March 19th, 2018

Astra honors hero crewmembers of MV Elpida

Manila, Philippines – Astra Shipmanagement Inc. Director Aris Koropoulis flew all the way from Greece to give honors to the crewmembers of Crossworld’s Marine vessel MV Elpida.


(Photo: Astra Shipmanagement Inc. Director Aris Koropoulis)

Crew members of MV Elpida led by Capt. Freddie Pelayo rescued two Filipinos after their vessel, the MV Stellar Daisy, sank earlier this year.
In a short message and through a short video presentation, Mr. Koropoulis expressed his gratitude to the crew of MV Elpida a ship which in Greek means ‘Hope’.

“On April, 2017, the crew of MV Elpida rescued 2 survivors from the MV Stellar Daisy. Our crew continued their heroics for weeks… We thank you,” said Koropoulis in the presentation.
Present during the event were Crossworld officials including CEO Mr. Simos Varias, President Mr. Mark Henrick Hilvano, Vice President Mr. Arnold Mendoza, Operations Manager Ramoncito Mendoza and Human Resources Director Ms. Rochelle Reyes.

“We are honored to have you with us today… Astra is our people, our crew, our ships, (we are) one team, one family,” expressed Koropoulis
Astra’s Director also gave a heartfelt message during the event telling everyone how the company has gotten far because of the partnership.

The awarding was held at 5th floor, Trag Main Hall, The Residences at Greenbelt, Makati City last Nov. 29. It was also in part a Christmas celebration for Crossworld Management.
Aside from the awarding, guests were also treated to dinner, drinks, and entertainment from Blue Grass band. MV Elpida’s Capt. Pelayo also indulged those in attendance with a guitar performance. Some of his crew even joined his performance.

As in every Christmas party in the Philippines there were also raffles were some lucky guests took home a Digital TV and JBL Bluetooth waterproof speakers.
“2017 was a great year, our fleet grew to 8 ships, Let’s make 2018 even better,” expressed Koropoulis through the presentation.

“Astra promises to be your guiding star, your safety is our commitment your health our priority. Let’s work together to accomplish our goals, to follow our dreams: To become better in what we do, better seafarers, better professionals, better humans… Thank you for being part of Astra.”


(Photo: Award for MV Elpida crew)


(Photo: Mr. Aris Koropoulis and Capt. Pelayo with his wife)


(Photo: Mr. Aris Koropoulis and Crew of MV Elpida)


(Photo: MV Elpida Crew with the Blue Grass band)


(Photo: Astra Crew)