Seafarers’ Day 2017

On the 23rd of June 2017, Jebsens Maritime (JMI) celebrated the International Day of the Seafarers. Organized by Crew and Family Welfare Team, over 100 JMI seafarers joined the whole day celebration as they indulged in various fun and learning activities.

A breakfast treat welcomed the seafarers as they arrived in the morning. In addition to the scheduled lectures, there were games, raffle draws, and healthy meals for the reporting crew. Anchoring on the International Maritime Organization’s theme, Seafarers Matter, JMI took this opportunity to promote the importance of taking good care of ones health with its own theme anchored on Health Awareness.  The aim of JMI’s celebratory activities is to keep seafarers well-informed and constantly reminded of how important health is to their seafaring career – on why being healthy must be a personal choice.
The program started with a message from Ms. Thess Lunzaga, AVP for Crewing. “Our focus here in Abojeb is health awareness – the primary ‘capital’ of a seafarer is good health,” said Ms. Lunzaga in her opening message.


Crewing leaders, managers, and processors made the occasion even more special. Ms. Lunzaga led the official opening of the program through a balloons drop with raffle prizes. The crowd popped each balloon for either a prize or a meaningful quote to live by.

With the objective of promoting valuable information about good health and avoiding illnesses, major topics on wellness were discussed during the day by subject matter experts. (Stay tuned for the article about each topic!)
    • Top 10 Common Illnesses of the Filipino Seafarers by Dr. Rosalie Dimson, Physician Coordinator, Shiphealth, Inc.
    • We Are What We Eat: Preparing Healthy Meals by Ms. Realiza Morales, Registered Dietitian, Manila Medical Center, provided by ValuCare.
    • HIV Awareness by Ms. Emmanuel Garcia, Coordinator, Positive Action Foundation Philippines Incorporated.

Cadets also participated in the program by exhibiting their dance skills during the break energizing the crowd with their dance moves. In between lectures, raffle items were drawn which made seafarers anticipate for more. The program ended with a grand raffle of a smartphone sponsored by Smart Communications which was won by Electrician Eugene Luna of Allseas.

The simple celebration indeed was successful in not only providing relevant information about maintaining seafarer wellness but it also brought a dose fun in appreciating JMI crew members.
Through with activities like this, JMI hopes that seafarers feel that they valued – and that they truly matter.
*This article was written by Carla Concepcion, Crew and Family Welfare Manager of Jebsens Maritime, the crewing arm of Abojeb Company.
About Abojeb Company
Abojeb Company is a leading and well-recognized integrated maritime, ship management and land-based manpower services company from the Philippines. For 35 years, the company’s ship management unit has delivered cost-efficient, globally competitive, technical services to 125 vessels of various types. Jebsens Maritime, Abojeb’s crewing arm, has honed its crewing services to provide the best people to more than 400 ships presently under its care – boasting 87% retention rate and a pool of 12,500 seafarers for the ocean-going ships of its principals from Norway, US, Germany, Netherlands, Greece, Singapore, Japan, and Philippines. Abojeb Manpower Solutions, its land-based manpower services division, provides hundreds of highly qualified land-based professionals to many overseas businesses across several industries. Abojeb Company continues to garner recognition from the Philippine government and various industry-led organizations. Abojeb has expanded presence in Japan, the USA, Australia, and Greece.