CARGO CARE SOLUTIONS LAUNCHES NEW HYDRAULICS WORKSHOP TO SERVE AS EUROPEAN NERVE CENTRE FOR REPAIRS

Cargo Care Solutions (CCS), the hatch cover and Ro-Ro equipment specialists has opened a hydraulics workshop in response to the growing demand by ship owners for maintenance and repair of their hydraulic deck equipment.

The company’s first workshop, which is near its Rotterdam headquarters, will serve as the hydraulic nerve centre for CCS’ European operations, offering specialist services, including repair and service for hatch covers, RoRo-equipment, watertight doors, winches and deck cranes.

Cargo Care Hydraulics also offers its services for port cranes and hydraulic equipment and offshore platforms and workboats. Aside to having facilities for offsite repairs, Cargo Care Hydraulics also offers its clients onsite repairs and troubleshooting. . It can assist clients in the entire process from dismantling the equipment to building it back in and make the hydraulic system operational again.

CCS’ CEO Peter Peltenburg says: “We are delighted to open this hydraulics workshop as part of CCS’ continued commitment to ensuring that vessels are safe and cargo is secure through its transportation. Our close partnership with ship owners has allowed us to directly invest in sustainability initiatives, guaranteeing a vessel’s performance.

“The workshop will offer unique inspection, service and repair facilities for hydraulic equipment such as cylinders, pumps, motors and valves.  It is designed to make full and efficient use of modern technologies, as even minor problems with a hydraulic system can trigger a chain reaction through the entire system. By using this facility our customers can be sure of the level of service they expect from us.”

MAJ Welcomes New IMO Secretary-General

The Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ) has welcomed the appointment of Mr Ki-tack Lim of the Republic of Korea as the incoming Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organisation.

Jamaica has been a Category C member of the IMO Council since 2007 and its Director General, Rear Admiral Peter Brady, chaired the IMO’s Standards of Training & Watchkeeping (STW) Sub Committee for almost 10 years and was Chairman of the Committee of the Whole at the Diplomatic Conference in Manila which amended the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) and STCW Code.

Congratulating Mr Lim on his election as Secretary General elect of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Admiral Brady said: “Mr Lim Ki-tack brings great value to the position with a wealth of experience, education and training as a Master mariner, graduate of the Korean Maritime University and the World Maritime University; and as an executive manager with the Government in the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs. He is currently the CEO and President of the Busan Port Authority. He was Minister Counsellor at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, UK and was also Chairman of the IMO’s Flag State Implementation Sub Committee. We look forward to working with him on global maritime matters”.

Jamaica’s membership in Category C enhances its capacity and that of the Region to contribute to major policy decisions, rule-making and the development of standards including representing the maritime interests of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in order to implement port, coastal and flag State obligations

Esben Poulsson Appointed As New SSA President

Association undergoes brand transformation to reflect its vision for the future

Esben Poulsson has been appointed as the new President of the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) after the newly elected SSA Council (2015/2017) was voted into place at the Association’s Annual General Meeting yesterday (30 June 2015). The new Council elected him as successor to the outgoing SSA President Patrick Phoon.

Paying tribute to the work of the SSA and the Council, Mr Poulsson said: “I am honoured and humbled to be appointed President of this active and vibrant organisation, consisting in excess of 470 member companies.

“And as the SSA turns 30 years old, I would like to pay tribute to the work of the many Members who have served tirelessly on the Council and standing committees over the years, and, in particular, to my predecessor Patrick Phoon, who has served on the Council for no less than 24 years, the last four as President. His boundless energy, enthusiasm and sheer passion for our industry is there for all to see and stepping into his shoes will be a huge task for me – albeit he leaves the Association in good shape, and ready for the many challenges ahead. It is almost impossible to exaggerate his massive contribution to the SSA over so many years.

“I hope, during my tenure, to justify the faith the Council and membership has placed in me, I look forward to helping to represent our members’ interests to the best of my ability, and to continue our constructive relations with government agencies and other industry partners in Singapore and overseas in promoting and maintaining Singapore’s position as a leading International Maritime Centre.”

He added: “I feel our hard working Secretariat, ably led by Executive Director Michael Phoon, stands ready to help drive current initiatives forward, and to implement new initiatives introduced by the Council.”

INTRODUCING SSA COUNCIL (2015/2017)
The 19th SSA Annual General Meeting announced that the seven Ordinary Members nominated for the 2015/2017 Council, who were predominantly from the previous Council, were returned unopposed. The seven Members are:

Member Company Represented By

1 A. P. Moller Singapore Pte Ltd Mr. Rene Piil Pedersen,
Managing Director

2 Enesel Pte Ltd Mr. Esben Poulsson,
Chairman

3 Hong Lam Marine Pte Ltd Ms. Caroline Yang,
Executive Director and Head of Legal & Finance,
Safety & Training, Administration and Human Resources

4 IMC Industrial Group Mr. Lim Sim Keat
Managing Director, Dry Transport Logistics

5 Iseaco Holdings Pte Ltd Ms. Katie Men,
Managing Director

6 Pacific Carriers Ltd Mr. Tan Chin Hee,
Executive Director

7 Pacific International Lines (Pte) Ltd Ms. Lisa Teo,
Executive Director (Corporate Development)

From amongst the seven Councillors, they appointed the following as office bearers of the SSA Council (2015/2017):

President: Mr. Esben Poulsson

Honorary Secretary: Ms. Lisa Teo

Treasurer: Mr. Tan Chin Hee

A further six SSA Ordinary and Associate members, may be co-opted into the new Council. The finalised list of SSA Council Members for the 2015-2017 term and their appointments will be released by mid-July 2015.
Patrick Phoon, outgoing SSA President, said: “Over the past four years, I have received tremendous support from all my fellow Council Members, who have selflessly committed their time and effort towards furthering the objectives and interests of the SSA. Their dedication, drive and hard work, often went beyond the call of duty, of which I am most grateful for. After 24 years in the Council, I leave with a touch of sadness, but am happy that the Association has grown in stature into a force to be reckoned with! I am proud to hand over a thriving association to the new SSA President. I hope you will give Esben the same enthusiastic support that you have given me.”

SSA’S NEW LOGO
The Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) marks 30 years of service to the maritime industry this year. As an active voice representing 475 corporate members and growing, the SSA has been a positive force in representing the industry’s views at home and abroad.
The SSA has been actively engaged and working in synergy with its members and key stakeholders in dealing with issues of importance to the industry; in particular, the long-term interests of enhancing Singapore’s status as an International Maritime Centre.
To reflect the Association’s vision and drive as it embarks on its next lap, the SSA has rebranded itself with a new logo and embraced the tagline “Navigating the Future”. This was launched at the SSA’s cocktail reception held on the evening of the AGM at the Marina Mandarin Singapore with over 400 people from its membership and maritime community in attendance.
At the launch, newly-elected SSA President, Mr Poulsson said: “It is my honour to share with you our Association’s new brand identity that will inspire us to work towards our next milestones. The tagline “Navigating the Future”, was chosen to show the direction that the association will be heading – towards strengthening Singapore’s status as a leading International Maritime Centre, which will benefit all of us in the maritime community. This brand transformation represents where the association is today and our vision for the future.”

HILL DICKINSON HOLDS 7TH ANNUAL UK PORTS CONFERENCE

On Tuesday 23rd June international law firm Hill Dickinson LLP will be holding its UK Ports Conference focusing on ‘The Future of UK Ports: changing regulation, shipping trend updates and new opportunities in the supply chain’.

The 7th Annual UK Ports Conference will allow senior representatives from across the ports, shipping and maritime sector to network and discuss policy updates, shipping trends and the latest logistics and supply chain guidance.

The day will also look at how to approach port development and funding and hear from UK ports on how ports can support the economic development of the local area and the wider UK. Another discussion point will be on EU state aid and the key risk factors are for UK ports.

Speakers include:
• Paul Barker, Country Manager United Kingdom, Unifeeder
• David Balston, Director of Policy, UK Chamber of Shipping
• Simon Bird, Chief Executive, Bristol Port Company, Chairman UKMPG
• Theresa Crossley, Executive Director, UK Major Ports Group
• Neil Davidson, Senior Analyst – Ports & Terminals, Drewry Maritime Research
• Knut Fleckenstein, MEP & Rapporteur on the Port Regulation
• Mike Garratt, Director, MDS Transmodal
• Iven Krämer, Port Economy, Infrastructure & Shipping The Ministry for Economy, Labour & Ports of Bremen
• Alistair Lindsay, Group Commercial Supply Chain & Logistics Director, Tesco
• Jens Nielsen, Commercial Director, Associated British Ports
• Jeremy Robinson, Legal Director, Hill Dickinson
• Dimitrios Theologitis, Head of Unit, Ports & Inland Navigation, DG MOVE
• Peter Ward, Chief Executive, UK Warehousing Association
• Philip Wareham, Legal Director, Hill Dickinson
• Chris Welsh, Director of Global & European Policy, Freight Transport Association
• David Whitehead OBE, Director, British Ports Association
• Linda Willson, Head of Maritime Commerce & Infrastructure, Department for Transport

Maria Pittordis, Hill Dickinson’s Business Group Leader of Marine, Trade and Energy, said: “We have a strong panel of speakers who will be able to provide lots of insight into the industry so the Conference is set to be a very interesting day.”

For further information, please visit: http://www.waterfrontconferencecompany.com/conferences/ports/events/7th-annual-uk-ports-conference

The conference will take place at Hill Dickinson’s London office: The Broadgate Tower, 20 Primrose Street, London EC2A 2EW

Bibby Ship Management Philippines Receives FAME Award

Bibby Ship Management Philippines, Inc, has been recognised by the Filipino Association for Mariners’ Employment Inc (FAME) for its vital role in the development of the Philippine maritime industry.

The company, part of the Bibby Ship Management Group Ltd, received a plaque in recognition of its “active support and loyal affiliation” to the Association for the last 15 years. FAME is celebrating its fourth decade in the maritime manning business.

Jonathan Palma, President/CEO of Bibby Ship Management Philippines, received the award during FAME’s 40th Anniversary celebrations, which culminated in an Appreciation and Recognition Night on Thursday March 19th in the Pandango-Polkabal Ballroom of the Manila Hotel. Business leaders and Government representatives joined together in celebrating the important role FAME has played over the past 40 years and the Philippine industry’s manning success.

Mr Palma said: “Bibby Ship Management takes an active role within the Filipino Association for Mariners’ Employment and we are delighted to be recognised in this way during this time of celebration for the Association. We congratulate FAME on a successful forty years and wish them every success for the coming decade.”

Founded in 1971, the Filipino Association for Mariners’ Employment Inc is the first and largest organization of manning and shipping companies in the Philippines, with 120 regular members and seven associate members. FAME is a successful example of public/private partnership, linking manning companies and government agencies in jointly developing the Philippine maritime sector which contributes almost 30% of the world’s seafarers.

The Association is committed to ensuring high management standards and business ethics. Its membership provides competent, qualified and competitive seafarers to the world’s shipping industry, meeting international maritime standards, and ensuring safe, efficient and environmentally sound vessel operations.

BRAEMAR SA APPOINTS TIM LEWIS AS “DIRECTOR, PORTS & HARBOURS”

Braemar (Incorporating The Salvage Association), (“Braemar SA”), the international multi-disciplinary marine surveyors and consultants, has announced that Mr Tim Lewis has today been appointed to the newly created position of “Director, Ports & Harbours”. Mr Lewis holds a masters degree in Civil and Maritime Engineering, and a masters degree in Business Administration, and joins Braemar SA from another leading marine consultancy where he held a similar position for many years.

Mr Lewis has been a marine consultant for over 25 years and is a Fellow of both the Institution of Civil Engineers and The Royal Institution of Naval Architects. His early career focussed on the design, analysis and warranty of structures for ports, inshore and offshore projects, whilst over the last 15 years he has focussed on providing expert opinion to marine solicitors, P&I Clubs, terminal owners and insurers. He advises on issues such as the extent of damage, repair methods, repair costs and methods of mitigation. He also provides expert opinion on unsafe berth cases considering aspects such as jetty layout, fendering, moorings and structural adequacy. He has acted on nearly 100 dock damage and marine incidents around the world and has on many occasions given expert evidence in court and arbitration hearings. He has also undertaken numerous shipping studies, operational simulations and delay analyses for several ports and projects. Aspects considered include risk analysis of the proposed developments, vessel throughput, berth occupancy and downtime, optimal dredged depth and optimisation of tug and pilot numbers.

Ports & Harbours is a new business line within Braemar SA’s marine consultancy practice and is further evidence of the Company’s commitment to growing its marine consultancy capability. Based in the Company’s London office Mr Lewis will be responsible for expanding the Ports & Harbours business globally and additional recruitment to the team will follow.

Nigel Clark, Braemar SA Managing Director, said; “I am delighted we have been able to attract a marine professional of Tim’s calibre to Braemar SA to head up our new Ports & Harbours technical consultancy. Tim is extremely well regarded within the industry and under his direction we anticipate being able to offer clients a very creditable and professional alternative to their current providers of the full range of these services going forward. Tim will continue to use his technical engineering and expert witness skills and experience to personally handle disputes and cases on behalf of clients whilst also managing what we expect will be a rapid growth of the newly formed Ports & Harbours department within Braemar SA.”

Braemar SA operates via a global network of offices and is a leading provider of hull & machinery damage surveys, general marine surveys, risk management services and marine consultancy services to the shipping, marine insurance, maritime law and offshore energy industries. The Company is a part of the Braemar shipping Services plc group of companies and a member of the Technical Services Division.

PORT & SHIPYARD FAMILIARISATION COURSES HELP DEVELOP EXPERT KNOWLEDGE FOR MARINE PROFESSIONALS

Marine insurance professionals have a number of opportunities this year to go behind the scenes at ports in Piraeus, Greece, Falmouth, UK and Singapore, to understand at first-hand the technical aspects of damage encountered in marine losses, as well as their surveying, investigating and reporting techniques.

Hosted free of charge by Braemar (Incorporating The Salvage Association), (“Braemar SA”) each course will enable invited participants from the marine insurance market the opportunity to gain basic practical knowledge and background which will help them to interpret surveyor’s reports when dealing with marine claims and insurance.

Braemar SA has been running this popular initiative for many years, reinforcing its commitment to the industry by providing background knowledge and understanding to marine insurance professionals on important aspects of ship construction, shipyard operations, and their repair procedures.

The courses offered for 2015 include:
Port & Shipyard Familiarisation 3 Day Course, Piraeus, May
• Tour of local dry and floating docks
• Tour of Perama repair zone to see underwater hull sections and slipway where vessel is under construction
• Visit to Elefsis Shipyards
• Guided tour of a Hellenic Navy Fast Attack Craft
• Potential guided tour of a Mega Yacht
• Visit to Drapetsona repair zone and guided tour of inter-island ferry, seeing a full active engine room
• Trip to local machinery workshop to see engine components under repair
• Opportunity to board local salvage tug to see towing and salvage equipment

Port & Shipyard Familiarisation 2 Day Course, Falmouth, May
• Tour of A&P Falmouth shipyard operations, including dry dock and repair workshops
• Guided tour of local superyacht building yard
• Boat trip around anchorage to see ships being bunkered and in lay-up
• A visit to the MCA Marine Coastguards and tour of their local facilities and operations

Port & Shipyard Familiarisation Course, Singapore, November
• One-day intensive course
• Visit to ship under repair
• Course partners include Smit International and Sembawang Shipyard

All the above itineraries are subject to availability and weather conditions nearer the time.

All of the courses include a range of technical presentations given by industry specialists and Braemar SA’s technical personnel. Feedback from previous participants has been extremely positive with attendees praising the level of detailed information delivered and the superb opportunities for vessel and port visits provided.

Nigel Clark, Managing Director of Braemar SA, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer these courses. We believe the detailed industry knowledge provided by our free courses benefits all participants who gain a deeper understanding of all aspects of marine claims and we are pleased to be able to provide this service for the benefit of the shipping community.”

SSA’S INVOLVEMENT IN MARITIME WEEK SET TO BENEFIT SHIPPING INDUSTRY AND COMMUNITY IN SINGAPORE

The Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) is fully committed to showcase the vibrancy and diversity of Singapore Maritime Week (SMW) which will run from 19 – 24 April 2015. The Association will be hosting and participating in a multitude of maritime related events, ranging from high-profile meetings discussing key issues affecting the maritime industry, to business networking and corporate social responsibility.

The SSA’s Young Executives Group (YEG) will kick start the week by volunteering at the Willing Hearts Soup Kitchen on Saturday 18 April, prior to the launch of SMW. Some 60 shipping industry volunteers will assist in the preparation, cooking and packing of food to be distributed to the less fortunate beneficiaries across the island that day.

On Monday 20 April, SSA will co-host an industry forum with the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) to discuss the issue of ‘Maritime Regulatory Landscape – 2015 and beyond’.
ICS Chairman Mr Masamichi Morooka will be delivering a keynote speech, whereby he will address key concerns of maritime transportation, with a focus on compliance from the shipowners’ perspective. He will also discuss the impact of environmental legislation on shipping and review some of the recent environmental regulations adopted, agreed or under development at the IMO.

Working through the ICS and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), SSA has been actively contributing to discussions at the IMO, including the Ballast Water Convention.

A discussion panel will ensue, chaired by SSA Honorary Secretary and ICS Vice Chairman Mr Esben Poulsson. Other panelists include ICS Secretary General Mr Peter Hinchliffe, Chairman of the SSA Maritime Security Sub-committee Capt. George Solomon and Mr Morooka himself.

Immediately following the forum discussion will be a presentation ceremony of the United States Coast Guard’s AMVER Awards. The Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue System (AMVER) is a computer-based voluntary global ship reporting system used worldwide by search and rescue authorities to arrange for assistance to persons in distress at sea. The AMVER Awards Program recognises those vessels which regularly participate in the AMVER system and awards them coloured pennants in recognition of that ship and company’s commitment to safety at sea. At this ceremony, some 90 Singapore based companies will receive AMVER awards for the 1,250 ships under their care.

On Wednesday 22 April, 80 representatives of SSA member companies will embark on an exclusive “Maritime Learning Journey” to gain further insights into Maritime Singapore. Starting off with a tour of the Singapore Maritime Gallery, participants will go on to visit restricted access areas – such as, Keppel Shipyard’s extensive ship and rig building facilities, as well as a ferry ride to Raffles Lighthouse on Pulau Satumu, Singapore’s southernmost island, for a once-in-lifetime climb up its 160-year old lighthouse tower.

SSA President, Mr Patrick Phoon, said: “Singapore Maritime Week is a high profile and influential occasion and the Singapore Shipping Association is pleased to be playing a significant role in ensuring that this wide range of events benefits both the maritime industry and the Singapore community as a whole.”

SSA APPOINTS NEW TECHNICAL DIRECTOR TO OVERSEE ITS INTERNATIONAL MARITIME TECHNICAL OBLIGATIONS

The Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) has appointed a full time Technical Director who will be responsible for ensuring the Association maintains its pledge of delivering a high level of technical advice and service to its members against a rapidly changing international regulatory landscape.

Capt Ang Chin Eng, who joins the SSA today (April 15th), has over 40 years of experience in the maritime sector initially as a Seafarer, Port Captain and, later, as an Academic. He is a qualified Master Mariner (NZ) and an Accountant – FCA (Singapore) and FCPA (Australia). He holds an MBA from the University of Queensland, the MCILT (UK), and the OND in Nautical Science (UK).

In his capacity as Technical Director, Capt Ang is tasked to:
• Monitor and raise visibility on technical, legal/policy matters that affect the maritime industry
• Manage and articulate on technical, legal/policy with SSA members
• Liaise with relevant industry bodies and government organizations to facilitate co-operation between different sectors of the maritime industry
• Be responsible for managing the SSA Secretariat’s obligations of Maritime/Shipping compliance matters
• Identify technical trends, develop programs / initiatives / activities to enhance SSA members’ knowledge
• Act as Secretary to various SSA technical committees
• Develop training course materials / contents and conduct training deemed relevant to maritime needs
• Build an in-house library of technical advisory / papers / reference materials for SSA members
• Act as an advisor on all technical content in secretariat corporate communications and publicity matters
• As and when required, serve as a technical advisor to the SSA Executive Director in his capacity as FASA (Federation of ASEAN Shipowners Associations) Secretary General and ASF (Asian Shipowners Forum) Safe Navigation and Environment Committee Secretary

Capt Ang has been in academia over the last 20 years and was, until recently, the course manager of the Diploma in Maritime Business and, earlier, the Diploma in Nautical Studies. His other poly-wide contributions earned him the Singapore Polytechnic (SP) Excellence in Teaching Award. He was the Lecturer-in-Charge of SP Yachting Centre and oversaw all sailing activities. He is a qualified NCAP Level 3 Coach (Theory).

He has always maintained close links with the industry. He served extensively on the Council of the Singapore Nautical Institute (SNI) holding a number of key appointments including Honorary Secretary, President and finally as Honorary Advisor. During this time, he authored/presented a number of technical reports. At the national level and on a voluntary basis, he served as Member, Technical Committee for Bunkering, SPRING Singapore & Working Group on Code of Practice for Bunker Surveyors. At the international level, he served as a Competent Person to the IMO STCW Panel of Expert. On a voluntary basis, he commandeered the civil resource units deployed to clean-up two of Singapore’s worst oil spills caused by Evoikos/Orapin Global and the Natuna Sea.

SSA APPOINTS NEW TECHNICAL DIRECTOR TO OVERSEE ITS INTERNATIONAL MARITIME TECHNICAL OBLIGATIONS

The Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) has appointed a full time Technical Director who will be responsible for ensuring the Association maintains its pledge of delivering a high level of technical advice and service to its members against a rapidly changing international regulatory landscape.

Capt Ang Chin Eng, who joins the SSA today (April 15th), has over 40 years of experience in the maritime sector initially as a Seafarer, Port Captain and, later, as an Academic. He is a qualified Master Mariner (NZ) and an Accountant – FCA (Singapore) and FCPA (Australia). He holds an MBA from the University of Queensland, the MCILT (UK), and the OND in Nautical Science (UK).

In his capacity as Technical Director, Capt Ang is tasked to:
• Monitor and raise visibility on technical, legal/policy matters that affect the maritime industry
• Manage and articulate on technical, legal/policy with SSA members
• Liaise with relevant industry bodies and government organizations to facilitate co-operation between different sectors of the maritime industry
• Be responsible for managing the SSA Secretariat’s obligations of Maritime/Shipping compliance matters
• Identify technical trends, develop programs / initiatives / activities to enhance SSA members’ knowledge
• Act as Secretary to various SSA technical committees
• Develop training course materials / contents and conduct training deemed relevant to maritime needs
• Build an in-house library of technical advisory / papers / reference materials for SSA members
• Act as an advisor on all technical content in secretariat corporate communications and publicity matters
• As and when required, serve as a technical advisor to the SSA Executive Director in his capacity as FASA (Federation of ASEAN Shipowners Associations) Secretary General and ASF (Asian Shipowners Forum) Safe Navigation and Environment Committee Secretary

Capt Ang has been in academia over the last 20 years and was, until recently, the course manager of the Diploma in Maritime Business and, earlier, the Diploma in Nautical Studies. His other poly-wide contributions earned him the Singapore Polytechnic (SP) Excellence in Teaching Award. He was the Lecturer-in-Charge of SP Yachting Centre and oversaw all sailing activities. He is a qualified NCAP Level 3 Coach (Theory).

He has always maintained close links with the industry. He served extensively on the Council of the Singapore Nautical Institute (SNI) holding a number of key appointments including Honorary Secretary, President and finally as Honorary Advisor. During this time, he authored/presented a number of technical reports. At the national level and on a voluntary basis, he served as Member, Technical Committee for Bunkering, SPRING Singapore & Working Group on Code of Practice for Bunker Surveyors. At the international level, he served as a Competent Person to the IMO STCW Panel of Expert. On a voluntary basis, he commandeered the civil resource units deployed to clean-up two of Singapore’s worst oil spills caused by Evoikos/Orapin Global and the Natuna Sea.

SSA’S INVOLVEMENT IN MARITIME WEEK SET TO BENEFIT SHIPPING INDUSTRY AND COMMUNITY IN SINGAPORE

The Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) is fully committed to showcase the vibrancy and diversity of Singapore Maritime Week (SMW) which will run from 19 – 24 April 2015. The Association will be hosting and participating in a multitude of maritime related events, ranging from high-profile meetings discussing key issues affecting the maritime industry, to business networking and corporate social responsibility.

The SSA’s Young Executives Group (YEG) will kick start the week by volunteering at the Willing Hearts Soup Kitchen on Saturday 18 April, prior to the launch of SMW. Some 60 shipping industry volunteers will assist in the preparation, cooking and packing of food to be distributed to the less fortunate beneficiaries across the island that day.

On Monday 20 April, SSA will co-host an industry forum with the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) to discuss the issue of ‘Maritime Regulatory Landscape – 2015 and beyond’.
ICS Chairman Mr Masamichi Morooka will be delivering a keynote speech, whereby he will address key concerns of maritime transportation, with a focus on compliance from the shipowners’ perspective. He will also discuss the impact of environmental legislation on shipping and review some of the recent environmental regulations adopted, agreed or under development at the IMO.

Working through the ICS and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), SSA has been actively contributing to discussions at the IMO, including the Ballast Water Convention.

A discussion panel will ensue, chaired by SSA Honorary Secretary and ICS Vice Chairman Mr Esben Poulsson. Other panelists include ICS Secretary General Mr Peter Hinchliffe, Chairman of the SSA Maritime Security Sub-committee Capt. George Solomon and Mr Morooka himself.

Immediately following the forum discussion will be a presentation ceremony of the United States Coast Guard’s AMVER Awards. The Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue System (AMVER) is a computer-based voluntary global ship reporting system used worldwide by search and rescue authorities to arrange for assistance to persons in distress at sea. The AMVER Awards Program recognises those vessels which regularly participate in the AMVER system and awards them coloured pennants in recognition of that ship and company’s commitment to safety at sea. At this ceremony, some 90 Singapore based companies will receive AMVER awards for the 1,250 ships under their care.

On Wednesday 22 April, 80 representatives of SSA member companies will embark on an exclusive “Maritime Learning Journey” to gain further insights into Maritime Singapore. Starting off with a tour of the Singapore Maritime Gallery, participants will go on to visit restricted access areas – such as, Keppel Shipyard’s extensive ship and rig building facilities, as well as a ferry ride to Raffles Lighthouse on Pulau Satumu, Singapore’s southernmost island, for a once-in-lifetime climb up its 160-year old lighthouse tower.

SSA President, Mr Patrick Phoon, said: “Singapore Maritime Week is a high profile and influential occasion and the Singapore Shipping Association is pleased to be playing a significant role in ensuring that this wide range of events benefits both the maritime industry and the Singapore community as a whole.”

SHIP OWNERS SHOULD STOP THEIR SEAFARERS EATING FISH CAUGHT WHILE THEIR VESSEL IS AT ANCHOR OR DRIFTING

Allowing seafarers to eat fish they have caught off the side of their ship is a sure way for the crew to contract food poisoning and it can take a whole ship out, according to one of the shipping industry’s leading voices on food quality and catering standards onboard ship.

This comment by Henry Anderson, Consultant Chef and Founder of Marine Catering Services, followed media reports that 14 crew from a Japanese bulker in Canada were hospitalised after they contracted ciguatera fish poisoning which is caused by eating tropical fish that consumed toxin-producing algae.

“When I am onboard vessels training the crew on menu preparation and food hygiene, I give clear instructions to all crew members not to go fishing for fresh fish when ships are at anchor as you don’t know if the fish has been caught in red tides. Nor are you able to detect whether any caught fish has toxins within their system, as that can only be obtained by laboratory examination of the product.

“Ship owners and managers should buy their fish products from reputable suppliers as this proves traceability of the product purchased and complies with due diligence procedures should anyone should become sick. This is also backed up by written food temperature controls in which any meal can be traced back to the menu,” he said.

Ship owners can find themselves privately sued for damages if a claimant can prove that the 1990 Food Act has been breached and due diligence has not been carried out, Mr Anderson warned.

BIBBY SHIP MANAGEMENT WINS ANOTHER NEW CONTRACT

Bibby Ship Management’s reputation as a key player in the offshore sector has been further strengthened through the securing of a contract with Marine Platforms Ltd to manage three support vessels for global use. The vessels will initially be operating in Nigeria but will be managed from Aberdeen.

Bibby Ship Management has been appointed as the technical and crewing manager for Marine Platform Ltd.’s African Vision multi-purpose support vessel; the African Inspiration multi-purpose support vessel; and the platform supply vessel Rem Supplier.

Chris Stone, Chief Operating Officer at Bibby Ship Management, said: “Bibby Ship Management’s focus on the offshore and oil & gas market is going from strength to strength and I’m pleased that our reputation for delivering excellence is being recognised. The African Inspiration and Rem Supplier came into our full management earlier this year and the African Vision will follow in the next few months. This is a great achievement for the team and we are looking forward to continuing to work in partnership with Marine Platforms Ltd.”

BRAEMAR SA OPENS NEW OFFICE IN TURKEY

Braemar (incorporating The Salvage Association), (“Braemar SA”), the international multi-disciplinary marine surveyors and consultants, has created a permanent presence in Turkey through the establishment of a new subsidiary Company and the opening of an office in Istanbul. The office is currently based in the Besiktas district of the city but will be moving to new premises in the Kadikoy district in the near future.

Uluç Mӧrek has joined Braemar SA and will be the resident staff surveyor and manager of the Istanbul office. Uluç is a qualified naval architect and marine engineer and he has significant experience of working within shipyards on major repairs of all types of vessels and of conversion projects. Fluent in both Turkish and English Uluç has previously acted as a repair planning engineer and a superintendent engineer. The Istanbul office will be supported by experienced Braemar SA staff already based in the region and further local staff surveyors will be appointed in due course.

Nigel Clark, Braemar SA Managing Director, said; “We regularly undertake surveys, risk management instructions and consultancy assignments in and around Istanbul and the establishment of an office there with staff surveyors on site will enable us to better serve both our local and our international clients. We are seeing an increased level of activity within the Eastern Mediterranean/Black Sea region in general, and within Turkey in particular, and our new Istanbul office will complement our existing regional offices in Varna (Bulgaria) and Piraeus (Greece). Together these three offices will be able to offer the full range of our marine surveying, casualty investigation, consultancy, marine warranty and risk management services to clients on a local basis. We see Turkey as a key location for our services going forward and we expect to recruit further staff surveyors for the Istanbul office in the near future.”

Braemar SA operates via a global network of offices and is a leading provider of hull & machinery damage surveys, general marine surveys, risk management services and marine consultancy services to the shipping, marine insurance, maritime law and offshore energy industries. The Company is a part of the Braemar shipping Services plc group of companies and a member of the Technical Services Division.

MERSEY MARITIME ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF INDUSTRY AWARDS

Mersey Maritime, a maritime cluster representing more than 1,700 businesses in the North West, is proud to announce the winners of its inaugural Industry Awards which were held at a black tie event at Wallasey Town Hall on the Wirral.

There were 9 winners on the night in categories ranging from Best Newcomer to BUsiness of the Year Award. The winners were:

– Ambassador of the Year (Sponsored by Cammell Laird) – Jim Teasdale, CEO – Mersey Maritime Group
– Best Newcomer (Sponsored by Bibby Ship Management) – McKennas Marine
– SME Business of the Year (Mersey Maritime Award) – Flynn Refrigeration
– Vocational Skills Award (Sponsored by Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU)) – Kirsten Blood of Cammell Laird
– Engineering Company of the Year (Sponsored by the Maritime and Engineering College North West (MECNW)) – Sovex Systems
– Environment Award (Sponsored by The Environmental Network (TEN)) – RS Clare
– Supply Chain Partner (Sponsored by Brabners LLP) – Hughes Sub Surface Engineering
– Global Reach Award (Sponsored by NatWest) – Brookes Bell Group
– Business of the Year (Sponsored by Grant Thornton) – Peel Ports

One of the key awards was Mersey Maritime’s own award highlighting its role in supporting small to medium-sized businesses through its Maritime Sector Development Programme. The programme is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund. The SME (Small to Medium-Sized Enterprise) of Year Award was presented by Ramon van Barneveld of the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE) based in Brussels.

The award for Ambassador of the Year was decided by an independent judgling panel who were unanimous in choosing Jim Teasdale, Chief Executive of Mersey Maritime Group, as their first recipient of the award. The award came as a complete surprise to Mr Teasdale who has successfully overcome serious illness in recent months and was at the dinner to mark his return to good health.

Describing the inaugural Industry Awards as an opportunity to showcase the breadth and diversity of the maritime industry, Chris Shirling-Rooke, Acting CEO of Mersey Maritime, said: “The Mersey Maritime Industry Awards were every bit as successful as we had hoped. We were overwhelmed with the support but also at the number of award submissions which clearly indicates the importance of these awards. The maritime industry, including MP John Hayes, the UK Shipping Minister, has wholeheartedly supported the Awards which has been fantastic.”

Key guests within the maritime sector included Esther McVey MP, Minister of State for Employment; Sir Michael Bibby, MD of Bibby Line Group; John Syvret CBE, CEO of Cammell Laird Group; Mark Whitworth, CEO of Peel Group and the Mayor of Wirral Steve Foulkes.

Mersey Maritime’s Industry Awards, aside form supporting the North West maritime industry, helped raise over £1,300 for the Fairbridge charity programme. Fairbridge is an individually tailored personal development programme for young people aged between 13 and 25. It combines one-to-one support and group activities, delivered by a dedicated team in Prince’s Trust Centres around the UK.

HILL DICKINSON’S LONDON YACHT TEAM MOVES TO NEW WEST END LOCATION

International law firm Hill Dickinson LLP has announced its London yacht team has returned to the heart of London’s superyachting hub in the West End of London. The team of 20 is now operating out of 105 Jermyn Street in St James’s.

The firm’s yacht team is acknowledged as a market leader in the provision of legal services to the yacht and superyacht industry, routinely advising yacht owners, family offices, brokers, managers, designers and builders in relation to sale and purchase contracts, construction agreements, insurance and financing.

Internationally, the yacht team services the firm’s substantial base of clients operating across the world. In the Asia-Pacific region Hill Dickinson has built a strong presence servicing its shipping clients with offices in both Singapore and Hong Kong. The firm’s established European offices in Piraeus and Monaco support the specialist yacht markets in Greece and the Principality.

For a fifth consecutive year, the yacht team will be represented at this year’s Singapore Yacht Show.

BIBBY SHIP MANAGEMENT APPOINTS NEW REGIONAL MANAGING DIRECTOR

There are exciting times ahead for Bibby Ship Management with the recruitment of a new Regional Managing Director for the UK and Isle of Man, Andrew Rodden, who brings with him a wealth of commercial and technical knowledge and experience.

Andrew Rodden will manage Bibby Ship Management’s Crew & Technical service delivery across the UK and Isle of Man while managing the support functions and other operational areas within each local business. He will be mainly based in Bibby Ship Management’s Aberdeen office.

With 23 years industry experience, Andrew Rodden joins Bibby Ship Management from Technip where he was most recently based in Paris as Vice President Strategic Resources. During his time at Technip, he was in a number of roles covering Marine Superintendent, Fleet Management, Quality Management and Project Management before moving to Paris. Prior to coming ashore, Andrew had a seagoing career starting as a dual cadet with Shell with time spent as a Deck Officer on Oil, Gas and Chemical tankers before moving into the Offshore Sector on Diving Support, Pipelay and Construction vessels

Chris Stone, Chief Operating Officer, said: “Andrew Rodden has a proven track record for successfully managing and leading teams. He knows the industry well so I am sure he will be a big asset to us here at Bibby Ship Management.”

Andrew Rodden, Regional Managing Director for the UK and Isle of Man, said: “I am delighted to be joining a company with such a long and distinguished history in our business at an exciting time for our industry. I look forward to adding another chapter as Bibby Ship Management enters a period of growth in multiple sectors in the next few years.”

MERSEY MARITIME APPOINTS NEW BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

A new Business Development Manager, Hazel Walker, has been appointed by Mersey Maritime to help implement the organisation’s development strategy over the next five years. Hazel Walker will be tasked with developing business relationships and growing the organisation’s commercially based activities to reinforce Mersey Maritime’s position as the membership organisation of choice for maritime and related sector businesses in Merseyside and beyond.

Mersey Maritime is the most successful cluster organisation of its kind in the UK, representing 1,700 maritime businesses.

Chris Shirling-Rooke, Mersey Maritime’s acting CEO, said: “Hazel joins Mersey Maritime with an abundance of experience and enthusiasm and we are delighted that she has joined our business team.”

Hazel Walker added: “Before joining I was already a member so the move has felt very natural. I’m really looking forward to the new challenges ahead and to helping Mersey Maritime excel and grow in the next five years.”

MERSEY MARITIME CREATES INDUSTRY AWARDS

Mersey Maritime is to host an Industry Awards Dinner next March with a Ministerial presence that will bring together maritime companies and related organisations right across the Maritime, Logistics and Energy spectrum in the North West.

Chris Shirling-Rooke, Acting CEO of Mersey Maritime, announced: “We are delighted to launch Mersey Maritime’s Industry Awards which will be presented at a gala dinner event on 12 March 2015. It will be an annual event designed to celebrate excellence within the Maritime Logistics and Energy sectors. It will also help businesses to network while providing a forum for discussion.”

There are nine award categories:

• Business of the Year
• Vocational Skills Award (individual award)
• SME Business of the Year
• Engineering Company of the Year
• Environmental Award
• Supply Chain Partnership
• Best Newcomer (company award)
• Global Reach Award
• Ambassador of the Year Award

Event sponsors include Cammell Laird, Grant Thornton and Liverpool John Moores University, who, together with a representative from Mersey Maritime and other key business leaders, will also form the judging panel for the awards.

Application packs can be downloaded from today from Mersey Maritime’s website at: http://www.merseymaritime.co.uk/latest-news/apply-now-for-mersey-maritime-industry-awards-2015.phuse For further details please contact Mersey Maritime communications manager Annette Parker on 0151 647 4747. Applications need to be submitted by Friday 16th January 2015.

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