time-consuming task of recruiting---screening, interviewing selecting,
hiring--- is assumed by El Greco Ship Manning and Management,
leaving you more time for other areas of management that contribute
to your company’s financial success Our services:
Recruitment, Screening, Selection
Our computerized system matches seafarers who are available
to vessels they previously worked on, and you benefit from re-employing
crews familiar with your vessels, your procedures, and your
Before a new name can be added to our database, the seafarer’s
qualifications and experience are verified and cross-referenced
with past employers, government agencies and other organizations
to ensure they are true. Additionally, the seafarer's professional
attitude and behavior is assessed through our personal interviews.
Pre-Employment Medical Clearances
Seafarers must have a medical clearance from medical centers
accredited with the Philippine Department of Health (DOH) and
the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).
Examinations and tests are:
Physical examination; chest x-ray; blood count; blood type;
urinalysis; stool examination; dental check; psychometric examination;
visual acuity and color perception using the Ishihara test;
audiometry; speech test; and an electrocardiogram for those
aged 40 and above or when recommended by the examining physician.
Tests can be added, including: drug and alcohol, aids, hepatitis
antigen, kidney and bladder ultrasound, and others a company
requires, as well as vaccinations for seafarers on vessels trading
in specific areas.
Documents, Training, Certificates
stringent procedures avoid the risk of inappropriate or inadequate
crew documents delaying your vessels in ports. El Greco ensures:
a. Documents and certificates of the seafarer are valid
for the term of the contract at minimum.
b. Training and certificates comply with IMO, ILO, and STCW’78
convention as amended, and ISM code; and that the training
and certificates are proper for the crew positions and type of
vessels for which the seafarers have been hired.
c. Crews possess the appropriate flag licenses and corresponding
special qualifications, statutory certificates, and other requirements
of the Vessel’s Flag Registry Administration.
d. Seafarers are oriented on the policies and procedures
of the company, and the safety management system on the vessels.
El Greco’s reservations department arranges airline tickets
for departing and returning crews. Tickets issued in Manila
have flexibility for departures, but owners may issue Pre-paid
Ticket Advise (PTA).
Philippine Government regulations require that each month 80%
of the basic wages of a Filipino seafarer be allotted to his family
and remitted to the Philippines. A crewing agent must each month
advise the Philippine Central Bank of foreign currency wage remittances
the agent receives, and submit payroll reports to the Philippine
Overseas Employment Administration, and other government agencies.
To comply, principals each month remit these allotments to El
Greco through our appointed banks for processing and distribution
to the seafarer’s family or designated beneficiaries. Receipts
confirming payments are sent to principals. A minimal fee is charged
to cover banking, clerical and document costs.
Philippine Government‘s Social Security System (SSS) requires
compulsory contributions for overseas workers below the age of
61. Both employee and employer contribute according to the SSS
contribution schedule, either monthly or quarterly. The employee’s
contribution is deducted from the wage remittance to El Greco.
The employer’s contribution, presently at USD20.00 a month for
each seafarer, is sent to El Greco, which then remits the amounts
to SSS and sends receipts to the employer.
The employer may send SSS contributions together with family allotment
As part of our service, we ask the master of a vessel to send
El Greco regular reports on each seafarer we provide. Evaluation
is on performance, competence and behavior. Reports, which should
be sent each quarter, aid us in assessing each seafarer and selecting
Seafarer's Accidents/Sickness Claims
Regular reports are sent to you on a seafarer who is repatriated
because of illness or injury. El Greco staff check on medical
treatment, sickness benefits, hospital and medical expenses, and
coordinates with P&I representatives in the Philippines.
El Greco ensures the handling of these claims are treated with
great sensitivity and efficiency.
A minor crew incident can be prevented from becoming a major one
by dealing with it immediately. El Greco staff will talk to the
seafarer/s to address his/their concerns but this can only be
effectively accomplished when we are advised immediately by the
master or principals. El Greco may coordinate with the local government
agencies concerned and their foreign counterparts and immediately
advise the principal. For this service to be of mutual benefit,
it is imperative to keep El Greco informed before a master or
principals take any drastic action.
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