Fleet managers describe this vessel and its team as a truly cohesive unit, with voyages relatively smooth despite being punctuated with tangible challenges along the way. Amidst happy faces during the celebration of its 100th voyage, the crew and managers of M/T Matipuno can proudly say they have lived up to their vessel’s formidable name.
Its maiden voyage back in 2017 was to serve contract requirements of Seaoil in Zamboanga. The martial law status in the area meant young Matipuno early on had to deal with issues related to operations and stricter security at the ports. Being assigned so far down South, these conditions pushed its crew to be independent. It proved to be fortuitous that the vessel had at its helm, Captains Herculano Capute and Danilo Adame who were described as very fatherly and brotherly, while Captains Allan Albuera and Cesar Mandapat considered as new blood, introduced learnings taken from their years of experience from international vessels.
Representatives from the crew, fleet and marketing management headed to the Bataan dock and boarded Matipuno last June 20 to celebrate with the crew, bearing souvenir shirts for everyone to honor the vessel’s remarkable journey.