An international Crew Manager seminar welcomed employees from all Northern Marine Manning Services offices to Alba House, Clydebank.
Around 30 individuals from offices based in China, India, Latvia, Phillipines, Russia, Singapore, Sweden and the UK, participated in the two day event which included several presentations, an open forum and workshops.
The event presented a face to face opportunity for management to outline strategy and pertinent objectives while offering delegates a chance to raise topical issues which merit discussion.
Ian Hampton, NMG HR Director, welcomed delegates to Head Office and in his introduction emphasised the importance of providing a quality service, for individuals to own their roles and responsibilities fully and for NMMS employees to actively seek support from each other where we know individuals may hold a stronger competence in a certain area.
Ian went on to emphasise the importance of effective communication and that safety and the safe operations of vessels will always sit at the top of our agenda.
Dhan Swadi, NMMS Personnel Director, gave a Company update highlighting the evolution of NMMS and its recent growth, as well as potential challenges in 2017 which include compliance, cost and communication.
Both Ian and Dhan laid out a challenge to all those attending, asking all participants to provide three items that they believe should form part of the areas of focus for 2017; the most appropriate three will be selected and incorporated into the strategic objectives of NMMS for 2017.
Kitty Zhang, NMM Shanghai Personnel Officer, found the event a very worthwhile exercise.
She said: "It was very helpful meeting and speaking with fellow NMMS colleagues from other offices, face to face.
"I have achieved my aim to learn more about the future of the Company, including the development plan."
Daniel Winn, Francois Marine Crewing and Operations Executive, based in Singapore, added: "Before this event I hoped to improve communication, and this is a great opportunity to achieve this by not only speaking with senior management staff but also my international colleagues.
"Communicating in this setting is very different than by email, phone or video conference."