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KOAS Officers' Conference 2015 in Manila

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Delegates, personnel, and guests alike merged into this one group pic for the entire Knutsen group they represent.

Delegates, personnel, and guests alike merged into this one group pic for the entire Knutsen group they represent.
Mr. Trygve Seglem addresses the Conference audience during his Welcome Remarks.
Knutsen's loyal seafarers, officers, managers, delegates from the global offices, and family representatives were among those who comprised this year's conference audience.
Questions were gladly fielded from the audience members throughout the entire conference.

Knutsen OAS Shipping AS held its latest Filipino Officers’ Conference in Manila last March 9-11 at the First Pacific Leadership Academy in Antipolo, Rizal. This year’s Conference was a hallmark event for many reasons. For one, this year’s crowd in particular was the largest in attendance in all the years that Knutsen Philippines, Inc., has been hosting the annual Knutsen OAS’s Officer Conference in Manila. Furthermore, this gathering was made all the more a privileged opportunity as it was attended personally by Mr. Trygve Seglem himself, who is the Owner and Managing Director of Knutsen OAS Shipping, as well as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Knutsen NYK Offshore Tankers AS. Accompanying Mr. Seglem was Knutsen NYK Offshore Tanker’s Vice President for Technical Operations, Mr. Magnus Gudmundsen. This year’s audience was also the most diverse in representation to date, seeing that those in attendance were representatives from different global offices of the Knutsen group of companies, which included its new Danish office in the person of Mr. Bo Hauge, Crewing Manager of KNOT Management Denmark AS. Among the others present were also loyal Knutsen seafarers who were given due recognition for their long-time service to the company. The first batch of awardees were further honored by receiving their tokens of appreciation from Mr. Seglem himself, who was genuinely more than happy to impart heartfelt gratitude to those who have long served the company faithfully.

Further gracing the event was also the ever-reliable presence of managers from the main Knutsen OAS Shipping AS office in Haugesund, Norway, namely: Mr. Ben Jensen, KNOT Management AS Crewing Manager; Mr. Geir Hagen, Knutsen OAS Shipping’s Health, Safety, Security, and Environment  & Quality Assurance Manager; and Capt. Hilmar Lund-Andersen, Knutsen OAS Shipping’s Vetting Manager. The audience attendance was further rounded-out as well by the presence of the officers representing the different Family Chapters of Knutsen Philippines, Inc., spread across the country.

The topics presented in this year’s Conference were both the usual and innovative, but all kept updated and relevant to the current working and business environment across the span of operations in the Knutsen group of companies. While the Conference kicked-off with a night of dinner socials where delegates and seafarers alike hobnobbed in a relaxed informal environment, this three-day event was also an opportunity for each of its personnel to be able to present their questions and ideas to the presenters during their talks. Questions were gladly received and resolutions to concerns were openly discussed, which reflects much of the open culture that the Knutsen group encourages among its personnel towards effective teamwork.

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