Jamaica’s Logistics Hub Plans: “Failure is not an option”

When it comes to its long-ranging and dynamic plans to develop as an international logistics centre, failure is not an option for Jamaica, according to the country’s Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce.

Addressing the Jamaica Parliament as his contribution to the 2013/2014 Sectoral Debate and speaking to the theme of Achieving Transformational Growth, the Hon. Anthony Hylton said:
“Let me make it clear that, in this mission, failure is not an option”

During a comprehensive address, Mr Hylton gave details of how Jamaica is establishing a growth and development strategy “that changes our present reality and transforms the Jamaican economy”. Outlining the growth agenda he explained that the core components of this drive are “strategic investments, improving the business environment, macro-economic stability, entrepreneurship and innovation, energy efficiency and human capital development”.

Jamaica has already attracted significant investment interest in its project as it prepares to become the “fourth node” in the global logistics chain, following in the footsteps of Rotterdam, Singapore and Dubai. Minister Hylton said: “The same investors who developed the other three logistics hubs are now at the table with us, seeking to carve out individual mega projects and to acquire and upgrade existing assets through public/private partnership arrangements.”

Minister Hylton said the objective of the Logistics Hub Initiative was to “integrate the Jamaican economy into the global value and supply chain” and pointed out that the Initiative is a “central plank in Jamaica’s overall growth strategy”.

He advised the House of Representatives that the Jamaica Logistics Hub will host a cluster of shippers, freight forwarders and couriers together with large global businesses with substantial cargo flows. Speaking of Jamaica’s “competitive advantage” particularly in the shipping sector, Minister Hylton said the key factors benefiting the Hub were the expansion of the Panama Canal to carry larger vessels and volumes of cargo, the “paradigm shift” in global trade corridors from North to South thus benefiting the BRIC emerging countries, Jamaica’s robust telecommunications infrastructure and the country’s strategic geographical position on major sea and air routes. He vowed the Logistics Hub Initiative would transform the Jamaican economy and benefit its people.

Jamaica has plans to construct an ultra-modern technology park at Naggo Head with 750,000 square feet of space and the potential to employ 13,000 people. The first 100,000 sq ft of space has been booked by a fast-growing business processing outsourcing (BPO) company which will employ some 600 staff in the coming months. Construction is scheduled shortly on 200 acres of land within the Caymanas Economic Zone which will form the first phase of a potential 1,700 acre logistics centre. Further plans are being developed with the Port Authority of Jamaica.

Minister Hylton said: “The Logistics hub will not only bring in excess of $US nine billion and tens of thousands of jobs for our people, especially our young people, but also transform Jamaica’s position in the global economy.”
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Notes to Editors:
• Jamaica’s Logistics Hub will consist of world class seaports (handling containers, dry bulk and liquid bulk commodities), airports, special economic zones, free zones, logistics parks, logistics centres, integrated intermodal transport capabilities, supporting infrastructure, telecommunications and trade facilitation mechanisms.

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World Bank offers to aid Jamaica’s Logistics Hub plans

Jamaica’s plans to become one of the world’s top four logistics centres has received a major boost after the World Bank committed to providing technical and other assistance for specific aspects of the proposed Global Logistics Hub initiative.

The World Bank Group, through its representative to Jamaica, Giorgio Valentini, has endorsed the Government of Jamaica’s plans for the logistics hub initiative, describing it as ‘transformational’ when implemented which will significantly enhance Jamaica’s potential for growth.

A 16 person delegation from the World Bank Group visited Jamaica last month for consultations on Jamaica’s Country Partnership Strategy which will feature the Logistics Hub Initiative. The Country Partnership Strategy will govern the relationship between the island and the World Bank between 2014 and 2017. The World Bank Group (WBG) support includes issues such as Public Private Partnerships, infrastructure needs and infrastructure investment funds, facilitation mechanisms, energy needs, capacity building and providing a skilled workforce. The WBG is also concerned with providing a safety net for the most vulnerable in society.

High level discussions have already started with a number of overseas investors to develop vast areas of prime real estate to handle increased volumes of air and sea cargo. Projects under discussion include growth of container throughput at the Port of Kingston ahead of the expansion of the Panama Canal, as well as the development of commodity ports to handle petroleum products, coal, minerals and grain; the development of an air cargo strong hold through the expansion of existing airports and construction of an air cargo airport as well as the construction of large scale ship repair dry docks and aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul facilities. Special economic zones are also being conceptualised by a wide range of local and foreign investors.

Once completed the initiative, which is being spearheaded by the Jamaica Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, will transform Jamaica into the fourth node or pillar in the global supply and logistics chain alongside Singapore, Dubai and Rotterdam. A critical element in the equation to make the Logistics Hub successful is the involvement of suitable, long-term investors. The Government of Jamaica is already in discussion with some prospective partners as well as looking for new ones.

The World Bank sees the initiative operating within the context of the Caribbean Growth Forum, a joint venture between the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank and the Caribbean Development Bank. The World Bank Group has already started to provide technical assistance in developing precursors of the master plan for the logistics hub and in support of the Port Community System.

To assess the ability of internal logistics to unlock the country, the World Bank Group has already started ground work on creating a GIS database, a trucking survey, a port and aviation survey, a regional trade survey, and an assessment of air, marine and ICT connectivity. This initial work should be completed by June 30, 2013, and will feed into the overall master plan. The master plan will serve to define how Jamaica should be positioned as a global hub, assess the internal logistics and the infrastructure and energy needs of the special economic zones being created and demonstrate how the logistics potential of Jamaica can motivate international interventions plus attract private sector investment.

The World Bank notes that thousands of jobs will have to be created to support the logistics hub. Efforts have already started to look at the training of human capital to fuel the needs of the hub and also strategically for export under special agreement with large markets like the US and Canada. This ‘export’ of Jamaican labour, can enhance the island’s comparative advantages of having the perfect geographical location, and a strong English speaking work force. Thousands of jobs are expected to be created in areas such as, mechatronics integration of marine engineering, (mechanical, electrical and informatics), various ship board professions such as electromechanical engineering, port operations management, heavy duty equipment operations, logistics and supply chain management.

Jamaica’s proposal to become the fourth node in the global logistics chain is a critical component of the Government’s growth strategy. The recent IMF staff-level agreement on the key elements of an economic program to be supported by a 48-month arrangement under the Extended Fund Facility (EFF), in the amount of US$750 million calls for reforms to improve growth-generating efficiency through enhancements to the business environment, increased competitiveness, and strengthened institutional capacity. Despite considerable inertia within multilateral circles due to Jamaica’s development record, the Global Logistics Hub Initiative has rekindled believe in the growth prospects of the country.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Industry Investment and Commerce, Anthony Hylton recently led a mission to Washington (February 18-22) to continue talks with the World Bank Group on additional areas of collaboration and support for the Logistics Hub.

The Jamaican Mission held a number of meetings with the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation(IFC), the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC). Meetings were also held with US Chamber of Commerce and the US Trade and Development Agency. The US Chamber offered to promote the Logistics Hub among its membership while the USTDA is assessing specific components of the Logistics Hub for grant assistance especially where these activities support US trade and development. Separate meetings were held with the law firms Curtis, Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle and also Sandler, Travis, Rosenberg.

A technical mission from the World Bank Group will again be in Jamaica from March 4-March 18 to commence work on the internal/external logistics assessment of the initiative.

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Notes to Editors:
• The Logistics Hub Initiative represents the next stage in the evolution of Jamaica’s airports, seaports and industrial infrastructure. Jamaica’s world class logistics zones enhance distribution operations thereby allowing businesses based in Jamaica to fully integrate into globalised and complex supply chains.
• Jamaica’s Logistics Hub will consist of world class seaports (handling containers, dry bulk and liquid bulk commodities), airports, special economic zones, free zones, logistics parks, logistics centres, integrated intermodal transport capabilities, supporting infrastructure, telecommunications and trade facilitation mechanisms.
• With the right investment and global partnerships, Jamaica can become the transhipment and air cargo logistics hub of the Americas and the Caribbean’s strategic handling point for bulk commodities; the Latin America and Caribbean centre for aviation-related maintenance, repair and overhaul and ship repair and dry docking
• Large corporations and logistics service providers will be encouraged to set up operations, control towers, headquarters and BPOs (business process outsourcing) in Jamaica.

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Elaborate Communications: Sean Moloney Tel: + 44 1296 682356

Braemar Adjusting appoints new Regional Managing Director of the Americas

Braemar Adjusting is delighted to announce the appointment of Pierre Krouse (Pete) as Regional Managing Director of the Americas, with effect from 2 April 2013.

It follows the decision by Chris Dye to leave his current position after more than 13 years with the company and 33 years working as an independent Adjuster. Chris will remain with Braemar Adjusting until 30 April 2013 to ensure a seamless transition of his case load and management responsibilities before commencing his new role as Claims Director for Allianz in Houston.

Welcoming Pete to his new position, Grant Smith, Braemar Adjusting Group Managing Director, said: “Pete has been with the company for 25 years and was one of the original directors of Steege Kingston. While working for the group, Pete graduated from Law School in 1993 and remains a member in good standing of the Texas Bar and of the Maritime Law Association.

“While he has surveyed, investigated and adjusted a wide variety of both onshore and offshore claims throughout that period, Pete is recognised by the energy market as an industry leader in the offshore sector. He has specialised in mobile offshore drilling units, production platforms, pipelines, vessels, ROVs seismic streamers and geophysical exploration equipment.

“Pete’s appointment illustrates we have the right succession planning in place throughout the group and while we are sorry to lose Chris after so many years of valuable service to the company we wish him every success in the future,” Mr Smith said.

These changes coincide with Chuck Madeley ending his secondment to sister company Braemar Casbarian on 1 March 2013, at which time he will resume a full case load and assist Pete in the management of the Houston office.
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Notes to Editors:

• Braemar Adjusting (formally Steege) is recognised as a leading loss adjuster by the Energy Power and Mining insurance markets worldwide.

• The company has the required expertise and experience to handle both onshore and offshore, upstream and downstream operational and construction losses.

• Braemar Adjusting specialises in the adjustment of insurance claims involving offshore platforms and production vessels, subsea infrastructure, onshore and offshore drilling units, control of well, refineries, petrochemical plants, gas plants, power (including renewables), mining, major infrastructure claims, together with associated business interruption losses.

• Braemar Adjusting is part of the Braemar Technical Services division of Braemar Shipping Services plc.

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Elaborate Communications: Sean Moloney Tel: +44 (0) 1296 682356

Hutton’s Helps Support The 2012 London Olympic Spirit

Hutton’s, the UK’s leading ship supplier, is playing its part in supporting the London 2012 Olympic Games. Hutton’s is the official supplier to the Clipper Stad Amsterdam which is home to an array of Dutch team supporters and official Dutch events during the Games.

Stad Amsterdam serves as the hospitality home base for guests of Randstad Netherlands, the Dutch Olympic Committee, the City of Amsterdam, Ernst & Young, Pon and Aegon. As well as hosting business meetings, the high-profile vessel provides guests with a range of hospitality including high teas, dinners and lunches prepared on board by the resident chefs.

Using its fleet of state-of-the-art climate-controlled vehicles, Hutton’s is supplying Stad Amsterdam daily with a range of provisions and supplies to help its 30-strong international crew host up to three receptions a day on the 76 metre-long vessel with its three mast square rig boasting 31 sails.

The range of products supplied includes locally-sourced top-quality ingredients such as fresh fruit and vegetables from London’s Covent Garden market, fresh fish direct from Billingsgate market and meat from a local butcher, as well as specialist chocolates, flowers, Dutch foods and celebratory items like Dutch-flagged cocktail sticks and Heineken glasses.

Jon Hickey, Hutton’s Sales Manager, said: “This is a lovely and unique vessel to supply and it’s great to be able to play a part in helping our Dutch visitors enjoy these fantastic Olympic Games. Let’s hope the medals role in for their team too!”

Amanda Jonathans, Hotel Manager for the Stad Amsterdam said: “The Olympics is our biggest program of this year. During this extremely busy and demanding period, Hutton’s has worked very well with us. The products they are delivering and their services are high quality and we look forward to working with them again in the future.”
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Notes to Editors:
• Photograph of the Stad Amsterdam alongside West India Quay in London is attached (low resolution). A high resolution (7mb) version is available on request.
• Hutton’s has developed as the UK’s one-stop shop facility providing the full range of products and services to the international shipping and the offshore industry.
• With a history dating back almost 200 years, Hutton’s has the largest UK branch network and has recently expanded to offer a high-standard supply service in West Africa.

Braemar Shipping Services plc: Changes to the Executive Board of Directors of the Company and Interim Management Statement

Changes to the Executive Board
The board of Braemar Shipping Services PLC (“Braemar”, “the Group” or “the Company”) is pleased to announce the appointment of James Kidwell as Chief Executive with effect from today. James Kidwell, age 50, is Group Finance Director and has worked for Braemar in that role since June 2002.

He succeeds Alan Marsh, who will retire as chief executive today and from the board on 31st July 2012. Alan Marsh has, however, agreed to continue to play an active role in the Shipbroking division. In addition, Quentin Soanes, following his appointment as Chairman of the Baltic Exchange, will also retire from the board on 31st July 2012 but will remain responsible for the Group’s Technical, Logistics and Environmental divisions.

Denis Petropoulos continues as group regional director – Singapore, and executive director of Braemar Shipping Services PLC. He is based in Singapore and is also responsible for Braemar’s development and marketing initiatives in the East.

Sebastian Davenport-Thomas becomes managing director of the Shipbroking division, having been head of its sale and purchase department for the past five years.

The Group will appoint a new finance director in due course and in the meantime James Kidwell will retain these responsibilities in addition to his new role.

The Chairman of Braemar, Sir Graham Hearne said: “Alan has led Braemar, as a public company, for 11 years with great distinction and has been a significant force in taking the Group to where it is today. We are indebted to him for his enormous contribution and I am delighted that he will still be actively involved in our Shipbroking division.”

“Quentin will also take this opportunity to retire from the board after more than 30 years service with Braemar. He has been highly instrumental in the development of the marine and energy services businesses in the Group which will continue to be his primary responsibility. We would like to wish him every success in his role as Chairman of the Baltic Exchange.”

“Braemar is doing well in very challenging markets and in James Kidwell we have appointed a top class executive who has over the years developed a deep understanding of all aspects of the business. I have no doubt James will bring the leadership and expertise to maintain our success and manage the next phase of Braemar’s growth.”

Braemar’s outgoing chief executive, Alan Marsh, said: “It is with some sadness that I have decided, as I approach my 63rd birthday, that this is the time to retire from a role that I have much enjoyed. I am confident that James will be an outstanding successor, and I look forward to continuing to contribute to the Group’s success.”

The company’s new chief executive, James Kidwell, added: “I am looking forward to the challenge of building on the Group’s positive momentum. Braemar is a dynamic business, and we have a strong team of people who together offer great potential for the future.”

Interim Management Statement

This Interim Management Statement covers the first quarter of the financial year beginning 1 March 2012.

Tanker chartering and dry bulk freight rates have been relatively weak because of the imbalance in tonnage supply in most markets. However, our transaction volumes have continued to grow steadily and there are some areas – in particular in specialised tankers – where we have developed significant new business. Our offices in Australia and India, which are predominantly dry bulk, have also made a bright start to the year.

The second-hand sale and purchase market has seen higher activity in recent months. After a period of greater price stability there has been more serious buying interest especially from the more traditional family shipowning companies.

The Technical division has made a strong start particularly Braemar Offshore, our surveying and engineering business in the Far East. Braemar Engineering has won some good LNG supervision business which will improve its performance in the second half and Braemar Casbarian is seeing more activity in its prime market – the Gulf of Mexico.

The Logistics division is performing well with both UK and Singapore ship agency business gaining ground.

The Environmental division has had a strong first quarter continuing in the same vein as the final quarter of last year with its clear-up work on the MV RENA off the coast of New Zealand which commenced in October 2011. Activity on the project is likely to slow in the second half as the wreck removal gets underway.

Overall the performance of the Group is in line with the board’s expectations.

ENDS

For further information, contact:
Braemar Shipping Services
Alan Marsh Tel +44 (0) 20 7535 2650
James Kidwell Tel +44 (0) 20 7535 2881

Pelham Bell Pottinger
Damian Beeley
Zoe Pocock Tel +44 (0) 20 7861 3139
Tel +44 (0) 20 7861 3961

Elaborate Communications
Sean Moloney Tel +44 (0) 1296 682356

Westhouse Securities

Dermot McKechnie Tel +44 (0) 20 7601 6115
Henry Willcocks Tel +44 (0) 20 7367 9052

Notes to editors
Braemar Shipping Services plc is a leading international provider of broking, consultancy, technical and other services to the shipping, marine and energy industries. The business is organised into the following segments: Shipbroking, Technical, Logistics and Environmental. It is listed on the Official List of the London Stock Exchange in the Industrial Transport sector.

Principal businesses:

Shipbroking
Braemar Seascope provides chartering, sale and purchase and consulting shipbroking services to international ship owners, charterers and financial institutions operating in the tanker, gas, chemicals, offshore, container and dry bulk markets. There are shipbroking offices in the UK, China, Australia, Singapore, India, Italy and Monaco.
www.braemarseascope.com

Technical
Braemar’s Technical division provides a range of specialist marine services to the maritime sector. The business operates under the brand name Braemar Technical Services and the activities of the division are as follows:

– Braemar Adjusting provides specialist loss adjusting and other expert services to the energy (oil and gas), marine, power and other related industrial sectors. It has offices in London, Houston, Singapore, Calgary, and Rio de Janeiro.

– Braemar Offshore provides specialised marine and offshore services mainly performing pre-risk marine warranty surveys. It has offices in the UK, Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam.

– Braemar incorporating The Salvage Association (“Braemar SA”) provides marine consultancy and surveying services to the shipping, energy, offshore and insurance industries. The Salvage Association was acquired on 9 May 2011 and it has a network of offices in Asia, Europe and the US that undertake marine damage surveys for the insurance industry.

– Braemar Engineering provides consultant marine engineering and naval architecture services to the shipping and offshore markets from offices throughout the Far East and London. Braemar Engineering was expanded with the acquisition of Braemar Casbarian in July 2011 which provides consulting engineering services mainly to the offshore industry in the Gulf of Mexico from offices in New Orleans, Houston and Trinidad.

www.braemar.com

Logistics
Cory Brothers Shipping Agency provides port agency, freight forwarding and logistics services within the UK and Singapore.
www.cory.co.uk

Environmental
Braemar Howells provides pollution response and advisory services primarily in the UK and Africa and is continuing to develop an international presence. It has earned an international reputation for its work for the insurance industry in handling the containers from stricken vessels – the MSC Napoli in 2007 and the RENA which is on-going in New Zealand.
www.braemarhowells.com

InterManager Calls For Freedom Of Choice In Deploying Armed Guards Onboard Ship

InterManager members have called for more proactive methods to be developed in the protection of ships transiting pirate-infested trade lanes by launching a campaign to allow owners and third party managers the freedom of choice in employing armed guards onboard ships they manage.

The InterManager campaign, which has received more than 90% support from its members, proposes to lobby Flag States and Charterers to review their rules relating to armed guards onboard ship.

It claims that any decision taken to provide armed guards should be based on a robust risk assessment of each vessel and its transit and should be in accordance with the guidance set out in Best Management Practices 4 (BMP4) – the recently produced IMO guidelines on the employment of armed guards. Such decisions should be unhindered by restrictive Flag State legislation or Charter Party agreements.

Pressure for greater protection of ships transiting danger areas such as the Gulf of Aden and the NW Indian Ocean has grown following concerns over the effectiveness of naval operations in the area. Notwithstanding the efforts of the international community’s naval forces deployed in the area since 2008, more than 3,500 seafarers have been taken hostage by pirates with around 60 dying as a result of their captivity.

InterManager, whose members include ship managers as well as crew managers, is keen to give all support possible to protect its seafarers from the mental and physical torture, degrading treatment, food deprivation and dehydration, that those held hostage suffer.

InterManager believes the shipping industry needs to work closer with those flag administrations, oil majors and bulk charterers who prohibit owners from protecting their assets in the manner to which they believe they should be protected. The current situation creates a disparity between those companies free to involve armed private security and those who are prevented from utilising this option, so increasing unnecessary risk for their crews.

Alastair Evitt, InterManager President, said: “At the end of the day it is the welfare of our crew members and their families that is at stake and there can never be too many initiatives running in parallel to address this disgraceful situation.

“Pirates are demanding increasingly larger ransoms as a result of which many ships are being held hostage for longer periods while owners attempt to negotiate deals. This can inevitably cause more personal stress to those captured and their families.

“InterManager believes the shipmanagement sector has to utilise all tools available to it to stop ships being hijacked. Statistics to date demonstrate that no ship carrying armed guards has been captured,” he said.

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Elaborate Communications, Sean Moloney
(UK) Tel +44 (0) 1296 682356

Elaborate Signs Two New International Maritime Clients

Leading maritime PR and publishing agency, Elaborate Communications, is delighted to announce it is now assisting the International Chamber of Shipping and Braemar Technical Services with their media relations.

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) needs no introduction – it is well known as the international trade association representing all sectors and trades of the global shipping industry.

Established in 1921, ICS membership comprises national shipowners’ associations from 36 countries whose member shipping companies operate more than 80% of the world’s merchant tonnage. Engaging with all relevant intergovernmental regulatory bodies, especially the International Maritime Organization (IMO), ICS is concerned with all technical, legal, employment affairs and policy issues that may have an impact on international shipping.

Elaborate Communications, led by Editorial Director Sean Moloney, will assist ICS with international media relations, publicity and placement.

Peter Hinchliffe, Secretary General of ICS, said: “We are very pleased to appoint Elaborate Communications to help represent us on the international stage. ICS works tirelessly on behalf of the global shipping industry and we are keen to ensure that our positions are communicated as widely as possible.”

Elaborate Communications already represents leading international shipbroker Braemar Seascope, and FTSE-listed Braemar Shipping Services Plc – a leading international provider of shipbroking, consultancy, technical, logistics and other services to the shipping and energy industries. Now BSS has reorganised internally to align its technical services business into a new division called Braemar Technical Services Incorporating the Salvage Association.

From now on Elaborate Communications’ experienced PR team will also handle international media enquiries, publicity and promotional work on behalf of Braemar Technical Services Incorporating the Salvage Association.

Sean Moloney said: “Elaborate is growing and we have recently appointed two new members of staff to our strong Public Relations department—internationally experienced PR Executive Debra Massey and former journalist Samantha Giltrow. We are pleased to be able to offer the services and skills our global clients need in this competitive shipping arena and we now look forward to speaking with international maritime press on behalf of our new clients.”
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For Further Information Please Contact:
Sean Moloney / Debbie Munford Tel: +44 (0) 1296 682356

ICS SUPPORTS THE ROLE OF IMO ON CO2 EMISSION REDUCTION

For Immediate Release 8 August 2011
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The shipping industry remains firmly behind the International Maritime Organization (IMO) as the architect of change when it comes to regulating shipping’s CO2 emissions, according to Peter Hinchliffe, Secretary General of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS).

While it is clearly in the interest of shipping to minimise its CO2 output by reducing fuel consumption, recently agreed amendments to Annex VI of IMO’s MARPOL Convention which – on a global basis – will make the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) mandatory for new ships, and the Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) mandatory for existing vessels, were ‘absolutely’ what had been hoped for by ICS.

Addressing delegates attending a special Guest Lecture at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) in Hamburg, Mr Hinchliffe said: “The EEDI is a non-prescriptive requirement, as the decision over which technologies to use within a specific ship design are left to the industry. So long as the required energy-efficiency level is achieved, naval architects and ship builders may employ whichever solutions they deem fit. The new regulations are also being presented as a vehicle for technical cooperation and the transfer of technology where improvements in energy efficiency are concerned, particularly as administrations must cooperate with international bodies such as the IMO to offer support to states requesting technical assistance.

“The regulations were ‘absolutely’ what this organisation had hoped for and the IMO’s decision is an important one, not just for the shipping industry, but I think it shows that a consensus can be achieved on climate change within an international debate. It’s a global first and because the IMO has done this for operational and technical measures, this means it can generate the will to do something about market-based measures as well,” he stressed.

The shipping industry will fully support measures which are ‘parented in the IMO’ and I am confident that the impact on world trade and on the business of shipping will be taken into account. I am not confident that these factors would be taken into account if the debate occurs at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change or as a result of the outcome of the high level advisory group which the UN Secretary General convened. We want the IMO to continue to work on this process and we believe it has demonstrated that it can do just that.”

He added: “The European Commission or perhaps more correctly the European Parliament, makes a habit of trying to force IMO’s hand; we saw it done over recent fuel sulphur content legislation and we are seeing it again over CO2 emissions. The EC has told the IMO on several occasions that if it does not have legislation in place by a certain date then Brussels will impose unilateral legislation within Europe.

“Although people imagine that this could mean the inclusion of shipping in the European Emission Trading Scheme like international aviation, in practice it is clear that Europe does not really know how to deal with the complexity of shipping. With aviation recently having been given leave to go to the European Court of Justice, this seems to question the confidence with which Europe felt it could regulate the airlines of non-European States. But the problem that Europe is creating is a rush to conclusion in IMO that may very well be at the cost of good legislation. If the rush is too fast then the legislation may merely increase costs across the industry without actually reducing CO2 emissions at all – a rather pointless exercise in bureaucracy.

“CO2 emissions from international shipping cannot be reduced effectively and meaningfully through the incorporation of shipping into any regional financial instrument. Therefore ICS is strongly opposed to the application of any regional Green House Gas scheme to international shipping.

“In fact ICS is strongly opposed to the application of the European ETS to shipping. We believe that if and when governments are ready to apply a global market-based mechanism to shipping then a compensation fund-based approach is more likely to offer a bankable solution that will have the least negative impact on the carriage of goods by sea. There is no doubt that the IMO’s success at delivering technical and operational legislation was an astonishing success – perhaps this will put a spotlight on UNFCCC at its Durban meeting in December,” he stressed.
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Email: smoloney@elabor8.co.uk
Website www.marisec.org

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BRAEMAR (INCORPORATING THE SALVAGE ASSOCIATION) IS SET TO CAPITALISE ON EXTENSIVE GLOBAL NETWORK

Press Release July 20th, 2011
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Braemar (Incorporating The Salvage Association) is poised to expand its marine surveying and consultancy services following its recent buy-out by Braemar Shipping Services plc. The company is looking forward to taking advantage of the wider group’s extensive global office network to broaden its existing international expert marine surveying and consultancy service.

The Association, which boasts a maritime history of more than 150 years, plans to expand its world renowned specialist maritime services through its close association with complementary businesses in the Braemar Group, while maintaining its market-leading range of marine surveying and technical consultancy operations.

Nigel Clark, Managing Director of Braemar (incorporating The Salvage Association), said: “The Salvage Association is the standard bearer for the provision of damage survey reports and we are rightly proud of this. While this work remains our core business, we also provide a broad range of other technical and in-depth expert services to the maritime industry and we are excited to have this opportunity to expand our capabilities even further.

“We plan to continue the great work of the Salvage Association as well as growing our marine consultancy businesses and the backing of Braemar’s extensive network of global offices will enable us to further extend its worldwide services,” he said, highlighting India and South America as key areas for expansion.

Braemar (incorporating The Salvage Association) is proud to employ highly qualified and experienced marine surveyors, some of whom have been with The Salvage Association for more than 25 years. All have the expert level of capability that The Salvage Association has always required. In addition, the company boasts marine consultants able to offer a broad range of expert services to insurers, P&I Clubs, shipowners, ship charterers and marine lawyers.
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Notes to Editors:
The business and assets of the BMT Marine & Offshore Surveys, which incorporates The Salvage Association and Murray Fenton, were recently acquired by Braemar Shipping Services Plc, a leading international provider of shipbroking, consultancy, technical, logistics and other services to the shipping and energy industries.

For Further Information, Please Contact:
Sean Moloney, Elaborate Communications +44 (0) 1296 682051 / 682124
Email: smoloney@elabor8.co.uk

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BRAEMAR MARKET INSIGHT: TANKER FLEET SUPPLY

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release 7 July 2011
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Despite record crude oil liftings from the Middle East and anticipated demand growth of around 2% for 2011, there remains a persistent oversupply of VLCC tonnage, according to analysis by Braemar Shipping Services.

However, it may come as some relief to know that the 47 VLCC deliveries scheduled for the first half of 2011 did not all enter the market on time.

In both Q1 and Q2 this year, over 20 VLCC deliveries were inked in at the rate of more than one every week. In the event, Braemar recorded fewer than 20 VLCC deliveries in both quarters of 2011 to date: 19 in Q1 and 15 in Q2.

On 1st July, the VLCC fleet was 559 ships including 22 non-double hull units, with 150 ships in the orderbook.

In deadweight capacity, the VLCC fleet has grown by 5.6% this year, from 160.9m dwt on 1st January 2011, to 169.9m dwt on 1st July. According to Braemar, it seems likely that further slippage from delivery schedules will happen in the coming quarters, even from its revised delivery view as per the table.

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Elaborate Communications
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Debra Munford Tel: +44 (0)1296 682051/Mob: +44 (0)7711 142439
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Access To Ships Tops Convention Issues

Access to ships was one of the hot topics raised at the recent 56th Annual ISSA Convention & Trade Exhibition which, for the first time ever, was held at sea.

The problem is a bone of contention worldwide with many companies encountering difficulties since the introduction of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code.

“In some places you have to pay large amounts of money to take your supplies into the port while in other places people are having great difficulty getting in,” explained ISSA President Jens Olsen.

“Problems can arise when you have to have certification for every person going into the port. The bureaucracy is really increasing and you have to buy the certification in many places, so it is turning into a bit of a money machine.”

ISSA is pressing ahead with its campaign to highlight the issue and will raise it at the IMO Facilitation Committee’s 37th session in September. It is one of many objectives on Mr Olsen’s up-to-date ‘Road Map’ which sets out the Association’s aims for the next three years following his re-election as President at the Convention, held on a ship between Copenhagen and Oslo.

The Convention “surpassed all expectations” according to the President despite posing a logistical challenge: “There was a good, constructive spirit surrounding the Convention and since returning I have had a great response which has all been extremely positive,” said Mr Olsen.

It was also the first Convention to be held following the change in the ISSA Governance which saw the former ISSA Board dissolve itself to reform as the ISSA Assembly and the Executive Committee become the Executive Board.

Other re-elections to the Board were Treasurer Alfred Borg, Matti Kokkala, Chairman of the Finnish Ship Suppliers and Abdul Hameed Hajah, Hon. Secretary of the Singapore Association of Ship Suppliers. Rafael Fernandez, Chairman of the Spanish Ship Suppliers, also joins the Board.

Next year the 57th Convention will be held back on dry land in Cadiz, southern Spain from 25th to 26th May and preparations are already well underway.

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NEW PUBLICATION: TRAINING AND ASSESSMENT ON BOARD – 4TH EDITION

8 June 2011
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This month sees a new edition of the essential maritime publication ‘Training and Assessment on Board’ written by Len Holder and sponsored by Videotel Marine International. Fully updated, it takes into account recent changes in international regulations and advances in teaching techniques using new methods and technology.

Rules alone do not make training effective. It requires the dedication, interest and skill of everyone involved: shore managers; senior officers on board; trainers and trainees. This book, based upon the experience of managers and trainers over many years, aims to make training more effective and enjoyable. Following its advice should make it easier to gain official approval from national administrations.

Training future seafarers in an industry under financial, time and manpower pressures needs good organisation. This book is a vital guide for seafarers and managers and explains how to make best use of the resources and time available to ensure the competence of managers, officers and crew members.

This handy sized full colour, 82 page publication is full of photographs, charts and examples. It is also available as an eBook, allowing easy use on ships, in the office, at home and whilst travelling. Users can use the search facility to locate relevant texts when planning training programmes or drills.

Provided free to all Videotel clients, the book will be used in their shipboard libraries and VOD computers. It will act as a central source of advice on all training and assessment carried out on board, not only as part of voyage training but as part of career development of junior staff 
and continuing professional development of middle ranking and senior personnel.

The book is available from Publishers Witherby Seamanship International at www.witherbyseamanship.com, and at all good maritime chart and book stockists.

Training and Assessment On Board 4th Ed.

By L A Holder
Extra Master, MPhil, Training Consultant
Book: £30.00 ISBN: 978-1-85609-451-1
eBook: £24 ( excludes any applicable taxes) ISBN: 978-1-85609-452-8
Free to all Videotel clients for use on their vessels

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SHOCKING NEW APPROACH TO SHIPBOARD SAFETY

PRESS RELEASE
For immediate release
1 June 2011
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Videotel Marine International, the leading provider of maritime training systems, has just launched an innovative new training module designed to aid the seafaring industry in its battle to reduce common ship board accidents and the tragic consequences that can ensue. The Hazard Series II module makes extensive use of modern image techniques to grab the viewer’s attention and shock crew members into greater awareness of their own safety and that of their colleagues.

Hazard Series II comprises 10 hard hitting short films designed to both shock and teach the viewer. Filmed using real crew doing real work, they graphically illustrate common errors and then show how, using correct procedures and working techniques, incidents can be avoided before they occur.

“Adequate training, safe working practices and good safety management systems all contribute to a safer working environment on board,” says Nigel D. Cleave, Videotel’s Chief Executive Officer. “Videotel is committed to developing quality training that makes a real difference – both to the industry as a whole and to the lives of individual seafarers.”

Aimed at cadets, deck & engine crew, students at maritime colleges and training officers, this new programme confronts the severity of some easily avoidable mistakes. It provides a fresh new approach to a variety of topics including working on deck in heavy weather, working aloft, electrical work and manual handling.

The programme has been produced in association with The Standard P&I Club. Chris Spencer, Standard Club’s Director of Loss Prevention adds: “The club prides itself on the quality of its service to its members and sets great store on responsiveness and support at all times. The club is committed to assisting members in reducing the number of accidents and claims. This is achieved through a programme of ship condition surveys, management risk reviews, publications, training focused on topical subjects and the club’s safety and loss advisory committee which comprises senior technical and operational personnel drawn from a cross-section of the membership.”

A promotional DVD is also available and allows the viewer to watch up to three of the ten films available. Accompanied by an E-booklet, each film has a chapter detailing the hazards and precautions that must be taken at all times.

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Notes to Editors:

About Videotel:
 Videotel began making training products in 1973 and has since pioneered web-based e-learning to become a market-leader in on-board and shore-based maritime training.
 Videotel is the largest multi-media producer of high-quality maritime safety training software and materials serving the maritime community today. As well as its award winning programmes on board some 10,000 vessels, Videotel has the largest portfolio of maritime computer based training (CBT) materials in the world.
 With over 100 million training hours accomplished to date, Videotel is assisting in promoting the learning of hundreds of thousands of seafarers across the globe.
 Videotel’s extensive international training catalogue includes more than 650 titles in a range of formats and various languages.
 Videotel’s Computer Based Training (CBT) and online training solutions make possible a huge variety of training opportunities. The latest Video on Demand (VOD) system offers a comprehensive and affordable solution to both on-board crew training and records management aboard ship. The VOD computer system is able to offer more than 350+ selected CBT interactive training packages, videos, courses and accompanying books at any one time, added to which it will contain the appropriate training packages for the BIMCO eLearning Diploma Programme (BeDP).
About Standard Club:
 The Standard Club is a mutual association owned by its shipowner members and controlled by a board of directors drawn from the membership.
 The club insures shipowners, operators and charterers for their liabilities to third parties arising out of ship operations.
 The Standard prides itself on the quality of its service to its members and sets great store on responsiveness and support at all times, especially in times of crisis. Just as important is the emphasis on financial strength and stability through the club’s strong balance sheet and financial resilience.
 The Standard Club is a member of the International Group of P&I clubs.
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BRAEMAR SEASCOPE STRENGTHENS ITS RESEARCH TEAM

For Immediate Release.
December 15, 2010.
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Leading global shipbroker Braemar Seascope Ltd has underlined its commitment to delivering top quality market data and analysis by welcoming a new Research Manager to its London-based research team.

Joining the research department is Mark Williams, a highly regarded economist and consultant.

Mark is a proven communicator and strategist and brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience of the shipping markets. He has been tasked with reorganising and boosting the capture, analysis and distribution of real time and forward-looking shipping market information to support the company’s chartering, newbuilding, sale and purchase and other shipbroking divisions.

Peter Malpas, Director of Research at Braemar Seascope, said: “Mark comes with a proven track record of delivering high level consultancy across the shipping industry in many different sectors and his finance background provides a dimension to complement our wide range of current expertise. His appointment further demonstrates our commitment to providing high quality, comprehensive research services to our clients.”

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ONE MARITIME & ISSA IN REVOLUTIONARY VENTURE TO BENEFIT ONLINE COLLABORATION & SHIP SUPPLY PROCUREMENT

PRESS RELEASE
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Today heralds the launch of One Maritime, a major industry initiative that will revolutionise the way ship owners, ship managers and ship suppliers select and order ship stores from both onboard ship and ashore.

From January 1st 2011, ship owners and managers, their superintendants and their crews, will be able to access online or by CD, the shipping industry’s premier ship stores catalogues and many others besides, as part of their effort to secure the best quality and most efficiently-costed provisions, bonded stores, pantry and deck and engine stores worldwide.

For the first time ever, purchasing managers and ships’ Masters will be able to access the online ISSA Ship Stores Catalogue to search for their supplies.

The ISSA Catalogue forms a part of the One Maritime solution offering for on-line purchasing, supply, information, procurement and communications. Other main-line industry catalogues are also included, which makes One Maritime the most comprehensive maritime catalogue search engine available on the market today.

They will be able to issue requests for tender (RFQs), order goods and deal with invoices, all at the click of a button. By utilising a host of highly intricate computer plug-ins they will also be able to track owners’ goods, draw up supply contracts and return items should they need to. Ship owners, managers and suppliers will also be able to search by vessel name and vessel position by accessing the Vessel Master database, AIS information or even get information on ports and agencies.

A complete Ships’ stores and provisions supply can be searched generically or by product type or through the individual port of delivery. E-commerce connectivity will also be available through the One Maritime service.

The One Maritime initiative has a number of project partners including ISSA and ShipCentric. One Maritime provides e-commerce connectivity, allowing companies to process their transactions by selecting a specific maritime e-commerce system such as MarineLink from EDB ErgoGroup. Under the arrangement, MarineLink will also connect its e-commerce platform to One Maritime to access its catalogue service from its trading platform. Ship owners and managers will be able to access an overview of their own ships’ ordering details; access the main industry catalogues or search by part or manufacturer; service equipment due for survey and upload relevant service reports; search by supplier, product, vessel or vessel position; and utilise E-Commerce connectivity to order their products.

Suppliers, on the other hand, will have an overview of ships in their own ports with estimated times of arrival and departure; search for owners, vessels and vessel positions; search for items in a large variety of catalogues; upload their own catalogues; service items on certain vessels and customers; prioritise equipment due for survey; and carry out RFQs in addition to ordering, order confirmation and e-invoicing.
Main equipment manufacturers will be able to upload their catalogues for access by marine purchasers; update their catalogues; and update their profile and contact information.

Catalogues immediately available for accessing when the system is fully launched in January will include the ISSA Ship Stores Catalogue; the One Maritime Provisions and Bonded Stores Catalogue; catalogues detailing cargo access equipment; engine spare parts and Medicine.
Torben Brammer, One Maritime Co-Founder and CEO, praised One Maritime as the next step in the development of online platforms which, by the use and mix of multiple information sources and the latest technology, take multiple information searches, worldwide communication, collaboration and ordering processes of ship supply to the next level.

He said: ”Our technology products have allowed us to think of data sources and the use of data in a much different way than ever before. With its unique search engines and data migration technology, One Maritime has managed to build an online platform that gives its users access to a mix of data from multiple data sources at the same time.

It changes the way that catalogues, for example, will be used in the future. It will allow users to search across multiple information sources faster than just opening 1 printed catalogue and then to start browsing the pages one by one for the right information. It ensures updated information at your finger tips, something that the current printed catalogues cannot deliver and it gives subscribers access to download updated data and into their back office systems in a much simpler way.

We have mixed the different catalogue data with specific data for vessel, supplier, owners, managers, vessel locations, industry KPIs and much more – and the result is: One Maritime.

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ISSA QUALITY STANDARD 2010 WINS WORLD CUSTOMS ORGANISATION ENDORSEMENT

For immediate release September 8th, 2010
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The International Shipsuppliers & Services Association has received the finest endorsement to date of its efforts to improve the quality of global ship supply after the World Customs Organisation praised the progress it is making in upgrading its 2010 ISSA Quality Standard.

In a letter to ISSA President Jens Olsen, Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary General, of the WCO, said the ISSA Quality Standard 2010 “clearly demonstrates ISSA Members’ commitment to comply with all statutory requirements and to play a leading role in both facilitating the needs of the maritime industry while meeting the international and domestic requirements associated with vessel, port and supply chain security.”

He stressed that while the relationships between Customs administrations and companies involved in ship supply have never been more critical, it was clear that vessel delays cost big money.

“Initiatives such as the ISSA Quality Standard are important building blocks to ensure high levels of trust exist between Customs and Industry. The nature of the ship supply business is a unique one. Members of ISSA routinely import and export goods without the payment of Customs charges and generally have unfettered access to Customs controlled areas such as wharves and bonded stores, so they can go about their lawful business. As a direct consequence, it is not unreasonable of Customs to expect in return high levels of voluntary compliance with Customs and other legislation,” he wrote.

This endorsement by the WCO follows similar support forwarded by InterManager in July of this year. In a similar letter to the ISSA President, InterManager President Roberto Giorgi welcomed the upgraded ISSA Quality Standard and said it was very encouraging “to see that ISSA is determined to continuously improve standards of service provided”.

Quality of supply service has long been a cornerstone of ISSA’s work to improve the image of the industry and enhancements to its existing Quality Standard will take into account a number of fresh initiatives such as catering standards onboard ship; security aspects in light of ISPS and many environmental considerations such as avoiding the excessive use of packaging and better control of the disposal of toxic and carcinogenic material in port.

ISSA President Jens Olsen has already gone on record saying that he wants to encourage membership growth of ISSA through the development of ISSA’s Quality Standard so that it becomes a beacon for quality and an example to other sectors as to how to work with regulators to gain maximum benefit for member companies.

Mr Mikuriya added: “The ISSA Quality Standard 2010 provides a sound basis at a global level to guide national Customs administrations and ISSA Members in dialogue over appropriate procedures and processes to ensure compliance with controls, but also equally importantly to ensure the rapid facilitation of the legitimate requirements of industry with minimum intervention and ‘red tape’.

“The active involvement of ISSA in the WCO issues is highly constructive and greatly appreciated. I look forward to this relationship developing further in the future,” he confirmed.

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Notes for Editors
• ISSA is the international trade association for the world’s ship supply sector with a membership of nearly 2,000 ship suppliers throughout the world.
• It has 43 national associations of ship suppliers as full ISSA members and has associate members in 52 other countries where no national association exists.
• Quality operation is an essential pre-requisite to ISSA membership and as a result, ISSA members have to undergo a rigorous vetting procedure before gaining admittance. Our members and the goods and services they offer can be found in every major port in the world.
• The Association was formed in 1955 and celebrated its Golden Jubilee in 2005 of half a century of service to the maritime industry.

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HUTTON’S ACQUIRES LARS KNUTSEN & CLODE

PRESS RELEASE – embargoed to 00.01am Wednesday September 1st
For Immediate Release 1 September 2010
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Hutton’s has announced its acquisition today of ship supply company Lars Knutsen & Clode in a move which further enhances Hutton’s position as the UK’s leading ship supplier, with a national network able to supply all British ports.

Established in South Wales more than 100 years ago, Lars Knutsen & Clode (LKC) has a strong history in ship supply. The company’s network boasts 8,000 sq ft of warehouse facility in Pembrokeshire with full bond, ambient, freezer and chilled facilities and Unitor stock which is superbly placed to supply Pembroke and the Milford oil and gas industry, South Wales and South West UK. In addition its 3,500 sq ft of warehousing in London with full bond, ambient, freezer and chilled facilities is ideally positioned on the Thames to supply London, Harwich, Dover and South East UK.

With a turnover of £4.5million and a client base which includes James Fisher, Fastnet Ferries, Irish Ferries and Gulf Offshore, LKC is a successful company with 16 staff including Managing Director David Thompson, descendant of the company’s founder, who will remain onboard in a sales development role and be fully involved in incorporating LKC into the Hutton’s business model.

Hutton’s Managing Director Alex Taylor said: “This latest acquisition will further strengthen Hutton’s position in Wales and the South of England, providing Hutton’s with additional bases to supply ships in the local ports. This addition will benefit our customers and further increase our buying power and logistics network.”

This is the fourth acquisition for Hutton’s in the past five years. The company previously purchased Admiral Marine’s Edinburgh office in 2005, Marine & Offshore Medical Supplies (rebranded Hutton’s Medical) in 2005 and Pan Europe in 2009. In addition, organic growth has led to the opening of an Aberdeen branch in 2006, with further expansion at this location in 2009.

Alex Taylor added: “Over this five year period Hutton’s turnover has increased from £2.5 million to £7.5 million and, with the addition of LKC’s £4.5 million turnover, we are set to have an annual turnover of at least £12 million which secures Hutton’s future.”
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Notes to Editors:

• Hutton’s has developed as the UK’s one-stop shop facility providing the full range of products and services to the International Shipping and the Offshore Industry.

• With a history dating back almost 200 years, Hutton’s ensures the highest standard are provided to customers fromits branch network covering all UK ports.

• Having the UK’s largest branch network ensures that most of the UK’s ports are no more than 2 hours from a Hutton’s depot.

• Hutton’s boasts first class facilities and a fleet of state-of-the-art climate controlled vehicles which deliver a full range of food and technical products to customers.

• Hutton’s will be exhibiting at the forthcoming IMPA (International Marine Purchasing Association) event in London from September 15th to 16th.

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VIDEOTEL LAUNCHES TRAINING VIDEO AIMED AT PREVENTING ACCIDENTS IN POWERED WATERTIGHT DOORS

For immediate release. 31 August 2010
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Videotel Marine International, the world’s leading producer of maritime training videos, DVDs and computer based training programmes, has responded to industry requests to produce a training video on the safe use of powered watertight doors to prevent deaths and maimings.

Each year seafarers die or are seriously injured by being crushed within powered watertight doors, often because they have not followed safe working practices. Powered watertight doors are an important design feature fitted to many types of vessels to prevent progressive flooding. Usually made of steel and designed to withstand extreme pressures from flooding water, powered watertight doors close with a maximum force of up to two tons which is easily enough to crush a person to death if they became trapped between the door and the bulkhead.

Loulla Mouzouris, Videotel’s Head of Rentals and Sales, says: “Our customers told us of some horrific cases involving powered watertight doors and also of instances where power cables or waterpipes for firefighting had become trapped in the doorways. We responded to their concerns by producing this two-part video training package with a training workbook which is aimed at raising awareness of safe and correct operating practices and will benefit everyone onboard as well as visitors and contractors working on ships.”

“Powered Watertight Doors” is particularly designed for group training sessions with a trainer though it can also be used for individual study. The package covers correct operating procedures, safety measures and SOLAS (International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea) regulations.

Powered watertight doors is aimed at crew onboard vessels fitted with powered watertight doors such as ferries, cruise ships, RO-ROs, cargo ships and special purpose vessels such as cable vessels and seismic vessels. There could be up to 40 powered watertight doors on a ship. On cruise ships they may be located throughout all areas on the lower decks whereas in other vessels they may only be found in machinery spaces. Door systems vary and therefore the training on how to operate them is ship and company specific. However, the overall design and safety features are common to all systems. Made of heavy gauge steel, powered watertight doors are moved by hydraulic rams or powered by electric motors. They are regulated to take a minimum of 20 seconds and a maximum of 40 seconds to close but, if the door has not been opened fully, it could take as little as five to six seconds to close.

Serious accidents can happen when a person:
• attempts to get through the door while it is moving
• doesn’t wait until the door is fully opened
• carries a load in both hands and doesn’t keep one hand on the controls
• trips and falls over so they can’t get out of the door area before it closes
• goes through the door while it is being opened remotely from the bridge
• snags clothing or a large tool they are carrying, thereby becoming trapped in the doorway

Loulla Mouzouris explains: “Almost all accidents are avoidable. They are frequently the result of personnel not following correct procedures. Accidents can happen when a crew member uses the doors frequently and starts to take risks, or they can occur because of poor supervision. Crew can sometimes consider the procedures for passing through powered watertight doors safely to be excessive and time-consuming, particularly when the doors are in frequent use.

“Because they are made of steel and designed to withstand extreme pressures from flooding water, powered watertight doors close with a maximum force of up to two tons which is easily enough to crush a person to death if they became trapped between the door and the bulkhead.”

As well as keeping ships watertight, some powered watertight doors are also designated as fire doors and will close in the event of a fire. Everyone onboard, whether they are authorised powered watertight door operators or whether they may only need to use one in an emergency, must clearly understand the risks associated with powered watertight doors and how to operate them safely.

Videotel’s “Powered Watertight Doors” training video package is being introduced to help minimise the number of accidents that result from not following the correct procedures when using powered watertight doors. A computer-based training package will be available in the Autumn.
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IMAREST AND Liberia approve Videotel training modules

For immediate release 12th August 2010.
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Videotel Marine International, the world’s major producer of training videos, DVDs and computer based training programmes for the global maritime industry, has received approval for a number of its products from two of the industry’s leading players.

The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) has approved a series of Videotel programmes for the value it believes they contribute to an individual IMarEST member’s professional development requirements.

While the Liberian flag has given its support to a series of training courses that are geared specifically to the safe operation of vessels flying its flag.

The programmes approved by IMarEST include:

• Environmental Officer Training Course
• Ballast Water Management
• Ship to Ship Transfer – Petroleum & Liquid Cargoes
• Handling Vegetable Oils
• Engine Room Waste Management: Oily Water & Separators
• Engine Room Waste Management: The Oil Record Book
• Engine Room Waste Management: Sludge & the Incinerator
• Engine Room Waste Management: Sewage & Waste Water Treatment
• MARPOL Annex VI – Prevention of Air Pollution
• It’s Not Worth It! Maritime Pollution Offences
• Vessel General Permit
• Accident Files: Entry into Enclosed Spaces
• Onboard Energy Saving and the Environment
• Over and Under Pressurisation of Tanks
• Tank Cleaning Practice
• TMSA 2

While Liberia has approved the following courses:
• Maritime Labour Convention 2006 Training Course
• ISM Designated Person Basic Training Course
• Safety Officer Training Course
• Tanker Familiarisation Training Course
• Oil Tanker Safety Training Course
• Chemical Tanker Safety Training Course
• Liquefied Gas Tanker Safety Course

Stephen Bond, Videotel Deputy Chairman, said: “We are delighted to receive this official recognition for our training programmes. We at Videotel put a great deal of effort into our research and development to ensure we produce relevant, accurate and up-to-date training solutions which are accredited within the industry.”

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Notes to Editors:

• Videotel has been providing Maritime Training Solutions since 1973 and currently has a training catalogue of more than 600 titles.
• Videotel supplies the widest range of Computer Based Training (CBT) and DVD/Video training programmes, as well as accredited and certified training courses, in a variety of formats and different languages. Videotel also provides tailored training management services.

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