Newsletter November 2018


It gives us immense pleasure to announce that ANGLO-EASTERN received the “Best Seafarers Welfare Award” from the Indian Seafarers Welfare Organization. The Award was presented
by Shri Ramdas Athawale Ji – Hon’ble Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment,
Govt. of India during the “World Maritime Day – 2018” celebrations on 22 Sept 2018 at the ITC
Grand Maratha, Mumbai.

Our achievements are shaped by the strength of the foundations that all of you have helped us set.

We take this opportunity to thank all of you for your outstanding personal performances and commitment, which has helped the Company scale a new height every year.


Our Anavi Team from both Chennai and Cochin Offices and from among Sea staff have worked tirelessly during the Floods in Kerala and also now in the rehabilitation work.

During initial stage, many mariners including Anglo Eastern seafarers and office staff started rescue operations / monetary assistance long with local people and other charitable trusts. Initial requirements when people got transferred to relief camps were food, clothes and Medicines. We have arranged one truck full of food materials, medicines and clothes to District collector Palghat as the roads were transportable only up to that place. Many organizations were arranging food in the relief camps along with local authorities. From 19th August onwards rainfall got reduced and water started receding. We have contacted all the Anglo Eastern families to make sure all were safe. We realized many Anglo seafarers on leave were volunteering for the relief operations and so we decided to form a group. On 21st August second truck left from Chennai for Palghat with cleaning materials and clothes, where the relief operations were directed under one of our ex Masters and our sailing 2/O Arun Gopinath.

They have further sent some of the materials to other areas. C/E Gangaprasad procured one truck load of relief materials from Bangalore and reached Aluva on 23rd Aug. Anglo Eastern 3/E Vipin Balachandran formed an Anglo technical team under the guidance of Vineeth OP, Mahesh Mahesh Subramanian, Vijayan and Anoop Jose. Mr. Fancis Akkara and Mr. Balram Menon joined hands within short time. From 22nd August onwards Anglo team started cleaning operations with the assistance of local college students in Aluva and Chenganoor areas. In the mean time, they were attending many call based repairs to friends of mariners. Kerala electricity board requested our technical assistance to inspect the houses for electrical continuity and give them certificate to start the electric power. Cleaned houses were inspected by our teams on daily basis and made necessary repairs to start the power.

Next phase is to assist them in rehabilitation.

We have made a need based requirements and budget which was urgently required for them to start living in their home after cleaning up.


• Our Kerala team have visited many places and got quote from different vendors.
• 3/E Vipin visited these areas and identified the requirements for 76 families.
• AEMTC transferred their fund already to support few families with kitchen utensils and
• We have already identified few areas for next phase of relief.
• Anglo 2/O Arun along with Capt Sunil has visited Attapdi area in Palghat and requested for one
school upgradation materials and Kitchen materials for one full colony. This is being looked at.
• Anglo El. Off Gopakumar had identified 50 families in Wynad district and their requirements are
furniture for 50 families which is being arranged.
• Mr. Vijayan from our Cochin Office visited Kuttanad and will update their requirements.
• Our Trichur team requested for 50 kits containing water purifier and utensil. This is being

We have received donation from our sea staff, office staff, Owners Saga & from Anglo Ardmore Ship
Management. We are thankful to all our donors & those helping with flood relief & rehabilitation.



I, Satyajeet, working as an Electro-Technical Officer with Anglo Eastern would like to share my experience of completing Half Ironman held in Bintan, Indonesia on 19th August 2018.

Last year (2017) I started training to accomplish my teen age dream of completing an Ironman on good vessel M.V. Delphis Gdansk and finished half Ironman triathlon held in New Delhi on 05th
Nov 2017 with a timing of 5 hrs and 17 mins. After few days I joined vessel M.V. Cisnes and continued with my training.

I am thankful to all the crew, especially CE Mr Vikram Thakuri, for all the help and support without which it would have been impossible for me to finish.

As mentioned previously Half Ironman is a Triathlon which consists 1.9 km swim, 90Km Cycle and 21.1 Km Run in mentioned order. As per kind advice of Mr Rajeev Sarang, I decided to go for Half Ironman distance Triathlon to have some exposure towards open water swimming and cycling in rolling hills.

I registed for participation in Ironman Bintan, Indonesia on 19th August 2018 aiming to book a slot in Ironman World championship 2019 to be held in Nice, France by registering a podium finish( under 5hour time). I reached Indonesia 2 days in advance with my parents as my support team. Bintan is a beautiful tourist spot near Singapore. I took complete rest for 2 days except for warm up and race check-in.

On the day of event I reached Ironman Expo at 5:00 AM with many other participants and made all pre-race preparations. It was a sunny day regardless of previous 2 days, when it was drizzling in there. Expo was festive with over 1000 well rigged athletes ready to compete. I was bit nervous as I never had an experience of open water swimming and competing with athletes having vast experience yet I was happy as it was a dream come true for me to step on the start line with professionals.

The much awaited event started at 6 AM in the morning with open water swimming in sea which was my weakest link. I lost my track immediately after swim start due to crowd and started inexperience but recovered well in 2nd half. After coming out of water, I ran towards the bike station where all the bikes (bicycles) were parked. As soon as I reached to my bike slot I saw my parents cheering for me from spectator area and they were very happy being there. That was one proud moment, a moment everybody in this world wants to have. I checked for time and it was below 45 min which made me comfortable as I was in very good position to achieve my target. I rigged myself with bike gears and started cycling which was 2nd leg of event.

For cycling I am using BTWIN 500 road bike as most Triathlon bikes are not affordable for me at this stage. I lost a few minutes in transition while clipping BIB number at my back but once I started cycling it was like a roller coaster due to hills. I started overtaking rider soon and was moving towards my targets comfortably till 17km mark.

No race is complete without twists. At 17.3 km mark I met with an accident while going down of a slope with speed exceeding 55 km/h. I was overtaking two competitors and came too close to turn which was just after the slope. I thought of turning from extreme outer edge of road for higher turning radius but saw a vehicle coming from same side. Now I knew I cannot shift back to my side of road and will collide with the vehicle with above 40 kmph speed. I decided to go off road to save myself from collision and jumped off the bike as soon as it went off road to land in 2-3 meter clean cordon and rolled twice taking hit on my left upper back and shoulder, right thigh, right palm and both wrists. I got up immediately and felt my leg is inserious pain. I tried to wipe my cycling goggles and saw my hand bleeding. I appreciate quick response of official who were there within 1-2 minutes. One of the representative asked me if I am ok . I rubbed some soil on my hand to stop bleeding, something we used to do during childhood, and replied immediately, “I am fit n fine and want to continue”. I ran toward my bike which went further 20-30 mtrs into the bushes, picked it up and by seeing it my first thought was I am out of race. Race officials thought in same way and asked me to sit down, have some water, relax and wait for sag wagon for medical aid and bike shifting. I was down and dusted as my bike was in real bad shape with Aerodynamic Crossbars took major hit and is bent, one side of steering handle (Handle bars) with rear gears i bent inside by about 50 degrees, chain was out of front chairing and have good amount of soil and dust over it, saddle was point towards sky, and few more small damages. For a moment I agreed with official’s decision but I thought of my parents who were cheering for me and waiting for me on finish line, I bought them along to see their happy smiling faces which was something off the picture if I let it go at this point. I left behind all negativity decided to give it a try. Put back chain in drive track and rolled both wheels. Front wheel somewhat lost its shape but manged to rotate freely after opening brakes little bit more. Tried shifting gears and found out front gearshift is in operational. Rear gear shift is working but derailleur touching the chain. I adjusted it to keep clear on high speed gears and tightened the saddle slightly. I was lucky as both wheels and brakes were fine. Now the major issue was to keep steering, I tried straightening drop bars(steering handle) unsuccessfully but manged to straighten and adjust cross bars up to some extent. It was not pointing right in front and no more aerodynamic but was good enough to give it a try. Now only thing was to convince the race official who was unhappy with condition of the bike due to safety reasons. I asked him to give me a try as brakes were working fine. He agreed and i was back on track. It was hard to go without proper steering and low speed gear while going on ascending hills but I somehow completed my remaining of 73 km bike leg. I racked my bike back in transition area and started final part of race which was 21.1 km of running. I started off slowly to keep the pain in control so that to cross the finish line. I picked up the pace slowly by final lap and bettered my position. While in last 5-6 km remaining my injured leg started cramping and I decided to slow it down. The crowd in there was real motivator for everybody in there. It was a dream comes true while I crossed the finish line and my parents smiling in front of me. After receiving medal and goodies I went on to meet them. I can never forget those happy faces with smile and bright eyes. I know, 6 hour finish is not something I was training for but looking at them, my pain was healed. I went on for medical aid and recovery soon after finishing where I checked my statics. I was way behind podium and missed qualifying slot but was quite satisfied for finishing it from a position where I almost gave up.

My final timing was 06:02:23 which includes 43 minutes for swimming 1900 meters, 3hrs 4 min for cycling 90kms and 2 hrs 7min for running 21.1 km finishing 14th in my category.

I was way behind my personal best of 5:17 but with this experience I am sure to give my best next time to have a better chance of qualification.

Now I am looking forward for IRONMAN 140.3 Philippines after recovering from injuries and securing funds for it by sponsorship. If everything works well will share my experience from there this November.



04th August 2018, a wonderful blissful day, my husband, “Capt. Rakesh Sarin” turned sweet 60, after serving 41 years as a sailor.
We were fortunate to celebrate his 60th birthday at sea in Pacific Ocean, on a voyage from Colombia to Japan. The wonderful crew of “MV. Ocean Forte” decorated the alleyways and the smoke room with flags, balloons and the colourful back drops. Chief Engineer “K.K. Sharma” took charge of all the decoration and the reception.

I feel immense pleasure to say that this is my 24th ship where I am sailing with my husband. Our both sons “Rishi Sarin” Ch. Off and “Raghav Sarin” 2nd Off serving on Gas Tankers have followed father’s footsteps. Our daughter in law “Chhaya Sarin” has also sailed on five ships, even our two and half years old granddaughter “Samaira Sarin” has also sailed on two ships.
We are a true Anglo Eastern family.

I have always found a home at my ships and have always been enjoying sailing. Many times I was the lone supernumerary onboard but at times I had company of other families too. I had the opportunity to travel almost the whole world. By the grace of God and my good luck, I mostly got good ports and reasonably good stay. My relatives and shippie friends envy me seeing my face book updates and pics. LoL ! This forced many wives to insist their husbands to take them on ships or resume sailing (all those who have settled ashore).

















The World Health Organisation (WHO) recognizes World Mental Health Day on October 10th every year which aims to raise awareness on mental health, put an end to the stigma that has forced many to suffer in silence and to mobilise efforts in support of mental health. The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines mental health “as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.” The theme for this year’s World Mental Health Day is “Young people and mental health in a changing world.”

In an era where most working people have less time and more stress, mental health has risen as a big topic for every industry, and the maritime world could not stay unaffected. Mental health issues in shipping industry relate to the nature of seafarers’ job which is characterized not only by intensive work hours, but also by isolation, being away from family for too long, fatigue, and many others.

We all need to take mental health seriously and help in any way we can. Shipping industry is taking significant action toward this issue, in an effort to give seafarers’ mental wellbeing the priority that it so profoundly deserves.

See the signs, Observation is the key

Following factors may indicate presence or beginning of a mental health problem:

Changes in behaviour or mood or temper (emotional disturbances may also experience excessive irritability, frustration, or anger, apart from depression or anxiety).

Changes in effectiveness at work

Inability to focus/make decisions

Changes in eating habits

Sleep disturbances (sleeping less or more)

Signs of excessive alcohol use or drug use (not limited to illegal drugs)

Other physiological signs – Muscle tension or pain, Headaches or dizziness, Frequent colds, feeling tired or overwhelmed.

Take immediate action

When a mental health problem appears:

Arrange a meeting in confidence

Encourage discussion without time constraints

Use open questions to allow expressions

Arrange further appointments with other experts, if needed

Follow-up seafarer’s medical status

Ways to create a conducive work atmosphere with those working at Sea

1. Support in solving the problem – seafarers not being able to talk to anyone onboard if they have problems from home or work-related problems. Encourage people to talk / socialise, make the environment onboard open for discussion. Do NOT belittle anyone while he/ she shares a problem. It might seem trivial to you but their perception of the situation/ problem is a disturbance causing to them.
2. Implementing Effective Listening as a Tool to Reduce Stress – Effective listening is considered as one of the most important components in personal as well as in professional life. It helps you to become a better person by solving conflicts smoothly and encourages listening before speaking strategy. It acts as a self-infused solution to the pestering inconsistencies onboard.
3. Socialise on board – Communicate with your colleagues onboard openly. With the advent of internet and personal computers, the good old era of evening smoke room get togethers has greatly reduced on most ships. Try not to stay confined in your cabin after work. Make it a point to mix around and socialise. The more you stay separated from everyone, the lonelier it can get. The sea is a hostile place to work and we all need help often. Being a social animal and having people to like you can be a great way to make your life easier. On our ships, Social Sunday policy has been introduced to improve the socialising amongst the onboard staff.
4. Make friends on board – Seafarers share a unique relationship with the people they work with – they also live with the same people. It is in your best interest to have friendly relations with everyone on board. At sea, you simply cannot avoid your colleagues. Having a civil relationship with everyone on board is must. It would help you if you can connect well and be very good friends with at least one person on board. Venting frustration & talking about your inner feelings always helps. Having someone to share your ups and downs can be a great way to stay relaxed & motivated. We feel trainees face the biggest challenge to adapt to the life at sea – new environment away from home & peers. Hence on our ships, a Buddy system has been introduced which is a concept to welcome trainees, provide them emotional support to smoothly adapt themselves to the life onboard ships.
5. Eat Healthy Food – Binging on junk and unhealthy food makes your mind and body less able to take the stress out of your work. Ensure that you follow a balanced diet on board. Our Catering Newsletter Galley Masters FoodAhead is a monthly guide sent on email to all ships. It primarily speaks about nutrition and different cuisines across the world.
6. Exercise – exercising is the best way to beat stress and stay motivated. Exercise could be anything that makes you sweat outside of work. Even a quick 10 minutes push-ups work out can have a great affect by increasing the endurance levels.
7. Do Not Take to the Bottle – It might seem that the easiest way to overcome stress is to get drunk. However, it should be borne in mind that alcohol will only have a temporary effect and would in fact prove to be counterproductive in the long run. It will even affect your work and cloud your judgement. This puts safety on the backseat. Likewise, smoking cigarettes will only have a temporary effect to calm you down and will end up causing more harm than good. “Living a healthy life should be a priority NOT an option”
8. Read a Book – With the advent of laptops, smartphones and internet, you barely find people reading books these days. A bit of bedtime book reading can help one sleep better as compared to dozing off after spending time on your smartphone or watching a movie. Research shows that spending time on electronic gadgets before sleeping can adversely affect your sleep quality. Watching action thrillers just before bedtime can increase your heart rate thereby making it difficult to fall asleep quickly. Reading though can be very relaxing and is the perfect recipe for good quality sleep. It would be worthwhile to pick up a couple of good biographies or autobiographies of great persons. Reading about people’s struggles and eventual success can motivate you to go the extra mile.
9. Play by the Rules – In today’s highly regulated shipping industry, there is bound to be temptation to bend the rules every once in a while to get out of a situation. However it will be of absolutely no good for you professionally and will only cause problems in the longer run. Your mind will never be at ease knowing that you are doing something which is wrong. All the sweat, blood and grime that has gone into building your career will come to a naught by one senseless act. Playing by the rules is vital in today’s shipping. It might require a little bit of extra effort in the short term, but will ensure that your conscience remains clear. A clear conscience will only help you remain stress free, focused and motivated. “Compliance to the rules, policies & procedures is the KEY to be safe & peaceful.”

AESM Shore Support

We also provide a Comprehensive Shore Support to our Crew and their families through the below initiatives

Maintains regular interaction with Seafarer’s families ashore (while they are onboard) to ensure general wellbeing. Providing assistance/ moral and emotional support to seafarer’s families during medical emergencies at home or natural calamity. Monitoring and providing moral support to seafarer’s in case of medical s/offs & hospitalization abroad along with regular updates to family. The team consists of Counselling Psychologist who can assist in dealing with anxiety/ pressures through Counselling therapy in person or on call or via emails. Contact them at [email protected] For Counsellor email at – [email protected]
If emotional and psychological support is considered necessary, then seafarer can access “NUSI SAHARA” telephonic counselling helpline service that is 24 hours x 7 days a week.
1) For Seafarers & their families in India – Toll Free Helpline number +91 180030026145
2) For Seafarers onboard outside India – they can download SKYPE, search for “NUSI Sahara” & call when wi- fi is available. Option to chat with a counsellor is also available. *** In such cases please inform office promptly.

A team dedicated to organising/ initiating team engagement activities for promoting better team interactions onboard ships. Connect us at [email protected]
A print and online medium which encourages whole hearted participation & celebration of the Seafarers & their families. It is also a reflection of all the interactive activities done onboard. Connect & share your experiences / stories at [email protected]


Vessel transited and departed Panama on the 4th July bound to far-east. On 6th July at about 1640Lt Second officer and Chief officer were on the bridge. Vessel was 200 miles from the Costa-Rican coast experiencing rough sea with winds abt 20-25 knots and 2-3 mtrs swell. Watch handing over was delayed since maintenance was being carried out by E/O and C/E on radio equipment. Just as the equipment was being secured second officer spotted unidentifiable object on the stbd bow at abt 3-4 miles. 2nd officer informed C/O and both started tracking the object with binoculars. 2/O then observed movement on the floating object and suspected that someone was waving their arms in the air. This was confirmed by C/O and E/O. By this time Master had arrived in the wheel-house to check the progress of the GMDSS radio work.Immediately, vessel was put on hand steering and begun steering toward the floating object and soon it was apparent that the object is a fishing boat which was submerged with its bow just a few feet above the water line.
Engine room was informed and requested immediate slow-down. Slow-down programme was by-passed. General alarm was raised and helmsman was called to the bridge. On hearing the general alarm the crew responded immediately. Pilot ladder was rigged on the star-board side. Gangway nets and grab-lines were prepared over-side to pick-up the cast-away. Crane with cargo-net was prepared. This was done very swiftly and involved participation of vessel’s full compliment. Master carefully manoeuvred the vessel in close proximity of the boat and stopped the vessel about 100mtrs from the submerged boat. On seeing that the vessel had stopped one of the cast-away jumped into the sea and started swimming towards the vessel. Within a few meters of the vessel, he grew tired as he tried to reach the vessel. Ship’s crew made contact with him

using heaving lines which he grabbed and was pulled to the ship-side. Here he held onto a life-buoy and was picked -up on-board using the hose handling crane. In the meantime the vessel drifted close to the capsized boat causing the other two survivors to jump in as well. We managed to pick up the other two survivors as well using the hose handling crane. Once on-board the cast-away were given dry boiler suits and warm drinks. They informed us that they are Costa-Rican fishermen and their boat sunk due to sudden ingress of water. They recalled that they had been in the water for at-least 5 hours and were loosing hope knowing that it would be dark in some time.
Vessel tried to call MRCC at Costa-Rica and Nicaragua to inform them that we had picked up the survivors. However there was no response from the MRCCs. One of the cast-away then called his owner on MF radio and told him about
the incident. The cast-away then made calls to their families requesting them to alert the authorities. Finally after much to and fro one of the fishing boats in the vicinity contacted the vessel saying that they are 15 miles off and that they were asked to pick-up the survivors. The MRCC agreed to this arrangement as well.
At 2300Lt the cast-away were off-landed to the fishing vessel Cap Gilbert and vessel continued on her voyage.



29th and 30th September

“We should aim to bring them to a stage where they do not need our help anymore.”
A thought that summarises the fundamental belief of Anavi. It was the young Enzo, sixteen year old son of Mrs. and Mr. Cremers who said it better than we could have ourselves.
The Cremers family along with Capt. Vinay Singh was in Kolkata during the last weekend of September to visit the various institutes that Anavi has been working with.Six institutes were covered during their stay here.
In spite of an early morning arrival, the Cremers were ready at the scheduled time. They were keen to take the maximum out of this visit. Team Anavi had meticulously planned an itinerary to ensure that they could spend quality time at the various institutes.
The first visit was to the Cremers Foundation, Sarsuna. This institution, whose association with Anavi is as old as Anavi itself, has been the cornerstone of our activities. We are invested in infrastructure as well as soft skills development of the children here. The Cremers were very happy to see how the efforts of Anavi have brought a significant change in the lives of the underprivileged girls here.
After a round of the campus where they interacted freely with the caretakers and teachers, they discussed with Anavi members how we could help them further. It was followed by a cultural event.

The students welcomed the Cremers family with a fine speech in English which impressed the guests. It was heart warming to see the marked improvement in the girls. Two dance performances were followed by a skit in English. Anavi would like to thank Ms. Sonia for being the anchor for the event.
The students were presented with clothes, utensils for food and food packets in especially prepared Anavi cloth bags. They in turn presented Enzo with a photo frame made by them. The Cremers family encouraged the girls to keep improving and wished them best for a bright future. They appreciated the teachers for the wonderful job they were doing.
The second stop was at Nabneer Old Age Home and Nabneer Non Formal School. Anavi sponsored the stay of “Radha Rani Maashi ma” at this institution. We also supported the English and computer training there. The Cremers met “Maashi ma” and presented her with a sari. The children were given plates and tumblers and food packets. The children presented a very nice skit on the theme of environmental protection as well as sang a wonderful song. The Cremers were very happy with the English speaking skills as well as the confidence of the young kids. They appreciated the efforts of the teachers and wished the kids the best for the future.
The second day was in fast forward mode. Visits to four institutes were lined up for the day so we started early.
The first visit to Thakurpukur Cancer hospital was a moving experience. The sight of young cancer patients, who inspite of the challenges of their lives , had a smile on their face to welcome the visitors nearly brought many members to tears.

Anavi has been associated with this institution in many ways. We celebrate birthdays with the kids, we have donated equipment here as well sponsored the treatment of young cancer patients. Our annual blood donation camp is also organised with the hospital to help the patients.
We celebrated with the children by cutting a cake with them and gave them goodie bags containing stationery, colours, drawing books and juice. The children with the birthday caps and whistles were very excited. The doctors were happy to see the smiles on their patients faces. A rarity in that place. We also saw a demonstration of the advanced CPR training manikins that were donated by Anavi.

We proceeded to Voice of World from there. All guests were welcomed with flowers prepared by the visually challenged children of the institute. A welcome speech and presentation about the activities was followed by dance performance by the visually challenged children.
Ms. Gupta, founder of Voice of World, thanked Anavi for their support to the institute. Anavi has completely renovated their dining area, donated computers and supports by supplying monthly rations of mustard oil.
Anavi felicitated Ms Gupta and presented the institute with a music system. All the 140 inmates were given food packets.
The Cremers were clearly impressed with the work which the institute was doing and assured them that Anavi would continue to support them in future.

Our third stop for the morning was Apon Ghar Old Age Home. Anavi has been working with the institute and has brought improvement in the living condition of the inmates. The Cremers interacted with the old ladies and presented them with sarees and fruits. They were impressed to see the progress that has become possible by Anavi ‘s efforts.
After a short lunch break, we proceeded to Ramola Bhavan. This is another institute for the old ladies and has a long association with Anavi. The Cremers interacted with the ladies and took a round of the premises. The energy and spirit of the ladies always inspires us and they enjoyed the company of the guests, the language barrier notwithstanding.
All ladies were presented with goodie bags containing items of daily use.
After one and half days of hectic travel and many smiles and “thank yous” later it was time to pause and reflect. An interactive session with Anavi members brought about many new ideas of how we could improve in terms of number of people reached as well as the scale of operations. The commitment to support Anavi was evident and they expressed their satisfaction at what they saw. The results of our efforts and our way of working, members dedication will always be supported by the company and the family – this assurance was given by Mr. Cremers himself.
Capt. Vinay Singh was keen to replicate this success at other chapters as well. He had an extended session with the members discussing ways to get Anavi to the next level.
The two days passed without any hiccups. This was possible inspite of the Kolkata traffic, Durga Puja preparation, erratic showers and a major thoroughfare of south Kolkata being inaccessible. Thanks to the preparation by the members ably supported by Mr. Rajan Bose we had a most memorable weekend.

– ANAVI, Kolkata