The Department of Trade and Industry welcomes Australia’s Sydney Harbor Tall Ships, a company operating cruises and private charters in Sydney Harbor as they open their call center in the Philippines.

During a meeting with DTI’s Philippine Trade and Investment Center in Sydney (PTIC-Sydney), Philippine Commercial Consul Kenneth Yap noted that SH Tall Ships’ owners cited the talent in the Philippines as one of the main reasons for choosing to locate here. “Filipinos share the same language and outlook as Australians,” Marty Woods, owner of the SH Tall Ships, remarked.

The Philippine operation is intended to support their business offering day trips in Sydney Harbor and exclusive charters, specifically in handling customer queries, bookings and accounting. The Philippine office will be based in Pampanga and will be registered for incentives with the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) according to Mr. Yap. SH Tall Ships plans to start with an small complement but expects to grow the workforce based on the demand.

“The fact that we are able to attract big and small companies to set up in the Philippines shows the global competitiveness of the Philippine Information Technology- Business Process Management (IT-BPM) industry,’” Yap added.

Sydney Harbor Tall Ships, a company offering cruises on Sydney Harbor on vintage wooden tall ships is owned and operated by husband and wife Marty and Lisa Woods. Among the famous ships they operate are the Southern Swan and the Soren Larsen.

Considered a “famous star of the sea”, the Soren Larsen was a cargo carrier sailing between Scandinavia, Iceland, Northern Europe and Britain. It was featured in a BBC TV series and on two European Films. It was also selected as the flagship of the First Re-enactment Voyage celebrating Australia’s Bicentennial. An accomplished voyager, the Soren Larsen sailed around the world visiting 25 countries and travelled 30,000 nautical miles.

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