Lloyd's List: " Prosperity Built On Partnerships"
Dünya Denizcilik, established by Suay Umut
in London more than three and half decades ago has,
in the years since moving back to Istanbul in 1984,
continued to underscore its reputation on the international
maritime stage thanks to the business it does with the
world’s leading operators.
“ The beauty of this is that we have a young fleet and
we operate internationally with major oil companies,”
says Mr. Umut. “We employ around 50 people here in Istanbul,
mainly masters and engineers and use our own people
to assist in construction of new vessels. For instance,
6 to 7 of our own staff are in each South Korean yard
working with the builders on our new building orders.
We train them in Istanbul and also send them abroad
for courses continuously to keep them updated. In addition
to this we train more than 20 cadets on board our ships
“This is where relationships are built. This company
is part of their lives and we have no problem in finding
the right type of person for our ships. People are happy
as long as we look after them.” says Mr.Umut whose curriculum
vitae shows he went to sea after graduating from the
Technical University of Istanbul before working for
a petroleum company for seven years and “starting from
scratch with a 1,000 dwt vessel in London” in 1973.
Mr. Umut concedes that the tanker business is harder
now than it used to be given the sheer volume of paperwork
but his answer has been to put an extra junior officer
on board each ship. “It’s costly but we have to keep
our standards high.”