, has traversed the world’s oceans, navigating the transformative golden age of the Philippine seafaring sector, which is now charting a course towards a more sustainable and greener shipping future. A native of Cagayan Valley, Captain Caranguian is also a devoted husband to his wife, Noralyn, and a father of three. He graduated from the Philippines Merchant Marine School-Manila in 1996 and has since embarked on a distinguished career in the maritime industry.



Marville Espago, Regional Manager, Philippines,  International Seafarers’​ Welfare & Assistance Network (ISWAN)

Marville Cullen Espago is a maritime professional with three years of experience as a deck officer onboard bulk carrier vessels. After graduating from the Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP), Marville spent two years conducting outreach projects across Northern and Central Luzon. He and a fellow seafarer, Bobby Caceres, co-founded “PASSION Projects,” a social advocacy organization that harnesses the strength of numbers. To this day, this initiative mobilized a collective of 141 volunteers, 29 organizations and institutions, and 15 partner projects. Its impact spanned 1,028 students, 8 schools, and 7 barangays. He also holds several leadership and membership roles in AMOSUP Youth Network, ITF Young Seafarers Network, Global Union Working Group for Young Workers and New Forms of Work, and The Outstanding Maritime Students of the Philippines – Alumni Community. Other than seafaring, Marville also dabbled in education and educational technology. Seeking the merger of his passion and profession, Marville was fortunate to be the Regional Manager at ISWAN Philippines. In this capacity, he orchestrates the execution of ISWAN’s international work programs within the region – ensuring that all the services and programs of ISWAN are cascaded to the seafarers who need them most.


Dr.  Roxanne Garcia, Lead Physician, VIKAND

Dr. Roxanne Garcia is an experienced doctor with a demonstrated history of working in the medical practice industry. Dr. Roxanne was a general and emergency physician for 10 years before joining the maritime industry. She worked with Norwegian Cruise line as a ship doctor in 2018, and was promoted to senior doctor in 2020. In 2021, she worked with Oceania Cruises as a Senior Doctor, before joining VIKAND as a senior doctor in 2022. Dr. Roxanne is now the lead physician of VIKAND OneHealth Solution. Roxanne holds a post-graduate degree in Medicine from Our Lady of Fatima University, and a bachelor’s degree in public health from the University of the Philippines.


Christian Erik Garin, 2nd Officer, Arcadia Shipmanagement Co Ltd.

2O Christian Erik Garin, a local of Lucena City of Quezon Province. 2O Garin took up BS Marine Transportation at Lyceum Batangas. His latest vessel assignment is with Arcadia Ship Management Co. Ltd., the= Aegean Unity. He has been under Magsaysay for 13 years. He is seasoned seafarer for oil tanker vessel.



Arnold Javier, President, Magsaysay Maritime Corporation

Arnold B. Javier is the President of the Magsaysay Maritime Corporation (MMC). MMC is one of the biggest maritime human resource companies that specializes in providing comprehensive solutions to meet the crewing requirements of the global shipping and cruise industries. With a strong commitment to excellence, Arnold ensures that MMC continually invests in the training and development of maritime officers and crew members, assuring their clients of having access to global standard training and well-trained professionals in the field. Arnold’s journey in the maritime industry began with years spent as a Deck Officer on chemical and product tankers, providing him with invaluable practical experience at sea. Over the course of his impressive 31-year career, he has held significant responsibilities in manning and crew management, overseeing operations in MMC’s network offices spanning from the Philippines to Indonesia, China, Eastern Europe, and Central and North America. Arnold is an alumnus of the premier maritime academy in the Philippines, graduating from the Philippine Merchant Marine Academy’s (PMMA) Class of 1991. He was one of the youngest graduates of his class and received a scholarship from V. Ships Norway A/S. Additionally, he is a commissioned Reserve Naval Officer in the Philippine Navy. His commitment to excellence is reflected in his consistent achievement of being a board placer, ranking among the top ten (10) in various grades of the Marine Deck Officers Licensure Examination. In pursuit of higher education and professional development, Arnold pursued a Master’s degree in Shipping Business and Management from the PMMA Graduate School, further enriching his knowledge and expertise. Beyond his responsibilities within MMC, Arnold B. Javier actively contributes to the maritime industry’s growth and development. He serves as a Trustee of the Filipino Shipowners Association (FSA) and holds the position of Vice Chair and a Board Director for the Magcoop Multipurpose Cooperative, one of the largest cooperatives in the Philippine maritime sector. Arnold’s dedication and leadership in these roles underscore his commitment to advancing the interests of the whole industry.


Dr. Michael U. Jimenez, NTC Psychologist/Subject Matter Expert, Norwegian Training Centre-Manilla

Michael U. Jimenez is a registered psychologist, a registered nurse, a licensed professional teacher and an organizational development post graduate diploma holder. He holds a Master in Business Administration degree from De La Salle University-Manila. Accordingly, he placed 4th in the 2017 psychologist licensure examinations. He has conducted training on the World Health Organization- Mental Health Gap Program in Department of Health Region III – an 8-module training program on mental health conditions –depression, psychosis, substance use, suicide, child and adolescent mental and behavioral disorders, dementia, epilepsy and other significant mental health complaints. He has developed and implemented the modules for the NSA Mental Health Awareness Seminar for Cadets – covering concepts on Mental Health for Seafarers and Emotional Intelligence. His interdisciplinary background and experience equipped him to conduct seminars and trainings on Mental Health, Emotional Intelligence, Child and Adolescent Psychology, Mindfulness in different organizations, corporations and academic institutions this year including GMA Network, Kidzania Manila, and the Department of Education. He is the plenary speaker for the Philippine Society for Educational Research and Evaluation last May 2019 about Mental Health. Presently, he is the Vice President of the Royal Pentagon Review Specialists, Inc., a review center established 16 years ago–that produced thousands of passers and topnotchers in board exams for psychologists, psychometricians, nurses, criminologists and teachers. As he prepares psychologists and psychometricians for the board examinations, he handles topics on psychological assessment, abnormal psychology, industrial psychology and counseling psychotherapy – integrating practice and theory to advance his advocacy on mental health awareness – conditions and interventions.


Engr. Ramon C. Hernandez, Director of Shipyards Regulation Service (SRS)/ Maritime Safety Service (MSS)- MARITIME INDUSTRY AUTHORITY (MARINA)



Karen Gail Ibanez, Psychologist, Mental Health Support Solutions Philippines

Karen Gail C. Ibanez has been in the practice of mental health since after getting her bachelor’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. She is both a licensed psychometrician and a psychologist with her practice focused more on assessment and diagnosis of mental illnesses. She started her career as an assistant psychologist in a private clinic in Mandaluyong City and worked on clinical and forensic assessments cases for 8 years. Sometime during that period, she joined University of Makati, a local government university where she is currently an Assistant Professor. She has been teaching psychology courses in the university for 8 years. Aside from being in the academe, she does consultancy for various companies and institution, helping to spread awareness about mental health. She joined Mental Health Support Solutions in 2020 and has been assisting in seafarers’ mental health together with her colleagues in the Philippines and around the world.


Jose Albar Kato, Vice President for Internal Affairs, FAME

Mr Jose Albar Kato is the current Vice President for Internal Affairs and former President of Filipino Association for Mariners’ Employment, Inc. (FAME). He is also a founding  & current trustee  of the Joint Manning Group (JMG) an umbrella organization of independent, well -established and long standing maritime and manning associations in the country. He currently chair the committees of FAME  and JMG on Legal and Legislative Matters.  An active industry representative to  the International  Advisory Committee on Global Maritime Affairs formed under the Department of Migrant Workers.  Mr. Kato is also the President of Albar Shipping and Trading Corporation.  A graduate in Secondary Education major in Physics, with Postgraduate degrees in Guidance and Educational Management and a  Masters in Business Administration.



Dr. Christian Angelo P. Lubaton, Medical Director for Holistic Care, Nordic Medical Clinic

Dr Christian “Didoy” Lubaton is the Medical Director for Holistic Care of Nordic Medical Clinics (Manila & Cebu, Philippines) of OSM Thome Group, serving the seafarers, shore employees, and stakeholders. He practices holistic medicine, integrating physical-psycho-social-spiritual aspects of a human being to help a person be at best of health and life. Regularly invited for Health and Well-being talks and seminars for companies and organizations for local and international audiences.

He has authored two books:

  •  Don’t Let Them Lose You: How To Take Care of Your Health So You Can Take Care of Others
  • Whole Again: Restore Your Body To It’s Original Design


Joan Gift Mandafe, Chief Officer, Zeaborn Ship Management (Cyprus) Limited

Chief Officer Joan Gift Mandafe is one of the few female officers navigating the seas. She recently worked on board Panamana vessel of Zeaborn Ship Management Limited. CO Mandafe is equipped with 8-year experience on general cargo vessels. She was born and raised in the province of Negro Occidental where turquoise waters surround the island. And she got her college degree from the prominent maritime academy, Philippine Merchant Marine Academy.



Richard Rey Permundo, 2nd Engineer, Wah Kwong Ship Management

2E Richard Rey Permundo has 12-year experience being part of Magsaysay and working onboard from bulk carrier to livestock vessels. Currently, he is with a Japanese Principal (IKE Shipping). He was born and raised in Ozamiz City in the province of Misamis Occidental. He finished his college degree at Misamis Institute of Technology.



Capt. Cyril Pineda, Hartmann Crew Philippines 

Captain Cyril Pineda has spent more than two decades sailing with Intership Navigation Co. Ltd under the UBC Fleet – Dry Bulk sector, starting as a Cadet and eventually rising to the rank of Captain. Throughout his career, Pineda has demonstrated exceptional determination and navigational skills, overcoming numerous challenges along the way. Today, he serves as one of the young captains for the Hartmann Crew Philippines, driven by a deep passion for the sea and an unwavering commitment to excellence. His outstanding dedication and leadership make him a shining example of the rewards that come from hard work and perseverance. Pineda actively participates in Maritime Education as an instructor for the Pre-Sea Programs of Intership Navigation and provides in-house training for the Hartmann Crew. Additionally, he serves as an instructor for COMPASS Training Center, offering Seafarers Basic Training according to the STCW Code. As part of the Company’s initiatives, Captain Pineda is a trained advocate for Crew Onboard Resilience and a partner for Maritime Anti-Corruption Network. Through his expertise and experience, he contributes to ensuring the well-being and safety of crew members while onboard. Captain Cyril Pineda’s dedication to his profession, both as a captain and as an educator, is a testament to his commitment to the maritime industry and its future generations.


Danna Raphaella Ocado, Information Systems Manager, I.M.A. ASSESSMENT AND TRAINING CENTER, INC.

Danna Raphaella Ocado is an experienced Information Systems Manager with a solid track record in the Maritime Training Industry. With 10 years of expertise in managing Information Systems, she has been an instrument in optimizing processes, enhancing data security, and ensuring seamless operations within the organization.



Allan Raymund Olano, General Manager · Green Jakobsen Philippines, Inc.

Allan Raymund Olano has profound experience and understanding of the maritime industry, including maritime operations and regulatory frameworks. He is a Master Mariner and a DMA-certified Safety and Health instructor and a Thomas Personal Profile Analysis (PPA) practitioner. Allan manages the Green-Jakobsen office in Manila and has been conducting courses related to maritime leadership, cultural awareness, behaviour-based safety, and mental health awareness. He is adept at using innovative learning and training methodologies and facilitating workshops, conferences, and online and face-to-face training on various soft skills like communication, team leadership, effective cross-cultural communication, and conflict management.


Dimitris Psarros, Business Development Manager, RISK4SEA

Dimitris joined SQE Group back in 2012 and now holds the position of Business Development Manager at RISK4SEA, an innovative SaaS platform which aims to provide Port State Control performance transparency to the market. He has more than 10 years of experience within the industry and held various commercial positions and participated in several projects with the aim to assist shipping companies to improve/maintain their safety and quality standards.


Vadm. Eduardo Ma R. Santos, President, Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP)

VADM EDUARDO MA R SANTOS was the 23rd Chief of the Navy of the Philippines from 1996 to 1999. He started the modernization of the Philippine Fleet, with the deployment of three (3) Peacock class patrol ships purchased from the UK and production of locally manufactured Patrol Craft Fast (PCF). He also served as Vice Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. From 1980-1986, he was the Manager of the premier and busiest port in the Philippines, the Port of Manila. He has commanded four combatant ships of our Navy and has held key command positions to wit: Chief of Naval Intelligence, Chief of Naval Staff and Commander Naval Forces Central Philippines. Upon retirement from public life in 1999, ADM SANTOS became the first President of the Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific, a position he holds up to the present. He is also the Executive Vice President of the Associated Marine Officers’ and Seamen’s Union of the Philippines (AMOSUP) – the largest Seamen’s Union in Asia. He heads many social/professional organizations in the country notably: · Chairman of 1Bataan Integrated Transport System Inc. · Chairman and President of the Bagong Bayani Foundation for OFWs, · President of the Philippine Chapter of The Nautical Institute (NI) · President of the Philippine Chapter of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMAREST). · He is also the Chairman of the Philippine Navy Board of Advisers and President of the Citizens’ Support your Navy Foundation. · In November 2019, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from CrewConnect Global, the largest event in maritime human resources, manning, education and training. It has been held annually over the past 20 years, averaging 500 delegates-maritime experts in attendance from all over the world. · Currently, he is the Chairman and President of the Maritime League · Recently, he became a member of the CHED-MARINA’s Technical Panel for Maritime Education. Nominated by the Philippine Maritime Industry Authority ,  he is appointed as International Maritime Organization (IMO) Goodwill Ambassador. · He is also designated as Director of the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) as of March 2022. In the international scene, he is Vice Chairman of GlobalMET, Chair of the Finance Committee Chair of the International Association of Maritime Universities (IAMU) , a member of ITF’s Ships’ Automation Working Group and the 2023  Annual President of the Asia maritime Universities and Fisheries Forum or AMFUF. . He is married to Lil Santos with 2 daughters and 2 grandchildren.


Capt. Sundeep Sequeira, Sales Director, OneLearn Global

Captain Sundeep Sequeira is Sales Director at OneLearn Global. For the last 16 years he has been actively supporting the Learning & Development of seafarers through simulation-based training, eLearning, crew engagement seminars, content creation projects, virtual reality and forward-looking learning management systems.



Capt. Joel Tronco, Dorian LPG

Captain Joel Tronco has been part of Magsaysay’s roster for eight (8) years. He has been working in Dorian LPG Management Corporation. As a master of the vessel, he oversees best practices to keep the crew welfare. His years of experience can give us insights of the realities we need to address for a better future of our industry.



Capt. Yu Yamada, Assistant Director- Account Management, Rightship

Capt. Yu Yamada is Assistant Director Account Management at RightShip. He joined RightShip in 2021 as the company’s first representative in Japan. Since then, he has developed RightShip accounts across the entire maritime supply chain – including shipowner, manager, operator, broker, insurance, financier, class, maker, ship builder, and more – in Japan and Philippines.    Yu began his maritime career working onboard tanker and car carrier vessels and holding a master license. He moved onshore in 2017, working first as a superintendent at a shipowner and management business, until he was promoted to the company’s overall manager of QHSE. Yu has extensive knowledge of the maritime space and holds a degree in Maritime Science from Kobe University. He is passionate about protecting and enhancing the welfare of seafarers around the world.




SQE Marine is a leading provider of Safety, Quality and Environmental Solutions providing Consulting, Training and Information products in these areas. We have been successfully providing a product and service range to more than 1,200 clients (based in 75+ countries) over the last 20 years, operating a DNVGL Certified Training Center and a LR ISO 9001 certified management system. Strong enough to provide immediate response and feedback to all client queries and needs, we provide a range of competitively priced services and timeliness for product / service delivery; we provide foolproof products and services to ensure full after sales support for as long as necessary. Last but not least, technical competence is the core of our management system & operations. Our vision is to be a leading world class corporation that provides reliable maritime solutions in the areas of Quality, Health, Safety, Environmental, Crisis, Security, and Risk Management. Our mission, therefore, is to provide real life, effective and efficient maritime solutions range including Consulting, Training and Information provision in order to maximize client benefit and minimize risk.





Arcadia Shipmanagement Co. LTD was established in Athens in 1998 with a clear strategic goal – “the safe transportation of cargoes worldwide with respect to the environment”. Initially the Company assumed the management of two different types of vessels (dry and wet) but at a later stage ARCADIA, realizing the increased demands and responsibilities of the current times, focused its activities on tanker management. Following the Company’s establishment in 1998, an ambitious investment program began with the construction of high specification aframax and suezmax tankers, in South Korean Yards, on behalf of Companies that had entrusted the management of their vessels to ARCADIA.



Blue Planet Shipping Ltd

Blue Planet Shipping Ltd (BPS) was established and based at Piraeus since 1996, to manage 8 Dry Bulk Carriers. In 1998, BPS split into two separate companies. BPS retained its root name and Third Millenium Shipping Ltd (TMS) was set up to manage vessels for different owners. BPS managed 7 out of the 8 vessels; (AKMI – ARIS – EVMAR – COSMAR – ALMAVITA – AFROS & ALKIMOS) and the management of the ASTROMAR was undertaken by TMS. In 2002, clients of the company placed an order for 6 New Building Supramax vessels in China, of which 5 were delivered in 2003 and 1 in 2004. The new vessels (APOLLON – APEX – AKMI – EVNIA – NICOLAOS A and AVRA) were registered under Cyprus and Greek Flags. With the company by then managing a total of 14 vessels, it began recruiting different nationalities to man the ships, focusing mainly on Greek, Ukrainian, Burmese and Moroccan crews.



Capital-Executive Ship Management Corp.

Capital-Executive Ship Management Corp. (‘Capital-Executive’) currently operates a fleet of 40 vessels including 36 container carriers and 4 modern bulk carriers with a total dwt of 2,915,834 tons and total teu of 180,363 approx. The fleet under management includes vessels of Nasdaq-listed Capital Product Partners L.P. The Capital-Executive team has extensive experience in managing various vessel types and sizes. The Company offers comprehensive services in every aspect of ship management including: safety and technical management, claims & insurance, bunkering, risk assessment, newbuilding design and supervision, IT services, accounting, financial management and other administrative functions, as well as in-house human resources management, such as crewing and personnel training with state-of-the-art technology.



Capital Gas Ship Management Corp.

Capital Gas Ship Management Corp. (“Capital Gas”) is a ship management service provider, currently operating a fleet of 14 modern LNG Carriers with a total carrying capacity of approximately 2.44 million cubic meters and a total dwt of 1.14 Tons. Our Team consists of highly skilled personnel with extensive experience in the LNG Sector from initial design and newbuilding supervision to LNGCs operations and technical management. Capital Gas Ship Management is a member of SIGTTO and SGMF.



Capital Shipmanagement

Capital Ship Management Corp. (‘Capital’) is a distinguished oceangoing vessel operator, offering comprehensive services in every aspect of ship management, currently operating a fleet of 39 tankers (12 VLCCs, 15 Aframaxes, 11 MR/Handy product tankers and 1 small tanker) with a total dwt of 5.95 million tons approx. Capital has extensive experience in managing various vessel types and sizes including all tanker segments (VLCC, Suezmax, Aframax/LR2, Panamax/LR1, MR/Handy and small tankers), dry bulk segments (Cape, Panamax, Handymax and Handy), as well as OBOs and containers. The excellent performance of Capital Ship Management has been recognized by oil major companies and major traders in the industry. It is one of a few ship management companies to have successfully completed the comprehensive office assessment process of numerous major oil companies and has also established long standing relationships with major traders, liners and operators. The Company offers comprehensive services in every aspect of ship management including: safety and technical management, claims & insurance, bunkering, vetting preparation and attendance, risk assessment, newbuilding design and supervision, IT services, accounting, financial management and other administrative functions, as well as in-house human resources management, such as crewing and personnel training with state-of-the-art technology.



Columbia Ship Management

With over 40 years of tradition, commitment and professionalism, Columbia has established its position as a world-class ship manager and maritime service provider. Since our founding in Cyprus, we have developed a global reputation by continuously exceeding our clients´ expectations when providing the highest quality and professional management services. Our success is based on the tremendous added-value granted to our clients by leveraging a strong global network and the will of being a leading force in the maritime industry.



Dorian LPG

Dorian LPG is a pure-play LPG shipping company and a leading owner and operator of modern VLGCs. Dorian LPG currently has four modern VLGCs and one pressurized LPG vessel on the water. Dorian LPG has 18 ECO VLGC newbuildings due for delivery in 2014, 2015 and 2016 from HHI and Daewoo Shipping and Marine Engineering Ltd., including the 13 that it acquired from Scorpio Tankers. Dorian LPG has offices in Connecticut, London, and Piraeus.Dorian LPG is incorporated in the Republic of The Marshall Islands.



Eastern Mediterranean Maritime Limited (EASTMED)

EASTMED is a ships management company with head offices in Glyfada (Athens), Greece. Presently the company has under management 78 vessels, employs 200 shore based personnel and a further 3000 seagoing staff. The fleet comprises of 29 tankers, 39 dry bulk carriers and 10 container ships, adding up to a total DWT capacity of 7.2 million tons. Principally both the tankers and the dry cargo vessels are employed on the spot market and occasionally will enter into short period charter agreements on a number of ships of the fleet.

The following overseas companies are employed as exclusive agents of EASTMED:

·       Intermar Chartering (UK) Ltd. in London, U.K.: Covers the London chartering market.

·       Eastern Mediterranean Manning Agency in Manila, Philippines: Directly selects, trains, and employs Filipino Masters, Officers, and Crew exclusively for the vessels under EASTMED’s management.

EASTMED was granted by Lloyd’s the ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certification in December 2010 and is in the process of being certified with ISO 50001 within 2016. EASTMED is presently a member of BIMCO, INTERTANKO and INTERCARGO, thus joining forces for improved standards in the industry. EASTMED voluntarily participates to AMVER reporting system, operated by the US Coast Guard for promoting safety of life and property at sea. Managed vessels are honored with AMVER awards on an annual basis.




Euronav is an independent tanker company engaged in the ocean transportation and storage of crude oil. The Company is headquartered in Antwerp, Belgium, and has offices throughout Europe and Asia. Euronav is listed on Euronext Brussels and on the NYSE under the symbol EURN. Euronav employs its fleet both on the spot and period market. Sustainability is a core value at Euronav as it ensures the long-term health and success of our people, our business, and the environment we work in. It involves a commitment to safety and environmental practices, as well as an innovative approach to the use of technology and information.



Green Jakobsen

Green-Jakobsen A/S is a maritime consultancy offering ship owners, operators, ship management companies and maritime entities a unique combination of skillsets that encompasses all aspects of managing the human factor in shipping. Our approach is to analyse, diagnose and then improve the safety mindset, leadership and human resource performance of people on shore and at sea. Our combined decades of experience with proven, custom-made programs is the foundation of our work. By balancing industry knowhow with out-of-box thinking, we transform strategy into daily work by using tangible tools which we implement alongside our customers on board and in the office. We are a group of people who combine our academic, seafaring and business experience and we are based in Copenhagen, Manila, Athens and Mumbai, with some 30 employees in total.

Our areas of expertise are:

· Maritime safety performance – reducing LTIF, providing strong tools and methods to support the safety initiatives and focus on behaviour and actions

· Maritime leadership – training leaders to fulfil the performance driving role, providing knowledge and tools to act as competent leaders on board and ashore

· HR performance and management – linking the management and development of people and their competencies with leadership skills and safety performance

· Soft skills courses – offering a wide range of subjects for company specific courses and seminars

· Measure and develop safety performance – strengthening a proactive safety culture in an ongoing cycle in a plug-and-play solution including on board training and development




I.M.A. Assessment & Training Center Inc.

Founded in 2007, I.M.A. Assessment & Training Center Inc. is an in-house maritime training center tailored to meet the unique demands of the shipping industry. With a commitment to upholding maritime standards and enhancing crew competency, we offer specialized services in the realm of assessment and training for both pre-boarding and post-boarding personnel. Understanding the importance of a skilled and knowledgeable crew, our Academy employs a team of seasoned maritime professionals who bring a wealth of experience and expertise to our training modules. Our comprehensive training programs are designed to equip seafarers with the knowledge and skills necessary to perform at their best, ensuring the safety, efficiency, and reliability of shipping operations. In addition to our core training programs, we recognize the ongoing need for continuous learning and adaptation in the maritime sector. To this end, we’ve also introduced on-board training initiatives, allowing crew members to receive continuous education and updates, even while at sea. With our state-of-the-art training facilities, coupled with the latest maritime technologies and methodologies, I.M.A. Assessment & Training Center Inc. stands as a beacon of maritime excellence, dedicated to producing world-class seafarers and advancing the global shipping industry.




Inmarsat Maritime is now a Viasat business and continues to power the digitalisation of the maritime industry, making operations more efficient and safer than ever before. Viasat is a global communications company that believes everyone and everything in the world can be connected. With offices in 24 countries around the world, our mission shapes how consumers, businesses, governments and militaries around the world communicate and connect. Viasat is developing the ultimate global communications network to power high-quality, reliable, secure, affordable, fast connections to positively impact people’s lives anywhere they are—on the ground, in the air or at sea, while building a sustainable future in space. On May 30, 2023, Viasat completed its acquisition of Inmarsat, combining the teams, technologies and resources of the two companies to create a new global communications partner. Inmarsat Maritime is based in Viasat’s global international business headquarters in London, United Kingdom.



Latsco Marine Management Inc.

Latsco Marine Management Inc. a subsidiary company of Latsco Shipping Ltd., has been established 1st January 2019 and is currently located at Kifisia. Latsco’s history begins over half a century ago as part of Latsis Companies’ Group. Latsco provides operational, technical, financial and ship building services, focusing on fundamental principles of quality, integrity, safety, health, environmental protection and energy efficiency, with established programmes for performance excellence, profitability and growth of management of clean energy transportation vessels. Latsco pursues all entrepreneurial ventures with ethics, integrity, consistency to incident-free operations and ultimate aspiration of providing excellent services through long-lasting customer relationships. Currently, LMM Inc. manages a fleet of 27 vessels (MRs, LR2, VLGCs), while another 2 vessels shall be delivered up to 2020.



Magsaysay Maritime Corporation

Magsaysay Maritime Corporation is a leading provider of excellent quality crew and exemplary crewing services for the world’s maritime and cruise industries. Headquartered in Manila, Philippines, and with affliates and subsidiaries in Indonesia, China, Panama, and Croatia, MMC provides partner Principals around the world direct access to topnotch, well-trained, and exemplary crew of various cultures and nationalities for both merchant marine vessels and cruise ships. MMC’s service is anchored on building a human resources pipeline and investing heavily in the sourcing, selection, training, and certifcation of seafarers and crew members for the specifc jobs that they will perform onboard cruise ships and merchant marine vessels.




INTERNATIONAL REGISTRIES, INC. and its affiliates (IRI) provide administrative and technical support to the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Maritime and Corporate Registries. The RMI Registry is one of the leading registries in the world with 5,510 vessels surpassing 196 million gross tons at the end August 2023. IRI has a network of 28 worldwide offices that have the ability to register a vessel, including those under construction, record a mortgage or financing charter, incorporate a company, issue seafarer documentation, and service clientele. The quality of the RMI fleet can be measured by the RMI’s continued White List status on both the Paris and Tokyo Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs). The RMI also meets the flag criteria for a low risk ship under the Paris and Tokyo MoU’s New Inspection Regimes and has qualified for the United States Coast Guard’s Qualship 21 roster for 19 consecutive years, which is unprecedented. The most important asset to the RMI Registry is its customers and IRI strives to provide them with full service from any office, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.




NAVTOR provides seamless, secure and integrated solutions for smarter e-Navigation and optimal vessel performance. At NAVTOR, we can offer innovative e-Navigation and performance solutions that have the power to transform vessel operations, fleet management and business results. This is more than navigation – this is a connected, smart and data-driven ecosystem that can unlock unique benefits for your shipping business.



Norwegian Training Center (NTC)

Norwegian Training Center (NTC) is the leading maritime and offshore simulator training partner to the global shipping community. NTC was an initiative of the Norwegian Maritime Foundation of the Philippines, Inc. (NMFPI) and established by the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association (NSA) in February 1990. Over the years, NTC has led the training industry in the Philippines in excellence and innovation, and provided first-class training and assessment programs through online, blended, and face-to-face learning. It also created new learning environments like the NTC E-Learning Interface (NELI) and Virtual Instructions by NTC Automation (VINA). Moreover, NTC manages the NSA Philippines Cadet Program, an unrivalled program of the Association of Shipowners’ Training and Education Project (ASO-ATEP) that provides full scholarship grants and best maritime education for selected young and qualified Filipinos. The program covers the three (3) mandatory academic years, plus twelve-month sea time, leading to the Bachelor Degrees in Marine Transportation and Marine Engineering. To date, more than 7,000 young Filipinos have received the scholarship and are now serving on board international vessels as marine officers. We are NTC. We ensure that your seafarers from around the globe benefit from our state-of-the-art facilities, a reputable faculty team, and interactive pedagogical practices. We stand for excellence.



OneLearn Global

OneLearn Global was created to provide training solutions to serve the maritime, energy, hospitality and industrial sectors and offers an enormously effective and intuitive next-gen Learning Management System (LMS), designed to deliver both an enhanced and engaging, yet personalised and intuitive, enjoyable learning experience through digitalisation.




RightShip is the world’s leading Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) focused digital maritime platform, providing expertise in global safety, sustainability and social responsibility practices. Founded with the mission to drive operational improvements in the global shipping industry, more than 1,000 customers use RightShip’s due diligence, environmental and inspections services to manage risk and improve overall maritime safety standards on shore and at sea. At RightShip we believe in a zero-harm maritime industry. By this we mean zero harm to ships, to the cargo those ships carry, to the seafarers carrying out their duties on board, and of course, zero harm to the environment the vessels are trading in. A successful voyage meets the highest safety standards, protects the environment, ensures seafarers are supported and is commercially beneficial to the entire supply chain. We’re here to make that happen. We aim to be a trusted innovation partner, charting a safe, sustainable and socially conscious future for the maritime industry. We’re not just about reducing emissions and improving operational efficiency We seek to provide everyone in the supply chain with safe and practical business solutions, so that the maritime industry can continue to thrive.  Working across the supply chain, we want to drive significant industry change, making maritime a more appealing, more diverse working environment for all concerned. That’s the RightShip way.




RISK4SEA is an online platform to provide PSC performance transparency to the market by analysing PSC Data providing KPI, Demographics, Detentions Analytics, reports, Benchmarks and Insights for 23 fleet segments in an advanced analysis of the last 5 years to assist stakeholders to:

-PREPARE for forthcoming PSC inspections
-ANALYSE PSC performance to identify strengths & weaknesses
-BENCHMARK fleets against competition and the industry




SEAFiT, powered by SAFETY4SEA, is a pioneering mental health program providing comprehensive guidance and a holistic approach to maritime stakeholders to evaluate the mental health state of both their shore and sea staff and raise awareness over wellbeing issues.



V. Group

V.Group provides a full range of ship management and marine support services to ship owners and operators around the globe, as well as the ability to blend those services together in unique combinations to meet specific customer needs. Guided by our values, we aim to deliver excellence in every area in which we operate, with safety being our number one priority. To help us achieve that, our group of companies and brands work interdependently, operating across different sectors, allowing us to become a comprehensive supplier of maritime and offshore services around the world. With over 35 years’ experience in managing vessels in the shipping, cruise, energy, and defence sectors, we’re committed to delivering safe and compliant operations. Helping customers with specific needs and putting them at the heart of our business. We’re also dedicated to working towards a maritime industry free of corruption, as an active member of the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN). V.Group has access to an international network of over 44,000 seafarers, covering all areas of ship management and crewing. With those colleagues all supported by an onshore team of over 3,000 across 30 countries, we’re dedicated to investing in our people, our technology, and our systems, to ensure we deliver the highest quality service to our customers.


2023 SAFETY4SEA Manila Forum: Priority areas for maritime stakeholders to elevate seafarers’ welfare

The 2nd SAFETY4SEA Manila Forum took place on Tuesday 24th of October 2023 at the Luzon Ballroom of Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, Philippines, focusing on the various needs of seafarers and strategies to improve their working and living conditions. As Philippines is a prominent seafaring nation, the event took place right at the heart of this profession.

The event was organized by SAFETY4SEA having SQE MARINE as lead sponsor. More sponsors of the event included the following organizations: Arcadia Shipmanagement Co. LTD, Blue Planet Shipping Ltd (BPS), Capital-Executive Ship Management Corp., Capital Gas Ship Management Corp., Capital Shipmanagement, Columbia Shipmanagement, Dorian LPG,  Eastern Mediterranean Maritime Limited (EASTMED), EURONAV, Green-Jakobsen A/S, I.M.A. Assessment & Training Center Inc., Inmarsat, Latsco Marine Management Inc., Magsaysay Maritime Corporation, INTERNATIONAL REGISTRIES INC., NAVTOR, Norwegian Training Center (NTC), OneLearn Global, RightShip, RISK4SEA, SEAFiT, V. Group.

Supporters of the event included: Filippino Accociation for Mariner’s Employment (FAME), Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology, Philippine Association of Extension Program Implementers, Inc. (PAEPI), The Nautical Institute, International Windship Association (IWSA) and Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific

Main issues discussed

  • Safety protocols and measures to prevent accidents and injuries onboard
  • Best practices and initiatives that aim to improve seafarers’ health and safety
  • The importance of preventive healthcare for seafarers
  • How soft skills contribute to safer and more efficient maritime operations
  • Strategies for ensuring that seafarers are equipped with the digital skills needed
  • Emerging trends in seafarer training for smooth green transition
  • Crew Alarming Trends: Crew Abandonment, Bullying & Harassment, Suicides onboard, etc.
  • The significance of mental health for seafarers
  • Focus on wellness-focused training and awareness programs for seafarers
  • Enhancing Resilience at Sea
  • Focus on the importance of self-care and well-being practices for seafarers
  • How younger seafarers are adapting to and embracing emerging technologies on modern vessels
  • Making the industry attractive, promoting opportunities for maritime careers, training, and mentorship


Opening the event, Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA, welcomed the delegates and speakers and thanked all sponsors and supporters of the event. He also provided findings from the most recent SEAFiT survey, the results of which the panelists and attendees enthusiastically embraced. This survey included the participation of 1.6 thousand ships and 19 thousand seafarers. According to Apo Belokas, the survey findings revealed a notable neglect of physical well-being in comparison to other dimensions. Furthermore, the need for seafarers to have access to reliable internet of superior quality in order to maintain connections and interact with their loved ones on land has been expressed by an astonishing 91% of those surveyed. Additionally, the survey highlighted some significant concerns that the sector has not prioritised in terms of seafarer welfare, including pay and communication with the shore.

The following experts gave presentations on specific items as follows:

Engr. Ramon C. Hernandez, Director of Shipyards Regulation Service (SRS)/ Maritime Safety Service (MSS)- MARITIME INDUSTRY AUTHORITY (MARINA), focused on the importance of building an environment for seafarers that prioritizes their welfare and safety and fosters opportunities for them to develop their skills. Creating such an environment is not only crucial for the well-being of seafarers, but also essential for the overall efficiency and success of the maritime industry. By ensuring that seafarers are provided with proper training, support, and fair working conditions, the maritime industry can attract and retain highly skilled professionals.

Vadm. Eduardo Ma R. Santos, President, Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP), focused his presentation on SafetySea, GreenSea, SmartSea, CareerSea, RiskSea, and WelfareSea, the six interconnected pillars that shape the present and future of the maritime sector in the Philippines. According to the presentation, by prioritising these pillars, the industry can foster a safe, sustainable, and prosperous maritime sector that contributes to national and global development, environmental preservation, and the well-being of maritime professionals.

Dr. Angelica Baylon, MAAP ERO Director and PAEPI Global Chair Emeritus, explained that the Philippines is a key player in the maritime industry, known for its skilled seafarers and reputation. However, the country faces challenges such as maintaining its maritime education and training institutions at the forefront of industry developments. To address these, the top priority should be to enhance curriculum and training programmes, integrate emerging technologies, and foster partnerships with industry stakeholders. Additionally, the welfare of seafarers must be prioritised, and the regulatory framework must be strengthened to comply with international standards.

Session #1 Navigating health challenges at sea: Safeguarding seafarers’ well-being 

Arnold B. Javier, President, Magsaysay Maritime Corporation, explained that, as seafarers are crucial to the maritime industry and global economy, the various mental, physical, and social challenges they are faced with while onboard should be mitigated. One way to achieve this is through collaborations among organisations, NGOs, governments, and the private sector. These collaborations can focus on improving the working conditions and welfare of seafarers, such as ensuring fair wages, adequate healthcare, and access to training and recreational opportunities. Additionally, they can also address issues related to mental health due to the social isolation that seafarers often face during long periods at sea.

Atty. Iris Baguilat, President, Döhle Seafront Crewing (Manila), Inc., highlighted that crew welfare should be treated as a key priority in the industry’s agenda. Focusing on mitigating the various challenges that the crew is faced with, the industry can develop a work force that is satisfied and ready to complete tasks without distractions due to psychological strains. Furthermore, building such a workforce is important not only for ensuring a just transition towards net zero, but also for attracting future talent.

Capt. Yu Yamada, Assistant Director – Account Management, Rightship, highlighted the importance of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues for the maritime industry and the need for proper implementation of safety measures, sustainability initiatives, and social responsibility practices. In that regard, the RightShip Platform offers a safety score system for vessels, along with vetting and inspection services with the aim to achieve “zero harm” and ensure the safe return of crew members to their homes.

Capt. Akshat Arora, Senior Risk Assessor, Thomas Miller P&I Ltd, highlighted the challenges faced by seafarers. As Capt. Akshat Arora explained, the past few years have been extremely challenging for seafarers. Factors such as prolonged periods away from home, increased workloads, geopolitical tensions, and the uncertainties brought about by the pandemic have an adverse impact on their mental well-being. Furthermore, Captain Arora shared insights on the initiatives where the UK Club has invested to address the social, emotional, physical, intellectual, and spiritual wellbeing of the crew.


Session #2: Seafarers in today’s maritime world: Nurturing vital soft skills and training 

Capt. Sundeep Sequeira, Sales Director, OneLearn Global, pointed out that developing soft skills onboard can contribute to mitigating various communication and safety challenges that the crew is faced with. Soft skills can also contribute to more effective and understanding leadership and foster an environment onboard where the crew feels accepted and part of a team. Moreover, developing strong soft skills can help crew members effectively handle stressful situations and conflicts, promoting a harmonious and efficient working environment onboard. 

Danna Raphaella Ocado, Information Systems Manager, I.M.A. ASSESSMENT AND TRAINING CENTER, INC, explained that human performance is subject to several influencing variables, with some elements carrying more significance than others. According to Danna Raphaella Ocado, the enhancement of human and safety performance necessitates a concentrated effort on team performance, which is fortified by the cultivation of psychological safety among individuals. In addition, the presentation emphasized the need to conduct ongoing performance evaluations, as well as the correlation between task reflectivity and social reflectivity.

Donnie Bagang, Managing Director, GREEN MARINE ENGINEERING Pte. Ltd, emphasized the need of training in order to provide marine personnel with the necessary knowledge and abilities to embrace cleaner technology and sustainable practices. Donnie Bagang further elaborated on the advantages of sustainable training, including improved environmental stewardship, financial savings, and a competitive advantage within the dynamic shipping industry. In addition, the presentation included an analysis of the obstacles encountered and the corresponding remedies, emphasized the need of working together, and underscored the value of making decisions based on facts.

Leo M. Bolivar, Country Manager, International Registries (Far East), gave a presentation focusing on the significance of soft skills, including effective communication, collaborative cooperation, and proficient problem-solving. The development of these abilities is of utmost importance for the achievement of success in maritime operations and the maintenance of safety on board a vessel, given the potential for rapid escalation of crises in a high-stakes setting. Soft skills such as organisational skills, time management, interpersonal communication, and emotional intelligence may be readily transferred from vessel to vessel and to second-life opportunities or careers.

Allan Raymund Olano, General Manager · Green Jakobsen Philippines, Inc., explained that human performance is influenced by many factors, but some are more important than others. Seen in a safety and beyond-compliance perspective, Green-Jakobsen can document what factors positively influence performance. Developing human and safety performance requires a focus on team performance, which is strengthened when people experience psychological safety. Furthermore, the most important human performance influencing factors were presented, as well as the importance of making performance reviews on a continuous basis, and the relation between task reflectivity and social reflectivity.


Session #3 Seafarers’ health: Key priorities for a proactive approach

Chris Hall, Managing Director- Hong Kong, The American Club, explained that obtaining sufficient sleep is crucial for sustaining alertness, cognitive abilities, and general welfare. Ultimately, this practice contributes to improved performance and safety while on board. As a result, it is essential to create an atmosphere that is favourable to sleep. Furthermore, it is crucial to foster a cultural environment that places a high value on sleep awareness and offers comprehensive education about the need for enough sleep.

Dr. Christian Angelo P. Lubaton, Medical Director for Holistic Care, Nordic Medical Clinic, presented a study by Nordic Medical Clinic between 2018 and 2022, with a participation of 11,831. Results revealed a significant proportion of seafarers having higher risk classifications. It also showed that higher risk classes take a longer time to be fit to work. Furthermore, older seafarers, males, married individuals, and higher-ranking positions having a higher proportion of risk class C.  Moreover, the implementation of specific health promotion and preventive strategies are needed to address health risks.


Session #4 The younger generation in the spotlight

In this panel, ocean going seafarers examined the merits and drawbacks associated with choosing a career at sea. They delved into the exhilarating and demanding aspects encountered while on board, as well as the well-being of individuals at sea, communication with those on land, and obstacles to social interaction while on board. In addition, the speakers provided career advice and elucidated the many aspects that make the marine sector an enticing professional domain for the younger generation.

A happy crew provides a welcoming, safe, inclusive and positive environment onboard and SAFETY4SEA would like to thank the following seafarers who participated in the panel and shared their messages across the industry: Yrhen Bernard Sabanal Balinis, Licensed merchant marine officer, IMO Goodwill Maritime Ambassador ; Capt. Michael Caranguian, PD Fleet (Döhle Seafront) ; Christian Erik Garin, 2nd Officer, Arcadia Shipmanagement Co Ltd.; Joan Gift Mandafe, Chief Officer, Zeaborn Ship Management (Cyprus) Limited ; Richard Rey Permundo, 2nd Engineer, Wah Kwong Ship Management;  Capt. Cyril Pineda, Hartmann Crew Philippines, and; Capt. Joel Tronco, Dorian LPG.



Session #5: Anchoring resilience: Strategies for adapting to change

Jose Albar Kato, Vice President for Internal Affairs, FAME, agreed that the maritime industry needs to adjust to the evolving technology and environmental conditions and develop strategies that facilitate the crew’s adaptation to these transformations. For example, the implementation of training programs and provision of resources for crew members may facilitate the acquisition of new skills and knowledge, so empowering them will effectively traverse the dynamic nature of the sector.

Dr. Michael U. Jimenez, NTC Psychologist/Subject Matter Expert, Norwegian Training Centre-Manilla, highlighted that the prioritization of resilience is of utmost importance in the face of stresses associated with the maritime environment, including factors such as ship conditions, crew dynamics, issues relating to home life, and general well-being. Dr. Michael U. Jimenez also presented Grotberg’s conceptual framework, which consists of three key components: personal talents (referred to as “I AM”), external and industry-provided resources (referred to as “I HAVE”), and self-efficacy (referred to as “I CAN”). According to the presentation, tailored resilience-building programmes, designed to address these three elements, enable individuals to thrive in the face of stress, therefore directing the industry towards mitigating the risk of depression and anxiety.

Dr. Roxanne Garcia, Lead Physician, VIKAND, pointed out that crew health includes more than just the absence of disease. It is a holistic goal that requires active self-care for the body, mind, and spirit. There are numerous aspects to wellbeing, and treating them all at once may help enhance seafarer health. Dr. Roxanne Garcia also expressed the idea that resilience is one key component. One of the cornerstones to developing resilience, experience, and long-term wellbeing is learning to deal with adversity. As a result, true wellness for seafarers means preventing crises by addressing chronic diseases proactively.

Karen Gail Ibanez, Psychologist, Mental Health Support Solutions Philippines, explained that resilience is the ability to bounce back and recover from significant stressors experienced in life. This is a skill that must be developed in a profession that is prone to substantial stresses such as natural catastrophes, accidents, and extended periods of homesickness. Helping individuals in the sector increase their resilience will be a huge step forward, allowing them to meet future challenges with stronger and healthier adaptive abilities. Furthermore, investing in soft skills, one of which is psychological resilience, would allow seafarers to better use their technical talents.

Marville Espago, Regional Manager, Philippines, International Seafarers’​ Welfare & Assistance Network (ISWAN), underlined that the COVID-19 epidemic highlighted seafarers as key workers, and that talks on welfare measures, such as mental health, have also surfaced. Despite several attempts, ISWAN’s helpline data revealed significant increases in mental health difficulties in the aftermath of worldwide events. In fact, ISWAN helpline statistics from Q2 2023 indicated a 37% rise in mental health-related calls. Another cause of dispute is the recent drop in the Seafarers Happiness Index score from the Mission to Seafarers. Mental health, like physical health, is a shifting continuum impacted by both internal and external variables. Finally, Marville Espago emphasized that the industry should recognize that lack of mental health support a persistent problem that requires attention and assistance.

Who Should Attend

This is a must attend event for all companies and individuals interested in Maritime Environmental Excellence and Sustainable Shipping , including:

  • Ship owners
  • Ship Manager Company Staff (Technical, Marine, Operations, Safety & Quality)
  • Maritime professionals
  • Regulatory & government authorities
  • Flag state representatives
  • Classification societies representatives
  • Marine Insurers & P&I Executives
  • Experts on information technologies (IT) onboard
  • Other relevant with smart technologies Industry Organizations/ Executives/ Experts

Delegate Helpdesk

General Information

Who can I contact for more information on the event?
Please contact the organizers directly at e-mail: info [at] safety4sea [dot] com


How do I register?
To register you should fill in the online registration form and follow the instructions contained in the Registration Form.

Is the event free to attend for the delegates?
Attendance to the event is FREE subject to online registration. In case you are interested, please complete the online registration form and confirm with the organizers. FREE attendance includes coffee, snacks and drinks during breaks. Attendance does NOT include accommodation and/or traveling or parking which should be paid in by the delegates as decided/applicable.

What happens if I am unable to attend despite being registered?
Appreciate if you could inform the organizers by e-mail as soon as possible before the event.

At the event

Where is the event being held and how do I get there?
The event location is at the Luzon Ballroom, Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, Philippines. For more information on the venue, please click here.

What happens when I get to the event venue?
When you arrive at the event please go to the registration desk and collect your badge which should be worn at all times. Welcome coffee and snacks are available during registration and breaks.

After the event

How may I evaluate and comment on the event?
You may comment with the organizers at any time, during or after the event. Furthermore an event evaluation form will be available online after the event to complete anonymously any comments you may have.

Please contact the organizers directly at e-mail: info [at] safety4sea [dot] com

We look forward to welcoming you at this event!



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