KMA remains to be the trusted crewing arm of Torvald Klaveness (TK) in the Philippines, taking care of its most valuable assets – its sea personnel. Driven by the vision of improving the nature of shipping, KMA continuous to evolve as crew management company providing services to the growing combination carriers of TK as well as to the vessels of its affiliates and third-party principals.
KMA took over the manning of oil-chemical and bulk vessels of third-party principals, Nordic Maritime Services/Vships and Chellaram Shipping, respectively. For Torvald Klaveness, KMA continued to man the specialized vessels composed of CABU (caustic –alumina bulkers) and containers. With the coming of new principals and significant growth in KSSI operation, where Chona Villanos is also the president, she turned-over the general manager role in KMA to Judith Jarabelo.
KMA changed leadership and governance. KMA also opened doors for the establishment of Klaveness Shore Services Inc (KSSI). Chona Villanos succeeded Victor Del Prado as president and general manager.
KMA marked 25 years in business. This event was celebrated with awarding ceremonies for long serving employees, like Ms. Amanda Uy, who also turned 25th year in KMA.
Denholm Glasgow separated from Klaveness to secure its own manning license. This allowed for incorporation of KMA with Philippines’ Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). KMA was likewise, re-registered in POEA as KMA Inc. Antonio Aguilar became the first president and general manager. Unfortunately, due to sudden demise, Victor Del Prado, who was then operations manager, took over his position.
Thirty Six (36) vessels of Naess Shipping Holland was transferred to DenKlav from Naess Shipping Philippines, together with a handful of office employees. The fleet operations were shared between Denholm’s and Klaveness’ administration. Antonio Aguilar headed the Torvald Klaveness division. DenKlav became known in the manning industry after receiving, in succession, POEA Top Performers Award, the Award of Excellence and the Hall of Fame Award.
KMA, through the support of its principal, Torvald Klaveness AS, was one of the first to have registered and organized an association of wives of its sea staff known as Seamen’s Wives Association of Klaveness (SWAK).
KMA merged with the Denholm Glasgow, where DenKlav Maritime Agency was organized to serve both the crewing needs of Denholm and Torvald Klaveness.
Torvald Klaveness established its own crewing organization in Manila after terminating its contract with Naess Shipping Holland. Crewing license as Klaveness Maritime Agency (KMA) was issued by POEA in July 1984. KMA began to recruit and assign Filipino seafarers from its first office in UPL building, Intramuros, Manila. KMA was then headed by Rolf Brandvold – a Norwegian chief engineer. He was supported by Antonio Aguilar as operations manager and by Amanda Uy as secretary.
Torvald Klaveness entered into an agreement with Naess Holland, and through its ship management in Manila, the first batch of Filipino crew were deployed onboard M/V Bajka.
Norwegian seafarers’ salaries increased significantly due to pool shortage. This prompted several Norwegian ship owners, like Torvald Klaveness (TK), to look for less expensive man-power. Korean ratings were initially hired in TK’s cargo vessels that traded between US and Far East. After the cargo vessels were sold, TK began considering Filipino seafarers.