German shipowner strenghtens ties with Filipino seafarers and families

(From left to right) Tore Henriksen, president of the Döhle Shipmanagement Philippines Corporation; Johann Diercks, Managing Director of Döhle Schiffarts-KG, and Atty. Iris Baguilat, president of Döhle Seafront Crewing Manila Inc.

As posted by the Business Mirror on November 20, 2023

The Dohle Group, a German shipping company, and its Philippine manning arm Dohle Seafront held their first National Family Day this post-pandemic era at Dohle Haud Manila headquarters.

The event, which was the first national gathering of the group for its Filipino Crew since the pandemic, is a testament to the enduring trust of the German group with its Filipino workforce, bringing together 80 crewmembers and 85 of their family members.

“Filipino seafarers are the backbone of our industry, their dedication, expertise, resilience, and loyalty have been instrumental in our group’s success. We are committed to strengthening our Filipino community if seafarers and families, ensuring that they continue to play a vital role in our company’s future. “said Johann Diercks, Managing Director of German-based shipping company Dohle Schiffarts-KG during the program.

In 2015, Dohle Seafront partnered with Educhild Philippines, a non-profit organization present all over 30 countries, to run a parenting course for the families of its seafarers. The program covered topics such as transnational parenting and financial investment.

Dohle Seafront Family Program (DSFP) won the Heart of OFW’s Company of the Year award at the ASIA CEO AWARDS in 2018 followed by AREA Investment in People Awards 2019 in Taipei, Taiwan.

At the onset of pandemic, Dohle Seafront diversified its Family Program by creating sustainable localized community units called Dohle Seafront Family Hub. These hubs provide localized programs and support in key cities in the country including Iloilo, Cebu, Bohol, Davao, Batangas, Cavite, Rizal and NCR-Manila.

“We believe that strong family units are essential to the well-being of our seafarers,” says Atty Iris Baguiat, President of Dohle Seafront. “ We have always been dedicated to helping our seafarers strengthen their family units true to our commitment of German Precision + Filipino Heart”.