On March 6, 2019, Odessa hosted the third annual seminar for officers of DAO Shipping and Anglo-Eastern Ukraine. Apart from the seafarers, the event was attended by the representatives of the Shipowners and Anglo-Eastern (UK) mangers who provide services to DAO Shipping.
The seminar is a workshop arranged as a dialogue between officers and shipowners which provides the feedback about crew performance. “It is extremely important for us to know what is going on onboard, – says Omri Dagul, Executive Vice President. – One can understand whether environment there is proper and favourable only through direct communication with the officers. We encourage open and straightforward discussion and intend to discuss anything that troubles our seafarers. It is an excellent opportunity to meet officers, to discuss teamwork issues with them. It is important because ability to act as one coordinated team is one of the priorities.”
Declan Brookes, Fleet Director of Anglo-Eastern (UK), emphasized the importance of such events, saying, “It is not the first seminar for officers that we hold in Odessa. The agenda of the event includes such vital issues as specific features of service on modern bulk carriers. Seminars like that enable us not only to understand whether our crews are efficient, but also to analyze statistical data, to evaluate the situation in the shipping industry in general and to discuss the company’s development prospects and career opportunities for officers.”
“All officers serving on Dao Shipping vessels are Ukrainians, so the seminars with shipowners and management are a part of our regular activities”, – says Capt. Lukyanchenko. “The main purpose of these seminars is to discuss current problems, hear the opinions of all the parties and find best solutions. It is crucial to improve performance on an ongoing basis and to avoid making the same mistakes. Our key task is to provide decent jobs to competent Ukrainian seafarers on vessels of reliable shipowners.”
The event is an excellent chance for the officers, management, and representatives of the shipowners to discuss pressing matters, analyze the situation aboard the vessels, and look at the prospects of further cooperation. Approximately 50 officers attended the seminar. The interactive presentations, an opportunity to share the opinion with the colleagues, followed by then informal communication – all these things contribute greatly to the Company’s efficiency.