A global shipping company with operations in the world’s major continents has accused a local manning agency of blackmail following the latter’s termination as the foreign shipping partner in the Philippines.
In a series of complaints before the authorities, Marine Partners Monaco S.A.M. which has a fleet of 120 vessels around the world and 2,500 crew members, has taken exception to the allegations of discredited manning agency, whose services were terminated by MPM for gross failure in meeting the manning requirements of the principals of MPM.
In affidavits submitted to the National Bureau of Investigation , MPM decided to terminate the manning agreement with a certain firm called Eagle Clarc Shipping Philippines Incorporated due to “very poor performance, disorderly organization, uncertain operational priorities and lacking in professional and moral values,” according to Victor Dumagoso, maritime expert. Oceanus Maritime Crewing Services Incorporated replaced Eagle Clarc at POEA as MPM’s local manning agency.
Apart from the exception of this attempt to malign MPM, Dumagoso said, “our Principal, MPM, would like to reiterate that in the Philippines they are doing business with many valuable and professional government bodies, managers and seafarers. MPM is used to work with them under a long-standing partnership, healthy business, and surely they are welcome to join our family!
Contrary to Eagle Clarc Shipping Philippines Incorporated allegations, Dumagoso declared that “MPM has never been involved in any direct recruitment in the Philippines, since it was coursing its recruitment through a duly licensed manning agency.” He added that MPM “has existing manning agreements with first class manning agents.”
MPM Managers have been in the shipping business for over 30 years, dealing with three generations of seafarers. The shipping firm provides a vast range of maritime services, and offers qualified recruitment solutions composed of 2,500 crew members and assistance to their families.
Due to worldwide preference for Filipino seafarers, the global shipping firm has laid out expansion plans to bring in to this market another 20 vessels between 2019 and 2020. “And they operate with the highest standards and certified procedures in all our maritime services,” added Dumagoso.
MPM strong refuted the baseless allegations of the discredited agency charging the respected global firm with alleged illegal recruitment practices. “This is farthest from the truth,” declared Dumagoso, and MPM will defend its good name and reputation against these reckless and irresponsible accusations.”