Danica Crewing Specialists is pleased to announce it has opened a new office in Batumi, Georgia, enabling the company to access an even larger pool of competent officers and seafarers.
With a population of more than 3.7million, Georgia is a small country in the south-eastern corner of Europe which is home to some 10,000 officers and the same number of ratings,
Georgia’s key seafarer hub is Batumi, a city on the Black Sea coast with a population of about 300K, while the capital city of Tbilisi also offers a seafaring community.
In addition to recruiting, vetting and supplying Georgian crew, Danica’s new office will act as a point of contact for the many Ukrainian seafarers who are now based in the country. Georgia has recognition agreements for seafarers’ licenses with most flag states in the world. Its maritime education and certification systems have been completely overhauled over the past decade and now fully meet IMO STCW and EMSA requirements.
The new Danica office is headed by Capt Raul Beridze, a Georgian citizen who had a successful career at sea, culminating in the command of bulk carriers, before coming ashore in 2018 to found a manning agency which is now merged into the Danica Group. Working alongside him, the Danica Batumi team consists of three experienced crewing officers.
Announcing the new office, Captain Henrik Jensen, Danica Managing Director, said: “We are delighted to welcome Batumi, Georgia into the Danica group of companies. This addition will boost our pool of seafarers and is a welcome addition. Danica is diversifying and growing to ensure we are still able to provide our owners with the quality crew they require, particularly at this challenging time of crew shortages.”