Admiral Peter Brady is Made Special Envoy to International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Admiral Peter Brady

Admiral Peter Brady

Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ) Director General Rear Admiral Peter Brady has been appointed Jamaica’s Special Envoy to the IMO.

Following his appointment Admiral Brady will lobby for Jamaica’s candidature to Category C of the IMO Council.

Admiral Brady has a wealth of experience to help in his newly-appointed role, having been the chief technical delegate for Jamaica at the IMO for a number of years.

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Not Even Storm Doris Could Ruin Armitt’s Heavy Lift Project

The Armitt Group successfully managed the recent removal of two 1050 metric tonne Ship Un-Loaders from the former Tilbury power station located on the Thames, east of London.

After a lengthy planning phase, with various solutions considered, Armitt’s plan was accepted by the client. armitt heavy lift

Armitt project managed the operational communication, vessel agency and chartering, liaising closely with all parties to perform two large piece movements, overcoming any unforeseen issues as they arose.

“From the initial draft surveys of the berth, through lashing and securing systems and the engineering calculations, notwithstanding the stringent requirements for the lashing and welding teams, Armitt worked tirelessly to propose the most economic and efficient solution that met the strict criteria of the client,” said Nicholas Marshall, Commercial Director, at the Armitt Group.

“The SPMT equipment was supplied by Mammoet and worked efficiently with both machines clearing the ground pretty much as expected, with the water bags only required for one of the lifts.”

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New Training Title Delivers Important Message on Sharing Near-Miss Information

Training programme from Videotel and The Standard Club addresses the need to report ‘near-miss’ incidents with others through an open, ‘no-blame’ safety culture

VideotelTM, a KVH company, has announced the launch of a new training programme, “Report a Near-Miss, Save a Life”, in association with The Standard Club, a protection and indemnity (P&I) club, which insures ship owners, operators, and charterers for their liabilities to third parties.

The training programme examines the importance of sharing near-miss reports, so that lessons can be learned and publicised throughout a fleet, to help reduce the chances of similar incidents happening.

Although standards have improved, since the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) adoption of the International Management Code for the Safe Operation of Ships and Pollution Prevention (ISM Code) in 1993, a high proportion of near misses at sea can still be attributed to human error. This fact was recently highlighted in the Marine Accident Investigation Branch’s Safety Digest report which identified that 75% of incidents received by the Confidential Hazardous Incident Reporting Programme (CHIRP) during the past 12 years could be traced to human factors.

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The Swedish Club delivers a discount of 4% to P&I members

London, 30 March 2017: The Swedish Club maintains its members’ interest at the heart of the business and has made the decision to offer a discount of 4%, to all P&I members 2017/2018.

“We respect our shipowners and the challenges they face,” said Lars Rhodin, Managing Director of The Swedish Club. “This discount, on our 145th anniversary, has been made possible through a long-term risk management strategy which has also enabled us to set a 0% General Increase for two years in a row.”

The Club’s end year results demonstrated a 7.5% year-on-year growth in P&I, from both existing and new members, well ahead of the growth in the world fleet. Marine business was stable in a challenging market and despite volatility in the investment sector, an overall surplus of USD 11.8 million was reported.

Maintaining its focus on a balanced underwriting performance, The Swedish Club delivered a combined ratio of 98%, in line with its eight-year performance of 97%.

The Club will continue to strengthen its market position by reinforcing its Piraeus office with new legal and claims expertise; continued growth in Asia; proactive loss prevention initiatives, such as the rollout of its successful Emergency Response Training; and further support for the acclaimed Maritime Resource Management (MRM) programme from The Swedish Club Academy.


KVH Ships its 7,000th mini-VSAT Broadband System, Continuing its Dominant Role in the Maritime VSAT Market

Designed and manufactured by KVH, the TracPhone® systems provide satellite broadband connectivity to yachts and commercial vessels around the world, and are a testament to the company’s innovation in mobile connectivity solutions

MIDDLETOWN, RI – March 30, 2017 – KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), announced that it has shipped more than 7,000 mini-VSAT Broadbandsm systems, designed and manufactured by KVH to provide mobile connectivity at sea. The TracPhone V-series satellite communications antenna systems are currently in use on everything from small recreational sailboats cruising the coastline to 1,000-foot commercial freighters transiting the world’s oceans.

KVH launched the mini-VSAT Broadband service just 10 years ago, in July 2007, and has seen the popularity of the service grow, coinciding with an overall trend in the maritime industry toward increased reliance on broadband connectivity. As recently as September 2016, a leading industry analyst, Northern Sky Research, reported that KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband customers account for 29% of the vessels using Ku-band service, more than double the 14% share of the nearest competitor.

This dominant market share continues to be supported by significant customer wins from leading commercial maritime operators. The TracPhone V-series antenna systems are noteworthy for their technical innovation and performance, having won numerous awards, including the National Marine Electronics Association’s 2016 product of excellence award.

“Our mini-VSAT Broadband network is robust and fully global, and we are thrilled that thousands of our TracPhone V-series antenna systems are already in service around the world,” says Martin Kits van Heyningen, KVH’s CEO. “Our continuing dominance in the VSAT market is testimony to our heritage of innovation. It’s even more exciting to look ahead to how we can augment our existing network and enable KVH to support the dramatic surge in demand for data that the shipping industry is projected to experience over the next 10 years.”

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