ICS Chairman Calls for Comprehensive Revision of STCW Seafarer Training Regime

Speaking in Manila, the Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), Esben Poulsson, has called for a comprehensive revision of the IMO STCW Convention which governs global standards for the training and certification of around two million merchant seafarers.

STCW was reviewed in 2010 with the adoption of the ‘Manila amendments’ but the previous major overhaul of the STCW regime was last undertaken by IMO Member States over 25 years ago.

Mr Poulsson said “It’s now commonplace for employers to routinely provide additional training and assessments prior to the deployment of many officers holding STCW certification which raises questions as to whether the Convention as currently drafted is still fit for purpose in the 21st Century.” Read more

Indian Register of Shipping plays central role at INMARCO

The Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) continues to play a central role at the International Maritime Conference and Exhibition (INMARCO) which is held every four years.

Organised by the Institute of Marine Engineers (India), this year’s INMARCO will see a packed programme of technical discussions and panel debates covering a wide spectrum of topics including maritime safety, environment, technology and security to oceanography and underwater technology.

A Platinum sponsor, IRClass will be providing three expert speakers who will be giving talks on the following areas:

The key to successful maritime cyber risk assessment by Mr. R. Srinivas, (Principal Surveyor)

Best practise in Ballast Water Management by Mr. Devrup Kabi, (Principal Surveyor)

Understanding hybrid power systems by Mr. S. Mutharasu, (Senior Surveyor).

The Conference is being organised from 1st to 3rd November 2018 at the LaLiT hotel in Mumbai and will be graced by Ministry of Shipping and maritime administration officials as well as senior industry representatives from across the maritime spectrum globally. Further information can be found on the INMARCO 2018 website.

“IRClass has always been a huge supporter of INMARCO and we’re proud to be providing the conference with experts from differing fields within the maritime sector giving talks on relevant industry issues” said Mr. Arun Sharma, Executive Chairman.

Mr. Vijay Arora, Joint Managing Director of IRClass added: “The conference and exhibition are well-attended, and the panel debates are always very interesting and stimulating, challenging the industry norms.”

KVH Introduces World’s Fastest, Lightest, Ultra-compact Ku-band Marine VSAT Antenna

The TracPhone V3-HTS is a breakthrough antenna for providing connectivity at sea, with faster data speeds than larger marine satellite antennas

MIDDLETOWN, RI – Oct. 31, 2018 – KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), today unveils the TracPhone® V3-HTS, the world’s fastest, lightest, ultra-compact Ku-band marine VSAT antenna, at the Fort Lauderdale (FL) International Boat Show. Measuring just 37 cm (14.5 inches) diameter and weighing 11 kg (25 lbs.), the TracPhone V3-HTS is smaller in physical size than any other Ku-band marine satellite communications antenna on the market and is designed to provide faster data speeds (5 Mbps download/2 Mbps upload) than larger marine satellite antennas.

The TracPhone V3-HTS’s fast data speeds, combined with its diminutive size, make Internet connectivity and HD-quality streaming available aboard smaller powerboats and sailboats along with commercial vessels, such as workboats and offshore fishing boats, that do not have room for a larger satellite communications antenna.

KVH designed and engineered the TracPhone V3-HTS specifically for KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadbandsm HTS network. This advanced maritime network offers unmatched speed and coverage using new next-generation high-throughput satellites (HTS) from Intelsat’s global network with additional satellite capacity from SKY Perfect JSAT, all of which is fully integrated under the IntelsatOne Flex for Maritime platform. KVH is the maritime VSAT market share leader by fielded units, according to an independent industry report by Euroconsult.

“KVH’s HTS network changes the game for communications on boats,” says Todd Tally, general manager of Atlantic Marine Electronics, a leading marine systems installer based in Fort Lauderdale. “Incredibly fast, robust, and reliable, this service and the TracPhone HTS antennas allow our customers to enjoy Internet connections, streaming movies and TV, voice calls, video chats, and more.”

The TracPhone V3-HTS is the second HTS antenna design from KVH, which introduced the 60 cm diameter Ku-band TracPhone V7-HTS last year. During the development of both antennas, KVH worked closely with satellite operator Intelsat, which recently upgraded its IntelsatOne Flex platform to support smaller antennas, in anticipation of the release of KVH’s 37 cm terminal. IntelsatOne Flex is a managed service that offers multi-layered global coverage by leveraging Intelsat EpicNG high-throughput satellites (HTS) and select wide beams. The TracPhone V3-HTS is manufactured by KVH at its headquarters in Middletown, Rhode Island.

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Solis Marine Consultants Appoints Former Braemar Salvage Association MD

London-based Solis Marine Consultant has announced the appointment of Nigel Clark to its senior management team.

Nigel Clark, who until recently was Managing Director of Braemar Salvage Association, will assist the Solis management team with the preparation and implementation of a strategic plan for the further expansion of the Group. He brings to the organisation over 30 years of experience within marine consultancy and within the oil and gas sectors. Apart from previously heading up Braemar Salvage Association, he was also a past Finance Director at the London Marine Group.

Established in 2012, Solis is an independent company providing expert witness and all types of incident investigation services as well as salvage support, SCR attendances and casualty management to the maritime industry.

Welcoming his appointment, John Simpson, Senior Partner at Solis Marine, said: “We are delighted to have Nigel join us to strengthen the management team as we continue with our plans to grow Solis Marine and prepare for the next phase of our development. Nigel’s advice and guidance, based on his experience and knowledge of the industry, will be invaluable and we look forward to working with him.”

On his new position Mr Clark responded: “Solis has built an excellent reputation within the industry, especially with regard to its salvage and wreck removal management services and for its expert witness work. It has some exciting ideas for further growth and I look forward to helping the company achieve its goals.”

Solis Marine has offices in London, Singapore and Shanghai and has plans to open further offices in strategic locations in the near future.

Britannia announces a further USD10m Capital Distribution and no General Increase for 2019/20

At its Members’ Representative Committee and Board Meetings on 16 October in Hamburg, Britannia P&I Club announced that for 2019/20 there would be no General Increase to its advance call for P&I Members. In addition, Britannia continues to set its release calls for open policy years at nil.

A further USD10m capital distribution was also announced to P&I mutual Members based on premium for ships on risk at midnight BST 16 October 2018.

Likewise, there will be no General Increase for 2019/20 to its advance call on FD&D. To further support its FD&D Members, from 2019/20 Britannia will cap at USD150,000 individual Members’ one-third contribution towards the cost of any FD&D claim.

“Britannia’s strong capital position means that, since October 2016, we have been able to return USD75m in deferred call waivers and capital distributions to Members, while seeking no General Increase in P&I for the past three years or FD&D for the past five years,” said Nigel Palmer OBE, Chairman of Britannia.

“In the same period, we have enhanced our service offering in Asia whilst establishing a presence in Greece and Denmark. This underlines the Club’s commitment to its Members by continuing to provide the highest quality service.”

“Standard & Poor’s have recently reconfirmed Britannia’s strong financial performance and positive capital position with an A (stable) rating. Prudent yet proactive financial management by the Managers has enabled both Members and the Association to benefit from positive returns” said Jo Rodgers, CFO of Tindall Riley (Britannia) Limited.