Thome Group Wins Excellence in Maritime Services/Ship Management

The Thome Group is delighted to announce that it has won the award for Excellence in Maritime Services/ Ship Management at the Lloyd’s List Asia Pacific Awards ceremony at the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore.

Reviewed by an independent panel of judges, the award recognised that the Thome Group had “demonstrated best ongoing commitment to the industry and had raised the standards of ship management and support in the region.”

The judges carefully considered a range of performance indicators including crew welfare, overall safety record, environmental initiatives, ship security, training, operational efficiency, cost control and a proven record of client satisfaction.

Accepting the award on behalf of the Thome Group was the company’s CEO Mr Olav Nortun who commented;

“Winning this award is the icing on the cake for all the dedication and hard work of our employees around the world. It is a great endorsement of our crew welfare programmes, training courses, environmental initiatives and cost efficiency drives to make sure our services offer the best value for money for our clients without compromising on safety.  I would also like to sincerely thank our principals and close partners for their continued trust and close collaboration.”

He was also grateful for the hard work of the independent panel of judges and recognised the tough decisions they had to make in choosing the winners. He felt humbled in receiving the award among such a strong list of nominees.

 

Britannia returns more funds to Members and moves away from a General Increase

 

The Britannia Steam Ship Insurance Association Limited declares a USD15 million capital distribution to its mutual Members

 

Highlights

  • Britannia remains in robust financial health, allowing a further capital distribution of USD15 million to be paid to P&I mutual Members
  • Going forward, Members’ renewals will be underwritten on their individual records, with Britannia moving away from the concept of a General Increase (GI) for both P&I and FD&D

 Overview

In August 2019, S&P re-affirmed Britannia’s A (stable) rating with capital well above the AAA level and an ‘exceptional’ liquidity rating.

However, the 2018/19 policy year was challenging, with lower than projected investment returns and claims being higher than expected.  Claims continue to be high, in particular those in excess of USD1 million.  In addition, all insurers in the P&I sector have seen rates declining, with Britannia anticipating an underwriting deficit for the current policy year, with an expected combined ratio of 108%.

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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.”

KVH Elite is available as a weekly or monthly airtime plan, and seamless access to the service will be managed by KVH Superyacht Group. The ease of access makes the service ideal for yachting adventures, sportfishing charters, special events held on yachts, and more, on an on-demand basis. Yachts enjoy their selected High-speed and Unlimited Use data plans and the benefits of KVH’s global HTS service when not in the KVH Elite streaming regions.

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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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Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) strengthens South Asia presence with new office in Bangladesh

MUMBAI, 01 October 2019 – Leading classification society, the Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass), recently celebrated the opening of its Bangladesh office with an inauguration event.

The event, held at Hotel Agrabad, was attended by members of the regional shipping fraternity including shipping companies, shipyards, ship recycling units, ship design companies, flag administration and various service suppliers. Representatives from the Indian High Commission were also present to grace the occasion. IRClass now has an office in Dhaka and representative office in Chittagong with both offices having qualified local surveyors to provide value added services to Bangladesh based clients.

In his opening address, Mr. Amit Bhatnagar, Senior Principal Surveyor & Vice President, IRClass, extolled the close relationship between classification societies and the industry. “IRClass will continue to work closely with the industry to help our clients develop practical and cost-effective solutions that meet their requirements”, said Mr. Bhatnagar. “We are excited to be a part of the vibrant maritime ecosystem in Bangladesh and we look forward to forging new relationships and renewing existing ones. We also look forward to working with ship recycling yards that have approached IRClass for certification under the Hong Kong Convention.”

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Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) opens office in Doha

Leading Classification Society the Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass), has opened an office in Doha at the Qatar Financial Centre (QFC).

Commemorating the office opening, a function was held at the Sheraton Grand Doha Resort and Convention Hotel which was attended by a large number of senior delegates from Indian Embassy, Qatar Financial Centre, Ministry of Transport and Communications and various other ministries, port authorities, terminals, shipowners, ship managers, media, insurance and logistic companies. H.E. the Ambassador of India to Qatar Mr. P Kumaran graced the occasion by his presence.

The Middle East is one of IRClass’ most important strategic markets outside of India and the new branch office in Doha will help the class society extend its services to the marine, ports and terminals, industrial, oil and gas and offshore companies based in Qatar.

With 52 offices worldwide and recognised by 44 major flag administrations, including the state of Qatar, the Indian Register of Shipping is renowned for its quality of service and professional approach.

Speaking on the occasion, H.E. Ambassador of India Mr. P Kumaran, congratulated IRClass on setting up of an office in Doha and lauded the initiatives to serve the industry specially when India – Qatar trade was at an all-time high.

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National Marine Electronics Association Recognizes Three KVH Marine Systems with 2019 Product of Excellence Awards

KVH’s TracPhone V3-HTS, TracPhone LTE-1, and TracVision TV3 win awards at the annual NMEA conference

MIDDLETOWN, RI – September 24, 2019 – KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), is pleased to announce that the top marine electronics professionals in the country have honored three of KVH’s marine antenna systems for product excellence. KVH’s TracPhone® V3-HTS received NMEA’s 2019 Product of Excellence Award in the satellite communications antenna category; KVH’s TracPhone LTE-1 received the 2019 Product of Excellence Award in the WiFi/Cellular Device category; and KVH’s TracVision® TV3 received the 2019 Product of Excellence Award in the satellite TV antenna category.

This is the 22nd consecutive year that KVH has achieved the NMEA distinction for its TracVision systems and the 17th time that KVH’s TracPhone satcom systems have been recognized. KVH’s TracPhone LTE-1 is the inaugural Product of Excellence winner in NMEA’s new category, WiFi/Cellular Device.

The NMEA Product of Excellence Awards are presented annually to recognize design, performance, and reliability in marine electronics products. The winners are selected by a vote of the members of NMEA, an industry group made up of more than 600 companies, including manufacturers, dealers, and boat builders.

“Receiving three NMEA product awards this year is a thrill for KVH, and we are extremely honored,” says Jim George, KVH’s senior director of global leisure sales. “Knowing that NMEA’s marine electronics professionals continue to give our products their vote of confidence means the world to us.”
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KVH Announces Iridium Certus as Companion to KVH VSAT Systems for Optimal Vessel Communications

Next-generation L-band solution provides pole-to-pole coverage

MIDDLETOWN, RI – September 19, 2019 – KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), announced today that the Iridium Certus® service is now available from KVH as a companion for KVH’s TracPhone® mini-VSAT BroadbandSM systems. Iridium Certus is a next-generation L-band solution providing pole-to-pole global coverage and featuring small-form-factor, cost-effective antenna terminals. KVH’s VSAT systems include the TracPhone HTS-series, which provide data speeds as fast as 20/3 Mbps (down/up) to meet the connectivity demands of today’s commercial maritime vessels and global-voyaging superyachts.

This companion solution, featuring Iridium’s highest L-band data speeds of 352/176 Kbps (down/up) and the 38 cm (15 inch) diameter Cobham Sailor 4300 antenna, is designed to seamlessly integrate with all KVH TracPhone mini-VSAT Broadband antenna systems. Optional least-cost routing enables onboard data to switch from KVH mini-VSAT Broadband service to Iridium Certus and back again as necessary. An unlimited use data plan is available, whether the vessel is using KVH mini-VSAT Broadband or Iridium Certus.

The Iridium Certus companion solution is available for existing and new TracPhone mini-VSAT Broadband system users either via standard purchase or as part of an AgilePlans® deployment. KVH’s AgilePlans program provides commercial fleets with an all-inclusive, no-commitment connectivity solution that includes a TracPhone V7-HTS or TracPhone V11-HTS antenna, high-speed data, daily TV and print news, training, free shipping, free installation at select ports, and zero maintenance costs for one monthly fee. AgilePlans has become KVH’s most successful commercial maritime VSAT solution, accounting for more than 70% of the company’s commercial maritime VSAT shipments in the first half of 2019.

KVH is a mobile tech innovator that provides connectivity solutions for commercial maritime, leisure marine, and land mobile applications on vessels and vehicles, including the award-winning TracPhone and TracVision® product lines, the global mini-VSAT Broadband network, and AgilePlans Connectivity as a Service (CaaS). The company’s KVH Media Group provides news, sports, and entertainment content with such brands as NEWSlink™ and SPORTSlink™.

Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) makes its mark in London International Shipping Week

MUMBAI, 19 September 2019 – Leading classification society, the Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass), held two very successful events during London International Shipping Week (LISW).

On the first day, a Roundtable panel made up of some of the industry’s most respected senior level decision makers, discussed key industry issues including the IMO’s GHG goals and the industry’s expectations on the future role of class.

The UK’s Rt. Hon. Nusrat Ghani MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Maritime, Department for Transport, made opening remarks on the importance of classification societies in upholding standards and regulations in the maritime industry.

The second event was a seminar on the “Future Role of Class – Partnering with the industry”, which saw participation from a cross section of maritime stakeholders.

The changing role of class was also discussed in depth with the general consensus being that classification societies should partner with the industry towards compliance of international regulations.

The week before London International Shipping Week Mr Arun Sharma, the Executive Chairman of the Indian Register of Shipping, was introduced as the new Chairman of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) to a group of specially invited maritime journalists.

In his address Mr. Sharma stressed the need for IACS to work with the industry especially in the use of data to make more informed decisions, the validation of technologies to ensure that any regulation can be applied globally and consistently and the Association’s unique contribution to maritime safety and regulation through technical support, compliance verification and research and development.

The IRClass team also met with a delegation from the Republic of Cyprus led by Ms. Natasa Pilides, Shipping Deputy Minister to the President, and held very cordial discussions on the way forward to extend mutual co-operation.

 

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Videotel Wins Best Crew Wellbeing Programme at Safety at Sea Awards

Leading maritime training provider Videotel has won the Best Crew Wellbeing Programme at the Safety at Sea Awards held during London International Shipping Week.

The category was for the best standout wellbeing initiative which, in the judges’ opinion, has helped protect crew mental health and wellbeing.

Launched during the 5th Annual International Shipowning & Shipmanagement Summit in London last year, the programme was produced in association with the International Seafarers Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) and comprises a video, facilitator notes, and information booklets from ISWAN on mental health issues at sea.

Due to the critical importance of the topic it was decided that the package would be made available free of charge and it can be downloaded by accessing https://landing.videotel.com/seafarerwellbeing

“We are thrilled that this programme has been recognized by an independent panel of judges as an important contribution to help seafarers who may be struggling when at sea, away from family and friends. Mental health issues can effect anyone, but Seafarers face unique working and living conditions that pose additional challenges and require further consideration.” said Raal Harris, MD of Videotel.

“I would like to thank my colleagues who made a very insightful and instructive programme with the help of the team at ISWAN and the other organisations that gave their time and energy in support of this worthwhile production.”

Impressive Line-up of Roundtable Panellists for Inaugural Indian Register of Shipping LISW Event

Leading classification society, the Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass), has recruited an impressive list of panellists for its inaugural event at London International Shipping Week.

To be held at the America Square Conference Centre, the panel will be made up of some of the industry’s most respected senior level decision makers including Brian Johnson, Chief Executive – Maritime Safety, MCGA, UK, Denis Petropoulos, Chairman, Baltic Exchange, Savraj Mehta, CCO North of England P&I Club, and Lars Lange, Secretary General, IUMI. They will be joined by Mr Suresh Sinha and Mr Arun Sharma, MD and Executive Chairman of IRClass respectively.

Key industry issues will be discussed including industry perspectives on achieving the IMO’s GHG goals and the industry’s expectations on the future role of classification societies.

The Rt. Hon. Nusrat Ghani MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Maritime, Department for Transport, UK will be making some opening remarks at the event.

“IRClass is really proud to be putting on this event which will debate important issues that the maritime industry is facing and the need for cooperation across different sectors to achieve the goals set out by the IMO. As the current Chair of IACS, I am also interested to seek inputs on how classification societies can develop to meet the changing needs of the industry rather than concentrating purely on technical matters as it has done in the past,” said Mr Arun Sharma, Executive Chairman of IRClass.

To register for the event email: santosh.patil@irclass.org; london@irclass.org

IRClass will also be holding a seminar at 10.00am on the 10th September to further debate the future role of class taking into account the Roundtable discussions.

 

ICS confirms record line up for its flagship Conference

ICS has added further high-level speakers to the line-up of its 2019 Conference: Setting Course for 2050: Powering Global Trade.  The flagship conference will take place on September 11th at the British Library, during London International Shipping Week.

Stuart Neil, Communications Director of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) said: “The shipping industry is facing the most important transformation since the transition from sail to steam. There are no clear solutions, no silver bullets and there will be trade-offs and new ways of working as we move towards 2050. Navigating this passage will require leadership and engagement beyond the shipping sector.”

30 speakers from over 11 countries, including shipowners and government ministers, have confirmed their attendance at the ICS flagship event. With such an important agenda ICS has brought together a stellar line-up of speakers to fully explore the options open to the industry and the decisions it faces – decisions which will have implications beyond the sector’s own boardrooms. Climate science, research and development, finance, policy instruments and the role of the Global Maritime Value Chain will all be on the agenda.

The confirmed speakers include:

  • The Rt. Hon. Nusrat Ghani MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Maritime, Department for Transport, UK
  • Emanuele Grimaldi, President and Managing Director, Grimaldi Group S.p.A, Italy
  • Lasse Kristoffersen, President and CEO, Tovald Klaveness, Norway
  • Mark Martecchini, President, Stolt Tanker Trading, The Netherlands
  • John C. Lyras, Principal, Paralos Maritime Corporation S.A., Greece
  • Caroline Yang, Chief Executive of Hong Lam Marine Pte Ltd, Singapore
  • Lord Adair Turner, Chair, Energy Transitions Commission and former Chair of the UK’s Financial Services Authority, UK
  • Professor Anders Hammer Strømman, Lead Author, Shipping, 6th IPCC Assessment, Norway
  • Tom Strang, Senior Vice President, Maritime Affairs, Carnival Corporation & plc, UK
  • Michael Parker, Global Industry Head, Shipping and Logistics, Citigroup, UK
  • Baroness Worthington, Executive Director for Europe of the Environmental Defence Fund, UK
  • Michael Traver, Chair, Oil and Gas Climate Initiative Transport Workstream and Chief Engineer, Commercial Transport Research for the Aramco Services Company, USA
  • Brandon Larson, Director for Certifications, Naval Applications & Digital Analytics, GE Aviation, Marine Solutions, USA
  • Kristina Fløche Juelsgaard, Director, Business Development, Ballard Power Systems Europe, Denmark
  • Fiona Harvey, Environment Correspondent, The Guardian, UK

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Singapore Shipping Association wins Best Maritime Organisation Award at the Shiptek International Maritime Awards 2019

The Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) was recognised as the Best Maritime Organisation at the 11th Shiptek International Maritime Awards 2019. The ceremony was held on 29thAugust in the Simpor Ballroom at the Marina Bay Convention Centre, Singapore.

On receiving the award, Mr Rene Piil Pedersen, Vice-President and Honorary Secretary of the Singapore Shipping Association said: “We are honoured to be recognised as the Winner in the Best Maritime Organisation category at the 11th ShipTek International Maritime Awards in 2019. An Association is only as strong as its members, their engagement, commitment and support. This award is a testament to the huge contribution from the maritime and offshore industry in Singapore who, as members of the SSA, are striving to make Singapore a second-to-none international maritime cluster.

Britannia Publication – Risk Watch: analysis of a collision in dense fog and traffic

 

Britannia P&I Club has just published the latest edition of Risk Watch on its website. This popular publication provides case studies and articles on a variety of topical issues for shore-based maritime personnel.

As well as recent Club news and an introduction to the team working in Britannia’s Hong Kong branch and hub, the current edition marks the releases of the latest in the loss prevention department’s series of BSAFE posters, this time focusing on the recurring issue of enclosed spaces.

Also included is an interesting review of a collision last year between a container ship and a fishing vessel off the coast of China, written by Graham Wilson, Associate Director in the loss prevention department.

The report of the casualty investigation has recently been published by the Singapore Transport Safety Investigation Bureau, and the article provides a useful analysis of the report’s main findings.

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Indian Register of Shipping forges training partnership with the Indian Coast Guard

MUMBAI, 15 August 2019 – Leading classification society, the Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass), recently launched a bespoke training course for the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) at IRClass’ head office in Mumbai, India.

Welcoming senior officers of the ICG, Mr Suresh Sinha, Managing Director of IRClass, lauded the close collaboration between IRClass and ICG in co-creating course material relevant to ICG’s training needs.

“IRClass, through its training arm, IRClass Academy, worked under the auspices and guidance of ICG Inspector General TP Sadanandan, TM, DDG (M&M) and ICG Deputy Inspector General Sudhir Sahni to curate course material that will help the ICG maintain their ships at high standards”, said Mr Sinha. He added that IRClass had been providing services to the ICG for over three decades and the training programme prepared for this course has been developed primarily to cover the ‘Coast Guard Rules’ developed by IRClass and the application of these Rules during the construction and service life of ICG ships.

The two-week course covers a wide range of topics including onboard inspection work and issues relating to material, welding, non-destructive testing, safety related matters, statutory requirements etc. The faculty has been drawn from an experienced pool of surveyors having domain knowledge in areas such as engineering, ship building, electrical, hull structure, stability, etc.

KK Dhawan, Head Defence at IRClass, brought out the tailormade training programme for Coast Guard personnel which will ensure that all aspects related to class, inspection and maintenance of ships are discussed in detail. He also mentioned that this training continues to ensure close tie ups between IRClass and the Coast Guard.

Established in 2014 as IRClass’ maritime training and education wing, IRClass Academy, disseminates industry knowledge to various stakeholders through courses in areas such as ship operations, maintenance and surveys, ship design and shipbuilding, ports and terminals and marine management systems.

New VR Title from Videotel Helps Protect Cargo

Leading maritime training provider Videotel, has launched a new virtual reality (VR) training title to help ship operators avoid potential claims running into millions of pounds due to cargo damage caused by insufficient tank cleaning onboard chemical tankers.

Ensuring cargo tanks are properly cleaned to receive their next cargo is a complex operation and is a vital part of safe operation onboard, especially with regards to the carriage of sensitive chemical cargoes.

The effectiveness of tank cleaning for such cargoes is frequently assessed by visual inspection and a methanol wall-wash test which involves the application of a solvent to selected areas of the cargo tank bulkheads. The solvent is then analysed for key quality parameters. If this onboard test is not performed properly or results read wrongly by crew, then this could have the direct result of a vessel being de-berthed and/or additional and unnecessary tank cleaning taking placed with all the associated additional costs and time losses.

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KVH Joins Smart Maritime Network as Founding Member of Technology Development Initiative

Maritime innovator KVH is pleased to announce it has joined the Smart Maritime Network (SMN) as one of the founding members of the initiative dedicated to supporting collaboration and standardization in the development of IT systems for the shipping sector. As a founding member, KVH will participate in Smart Maritime Council meetings with a select group of maritime technology developers, systems integrators, and vessel operators to discuss issues relating to the compatibility, standardization, and harmonization of the technology used in the modern shipping industry.

“KVH is thrilled to be a founding member of the Smart Maritime Network,” says Rick Driscoll, KVH’s vice president for service development and implementation. “Setting digital, data, and tech standards that resonate throughout the maritime industry is an extremely important effort that will provide far-reaching benefits at this crucial time in the industry’s digital transformation.”

KVH has a history of innovation in the maritime industry for producing award-winning satellite antenna products and providing global VSAT connectivity services with the fast data speeds to support the digital transformation underway throughout the industry.

Last month, KVH introduced KVH WatchTM, a maritime Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity solution for maritime equipment manufacturers and application providers. KVH Watch enables equipment manufacturers to conduct remote monitoring and real-time interventions so they can minimize expensive service calls and ensure their equipment is performing at its peak.

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Indian Register of Shipping takes over Chairmanship of IACS

MUMBAI, INDIA, 15 July 2019 – Arun Sharma, Executive Chairman of the Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass), has been elected as the new Chairman of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) in a recent Council meeting held in Busan, Korea.

Mr Sharma took over as Chair on 1st July and has outlined his key priorities during his year long tenure which includes IACS to take a larger role in industry matters with a view to provide value added services to owners on the implementation of regulatory requirements.

He stressed on the need to continuously strengthen the systems within IACS towards maintaining and enhancing quality operations. He is also keen to enhance interaction with stakeholders towards affirming its relevance to the industry.

Mr. Sharma highlighted that IACS recognises the importance of good data in decision-making to guide its policy decisions and work has commenced on the formulation of IACS data driven policy. This would be “a very important step and will be one of the main priorities in the coming year,” he said.

Congratulating his predecessor Mr Jeong-Kie Lee, Korean Register’s Chairman and CEO, Mr Sharma commented: “I am grateful to Jeong-Kie for his personal commitment to IACS during his Chairmanship and for laying the groundwork on a number of key initiatives that will be my responsibility to bring to conclusion. I am confident that with the support of all my Council colleagues, IACS will be able to demonstrate the proactive commitment necessary to ensure that the Association remains well positioned for the many challenges that face the maritime community.”

Britannia Hosts Members’ Seminar in Piraeus

Britannia P&I Club is hosting a one-day Members’ seminar in Piraeus on Thursday 27 June. The seminar is aimed at senior managers, superintendents, DPAs and serving officers of Britannia’s Members.

The programme will include presentations on the implications and challenges of the Sulphur Cap 2020, passage planning and safety management.

A line-up of very experienced Britannia senior managers will be presenting and on hand to offer advice, including:

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Indian Register of Shipping hosts multi-stakeholder seminar on IMO sulphur limit compliance and GHG emissions strategy

MUMBAI, INDIA, 28 May 2019 – The Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass), a leading ship classification society, recently hosted a seminar in which industry stakeholders discussed the impending 2020 IMO fuel sulphur regulation and the initial IMO Strategy on reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships.

Held at IRClass’ head office in Mumbai, India, the one-day ‘Fuel 2020 & GHG Emission’ session drew participation from ship owners, ship operators, consultants, marine engine suppliers and bunker suppliers.

In his welcome address, Mr Vijay Arora, Joint Managing Director of IRClass, spoke about the rapid advancements in marine fuel technology and the need for both short-term and long-term plans to implement IMO’s GHG emissions strategy. He also mentioned that the industry today faces challenges which are both regulatory and technical in nature which need to be deliberated by all stakeholders to gain insights.

Guest-of-Honour Capt. Ashok Mahapatra, former Director of IMO’s Maritime Safety Division, highlighted in his keynote address the hitherto lack of clarity amongst ship owners, underwriters and charterers in dealing with non-compliant fuel post-sulphur limit.

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