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Tuesday, October 29, 2019 

Crew members are the key to greater efficiency, according to crewing specialist company Danica, which says ship operators are placing greater recognition on the role crew members play as the key to reaching higher efficiency goals.

As part of its expansion plans, Danica is to open a new office in Riga, Latvia, with more to follow. MD Henrik Jensen (pictured) said: “Shipping companies are beginning to realise that they have 8-10 seafarers on board for every one office employee and that the performance of these crew members is key to reaching the goal of higher efficiency, cost efficiency, safe operations, and delivering a better bottom line for the company. Shipping company CEOs are changing their perspective, moving away from seeing seafarers solely as a commodity and instead regarding them as important assets which need to be kept and developed. It’s time now for shipping company management teams to ‘walk the talk’ when it comes to crew matters.”

Highlighting the fact that today’s shipping companies need to meet stringent technical, environmental and commercial requirements while returning a profit, Jensen said this is leading more and more ship operators to outsource their crewing requirements. “Today’s ship owners are looking for crew service providers who can deliver more than a just a cv. They want the total package including proper screening, support and training.”

The smart ships of tomorrow will need smart crews too, he said. “Smart shipping is an evolution and not something that will happen overnight, although it is moving at a fast pace. New technologies and new vessel modus operandi will require seafarers to have an additional set of competencies.”

Danica offers training courses to enable seafarers to develop their skills and progress up the career ladder. “It is important that among seafarers we are a known as a preferred employer,” said Jensen. “This we achieve by offering jobs with ‘blue-chip’ ship owners as well being a fair employer and assisting crew members in their career through support such as structured promotion training programmes.”

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