Bibby Ship Management Philippines Receives FAME Award

Bibby Ship Management Philippines, Inc, has been recognised by the Filipino Association for Mariners’ Employment Inc (FAME) for its vital role in the development of the Philippine maritime industry.

The company, part of the Bibby Ship Management Group Ltd, received a plaque in recognition of its “active support and loyal affiliation” to the Association for the last 15 years. FAME is celebrating its fourth decade in the maritime manning business.

Jonathan Palma, President/CEO of Bibby Ship Management Philippines, received the award during FAME’s 40th Anniversary celebrations, which culminated in an Appreciation and Recognition Night on Thursday March 19th in the Pandango-Polkabal Ballroom of the Manila Hotel. Business leaders and Government representatives joined together in celebrating the important role FAME has played over the past 40 years and the Philippine industry’s manning success.

Mr Palma said: “Bibby Ship Management takes an active role within the Filipino Association for Mariners’ Employment and we are delighted to be recognised in this way during this time of celebration for the Association. We congratulate FAME on a successful forty years and wish them every success for the coming decade.”

Founded in 1971, the Filipino Association for Mariners’ Employment Inc is the first and largest organization of manning and shipping companies in the Philippines, with 120 regular members and seven associate members. FAME is a successful example of public/private partnership, linking manning companies and government agencies in jointly developing the Philippine maritime sector which contributes almost 30% of the world’s seafarers.

The Association is committed to ensuring high management standards and business ethics. Its membership provides competent, qualified and competitive seafarers to the world’s shipping industry, meeting international maritime standards, and ensuring safe, efficient and environmentally sound vessel operations.

VIDEOTEL LAUNCHES HEAVY LIFTS AND PROJECT CARGOES PROGRAMME

London, U.K. – 25th February 2015VideotelTM has produced a new training programme which tackles the often complex handling issues involved in the loading or discharge of project cargoes and heavy lifts. This is particularly relevant if ships’ personnel are involved as serious consequences could result if the correct loading and unloading techniques are not strictly followed.

The programme covers the planning involved in preparing for a lift both ashore and onboard; the design of vessel and cranes; maintaining stability throughout the lift and positioning of the load onboard; and the validity and condition of lifting and securing equipment.

A mixture of live action and computer animation is used featuring a number of lifting environments and cargo types, including quayside lifts and offside floated cargo.

Nigel Cleave, CEO of Videotel, explains the value of the new programme in protecting a company’s reputation: “If a lifting operation were to fail due to inadequately trained staff, apart from putting lives at risk and consequential costs involved where projects are delayed as a result, there is also the possibility of severe damage to the cargo, cranes, and even the vessel itself, resulting in large insurance claims.”

Aimed primarily at crew and junior officers new to geared multipurpose or heavy lift vessels as well as shore-based personnel new to heavy lift operations, the main topics covered in the programme are:

  • Planning
  • The vessel and its design

  • Lifting and securing equipment

  • Lifting operations from a quayside

  • Barges and floated cargo

  • Cargo care

Heavy Lifts and Project Cargoes is available in various formats – Videotel On Demand (VOD), VOD Online, DVD and e-Learning CBT (Computer Based Training) – with accompanying workbook.

VIDEOTEL PROGRAMME HELPS SHIPOWNERS WITH LOW SULPHUR FUEL SWITCHOVER PROCEDURES

London, U.K. – 26th March 2015 – VideotelTM has responded to concerns from the U.S. Coast Guard about an increasing number of machinery space fuel leakages when vessels are switching to low sulphur fuel as they comply with MARPOL Annex VI, by producing a programme that will help guide shipowners through the process.

The recent lowering of acceptable sulphur limits for ships operating in Emission Control Areas (ECAs) has also led to calls from the shipowners’ organisation, BIMCO, for governments to exercise robust enforcement of these tighter controls to ensure a continued level playing field.

The Videotel programme: “The Practical Management and Switching of Marine Fuels”, details how to effectively implement fuel oil changeover procedures. It takes into consideration issues such as whether the vessel will require fuel oil service or day tank modifications; whether a crew needs to establish a fuel oil system inspection and maintenance schedule; how to check that all sensors, controls and alarms are operational; and how to ensure that fuel oil switching is done outside busy traffic lanes and designated ECAs.

Nigel Cleave, CEO of VideotelTM, said: “It is critical that crews are aware of best practice when switching heavy marine fuel oil to low sulphur fuel because without proper training, serious operational problems can occur impairing a ship’s performance or even, in a worst case scenario, damaging a ship’s main or auxiliary engines.”

The programme is available in DVD, Videotel on Demand (VOD), VOD online, and e-Learning Computer Based Training (CBT). All are accompanied by a PDF workbook which highlights key learning points.

GMS Announces New Source for Market Intelligence in the Ship Recycling Industry

In a first for the industry, Global Marketing Systems (GMS), the world’s largest cash buyer of ships, has launched a unique source for market intelligence in the vessel recycling industry, in the form of a new, easy to use, mobile application.

This new application delivers instant information on vessel prices at key recycling destinations; gives shipowners access to an unrivalled and confidential service that will value a vessel; and delivers GMS Weekly – the subscription-only inside track on recycling industry news. It also highlights delivery tides, and provides useful information for when trading across continents.

“We are delighted to launch this brand new concept into the marketplace,” says Dr Anil Sharma, Founder and CEO of GMS. “Since establishing GMS, we have worked to modernize and promote the ship recycling industry, challenging old customs and looking for new ways to do business. With exclusive local representation in all five of the major recycling markets of the world we have remained close to shipowners, to brokers and to ship recyclers; ensuring a continuing and unique insight into both the needs of our customers and into developments within their markets.

“This new resource has been developed as a result of that insight, providing industry information and confidential access to our expertise – all at the touch of a button,” adds Dr Sharma.

Targeted at shipowners, brokers and the ship recycling industry as a whole, the application is available to both Apple and Android users, and can be obtained from the respective app stores, or downloaded via:

Google Play Store – https://play.google.com/store/search?q=gms&hl=en
Apple App Store – https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/gms-jlt/id953939405

Please note: the application is available on a registration only basis, and journalists are invited to contact Debra Massey (dmassey@elabor8.co.uk) on 01296 682356, to obtain press access.

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MLE Workshop to Explore the Dangers of Social Media

Love it or hate it, social media is part of modern life – and in the wrong hands, it can even be dangerous.

The use of social media as a business tool and how to avoid the pitfalls will be the subject of a half day workshop due to be held during popular Maritime, Logistics and Energy thematic which forms part of the forthcoming International Festival For Business in Liverpool.

Taking place from 2pm on Tuesday June 17 2014, the “Social Media and the Maritime Industry” workshop, organised by Hill Dickinson in conjunction with InterManager, will explore the issues arising from the use of social media, looking at both the good and the bad. The session will consider the advantages of using social media and examine some of the problems and pitfalls which can arise.

Although many of the issues regarding social media and the maritime industry are similar to other industries, there are additional considerations arising from the international nature of our industry with its potential for cultural and religious clashes. Seafarers are often away from their families and friends for long periods of time and have a higher reliance upon social media than other workers.

The first part of the workshop will be chaired by John Hulmes, Chairman of Mersey Maritime, and will be led by a team of informed speakers who have particular knowledge of social media in a business context. Confirmed speakers include:
• Magnus Boyd, partner at international maritime law firm Hill Dickinson and specialist in legal issues arising from misuse of social media
• Anneley Pickles and Sue Henney of KVH Media
• Kuba Szymanski, Secretary General of InterManager

The presentations will be followed by the first public showing of a film specially commissioned by InterManager from Videotel regarding the use of Social Media by Seafarers.

There will then be a workshop discussion of the issues arising from the presentations and points raised by attendees, led by a panel consisting of: Captain Kuba Szymanski (InterManager); Stephen Bond (Videotel); Magnus Boyd (Hill Dickinson); Briony Fisher (MTI Network) and Anneley Pickles (KVH Media).

This workshop is aimed at all those involved in the maritime industry who have an active interest in the use of social media including HR Managers, PR Managers, Claims Managers etc. Numbers will be strictly limited to ensure the workshop allows informed discussion by attendees who have a genuine interest in the subject.

The workshop is supported by InterManager which will use the workshop as the start of a consultation process with a view to presenting a draft Code of Conduct for seafarers at its AGM later this year.

All attendees of the workshop are invited to attend a drinks reception afterwards, to be held in the Hilton Hotel at 5pm.

The Maritime, Logistics & Energy thematic is organised jointly by Mersey Maritime and Shipping Innovation, organiser of last year’s highly successful London International Shipping Week (LISW).

Elaborate In The Pink For Charity Fundraiser

Staff at a maritime publishing and media relations firm in Wing were tickled pink when they boosted funds for Breakthrough Breast Cancer with a fun day.

The team at Elaborate Communications donned various shades of pink, held a raffle and cake sale, and even tucked into tasty bacon rolls served up by managing director Sean Moloney.

The pink day, which also involved neighbouring businesses at the Acorn Farm Business Centre in Cublington Road, raised £135 for the charity in what is Breast Cancer Awareness month.

“As a small team, we are delighted to have raised this fantastic amount for such a worthy cause,” said organiser and advertising sales executive Sam Turgis.

“The day created a fabulous sense of team spirit and I think we all looked rather striking!”

Elaborate staff in the pink

Elaborate staff in the pink

Elaborate In The Pink For Charity Fundraiser

Staff at a maritime publishing and media relations firm in Wing were tickled pink when they boosted funds for Breakthrough Breast Cancer with a fun day.

The team at Elaborate Communications donned various shades of pink, held a raffle and cake sale, and even tucked into tasty bacon rolls served up by managing director Sean Moloney.

The pink day, which also involved neighbouring businesses at the Acorn Farm Business Centre in Cublington Road, raised £135 for the charity in what is Breast Cancer Awareness month.

“As a small team, we are delighted to have raised this fantastic amount for such a worthy cause,” said organiser and advertising sales executive Sam Turgis.

“The day created a fabulous sense of team spirit and I think we all looked rather striking!”

Elaborate staff in the pink

Elaborate staff in the pink