The year 2016, which was considered to be the gloomiest year in the worldwide shipping industry, was very unfavorable to GMM Global Maritime Manila Inc. President, Capt. Relly N. Jose Jr., after all the ships that he is handling and manning were ‘battered by giant waves’, a major downfall that shook him in his entire maritime career.
But that downfall has raised him to infinite heights and never stopped him in thriving, as brighter tomorrow has come his way subsequently that pounding storm which tested his perseverance.
“That time I lost all 12 vessels that came-in last 2013 or during the start of our operations. All of my partners were all gone at napakasakit nun.” Capt. Jose lamented in an interview with Tinig ng Marino, during the sidelights of the 5th Anniversary celebration of the GMM Global Maritime Manila Inc.—nostalgic of the stress and pain that incurred him because of the 2016 turmoil of the shipping industry.
Even though stunned by the ill-fated episode of his life, Capt. Jose did not stop there and took all the necessary measures in minding the continuous growth of his beloved company.
“We are totally knocked out during that time. It was very painful for me but I must rise up and fight life’s challenges. Little by little, we are able to make our crew set sail. And after just two weeks after that loss of that same year, we are able to send 60 crewmembers to board our first ever virgin vessels, which eventually became our partners at masasabi naming bumuhay samin during those trying times.” Capt. Jose said, a graduate of John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University (JBLFMU), true-blue master mariner and a seasoned maritime professional. He also recalled that even his crew who boarded in the fishing fleet has endured low salaries, but they hanged-on because of their belief and trust that more ships will be ewwntering soon.
“They have low salaries back then because of the crisis. Pero dahan-dahan eh pumasok na ang ibang vessels such as General cargoes, tanker, and offshore, among others. And right now, they are officiating those said ships. And in just 5 weeks, five more ships have partnered with our company.” Capt. Jose continues.
Right now, Capt. Jose is manning at least 210 maritime professionals, all on board their 48 partnering vessels with German, Malaysian, Singaporean, Taiwanese and American principals.
“Luckily, we have overcome the trials and we look forward to having more vessels in our fleet in the coming years. And we consider our company as one of the formidable crewing agencies in the industry today.” We are still very young… according to Capt. Jose, who also supervises 8 loyal employees and being guided by her loving wife Mrs. Barbara Rodora Jose in its Manila office headquartered at San Luis Terraces building along T.M. Kalaw Street in Ermita.
GMM Global Maritime Manila Inc. was established with the firm obligation on what the company believes as the most important asset in today’s business environment – people.
As the company’s mission statement conveys,“ customer’s success depends on our services and expertise provided,” they are committed to providing value-added services with the highest levels of quality, ethics, and standards in the industry.
The company is armed with the mission to ensure and provide excellent Maritime Services Solutions and added values long term on the highest level of quality, ethics and standards within the industry – as well as to be recognized by their clients, shareholders, partners, employees and people that they work with respect to its core values as they do.
“We consider all our partners as family. We work together and we stay together.” said Capt. Jose, who’s optimistic with the lined success in the future.