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Columbia Cruise Services is proud to announce that on March, 29th 2017 the technical management of MV ‘Legend of the Seas’ has been transferred from RCL Cruises Ltd. to CCS. Until early May, the vessel with a maximum capacity of 1,832 passengers underwent an extensive rebranding and refit in Cádiz (Spain) to undock as ‘TUI Discovery 2’. The sister vessel ‘TUI Discovery’ (former ‘Splendour of the Seas’), also under CCS’ technical management, joined the fleet in summer 2016.

Being the technical ship manager of the two sister vessels, CCS is very proud to participate and contribute to Thomson Cruise’s modernization and transformation strategy.

Until May 9th, a designated CCS task force supervised and coordinated the refit successfully on-site. The maiden voyage of the ‘TUI Discovery 2’ left Málaga (Spain) as scheduled on May 14th.

On  June 25, the main running event of the city took place in Odessa – the Arcelor Mittal Odesa Half Marathon 2017. Among the participants in the half marathon were the teams of the крюинговые компании Украины Columbia Shipmanagement Ukraine (CSM UA).

It was the second time when Odessa International Half Marathon, bringing together over 2,000 participants from 25 countries of the world.

7,000 people have come to look at race and to support friends and relatives. Another good thing about it is that the Arcelor Mittal Odesa Half Marathon 2017 has collected not only inhabitants of Odessa, but also guests from other cities and even countries: USA, Belarus, Estonia, Moldova, France, Spain, Italy and others states.

Already by tradition, employees of the Columbia Shipmanagement Ukraine also took part in this brilliant event. In contrast to last [...]

Capt. Fradi Faouzi, Crew Training Manager CSM

Capt. Fradi Faouzi, Crew Training Manager CSM Capt. Fradi Faouzi, Crew Training Manager CSM

Seminar arranged by Columbia Shipmanagement (CSM) took place in Odessa on May 30 through June 2, 2017. Seafarers employed on CSM’s bulk carriers, superintendants and the company’s representatives participated in the event.

Moderator and one of the seminar’s hosts was Capt. Sergei Stadnik, CSM’s marine superintendant. In the course of the seminar participants discussed issues of safety onboard and cargo handling. The seminar covered a number of topics, namely: loading and unloading, cargo control during passage, key principles for handling bulk cargo in line with requirements of international regulations, such as International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code), International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes Code (IMSBC Code), Code of Practice for Safe Loading and Unloading of Bulk Carriers (BLU Code). The agenda also included items concerning cargo [...]

Image of: Capt. Georgios Vlachos, HR-Training Director Tsakos Columbia Shipmanagement

The Greek company, Tsakos Columbia Shipmanagement (“TCM”) S.A., enjoys one of the leading positions in the international cargo shipping industry. The company manages almost one hundred vessels, including container ships, bulk carriers and tankers. At the International Forum, “Seafarers’ Education, Training and Employment”, recently held in Odessa, TCM’s exhibition stand never failed to attract crowds of people. Cadets from maritime schools and colleges were interested in practical training possibilities, current seafarers asked about job prospects, and colleagues from other shipping companies discussed new aspects of international conventions. Capt. Georgios Vlachos, HR-Training Director of Tsakos Columbia Shipmanagement (“TCM”) S.A., told The Professional Seafarer newspaper his ideas about Ukraine’s future as a maritime state and the reason why foreign employers are very interested in Ukrainian seafarers.

The Professional Seafarer: [...]


Numerous interesting meetings, roundtable discussions, conferences and presentations took place within the framework of the 5th International Forum Seafarers Education, Training and Employment, held in Odessa in April 19-21, 2017. Крюинговая компания Columbia Shipmanagement Ukraine (CSM UA) arranged for the official announcement of results of the unusual competition at the Forum and awarded the top prize – iPad Mini.

Cadets of maritime colleges had three weeks from March 27 to April 17 to send their essays in Ukrainian, Russian or English for participation in the competition. The topic was familiar and clear to every future seafarer: Why is the seafarer’s occupation worth choosing? Why does the selected speciality (navigator, engineer, electrical officer) have the best prospects? Why do you think the institution you attend is the best? Participants gave answers to these questions in their essays providing [...]


In 2004 the office of Island Marine Odessa Limited was opened in Odessa. One of the key partners of this company was the renowned Peter Döhle Schiffahrts-KG, established in 1956 in Hamburg, Germany. In August 2005 the representative office in Odessa was registered under a new name: Doehle Manning Agency Odessa Ukraine Limited. In all its activities – crewing, seafarer training and agency services – the company was guided by international standards from the very beginning, consolidating efforts to meet the most demanding requirements in seafarer recruitment industry.

In 2015 crewing divisions of Döhle Group and Columbia Shipmanagement in Ukraine consolidated their efforts by establishing a joint office in Odessa. Under a partnership agreement with Döhle Group, Columbia Shipmanagement has taken up all crewing activities in Ukraine. Partnership between international shipping companies in the field of human resources [...]

(left) Pavel Iordatiy, chief engineer Columbia Shipmanagement Ukraine; Grigoriy Mashkevich, Executive Director Columbia Shipmanagement Ukraine

Upon the initiative of Columbia Shipmanagement Ukraine a lecture dedicated to adherence to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL 73/78) was delivered at the National University “Odessa Maritime Academy”. 4th year cadets of the Navigation Department were briefed on measures taken on modern ships to comply with provisions of the Convention and to ensure control of adherence thereto.

The lecture was delivered at the Academy by Pavel Iordatiy, one of the best officers of Columbia Shipmanagement Ukraine, with the support of the Dean of the Navigation Department Nikolai Tsymbal. For many years Pavel Iordatiy worked as a chief engineer on tankers, and today he conducts Environment compliance program (ЕСР) training for seafarers. This program is designed to promote a proper attitude to environmental issues and prevention of the sea and air pollution among employees of Columbia Shipmanagement in line with all requirements of the Convention. In the course of ECP [...]

Carsten Sommerhage, Managing Director Columbia Shipmanagement (Deutschland)

On 7 November, the top managers of Columbia Shipmanagement (CSM) held their annual meeting for senior officers in Odessa, Ukraine. As usual, the event’s main goal was to update seafarers on recent developments, share the latest corporate news and discuss possibilities to increase operational efficiency. The conference took place in the Bristol hotel located in the historic centre of Odessa. Fifty-seven seafarers visited the event.

Despite the crisis, CSM confidently navigates the market. In 2016, the company heavily invested in IT projects to further enhance efficiency by reducing paper work and administrative burden.

Recently, CSM has established a joint venture with Marlow Navigation, and together the two companies are developing enhanced IT solutions for smart ship management and crew training. The cooperation has proven to be efficient and now both companies are exploring merger prospects. CSM also continues its cooperation with Peter Dohle. The companies joined forces to improve their crewing activities in a number [...]


Recently Odessa regional division of Inspectorate for Training and Certification (ITCS) moved to the new office on Chernomorskogo kazachestva street, 23. The official opening took place in August, 1.

The regional director of the Odessa office Vadim Gritsuk noted that the move helped Inspection solve a number of problems and improve its performance. Electronic queuing system was implemented to increase speed of documents submission. At the entrance an ITCS representative meets seafarers and explains how the system works. The electronic queue is reset in the end of the working day. Documents are picked up from 9:00 A.M. till 5:30 P.M.

The new quarters are only 20 meters bigger than the old ones but they are laid out smartly. Now the Inspectorate works in the modern building with huge floor-to-ceiling windows —  the symbol of transparency. The office is [...]

On the 5th of July, 2016, Tsakos Columbia Shipmanagement (“TCM”) S.A. held a meeting in Odessa, Ukraine, to take stock of recent developments at the company and discuss its future growth plans. Senior officers and seafarers from Ukraine, Georgia, Russia, Latvia and Romania participated in the event. The Professional Seafarer interviewed Captain Georgios Kostalas, Crew Manager of “TCM” S.A.

group-photo-tsakosvesel-13Professional Seafarer: Why do you hold these meetings every year?

Captain Kostalas: The principal objective of our annual meeting is to discuss and assess the past year’s performance and recent developments. During this event, we also have the opportunity to share and discuss with our seafarers the latest developments at the company and [...]

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