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Press release: Univan opens new Philippines headquarters in Manila to deliver improved services and support for seafarers

Date: Monday 24 June, 2013

Place of release: Manila

The first name in ship management, Univan, marks its 40th anniversary celebrations by opening new Philippines headquarters

Univan has opened its new modern office in Manila, reflecting the important role the Philippines plays in the company’s global operations.

The new office will provide seafarers with improved facilities and better access to management and services.

“We have made a significant investment in the new Manila office, we think it important that we are able to work with our seafarers when they are ashore in a modern and comfortable environment.

“We are celebrating our 40th anniversary in 2013, and this investment in Manila, lays the foundation for the next 40 years as we have a long term commitment to our business in the Philippines,” said Bjorn Hojgaard, CEO Univan.

Univan enjoys one of the highest crew retention rates in the industry of some 95 per cent. This is a result of the emphasis the company places on crew welfare. Univan ensures crew have both a long term career track mapped out for them as well as in the more immediate term, a fixed plan of employment each time they come off contract from a ship.

The new office follows the opening of Univan's own fully equipped training centre in Manila, in 2010. The company has a well established cadet program, officer development program and has in-house specialist training.

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About Univan

Univan Ship Management Limited is a leading third party ship manager, managing a wide range of ship types. Univan also provides a number of ancillary services to its clients including new building and conversion projects, sale and purchase of vessels, crew management and vessel chartering. The Company's goal is to be the best third party manager in the world. It recognizes that, to do so, it must keep its managed fleet on hire, operating economically and in optimal condition (in line with the requirements of its Owners) whilst maintaining a total commitment to safety and to the protection of our environment. Univan has managed over 700 vessels from 2000 to 320000 DWT and types. Univan's founder, the late Captain Vanderperre is widely recognized as the Father of modern ship management. The Company continues to observe his three primary principles of Reverence for the Seafarer, Tight Cost Control and very Hard Work. It has supplemented these with a major upgrade in its IT platform and a strong emphasis on "no blame" and "teamwork" in its operating culture. Univan’s commitment to seafarers and owners is strengthened further by our own non-profit state of the art Training Academies inaugurated in 1998 in Kochi, 2005 in Mumbai, India and 2011 in Manila, Philippines.

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