Western Shipping Safety Seminar – 25 Nov to 26 Nov 2019 – Manila


Venue: Marco Polo Hotel, Grand Ballroom A / Prestige Tower, Roof Deck

Date: 25th – 26th November 2019

Slogan: Safety is the key. It is up to you and me.


Invitation was extended to all Filipino officers working in Western Shipping fleet. Travel and accommodation facilities were arranged for the officers visiting Manila.
The seminar was organized for seafarers working on our tankers as well as bulk carriers. Common topics were introduced as necessary on the first day, whilst separate presentations were conducted on specific topics for tanker officers and bulk carrier officers on the second day of the seminar. The first day was a combined session for all tanker and bulk carrier officers. On the second day, the crew were divided in order to separate the tanker officers from the bulk carrier officers. This enabled targeted presentations relevant to the vessels being served.
For the Tanker fleet, attendance comprised of 42 officers.
Western Shipping Pte Ltd (WSP) was represented by:
– Capt Belal Ahmed / General Manager
– Capt Rukshan Vohra / Fleet Personnel Manager
– Capt Unnikrishnan / Ops Manager
– Capt Hemant Arora / SQA Manager
– Ms Jiayun Liu / Asst SQA Manager

Western Shipping Southeast Asia Inc (WSSI) was represented by:
– R. Adm Bayani Gaerlan / President

Western Shipping Manila Taining Centre (WSPMTC) was represented by:
– Capt Alban Castellino / Consultant
– C/Eng Romulo Malapit / Head of Training Centre


The Grand Ballroom ‘A’ at Marco Polo Hotel, Ortigas was utilized for conducting the seminar on the first day. For the second day, separate rooms were taken on the Roof Deck at Prestige Towers for the Tanker and Bulker officers. Refreshments and lunch was provided during the course of the seminar.

Contents of the seminar

DAY 1 : Combined Function Room Marco Polo

  • PPE/ Near Miss/ LTIF/ Human Element
  • Salient COLREGS Pointers
  • Navigation
  • “Excellence”
  • IMO 2020/ When Engine Stops/ Machinery Failures/ Incidents related to Engines
  • High Light On Some Specific Engine Room Operations

DAY 2 :  Tanker Sea Staff  at Roof Deck at Prestige Towers

  • Ballast Water Treatment System
  • SIRE/ Cargo Operations
  • Speech with Senior Officers
  • Risk Assessment Exercise
  • Crew Issues on Appraisal Process/ Welfare/ Dress Code/ Injuries/ Company Website
  • Q & A

The Seminar was opened by WSSI President, RAdm Bayani Gaerlan. Topics later discussed were as per the above agenda. Good interaction between presenter and attendees was noted during all presentations.
Feedback forms were collected from all attendees and collated in order to incorporate improvements next year.

DAY – 1 / Marco Polo Hotel, ORTIGAS


On the 27th November, the Family Day was celebrated where all company seafarers together with their families were invited for an evening celebration. Attendance was approximately 320 persons.


General feedback received indicated the seminar to be a success. All arrangements made were impeccable. Punctuality was maintained throughout the seminar by the attendees. Interactive exercises, including Risk Assessment played an important part in improving the overall seminar.

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