V. Group inaugurates new centre in Manila

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V trainingV. Group, the global provider of maritime services, together with its third party shipmanagement arm, V.Ships, are celebrating the inauguration of a major new office and training centre in Manila, Philippines.

The recently opened centre is located in the burgeoning Aseana City district which is set to become the next business capital of the Philippines. Occupying 6,700sq m over five floors of the impressive new Aseana II building, the state of the art facility is the single biggest investment by V.Group in its history and is intended to become a centre of excellence for the Group.

Accommodating a growing workforce of 270 full-time management and administration employees, the wide-ranging facilities include a crew manning suite which saw the arrival of 1,000 seafarers on its opening day to register with the Group. In addition, an impressive array of training facilities are provided, including a full mission bridge and engine room simulator, a culinary and hospitality instruction centre, which can cater for almost 400 visitors per day, two housekeeping areas which fully replicate the luxury accommodation of a cruise liner, an officers’ mess and a full suite of classrooms and auditoriums.

The strategic new opening is testament to the importance of the Philippines as the principal recruitment ground for professional crew in the world.

The V.Group/V.Ships representative in the Philippines, Jamie Stewart said: “These new offices will increase our capacity to manage and train seafarers with a wide range of skills to the highest international standards. We are now able to offer a service facility which is second to none and includes recruitment, technical training, culinary training, operations, commercial, purchasing, technical support and IT which positions the Group at the heart of not only Asia, but the global shipping community.”

Included in the new office complex are V.Group’s long standing local partners Pacific Ocean Manning, North Sea Marine, V.Manpower and Kestral Shipping Inc who continue to support the company’s continuous growth in the region.

Elmer Pulumbarit, General Manager, Pacific Ocean Manning Inc said: “We achieve this success because of our greatest asset, our people. Our combined teams are committed to sourcing, recruiting and developing talent which ensure that our company, our clients and the industry continue to benefit from the best pool of professionally qualified individuals available.”

A key value of V.Group is a commitment to fairness and equality of opportunity. While focusing on providing service excellence to its customers, every V.Group seafarer is provided with the right conditions to help them improve and better their lives and those of their families.