Klaveness Maritime Agency celebrates 35 years of providing seafarers with bloodletting event in partnership with the Red Cross

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Klaveness Maritime Agency, Inc. (KMA) was established in 1984 to support Torvald Klaveness crewing activities. Today the company has expanded its activities to also support crew management for third party vessels and had reason to celebrate as the company turned 35 this year.

Over the years, KMA has staffed a variety of carriers. In the beginning we manned pure bulk carriers and today we have moved onto more specialized carriers such as the combination carriers that are part of the current fleet. The seafarers take part in development programs that enable them to stay up to date and renew their skills as requirements change. Most of our seafarers are therefore trained for more than one type of vessel, which equips them with a broader skill-set than most seafarers.

Celebrating our loyal, hardworking and dedicated seafarers

The success of the company can be credited to the loyal, hardworking, dedicated and committed seafarers and their families. Especially the wives of crew members, who have sacrificed valuable family time in order to supply crew to the vessels. We thank you for that!

Giving back through bloodletting

Staff wanted to commemorate this milestone through a sponsored bloodletting activity in cooperation with the Red Cross. With the support and help from its sister-company, Klaveness Shore Services Inc and the Seamen’s Wives Association of Klaveness (SWAK) the turn-up was a great success!

Happy 35th Anniversary!

Reminiscing My 35 Years in KMA

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 Way back July of 1984, a very small company was conceived with nothing big but a vision that in the years to come, we will survive the stiff industry competition and be known as one preferred manning agency of the country.   It is amazing to think how far we’ve gone and accomplished. A new page in our history book just opened because we’ve turned 35 this 2019! Truly a year to reckon with pride.

The journey in the beginning was not easy.  We have to make a name in an industry that was populated by bigger and well-known players.  We have few ships then but the name we carry is a plus factor all the time. Our advantage is that our Principal: named Torvald Klaveness & Co. at that time, owns the  vessels that we crew and their reputation in the Norwegian industry is untarnished and respectable.

Back in 1984, while in partnership with United Philippines Lines, one reputable manning agency, Klaveness Maritime Agency, Inc. or KMA for short, operates the crewing part independently under a Norwegian General Manager (a former sailing Chief Engineer), a Filipino Master Mariner as the Asst. General Manager and 3 ladies performing flexible duties as needed.  You may say we are originally a Eurasian company.

Just like in the stages of our life, KMA went through operational cycles also for various reasons, but always mandated by the purpose of being better and being at our best position.  We have tried partnership twice but in the long run, remained to be the flag bearer of the Klaveness name in the Philippines. We have also moved from one place to another. i.e., from Intramuros, to Makati, to Paco, to Ermita, to Pedro Gil and finally in Mall of Asia, all for the common good.

The types of vessel we crew went through changes as well.  Pure bulk to specialized bulk, PROBO to CABU then came the Container, new CABU and now the CleanBu.  Through all these, one thing is noticeable, Klaveness vessels are no ordinary vessels. The Principal innovates and improves, according to the needs of the time.  The same with our seafarers, most of them have been trained from one type of vessel to another, thus, they too are no ordinary seafarers. They are seasoned and more competitive! 

What and how we are today, we owe a big part to our loyal, hardworking, dedicated and committed seafarers.  We wouldn’t have gone this far without their able support and cooperation. In times of urgency and emergency, we can always count on them. Their loyalty is unprecedented, having a retention record of as high as 98 %.

The families of our crew, especially to the wife, we sincerely say “Thank you for all the time that you have unselfishly let go of the  husband just for us to supply the crew needs of the vessels.” In the same manner, how you continued to understand the nature of their work when they are asked to extend or remain on board because of reasons like matrix, economical port, etc. beyond their contract period.

To our Principal: Klaveness Ship Management and all its Stakeholders, thank you for letting us carry the name Klaveness.  Our gratitude for the continued trust and confidence that we can influence integrity and honesty in the industry. Above all, thank you for making a  difference in the lives of Filipino families, for bridging the gap between poverty and dream to experience a better life and for adhering

to policies and laws strictly in order to achieve a safe environment on board the vessel or ashore.

To all the shore staff of KMA, our kudos to you for the years of hard work, dedication and commitment to be of good service to the company. We have accomplished a lot together during the last 35 years.  May we be empowered to do better for tomorrow and continue to be a part of the journey in improving the nature of shipping.  

Happy 35th Anniversary!

Klaveness Team Building 2019

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JUNE 21, 2019 – The same fateful day where the Klaveness Manila family goes off-grid (Just a bit) to bond, get to know their colleagues more, to bolster relationships, and to get away from the daily routine of the industry.

Endless hilarity and fun ensued the moment the facilitators began the session. The Klaveness Manila family brought back home stronger relationships, better idea of who their colleagues are. And of course, who would forget the new phrases that surely made great impression, that struck us. Phrases like “What-a-guy” and “She’s gone now, I made sure of it”, others will never understand the significance of these phrases, but someone from the Klaveness Manila family will surely understand what these phrases mean to each and every one of us.

The session was all about how to know, serve, and take care of our customers better. According to Ms. Amanda Uy – one of the founding members of the Klaveness Manila family, that our customers, they are our prime assets, our lifeline. How do we take care of them and how can we satisfy them beyond their expectations? How do we earn their trust? These are the thoughts that should motivate us, move us to be ambitious, double the capacity, increase productivity and dare to challenge change. The key is to be customer- focused. Knowing them will enable us to serve them better and in the best way possible. And that is the truth, and it should be the truth of all organizations that aim to serve their customers better.

As Ryunosuke Satoro puts it: “Individually, we are a drop. Together, we are an ocean”. Mabuhay ang KLAVENESS MANILA FAMILY! By Marko Bolivar – The newest member of the Klaveness Manila family.

SWAK Christmas Parties in Manila, Iloilo, Davao & Cebu

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The festive mood of the holiday season, with the strong presence of SWAK (Seaman’s Wives Association of Klaveness) team, was felt and spread unto the families of our seafarers residing within Metro Manila, Cebu, Davao and Iloilo.  During the last 3 weekends of December (Dec 2,7,8 & 15), the annual Christmas party with the families of our crew were held in mentioned places with the voluntary assistance from some of the wives of our crew.

The Christmas party is eagerly anticipated by the families.  In one of the regions visited, we’ve heard the comment “We are indeed lucky to have a company like Klaveness.  It’s only here where

families get together and the shore staff mingle personally with us.”  With the attached photos taken during the party, I believe these statements were clearly manifested in the smiles of the seafarers and family members, in particular the awardees of the long service recognition.

The long service or seniority awards portion was always one of the highlights in the Christmas party program.  Here, award and reward await the recipients.  For us in the company, these rewards reflect upon the past years that our work force on board have dedicatedly and committedly crafted the works of their hands.  It’s the kind of service borne out of love for the family and the company.  Where and when could be the better time to recognize them but during the Christmas party Family gathering.

We always find value in enjoying the festive season with colleagues in a more personal environment. No matter how big or small our Christmas party budget be, we  do not underestimate the long-term value of engaging with our sea staff and families by getting into the festive spirit.

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE!

By: Amanda E. Uy