Safety, Performance, Excellence at CSL Officers and Crew Conference

MANILA, Philippines – “Safety, Performance, Excellence” was the theme at the 6th CSL Crew Conference organized by its crewing partner, Aboitiz Jebsen. The five-day conference, held at the Pan Pacific Hotel, was attended by 42 officers and crew plus company executives from CSL Europe, CSL Australia, V Ships Marine and Abojeb.

CSL Europe Technical Director, Jim Hardie, said the officers were sent to bridge and engine simulator training at the AJ Center of Excellence, the training center of Aboitiz Jebsen. Safety procedures in accordance with management policy, safety awareness, proper reporting and handling of near-miss incidents were also discussed with them. Other topics included a demonstration of cardio-pulmonary resuscitation techniques and updates on the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) for Seafarers. “The Officers and Crew conference is part of CSL’s steadfast commitment to enhance the knowledge and skills of our people and provide them with a safe working environment onboard our ships,” Mr. Hardie explained.

In addition to competency building, CSL also held a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activity in Manila. In celebration of its 100th founding anniversary, CSL launched a “Keep on Steamin’ Challenge” and offered to match funds raised by its partners for the advancement, education and welfare of young people. Abojeb held two events, a bowling tournament and a Bingo Social, which raised P138, 025. Instead of just matching the funds, CSL graciously doubled the amount and a check for P414, 075 was donated by its VP and Managing Director Jakob Hansen to Atty. Imelda Barcelona, President of Women in Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA), for their school building project in the Yolanda-ravaged town of Guian, Samar.

Following the training sessions, participants bonded during the Bowling Tournament and Comedy Night which they enjoyed tremendously. CSL officers and crew were unanimous in saying the conference was fun as it was informative. “The best thing I like were topics on leadership skills, how to motivate fellow crew and what to do in times of emergency,” said CSL Third Officer Leinch Jon Chavez. While AB Lauro Baldonado, another conference participant, shared “The best thing of this conference is safety, because being safe means you can perform your work well. ” he said.