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Haugesund University College lecturers pay visit to OiP

Captain Vigleik Storesund and Senior Researcher Helle Oltedal, Ph.D. from the Haugesund University College in Norway today conducted a visit to Odfjell in the Philippines (OiP) to gather information on the organisation’s best practices in crewing management, safety, and leadership.

QA Coordinator/Auditor Ma. Vanessa Medina from the Executive Department facilitated the guests' tour of the office and introduction to the personnel, with interview with Odfjell Cadetship Program Manager Capt. Remigio Zamora and Owner’s Representative Tore Henriksen being the highlight of the visit.

“Part of our research is to better understand how crew pooling is done by reputable maritime agencies in the Philippines, how safety and crew are managed...We are very impressed with the training facilities and at how Odfjell takes care of the crew from the beginning of their career as cadets to officers onboard through the Cadetship Program,” Ms. Oltedal said.

“Apart from taking note of best practices, we are here to learn about the culture and maritime education here in the Philippines. I am giving lectures to Norwegian cadets who will soon become officers in Norwegian fleets and who will be interacting with Philippine crew, considering the large number of seafarers coming from your country. I learned a lot and this is a good way of bridging the knowledge gap. This is definitely a step in the right direction,” explained Capt. Storesund who now lectures at the University.

The visitors from the University also commended Odfjell’s care for the family of the seafarers. “We are also impressed at how Odfjell takes care of the crew’s family and how it is a major part of your activities. It's a striking observation.”

Ms. Oltedal and Capt. Storesund will be visiting other reputable maritime agencies in different regions of the Philippines for the next few days to complete their research.

Haugesund University College is a medium sized and modern state institution of higher education with approximately 3000 students and 260 employees.