Newsletter March 2016


One hundred days into the merger between Anglo-Eastern and Hong Kong shipmanager Univan our Grand Seminar was held on 24th and 25th November at the Grand Hyatt in Mumbai , for the first time under the Anglo Eastern Univan Group umbrella.

And this year over 500 senior Officers from all across the subcontinent attended this grand event.
A record number of Clients too attended this event and were most happy to see that after the merger, Anglo Eastern has only become more confident about the future and more determined to protect the Client interests.
Among the owner-clients taking part were CMB, Hapag-Lloyd, Northern Shipping Funds, Saga,Fednav, Genco , KCML, Te Hu, Rio Tinto, Ardmore, Dockwise and Norsul.
Our new CEO Mr Bjorn Hojgaard, told the group’s officers and clients he was committed to maintaining Anglo-Eastern’s strengths.
“Anglo-Eastern achieved its reputation by doing a proper job, technical excellence and lifelong learning at sea and on shore,” he said. “These principles will stay strong .
“Commitment to education will remain, to attract the brightest and best. Competition is not standing still and we cannot rest on our laurels. We must continue to evolve and develop — but we will stay loyal to our values.”
Change within the merged group will be evolutionary, he promised.

On the lines of the Officers Seminar there was also a Ladies Seminar held at the Grand Hyatt attended by more than 180 wives of our Seafarers . There were special speakers called in and even a make up training session was held for the ladies . Mrs. Myriam Cremers graced the event . Our Ladies from our CSR Wing , Anavi also came down from Kolkata to participate in the Seminar.

Then there were elaborate arrangements made for the Children in a special Room with attendants , Magicians , Tattoo artists, Balloon artists , Craft experts and the works.
On the 24th evening was the cocktails and dinner along with some great entertainment by some superb performers. It was an evening filled with fun and fan fare.
On 25th the seminar carried on with the break away sessions with the Owners and ending with the Long Service and Gallantry Awards and finally the Open Forum with the Seafarers.
On 25th and the 26th the Clients attended our Training facilities at AEMTC and AEMA ( Karjat).
On the 27th of November we had a grand Seminar for our Junior Officers at Meluha , Powai and attended by CEO Capt Bjorn Hojgaard, COO Mr Marcel Leidts , Capt P Chawla and Capt Vinay Singh among others. That event was also a runaway success.
Overall this year’s event was by far the biggest , best and most successful in recent years.

Gallery | Seminar Photographs | Ladies Seminar | Cocktail and Dinner | Family Photographs | Kids Party


Photographs taken on 03rd October 2015


Ms. Sarah Dilys Outen rescued at 03/0605 utc ( 0505 smt ) after boat was pulled along side the ship. Nets and pilot ladder was also rigged behind the gangway area ready for immediate use
Between 0630 to 0745 utc, we made 3 attempts to go near the boat and get hold of it. Finally boat was held in place using grapnel hooks and lines.
At 03/0815 utc (0715 smt), 2nd officer Mr. Hemendra Singh went into the boat to fetch video cameras, satellite phones, passport and clothes of Ms. Sarah.


Ms. Sarah loves adventuring and started her London to London Via the World expedition in April 2011. She departed from London in April’2011 and since then has kayaked, cycled and rowed across Europe, Asia, North Pacific and N.America. Due to typhoon Mawar in the Pacific 2012, she had to abandon the first attempt and was rescued by Japanese Navy. Her second attempt saw her row from Japan to the Aleutian Islands, Alaska in 2013.


This Atlantic Voyage started from Cape Cod (U.S.A.) on 14th May’2015 and was heading for Falmouth, U.K. She had expected to complete the voyage in 4 months but in last 140 days, due to much adverse weather Sarah had only reached two thirds of the way across. She was a few hundred miles North of the Azores Island when, due to the approaching Hurricane JOAQUIN, she was advised by her Team Managers to abandon the journey and be evacuated. Thus we received the message from MRCC Falmouth to rescue her as we were only 25 Nm from her boat, HAPPY SOCKS. Finally we rescued her from the boat on 3rd OCT/0605 UTC. The only regret is that due to inclement weather conditions, we could not rescue her boat and it was left adrift in that position.


Sarah disembarked from the Federal Oshima at Montreal and returned to the UK. She then completed the final miles of her journey in the UK by bicycle and kayak from Falmouth to arrive at London’s Tower Bridge on November 3rd.

It was nearly 5 years since she began her journey.


Sarah expressed her grateful thanks to the crew and Master of M.V. Federal Oshima for her rescue from the inevitable hurricane which was due to pass over her directly. After a few days of rest and delicious food on board the ship, and good company with the crew, she was looking forward to returning home safely to her family.


Darya Maan

YM Ultimate


It was a joyous moment for all the Augustans as they usher the New Year 2016 in style. The vessel had a fairly long voyage and luckily there was some time in berthing at Loadport so like true seamen all of the Augustans grabbed this opportunity to squeeze- in a party despite tight maintenance schedule which a good vessel of her age demands!

The vessel was drifting in the wide and deep waters of East Timor Sea. The party started at 2200 hrs after getting a short rest after long day’s work and continued till past midnight to welcome year 2016 in style. The main attraction of the customary get together was the 3D ‘HAPPY NEW YEAR’ created by the relentless effort and innovative imagination of young blood onboard – Cadet Abhinav Jain and OS Shoheb Mapari with some able guidance and helping hand of fellow Officers and crew. All of us played a few games, musical chairs et al and for a short time kept all the stress and worries of ship tasks, home issues, families, sign-off, mortgages etc. in the back burner and tried to make the most of the moment with high expectations of something good that everyone hopes the New Year 2016 will bring in their lives.

If you want a quality, act as if you already had it.
– William James


M.V. Federal Schelde

M.V. Federal Yukina

On 26th January 1950, the India constitution was formally recognized and accepted; and India became a Democratic Republic. Talk of Republic day is incomplete without the mention of a few distinguished names. Mahatma Gandhi, who is now known as the Father of the Nation, whose many struggles and movements helped to diminish British power in the country. Subhash Chandra Bose, who raised an Army and even marched militarily against the British, though they posed a marginal threat to the British in the subcontinent, it brought forth a notion that India was ripe for Freedom and Indians were ready to pay the price whatever it may be. And these are just a few of countless men and women of this country who strived for freedom and would settle for nothing less. The Indian tricolor in its form as we see it today is the finished product of many freedom symbols and flags alike which have been used by our freedom fighters. Today it is a tricolor the top band being Saffron, the color of sacrifice, reminding us of those who gave their lives for the country and the cost of keeping us safe. The bottom band is Green showing the fields forests symbolizing growth and prosperity and a rich and fertile country. The middle being white symbolizing peace. The white band has upon it the Chakra, a wheel with 24spokes. 24 spokes for the 24hours of the day reminding us that our duty never ends, that safeguarding the country from harm and ensuring peace prevails is a 24hour job. And how better to celebrate this great day than to fly the Indian tricolour high in the sky and look at it with pride remembering deep within our hearts that so many men have died through the ages to allow us to stand here free, independent, safe to honour our nation.
Jai Hind!

Written by Gaurav Gupta/Choff

M.V. Maersk Nimes


Photos by Cadet Arjun Sanil on Baltic Wolf

Photographs taken by Mrs. Larissa Baptist wife of Mr. Roger Baptist onboard Hovden Spirit

Store Bay

Pictures clicked by Rahul Kumar of Great Lakes Transit (CANADA) – M.V. FEDERAL HUNTER

Pictures clicked by Chief Officer of M.T. Concord Mr. Agustin Fernandes



Chennai Chapter

Anavi team along with Anglo Eastern Chennai office staff visited flood affected areas in Ramapuram on 19th December and distributed provision/grocery kits to 100 families in and around Sathyanagar.
This colony is just behind Miot hospital where about 30 patients died on 3rd December due to shortage of oxygen as power back-up generator went under water and subsequently the hospital was sealed.
During flood days water logging was upto 20 feet touching the ceiling of their first floor.
All of them were shifted to other areas during floods and left with nothing not even powersupply. Ananvi provided them 2 weeks provision for a family in each kit.
They were surprised to see the quality of the provision since they had bought it from a standard departmental store.

Cochin Chapter

An informal meeting of Anavi was conducted at Cochin on 22 Jan 16. This was the beginning of the cochin chapter of Anavi. Following were the participants (total – 13).
All eight staff from Cochin Office
– Mrs. Girija w/o Capt. Bibu Job
– Mrs. Savita w/o Capt. Ancel Rodolph
– Mrs. Binu w/o Capt. Gibin Bhaskaran Nair
– Mrs. Lakshmi w/o Capt. Krishnakumar Kuttath
– Capt. Krishnakumar Kuttath

    • The Event Included:

  • A Core group was formed with 4 ladies.
  • Ms. Riya spoke to them about Anavi activities.
  • Mr. Vijayan visited two Orphanages and Old Age home in Cochin. He observed that Institutes outside the city limit are in need of help.
  • Capt. Krishnakumar will send a list of Orphanage / Old Age Homes in Ernakulam District and will then identify a unit which is in real need of help. They will carry out one project in Feb 2016.



Samudra Manthan Award

Economic Times Logistics Academy Award 201522nd January, 2016


Articulate, intelligent, perfectly presented, the new style of officer and engineer being trained in India regards technology not as a threat but as a positive benefit.
March 10th, 2016 18:03 GMT
by Julian Bray. Published in TW+
Slaloming down a narrow road in an Indian taxi, swerving around sacred cows and women in bright saris carrying washing to the river, the world’s oceans and the challenges that face shipping seem far away.
But take the main road two hours east of the teeming centre of Mumbai, into a valley on the edge of the remote and wild Western Ghats hills to Karjat, and you arrive at a college inspired to train tomorrow’s seafarers today.
At first glance the Anglo-Eastern Maritime Academy gives little away about the quietly radical nature of the education and training under way inside. Crenellations on a fake gatehouse entrance hint at more of a folly than a serious academic institution.
However, for Anglo-Eastern Univan, the recently merged third-party shipmanager, its Karjat academy, inaugurated in February 2010, holds a key to the future for its clients and crews.
“We now have had five years of officers and engineers trained here in Karjat, who are on Anglo-Eastern-operated ships,” says Pradeep Chawla. “That is just the start, though,” adds the man who has been central to the development of the company’s extensive training programmes.
The key to his vision of training a new generation of seafarer capable of coping with radical changes expected onboard in the next five to 10 years is taking school students with no experience and completely immersing them in the Anglo-Eastern culture.
“We need to see another five years of crews come through, and then our ships will be wholly manned by Karjat-trained youngsters. That’s when we’ll start seeing the true impact and value of what we are doing come through, as a new culture will be embedded.”
Speaking to some of the cadet officers working their way through the year-long residential course, the reason for Chawla’s confidence quickly becomes clear. Unlike many ageing mariners, the new skills demanded by fast-changing technology hold little fear for these millennials. Many are bursting with enthusiasm to get to grips with new technology, electronics and e-navigation systems.
“I can see that technology is starting to give us the ability to control ships in better ways, with greater insight into efficiency. I’m greatly excited by it,” says Tapan Kane, a 19-year-old cadet.
Chawla, managing director of quality, health, safety, environment and training at Anglo-Eastern Univan, speaks to TW+ as he shows shipowner clients the latest improvements to the academy’s facilities, which help supply the company’s growing need for trained seafarers.
Anglo-Eastern Univan has about 613 ships under full management and more than 27,000 officers, engineers and crew. That total includes 13,179 Indian officers and 7,128 ratings, making it the largest employer of Indian seafarers.
Arriving at Karjat’s gates, it would be easy to think one had stumbled onto the set for a long-forgotten Bollywood film. Originally built as a school, inside the faux chateau there is even a small boating lake, now used for lifeboat drills. Sadly for fans of kitsch, a large statue of Princess Diana has long gone.
Anglo-Eastern started looking in 2006-7 for a site for a new training academy to complement its maritime training centre in a northern suburb of Mumbai, which is run by KN Deboo. After seeing nearly 300 plots across the region, Chawla was close to giving up on his dream when he stumbled on the site.
“We finally found this place, which was owned by an Indian businessman who had many investments worldwide, so our purchase was very easy and clean,” says Chawla.
“It was built as a school, which was by then defunct, but had just the buildings and infrastructure we need — it even has the lake. It was ideal!”

Anjali Pal, left, and Rachel Rebello are two of only four female cadets in the current intake at the Karjat academy
The initial plan was to construct purpose-built facilities on the 57-acre property but the group chose to refurbish existing buildings after the financial crash, adding more as it went.
Chawla gives credit for backing the project to Marc Saverys, head of CMB and Bocimar, who was key to Anglo-Eastern’s founding and expansion into a major force.
“I made a presentation to Saverys, saying we needed to invest over $5m,” says Chawla. “After just three minutes he said yes. He immediately saw the potential value in the long run. He showed real vision.”
A similar project would not be feasible today because soaring land values around Mumbai would make the cost prohibitive, argues Chawla, whom Anglo-Eastern Univan executive chairman Peter Cremers describes as “the man who makes Karjat work”.
With its refurbished buildings and secondhand ships’ machinery to train cadets, Karjat could too easily be dismissed as looking a little old-fashioned.

Cadets on the bridge mock-up, ‘meticulously polite and immaculately turned out’
Deboo asserts that the competence of the teaching, not the age of facilities, is key. “I’m a believer in the Indian philosophy which says: ‘You can teach under a tree if the teacher is good’.”

Cadets on the bridge mock-up, ‘meticulously polite and immaculately turned out’
Cremers is not shy in asking clients to donate old or leftover equipment. “If any of them are ordering a series of vessels, I always ask if they could order an extra one of some items and then donate it for training. It’s a way they can give back.”
“I’m hugely impressed with this place,” says Stephen Bligh, ex-boss of the UK flag and now head of shipping advisory at DNV GL, who is visiting with other owner clients. “Not so much in the bricks and mortar, since you can find flashier centres in the Philippines and elsewhere, but in the attitude and passion of both the students and the faculty staff. I think it’s that good.”
Each year Anglo-Eastern selects nearly 400 high-school students from about 20,000 who apply, attracted by the academy’s reputation and the lure of a career at sea.
Applicants from across India are put through a selection programme involving questionnaires, psychometric tests and interviews. With course fees at around $9,000, only the wealthy can afford to send their children to Karjat.
A 98% pass rate allows Anglo-Eastern to guarantee a job offer on completion of the course. Cadets spend a year at Karjat, before a three-month break, and then 18 months at sea. Exams are sat in a final four-month stint at college.
Rachel Rebello is one of only four female cadets at Karjat, reflecting what is still a deeply gender-divided society. The young Mumbai 18-year-old is passionate about her future.
“My dream was to come here and then go to sea. I am greatly excited by the prospect,” she says. “My parents protested, as I am an only child and it is one of the only professions that takes you away from your home. But I wanted to follow my heart.
“This institute was very appealing as it has a reputation for high standards and good results.”
She echoes fellow cadet Kane’s view on the impact of technology. “Technology’s going to be a good thing because the management of all the ship’s systems will be clearer,” Rebello says. “That should make it safer and stop unnecessary pollution.”
Kane, who is from the land-locked desert state of Rajasthan, applied after seeing a newspaper advertisement. “It claimed it was the best in the country, so I had to apply!” he jokes.
“Since being here I have discovered a passion for the sea. I’m confident the training will give me a secure job in a respected profession which I will be proud of. I also feel it is important to be financially independent at an early age.
“We train hard and then we will be paid a fair wage to reflect the pressures of taking responsibilities running a ship.”
Needless to say, all the cadets speak perfect English and are meticulously polite and immaculately turned out.
Anjali Pal, 18, who is Karjat’s first female trainee engineer, says she and her family are “hugely motivated” for her to succeed. “My parents are very proud of me and are excited to see me qualify and take a job onboard a ship.”
Chawla, along with the academy’s staff, led by the principal, Sureen Narang, are aware they are training officers and engineers who need to be capable of working in a different and changing onboard environment from their predecessors.
In a recent paper on the issue Chawla said ships’ engineers face as much change as deck officers. “The issue of processing, analysing and controlling data from a single screen is a dramatic change from ‘touching’, ‘feeling’ and ‘hearing’ sounds from the machinery,” he observed.
Karjat is grappling with those issues, he says. “The next big challenge we face is moving to digital systems in the next two to three years. But we’re confident we can find the right youngsters who will be able to embrace that.”
Bjorn Hojgaard, who became group chief executive as part of the merger with Univan, says the training centres are a key element in improving the company’s performance as it builds towards its aim of having 1,000 ships under management.
“One of my core beliefs is that as a shipmanagement company, the services we sell begin and end with the people on board the ships. Both Anglo-Eastern and Univan were among the first to see the potential in the Indian seafarer community and our presence here today is testament to the success of that vision,” Hojgaard says.
Eivind Holte, senior technical manager of Norway’s Saga Shipholding, a long-time client of Anglo-Eastern, is impressed with the style in which the cadets are absorbing change.
“I’ve been to visit three times now and it develops and gets better every time,” he says.“It is fantastic that you have built such a progressive and positive atmosphere in this place. I am truly proud to be associated with it.”
It is not just about educating better seafarers, Bligh adds, but admitting that standards and practices were far from perfect in the past.
“You can’t look back with rose-tinted spectacles. While the camaraderie on board was good, there was a lot which was nowhere near as good as today. People have to face up to that.
“If more owners could see this, then there would be a little less of the lingering suspicion of third-party shipmanagement and more understanding that it really offers a way forward for shipowners who do not have the scale of resources to develop high-level crews themselves.”
Karjat is no holiday camp, as Anglo-Eastern drills cadets in the lifestyle they will experience when they go to sea. A 5am ‘muster’ is followed by exercise, before breakfast from 6.45am-8am. Classes run from 9am-5pm, with an hour for lunch. Recreation and free time is given either side of dinner from 6.45pm-8pm. Ten trainee stewards work in the canteen, along with four cooks. On Sundays, cadets have ‘shore leave’, when they can venture to the local town if they want.



This is the man I am.
My life moves in a circular direction.
I come back home to go away and go away to come back.
I have no address except for the name of the vessel, my passport shows one,
my home is elsewhere, where my heart belongs.
I am not like any other man, but yet I am the most ordinary person at heart.
I cannot go through the daily mundane stuff of the ordinary man and yet
the ordinary man cannot take the pain I go through.
He cannot live away from his home, love and life for months on end.
He cannot be the helpless son, the lonely husband or the yearning father.
He will never know the frustrations of staying awake for days and not getting
rest at all, working continuously round the clock.
There are no constant time zones we stick to.
The ordinary man will not know the lonely cabins I come to after work,
whereas he comes to a house full of people.
He gets to eat what his mother cooks and gets to be hugged by his children daily.
I only see them on pictures. He gets to hear them and see them daily,
whereas I have to be strong and do my duties.
My wife must be silently wiping her tears and braving the pain I go through
when I cannot see her, when I don’t see her as well.
Her hands must be longing to hold my hands, her heart must be longing to love me,
her lips must be longing to tell me all things happening during the day,
her eyes must be longing to look into mine.
Whenever she looks at couples on the way to the Super market, she must be
turning away her eyes and consoling herself that just few more days.
I am an ordinary man and I am away doing my job.
I tell everyone to understand that. I need to be away.
I am not a Casanova, I go to the shore to step on land, because
I have not felt it beneath my soles for long.
I may have dirty secrets but I may not be perfect at times.
I am a very lonely man.
I have mates with me every time, but no family when I am away.
I don’t even know what they do or how they are.
The biggest fear that grips my heart is when my family needs me desperately I may not around them.
I fight myself daily, I fight these surging thoughts,
I tell myself not now mate, our duty calls.
I look forward to the day I meet my folks at home,
I pray for their safety and well being here and hope they are happy.
I only want them to know, that while I stand tall on the bridge or working
hard at the engine, I love my family and I am proud of who I am and what I do…
The ordinary man I am inside, I shall always be..
The man I am today… No ordinary man shall be.


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