InterManager, the international trade association for the shipmanagement industry, announced a growth in membership and dynamic plans for the future at its Annual General Meeting in London this week.
Worldwide InterManager membership now stands at 32 with 50 affiliated members. This growth includes four new shipmanagers, one new crew manager and four additional associate members. Between them, InterManager members are responsible for some 3,700 ships. However, InterManager has no plans to rest on its laurels and President Roberto Giorgi announced a push to increase membership further in 2010.
In a lengthy presentation to members he outlined the Association’s other 2009 successes, which include:
The initial development of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) which the Association hopes will ultimately become the benchmarking standard throughout the industry
Defending its members’ interests
Addressing the important issues facing the shipmanagement sector – particularly crew shortages, the criminalisation of seafarers and piracy
Improving the overall image of shipping and gaining a commitment of funding from the EU to address this issue
Working with partner organisations for the improvement of the whole industry
And maintaining a strong financial standing
Looking to the future, InterManager now aims to become a central point for information in shipmanagement through improved web communications and further liaison with other industry stakeholders.
And the Association vowed to address the issue of seafarer shortage and the factors affecting recruitment – particularly the criminalisation of seafarers which was brought fully into focus with the treatment of the Hebei Spirit officers, for whom InterManager led the industry-wide support.
“Shipmanagement has now become a respected sector of the industry,” Mr Giorgi advised members attending the AGM. “Our Association is accepted as the leader for this sector and we must now continue to develop our actions for the benefit of all our members and the industry as a whole.”