The PTC Group celebrates the Day of the Seafarer: Honoring GMP’s contributions to maritime safety

JULY 1, 2024

The PTC Group, led by Philippine Transmarine Carriers (PTC) Inc. and Jebsen PTC, recently held a weeklong celebration of the Day of the Seafarer (DOTS) to pay tribute to seafarers' significant contributions to making the maritime sector a safer workplace. This year's DOTS theme emphasized the crucial role seafarers play in ensuring maritime safety.

"Seafarers are vital in ensuring a seamless flow of essential goods that eventually make it into markets, homes, and onto our tables,” explained IMO Secretary-General Arsenio Dominguez. “Without them, the world would not be able to transport the large quantities of commodities that societies require to survive. Let us together salute them for their essential work and support their safety."

"As the maritime world transitions towards 2050, the ability to transform our seafarers into global maritime professionals (GMPs) with greater competency, digital proficiency, a consciousness for safety, and a mindset to serve is mission-critical. We commit to teaching, guiding, mentoring, and transforming our GMPs through upskilling and reskilling as we lead them towards a more complex future, leaving no one behind. They are, after all, the heart and soul of shipping, moving the world in more ways than one," said PTC CEO Gerardo A. Borromeo.

Highlights of the celebration:

— June 25: FCR distributed free snacks and special treats to GMPs visiting First Maritime Place. PTC RISE organized a "Master of Disaster" board game session to educate GMPs on disaster preparedness in a fun, gamified way. Free chair massages were also available to help GMPs relax. In the evening, First Maritime Place was illuminated in blue and green light to celebrate the Day of the Seafarer.

— June 26: A Wellness Talk presented by PTC Insures, FMCC, Cocolife, and Sun Life Grepa focused on helping GMPs develop financial wellness.

— June 27: GMPs availed of free massages courtesy of Health Metrics, Inc.

— June 28: The week concluded with a fun program during lunchtime at the Penthouse of FMP, where winners of the Selfie Safety contest and other DOTS contests were announced. Attendees also had the opportunity to purchase fresh produce from PTC Agri through the "Got My Produce" initiative.

Throughout the week, freebies and other surprises were distributed to GMPs, courtesy of FCR's program partners: PTC Insures, PHILCAMSAT, Health Metrics, Inc., BDO, RCBC, Herbalife, iFern, Kia, and Gardenia.

The PTC Group’s celebration of the Day of the Seafarer highlighted the importance of seafarers and their contributions to maritime safety, reaffirming the organization's commitment to their well-being, welfare, and professional development.


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