New offshore joint venture opens doors for Filipino seafarers

MANILA, Philippines – Olympic Shipping AS, a subsidiary of Norway-based Olympic Group of Companies, has partnered with global maritime services provider, Aboitiz Jebsen, to establish a joint venture crewing company called Olympic Jebsen Offshore Inc. (OJOS).

The Olympic Group of Companies, based in Fosnavaag on the west coast of Norway, is an owner and operator of offshore and fishing vessels. It also has a fleet delivering services to the offshore oil and gas industry. Since its formation in 1996, Olympic has built a fleet consisting of 21 offshore vessels including two new buildings, one krill vessel, and two modern deep-sea trawlers.

Ms. Arleen Asuncion, Senior Vice-President of Abojeb and President of the new joint venture said, “OJOS will be responsible for the Filipino manning requirements of the Olympic vessels. It will give Olympic a more hands on approach in recruiting and developing officers and crew from the Philippines while benefiting from Abojeb’s manning expertise and extensive network .”

The OJOS official contract signing was attended by top officials from both companies. Representing Abojeb were Ramon Villordon Jr., President, Ms. Asuncion and Janice Capile, Senior Crewing Manager. Representing Olympic AS were President and CEO Stig Remøy, Deputy CEO John Arne Winsnes, Senior Vice President for Crewing Are Halkjelsvik and Assistant Crew Manager Kristian Froeysa.

A day after the contract signing, an Orientation Day at the Hotel Sofitel Manila was held with OJOS officers, crew and their families in attendance. The event gave the participants an opportunity to personally meet the OJOS executives and learn about Olympic’s operations, deployment procedures and compensation benefits. Mr. Stig Remøy imparted this message, “Our crews’ commitment over the years has contributed to the success of Olympic Shipping and we would like to reciprocate by providing continuous employment, prompt wage remittance and additional benefits for you and your family. More than these, we will support your career advancement by giving you various training necessary to become senior officers and reach your life’s dreams. Together, we can make this happen and we are counting on you to become an integral member of our exciting, new company.”

Ms. Asuncion also shares that Abojeb has long held a good business relationship with Olympic and the decision to form a joint venture came about with the latter’s move to expand its fleet. “With Olympic’s fleet expansion and the change in the geographic operations of its offshore vessels, there is increased demand for competent seafarers. The joint venture aims to employ, train, develop and retain a qualified pool of Filipino crew and officers for Olympic,” said Ms. Asuncion.