The Columbia Group announced the opening of a world-class integrated maritime and logistics services hub in the Philippines.
As part of the company’s effort to strengthen its commitment to the delivery of service excellence to the Philippines, the newly-opened hub, CSM Manila, will offer a variety of ship management and maritime-related services.
CSM Manila will also provide services including development of new logistics and ship performance solutions.
The inauguration was attended by CSM Group Chief Operating Officer Capt. Leonid Zalenski, CSM Group Director, Crewing and Training Capt. Faouzi Fradi, and CSM Managing Director Asia Region & Group Director Business Development Demetris Chrysostomou.
During the opening ceremony, Fradi noted that the opening of the new offices, including the relocation of Senator Crewing, was part of “CSM’s strong focus on seafarers’ development and employees’ well-being.”
“We know that when employees are happy, the crew on board ship performs at its best, and clients are extremely satisfied,” he added.
Furthermore, Zalenski emphasized that the effort represents an “excellent development for Senator Crewing and CSM Manila.”
“This represents an excellent development for Senator Crewing and CSM Manila as these offices will deliver the right quality level of services demanded by the market. I look forward to further expansion in years to come,” he said.
The new home of CSM Manila is located in Aseana City, Metro Manila that houses up to 70 employees specializing in “technical management, crew management and training, procurement and catering.”
The office, which is backed up by CSM’s Performance Optimisation Control Room technology, is headed by Tychonas Agisilaou.
Moreover, a Columbia manning agency, Senator Crewing, relocated to a new office near CSM Manila. The office caters up to 66 employees.
Meanwhile, the Columbia Group continues its commitment to the country’s seafarer development amid the maritime industry’s “rapid digitalization” as seen in the company’s partnership with the Nautilus Pacific Training Center in Manila.
With the partnership, the CSM is able to train up to 5,000 Filipino seafarers per year with the use of its advanced training programs.
The mentioned training center boasts being equipped with state-of-the-art simulators with the latest Wärtsilä technology to ensure high quality training. The center also has full mission liquid cargo handling and engine room simulators.
In addition to this, the Nautilus Pacific Training Center contains the first survival craft simulator in the country.
Further, the CSM placed its Hologram Technology in order to enable distant training using cutting edge technology.
“The advanced training at Nautilus is focused on preparing CSM seafarers with the knowledge and skills that will enable the safe operation and management of vessels worldwide,” the company said.