1st SAFETY4SEA Manila Forum

2019 SAFETY4SEA Manila Forum

The inaugural SAFETY4SEA Manila Forum was successfully concluded on Tuesday 12th of November 2019 at New World Manila Bay Hotel, Philippines, attracting 350 delegates from 120 organizations.

Discussions varied among key challenges affecting the industry, with a special focus on the hot issue of attracting new generations and diversified talents in the maritime industry which is struggling to cope with the reforms brought by accelerating technology and remain productive and efficient.

Speaker presentations of the forum in PDF are available online for SAFETY4SEA Plus subscribers


Tentative Schedule Topic
0800 – 0900 Welcome Coffee & Registration
0900 – 0945 Opening Keynotes

0945 – 1100 Talent Attraction and Development

45 min Panel discussion and Questions open to the floor

1100 – 1130 Networking Coffee Break
1130 – 1300 Human Element Challenges

25 min Panel discussion and Questions open to the floor

1300 – 1400 Networking Buffet
1400 – 1500 Crew Wellness & Resilience

25 min Panel discussion and Questions open to the floor

1500 – 1600 The Millennials Generation in the spotlight

  • Elaiza Marie Galvez Perez, Junior Training Development Officer, Manship Maritime Training Center, Inc.
  • Jim Acanto Alminar, 2nd Engineer, Manila Shipmanagement & Manning, Inc.
  • Shaina Moriones, 1st Year Student, MOL MAGSAYSAY Maritime Academy
  • Norman Cris Ayat, 2nd Year Student, MOL MAGSAYSAY Maritime Academy
  • Jonathan Hernandez, Chief mate, Ocean Going Ships
  • Michelle Francisco, Second Mate, Ocean Going Ships

60 min Panel discussion and Questions open to the floor

1600 – 1605 Closing Remarks, Forum ends


Speaker presentations of the forum in PDF are available online for SAFETY4SEA Plus subscribers


Antonio Roberto M. Abaya, Medical Director, Health Metrics

Dr. Abaya graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Medicine in 1985. After his internship, he spent the next 8 years of training in Cardiovascular Surgery in Spain, England, and Belgium. He returned to the Philippines in 1995 and while reviewing for the specialty boards, took occupational medicine at the University of the Philippines. Besides his surgical practice, he has been active in dealing with Filipino seafarers for more than 15 years now and is presently the Chief Medical Officer of Health Metrics, Inc. a diagnostic center for pre-employment medical exams. His clinical practice now focuses on maritime medicine and seafarers health and welfare. He is also very active in the research field of Seafarers Health and Safety being the first Filipino doctor with a Masters degree in Maritime Medicine which he obtained from the University of Cadiz, Spain.  


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

Innovative, transformational and results-driven leader focused on achieving remarkable outcomes in a highly competitive environment that demands continuous improvement and agility. Seasoned legal practitioner, lecturer, and consultant in maritime law dedicated to updating and improving shipping laws in the Philippines. Held executive positions in various companies and organizations in the Philippine maritime sector, and recognized for managing start-ups, pioneering organizational transformations, and leading business expansions.  An academic achiever and scholar – local and abroad, and an effective people manager anchored on developing high-performing teams in highly complex organizations. 


Capt. Albert E. Bartilad, Vice President and COO of Manila Shipmanagement & Manning, Inc., Vice President and CTO of Manship Maritime Training Center, Inc.

A seafarer for twenty-six years, Capt. Bartilad sailed onboard crude oil carriers (ULCCs to panamaxes), oil/chemical tankers, and dry bulk cargo vessels. After years of serving as a master, he disembarked to join the senior management of Manila Shipmanagement & Manning, Inc. (“MANSHIP”) as its Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in 2008. Eight years later, Capt. Bartilad was appointed as the Vice President and Chief Training Officer of Manship Martime Training Center, Inc. (“MMTC”) where he now applies his years of sailing wisdom and expertise towards training the next generation of seafarers. Under his leadership, the MMTC was certified by the American Bureau of Shipping to be compliant with ISO 9001:2015 standards for the “Provision of Course Development, Conduct of Training, Assessment, and Support Services for Seafaring and Maritime Business Related Industry”.

He is an Associate Fellow of The Nautical Institute, an international organization of maritime professionals based in the United Kingdom. Capt. Bartilad has a remarkable array of certifications that attest to his competence including accreditations as instructor, assessor, simulator trainer & assessor and supervisor. He is also an accredited Pre-departure Orientation Seminar trainer, conducting the seminar for seafarers hired by clients of MANSHIP.     

With both his experience and accomplishments, Capt. Bartilad aims to empower Filipino seafarers to not only perform well onboard but to inspire others to do the same.


Apostolos Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA

Apostolos is a Maritime Safety, Quality & Environmental Expert, Consultant, Trainer and Project Manager with more than 25 years background in shipping as Technical, Marine, Safety & Training Superintendent and Consultant. He entered the industry back in early 90’s as Engineering Superintendent with a leading ship manager operating a mixed fleet of bulk and oil/chemical tankers. He then shifted to regulatory compliance and QHSE as superintendent and later as a Consultant and Trainer. Apo has successfully completed a wide range of QHSE projects including 250+ management system projects (ISM/ISO 9001-14001-18001/TMSA/MLC), 500 vessel and office audits to various standards and he has trained more than 8,000 people in a wide variety of QHSE subjects. He has also presented and chaired to more than 40 conferences. He holds Mechanical Engineering Bachelor and Master’s specialising in Energy & Environment and Master’s Degree in Maritime Business and Business Administration (MBA), all of them awarded with distinction. Apostolos is the Managing Director of SQE MARINE, SQE ACADEMY and Managing Director of SAFETY4SEA.


Leo M. Bolivar, Country Manager, Marshall Islands Registry

Mr. Bolivar joined 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., where he was responsible for the evaluation of cadet performance and crew onboard vessels. Mr. Bolivar is a member of the Philippines Norway Business Council, Filipino Association for Mariners’ Employment, Inc., Philippine Association of Manning Agencies and Shipmanagers, Inc., the International Maritime Association of the Philippines, and the Joint Manning Group.


Mailyn Borillo, Managing Director, OSM Philippines

Mailyn Borillo leads OSM Philippines as the first woman to Head OSM Maritime Services Inc as it’s President. She is also the first Filipino to head the OSM ROHQ as it’s Managing Director . She’s been in the company for 5 years now.

She has 25 years of  experience in International Shipping where she holds various leadership position in Vessel Operation, Finance, Technical Purchasing and Marine HR, in Philippines and in Denmark.

Prior joining OSM, She’s been with Maersk for 18 years. This is where she had an opportunity to worked in different facets of shipping.  She rose from the ranks, and headed  Maersk Filipinas Crewing from 2009 to 2011.

She also headed Torm Shipping Phil for almost 4 years. During her stint with Torm, Mailyn also had an opportunity to head the Global Purchasing Team and the Global Marine HR team.  In both departments, Mailyn headed teams in India and Denmark.

 “I think it was the value of grit, perseverance, integrity, and most specially my desire to make an impact that brought me to where I am. I didn’t plan all this. I was just so blessed to be employed by a good company who I share the values with and surrounded by great people who were kind enough to share their knowledge and wisdom.

Mailyn also values the fact that in OSM, aside from promoting personal excellence, continuous improvement, automation and innovation, the real magic is having owners, leaders and colleagues who understand that their purpose is to create more jobs — meaningful jobs that improve the quality of countless lives.

“Coming from a very poor family, I never thought of the corporate ladder as progressive set of titles; I have always looked at it as opportunities to serve and make a difference.”

Mailyn is married to a former seafarer, now an educator and businessman, with one beautiful daughter taking up medicine.


Gerardo A. Borromeo, Vice-Chairman Chief Executive Officer, Transmarine Carriers 

Mr. Gerardo A. Borromeo is the Chief Executive Officer of the Philippine Transmarine Carriers (PTC) Group of Companies.

Mr. Borromeo has been responsible for the development and implementation of the PTC Group’s strategic initiatives and business development activities involved in ship and crew management, maritime education and training; chartering, ship agency, logistics and freight forwarding; as well as in medical diagnostics; travel services; fuel distribution and renewable energy development; offshore business processing; property development; and international professional placement.

He currently serves as Vice Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping, a premier global shipping organization representing around 80% of the world’s merchant tonnage. He is also the President of InterManager, an international trade association for the global ship management industry whose membership comprises inhouse and third party ship managers. Mr. Borromeo is the first Filipino to be elected unopposed to this leading post.

Concurrently, he is the Vice President for External Affairs of the Filipino Shipowners Association, and is a private sector Board Director of the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) of the Philippines. For his invaluable contributions to the Philippine maritime industry, Mr. Borromeo was honored by MARINA
with the TIMONEL Maritime Achievement Award in 2014.

He is a member of the Board of the Directors of the PTCCSJ Foundation, as well as the US Philippine Society, and the Executive Board of the World Maritime University.

Mr. Borromeo earned his Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the USA. He continues to represent MIT as a Regional Chair and Educational Counselor for the Philippines and has been recognized with the MIT George B. Morgan Award for sustained excellence in educational council activity.


Gavin Lim, Regional Development Manager, Sailors’  Society

Gavin Lim is the Asia regional manager for maritime welfare charity Sailors’ Society. Based in Singapore, he leads and supports a network of 20 port chaplains and community development officers.

Since joining the Society in 2014, he has overseen the design and implementation of 12 flagship projects in the Philippines, Indonesia and India. These projects include building housing and medical facilities, school rehabilitation, community outreach and the expansion of the award-winning Wellness at Sea programme.

Prior to joining the charity, Gavin spent more than 20 years in the commercial sector with experience in marketing, operations and compliance management.

He is a graduate of the University of London, with an honours degree in law.


Patrick Maxwell, Vice President, MAGSAYSAY

 Patrick Maxwell is the Vice President of the Magsaysay People Resources Group with responsibility over strategic planning, business development and shared services. Magsaysay People Resources is involved in offering maritime, cruise and other sectors talent solutions as well as training, development and education. Prior to joining Magsaysay, Patrick worked in Seacor Holdings in New York and Hong Kong. He returned to the Philippines, his hometown, to head the newly formed Magsaysay-Seacor joint venture spearheading its first acquisition, Omni Aviation, a flight training school. Patrick has a Master’s degree from the IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of British Columbia.


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

VADM EDUARDO MA R SANTOS was the 23rd Chief of Navy of the Philippines from 1996 to 1999.  He was responsible for the initial modernization of the Philippine Fleet, with the acquisition of three (3) Peacock class patrol ships and production of locally manufactured patrol craft fast (PCF).  He also served as Vice Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

VADM SANTOS likewise served with the Philippine Coast Guard as Commander, Fifth Coast Guard District in 1989-90.  He was also the Chief of Naval Intelligence of the Philippine Navy from 1994 to 1996.

From 1980-1984, he was the Manager of the premier and busiest port in the Philippines, the Port of Manila.

His public service earned for him two Legion of Honor Awards, five Distinguished Service Stars, an Outstanding Achievement Medal, two Distinguished Navy Crosses, and 14 Military Merit Medals.

Upon retirement from the 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 Seaman’s Union in Asia.

He heads many social/professional organizations in the country notably: President of the Bagong Bayani Foundation for OFWs, President of the Philippine Chapter of The Nautical Institute (NI) and 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 the international scene, he is Vice Chairman of GlobalMET, Chair of the Finance Committee of the International Association of Maritime Universities (IAMU) and a member of ITF’s Ships’ Automation Working Group.


Capt. Nicolo S. Terrei, Managing Director, Rina Academy

Capt. Nicolo Terrei is a licensed and experienced Mariner and has sailed  for over 24 years onboard  various dry and liquid cargo vessel types.

His first encounter with Filipino seafarers was on 1994 when he was assigned as Superintendent for COECLERICI Group  assisting all vessels for certification under the International Safety Management  (ISM) Code. In 1998, he was designated as Director for COECLERICI (CC) Group Manning Agency in Manila, Philippines responsible for the monitoring and control of performance of crew onboard. During the same assignment, he spearheaded the surveillance of construction and start-up of transhipper for dry cargo dedicated for lightering in Persian Gulf. He has since developed his dedication and passion in the promotion of Filipino seafarers onboard international sea-going vessels.

He established Elburg Shipmanagement in 2005, that is among the 20 leading recruitment agencies in the Philippines at present. In his vision to bring the Filipinos in the forefront of the global seafaring industry, he led the conceptualization and establishment of RINA Academy Philippines, Inc. in 2007 together with the Registro Italiano Navale (RINA) and CONFITARMA which is the Italian Shipowner’s Association and has since became a counterpart of the Italian Shipwoners, Philippine government and of the Union in the development of Programs dedicated to the career and competence development of Filipinos. He is also the owner representative of Augustea Ship Manning Philippines Inc. handling 80 Bulk Carriers.


Vadm Narciso A. Vingson Jr, Officer-in charge, MARINA

Vice-Admiral Vingson, before his designation as the OIC of MARINA, was appointed by President Duterte as the new Executive Director of Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping Office (STCWO) on 15 October 2018, and took his office of oath at the weekly flag ceremony of the MARINA Central office on 22 October 2018.

After graduating with the PMA Sandiwa Class of 1985, Vice-Admiral Vingson started his duty and subsequently commissioned ensign in the Philippine Navy wherein he served in various key positions that proffered him a wider and deeper appreciation of staff functions and role.

As a naval warfare officer, Vice-Admiral Vingson underwent training courses in the United States in Anti-submarine Warfare, Amphibious Warfare, Naval Gunfire Operation, and Combat Information Center Operation. He also pursued higher education at the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey earning a degree in Master of Science in Systems Engineering.

Vice-Admiral Vingson, while he is in his junior years, served as branch chief at the offices of the naval staff for personnel, operations, weapons, communications, electronics, and information system. He also served as Admin Officer at the Office of the Flag Officer In Command, Philippine Navy, and later on designated Education and Training Officer at the Naval Education and Training Center prior his assignment as principal staff for personnel of the Philippine Fleet.

Furthermore, while Vice-Admiral Vingson was in Navy, he is considered as “seadog” wherein he have commanded three commissioned vessels: a patrol gunboat, the BRP Alberto Navarette (PG394); a patrol craft escort, the BRP Iloilo (PS32); and, the Presidential Yacht, the BRP Ang Pangulo (AT25).

After a challenging yet fulfilling life at sea, Vice-Admiral Vingson took on higher responsibilities in the Navy hierarchy, as he was chosen to be the primary staff for personnel at the Headquarters Philippine Navy. It was during this assignment that he crafted the “Philippine Navy Human Capital Strategy,” an innovative approach to producing highly competent and motivated professionals for the naval service.

In 2013, Vice-Admiral was designated as the Deputy Commander of the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC), where he earned his first star and three years later, he returned to NETC as its commander and gained his second star.

Vice Admiral Vingson also commanded the Sealift Amphibious Command in 2014 and became Deputy Commander of the Philippine Fleet in 2015.

After having been in the naval service for the past 31 years, Vice-Admiral Vingson was assigned to the General Headquarters of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and was designated as Inspector General on December 2016. Shortly thereafter, he rose to his current position where he earned his third star.

A month after being the Inspector General, Vice-Admiral Vingson was designated on January 2017 as the 73rd Deputy Chief of Staff of the AFP, the chief strategist and policy maker of the military.

Currently, Vice-Admiral Vingson will temporarily takeover the administration of the day-to-day activities of the MARINA, while also performing his role as the Executive Director of the STCW Office, the MARINA unit that is primarily responsible for the implementation of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for seafarers 1978, as amended or the STCW Convention in the Philippines.


John Wilson, Technical Director for Asia, American Club 

John has spent 37 years working worldwide in the maritime, legal and insurance industries, alongside colleagues of many nationalities and skill sets, which has enabled him to gain considerable experience of the relevant technical, commercial and cultural issues of the international maritime business. His 15 year career at sea began as a deck trainee, rising to Chief Officer. He sailed worldwide on a variety of vessels, gaining a Class 1 Deck Master Mariner (UK) Certificate of Competency, and endorsements for oil and liquefied gas cargoes, followed by an MSc in Maritime Operations, ISM /ISO Auditor qualifications, and Fellowship of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and The Nautical Institute. He began his shore based career in Hong Kong in 1997 as a marine consultant surveyor and Lloyd’s Agency manager, spanning a total of 12 years in two spells, as well as 5 years as a marine investigator at an international law firm, before joining SCBMCS Ltd in 2014 as Director of Technical Services, Asia, for the managers of The American P & I Club in their Hong Kong office.Between 2011 to 2016, he was a member of the Hong Kong Government Pilotage Advisory Committee (PAC), Pilot Examination Board, and Pilot Disciplinary Board. John has conducted surveys and investigations in Asia and further afield on numerous types of vessels involving various cargoes and incident types, including major casualties and pollution incidents, salvage and wreck removal, producing expert reports for claims settlement, arbitration, and court proceedings in the UK and Hong Kong. He has is engaged in investigating incidents and resolving claims, and providing survey, technical and loss prevention advice, as well as developing and presenting training workshops for crew members and shore based staff of maritime companies on a variety of maritime and insurance related topics, including cyber risk and technology in shipping.



The Millennials Generation in the spotlight


Elaiza Marie Galvez Perez, Training Development Officer, ManShip Maritime Training Center

ELAIZA MARIE PEREZ is a licensed Officer-in Charge of Navigational Watch with experience sailing onboard bulk carrier vessels. After a few years of sea service, she set her sights on pursuing a career as a trainer, working as an instructor in a maritime institution while endeavoring to attain her Master’s Degree in Maritime Administration. In addition to developing her professional career, Laiza still found the time to perform her civic duties, joining the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary in 2017. At present, she is the newest member of the MANSHIP MARITIME TRAINING CENTER, INC., currently serving as a Junior Training Development Officer.


Jim Acanto Alminar, 3rd Engineer, ManShip Maritime Training Center

At 27 years old, JIM A. ALMINAR is a licensed Second Engineer currently serving as an Officer-in-Charge of Engine Watch onboard oil tankers being manned by MANILA SHIPMANAGEMENT & MANNING, INC. (“MANSHIP”). A seafarer since 2010, JIM began his voyage as a scholar under MANSHIP’s Cadetship Program, eventually graduating from the Philippine Merchant Marine Academy as a member of the “SANLAYAG” Class of 2012. Whenever ashore, he devotes his time and energy as an instructor, teaching cadets and seafarers as part of his mission of helping develop a better safety culture in the maritime industry. He fervently believes that knowledge is the key to both improving one’s standing in his or her chosen profession, and this is something he continues to advocate, both at sea and on land.


Shaina Moriones, 1st Year Student, MOL MAGSAYSAY Maritime Academy


Norman Cris Ayat, 2nd Year Student, MOL MAGSAYSAY Maritime Academy


Jonathan Hernandez, Chief mate, Ocean Going Ships

Chief Officer Jonathan Hernandez, a licensed Master Mariner and an experienced Chief officer on board bulk carrier vessels. He started his career with Elburg Shipmanagement under cadetship program and went onboard as Cadet in a Product tanker. After aquiring his OIC of Navigational watch license, he was given a chance to be an Officer on board in Chemical and conventional tankers. He also started teaching in Maritime School to share his knowledge and experience to students who are aspiring to become an officer someday. Presently he is a Chief Officer on board in bulk carriers being manned by Augustea Ship Manning Phils Inc. and at the same time serving as an Instructor and Assessor of RINA Academy Philippines.


Michelle Francisco, Second Mate, Ocean Going Ships

– Graduate of BS Marine Transportation at Technological Institute of the Philippines

– Manila –

Started career at sea on 2012

– Affiliated in Academic School as Maritime Instructor

– Currently Second Officer in Augustea Shipmanagement Inc. Philippines

– Goal-oriented and incessantly esteeming on best outcome of vocation.

– Versatile to a fast-changing world and over the years of being a seafarer, learned a lot about the impact of shipping industry in lives of human being as well in the environment and its inhabitants.


Magsaysay People Resources Corporation (MPRC) is considered one of the world’s leading human resource companies, with employees based in various international locations, including the Philippines, Indonesia, China, Eastern Europe, Central America and North America.

MPRC has grown to become a premier solutions provider in the areas of Manning and Crew Management, Ship Management, International Recruitment and Staffing, Maritime and Technical Skills Training, Hospitality and Culinary Training, Cadet Development and Skills Management Training, Language and Cultural Training, Food Management and Audit, and Onboard Food and Provision Management. 

We take pride in our people. From our onshore staff to our crew members, MPRC invests heavily in human capital development to ensure our clients have the best professionals for the job. 

We take pride in our service and our brands. MPRC has built a diverse and dedicated talent pipeline to meet each of our client’s particular needs and expectations in each industry that we serve. 

We serve the global community. Every client is our partner and their business is our business. With a network of offices across Asia, Europe and the Americas, we work hard to deliver lasting results, create value for our stakeholders, and benefit industries, societies, and the environment.



Manila Shipmanagement & Manning, Inc. (“MANSHIP”)

Manila Shipmanagement & Manning, Inc. (“MANSHIP”) was established on 21 July 1988 with the aim of providing complete marine services such as full and partial crewing of ocean-going vessels, management of ships or their crew, ship chandling, shipbroking, and trading in marine supplies and equipment. The company began its foray into the maritime industry by providing manning services for six (6) Ultra Large Crude oil Carriers (“ULCC”). This number grew to twenty-two (22) within the next two (2) decades.

In 1994, MANSHIP seized its first major achievement by becoming the first manning agency in the Philippines to be certified by the International Organization for Standardization (“ISO”) as compliant with its quality management standards. From then on, MANSHIP has set itself on a path of excellence by continuing to expand and improve the quality of our services in order to set ourselves apart from the rest, such as being one of the first manning agencies in the Philippines certified by Germanischer Lloyd (now DNV-GL) to be compliant with the Maritime Labour Convention.



Manship Maritime Training Center, Inc. (MMTC)

The MANSHIP MARITIME TRAINING CENTER, INC. (“MMTC”) was established on 21 July 2015 for the purpose of developing and conducting client-specific maritime training courses. The MMTC works closely with MANSHIP and its clients in order to develop and conduct training courses that are company-specific. MMTC also provides cadet scholarship program and promotions program that is designed to produce competent, trustworthy, and loyal senior officers in a span of ten (10) years. The MMTC is an American Bureau of Shipping-certified provider of ISO 9001:2015-compliant “Course Development, Conduct of Training, Assessment, and Support Services for Seafaring and Maritime Business Related Industry”, attesting to its ability to provide quality training services.


RINA Academy Philippines

RINA ACADEMY PHILIPPINES INC. (formerly Italian Maritime Academy Philippines Inc.) is governed by a Scientific Committee which consists of representative of the Italian Maritime cluster: Italian Maritime Shipowners and CONFITARMA. The scientific committee supervises the principles and methods of work applied by the RINA ACADEMY PHILIPPINES INC. as certified under ISO 9001 Standards, Rules for Certification of Training and Competency Management Systems, INTERTANKO’s Tanker Officer Training Standards (TOTS) and local government institutions.

The academy is established in 2007 in response to a need of the maritime industry for available, licensed, skilled and competent Deck and Engine Officers and Ratings prepared to man ships to the best interests of ship owners, charterers, ship managers and ship operators. The Academy shall be assessed, trained and verified in accordance with the requirements of the Ship Owners, International Standards, and TOTS.

RINA ACADEMY’s Quality Management System (QMS) adopts the policies of RINA Rules for Training and Competency Management Systems (TCMS); Class NK for Rules for Rules for Certification of Competence Management Systems and the ISO Quality Management Guidelines for Training.




RISK4SEA is an online intelligence platform providing PSC inspection analytics & benchmarking. Using big data analytics an ISM manager may benchmark his ships, fleet & company against industry standards and get a clear insight of his performance gaps and a roadmap to continually improve.

RISK4SEA provides several useful reports for specific time periods in order to help ISM Managers to:

– Identify possible weaknesses

– Find the current PSC status of a Country or Port that their managed vessels is going to trade

– Prepare to address local PSC requirements

– Benchmark their performance with other similar fleets and operators

Users may review the KPIs and inspection analytics for the last Quarter, last 4Qs or 12Qs (i.e. 3 years) or for a specific calendar year.




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.




We are providing open, in house, distance and licensed training courses fully tailored to corporate and industry needs, ensuring:

  • Update to latest legislation and best marine practice
  • Use of real life case studies and examples
  • Provision of a world class learning environment
  • Staying up to date after the completion of the training course



Standard Club

The Standard Club is a mutual insurance association and member of the International Group of P&I clubs, owned by its shipowner members and controlled by a board of directors drawn from the membership. The club has been insuring shipowners, operators and charterers for their liabilities to third parties for over 100 years and insures about 10% of the world fleet.

The Standard Club prides itself on quality of service to members, and sets great store in responsiveness and support at all times, especially in times of crisis. Claims are managed from one of our 6 international offices, and our global reach is expanded by our correspondent network. We also put an emphasis on financial strength and stability, which has resulted in an S&P A rating and no unbudgeted supplementary calls for over 20 years.

The Loss Prevention department works to minimise losses through ship surveys, member risk reviews and a programme of educational events and publications. The loss prevention team is continuously developing its tools and training its personnel to enable it to provide expert technical and loss prevention advice to members round the clock.

The Safety and Loss Advisory Committees are key to the club’s loss prevention initiatives and meet twice yearly to discuss claim trends and industry issues. Various initiatives have come as a result of the committee meetings, such as the member risk review programme, introduced in 1993 and unique to all International Group clubs




  1. “K” Line Maritime Academy Philippines
  2. Adamson (Phil.) Inc.
  3. Anglo-Eastern Tanker Crew Management Philippines Inc
  4. Araw Shipping Agency,Inc.
  5. Arcadia Shipmanagement Co Ltd
  6. ARPAPHIL Shipping Corporation
  7. Asia Navis International Corporation
  8. ASP Crew Management Services Inc.
  9. Augustea Shipmanning Philippines
  10. Avior Marine Inc
  11. Bahia Shipping Services Inc
  12. Baliwag Navigation Inc.
  13. CF Sharp Crew Management Inc
  14. CMA CGM
  15. C-Man Maritime, Inc.
  16. Consolidated Training Systems, Inc.
  17. Crossworld Marine Services Inc.
  18. Crystal Shipping Inc.
  19. Dalisay Shipping Corporation
  20. Döhle Seafront Crewing (Manila), Inc.
  21. Easgate Maritime Training Center Inc. (EMTCI)
  22. Eastern Mediterranean Manning Agency, Inc.
  23. Eastgate Maritime Corporation
  24. Elburg Shipmanagement Phil
  25. Elwin Crew Management Inc.
  26. Empire Navigation Inc.
  27. Epic Gas Crewing Inc.
  28. Epsilon Maritime Services, Inc.
  30. EVIC Human Resources Management Inc.
  31. FAME
  32. FIL Maritime Travelers Inc.
  33. Friendly Maritime Services Inc.
  34. Gigamare Inc.
  35. Global Seaways
  36. Grace Marine & Shipping Corp.
  37. Great Swiss Shipping Corp.
  38. Hartmann Crew Philippines, Inc.
  39. Health Metrics
  40. IMS Philippines Maritime Corp.
  41. INC Navigation Company Philippines, Inc.
  42. International Registries (Far East) Limited
  43. Interorient Maritime Enterprises
  44. Ionic Shipping (Mgt) Inc.
  45. Jebsens Maritime Inc
  46. KGIS Fleet Management Manila, Inc.
  47. Lighthouse Shipmanagement PHILS
  48. Logimatic Singapore Pte. Ltd.
  49. MAAP
  50. Maersk-Filipinas Crewing, Inc.
  51. Magsaysay Maritime Corporation
  52. Magsaysay Martime Academy
  53. Maine Marine Philippines, Inc.
  54. Manship Maritime Training Center, Inc.
  55. Maran Tankers Management Inc.
  56. MARINA
  57. Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific
  58. Masterbulk Pte. Ltd
  59. Mercury Shipping Corporation
  60. Michaelmar Phils., Inc.
  61. Misuga Philippines, Inc.
  62. MOL Magsaysay Maritime Academy
  63. MOT-BARKO Manila, Inc.,
  64. Net Ship Management Inc.
  65. Noah Ship Management DMCCO Dubai
  66. Norbulk Shipping UK
  67. Nordic Medical Clinic
  68. O.F Sharp Crew Management
  69. OceanWideSurveys Inc.
  70. Orion Manila ROHQ
  71. OSM Maritime Services Inc.
  72. OSM Shipping Phils., Inc
  73. PACC Shipping Philippines
  74. Philam Life
  75. Phil-Bright Ocean Ship Management Inc.
  76. PHILCAMSAT – Philippine Center for Advanced Maritime Simulation and Training, Inc.
  77. Phil-Crewing Maritime Services, Inc.
  78. PhilSafe Marine Services Inc.
  79. Phoenix Maritime Corporation
  80. PMMA Graduate School
  81. Rigel Maritime, Inc.
  82. RINA Academy Philippines Inc
  83. Sailors’ Society
  84. Sandigan Maritime Training Inc
  85. Sea Centre Inc.
  86. SeaComs Maritime Development International, Inc.
  87. SeaLanes Marine Services
  88. Seanergy Management Corporation
  89. SeaQuest Shipmanagement
  90. Seashore Shipmanagement And Marine Services Corp. / Ship Managers Association of the Philippines (SMAP)
  91. Senator Crewing Manila Inc
  92. ShipMoney
  93. SHIPSERV CI Philippines
  94. Songa Shipmanagement Ltd
  95. Southfield Agencies, Inc
  96. Spectral Technologies, Inc.
  97. SSM Maritime Services Inc.
  98. Status Maritime Corporation
  99. SWM Shipmanagement Inc.
  100. Synergy Group Operations Inc.
  101. TDG Ship Management, Inc.
  102. The American Club
  103. Thenamaris Philippines Inc.
  104. Top Ever Marine Management Phil. Corp.
  105. TORITEC Co., Ltd.
  106. Transmarine Carriers
  107. Ultraship Crewing Philippines, Inc.
  108. V.Ships Manila
  109. Ventis Maritime Corporation
  110. Veritas Maritime Corporation
  111. Viken Shipping/Wallem Shipmanagement (China)
  112. Vintex Shipping Phils Corporation
  113. Virjen Shipping Corporation
  114. Wagenborg Manila Inc.
  115. Wallem Maritime Services, Inc.
  116. Wallem Shipmanagement Ltd.
  117. Westfal Larsen Mgt AS
  118. Widesea Marine Services & Shipping Lines., Inc.
  119. Zeaborn Marine Services (Philippines) Corp.

First SAFETY4SEA Manila Forum focuses on key shipping workforce challenges

The inaugural SAFETY4SEA Manila Forum was successfully concluded on Tuesday 12th of November 2019 at New World Manila Bay Hotel, Philippines, attracting 350 delegates from 120 organizations.

The event was organized by SAFETY4SEA having as sponsors the following organizations: Magsaysay People, Manila Shipmanagement & Manning, Inc. (“MANSHIP”), Manship Maritime Training Center, Inc. (MMTC), RINA Academy Philippines, RISK4SEA, SQEMARINE, SQE ACADEMY, and Standard Club and Trafalgar Navigation. Supporters of the event were F.A.M.E., Green Award, IWSA, AMOSUP-PTGWO-ITF, MARINA and Sailor’s Society, while participating companies included the American Club, Dohle Seafront Crewing (Manila) Inc., Health Metrics, the Marshall Islands Registry, OSM Maritime and Philippine Transmarine Carriers, Inc.

Discussions varied among key challenges affecting the industry, with a special focus on the hot issue of attracting new generations and diversified talents in the maritime industry which is struggling to cope with the reforms brought by accelerating technology and remain productive and efficient. In addition, the human element, amid a growing shift in automation and the continuing cyber threat, was high on the agenda. Moving forward, the presentations touched upon the vital theme of crew wellness, while the last panel provided interesting discussions on how the industry can attract millennials by millennials themselves.

Opening Keynotes

Opening the event, Mr. Apostolos Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA, welcomed the delegates and speakers, thanked sponsors, and gave the word to Vadm Narciso A Vingson Jr, Officer-in charge, MARINA, as well as Gerardo A. Borromeo, Vice-Chairman Chief Executive Officer, Transmarine Carriers, who made their special warm welcoming to the first SAFETY4SEA Manila Forum and provided a brief introduction of the current industry challenges.

Presentations and discussions formed as follows:

Panel 1- Talent Attraction and Development

Opening the first panel, Mr. Patrick H. Maxwell, Vice President, MAGSAYSAY, noted that the shipping industry of today has to deal with major manpower shortages both at sea and ashore, as a result of the economic and demographic changes that have led to aging populations. In this regard, he shared key challenges shipping must address in order to attract new generations to select a career in shipping as a top choice: Connectivity, shore leave, criminalization and piracy are among the key challenges, he stressed.

In his presentation, Capt. Nicolo S. Terrei, Managing Director, Rina Academy Philippines, shared his experience from the investment in IoT technology for providing a quality maritime training, to continuously assess seafarers, shore-based personnel and staff, and subsequently enhance shipping safety.

Leo M. Bolivar, Country Manager, International Registries (Far East) Limited, noted that global demand for competent seafarers has been constantly growing over the years with shortage expected to peak in the next five years. He then described how the Marshall Islands Registry together with other industry stakeholders is proactively developing future seafarers through its work at the IMO, as well as human resources programs on education, training, and experience to produce quality crew for safer ships.

On his turn, Vadm Eduardo Ma R. Santos, President, Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific, provided insight into efficient ways to attract the younger generation in the industry and key challenges that we need to address for the development of competent graduates who shall possess the character, knowledge, and skills necessary for the successful pursuit of a maritime career.

Panel #2 – Human Element Challenges

Capt. Albert E. Bartilad, Vice President and COO of Manila Shipmanagement & Manning, Inc./ Vice President and CTO of Manship Maritime Training Center, Inc. highlighted the importance of safer, smarter seafaring through soft skills training, further stating that competence may be necessary, yet does not always guarantee performance. In fact, performance may be affected by a variety of personal or environmental factors, he noted.

During her presentation onloss prevention, risk and security management, Iris Baguilat, President, Döhle Seafront Crewing (Manila), Inc. presented truths about life onboard, underlying that even in this high-tech age, the lives of seafarers are characterized by isolation, tedium, and confinement apart from having to execute essentially challenging work.

Mailyn Borillo, President, OSM, discussed the human element, sharing best practices beyond compliance, further underlining that life skills improve seafarer’s wellbeing, yet are the most neglected part of employees’ development. The main challenges of seafarers are challenges on family relationships; mental and physical sickness and further financial burdens, she stressed.

John Wilson, Technical Director for Asia, The American Club talked about the human element in cyber security, highlighting the rise of cyber incidents as a business risk and the importance of cyber incidents as a business risk. In order to reduce the risk to reduce the human error, he proposed that a cyber wellness culture should be established within the company.

Panel # 3 – Crew Wellness & Resilience

During his presentation, Gavin Lim, Regional Development Manager, Sailors’ Society talked about wellness at sea training and surveys, highlighting that companies should adopt new ways to engage in promoting on board health and well-being, since the current definition of wellness looks at the human being’s holistic nature.

Antonio Roberto M. Abaya MD, Medical Director, Health Metrics gave his insight concerning the use of machine learning in maritime medicine, as repatriation risk assessment and proposed effective ways in which the use of machine learning in maritime medicine can act as a means to avoid risk.

At his presentation, Apostolos Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA, talked about crew wellness, soft skills and resilience. Lately, focus has been shed on finding ways to address the five key aspects of wellness for people working onboard in terms of social, emotional, physical, intellectual and spiritual and refered to industry’s initiatives.

Panel # 4 – The Millennials Generation in the spotlight

The last panel was devoted to a very specific category of young people: Millennials are expected to bring a whole new set of demands and expectations on the modern shipping workplace. In a bid to provide a different perspective of the current skills challenges amid the industry, the panel gave the word to millennials themselves: Elaiza Marie Galvez Perez, Junior Training Development Officer, Manship Maritime Training Center, Inc., Jim Acanto Alminar, 2nd Engineer, Manila Shipmanagement & Manning, Inc. Shaina Moriones and Norman Cris Ayat, students from MOL MAGSAYSAY Maritime Academy, as well as Jonathan Hernandez, Chief mate, Ocean Going Ships, and Michelle Francisco, Second Mate, Ocean Going Ships, discussed how the industry can become more attractive to new generations, taking advantage of millennials’ unique experiences to reshape its traditional way of doing business.




Video Presentations

All presentations will be made available on YouTube in high resolution within October at the SAFETY4SEA Channel

Speaker Articles

Edited articles with key points of several presentations will be available at safety4sea.com under ‘Opinions’ column within this month

Event Photos

Available at SAFETY4SEA Flickr

Paper Magazine Coverage

Event will be covered on the next SAFETY4SEA Log!




Participating Companies