Constant Bridge warnings create ‘alarm fatigue,’ survey reveals

Frequently sounding bridge warnings, especially false ones, can create ‘alarm fatigue’ and hinder watch keepers in carrying out their vital role, a new survey supported by InterManager has revealed.

Responding to the findings, InterManager is now calling for manufacturers to work with ship operators to address seafarers concerns and develop better ways of communicating bridge warnings.

Respondents highlighted there is a problem with too many similar sounding alarms and revealed a need for alarms to be easily identifiable so that urgent warnings can be recognised over simple notification bells. Read more

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.”

InterManager President’s New Year Message: looking back, staying the course, challenging the norms

As 2015 draws to a close, we pause to reflect on the past 12 months which have certainly been interesting, challenging and at times confusing in terms of the signals that the global market place has been sending out.

Topping this very dynamic landscape and seascape has been a keen interest to try and get ahead of the trends in order to position ourselves for the anticipated better days ahead. Unfortunately, such jockeying of positions appears to have only compounded what was already a challenging situation. The net result turning out to be what Alan Greenspan once described as “irrational exuberance” in terms of the behaviour of many towards the different markets that we engage in. Read more