About Us

The Future of Service for the Filipino Seafarer

The future is poised for a holistic transformation, emphasizing both technological innovation and enhanced well-being. Through comprehensive training and skill development, as well as a streamlined maritime operation, we ensure that Filipino seafarers remain well-equipped to handle the previous and modern challenges of a world-class maritime professional. Prioritizing their well-being and providing a tailored support system, we aim to provide a work environment that is not only professionally fulfilling but also culturally enriching.

Our History Down to the Roots

As the country remains the top source of seafarers, with 25% of the total 1.5 million seafarers worldwide, we remain at the forefront of the continued development of the seafarers’ competitiveness in the world market.

For 63 years, UPL has taken pride in its contribution to nation-building. As a strong maritime nation, remittances from OFWs continue to be a major contributor to the country’s improving economy.

UPL was established by Filipino ship owners that operated a liner service from Manila –Yokohama – Long Beach – New York. UPL then ventured to other major industries such as deep-sea fishing.

In the mid-70s- UPL pioneered/started the manning industry business. Its license was issued in the year 1972 and started to be the manning agent to prestigious companies such as Holland America Line, Shell International, Belships, and Windstar Cruises.

In 2006, BELCHEM Management joined UPL’s roster. In 2014, United Philippine Lines was chosen as the agent of Carnival Cruise Lines.

UPL aspires to be a trailblazer in crew management. Utilizing cutting-edge technology to streamline operations, prioritize crew welfare, and establish sustainable practices that contribute to the evolution of a resilient and forward-looking maritime industry while servicing the Filipino world-class professional.

Our Partners

We forge strategic partnerships with maritime industry leaders, ensuring a seamless synergy that optimizes crewing solutions, enhances operational efficiency, and navigates the seas of success together.

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Our Mission

To provide the best support and access to life-advancing opportunities; from recruitment to deployment; deployment to welcome home

Our Vision

To consistently deploy happy shipboard professionals by building UPL as their second home

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