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Crewconnect Global Industry Awards


On 7 Nov 2018, CrewConnect Global celebrated its 20th anniversary by acknowledging and recognising the talents of individuals and outstanding companies.

The judges (Esben Poulsson, International Chamber of Shipping; Kuba Szymanski, InterManager; Andreas Nordseth, Danish Maritime Authority; Jacqueline Smith, International Transport Workers’ Federation; Natalie Shaw, International Chamber of Shipping; Stephen Miller, Mission to Seafarers; and Maneesh Varma, The Nautical Institute) were looking for excellence, innovation, and role models in an exponentially changing industry.

The Innovation and Technology Award goes to OSM Maritime Group.

The Excellence in Training Award goes to Magsaysay.

The Welfare and Corporate Social Responsibility Award goes to Philippine Transmarine Carriers.

The Safety at Sea Award goes to APL.

The Seafarer of the Year is Master Maksym Cherniy, MSC.

The Young Person of the Year is Nina Sue M. Da Silva, OSM.

And the Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Ambassador Carlos Salinas.

Blue Philippines Partner Recognitions

Additionally, the POEA and Government of the Philippines recognised the following companies for their continuing contribution to the overall growth and success of the manning industry:

  • Bright Maritime Corporation
  • BSM Crew Service Centre Philippines Inc
  • Career Philippines Shipmanagement Inc
  • CF Sharp Crew Management Inc
  • Jebsens Maritime Inc
  • Maersk-Filipinas Crewing Inc
  • Magsaysay Maritime Corporation
  • Marlow Navigation Phils. Inc
  • NYK-Filship Management Inc
  • OSM Maritime Services Inc
  • Pacific Ocean Manning Inc
  • Philippine Transmarine Carriers Inc
  • RCCL Crew Management Inc
  • Southfield Agencies Inc
  • United Philippine Lines Inc

The certificates were handed over by Undersecretary Renato L. Ebarle Employment, Migrant Workers Welfare and Administrative Services Cluster.

NOTE: This is a recognition by the POEA and Government of the Philippines of companies that excel at doing business in the Philippines, not chosen by our panel of judges.


Master Maksym Cherniy, MSC

During the pirates’ attack on MSC Maria in Nigeria, Master Maksym Cherniy exhibited courage, dedication and commitment. He strictly followed all procedures and instructions in the stressful situation being in touch with the head office, demonstrating fortitude and encouraging other crew members.

The award was presented by Capt. Kuba Szymanski, Secretary General of InterManager, and accepted by Prabhat Jha, Group Managing Director of MSC Shipmanagement, on behalf of Master Cherniy.

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