Maersk Honors Recertified Steward Juan Hernandez


May 2017


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An enthusiastic Seafarer recently received recognition for his consistently excellent work.


Recertified Steward Juan Vallejo Hernandez earned a letter of commendation and a chef’s knife set from Maersk Line, Limited (MLL). The letter cited the mariner’s “consistently top-notch performance and dedication to duty while aboard the Maersk Kinloss and other Maersk vessels. Your professional skills, dedication to those you serve and department leadership is an inspiration to all.”


Signed by MLL Vice President of Labor Relations Ed Hanley and MLL Port Steward Rich Fellone, the letter (presented March 29 in Norfolk, Virginia) also credited Vallejo Hernandez for helping generate “the highest crew satisfaction scores in food service” for two consecutive years in the company’s employee engagement survey.


“As a true professional, you manage to balance quality, quantity, wellness and creative menu planning while remaining within budget,” the letter continued. “[Even though] you make it look easy, we know it is not.”


In a separate communication, Hanley described the recertified steward as “a skilled and dedicated professional whose pride and passion for his craft is uplifting and inspiring.”


Vallejo Hernandez joined the union in 2001, and he completed the Paul Hall Center’s steward recertification course in 2012. At that time, he stated, “The SIU has been a true blessing not only for me, but also for everyone else who has stepped forward and accepted the challenge of becoming a highly trained maritime professional‚Ķ. The SIU provides job security for its members and secures a future in the maritime industry for generations to come.”



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