16-04-13 Seatrade goes wine?
16 April m.v. Frio Adriatic was officially registered under the Malta Flag and was subsequently renamed Sierra Merlot. Next to m.v. Sierra Medoc, the Sierra Merlot is the second vessel that is hinting towards "a taste of the good life ..."
25-03-13 MLC 2006 certification
"The first step is always the hardest" is a well-known global expression. Seatrade took a successful first step in MLC 2006 certification of her fleet. On 25 March 2013 m.v. Klipper Stream was inspected in Portsmouth and was found in compliance with the MLC 2006 convention. Congratulations!!
Crew m.v. Klipper Stream celebrating MLC 2006 certification
The preparations done by the crew such as properly arranging food stores, galley hygiene and the condition of the accommodation in general, contributed greatly to the result.
From this first step onwards, efforts will be increased to certify all our vessels before the deadline of 20 August!
26-03-13 Dagblad van het Noorden North Netherlands business special
Please refer to this link: Ondernemen in het Noorden 26 maart 2013
29-11-12 Improving vessel performance through uniform standards!
In this constantly changing world of increasing outside pressure, short communication lines and dependency on automation, at Seatrade Groningen and Triton we took a close look at our company's structure and performance. We came to the conclusion that vessel performance needs extra attention. Closely related is our wish to further improve on safety and the way we interact with each other. That is why we renewed the ‘Seatrade Standard'. This improved 'Seatrade Standard' will help us to have a better understanding of the actions we take every day and how they influence the world, our company, our surroundings and our safety.
Mark Jansen, Managing Director of Seatrade Groningen, explains: "We feel there is a lot to be gained in unity, communication between ship and shore and safe operation of our ships. We do not always work along the same lines, we face language barriers, cultural differences and sometimes a simple lack of common sense. Yet, rather than focusing on obstacles we want to move beyond these issues and join forces. Lengthy brainstorm sessions, a lot of self-reflecting and useful input from all layers of the organization resulted in the launch of the new 'Seatrade Standard'.
As an aid for performance improvement, the 'Seatrade Standard' offers a clear framework to work within.
1. Commit to safety conscious and environmental friendly practices
2. Communicate openly and effectively within a culture of tolerance both onboard and ashore
3. Care for a clean ship, a friendly crew and a good condition of the cargo, well representing the company
4. Convince by performance, take pride in your job and be responsible, both as an individual and as a team
5. Combine a cost conscious attitude with high commercial awareness
6. Continue improvement and development of employees and vessels
Mark Jansen concludes: "For Seatrade's shipmanagement it is not only important that each vessel and her crew reflect the Seatrade image, it is important for all staff, both onboard and ashore. This is why Vincent Peeters, Kor Wormmeester and myself organized a series of workshops in The Netherlands, Russia and the Philippines for all shore staff and onboard management. We will keep updating you about the 'Seatrade Standard' which we trust will benefit all of us."
22-10-12 KVNR Shipping Award
Seatrade has been nominated for the KVNR Shipping Award with the lengthening of m.v. Atlantic Reefer and m.v. Pacific Reefer, as described in detail in the Newsflashes of February 2012.
The objective of the project was to create a "hydrid" reefer ship with large cargo flexibility, with a reduction in emissions and fuel costs as an important side effects.
Seatrade is one of five contestants. The prizewinners will be disclosed during the Maritime Awards Gala 2012. So fingers crossed!
Postscript: we did not win, but are nevertheless proud to have been nominated!
23-05-12 Reefer agency meeting
The annual crewing agency meeting took place in the first week of May. Seatrade crewing agents from Russia and the Philippines received training and participated in various workshops and teambuilding activities in Groningen and Leer.
Cultural integration was also part of the meeting; for the Queens Day celebrations 30 April last, all agents were disguised as Dutch for one day.
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13-04-12 Annual jubilee party
Friday 13 April last, Restaurant De Twee Provinciën in Groningen became once again the stage of the traditional annual jubilee party for our seafarers. Family, friends, colleague seafarers and office staff said goodbye to Captain Speksnijder, Cheng Van der Plaats, AB Juff, AB Valadares and AB Spencer and celebrated the 25th jubilee of Bosun De Vroom. We wish them the best of luck!
The 25th MLDP (Management Leadership Development Program) took place in Vladivostok from 1 to 6 April 2012.
Usually the 25th batch is a reason for celebration, but not in our case! The lead trainer, mr. Godo Fredo San Juan, was refused entry into Russia due to a visa issue, and had to return to Manila. The main computer hard disk broke down, and the battery of the camera decided to stop working!
Nevertheless the program was successfully conducted by the two remaining facilitators Tavarish Leonid and Kor Wormmeester.
Besides 'development' of our top four officers, Vladivostok is also developing, the bridge over the Golden Horn Bay and to Ruski Island being near to completion (see picture 2)!
27-02-12 Atlantic Reefer sailing after conversion
27 February at 04.00 LT the mv Atlantic Reefer left from Terminal CTG 10, Shanghai after loading the maximum intake of 226 (empty) containers.
The vessel sailed 74 days after arrival at Cosco Shipyard Shanghai where conversion of the vessel took place, and is now underway to New Zealand
09-02-12 Pacific Reefer sailing after conversion
9 February at 01.30 LT the mv Pacific Reefer unberthed from Terminal CTG 10, Shanghai after bunkering and loading containers.
The converted vessel sailed 67 days after arrival at Shanghai.
She departed with all 226 container positions occcupied, and is now underway to Valparaiso, Chile.