gCaptain is very pleased to bring you the following message from gCaptains’s most dedicated sponsor, Faststream Recruitment.
Global maritime recruiter Faststream has made its first steps to sea by launching a dedicated seagoing recruitment division. This new business area sees Faststream expand from its roots in shore-based shipping recruitment to become one of the only global providers of recruitment throughout the entire shipping mix.
The seagoing recruitment division has been established due to the high demand for this type of service from Faststream’s shipping clients. Headquartered in Faststream’s North East base in Massachusetts, the seagoing division will also operate through Faststream’s other US regional headquarters in Fort Lauderdale and Houston.
The division has already been launched in Faststream’s global headquarters in the UK. Planned future expansion will see this business area span across other Faststream operations in the Asia-Pacific and Scandinavia.
Heather Twiss will be heading up the seagoing division throughout The Americas. Heather was the former Director of Career Services at Massachusetts Maritime Academy where she provided career guidance and placement opportunities to both cadets and alumni in both seagoing and shore-side maritime employment opportunities. She is also a graduate of Massachusetts Maritime Academy and has sailed on seismic vessels.
Mark Charman, Group CEO and Founder said:
“This is an exciting chapter in Faststream’s development. Although this is our first planned step into the seagoing market we’re certainly not wet behind the ears. We are shipping people through and through and our specialist consultants hold a wealth of knowledge of the shipping industry in its entirety”.
“Our business is based around supply and demand. Our clients have a huge demand for seagoing staff. The quantity of enquiries we’ve received about providing seagoing recruitment over the years had reached a level where launching a stand alone seagoing division was a must”.
“From what we hear, the seagoing market lacks a quality recruitment model. Industry knowledge is all very well but it’s critical that this is combined with best recruitment practice and Faststream are in a perfect position to provide both”.
In the past year we have worked with Faststream to find jobs for shoreside personnel and the feedback we have gotten from our readers has been nothing short of exceptional. What we enjoy most about working with Faststream are the people. From fellow SUNY Maritime alumni and Chief Engineer Tim Klaybor and gCaptain contributor Matt Fuhrman in their Florida office to my former sailing partner Rob Almeida handling Offshore recruitment in Houston, working with Faststream has been an enjoyable experience because they, like us, are mariners and have a robust knowledge of the shipping community.
Regardless of our thoughts on our favorite sponsor, the bottom line is, the world mariner shortage has yet to ease, despite the economy. Further pointing to the need for this service, our own Maritime Job Board is the second most visited area of our forum and I receive daily emails from Merchant Mariners looking for new opportunities at sea.
We are encouraged by Faststream’s entry into seagoing recruitment and excited to continue our relationship with a company that, like gCaptain, aims to improve the careers of mariners worldwide. Link: Faststream.us