Indian Register of Shipping wins two prestigious awards at separate ceremonies

Leading classification society Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass), won ‘Classification Society of the Year’ award at the Samudra Manthan Awards ceremony on 5 December, and on another occasion, the ‘Indywood Excellence Award for Professional Achievement – Class Compliance’ was bestowed upon Mr. Suresh Sinha, Managing Director of IRClass, recognising his efforts towards the development of the classification society landscape within the maritime sector.

The Indywood Excellence Awards 2018 (Marine / Offshore / Oil & Gas) were held at HITEX Exhibition Centre in Hyderabad on 2nd December, and this year’s Samudra Manthan Awards took place on 5th December at Sahara Star in Mumbai, India.

This marks the second occasion the classification society has been named the classification society of the year – where this year, the criterion for selection included digitalisation initiatives, cyber security, maritime research and industry projects.

Mr. Sinha said: “I am humbled to be bestowed with the Indywood Excellence Award, but the real winner is the team of committed and dedicated employees of IRClass globally; who have been instrumental in expanding the classification society within the marine and oil & gas sectors. I would like to congratulate each one of them for the hard work.”

He added: “This validates the work we have been doing for our valued clients and spurs us to further raise our service standards and to help the marine as well as oil & gas industries to cope with the new dynamics of the digital ecosystem in a changing shipping landscape.”

Tindall Riley to sell its Carina Fixed P&I Product to The MECO Group

Following a strategic review of its operations, Tindall Riley (TR) has agreed to sell Carina, its fixed premium P&I Managing General Agent (MGA), to The MECO Group for an undisclosed sum. Set up by TR in 2012, Carina is a successful and well managed specialised fixed premium P&I provider.

The terms of sale are agreed, but the transfer will only complete once all the regulatory and underwriting approvals have been received, which is scheduled before the end of 2018.

The focus of the parties has been on ensuring a seamless transfer, based on a ‘business as usual’ approach, under which the current Carina team will transfer across to MECO and continue to run Carina as part of the MECO Group. They will continue to offer clients the same first-class service and transactional efficiency in their new home.

From the date of transfer, Carina will become a MECO brand and MECO will assume TR’s role as the MGA that owns and operates Carina. MECO will take over all TR’s responsibilities as Managers of Carina and the existing Carina team will relocate to MECO’s London office. With effect from the date of transfer, MECO will take sole responsibility for current policies and all prior years.

The underlying security of Carina, as a Lloyd’s based product, will remain unchanged.

Commenting on the transaction Simon Scriven, Chairman of TR said:

“Carina has performed well in a challenging cycle, the decision to sell was not an easy one, but we concluded that despite its success, operating Carina as an MGA was not in-line with our key strategic objectives as one of the leading mutual management operations. We chose MECO Group as the new home for the Carina team because it is the oldest and most well-respected marine MGA in London.” 

Christopher Else, CEO of the MECO Group commented as follows:

“The acquisition of Carina represents a big step in the development of the MECO Group. Carina is a strong brand managed by an experienced and professional team that will fit well within the MECO Group. The last few years have been challenging in the marine insurance industry, but all our brands have been profitable during turbulent times and in a fast-changing market, the opportunities for expansion are genuinely exciting. The acquisition of Carina is just one example of how the MECO Group is well placed to grow in the current climate.”

Thome’s Chairman Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Olav Eek Thorstensen, Executive Chairman of the Thome Group, received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Tanker Shipping and Trade’s annual conference held in London on 20-21 November.

Looking back over his 50 years in the maritime industry, Mr Eek Thorstensen recalled the early days of third party ship management and how he realised that Thome could offer more efficient services to owners trading vessels in the Far East. So began Thome’s growth in that sector which continues to this day.

He also paid tribute to his staff recognising that the success of the Thome Group is not down to just one person and that every employee has contributed with dedication and hard work.

Looking to the future he predicted that, within the next 10 years, there would be fundamental changes in the structure of ship owning with an increase in vessels being owned by asset management companies which bodes well for third party ship managers as their expertise will be required to run these fleets.

In conclusion, he stated that he cherishes all his memories of working in such a dynamic industry and thanked the organisers for recognising him in this way.

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KVH Videotel Announces Promotion of Raal Harris to Managing Director

KVH Videotel, a market-leading provider of training films, computer-based training, and eLearning for the maritime industry, announced today that Raal Harris has been named managing director. In his new role, Mr. Harris is responsible for the overall business, including creative production, content and licensing, product development, and sales. Based in KVH Videotel’s London office, Mr. Harris has extensive experience in the commercial maritime industry and is actively involved with numerous seafarer welfare organizations, ship management associations, and international shipping entities.

Previously, Mr. Harris held the title of creative content director for KVH Videotel and was responsible for production and development of eLearning materials and digital media strategy. He championed a creative approach to enhance product interactivity and user experience and spearheaded various projects to increase Videotel’s web presence and to deliver training online and on mobile devices.

Mr. Harris’s background includes university lectureships in interaction design, information product design, and computer games design, which gave him invaluable experience in structuring and designing learning material and evaluating learner performance.

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KVH Announces Two Key Leadership Positions for the Global Company

The promotions leverage business and maritime industry experience within the tech innovation company

MIDDLETOWN, RI – November 15, 2018 – KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), a leader in global mobile connectivity and inertial navigation solutions, today announced that Brent Bruun has expanded his responsibilities as chief operating officer, and Mark Woodhead has been named executive vice president of mobile connectivity. The promotions leverage the business and maritime industry experience of the two leaders.

In his role as chief operating officer, Mr. Bruun will now spearhead corporate business development; oversee all operational and financial aspects of KVH’s mobile connectivity and inertial navigation businesses; lead financial planning and analysis; foster investor relations; and work toward organizational excellence across the global company.
Mr. Bruun joined KVH in early 2008 and served as executive vice president of the mobile broadband group, the company’s largest business unit. Prior to joining KVH, Mr. Bruun was senior vice president with satellite operator SES Americom, and gained his strong corporate financial background from positions held with GE Capital and KPMG earlier in his career.

“I look forward to accelerating growth for KVH as we continue to strengthen our leadership market share with our mobile connectivity products and services, particularly in maritime VSAT, and increase the demand for our inertial solutions in the fast growing autonomous markets,” says Mr. Bruun, who is based in KVH’s global headquarters in Middletown, Rhode Island.

In Mr. Woodhead’s new role as executive vice president of mobile connectivity, he takes on leadership for EMEA, Asia, and Americas commercial sales; global leisure sales; KVH VideotelTM and KVH Media Group; global sales operations; and product line management. Mr. Woodhead previously served as KVH’s senior vice president, EMEA, overseeing mobile connectivity sales activities in the region and also overseeing KVH Videotel on a global basis. Mr. Woodhead has a strong background in sales and the commercial maritime industry, having focused on these areas for more than 20 years; he is based in KVH’s Leeds, U.K., office.

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ICS Chairman Calls for Comprehensive Revision of STCW Seafarer Training Regime

Speaking in Manila, the Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), Esben Poulsson, has called for a comprehensive revision of the IMO STCW Convention which governs global standards for the training and certification of around two million merchant seafarers.

STCW was reviewed in 2010 with the adoption of the ‘Manila amendments’ but the previous major overhaul of the STCW regime was last undertaken by IMO Member States over 25 years ago.

Mr Poulsson said “It’s now commonplace for employers to routinely provide additional training and assessments prior to the deployment of many officers holding STCW certification which raises questions as to whether the Convention as currently drafted is still fit for purpose in the 21st Century.” Read more

Indian Register of Shipping plays central role at INMARCO

The Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) continues to play a central role at the International Maritime Conference and Exhibition (INMARCO) which is held every four years.

Organised by the Institute of Marine Engineers (India), this year’s INMARCO will see a packed programme of technical discussions and panel debates covering a wide spectrum of topics including maritime safety, environment, technology and security to oceanography and underwater technology.

A Platinum sponsor, IRClass will be providing three expert speakers who will be giving talks on the following areas:

The key to successful maritime cyber risk assessment by Mr. R. Srinivas, (Principal Surveyor)

Best practise in Ballast Water Management by Mr. Devrup Kabi, (Principal Surveyor)

Understanding hybrid power systems by Mr. S. Mutharasu, (Senior Surveyor).

The Conference is being organised from 1st to 3rd November 2018 at the LaLiT hotel in Mumbai and will be graced by Ministry of Shipping and maritime administration officials as well as senior industry representatives from across the maritime spectrum globally. Further information can be found on the INMARCO 2018 website.

“IRClass has always been a huge supporter of INMARCO and we’re proud to be providing the conference with experts from differing fields within the maritime sector giving talks on relevant industry issues” said Mr. Arun Sharma, Executive Chairman.

Mr. Vijay Arora, Joint Managing Director of IRClass added: “The conference and exhibition are well-attended, and the panel debates are always very interesting and stimulating, challenging the industry norms.”

KVH Introduces World’s Fastest, Lightest, Ultra-compact Ku-band Marine VSAT Antenna

The TracPhone V3-HTS is a breakthrough antenna for providing connectivity at sea, with faster data speeds than larger marine satellite antennas

MIDDLETOWN, RI – Oct. 31, 2018 – KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), today unveils the TracPhone® V3-HTS, the world’s fastest, lightest, ultra-compact Ku-band marine VSAT antenna, at the Fort Lauderdale (FL) International Boat Show. Measuring just 37 cm (14.5 inches) diameter and weighing 11 kg (25 lbs.), the TracPhone V3-HTS is smaller in physical size than any other Ku-band marine satellite communications antenna on the market and is designed to provide faster data speeds (5 Mbps download/2 Mbps upload) than larger marine satellite antennas.

The TracPhone V3-HTS’s fast data speeds, combined with its diminutive size, make Internet connectivity and HD-quality streaming available aboard smaller powerboats and sailboats along with commercial vessels, such as workboats and offshore fishing boats, that do not have room for a larger satellite communications antenna.

KVH designed and engineered the TracPhone V3-HTS specifically for KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadbandsm HTS network. This advanced maritime network offers unmatched speed and coverage using new next-generation high-throughput satellites (HTS) from Intelsat’s global network with additional satellite capacity from SKY Perfect JSAT, all of which is fully integrated under the IntelsatOne Flex for Maritime platform. KVH is the maritime VSAT market share leader by fielded units, according to an independent industry report by Euroconsult.

“KVH’s HTS network changes the game for communications on boats,” says Todd Tally, general manager of Atlantic Marine Electronics, a leading marine systems installer based in Fort Lauderdale. “Incredibly fast, robust, and reliable, this service and the TracPhone HTS antennas allow our customers to enjoy Internet connections, streaming movies and TV, voice calls, video chats, and more.”

The TracPhone V3-HTS is the second HTS antenna design from KVH, which introduced the 60 cm diameter Ku-band TracPhone V7-HTS last year. During the development of both antennas, KVH worked closely with satellite operator Intelsat, which recently upgraded its IntelsatOne Flex platform to support smaller antennas, in anticipation of the release of KVH’s 37 cm terminal. IntelsatOne Flex is a managed service that offers multi-layered global coverage by leveraging Intelsat EpicNG high-throughput satellites (HTS) and select wide beams. The TracPhone V3-HTS is manufactured by KVH at its headquarters in Middletown, Rhode Island.

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Solis Marine Consultants Appoints Former Braemar Salvage Association MD

London-based Solis Marine Consultant has announced the appointment of Nigel Clark to its senior management team.

Nigel Clark, who until recently was Managing Director of Braemar Salvage Association, will assist the Solis management team with the preparation and implementation of a strategic plan for the further expansion of the Group. He brings to the organisation over 30 years of experience within marine consultancy and within the oil and gas sectors. Apart from previously heading up Braemar Salvage Association, he was also a past Finance Director at the London Marine Group.

Established in 2012, Solis is an independent company providing expert witness and all types of incident investigation services as well as salvage support, SCR attendances and casualty management to the maritime industry.

Welcoming his appointment, John Simpson, Senior Partner at Solis Marine, said: “We are delighted to have Nigel join us to strengthen the management team as we continue with our plans to grow Solis Marine and prepare for the next phase of our development. Nigel’s advice and guidance, based on his experience and knowledge of the industry, will be invaluable and we look forward to working with him.”

On his new position Mr Clark responded: “Solis has built an excellent reputation within the industry, especially with regard to its salvage and wreck removal management services and for its expert witness work. It has some exciting ideas for further growth and I look forward to helping the company achieve its goals.”

Solis Marine has offices in London, Singapore and Shanghai and has plans to open further offices in strategic locations in the near future.

Britannia announces a further USD10m Capital Distribution and no General Increase for 2019/20

At its Members’ Representative Committee and Board Meetings on 16 October in Hamburg, Britannia P&I Club announced that for 2019/20 there would be no General Increase to its advance call for P&I Members. In addition, Britannia continues to set its release calls for open policy years at nil.

A further USD10m capital distribution was also announced to P&I mutual Members based on premium for ships on risk at midnight BST 16 October 2018.

Likewise, there will be no General Increase for 2019/20 to its advance call on FD&D. To further support its FD&D Members, from 2019/20 Britannia will cap at USD150,000 individual Members’ one-third contribution towards the cost of any FD&D claim.

“Britannia’s strong capital position means that, since October 2016, we have been able to return USD75m in deferred call waivers and capital distributions to Members, while seeking no General Increase in P&I for the past three years or FD&D for the past five years,” said Nigel Palmer OBE, Chairman of Britannia.

“In the same period, we have enhanced our service offering in Asia whilst establishing a presence in Greece and Denmark. This underlines the Club’s commitment to its Members by continuing to provide the highest quality service.”

“Standard & Poor’s have recently reconfirmed Britannia’s strong financial performance and positive capital position with an A (stable) rating. Prudent yet proactive financial management by the Managers has enabled both Members and the Association to benefit from positive returns” said Jo Rodgers, CFO of Tindall Riley (Britannia) Limited.

 

Seafarers’ Mental Health is Focus of New Training Programme Offered Free to Mariners Worldwide

KVH Videotel introduced a new training package, “Seafarers Mental Health and Wellbeing,” yesterday during the 5th Annual International Shipowning & Shipmanagement Summit in London, and announced that the package will be available free of charge throughout the industry due to the critical importance of the topic. The programme was produced in association with the International Seafarers Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) and comprises a short video, facilitator notes, and information booklets from ISWAN on mental health issues at sea. To obtain “Seafarers Mental Health and Wellbeing,” please visit videotel.com/seafarerwellbeing.

“Seafarers face unique working conditions which can put them under tremendous stress, with fewer opportunities for relief than they would be likely to find on land,” says Mark Woodhead, KVH senior vice president for EMEA. “This programme not only presents information from industry experts but also lets seafarers themselves tell their own story in interviews and short statements, describing the path to achieving happiness.”

If left unaddressed, seafarer’s stress can result in danger to one’s self by way of lowered morale, increased human error, lifestyle illnesses, decreased productivity, burnout, and mental health issues. “Seafarers Mental Health and Wellbeing” focuses on what seafarers can do to cope with the challenges but also to take advantage of the many opportunities onboard. It underlines the importance of rest, diet, team activities, and maintaining good relationships. Talking to a trusted person onboard ship may help, and there is also help available outside the ship such as the 24/7 multilingual helpline and chat service at SeafarerHelp.org, as well as the work of port-based organisations such as Mission to Seafarers.

ISWAN’s brochures are being distributed as part of this training package, available as downloads from the dedicated KVH Videotel website. In addition, KVH Videotel is providing brief facilitator notes to assist those who will use this programme to run training sessions on vessels.

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Britannia Announces Team for Greek Office Opening

Britannia has finalised its Greek office opening plans by announcing the team that has recently taken up residence in Piraeus, Greece.

The office will be tasked with enhancing service delivery to its Greek members and is part of an ongoing expansion of the Club’s regional hub network that will also shortly see the opening of an office in Singapore in addition to the upgrading of its presence in Japan and Hong Kong, as well as the recent opening of an exclusive Correspondent in Copenhagen.

The Greek office, located in the iconic Ionian Building off Akti Miaouli, will be headed by David Harley who recently returned to the London office having established and worked for over 5 years as head of Britannia, Hong Kong.

David has extensive P&I and FD&D claims handling experience and will be assisted by newly appointed Konstantinos Samaritis, who joins from a leading Greek shipowner, having previously worked for both Standard and Skuld Clubs’ Greek operations.

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S&P Global Ratings affirms Britannia’s ratings as ‘A’ (stable)

S&P Global Ratings, the world’s leading independent credit ratings provider, has affirmed its ‘A’ rating on the Britannia P&I Club. It added that the outlook remains stable over the next three years based on its view that the Club’s current capital buffer well exceeds S&P’s ‘AAA’ level requirement.

S&P based its findings on Britannia’s extremely strong level of capitalization and its strong market position in the P&I mutual business, where it has “a track record of quality in its underwriting” and added that the Club “enjoys strong returns”.

The report also notes that with a five-year average net combined ratio (2014-2018) of 88.9%, Britannia’s operating performance has exceeded its long term break-even target and the peer average during this period.

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Prevention at Sea Signs Two MOUs

Lloyd’s Register certified marine risk assessor and maritime software developer, Prevention at Sea, has recently signed two Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs).

The first one has been signed with SQLearn, a leading e-Learning company that provides technological training solutions, and the two companies will collaborate on the development of eLearning training programmes using their combined knowledge of maritime know-how and technology.

This will include the use of the latest training techniques, including the use of Virtual Reality (VR), to engage and enthuse the younger generation entering the industry.

The second MOU has been signed with Katradis Marine Ropes, a specialist in mooring systems, procedures and products.

Katradis has many years’ experience in mooring system and line management best practices and tradition, so combining this with Prevention at Sea’s maritime regulatory knowledge and software expertise will benefit ship operators by enabling the detailed compilation of a ship’s mooring system plan to enable the safer management of its mooring procedures.

Both companies will also explore avenues of cooperation by combining technical knowledge and advances in technology to develop innovative products aiming at bettering the industry and enhancing safety.

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KVH Pledges Support to Maritime UK’s Women in Maritime Campaign

KVH, a leading provider of maritime connectivity and content solutions, is delighted to pledge its support for Women in Maritime, an initiative of industry group Maritime UK. The Women in Maritime campaign aims to promote fairness, equality, and inclusion within the maritime sector, bringing together leaders from across the maritime sector to identify practical steps to increase the number of women in maritime, and crucially within senior roles across its shipping, ports, marine, and business services industries.

The Northern launch of the Women in Maritime campaign took place in Liverpool yesterday, with support by several members of KVH’s Liverpool staff, many of whom have actively mentored and encouraged younger women in their workplace and industry for many years. Says Sue Henney, EMEA marketing director for KVH, who has worked in the maritime industry for 25 years: “The maritime sector is a truly international workplace with a wealth of exciting and diverse opportunities.” Ms. Henney’s colleagues in the Liverpool office include five women with a combined total of nearly 70 years’ experience in the maritime industry.

Maritime businesses have initially been asked to sign a Women in Maritime pledge, and KVH officially signed earlier this week. “KVH is committed to building an employment culture that actively supports and celebrates gender diversity, at all levels, throughout our organisation and our industry,” says Elizabeth Jackson, chief marketing officer for KVH. “We are proud to say that we have an extremely diverse team throughout the business and we support the belief that achieving a balanced workforce in the maritime sector will undoubtedly improve culture, behaviour, outcomes, profitability, and productivity.” 

The initiative aims to reach throughout the maritime industry. “The need for fairness, equality, and inclusion is clearer than ever and the maritime sector must embrace diversity because it’s the right thing to do. Equally there is a strong business case for action,” says Sue Teriplowski, OBE, chair of the Women in Maritime taskforce.

 

Success of KVH AgilePlans Accelerates Maritime Digitalization

Company’s innovative Connectivity as a Service (CaaS) program is fast-growing choice of global maritime fleets

MIDDLETOWN, RI – September 6, 2018 – Increased demand for the AgilePlansTM subscription-based Connectivity as a Service (CaaS) program from KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI) has been the driving force behind the company’s unprecedented growth in VSAT unit deployments during the first six months of 2018, a timeframe when the maritime industry has been increasing its drive toward digitalization.

KVH recently reported that it successfully shipped almost as many VSAT systems in the first six months of 2018 as it shipped in all of 2017.  Further, KVH VSAT unit shipments from April to June were up 100% compared to the same timeframe last year and shipments are at an all-time record by far compared to any quarter in KVH’s 10-year history in the maritime VSAT business.

Throughout the maritime industry, commercial fleets are transitioning to digitalization to increase operational efficiency and allow for integrated IoT solutions. Vessel operators can leverage faster connectivity to take advantage of real-time data transfers to improve decision making for fuel optimization, route planning, and safety. Providing Internet access to seafarers for crew welfare and onboard training is also important in attracting and retaining today’s more digitally sophisticated crew.

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Singtel, KVH Industries Collaborate to Accelerate Maritime Sector Digitalization Across Asia Pacific

MIDDLETOWN, RI – August 30, 2018 – Singtel and KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), a global satellite and maritime communications provider, today announced a partnership to provide shipping companies a seamless broadband satellite service with KVH’s mini-VSAT BroadbandSM satellite connectivity to help accelerate the digital transformation of the maritime industry across the Asia Pacific region.

This satellite service is designed to facilitate the use of digital solutions in the maritime industry to significantly improve operational efficiency, crew welfare, and onboard safety. Vessels can leverage this fast and reliable connectivity to harness real-time data about engine performance gleaned from onboard sensors to facilitate preventive maintenance and reduce maintenance costs; obtain information on weather patterns and sea currents to determine the ship’s most fuel-efficient route; and provide onshore operations staff regular updates about the status of cargo.

“With 90% of the world’s trade carried by seaborne vessels, it is imperative for the shipping industry to adopt innovative technologies in order to operate more efficiently,” said Ng Kheng Ghee, Head of Satellite at Singtel. “This service provides an accessible high-speed broadband connectivity that enables digital technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud and data analytics to be deployed onboard ships. As the leading maritime communications service provider in the Asia Pacific region, we look forward to this partnership with KVH to help shipping companies in the region deploy digital technologies across their fleets, using advanced satellite communications products and services.”

“The Asia Pacific region boasts some of the busiest ports in the world, and we are thrilled to be working with Singtel,” said Mark Guthrie, KVH’s Vice President for Asia Pacific. “With KVH’s end-to-end connectivity solution, our leadership role in global maritime VSAT, and our already strong base in this region, we look forward to combining forces with Singtel to help serve the many important fleets and ship managers operating here.”

Through this collaboration, Singtel will provide its maritime customers with KVH’s product and service offerings, including AgilePlansTM, a subscription-based connectivity solution for commercial fleets. This all-inclusive, no-commitment offering includes KVH’s global connectivity service, VSAT hardware, and curated content with free installation in selected ports and zero maintenance costs.

Singtel has been building digital solutions for the maritime industry including cybersecurity and IoT capabilities. Singtel collaborates with best in class partners to provide definitive solutions for secured IoT through the use of cutting-edge technology designed to help ship managers monitor and manage their fleet with greater efficiency.

Britannia Opens Exclusive Correspondent Office in Copenhagen

Britannia underlined its commitment to the important Danish P&I market by hosting a reception to mark the official opening and launch of its newly appointed Exclusive Correspondent based in Copenhagen, B Denmark P&I.

The reception was held at B Denmark P&I’s offices in the heart of Copenhagen’s shipping district, Hellerup. In attendance was John Ridgway and Andrew Cutler, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer respectively of Tindall Riley (Britannia) Limited, Managers of The Britannia P&I Club, along with B Denmark P&I Managing Director, Michael Boje-Larsen.

Mr Boje-Larsen is a lawyer with considerable experience in maritime law and has previously worked both for another IG Group P&I Club and in private practice. He has worked for over 20 years in the insurance sector and was seconded to open a competitors Greek office in the early 2000’s, adding a unique set of skills to the team.

Britannia opened the office in Copenhagen to enhance its service delivery and growth potential in Denmark which currently accounts for 16% of its business. The expansion into Denmark also reaffirms previous comments from the Club about having offices in strategic locations to ensure the Membership receives the best service possible in a timely manner.

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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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