People Power and New Technologies Debated at First InterManager Ship Managers’ Forum

Blockchain in the shipping industry, the safety culture among crew members, and the changing world of maritime payments were all debated at InterManager’s First Interactive Ship Managers’ Forum this week.
The conference, held on Monday, February 5,, was opened by Gary Pogson, Lead Specialist, Marine & Offshore Innovation Team, at Lloyd’s Register. Mr Pogson posed the question ‘distributed ledger for engineered systems – hype or hope?’
“A lot of the hype over the past year or so has been driven by ICOs or Initial Coin Offerings, facilitated by smart contract capabilities on blockchain platforms such as Ethereum – this is the new crowdfunding and the numbers are significant,” he said.
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Hill Dickinson announces new partner appointment for Singapore office

Malhotra_Sumeet_imageInternational law firm Hill Dickinson is pleased to announce that partner Sumeet Malhotra has joined its Singapore office.

Sumeet is qualified as an advocate in India and as a solicitor in England & Wales. He began his career as an advocate at the Mumbai Bar, practicing at a Chambers which specialised in shipping and commodity trading matters.

He went on to occupy an in-house position at Bernhard Schulte Shipping in Hong Kong, where he dealt with charterparty disputes, marine casualties, crew compensation claims, piracy matters and ship manager’s liability claims.

More recently, Sumeet has worked at senior in-house positions at Cargill, and at Noble Group in Singapore, where he has dealt with dry shipping matters, commodity trade disputes and transactional matters involving commodity trading and commodity-backed structured trade finance.

Commenting on Sumeet’s appointment Tony Goldsmith, partner, master mariner and Singapore office head, said: “Given his affiliation with the region, Sumeet will be working with our dry shipping and trade sub-team to build our commodity trading and trade finance advisory and disputes practice across Singapore and South/South-East Asia.”

The sub-team now comprises six senior lawyers including Andrew Lee (partner) and Shanna Ghose (legal director) as well as a growing team of associates.

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Liverpool in Limelight at Global Shipping Event

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Liverpool’s potential for inward investment will be showcased at a conference next month being held as part of London International Shipping Week.

The city region is one of the fastest growing in England and the UK’s second largest regional economy worth, more than £156.8 billion. The event aims to build on the momentum generated by recent major developments in the city, such as, the regeneration of the waterfront, the opening of the Liverpool2 container terminal, the expansion of the Knowledge Quarter innovation district and the creation of a centre for maritime skills and entrepreneurship.

Hosted by industry body Mersey Maritime and chaired by TV presenter Louise Minchin, ‘Investing in a connected future’ will take place in the Willis Building on 12th September during one of the global maritime industry’s biggest trade events.

 

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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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Jamaica Launches its Candidature For Election onto IMO Council

Left to right: Rear Admiral Peter Brady, Director General Maritime Authority of Jamaica; Senator, the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade; the Hon L. Michael Henry, Minister of Transport and Mining.

Left to right: Rear Admiral Peter Brady, Director General Maritime Authority of Jamaica; Senator, the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade; the Hon L. Michael Henry, Minister of Transport and Mining.

Jamaica launched its bid to be elected to Category ‘C’ of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Council last Thursday (2 February) – in a move to position Jamaica as a ‘viable maritime hub’.

Addressing specially invited guests, Jamaica’s Minister of Transport and Mining The Honourable L. Michael Henry CD MP said: “I am very pleased to be associated with yet another event which is designed to showcase Jamaica in a positive light. We consider our bid to be elected to Category ‘C’ of the IMO as a strategic move in order to raise our maritime profile in this governing body.

“Jamaica when viewed through the lens of the international maritime community and especially by virtue of our signatory status of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea – we are responsible for discharging three types of jurisdiction under the maritime treaties to which we are a party.

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MCTC Signs Catering Training Contract With Exmar Ship Management

Christian IoannouGlobal training provider Marine Catering Training Consultancy (MCTC) has signed a two-year contract with EXMAR Ship Management, through its catering managers VAN HULLE Catering, to provide training to crew members on 34 of its ships.

MCTC, which specialises in the training of multi-national crew all over the world on all aspects of cuisine and galley safety, made the agreement through VAN HULLE Catering, global specialists in maritime provision and services, based in Antwerp.

Cyprus-based MCTC will focus on implementing its successful Catering Competency Development Programme, using an expert team of culinary consultants to guide the crew members through the training programme.

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Mersey Maritime Announces Finalists in Industry Awards

The finalists of the 2017 Mersey Maritime Industry Awards (MMIAs) have been announced.

The winners will be revealed at a prestigious black tie dinner that will have a Ministerial presence and promises to bring together the best of the maritime industry right across the Maritime, Logistics and Energy spectrum in the region.

The MMIAs are organised by sector representative body Mersey Maritime and the Awards recognise the excellence and diversity that exists across all sectors of the maritime industry in the North West.

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Dualog Launches Innovation Garage To Challenge The Boundaries Of IT Innovation

Chief Executive Officer at Dualog, Morten Lind-Olsen

Chief Executive Officer at Dualog, Morten Lind-Olsen

Dualog, one of the world’s leading providers of ship-to-shore data communications services, is challenging the boundaries of smart thinking in the shipping industry by launching a company that aims to change the way software providers deliver IT solutions to the global shipping industry.

Known as Innovation Garage, the new entity will draw on the skills and talents of the best IT developers in the business to deliver the highly innovative products and solutions that tomorrow’s shipping industry will nee

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Hill Dickinson Further Strengthens Marine Practice

International law firm Hill Dickinson has reached an agreement that will bring the shipping practice of Swinnerton Moore LLP to the firm.

The agreement is expected to be finalised by the end of February and will see founding partners Tony Swinnerton and Lewis Moore join Hill Dickinson’s City of London office. Tony and Lewis bring with them an established roster of distinguished clients from across the international marine market.

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Mersey Maritime Gears Up For Third Industry Awards

Mersey Maritime CEO Chris Shirling-Rooke

Mersey Maritime CEO Chris Shirling-Rooke

Plans are underway for the highly-anticipated Mersey Maritime Industry Awards (MMIA) 2017 with the four Diamond Sponsors and the Drinks Sponsor already secured for the third annual event.

The MMIAs are organised by sector representative body Mersey Maritime, and the Awards recognise the excellence and diversity that exists across all sectors of the maritime industry in the North West and the Isle of Man.

The 2017 MMIAs’ four Diamond Sponsors are demolition and remediation experts Beech Group, Liverpool John Moores University, port operator Peel Ports Group, and training provider in the maritime industry Stream Marine Training.

 

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Changes And Challenges Are Tough On The World’s Ship Masters

Bullying, micro-management of his activities and the threat of going to jail while doing his job, remain major pressures for the Masters of merchant ships – and the situation is getting worse.

‘Masters Under Attack – Authority and Responsibility in an Age of Instant Access’ was the topic discussed by an expert panel at the Cadwallader Debate, organised by the London Shipping Law Centre (LSLC), at Drapers’ Hall, London.

 The panel, chaired by Lord Clarke of Stone-cum-Ebony, consisted of Debate Moderator Captain Kuba Szymanski, Secretary General of InterManager; Michael Chalos, Partner at K&L Gates LLP (New York); Michael Kelleher, Director at West of England P&I Club; Jeff Lantz, Director of Commercial Regulations and Standards at the US Coast Guard; and Faz Peermohamed, Partner and Head of Global Shipping at Ince & Co.

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Less Authority But More Responsibility: A Growing Problem For Ship Masters?

LSLC Council Member Michael Grey

LSLC Council Member Michael Grey

The position of the Ship Master, apparently enshrined in centuries of law, custom and practice, is showing evidence of strain in the light of 21st century ship operation and management. The Master’s traditional authority is widely perceived as being diminished while responsibility is being increased, frequently in matters over which he has little or no control.

 Is the role of the Master under attack? How has his authority and responsibilities been affected in an age of instant communication between ship and shore, and a growing volume of laws and regulations affecting the way the Master runs his ship?  These are the core questions for the 14th Cadwallader Debate and Dinner to consider at Drapers’ Hall, London on October 26th. The event is being organised by the London Shipping Law Centre (LSLC) Maritime Business Forum.

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Shipping Minister confirmed as special guest at Mersey Maritime Industry Awards

Robert Goodwill MP, Minister of State at the Department for Transport and the UK Shipping Minister, has been announced as the guest of honour at the 2016 Mersey Maritime Industry Awards (MMIAs).

The awards, which celebrate the excellence and diversity that exists across all sectors of the maritime community in the North West, are in their second year following a successful inaugural event in 2015. Read more

Norbulk Shipping Implements Cloud Technology Solutions

Leading ship management company Norbulk Shipping is already seeing the benefits from embracing the move towards paperless ships.

The Glasgow-based ship manager explored several options before deciding to move its IT systems to ‘the cloud,’ via the cloud migrator for Google, Cloud Technology Solutions.

A need for the industry to move to the digital world has been recognised by InterManager, the international trade association for in-house and third party ship managers, which believes the burden of administrative tasks falling on seafarers in today’s shipping industry is significant.

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Global Security Threats Assessed And Displayed Round The Clock In New Interative Map

 

Riskmap

Ship owners and managers can now view what security threats a country poses to shipping lines with the click of a button thanks to a new live interactive map.

The security and risk mapping system RiskMap provides a new and unique way of viewing and categorising up-to-the-minute security threats from around the world.

RiskMap automatically analyses thousands of news articles every day, by assessing the threat posed, classifying the risk and identifying the location. It automatically summarises articles of interest by selecting the most important information that is relevant to the event. It can also understand large amounts of data quickly and efficiently.

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BBC Presenter Louise Minchin To Host Mersey Maritime’s Annual Awards Ceremony

Television presenter Louise Minchin will be welcomed back as the host of the second Mersey Maritime Industry Awards.

British journalist and BBC news reader Louise will present the ceremony that celebrates the best of maritime businesses in the North West and Isle of Man.

The event is organised by Mersey Maritime – the maritime cluster organisation that represents more than 1,700 businesses in the north-west of England – and follows on from the success of last year’s inaugural Mersey Maritime Industry Awards (MMIAs) in March 2015.

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Mersey Maritime Announces Finalists For Industry Awards

The finalists of the 2016 Mersey Maritime Industry Awards (MMIAs) have been announced.

The winners will be announced at a prestigious black tie dinner that will have a Ministerial presence and promises to bring together the best of the maritime industry right across the maritime, logistics and energy spectrum in the region.

The MMIAs are organised by sector representative body Mersey Maritime and the awards recognise the excellence and diversity that exists across all sectors of the maritime industry in the North West.

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Bastion International Launches Online Tool Linking PMSCs With Potential Clients

From left to right Karl Busuttil (Managing Partner), Sean Busuttil Cordina (Managing Partner), James Busuttil (Partner), Jesmond Spiteri (Head of Development).

From left to right Karl Busuttil (Managing Partner), Sean Busuttil Cordina (Managing Partner), James Busuttil (Partner), Jesmond Spiteri (Head of Development).

Ship owners and managers now have the chance to choose the most cost-effective private maritime security company (PMSC) to protect their ships via a new online tool that has been launched.

The online programme, known as Marsec Manager, is the brainchild of Bastion International, a maritime security brokerage company offering cost-effective security solutions to shipping companies from some of the best providers in the industry.

Marsec Manager enables users to compare different PMSCs in terms of pricing and what they can offer before deciding which security solution is best for them.

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Mersey Maritime Announces Drinks Sponsor For Annual Awards Ceremony

Mersey Maritime CEO Chris Shirling-Rooke

Mersey Maritime CEO Chris Shirling-Rooke

Law firm Hill Dickinson has been announced as the reception drinks sponsor for the annual Mersey Maritime Industry Awards (MMIA)s for the second consecutive year.

The MMIAs are organised by sector representative body Mersey Maritime, and the awards recognise the excellence and diversity that exists across all sectors of the maritime industry in the North West.

The 2016 awards dinner follows the success of its inaugural event last year. The closing date for applications has now passed, with the number of entries increased by almost 60 per cent since 2015.

Chris Shirling-Rooke, CEO of Mersey Maritime, said: “We are delighted that Hill Dickinson has agreed to sponsor the drinks reception for the second year running. Our inaugural event last year was a huge success. This can be seen by the fact that when we sent out information about the 2016 awards, tickets literally sold out overnight.

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