"To a worthy seaman-a worthy job"


Private enterprise - Crewing Agency

1. Origin and Location

The crewing Company A1 Lighthouse of the Black Sea (A1LBS) was founded in 1997 and is located in the historical central part of the City of Odessa. Our relatively small family owned enterprise A1LBS continues to operate successfully despite tough competition on the crewing market here in Odessa. This is in great measure because of unique priority it has over other similar companies.

The priority in that the undersigned worked within Ministry of Transport of Ukraine as the founder of Seafarers' Certification System in Ukraine and as Director of State Agency for Certification & Registration of Seafarers of Ukraine, later as deputy head of the Inspectorate for Training and Certification of Seafarers and knows very well the background and level of qualification of many of Ukrainian seamen, the advantage that cannot be overestimated. It might also be of interest to you that the undersigned was leader of the group of architects who were ultimately responsible that the Ukraine was accepted, as a member of the IMO, to WHITE LIST.

It is self evident that we at the A1 Lighthouse cannot make the impossible possible, but what we can guarantee is a very personalized and rigorous choice of crewmembers.

In addition we believe that just being computerized is not enough in these days and this is one of the reasons why we are visiting our customers in regular intervals, to listen to their needs, proposals and possible complaints to try to find acceptable solutions. The staff has great sea experience and profound knowledge in the field of crew selection and certification. Our Examiners are First Class Engineers and Deep Sea Captains.

We are of the opinion that the relationship between owners and his crewing agent should work like a good marriage, both partners should be happy together - share the joys and sorrows. We are looking to it to achieve such a goal.

Should you have any special questions or if you need any kind of assistance, please, feel free to contact us at any time you wish, of course, without any commitments on your part, and we will try to be helpful to you.

We are glad to inform you that A1LBS has been approved by Maritime and Coastguard Agency of the United Kingdom to attest the company's applicants' knowledge of the English language and the Adaptation Period as well as to confirm the authentity of copies of seamen's documents which support applications for the issue of UK Certificates of Equivalent Competency.

We are the only Company in Ukraine with such rights.

We are approved by ISF as Marlins Test Center No. 51.

We are an Authorized Liberian Filing Agent No.56532.

We are an Authorized Filing agents of Antigua and Barbuda.

2. Activities

A1LBS has a large database with regard to seafarers with more than 8,000 certified seafarers on the list, 80% of which are Officers. Of late the A1LBS has been supplying crewmembers to the vessels of the following shipping companies: Hanseatic Shipping Company, Cyprus; Aug. Bolten, WM. Miller's Nachfolger (GmbH & Co.), Hamburg; Gezairi Chatering and Shipping Company, Beirut; Lydia Mar Shipping Co.SA, Greece, Zodiac, RCCL, etc.

We are also conducting talks with European Shipowners

A1LBS can offer a full range of crewing services, which among others include:

We are willing to expand our activities and we'll be happy to work with your Company, with the possibility of becoming your exclusive representative in Ukraine.

Kindly send us your advice and proposals.

Odessa, Ukraine
Tel / Fax: +380 48 729 3093