Mumbai-based ship management company MMS Maritime India (MMSI) is announcing that its crew workforce has grown by a quarter in the last year.
MMSI said its total crew staff is now 300 with at least 50 new officers and 26 ratings, joining the team which primarily supplies seafarers for the global tanker market.
MMSI CEO Dr Sanjay Bhavnani said the company is growing thanks to having a 90pc crew retention rate, one of the highest in the industry – and it is now targeting tanker operators across the world including the UK to supply its crew.
“We are expanding because our seafarers are motivated and tanker owners have confidence that MMSI will supply a highly committed, skilled and experienced crew to look after their ship,” he said. “MMSI carefully supports each of our seafarers monitoring their welfare as well as giving them clear defined steps to advance their career in the long term. I, and many of our senior team, are former seafarers. We therefore fundamentally understand the desires, dreams and concerns of our seafarers. We know they need to be truly understood and appreciated for what they do. By ensuring we listen to, and look after, our crew we are generating real job satisfaction in one of the industry’s most challenging careers. We are actively looking to work with more tanker and dry cargo owners and operators offering them all the benefits of having a well-managed and trained crew.”
Dr Bhavnani, a former oil tanker chief engineer, said the last year has seen MMSI launch the bespoke training programme designed by the Swedish P & I Club and implemented effectively by its own staff thereby focusing on to be addressed specific operational issues .
“Our Maritime Resource Management course has been meticulously built by seafarers for seafarers,” he said. “It is founded on understanding what it is actually like to live and work at sea. We understand it can be like a goldfish bowl living in close quarters for extended periods of time in the utterly unique environment of the sea. The reality is that most incidents at sea come as a result of incorrect human interaction. So our course looks at key areas such as communication between different nationalities to ensure the crew properly understand each other’s instructions. In addition, we look at understanding emotions and the mental state someone may be in when giving instructions. The course arms our seafarers with the tools to do their job and to take them to the next level. We look at areas of performance and provide extra training where gaps in competence have been identified.”
Dr Bhavnani said MMSI is also seeing increased demand from its parent company the Japanese ship owner Meiji Shipping Group, which is expanding its tanker fleet by seven new ships which are expected to come online by 2017-2018. These include four new 28,000 DWT medium range (MR) vessels tankers to be delivered to Meiji in the first half of 2016 for charter to oil majors and other oil companies.
“MMSI is looking to recruit a further 80-90 seafarers from India to help man these new ships,” he said. “The positions we are seeking to fill will be across the full spectrum of roles from officers and masters to chief engineers. A number of senior positions will be filled from our existing workforce to ensure the ships have the right levels of experience and expertise. MMSI has built its reputation on having some of the best trained crew in the shipping industry. We will therefore be carefully selecting candidates to ensure they are of the highest calibre to maintain our rigorous standards.”
Shipping companies wanting further information about MMSI’s crew supply services and seafarers wanting more information on joining MMSI should contact: email: email@example.com call: 91-22-40620100 Visit: www.mms-india.com
Meiji Shipping Group
Meiji Shipping was founded in 1911 and is headquartered in Kobe, Japan. A shipping company it operates a fleet of three VLCCs, two VLGCs, four Aframax, one LR, six MR, five PCC/PCTC, and 15 bulk carriers vessels.
Its ships operate internationally primarily under time charter parties with shipping companies. The company provides shipping, ship management, and related transaction services; construction supervision, remodeling and inspection, and related services; business planning, ship finance, and commercial management services; and IT related solutions for vessels. It is also involved in the manning and training of seafarers; marketing of marine equipment and parts, and custom kitchen fixtures; building operation and management; sale of machinery for ships and ports; and provision of tugboat, non-life and cancer insurance agency, and forwarding services. For further background visit: www.meiji-group.com/corporate/index.html
MMS Maritime (India) Pvt. Ltd
MMS Maritime (India) Pvt. Ltd was established in 2001 to support the MMS Group in Japan for employing high quality Indian senior personnel and to maintain a dedicated pool of seafarers for tanker operations. It was the second recruiting agency in India to be launched with full Japanese capital.
MMS Maritime (India) Pvt Ltd came into being in October 2001. In November, 2007, it was further renamed as “MMS Maritime India Pvt. Ltd. as it was transformed into a “Technical Support Center” along with being a manning company. The same year, we also opened our office in New Delhi for better penetration and recruit capable seafarers from the northern part of the country and made our reach beyond Mumbai. There were 9 tank vessels and a bare handful of officers when MMSI started its operations. It was those officers who have exhibited their loyalty towards the company over the previous establishment and entirely supported the company in building up its system. These officers have been the backbone of our company and we at MMSI express our heartfelt gratitude to those who have been with the company since then.
We have over 50 years of experience, with over 10 years in shipping industry recruitment and training. We therefore have a clear understanding of the industry and the technological and regulatory environment in which we operate.
For a full list of Meiji oil tankers MMS Maritime India supplies crew to visit:
Dr Sanjay Bhavnani
Qualifications: Class I Engineer, Post Graduate Diploma in Management, Post Graduate Diploma in Maritime Law, Ph.D. in Business Management (with specialization in Human Resources Management)
Working with MMSI since: Inception
Professional Experience: After having sailed out at sea, last as a Chief Engineer, on Oil Tankers for several years, Sanjay Bhavnani came ashore in the year 1998. After two stints on shore, one at a marine training institute as in charge of all tanker related training and the other at the head office of the Japanese Shipping Company in Tokyo, he moved to the then newly formed MMS Maritime (India) Pvt Ltd in April 2002.The company has been since then involved in the crewing and the training operations pertaining to the seafarers deployed on the tanker fleet vessels chartered to various oil majors. His present perspective on the crewing aspects is based on his close interactions had with the seafarers as well as with the shore staff with an attempt to align all expectations within an overall and an integrated framework based on all industry demands.
He serves on the board of FOSMA (Foreign Owners and Ship Managers Association),an association involved in representing the views of the industry, and working along with the administration and the Government on matters relating to Merchant Shipping, Maritime Labour Convention, Seafarers Identity Document, Criminalization of Seafarers, Piracy and Hijacking, STCW matters at International Maritime Organization, Education and Training Matters, besides other contemporary issues related to the industry.
He has completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Management as well as a one year Senior Management programme from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta besides having completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Maritime Law from London. He has also been awarded a doctorate in Business Administration with a specialization in the Human Resource domain.