Recently a new company ALBACORE Maritime invited everyone who is interested in an introduction conference about the company and its work. The conference was held at the Business Hotel Continental in Odessa.
The conference was hosted by the managing director of ALBACORE Maritime, Peter Järvsoo.
Mr. Järvsoo started the conference by talking about ALBACORE Maritime. The company was launched just last July, but already has achieved a lot in such a short amount of time.
ALBACORE Maritime has two offices: the main one is in Tallinn and the second one is in Manila. At the moment, there are 11 people working in both offices, but the plan is to grow bigger.
Last year, when the company had just opened, ALBACORE Maritime was honored to become a Recruitment Partner for the world-renowned Shell Ship Management. During the collaboration, Shell was very impressed and satisfied with ALBACORE Maritime’s work. This mutual cooperation brought the company to a new level. Two months ago ALBACORE Maritime signed a contract that made the company The Official Recruitment Manning Crewing Partner for all Shells’ LNGs, which right now counts 58 vessels (when the cooperation work started there were 51 vessels) and 10 new vessels are in construction. Since ALBACORE Maritime is the official partner, it only works with Shell on LNGs.
ALBACORE Maritime acts as an official recruitment and placement partner worldwide for Shell with the signing of an agreement covering their cooperation. Though all the contracts with seafarers are signed directly with Shell Ship Management of the Singapore office, ALBACORE Maritime does all the back office work. Permanent contracts with seafarers are signed for a year, at the end of the year they are either extended or dissolved. ALBACORE Maritime has all the certificates such as MLC and ISO 9001.
The policy of the company is to take no bribes. No money is taken from seafarers and Mr. Järvsoo has asked everyone to remember that to never offer any money ever and to spread this information.
The number of nationalities that ALBACORE Maritime works with is quite large. Overall it has about 34 nationalities but the amount of Ukrainian seafarers on Shell’s vessels is very low. Since Peter Järvsoo has worked in Ukraine fora good while, he believes that there are a lot of capable Ukrainian seafarers that could work for Shell. At the moment,
Mr. Järvsoo has said that it is quite possible to get promotions but only after 3 contracts with the company. Shell gives seafarers a permanent contract which is signed in its Singapore office. For top Officers, it is 3 months on board and 3 months at home. For Junior Officers, it is 4 months on board and 84 days at home. The rotation for top officers is constant for the same ship. That means that when the seafarer is given a vessel, he will be working at that vessel in the future.
After working for Shell for 2 years with excellent performance, there is a real opportunity to change the place of work from vessel to Shell office. The company believes and practices employment of people who have good experience on board. They also have a cadet program, but for now they are not looking for cadets from Ukraine.
Shell is a big company, so it is understandable that recruitment can take some time – from the call to ALBACORE Maritime, it might take up to a month and a half until the signing of the contract with Shell.
The process of recruitment starts with an application. Nowadays, after contacting ALBACORE Maritime, you get a video application, which is a new thing for Ukrainian seafarers, but it’s very practical and useful. After the application, a seafarer will have an interview with the representative of ALBACORE Maritime. Then a package of documents is sent to Shell and there is another interview with representatives of Shell. The representatives do not make a decision on their own about a seafarer’s candidacy. The interviews are recorded, and then given to consideration to a special committee of 3 people. Sometimes, if the interview is not passed, Shell will give the seafarer a second chance in 3 months to try to pass again. There is a possibility of being recruited without LNG experience, but the past experience needs to be similar to LPG and with a training program onboard the vessel. Overall the requirements are from 6 to 12 months of experience in rank, but seafarers with less are still considered.
There are different procedures for junior and top officers in the company. The recruitment stages for junior officers are:
– Interview with an ALBACORE representative;
– Interview with a Shell assessor;
– After a successful interview, Shell will send the candidate a package, including the contract;
– 2 day introduction course ending with an examination.
The recruitment stages for CO-s and Captains are:
– Interview with an ALBACORE representative;
– 2 Interviews with a Shell assessor – navigational and technical;
– 1 day BTM and 2 days NSAP course ending with an examination ;
– After a successfully passed NSAP, Shell will send the candidate a package including the contract;
– 2 day introduction course ending with an examination
The interview with a Shell assessor may take up to 5 hours. Since the conference was attended by one of the Ukrainian seafarers who has just signed the contract, he confirmed that the interview was long, but the questions were asked only about the field of work and were not too difficult. After the approval all officers needs to pass the Introduction course which takes place in different parts of the world every time. The company organizes this and also buys tickets for seafarers to come.
The salary is made up of Basic salary which the seafarers are offered and Performance bonuses at the end of the year depending on seafarers’ performance, it could reach up to 20% from the year’s salary. Last year the average performance bonus was 15%. There is also a possibility that performance-related wages will increase. Since the contract is signed for a year, the condition of the contract is that the seafarers get their salary every month, no matter if he is working on sea or staying at home.
For now, ALBACORE Maritime is not planning to open any offices in Ukraine. They believe in social and technical communions. So they don’t see any problems with communicating by Internet in different places of the world.
The company does not have any pension programs, but the amount of money and stability that ALBACORE Maritime and Shell offer is very high.
At the end of the presentation, Mr. Järvsoo gave an opportunity for seafarers to ask any questions concerning work with ALBACORE Maritime or Shell. The amount of questions asked reflected a great interest in working with ALBACORE Maritime and Shell.
After all questions and comments were asked and answered. Peter Järvsoo was kind enough to answer a couple of question from the Maritime Telegraph.
MT: Shell has a lot of newly-built vessels. Now you are providing jobs for 58 vessels. What is the age of the vessels you propose?
PJ: There are vessels from 1992 to May 2018 and there are different types of vessels. All LNGs are in very good condition. Seafarers often say that the older MOSS type ones are even more reliable LNG vessels. Around 10 new vessels will be availed in a couple of years.
MT: You worked in Ukraine as a representative of another company before and now you decided to return here and propose vacancies for Ukraine seafarers. What do you think about the professionalism of Ukrainian seafarers?
PJ: I had a lot of Ukrainian officers interviewed and the pass rate for Ukrainians is not always satisfactory, unfortunately. But I still have hope and I know there are a lot of good officers who can join the Shell fleet. 1 out of 10 will pass. The main reason for that is the low level of English – only knowing professional language is not enough. So my advice to all Ukrainian seafarers, please work on your level of English. Working in an international company with a big number of nationalities, there should not be any deficiencies in communicating in English. We actually now have in a big need for Chief Officers; this is a call for Ukrainian seafarers to try out.
MT: What positions are you looking for on Shell’s vessels?
PJ: All positions. Working on our vessels right now we have 4th engineers, 3rd engineers, 2nd engineers who are from Ukraine.
MT: What are the qualification criteria’s for seafarers (BMI, age limit, experience in rank, number of contracts)?
PJ: We do not have any specific criteria’s for the BMI, age or gender. As long candidate has good experience and has all valid health certificates they are free to join. We would like to see more ladies sailing on Shell’s vessels and I would like to call all female officers who are currently looking for a job to join Albacore.
MT: So you aren’t hiring Ukrainian cadets right now?
PJ: Not now, but maybe in the future.
MT: What is the trading area of Shell vessels?
PJ: The vessels work worldwide.
MT: Is there free Internet access in the company’s vessels?
PJ: On all vessels, there is free Internet access. There is no problem in using Viber, Whatsapp, Skype and any other.
MT: What are the benefits of working with Shell and ALBACORE Maritime?
PJ: Shell is one of the biggest companies in the world. It gives a possibility for a very stable career. As I mentioned before, there is a possibility for Shell seafarers, after 2 years on board, to work in the Shell offices all around the world. And what is still an i issue in Ukraine – we don’t take money from seafarers, even if they offer.
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From our team of Maritime Telegraph, we would like to congratulate Peter Järvsoo and his team on their excellent work. We wish ALBACORE Maritime growth, development, prosperity and more contracts.