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Building a digital culture in seafaring

Komfie Manalo

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The digital revolution is disrupting almost all industries as technology transforms the world.

Digital transformation is the next phase in changing business strategies by adopting digital technology to achieve maximum efficiency with less efforts. Digital transformation is basically shifting from paper to digital.

We’re here to assist the job-seeking Filipino seafarers, especially the fresh graduates from maritime schools, acquire their deserved slots through proper documents and quick processing,”

However, one industry is slow to adopt these new types of innovation and creativity and seems to prefer maintaining its old system. The maritime sector, and with it, the seafarers.

This is ironic as digitization has had a huge impact in the shipping industry as the use of data allows the sector to monitor movements of ships, cargoes and people in light of the growing sophistication of ships using advanced sensor hubs and data generators that produce and transmit information from anywhere and in real time.

The Philippines, which is the source of one-third of the global seafaring manpower, is moving towards digitization. Rachelle Orquiza, president of the Worldwide Maritime Operations Company (WMOC) is offering documentation services for Filipino seafarers using digital technology.

Orquiza said she is upbeat about this development as her company positions itself as a major player in ensuring the welfare of sea service workers. In operation since 2008, it facilitates necessary documents like maritime licenses and endorsements for seafarers joining various flag states including Panama Maritime Authority and Marshall Islands.

“We’re here to assist the job-seeking Filipino seafarers, especially the fresh graduates from maritime schools, acquire their deserved slots through proper documents and quick processing,” she said, adding, “we can assure them that they can actually go off to sea without hassle, delay, and then get paid accordingly.”

WMOC’s services cover the license and endorsement papers of four flag states, namely, Panama, Marshall Island, Liberia and Malta. Its operations are handled by highly experienced employees with broad knowledge about international regulations, conventions and legislations relating to shipping and the seafaring profession.

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