DAO shipping held a series of seminars for Ukrainian officers, serving aboard DAO vessels under Anglo-Eastern’s management. Such seminars have become a long-established tradition, anticipated by all parties involved.
The first of three DAO events took place in January 2021 and featured the largest number of participants – almost 40 officers. The seminar aimed to familiarize Ukrainian seafarers with the new Management office, now located in London.
With many new faces in the London office, the event largely focused on the seafarers meeting key persons and familiarizing themselves with the office organizational structure. They even got a glimpse of the office interior that appeared in one of the presentations.
The seminar kick-started with the welcoming speech of Capt. Somasundar Nair, Director FPD, followed by the opening remarks of a shipowner representative – Operations Director Capt. Nikolay Petkov. The London office was represented by Сapt. Himanshu Chopra – Managing Director, Venus Venugopalan – Fleet Manager, Capt. Anuj Bhargava – QHSE Manager, Capt. Desislav Dimov – Operations Manager. Anglo-Eastern Ukraine delegated company’s leadership – Capt. Oleg Lukyanchenko, Capt. Andriy Boyko, and Mr. Vladimir Katuna.
The reports outlined performance and technical reviews as well as operations feedback. The Open Forum session was very engaging and all the parties agreed that the communication between Ukrainian seafarers and the new office in London should be further developed and enhanced in various formats.
As soon as in February, those words were put into action when was organized a smaller (more informal) event for the deck officers serving on GLOVIS vessels. It was a rare opportunity to discuss a group of sister vessels, look at their distinct problems and collectively find solutions in tandem with discussing Owner’s expectations, and general fleet trends.
Early April brought about one more DAO event for Ukrainian seafarers – this time covering all ships other than the Glovis vessels. It also covered the officers who could not attend the January seminar and was yet another successful interaction in establishing a fruitful engagement between the officers and the London office.