The foundation of today’s GAC Group goes back more than 50 years to
shipping agency operations in Kuwait, and over the decades, GAC has
continued to develop its Shipping Business geographically, to become a
highly respected international partner to some of the world's foremost
We continue to evolve and innovate our service offerings, and today
provide our clients with an extensive range of core and complementary
services. We intend to find better and smarter ways of serving our
customers across the globe, and your role in helping formulate this
business intelligence is crucial to our on-going success.
You may already be aware that GAC is a leading shipping organisation
offering global port and hub agency services. To deliver on this
promise, we have made a commitment to ensuring that our people fully
understand the scope and magnitude of our core shipping products and
services. Who we are, what we do, and how we do it, are all crucial
parts of this. Acquiring new knowledge, exploring new ideas, and - most
importantly – building new relationships are the way we can ensure
ongoing and future success.
I would like you to consider the inter-dependency that exists between
all Shipping colleagues and how this impacts upon the success of GAC
Shipping. Consider the role of business intelligence and how we are all
connected by far fewer than six degrees of separation in the world of
GAC Shipping. And thus, I would like to invite you to take part in GSB,
the GCA course for GAC Shipping Business.
Let us understand and maximise the use of the support infrastructure
to help drive our Shipping Business forward. Your contribution to the
ongoing and future success of the GAC Shipping Business is important,
and I would encourage you to be a front-line ambassador for GAC in
whatever part of the world you reside.
Vice President of Shipping
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ICDL Relaunched for 2009– Lars Bergstrom
named ICDL Ambassador
we raise the standard of computer literacy in our people, we give
them the tools to work better, faster, and smarter, and the better our
people are, the sharper GAC's competitive edge."
GAC Group IT Director
ICDL 2009 Ambassador to
The International Computer Driving License is being relaunched for
2009, this time as a group-wide initiative to promote the smart use of
technology across the GAC World. ICDL, which serves as the worldwide
standard for computer literacy, is being offered this year with one
access point for 2009.
Enrollees also receive the added benefit of one additional license
for a family member, as part of GAC's commitment to Corporate Social
Responsibility as well as an incentive to participation in this exciting
self-paced study opportunity.
"We support all managers and GLO's to share this information freely and
to actively encourage and support our people to undertake ICDL during
2009, as this is the last time the ICDL will be offered through GCA
said GCA GM Damien O'Donoghue, "Due to our global purchasing power, we
have been able to secure a Group-wide licence that allows us to reach as
many people around the GAC World as possible, and why we are able to
extend an offer to one fee family member license per participant.
In addition, full ICDL scholarships are available for GAC employees who
have completed two GCA courses with a GPA of 6.0 or higher.
"This could be the year that we achieve of an international standard
of computer literacy throughout the GAC World, and I urge all managers
to take advantage of this chance, let this initiative be the catalyst
for growth and improvement and the boosting of IT skills for as many
people as possible."
For further information or enrollment, please contact Rehan Naeem, Business Development Manager of GCA at
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Course Profile: GAC Shipping Business
GAC represents the interests of over 3,500 Principals and attends
to over 40,000 vessels annually. At ports worldwide, the GAC network
consists of four regional hubs, over 230 GAC offices in more than 40
countries and carefully selected partners elsewhere, covering
thousands of locations. We've got a lot of ground to cover, so let's
begin at home.
GCA would like to introduce GSB, or the GAC Shipping Business (GSB),
an eight week course designed to increase revenue, improve client
experience, and increase the flow of business intelligence throughout
the GAC World.
Who this course is for:
The target audience for this course is not just current and future
GAC Shipping personnel, it is also GAC employees interested in
benefiting from a greater understanding on the GAC Shipping Business,
from any region or sector.
What this course covers:
GAC Group Shipping Organisation: Who’s who, Key stakeholders,
structure, and the integration of shipping organization in the business.
The Global Shipping Business: How the industry works, components of
global shipping, and the contribution that shipping makes to the entire
Products and Services of the GAC Shipping Business: In-depth
information about the core services that GAC Shipping provides as well
as the complementary services that add additional value and increase our
Use of Support Infrastructure: Definition of the interdependency of
all roles on the success of GAC shipping to drive business, as well as
the solidifying of relationships with your colleagues in the GAC World.
How this course will be taught:
GSB runs for eight weeks and is delivered via our state-of-the-art interactive online Learning Management System.
The course is open to all GAC employees. For further information, please contact
, Business Development Manager - GAC Corporate Academy.
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... When one of our vessels was in dry dock in Astrakhan, I fell on
the rails and damaged my spine badly - to the extent that the doctors
said that I wouldn't be able to walk for a long while if ever at all.
The ambulance took me to the nearest hospital which just happened to
be the worst in town. Our General Manager personally helped to carry the
stretcher up to my ward - they just don't have elevators in places like
that one. He then went back to the hotel to pack my stuff and bring it
back for me. In a few days the doctors said that I was transportable,
and GAC made arrangements to immediately transfer me to a much better
clinic. During the whole month I was there, I would be visited by my
colleagues every day bringing loads of goodies for me to feel better -
so much for being in a strange town all on your own.
I can walk and run and jump now - thanks to the good doctors the
company found and thanks to my caring colleagues who made me feel I was
not alone but with my family.
Other companies may have (but not necessarily follow) similar
corporate principles like commitment to quality services or
face-to-contacts with customers. What I find really unique is the part
about enjoying each other's company beyond the confines of work.
Normally you can get people to work but you cannot make them have a good
When I worked elsewhere, I always hated the corporate parties where
you were forced to socialize with people you had a hard time putting up
with during office hours. So there I stood sipping tasteless wine or
poking in a piece of dry cake just waiting for all of it to end. Just
because the boss was around, you wouldn't be relaxed enough to be
yourself and to enjoy yourself. You were too worried with what people
might say the next day if you felt good enough to dance or to sing...
To say it's different in GAC is to say nothing at all. I lived in
Moscow all my life, but only when I started working for GAC did I
discover the finest restaurants and the best discos in town where I
would go to with my GAC colleagues from overseas offices after a hard
When I was on a business trip in London, the guys from the office took
great pains to find out my eating tastes and entertainment preferences.
So I went on a tour around the city, then was treated to exquisite
dinner in the posh Japanese restaurant and, to top it all, ended up at a
performance in a West End theatre. On such days you understand what the
expression "royal treatment" means, especially when it's given not to
some one from royalty, but from the GAC family.
- Arkady Podkopaev
GAC Marine S.A.
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