Newsletter June 2019
GENCO AUGUSTUS RESCUE OPERATION
Rendering assistance to those in distress at sea regardless of nationality, state or circumstances in which they are found, is a long standing maritime tradition as well as an obligation enshrined in the International Maritime Law.
Recently one of our managed vessels “M.V. Genco Augustus”, under the command of Capt. Chetan Chugh rescued 07 survivors from fire stricken vessel – M.V. Sincerity Ace (Car Carrier) – enroute from Japan to Hawaii.
M.V. Genco Augustus was on her passage from La Libertad, Ecuador to Yeosu, S.Korea. All crew members were partying on 31st Dec 2018 night to bid adieu to 2018 and welcome 2019.
At 2342 LT / 31st Dec 2018, they received a distress call from M.V. Sincerity Ace who was about 55 Nm from own vessel. The distress vessel was in the middle of Pacific about 1800 Nm from Hawaii, far away from the reach of any coastguard rescue helicopter. To her dismay, prevailing weather was beaufort scale 6 with 5 m swell.
M.V. Sincerity Ace informed that they have already used up the fixed fire extinguishing system, fire is uncontrollable and spreading fast. Master of own vessel immediately relayed the distress call to JRCC Honolulu and re-routed the course towards distress vessel.
Around 0600 LT on 01st Jan 2019, own vessel stationed in the vicinity of distress vessel. M.V. Sincerity Ace was engulfed in thick smoke and heavily listed to Starboard side. Lifeboats and all life rafts were inaccessible to crew due to fire and thick smoke coming from car decks. All its crew members mustered on the forward most part of the vessel to avoid suffocation from thick smoke. Car decks burning beneath made the steel plate so hot that their safety shoes sole started melting. They opened up the fire hydrant to create a pool of stagnant water for cooling the deck.
They were holding up entire night of New Year’s eve somehow and were waiting for first light of dawn to abandon ship in stormy weather, as it was their only chance of survival. One of the survivors later said that it was the longest night of their life.
At 0800 LT / 01st Jan 2019, fire reached the bridge of distress vessel. The master of “M.V. Sincerity Ace” called out on VHF for the last time – “It’s time, we can’t hold up any longer, we will start abandoning ship now, please please Save Us”
With such a high freeboard of car carrier it was impossible for them to jump in water. They decided to climb down using a rope one by one. Additionally they made loops of fire hose, wrapped it under the armpits around chest with a line attached to crew member standing on forecastle. This would take some of their body weight while descending down the rope into water.
As the crew members descended they were washed away by swell in different directions and their plan to stick together in water was not working well.
At this time, USCG SAR aircraft (HC-130 Hercules) arrived at the datum and air dropped 03 liferafts for crew in water & requested vessels in vicinity to save their lives.
The master of M.V. Genco Augustus, though obligated to render assistance to fellow mariners, was also expected to prudently undertake the rescue operation without jeopardizing the safety of own vessel and crew. Stormy weather and 5 mtrs made it impossible to lower the lifeboats to pick up the survivors from water. Own vessel made a head on approach to the survivors, undertook all necessary navigational and seamanship practices and was able to rescue 07 crew members of M.V. Sincerity Ace.
Before being rescued by own vessel, all the survivors had to take on the wrath and agony of seas and improvise on every different situation that persisted. Almost all the survivors after being rescued were hypothermic. They were provided with first aid, food and water. Trying to stay alive at sea requires a lot of perseverance, patience, hard work and a strong will power.
Remaining crew members were rescued by other vessels in the vicinity. In total 16 crew members’ lives were saved, unfortunately 05 crew members of distress vessel were dead and lost at sea.
The rescue assistance rendered by the captain and entire crew members of M.V. Genco Augustus during severe weather conditions stands testimony to highest maritime traditions and reinforced confidence in fellow seafarers that help will come from any quarters whenever in need.
One of the survivors, Mr James William (AB) said that he would name his next son as “AUGUSTUS”.
Lt. Duane Zitta, Coast Guard JRCC Honolulu quoted that “Merchant vessel’s quick actions provided for the rescue of 16 members of the crew who would otherwise still be in the water and they are continuing to aid us.”
We would like to congratulate the entire team of M.V. Genco Augustus for handling the toughest incident with sheer courage and professionalism.
We also thank God for sending the help right on time and giving second life to our fellow seafarers. All seafarers must remember that waves which are over our head are still under God’s feet.
(If I rise on the wings of dawn, if I settle on the far side of sea, even there your hand will guide me – Psalm 1399-10)
~ Capt. Chetan Chugh
M. V. Genco Augustus
MY FIRST STEP UP THE GANGWAY
They say first is always special. The first car, first home, first born, first job. It does make a little sense now, recollecting my first step up the gangway. Pre-joining preparations started weeks ago and lasted as long as few hours prior departing, with me zipping up a 30-kilo trunk and strapped on to a bigger trunk of optimism. All the classroom stories, Tom Clancy series have spun into an illusion (a good one) of what the Shipboard culture might look like. By every passing hour, things felt more engaging. The ship was visible from quite a distance, and so was her name, for the font size was as tall as I was. With every meter of approach, Anchor became visibly monstrous and the accommodation became appealing.
Capt. Neeraj Madhok made sure our hands were never void of coffee and cupcakes, making the journey even more delightful. He is an example of a kind but commanding master, the one I am looking
forward to become. The first few things that struck me were his white French beard, 4 golden stripes and a sharp uniform crease that highlighted his outstanding personality. I am sure Mrs Madhok, who joined later, would gladly agree when I say this; Capt. Neeraj managed to strike a right balance between leisure and work on board. He invested a good amount of his time in training/ teaching his underlings. Surprisingly calm during situations and a proactive approach for all activities. Mrs and Mr Madhok were one energetic family, who could make anyone feel comfortable instantly. I take this opportunity to let them know that I think about them quite often in appreciation of their kindness shown towards me.
The crew and chief officer’s contribution for accommodating me to a fairly new environment cannot be expressed in words and it takes not much time for me to recollect all of their names and
faces. Because what THEY say is probably true, first is special. With high and low, work and fun it is a memory that I will cherish for years to come.
~ 2/O – Sreejith Nair
MY FIRST OWNED MOTORCYCLE
My first owned motorcycle was purchased right next to Anglo Eastern office in Sion 17 years ago. The craze to own one with your own hard earned money was a feeling no one can explain. So I went ahead and brought it for a mere 8ks .This was a battered old 2 stroke bike – a 1983 Yezdi Classic 250 cc. Very classy in looks and had a unique way to start the bike as the kick lever and the gear shifter were one and the same, not like the modern bikes you get nowadays. I rode it like I stole it. Being old and out of production it broke down several times and I fixed it myself, then it broke down again and I repeatedly fixed it. That’s when my curiosity for repairing bikes shot up to a point where I spent most of my vacation from ship either fixing or learning more about bikes.
Climbing the corporate shipping ladder and multiple ranks later, I started buying more battered bikes, fixing them and brought them back to life on the road. Somehow my heart couldn’t see a classic bike rotting and having a slow death because their previous owners couldn’t maintain them. Modification took the better side. As these bikes being antique, parts weren’t available that easily, so like in shipping, I did something known as “Juggad” or improvising, something what all sailors are famous for. That’s when bike modification took over plain bike repairing.
I started modifying bikes to make them more appealing to look at with a little twist. All information was gathered from the net and hunting was done for aftermarket or performance parts to enhance the looks and even upgrading power basis DIY knowledge gained through mechanics, friends and the good ol’ Google search.
Building parking areas in my neighborhood and 6 garages for old classic bikes were my prime targets as I slowly developed a keen eye to spot these scrapped or secretly stored bikes in these areas. Met their owners and requested, sometimes even pleaded to part with those beauties offering them decent prices. My collection grew and so did the passion to explore further.
On my way home one day I spotted an old 1992 Kinetic Luna gathering dust in a small roadside garage. In my head I could only think of building it up from scrap to look better than what it was. It took me a few days to think about it before I approached the garage guy and struck a deal. The Luna was brought home to me in a running condition at my doorstep. India Bike week 2015, India’s largest Bike festival was just a few months away. I decided to take part in the “Mod bike contest” part of the festival with this nimble Luna.
With no concrete plan in mind I started doing my research. Eventually ideas turned to reality and the project kick started at a decent pace to hand build and modify this bike from ground zero to finish. This project turned out to be challenging as I had just 2 weeks to finish and send it for judging.
My days started early at 6 am and completed at 10 pm nonstop with floodlights right in the back of my building garage. Days were spent dismantling and tearing the whole bike apart, primering, painting, fitting aftermarket parts and trial and error methods with on road testing after clearing all the technical glitches. My shipping knowledge of using different tools, spanners, grinders and painting helped me a lot to finish this bike. At the end of the 14th day this bike transformed into a work of art. I gave it a shot through the India bike week contest and got short listed. Out of 400 entries all over India only 14 bikes were selected and mine was one.
The India Bike festival week happens in Goa, so I had to ship this new creation to Goa from Mumbai. The transport industry was notorious for damaging bikes in transit, so didn’t take that chance. I used my Maruti swift Car to take the bike all the way to Goa. Removed my rear seat and packed and lashed the bike down so well that even if the car turned turtle the bike wouldn’t move. Packed up I headed to Goa alone with my bike and got her ready for the contest. The 2 day festival had all kinds of bikers, fans, companies and journalists present. My Luna was renamed to “Luna-tic” and it got a nice spot in the display area. It got clicked, interviewed, got in the press news and came on the local Goa Navhind times. All this fame although it never won, but just being in the shortlisted 14 made me feel good about myself. I safely took her home after the event and plan to hang her on the wall of my hall room if ever my Wife grants the permission. Three years later and I still can’t convince her to do that.
Years down the line my addiction for bikes has grown twofold. I managed to collect 8 motorcycles till date from a 50 cc Moped Luna to a Bajaj M80 to bikes like a Lambretta, Yamaha RX 100, Yamaha RD 350, a Yezdi, 50 cc Pocket bikes to the track focused imported Honda CBR 600 RR – my latest, fastest and the loudest of them all.
Holidays after sign off are usually spent going for all the possible bike shows, group and solo rides, drag races, motorcycle club meets, gatherings and events around Mumbai and nearer states. Possessing big capacity and fast bikes requires vital training too, so just started doing formal track racing training at Apex Racing Academy to hone my skills on the road and be a better and safer rider.
Sunday mornings are never without my motorcycle for a breakfast ride of about 200 kms outside Mumbai hustle and bustle taking either my Honda CBR 600 RR or my Trusty old geese the Yamaha RD350 2 stroker alternatively every weekend. The friends I made after riding a motorcycle is astounding. They are always there for you during rides and when your trusty ride breaks down.
Like shipping safety was always a concern while riding. My helmet and full safety gear leathers, boots and gloves depending on the type of bike I’m riding is always on me. People told me after marriage and having kids things will change, but it never did for me. During my holiday I still have time to work on my motorcycles plus balance the time with my wife and kids.
It’s strange but I do tell my wife that “Bikes are my first love” and she has happily accepted the fact too.
My form of de-stressing from this busy world is one full tank of gas and an open highway. Saddle up on my motorcycle, twist the throttle and life suddenly changes to fast forward and all my worldly problems momentarily disappear.
~ Capt. Anslem Fernandes
SCREEN TIME VS REAL TIME
Most of us wouldn’t like the idea of allowing young children being exposed to screens long hours spells – Whether it’s the phone, computer screen, Kindle, tablet or any other digital device born from technological advancements. Conventional wisdom agrees that too much screen time can’t be good for growing kids and that there should be limits, but do we draw the line for our-ADULTselves? However we must realise that we aren’t immune to such problems either. The effects of screen addiction or excessive screen exposure don’t discriminate by age. Since there’s nobody
to regulate our screen time, so self-regulation is a MUST.
Today’s millennials or Net Generation sometimes also called the iGeneration are the first generation to come of age in a world that is fully saturated by digital media, including smartphones. Studies and statistics prove that across the world, many young adults are falling into a screen-obsessed lifestyle. We spend at least 6 hours on the computer doing work, and an additional average of almost 4 hours on leisure usage – surfing social media, watching Netflix or even random web searches to entertain ourselves in the middle of work.
None other than Melinda Gates, wife of Microsoft founder Bill Gates, wrote an editorial lamenting the Pandora’s box she and her husband helped open. “I spent my career in technology. I wasn’t prepared for its effect on my kids,” she wrote. “Phones and apps aren’t good or bad by themselves, but for adolescents who don’t yet have the emotional tools to navigate life’s complications and confusions, they can exacerbate the difficulties of growing up.”
SCREEN TIME AND HEALTH RISKS
- Metabolic Syndrome – Most of the time we’re sitting down while we’re on our screens. A sedentary lifestyle, such as sitting in front of the computer or television, can put you at a greater risk of illnesses. Metabolic syndrome combines diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure; it’s a pretty toxic cocktail of poor health, apparently linked to an abnormally sedentary lifestyle. Other cluster of risk factors includeheart diseases, stroke, excess body fat around the waist, abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels and some types of cancer.
- Vulnerable to Eye Strain – Looking at a screen for extended periods of time can cause “computer vision syndrome” producing symptoms like : strained or dry eyes, blurred vision, and headaches due to the blue light that’s typically emitted from screens. Blue light from screens leads to eye strain and discomfort and poorer vision. It has been found that excessive screen time may also damage the retina.
- Sleep Cycle Disturbances and Insomnia – Excessive or continual exposure to the screens makes it harder to fall asleep when it’s bedtime as the blue light from your screens disrupts your melatonin levels (an hormone that regulates sleep–wake cycles). Studies show that the blue light from the device screens can actually trick your brain into thinking it’s still daylight that leads to extended periods of wakefulness. This can make it harder to fall – and stay – sleep. The mental stimulation from processing online content also keeps your brain alert – way too alert for sleeping. The cumulative effect of the lack of restful sleep or irregular sleeping patterns or poor quality of sleep can lead to exhaustion, more irritable behaviours and even insomnia in many cases.
- Overall drop in fitness levels – Using digital devices robs you of the time you can spend exercising and being physically active. Consequently, your fitness levels decline and you may find yourself getting breathless more easily even when you partake in basic activities like walking or climbing the stairs. We are turning into an inactive community. (Take the HINT- go for daily brisk walks, climb staircases whenever possible & avoid elevators if possible, renew gym memberships while ashore OR practise YOGA under guidance of a certified yoga trainer ONLY).
- Weight – Sitting continuously facing the screens for extended/ long hours at a time boosts the risk of obesity clubbed with several possible contributing factors like less physical activity time, inadequate & poor sleep quality. Moreover seeing more ads for unhealthy foods, binging on junk foods when engrossed watching TV or working at the desk boosts the risk of weight gain. Eating too much or too less, not chewing food properly due to use of technology (phones, TV etc.) at the table that causes people to get distracted & pay less attention to hunger signals & actual body requirement.
- Physical Aches and Poor postures – Poor posture when using screens can cause chronic neck, shoulder, forearms, wrists, fingers and back pain. Spending long hours at a desk or with your head bowed down to look at your phone doesn’t feel uncomfortable when you’re doing it, but you may find yourself experiencing unexplained muscle aches. It’s the discomfort in the neck and spine that happens when you spend too much time hunched over your devices. Studies have shown that slouchers have lower self-esteem and are less productive.
SCREEN TIME AND MENTAL HEALTH RISKS
- Rewires Brain in bad way – Neuroimaging research has shown that too much screen usage seems to result in grey matter shrinkage, problems with white matter’s
ability to communicate, hamper development of compassion for others, a lot more cravings, and general poorer cognitive performance. Too much screen time affects a person’s ability to plan, prioritize, organize, and complete routine and easy tasks. It affects a person’s impulse control, which means he or she might start exhibiting more erratic behaviour. Cognitive imaging studies have found that spending too much screen time will lead less efficient information processing. In the long run may hamper basic skills to work on-board like – Analytical thinking / troubleshooting skills, impaired decision making, inappropriate planning, promptness in emergencies. Time spent on screens decreases brain connectivity, whereas reading a book does the exact
opposite (Take the HINT and reach a bookstore & avoid Kindle/ Tablet/ eReaders).
- Poor Understanding of Emotions – This is an intriguing one. Even if you didn’t grow up with an iPad within reach, lack of frequent face-to-face interaction (in favour of Facebook, Instagram and other simulated emotional connections) may actually impact on your ability to process emotion properly. A weak social circle is connected to loneliness, anxiety, depression, and other psycho-social issues. People now struggle with “emotion regulation” (or emotional intelligence) — the ability to process and manage strong (sometimes uncomfortable) feelings. For kids and adults alike, escaping into a digital world is an easy, accessible way of coping. In case of social media, it can increase exposure to threats like
cyberbullying, which can lead to feelings of isolation and low self-esteem.
- Anxiety – That uneasy sensation when the Wi-Fi is lagging or the irritation you feel when a webpage takes too long to load? The impulse to unlock your phone or open a new tab the moment you start feeling restless is one big indicator that you may be addicted to your digital devices. These feelings are all too familiar to many of us and we tend to experience it on a daily basis.
- Depression – Few major components impacting the state of mind: Comparing to Others: One of the most significant problems that come out of screen time for an individual that may need help with depression is their ongoing comparison of themselves to others. Takes Away from Other Activity: The more time we spend looking at what everyone else is doing the less we spend on improving our own. The comparison trap is real. Many times, we berate ourselves for not living life ‘as well’ as someone else. Sometimes that someone else is someone we don’t even know personally (e.g. a celebrity).
- Impulsivity – Addiction and reward seeking Dopamine, the “feel-good hormone,” is part of the brain’s pleasure and reward circuits. Playing video games turns on similar brain regions as those linked to cravings for drugs and gambling. It’s the same for social media — every time we see a new post or get a reaction to ours, it’s like a hit of brain candy.
- Guilt – When you’re aware that you should be doing something else instead of being online and you can’t shake off the guilt for not spending more time being social or productive, your mind is probably subconsciously hinting that there is a better use for your time. Don’t ignore these feelings – avoidance will only escalate the guilt. Games turns on similar brain regions as those linked to cravings for drugs and gambling. It’s the same for social media — every time we see a new post or get a reaction to ours, it’s like a hit of brain candy.
SCREEN TIME AND STRAINED RELATIONSHIPS
Skipping too many social gatherings or excessive usage of your phone at the dinner table can strain relationships. Technology (phones, TV etc.) at the meal table caused people to feel more distracted and less socially engaged. Your family and friends may feel like you aren’t treating them as a priority and end up feeling alienated. It may be time to reconsider your screen time usage when the people that are supposed to be closest to you start becoming more distant.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT – ARE WE GETTING “TECH SAVVY” OR “TECH SLAVES”
Probably the MOST concerning question we need to
ask ourselves TODAY. It’s time we do some realistic
It may be more practical to think in terms of how your
time spent with screens affects your daily essentials.
Are you getting enough sleep, exercise or outdoor
If your screen time has you missing meals on a
regular basis (regardless if it’s due to work or not),
then it’s high time that you find a way to dial things
Consider making notes of the activities/ hobbies
which you missed out due to the loss (or lack) of
The goal isn’t to avoid screen time entirely, as that’s
probably not realistic in modern life. However, if
we’re going to use any device, we need to essentially
be mindful of our usage & dependence on the
“It’s all about BALANCE.”
The above article is adapted from different readings, articles on technology in the newspapers.
Feel free to write to us at [email protected] ~ Editor’s Desk.
Recently we had conducted Safety Seminars (TMSA) at Delhi, Kolkata, Chandigarh and Dehradun between 11th to 16th Feb, 2019. The respective branch heads Mr. Rajan Bose (Assistant General Manager, Kolkata), Mr. Rajeev Kumar (General Manager, Delhi), Mr. Iqbal Singh (Centre Head, Chandigarh) and Mr. Yatharth Ballabh (Fleet Personnel Manager, Dehradun) organized these TMSA seminars in their respective areas.
From the Offices, Mr. Orson Lobo (Managing Director AESM SINGAPORE) and Capt. Vishal Varshney (Assistant QHSE Manager) from Singapore office, Mr. Vikas Trivedi (Managing Director – Univan Fleet, Technical) and Capt. Laxmi Salvady (Operations Director) from Hongkong office, Mr. Maneesh Pradhan (Managing Director AESMI), Mr. Vineet Gupta (Deputy Managing Director) and Capt. Deepak Correa (Fleet
Personnel Director) from Mumbai office attended.
The Seminars kicked off with the welcome and opening address by Mr. Orson Lobo. Mr. Vikas Trivedi also addressed the Gatherings. This was followed by a workshop on safety culture by Capt.Vishal Varshney. After a sumptuous buffet lunch, Capt. Laxmi Salvady gave an insight regarding Vetting and Operational issues. Manning report for the year 2018 was later presented by Mr. Maneesh Pradhan.
The OPEN FORUM sessions at each of these locations was very fruitful. The officers got a chance to share their views and concerns with the top management. All their queries were answered and they were appraised about the requirements and the expectations of the owners. Changes to be brought about to improve the system were discussed and possibilities of implementation were explored.
Our Officers with their families joined for dinner and cocktails in the evening at all these places. As part of the ANAVI initiative a drive was organised at TMSA seminar held in Kolkata to collect clothes for the ladies of the old age homes and children which ANAVI caters to. Same received a very enthusiastic response from the officers. The officers were thanked for their generous contributions.
The highlight of these daylong events was definitely the hugely successful interactive sessions. Capt. Vishal Varshney was the star of these events which he managed so beautifully with his key insights on Tim Autrey’s Practicing Perfection Techniques as applicable to ships. The platform provided for such an interaction was utilised to its fullest by the officers and each one of the officers were thankful for the same. Eagerly looking forward to the NEXT ONE – was the common feedback received from one and all.
Dehradun team ANAVI handed over Plant saplings to all families as mementos to plant a hope for the future.
Overall these TMSA Seminars were a huge hit.
BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS ON BOARD – B.R.O
ASSET (Anglo Eastern Staff Satisfaction & Engagement Team) introduced a concept of Building Relationships Onboard (B.R.O) in order to identify the most approachable individual on board (Healer), who would then encourage positive culture/ environment on our vessels.
In short, the ASSET team at Anglo-Eastern introduced the concept of peer counselling for seafarers and Yoga Gurus.
“One Of The Most Valuable Things We Can Do To Heal One Another, Is To Listen To Each Other’s Stories – Rebecca Falls“
As the above saying goes, we would all agree that each of us have a colleague whom we find influential in a way that we can discuss our issues/ personal queries/ doubts, seek advice and feel a bit of solace during unpleasant phases at our workplace.
The ASSET team, in search of such approachable Influencers who can hearten their colleagues, provide comfort in the time of need, guide them and spread positive Culture On-board, requested ships to nominate the most approachable individual by conducting a voting session (including all ranks) on their respective vessels.
The Ship Captains were also asked to identify Yoga enthusiasts who would willingly impart Yoga sessions onboard. Such individuals will be further shortlisted and on their next joining recognized as Yoga Gurus who are permitted to conduct Yoga Sessions for their colleagues in order to reduce stress levels on the vessels. It is our tremendous pleasure to have received a huge response from the sea staff for both B.R.O and Yoga Gurus.
As a result of the responses received, we organized a one day Emotional Intelligence training session for the nominated on leave staff later felicitated by B.R.O. certificates and cups.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES ON BOARD
The LPG/C Saltram is a storage tanker at Suape in Brazil. As vessel is under Brazilian Cabotage, it is mandatory to employ some Brazilians staff on board. Vessel has several Brazilian women working on board in rotation as deck officers and engineers. These lady officers work with equal vigour, energy and dedication as men. The most admirable thing is that they are willing to undertake any work which is required to be done at their rank and are very professional in their approach towards the job. They don’t expect any concessions or leeway to be given to them nor do they want any discrimination. The work culture on board is amazing with men and women of mixed nationalities working together in harmony.
We hope one day we will also see lot of Indian women working on board equally with men. I am sure if the Brazilian women can do it, our women can also do the same and excel in this adventurous profession.
~ Capt K. K. Merugu
Chief Engineer Madhav Jagtap
HAPPINESS DAY & HOLI
20th MARCH – INTERNATIONAL HAPPINESS DAY
21st MARCH – HOLI
22nd MARCH – WORLD WATER DAY
A festival of spring, love and colours celebrated across India makes Holi a special occasion for socialising and celebrating joy. We encouraged our sea staff to enjoy with colours and exciting activities as mentioned below:
1. Enact your favourite Emoji, and click group
photos / group selfie. You can get creative with
props for fun.
2. Practice a session of Laughter Yoga for 15 mins
to kick-start your day.
3. Create Your Ship’s Own Happiness Slogan and
share it with us.
4. Be at your colourful best and celebrate Holi
with lots of fun and sweets.
We congratulated our Masters and Chief Engineers for cutting down use of plastic and urged them to share their initiatives and drives conducted on their respective vessels to save our environment.
NATIONAL MARITIME & WORLD HEALTH DAY
A world without seafarers would be a world left unknown. And therefore we took this opportunity to commemorate the contribution made by our seafarers by celebrating 5th April, National Maritime Day with exciting team building activities like The Roadblock (Minefield) and Human Knot to increase a sense of belonging among our sea staff.
We also organized a contest for their families to send in their drawings or paintings based on the topic “Our Maritime Story”.
For World Health Day on 7th April, we suggested our sea staff to spend at least 10 mins daily in mindful breathing as it strengthens person’s decision making power.
CRICKET TOURNAMENT ONBOARD M.V. MONTREAL EXPRESSS
~ Capt. Ankur Mehrotra
CAKE MASTER THAKUR RISHABH RAMESH
Thakur Rishabh Ramesh has exceptional talent in baking and decorating cakes. He baked cakes for the Easter celebration and also other occasions such as Christmas & Crew birthdays.
His working attitude is exceptional onboard and all crew members love him.
~ Capt. Lasith Anthony De Silva
Master of M.V. Saga Pioneer
MT ALPINE MAYA
C/OFF HARENDRA RAWAT
3/O SHUBHAM KUMAR SINGH
M.V. MAERSK NIAGARA
C/E UDAY SHARMA
M.V. MONTREAL EXPRESS
CAPT. ANKUR MEHROTRA
MR. DINESH DEVALIYA
3/O MR BHUPENDRA JAISWAL
CAPT. TARUN DHINGRA
FROM THE SAILOR’S DIARY
Aneesh Gokhale completed his schooling in Pune and is currently sailing as 3rd Officer on the M.V. Federal Oshima. He also has an avid interest in history, borne mainly out of trekking the Sahyadris – hills steeped in forts and long bygone events.
This interest has led him to write two published books – “Brahmaputra – The Story of Lachit Barphukan, Assamese contemporary of Chhatrapati Shivaji” and “Sahyadris to Hindukush” – The Maratha conquest of Lahore and Attock. He also writes a fortnightly column for DNA newspaper, where he focuses on alternate, little known bits of history. Along with DNA, his articles have been published in various online publications such as Indiafacts, Swarajya Magazine, Rightlog and others.
Aneesh has also given public talks on over a dozen occasions on Maratha and Assamese history, notably at Pondy Lit Fest (2018); Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini’s Indian Institute of Democratic Leadership; INTACH (Delhi) (2017) and History Dept. of Wadia College, Pune (2017) and as Chief Guest at his Alma Mater, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan for the Republic Day celebrations in 2015.
~ Mr. Aneesh Gokhale
YOGA DAY ONBOARD
MT BW IRIDIUM
~ Ravi Teja
PONGAL CELEBRATION ONBOARD
M.V. TRUE CHARIOT
ANAVI – KOCHI
Since the devastating effects of Kerala floods in Aug, 2018 left many houses and institutions in ruins, ANAVI through various contributions from Anglo-Eastern offices across India and other countries successfully volunteered in resurrecting the lives of flood affected victims in Kerala.
ANAVI has also undertaken the project of rebuilding an ANGANVADI (a Nursery school which provides mid-day school facilities for the kids along with lunch and clothes too) at Attappady tribal colony, in Kerala.
The ‘Bhoomi Pujan’ (Foundation stone laying ceremony) was performed on the site on 17th Jan 2019. Attapady is sort of heritage center which is a rare tribal area in Palghat district, Kerala. The area had attracted media attention on national & global level many times.
Unlike other places in Kerala, most of the population here get only primary education. ANAVI members have been following up with this project since Jan, 2019 and the Construction work is in good progress which is likely to be completed before Monsoon/ next academic year.
ANAVI – MUMBAI
ANAVI team of Mumbai visited the Old Age home looked after by The Little Sisters of The Poor on 18th Jan to play Housie with the elders (their favourite game). When they entered the seating area, a firm & warm handshake of the excited uncle who volunteers to sell handmade flowers doubled their enthusiasm of visiting that day. It was a delight to see their excitement build up during the game. In the end they left with an imprint of their happy faces, carving a fulfilling and peaceful impact on their minds. (Bournvita, Horlicks and Toast packets were given as gifts)
On 2nd March, members visited Janvi Charitable Trust to greet the children and see their progress. They also played few games with the kids, danced with them and distributed snacks. They left that place with hearts filled with Joy.
The same day they paid a visit to the Old age home with the requested provisions and interacted with every elder. They sang with the elders who volunteered to perform golden party songs, regional and religious songs that brightened up the place. It was a time of fun to see each of their faces light up with a bright smile as they departed with a promise to come back again.
On 22nd March, the team visited multiple centres at Kalamboli and Taloja.
KALAMBOLI: Jyothis Charitable Trust’s Care
Centre: This branch of Jyothis shelters women with HIV / AIDS who are neglected by their families. These women spend their days doing daily chores and making decorative streamers / stars that are later sold. They are provided with regular health check and treatment. The centre has a Doctor’s cabin where in the doctor is available throughout the day from Mon – Fri. It also has a small Laboratory with a lab assistant . It was wonderful to see their faces light up with joy as we distributed sweets and colours for Holi since they missed celebrating the festival as there were a lot of visitors the previous day.
TALOJA: Jyothis Charitable Trust’s Care Centre: This branch of Jyothis shelters destitute women (those including aged and mentally unstable). On entering the lobby, we were greeted by a
welcome song sung by these women. We spent some time with them in interaction, playing a game – passing the parcel and distributed snacks (their Favourite Vada Pav). They all were overjoyed on our visit and insisted us to come back soon in anticipation of spending more time with them and playing exciting games to brighten their day.
ANAVI – KOLKATA
2019 started on a good note with lunch organized for all inmates of Apon Ghar and Sarsuna Home. Towards the end of January, ANAVI team of Kolkata went on a Cruise Trip with few elders from Ramola Bhavan & Apon Ghor over Ganges from morning till noon.
In February, ANAVI team of Kolkata conducted an English exam for Sarsuna Home’s Girls to check their communication skills. It was a delight to see them excel and win prizes for their talent and confidence.
Later that month they visited Baruipur Helping Hand Foundation – a new centre initially with oil, rice and few groceries followed by a visit to The Voice of the World providing Mustard Oil.
The month of March saw the members make four visits to institutes that have become an integral part of Anavi.
Cremer’s Foundation, Voice of World and Topsia creche have been associated with Anavi for a long time. We are invested in the future of these institutes. Monthly visits, appraisal of the progress of the children here along with support by means of rations, special lunch and providing goods for their daily needs are part of our regular activities.
ANAVI – LUCKNOW
“There is nothing more beautiful than someone who goes out of their way to make life beautiful for others.”
It was indeed a well spent afternoon for AESM Lucknow Office staff and wives who had organized an event on Sunday, 20 Jan 2019, interacting and spending quality time with the children of the local Govt. Registered Orphanage for kids.
They visited the same orphanage on Sunday, 21 April 2019.
After spending some time with kids and caretaking staff & authorities, ANAVI Lucknow team addressed the kids regarding the importance of Merchant navy vessels in world trade and also encouraged them to study well and take Merchant Navy as a career option. Their visit winded up with some entertaining games and snacks for children who seemed extremely happy throughout the event.
Overall a very satisfying experience for Team Lucknow: Their baby steps in bringing smiles to needy faces, to be surely continued with renewed vigour and more participation in
They look forward for our continual association in helping this Orphanage in future.