Posted: 19th February 2020
Oceanic Catering is V.Group’s catering and hospitality specialist, with more than 20 years’ experience in serving the maritime community around the world. Oceanic strives to exceed clients’ expectations through professional, transparent and compliant service, while looking after the health and wellbeing of our seafarers which is paramount.
Marinos Kokkinis, General Manager of Oceanic Catering, explains how seafarer wellbeing has increasingly become a focal point of Oceanic’s operations due to the close links between wellbeing and nutrition: “Keeping our seafarers motivated is of greatest importance and can only be achieved through the provision of healthy and nutritious meals that we offer on a daily basis. We ensure that the quality and variety of products delivered on-board our clients’ vessels fulfil the diverse needs and preferences of the crew.”
Oceanic’s health and wellbeing team, in collaboration with its culinary team, ensure that seafarers receive healthy and wholesome meals based on dietary guidelines, nutritional needs and menu planning. Special requirements are taken into consideration, based on crew nationality, cultural and religious backgrounds and any allergies or food intolerances.
At the same time, Oceanic makes sure that their food combinations offer all macro and micro-nutrients as per World Health Organization recommended nutrient intakes. This avoids any deficiencies and improves performance, health and wellbeing on board.
In addition, Oceanic provides dedicated health and lifestyle guidance and advice to crew. “We ensure that our seafarers receive the tools required to adopt healthier eating habits, while staying physically and mentally healthy when on-board,” says Marinos. “A healthier lifestyle ultimately benefits the performance of a vessel.”
Supplying healthy, wholesome and safe meals on a controlled budget might be hard to achieve, however Oceanic’s procurement resources help to provide balanced meals with high quality ingredients for the crew and offshore workers from day one.
“At Oceanic, we know that a well-trained and supported crew is crucial to effective operations,” notes Marinos, “and through our global training and support services we ensure competent and skilled catering crew whilst safeguarding the welfare of our seafarers”.