Tindall Riley Team Raise Money by Walking 56 Miles Along the Thames Path

A group of staff from Britannia’s managers, Tindall Riley, walked 56 miles of the Thames Footpath Route to raise money for the Marine Conservation Society with a mission to complete the walk within 24 hours.

13 staff set off from Cookham, Berkshire, at 6pm on 12th July and walked through the night, before being joined by 13 more colleagues at Hampton Court to finish the remaining 25 miles to London Bridge. Nearly all participants completed the challenge within the time limit, with one group of six doing the entire walk in under 20 hours.

The team raised £2,255 via its JustGiving page and with Tindall Riley pledging to match the amount, a total of £4,510 has been raised for this deserving charity which helps protect the planet’s seas, shores and wildlife.

“I would like to congratulate my fellow colleagues who took part in this challenge and raised a huge sum of money for such an admirable cause,” said Andrew Cutler, CEO Britannia.

“Cleaning up our oceans is vital work and is such an appropriate charity for our team to have chosen, particularly as the IMO is rightly focussing on regulations designed to minimise the maritime industry’s negative impact on our oceans,” he continued.

If you would like to find out more about the work that the Marine Conservation Society does, simply access the website: https://www.mcsuk.org/ and get involved as there are plenty of ways that volunteers can help.

KVH Videotel Launches Task-based Competency

New feature is designed to enhance evaluating and documenting seafarer skills as part of Videotel Performance Manager 

KVH Videotel announces a new feature of its innovative Videotel Performance Manager service that provides the ability to structure task-based competency assessments for seafarers on any given subject and monitor progress as they develop their skills. Evaluating and documenting the competency of seafarers and enabling them to perform at the peak of their abilities are of critical importance to ship operators.

Based around the established maritime concept of taskbooks, this new feature allows seafarers to prepare for, and be evaluated against, any competency that should be demonstrated during their time onboard ship. The results are made available to shore staff in interactive reports within Videotel Performance Manager. In conjunction with regulatory training, this information can help identify high-performing staff eligible for promotion or help ensure that all staff are performing to the same recognised standards.

“KVH Videotel is committed to helping seafarers develop and apply their knowledge, and Task-based Competency is a fantastic service for ensuring these skills can be effectively demonstrated, assessed, and recorded,” says Mark Woodhead, KVH’s senior vice president for EMEA. “Developed in partnership with the industry, Task-based Competency provides a flexible platform for customers to digitise their own taskbooks, use industry standard tasks, or work with the catalogue we provide. Task-based Competency is our latest addition to Videotel Performance Manager, and we are delighted that seafarers can access our award-winning training materials as well as monitor their progress and performance in one place.”

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Transpetro Selects KVH VSAT for Brazilian Tanker Connectivity

KVH’s global coverage, data speed, and complete connectivity solution were deciding factors

MIDDLETOWN, RI – July 25, 2018 – KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), is pleased to announce that Transpetro has chosen KVH VSAT connectivity after conducting a competitive process for selecting new connectivity services for the majority of its tankers. Brazilian-based Transpetro provides transportation for the state-owned Petrobras oil and gas company. Transpetro chose KVH’s TracPhone® V7-HTS satellite communications antenna system with a five-year airtime contract for 45 tankers, a combination of newbuilds and existing tankers. The installations will take place throughout the next 12 months in Brazil, where KVH’s subsidiary, KVH Brazil, has been in operation since 2011.

“We selected KVH for the global coverage and the data speed, which will enable us to improve operational efficiency and provide crew welfare,” says Jose Ricardo Esses, CIO of Transpetro. “Another deciding factor in choosing KVH VSAT was the ease of use in having one provider for the complete connectivity solution.”

KVH’s TracPhone V7-HTS is a 60 cm Ku-band satellite communications antenna designed for the mini-VSAT Broadbandsm network, which utilizes high-throughput satellite (HTS) technology. KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband network provides global maritime coverage and the TracPhone V7-HTS delivers data speeds up to 10 Mbps download, and 3 Mbps upload. Each TracPhone V7-HTS includes a belowdecks Integrated CommBoxTM Modem (ICM), with built-in capability for onboard network management solutions.

“We are very pleased to be providing a complete connectivity solution for this important fleet in the Brazilian oil and gas industry,” says Ryan Smith, KVH’s director of global channel management. “With its superior data speed and global Ku-band coverage, KVH’s TracPhone V7-HTS is ideal for the tankers.”

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KVH Surpasses 8,000 VSAT Systems Shipped for Global Connectivity

The milestone highlights KVH’s position as maritime VSAT market share leader providing satellite broadband connectivity to yachts and commercial vessels around the world

MIDDLETOWN, RI – July 23, 2018 – KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), announced that it recently shipped its 8,000th mini-VSAT Broadbandsm system. The TracPhone® V-series satellite communications antenna systems utilize advanced satellite technology, including the latest high throughput satellites (HTS), to meet the growing demand for more onboard broadband connectivity.

“Our newest HTS systems are in high demand throughout the maritime industry, and build on the strength and reputation of our entire product line,” says Martin Kits van Heyningen, KVH’s chief executive officer. “Our global coverage, rugged antenna systems, and innovative subscription-based business model are exactly what the maritime industry needs as it continues to move toward digitalization.”

In “Prospects for Maritime Satellite Communications, 6th Edition” (2018), industry analysts at Euroconsult reported that KVH is the market share leader in maritime VSAT by units, noting that KVH’s share of the maritime industry’s fielded VSAT terminals is nearly double that of its next closest competitor, as of the end of 2017.

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Thome Group Celebrates 55 Years in Business

July 2018 is a significant milestone in the history of the Thome Group because it was 55 years ago this month that the company was first incorporated in Singapore.

The expansion of the business from its humble beginnings as an agent, broker and charterer to mainly Norwegian ship owners, to an internationally respected third-party ship management company, has mirrored Singapore’s own growth as a renowned global maritime centre.

The family run business has been successfully managed since Mr. Olav Eek Thorstensen, the Group’s Executive Chairman, took over sole ownership in 1981.

“I am deeply proud and humbled to have been part of the Thome Group and it is with sincere thanks to the hard work and dedication of all our employees that we have successfully grown into one of the largest and most respected ship management and shipping services companies in the world,” said Mr. Thorstensen.

“Ship Management is a more demanding business than ever before with more and more regulations covering safety and the environment, coupled with a greater desire by our principals for improved cost efficiency. However, our teams have risen to, and exceeded, these challenges so we remain extremely competitive.”

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InterManager Secretary General awarded honorary degree

Secretary General of InterManager, Captain Kuba Szymanksi, has been awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Maritime Studies by Solent University.

In addition to his role at InterManager, Captain Szymanski sits on the Executive Board of The Nautical Institute, is a Director at TK Foundation, and a Director at Seafarers Rights’ International.

Captain Kuba Szymanski started his sea career in 1985. He graduated from the Maritime University of Szczecin with a Master’s Degree and started his deck officer career with Dorchester Maritime Limited, Isle of Man. He sailed Gas I Chemical and Product tankers, reaching his first command as a Master in 1999.

In 2001 he commenced shore assignment as a Marine Superintendent in the parent Dorchester Maritime Ltd IOM, and was promoted to Marine Manager, DPA in 2004. Captain Szymanski was among the very first Lloyd’s Academy students on the Ship Superintendency course in 2003-2004.

Working his way up through ship management, he worked as General Manager for MOLTANK before joining InterManager as Secretary General in 2010.

Captain Szymanski became involved with the University after witnessing the experiments being carried out at the Warsash Campus for the HORIZON project on seafarers’ fatigue. InterManager became a partner on the subsequent MARTHA project, and he was directly responsible for the dissemination of the findings to the shipping industry. He has also endorsed the recent Solent-led Effective Crew Project and Seafarers Mentoring Project.

Kuba is a great educationalist and a firm believer in supporting young seafarers.  He has provided funding to enable cadets to attend conferences and events in London and elsewhere. He is also a passionate believer in the value of research to bring about change in the shipping industry and a champion of the sector’s young career seekers.

“I am truly humbled to receive this award. I am proud to be able to support the pioneering research carried out by Solent University which will benefit today’s and tomorrow’s seafarers as well as the global shipping industry.”

Norsafe Launches New Fast Rescue and Patrol Boat at Seawork International

Norsafe has carried out extensive research and development in the last few years to develop a new range of robust and safe boats for the Military and Professional market.

Using the experience gained from the closed cabin 1200 and S1200 in the Munin range, an open version is now ready for sea trials and will be launched at Seawork International on 3-5

July in Southampton, UK.

The latest boat has already been tested by Norsafe’s engineers together with user groups representing the coast guard, maritime police, customs and special forces. The overall feedback has been very positive.

The first open S1200 comes with a triple Mercury Verado 400 outboard installation and the same platform can be delivered with sterndrives, surface drives or a waterjet installation.

With the rigid bulwarks and D-fender configuration, the available deck space boasts an impressive flexibility and space for various on-deck operations. All main components can be reconfigured to user specific needs with the console positioned aft, midship or forward. Mission specific equipment placed on deck is safely secured to cargo rails.

Ergonomics and safety in extreme conditions have been key factors in the design and development of the console and dashboard arrangement. All main controls and switches are within direct reach of the pilot position.

The console has been designed with large flat surfaces making it easy to install additional mission specific equipment and the large dashboard can be delivered with a 2- or a 3-crew layout, depending on user needs and specifications.

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Thome Wins MPA Singapore Award

The Thome Group has won the “Innovation in Technology and Systems” award during the MPA Singapore Safety@Sea awards ceremony held at the Marina Mandarin hotel on 21st June 2018.

The awards ceremony was the culmination of MPA Singapore’s annual Safety@Sea week designed to raise awareness and exchange views on safety within the international maritime community.

The judging panel was made up of members from the National Maritime Safety at Sea Council (NMSSC) who were impressed with Thome Group’s investment in a new Operations Hub at its head office.

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Two More Maritime Registries Recognise Prevention at Sea’s Oil Record Book Software

Both the Malta and Hong Kong Maritime Registries have confirmed that they recognise and acknowledge the merits of electronic record keeping in enhancing credibility, transparency and accountability

Prevention at Sea (PaSea) is pleased to announce that two more maritime registries, Malta and Hong Kong, have recognised the merits of its oil record book software and approved its use throughout their fleets to help with the manual recording of Oil Record Book (ORB) entries.

Called the ε-ORB, this software has been designed to aid the preparation and printing of the traditional ORB and complies with the IMO guidelines published in the last PPR5 for electronic record books (February 2018).

It is anticipated that electronic oil record book entries will replace the traditional paper ORB versions whenever MARPOL is amended, due to the more efficient process and reduced risk of errors occurring.

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Britannia declares another USD20m capital distribution to Members

Highlights:

  • Britannia reports another strong financial performance, with an aggregate USD80.6m post-tax surplus for the year.
  • The Board approves a further USD20m capital distribution, to be paid to P&I mutual Members with ships on risk as at midnight 15 May 2018.
  • Members have now benefited from USD61m of deferred call waivers and capital distributions since October 2016.

Financial overview:

In the past 18 months, Britannia’s Members have benefitted from USD61m (or 32.8% ETC) of deferred call waivers and capital distributions, as well as nil General Increases for both P&I and FD&D calls for 2017/18 and 2018/19.   Even allowing for these distributions, S&P has confirmed Britannia’s rating of A (stable), AAA capital and exceptional liquidity (up from strong).

The Association’s ability to continue to assist Members is a consequence of repeated strong underwriting results; with 2017/18 seeing a USD64.6m underwriting surplus and a USD48.6m gain on its investment portfolio. Overall, the Association’s balance sheet reserves rose by USD50.6m. This is after taking into account the USD30m capital distribution made to Members during 2017. [The surplus assets in Boudicca (which are available to meet future claims) stood at USD211.6m.]

Given this further strengthening of the Association’s capital position, the Board decided to declare another USD20m capital distribution, payable to mutual Members with ships on risk as at midnight GMT 15 May 2018 (pro rata based on premium). This immediate benefit to Members re-affirms the Association’s commitment to mutuality, while reflecting its continuing financial strength which provides a high degree of security to its Members. The Board will review the Association’s financial position further at its October meeting.

Claims

While higher than in the 2016/17 policy year (a remarkably light one for claims), claims during the 2017/18 policy year were well within projection.   Large claims (those expected to cost the Association USD1m or more) have remained consistent in number but returned to the higher average seen in earlier years. IG Pool claims (Britannia has no Pool claims in 2017/18) have also seen an increase, with a number of high profile casualties. Nevertheless, they remain within projection.

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Thome Wins Seatrade CSR Award

The Thome Group has won the Corporate Social Responsibility award at the 2018 Seatrade Maritime Awards Asia.

The judging panel were impressed with the variety of different ways in which the company encouraged its employees to take part in activities designed to benefit the community.

Thome employees give up their free time to help those less fortunate than themselves and the community as a whole, in a wide variety of ways including:

  • Fun Run “ScholaRun” – A yearly event, Thome employees are sponsored to participate in a Fun Run for American Chamber Foundation Phils., Inc. Scholarship Program to benefit underprivileged kids and build better future and education.
  • Project Study Drive – Another annual activity by Thome Philippines which takes place every June. A back to school campaign that delivers basic school supplies to underprivileged children.
  • Tree Planting “Plant Trees to Feed the Future” – An environmental activity where Thome employees from the Philippines planted a total of 1,000 Mahogany Trees seedlings.

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Panama Maritime Authority Recognises Prevention at Sea’s Oil Record Book Software

Prevention at Sea Ltd has recently been authorized by the Panama Maritime Authority as a recognized manufacturer and distributor of the Panamanian Oil Record Book in electronic format as well as the electronic version of other official Books in general.

The merchant marine circular MMC-193 has been re-issued by the Panama Maritime Authority with the aim to notify the Industry that the Oil Record Book software as well as other official log books produced by the company are now accepted on board Panamanian vessels.

Since 2014, Prevention at Sea has been very active in software development in the maritime sector by winning multiple awards for innovation, especially with its Lloyd’s Register approved ε-ORB software, designed to be used for the preparation and printing of the traditional Oil Record Book.

This piece of software is already in compliance with the IMO guidelines published in the last PPR5 for electronic record books (February 2018) and will replace the traditional paper Oil Record Book whenever MARPOL is amended to allow the use of paperless electronic record systems.

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InterDam Accelerates Growth with New Office Opening in Houston

A new office expansion will enable InterDam to accelerate growth in the US Onshore and Offshore Industry and Renewable Sectors.

InterDam, leading supplier of Fire and Blast resistant architectural products for refineries, Oil & Gas Platforms and Offshore Wind Platforms, recently opened a new office in Houston, Texas to strengthen its position in the North American market and leverage the area’s diverse and expansive customer base.

InterDam’s product development over the past ten years has pushed the boundaries of fire resistant and post blast walls, windows and doors, by creating a world-class product line developed in response to the industry’s desire for fit-for-purpose prefabricated systems that fit modular and standardized building designs.

Conforming to US Coast Guard and UL fire and blast regulations, InterDam’s cost effective and lightweight products are designed to withstand a fire outbreak in a post blast situation, exceeding current standards and leading the market in workforce safety.

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Seafarers To Benefit From Innovative Catering Training Software – Launched by MCTC

As part of its dedication to providing catering crews with the best possible standard of training and management,

Marine Catering Training Consultancy (MCTC) is delighted to announce the launch of its brand new Learning Management System (LMS).

The innovative LMS will enable marine catering crews to manage their own training and communications digitally, and access all their course materials under one platform.

The new system is now available to all MCTC’s clients who subscribe to the training company’s flagship package the Catering Competency Development Programme, which incorporates on board/ onshore training, distance coaching and mentoring programmes, vessel visits, evaluation, support and consultancy, and trade tests.

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Deadline Looms for Lifeboat Hook Replacement Advises Norsafe

Norsafe, global Life-Saving Appliance (LSA) manufacturer, has advised the industry that it needs to ensure that all ships’ on-load LSA release mechanisms

comply with SOLAS Resolution MSC.317(89) by 1st July 2019.

In some instances, this may mean that a lifeboat’s release and retrieval system needs to be modified or replaced on or before that date, normally at the next scheduled dry-docking, as only hooks certified and tested in compliance with the aforementioned SOLAS resolution and named in the IMO GISIS database will be allowed on any lifeboat with onload hooks.

Norsafe’s on-load hook release system, called the TOR MK2, complies with all SOLAS regulations and the LSA code. It has been designed with three main priorities in mind; minimal maintenance, high safety precautions and simplicity of use.

A key feature is a yellow padlock sign, visible on both sides of the hook, which indicates that the hook is set and the release cables are correctly located.

The cables are arranged so that even if the hook is incorrectly reset, and the release handle is forced, the cables are protected from being stretched or damaged.

In addition, the on-load release activation requires 4 physical actions to be performed which provides a significant safety barrier against premature on-load release.

Norsafe’s global servicing and maintenance teams can ensure release mechanisms are compliant.

For more information on re-hooking please contact Norsafe’s service department by e-mailing service@norsafe.com or phoning +47 370 56 333.

Thome Outlines Key Strategies for Success at CMA

Gautam Kashyap, Thome’s Vice President for Business Development, outlined the Group’s strategies for success at the 2018 Connecticut Maritime Association shipping conference.

“Ship Management is changing and the right mix of digitalisation, automation and data analytics are key criteria towards providing greater efficiency, transparency and value-added services to clients in the future,” he said.

Ship Managers will need to invest heavily in new technology to keep up with changes in the market and Thome has already started this process by developing an Operations Hub, based at its headquarters in Singapore, which enables situational awareness for both duty-personnel and Thome’s crisis teams.

This is the first stage in a three-stage process enabling remote tracking of individual ships in the fleet, passage planning, security risk assessment, weather routing, video conferencing, integrated vessel management system (NAU) implementation, and individual on-board CCTV remote monitoring.

Two additional stages of improvements in the hub are planned. Stage two will further improve efficiency and availability through operational support functions like cargo handling, port turnaround and energy efficiency monitoring.

Stage three will concentrate on advanced support covering areas like cyber security, machinery condition assessment and trouble shooting.

Crew and onshore training is also crucial and Thome has a very comprehensive programme in place to ensure that all staff receive correct and relevant training for their roles which are updated on a regular basis.

In conclusion, Mr. Kashyap felt that a company’s size would be a critical factor in being able to meet customer demands and industry requirements in the future.

Thome has grown from humble origins to having a fleet of over 400 vessels, a crew pool of over 12,000 seafarers, a shore team of over 800 people and 11 worldwide offices. This means the Group can compete on a global scale and is ready for the challenges of the future.

PaSea clarifies Hours of Work and Rest interpretation for seafarers

Maritime risk prevention firm, Prevention at Sea (PaSea), has raised concerns about the different interpretations attributed to MLC 2006 Regulation 2.3 Hours of work and hours of rest, para. 5(b) and para. 6, specifically with regards to the phrase ‘in any 24-hour period’ used when calculating crew work schedules to ensure that sufficient rest periods are taken.

Petros Achtypis, CEO of PaSea, has brought this issue to the attention of the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO’s) Labour Standards Department requesting clarification on whether the interpretation provided by his team were correct.

Specifically, the issue raised revolves around checks ‘in any 24-hour period’ and whether such checks should commence during a seafarer’s rest period.

PaSea’s stance is that this should be avoided and the reasons for this opinion is based on the fact that:

  • By not taking into consideration a part of the seafarer’s undisrupted rest period, irregularities may occur which could result in a violation of the regulations.
  •  The seafarer’s rest period should not be split into parts/sections, regardless if the rest period commenced during the previous day.For example, if a seafarer’s rest period was between 2000 of day 1 and 0400 of day 2, then the undisrupted rest time is 8 hours in total.Therefore, the beginning of ‘in any 24 h period’ checking during the rest period 2000 (day 1) – 0400 (day 2) i.e. starting at 2100, 2130, 2200, 2300 etc., should be avoided.PaSea recommends that when scheduling work patterns for crew, the ‘in any 24h period’ should commence at the start of any period of work by moving backwards 24 hours.This type of calculation clearly indicates whether the seafarer has received adequate rest in accordance with the regulations before the commencement of a new work- related task.Although the Constitution of the International Labour Office confers no special competence upon the ILO to interpret Conventions and any comment is without prejudice to what the supervisory bodies of the ILO may have to say about the issue, PaSea understands that the ILO’s Labour Standards Department supports and shares the same interpretation as PaSea.

    Examples of different scenarios are available from PaSea to demonstrate how using this system of checking ensures that the seafarer’s welfare is the priority and that only when proper rest periods have been taken should another work related task begin.

     

    To contact PaSea call +357 24819800 or visit the website www.preventionatsea.com

    ENDS

Britannia Appoints New Exclusive Correspondent in Taiwan

In a move to maintain the highest possible service levels to its Members in Asia, Britannia P&I has recently made two important changes.

In April last year, Britannia’s Managers, Tindall Riley, acquired the club’s Exclusive Correspondent in Japan, Cornes P&I.

Renamed Tindall Riley (Britannia) Japan, the acquisition demonstrated the importance of Japanese shipowners to Britannia. “The renaming of the Tokyo office was the immediate change, with the office continuing to provide Britannia’s Japanese Members with outstanding levels of service” said Andrew Cutler, CEO Britannia.  He added that “2018 will see further initiatives in Japan, which we will announce in due course”.

In another development, and after many years of representing Britannia in Taiwan, Capt. Mike Chiang, the founder of Chiang Marine Services (CMS), has decided to retire.

CMS’s Exclusive Correspondent role is therefore passing to a successor company, B Taiwan P&I Correspondent Co., Ltd. which will be headed by Ms Euly Luo who is well known to Britannia’s Membership in Taiwan, having served with CMS for 30 years. As is to be expected, handover has been conveniently fixed to happen at noon on 20th February 2018.

The new company details are:

B Taiwan P&I Correspondent Company Limited

Room 806, No.205, Dunhua South Road, Section 1,

Taipei 10690, Taiwan, RoC

Telephone: +886 2 2731 8000

Fax: +886 2 2731 8021

Email: newmatter@btaiwan.com.tw

Ms Euly Luo     Mobile: +886 932 143445       Email: euly@btaiwan.com.tw

“The CMS team provided a quality service to Britannia’s Members over the years, helping us enjoy good business in Taiwan. We will maintain those high standards with the new correspondent while wishing Capt. Chiang a healthy and happy retirement,” said Andrew Cutler.

Risk Profiling is becoming more important to PSC Inspections

Port State Control inspections are increasingly focusing on the risk profile of the ship under inspection with inspectors singling out the performance of the ship manager and the flag state recognised organisation (RO) as major factors to concentrate on.

Petros Achtypis, Chief Executive Officer of Cyprus-based Prevention at Sea (PaSea), said PSC inspectors were changing the way they inspected ships with greater emphasis being placed on a vessel’s risk profile.

Many PSC Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) were starting to draw direct parallels between the risk profile of the ship and the performance of the ship manager and the RO.

“There is a growing trend to look at ways to identify operational and management risks and detect any pitfalls that could lead to accidents or injury,” he said.

Since risk assessment became part of the ISM Code the shipping industry has viewed risk identification and assessment as a simple process, limited to the use of one matrix – consequence x probability.

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Industry Professional Steven Gosling to Play Key Role in Maritime Training at KVH Videotel

KVH Videotel announced today that Steven Gosling, a master mariner and former manager with leading maritime organizations, has joined KVH Videotel’s content team as quality assurance manager.

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Mr. Gosling’s responsibilities will include monitoring legislative movements, trends, and best practices in the industry, and guiding the KVH Videotel content and software development teams in serving the maritime community’s learning and development needs. Mr. Gosling will also be responsible for spearheading KVH Videotel’s continuing professional development (CPD) offering. Prior to joining KVH Videotel, Mr. Gosling held roles as head of strategic development for Nautilus International; training & quality manager for The Nautical Institute; and deck officer with the cruise ship industry. He earned an MSc. in maritime operations and management from City, University of London.

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