ICS Looks to the Future with New ISM Guidelines 

In response to today’s increasingly complex operating environment, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has launched a completely new edition of its Guidelines on the Application of the IMO International Safety Management (ISM) Code, originally published in 1993 with over 50,000 copies sold worldwide

The ISM Code is a key mandatory requirement for merchant ships, critical to continuous improvement of maritime safety and environmental performance.
An expert ICS panel drawn from shipowners and shipmanagers across a variety of sectors, and with considerable experience of working with ISM, has created up to date guidelines which look forward to the future, balancing the need to implement Safety Management Systems (SMS) that further improve safety with helping the crew to do its job efficiently.

Mark Rawson, ICS Expert Group Lead says: “What emerged within ICS was a strong enthusiasm to make radical changes to the previous guidelines.   The view from ship operators was that we should be looking at how we can simplify understanding of the ISM Code and the application of its requirements. Read more

Thome Group Wins 2019 Environmental Award

The Thome Group is delighted to announce that it has won Tanker Shipping & Trade’s 2019 Environmental Award which was presented to Capt. Atul Vatsa, Thome Group’s VP of Compliance & Marine Safety and Sean Hutchings, COO of the Group’s Bulker Division, during a gala dinner held in London on 26th November.

The award recognised “the company, individual or institution that had found a solution to an environmental challenge or problem within the tanker industry.”

The adjudicating panel of industry experts were impressed with Thome’s implementation of a mobile based application called NAU that was designed to monitor the performance of its entire managed fleet. The app includes an ‘Environment’ module that covers daily monitoring of the accumulation and disposal of machinery space bilges and sludge on board across all managed vessels and alerts the vessel managers when there is excessive build-up beyond set benchmarks.

Commenting on the award win Mr Olav Nortun, Thome Group CEO, said:

“NAU compliments Thome’s zero tolerance policy to marine and environmental contamination and acts as the company’s automated whistle blower keeping the interests of the company, its ship owners and stake holders intact, acting as an early warning system to any potential risks which could lead to system failure, human errors, etc. I am so pleased that our environmental commitment has been recognised by the industry and would like to thank those people who voted for us.”

KVH Announces KVH Elite, Unlimited VSAT Streaming Service for Yachts

Premium service features dedicated bandwidth to deliver unlimited HD-quality streaming onboard yachts

MIDDLETOWN, RI – October 9, 2019 – KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), announced today that it is introducing KVH Elite, a premium unlimited VSAT streaming service delivering HD-quality, dedicated bandwidth to yachts in selected geographic regions. The new KVH Elite streaming service is launching in November 2019 from Florida through the Caribbean, including the islands of the eastern Caribbean, with the Mediterranean expected to follow in 2020. This service, which is part of KVH’s fully global mini-VSAT BroadbandSM HTS network, is designed for maximum coverage, maximum data speeds, and a premier user experience for simultaneous streaming.

KVH Elite enables users onboard to use their favorite apps for streaming popular HD movie and TV content, music, and more, on an unlimited basis in that there are no overages or data limits. The streaming service uses KVH’s award-winning VSAT antenna systems—the 60 cm diameter TracPhone® V7-HTS and the 1 meter diameter TracPhone V11-HTS—and is designed for ease of use, with simple over-the-air activation that does not require any hardware changes to the antenna system or its belowdecks control unit. Yachts currently using the V7-HTS or V11-HTS are KVH Elite-ready for activation.

“The yachting market, particularly at the highest level, is seeing an incredible demand for VSAT connectivity,” says Mark Woodhead, KVH executive vice president for mobile connectivity. “When you are on a yacht, you expect to be able to stream movies and other entertainment content just like you do at home. Our new KVH Elite unlimited streaming service is one more example of how KVH’s premium VSAT connectivity can enhance the yachting experience.”

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Britannia P&I: Added Strength In Singapore

Britannia P&I’s Managers, Tindall Riley, adds four new colleagues to their Singapore team.

This expansion reinforces Britannia’s strategy of developing its regional hubs, bringing service closer to Members.  TR(B) Singapore was established in September 2018 (taking over from the former exclusive correspondent of almost 20 years) and Britannia’s Singapore branch licence was granted in February of this year.

FRANCIS CHURCH, having moved moving from the Managers’ London office, joins as a regional underwriter.

DAPHNE CHUA, a 4 years PQE Singapore lawyer, joined the team in July to support P&I and FD&D service.

JACOB DAAMGARD, a dual qualified deck and engine room mariner, has also moved from the Managers in London to lead Britannia’s regional Loss Prevention activities.

KATHERINE LEE, a compliance expert, joins as Compliance Officer for the Singapore branch.

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Constant Bridge warnings create ‘alarm fatigue,’ survey reveals

Frequently sounding bridge warnings, especially false ones, can create ‘alarm fatigue’ and hinder watch keepers in carrying out their vital role, a new survey supported by InterManager has revealed.

Responding to the findings, InterManager is now calling for manufacturers to work with ship operators to address seafarers concerns and develop better ways of communicating bridge warnings.

Respondents highlighted there is a problem with too many similar sounding alarms and revealed a need for alarms to be easily identifiable so that urgent warnings can be recognised over simple notification bells. Read more

ICS announces first speakers for its flagship conference during LISW19

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) will challenge the shipping industry and policymakers to face the reality of powering global trade without the use of fossil fuels in its 2019 International Shipping Conference Setting Course for 2050: Powering Global Trade.

Taking place at the British Library on Wednesday 11 September 2019, during London International Shipping Week, the conference will bring together leading scientists, economists, oil & gas industry players, financiers, infrastructure and shipping leaders along with ministers and policymakers. The programme will ask how the changing dynamics of global trade, new technology and the need to address climate change will impact business models and will set out how todays shipowners must prepare for the transition to zero CO2 emitting fuels – the ‘4th Propulsion Revolution’.  Read more

The Swedish Club Starts a Loss Prevention Revolution

The next generation of Loss Prevention has arrived. A pilot project from The Swedish Club means that shipowners can now be offered real time personalised loss prevention, tailored to their location, and voyage profile.

Trade Enabling Loss Prevention (TELP) allows The Swedish Club to use a combination of the latest automatic identification system (AIS) technology coupled with solid statistics and expertise built up over years to map a risk profile for an individual vessel at every stage of its voyage, It can then provide members and their vessels with timely, tailored advice when they are approaching areas of particular risk. Read more

ICS – Six Months’ Countdown to the ‘Global Sulphur Cap’

With six months to go until the implementation of the ‘Global Sulphur Cap’ the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has issued updated guidance to help shipowners comply with new UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulations. Taking full effect on 1 January 2020 the legal framework will require merchant ships worldwide to use fuel with a sulphur content of less than 0.50 percent or use alternative mitigation technologies.

Guy Platten, Secretary General of ICS said: “These new regulations are good for human health and good for the environment. With just six months to go before implementation these free ICS guidelines will help shipping companies with the vital task of preparing for compliance. We strongly recommend that shipowners prepare an Implementation Plan for each of their ships using the template agreed by IMO.”  Read more

MCTC WELCOMES NEW CLIENT

MCTC is delighted to welcome a new client: Columbia Shipmanagement, one of the world’s largest shipmanagement and maritime services companies with over 40 years’ of experience.

MCTC will work in partnership to actively promote Columbia Shipmanagement’s ‘ICare’ policy to encourage a culture of excellence across Columbia’s business and with everyone who works alongside it. The ‘ICare’ policy holds a strong ethos focusing on the human dimension: crew, their families and the staff in Columbia offices. Read more

Message from Rear Admiral Peter Brady on Day of the Seafarer

Today, on the International Day of the Seafarer, we pay tribute to the many men and women who operate the global shipping fleet –transporting goods around the world to facilitate world trade; and fishing the seas to feed global populations; and in our Navies, protecting our populations, lands and seas; and in the tourist sector, helping people to experience and enjoy our oceans at first hand; and in transport, ferrying passengers between our islands. Read more

Hill Dickinson Boosts Commodities Team with Two Senior Hires

Mark Aspinall, Hill Dickinson

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Hill Dickinson is pleased to announce the strategic acquisition of two partners for its growing commodities team.

Experienced energy sector lawyers Mark Aspinall and Paul Sinnott have joined Hill Dickinson from Eversheds and will operate from the firm’s London office.

Welcoming them, team leader Jeff Isaacs said: ‘We are excited to have brought in two very significant lateral hires in Mark and Paul. Their individual and combined experience in transactional, derivative-based work and dispute resolution is closely aligned with our strategy to broaden the capability and expertise of our existing group.
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ICS to Push for Rapid Action on Further CO2 Reduction by International Shipping

ICS Member Representatives at the 2019 AGM

2019 AGM Faroe Islands: Representatives of the world’s national shipowners’ associations met last week to review the priorities of the global shipowners’ association, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS).

The ICS Annual General Meeting was overshadowed by the attacks against two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman and the very serious threat this presents to the lives of seafarers and maritime trade. (Please see recent statement.)

Action on CO2 Reduction
ICS agreed a suite of actions in support of the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) strategy to decarbonise international shipping in line with the United Nations 1.5 degree climate change goal. Read more

The Swedish Club Closes its 2019 AGM on a High Note

Guest of Honour Andrew Bardot, Retiring CEO, IG P&I (right) with Nick Shaw, Incoming CEO, IG P&I

The Swedish Club welcomed members from around the world to its 147th AGM held in Gothenburg last week. More than 250 member representatives and business associates joined the Club to share in the combination of business and Swedish hospitality that makes the Club’s AGM such a unique event.

The Guest of Honour this year was Andrew Bardot, attending one of his final events as Executive Officer of the International Group of P&I Clubs (IGP&I). Members were both informed and entertained by hearing his experiences since taking up the role 14 years ago. At the same time the Club welcomed the new incumbent, Nick Shaw, and invited him to share details of IGP&I’s roadmap for the future.  Read more

International Chamber of Shipping expresses concern over tanker attacks

The Board of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has expressed concern at the serious incidents involving the Marshall Islands flagged ship Front Altair and the Panama flagged Kokuka Courageous, in the Gulf of Oman. Addressing the issue at the ICS Annual General Meeting in the Faroe Islands, the Board has expressed the international shipping industry’s alarm at recent incidents in the region affecting ships and their crews.

“This suspected attack is a deeply worrying and intolerable situation. We await further clarification and information as to what has happened but we are relieved that there appears to have been no loss of life and that the crews are reportedly safe, ” said Guy Platten, ICS Secretary General. “This is the second incident in one month and the shipping industry, and most importantly the crews,  must not be exposed to such risks.” Read more

Gulf of Guinea Piracy Continues to Threaten Seafarers – Industry Wants Action Now

Members of the shipping community, Flag States and Agencies from the Gulf of Guinea gathered at the Headquarters of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on Friday 7 June, 2019, for a day-long symposium on Maritime Security in the Gulf of Guinea. The event, co-sponsored by BIMCO, IMCA, ICS, ITF and OCIMF, featured speakers from regional maritime agencies as well as shipping officials, academics and military staff.  The shipping industry, along with seafarer groups, organized the event to highlight the continuing danger to seafarers operating in the Gulf of Guinea.

In opening the symposium, Dr. Grahaeme Henderson, Chair of the UK Shipping Defence Advisory Committee and Vice President of Shell Shipping & Maritime, said “Simply put, the high level of piracy and armed robbery attacks in the Gulf of Guinea is not acceptable. Yet it is happening every day and this is not business as usual. We need to take urgent action now.”  Read more

Maritime VSAT Innovator Introduces ‘KVH Watch’ IoT Connectivity as a Service

New KVH Watch service is designed for maritime equipment manufacturers, enabling them to conduct remote monitoring and real-time intervention

MIDDLETOWN, RI – June 4, 2019 – KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), today introduced the maritime industry’s only all-inclusive, no-commitment, Internet of Things (IoT) Connectivity as a Service program utilizing global VSAT communications. KVH WatchTM is designed as the connectivity solution for remote equipment monitoring and intervention by maritime equipment manufacturers and IoT application providers. With remote monitoring, manufacturers can act in real time, minimizing expensive service calls and ensuring that their equipment is performing at its peak for the maritime operation.

“IoT is essential for maintaining and optimizing complex equipment at sea, but until now, equipment manufacturers have lacked an affordable VSAT IoT solution,” says Martin Kits van Heyningen, KVH’s chief executive officer. “We followed the successful business model we established with AgilePlans® Connectivity as a Service to now offer KVH Watch IoT Connectivity as a Service for one monthly subscription fee.” Read more

Shipowners’ Global Trade Association Launches Annual Review


In advance of its AGM in the Faroe Islands next week, the global trade association for shipowners, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), has launched its Annual Review 2019, providing in-depth insight into the most pressing issues confronting shipping, which moves about 90% of global trade.

ICS Chairman, Esben Poulsson, explains:  “The immediate focus of ICS is the successful implementation of the UN IMO global sulphur cap, which will take complete effect on 1 January.  ICS has produced comprehensive advice to help shipowners prepare and achieved notable success in persuading IMO to adopt appropriate guidelines for its Member States. Read more

ICS Launches Definitive Guidelines on MLC Convention

Responding to changing regulations the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has launched of the third edition of its essential Guidelines on the Application of the ILO Maritime Labour Convention, the only fully up to date guide to the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) for all involved with the employment of seafarers.

Focused on today’s MLC, the publication covers all amendments made to the Convention since it entered into force in 2013. It also contains practical advice, information and key learnings from industry bodies at the heart of the shipping community.
Natalie Shaw, Director of Employment Affairs at ICS says: “These new Guidelines provide a framework to help all involved in the industry understand how the MLC works. Companies can use them to assist in developing their own policies and procedures and incorporate them in their working practices. Read more

International Shipping on Track to Meet 2030 CO2 Reduction Target Following Critical UN IMO Meeting

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) – which represents the world’s national shipowner associations – remains confident that shipping will improve its carbon efficiency by at least 40% by 2030 compared to 2008, in line with the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) targets to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.  This follows important decisions made by the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 74) which met in London this week.

ICS Secretary General, Guy Platten commented: “We welcome the adoption of important new IMO regulations to strengthen and bring forward the application of the Energy Efficiency Design Index for several different types of new build vessel, including containerships.  We are keen to see further progress on developing more short term measures to help the existing fleet reduce its emissions, and are optimistic that IMO Member States can agree some additional regulations, during 2020, combining prescriptive and goal based approaches that will deliver further GHG reductions before 2023.” Read more

New survey from ICS and ECSA paints positive picture for seafarer internet access


A new survey from the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) reveals that not only is internet access for seafarers for personal use on board ships more widespread and available than previously imagined, but also that the positive benefits associated with this access outweigh the feared safety concerns around the technology.

The responses to the survey carried out by ICS and ECSA, with support from the Asian Shipowners’ Association (ASA), indicate that the provision of internet access to seafarers for personal use may have improved the mental health and well-being of seafarers (according to 60% of respondents) and the morale of seafarers in the company (according to 69% of respondents). 82% of those organisations who responded provide internet access to seafarers for personal use. Despite industry concerns that internet access may negatively impact upon seafarers obtaining adequate rest and sleep during periods available for rest, 85% of these companies reported that this has been unaffected or improved. Similarly, whilst there have also been concerns expressed as to whether internet access may negatively or positively impact upon the work performance of seafarers, 96% of companies reported that this has not deteriorated. Read more