Intermanager Takes Its Message To The Far East

InterManager, the international trade association for in-house and third party ship managers and related businesses, will be taking its message to the Far East next week when it holds regional meetings for members and guests in Hong Kong and Singapore.

In Hong Kong InterManager will co-host a seminar with the Hong Kong Ship owners Association at the United Conference Centre on Monday June 28th and will discuss a wide range of topics of interest to the wider shipmanagement industry including marine training and the role of Hong Kong cadets, piracy, kidnap and ransom and e-commerce. Members of InterManager will outline the association’s pioneering KPI Project which aims to develop a range of pan-industry Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for use throughout the shipping industry.

Singapore will consider the same topics when they meet at the offices of V.Ships Singapore in the Keppel Towers on Thursday July 1st.

InterManager Secretary General Captain Kuba Szymanski, who is travelling to the Far East from the IMO diplomatic conference in Manila, said: “We believe it is important for a global organisation like InterManager to ensure it is available to all its members wherever they are based. This is why InterManager has instigated regular regional meetings which will be held throughout the world to enable members to meet me face-to-face and to discuss any issues which may be of concern or interest to them. I am looking forward to meeting many Asian members in both Hong Kong and Singapore and to explaining the benefits of InterManager membership to other interested parties.”

Together, InterManager members manage more than 3,700 ships and almost 200,000 seafarers. The Association is uniquely dedicated to addressing the challenges of managing ships and represents the whole ship management sector at international and governmental level. As well as third party and in-house managers, InterManager offers Associate membership to related companies and organisations including crew managers, ship suppliers and shipping industry stakeholders.

If you are interested in attending the InterManager regional meeting please email:

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Prosafe And Wavespec Sign FMEA Management Contract

Prosafe Offshore Limited of Aberdeen and Wavespec Limited of Maldon have signed an agreement for Wavespec to oversee and manage the FMEA documentation for the dynamic positioning (DP) system on Prosafe’s semi-submersible accommodation rig Safe Concordia. This will ensure that this key element of the vessel’s documentation is kept relevant and In Class at all times.

Wavespec Ltd, a leading marine engineering consultancy and a member of the Braemar Shipping Services plc group of companies, has been developing this management service in discussion with a number of potential clients over the past months. It is aimed at ensuring that the Failure Mode and Effects Analysis document (which is required both by international regulations and by Classification Society rules) is regularly reviewed and maintained up-to-date, without imposing additional burdens upon the ship manager.

As well as the FMEA for the dynamic positioning system on such vessels, this service can also be applied to the FMEA documents for other on board systems, including cranes, ballast systems, diving spreads and drilling equipment.

Prosafe Offshore Limited is a subsidiary of Prosafe SE, the world’s leading owner and operator of semi-submersible accommodation/service rigs. The company has a fleet of 11 semi-submersible accommodation rigs and one accommodation jack-up, and has extensive experience from global operations. Prosafe SE is headquartered in Larnaca, Cyprus, and is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange.

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Elaborate Boosts Editorial Team

Elaborate Communications, the UK-based PR, marketing and publishing expert in the marine industry, has welcomed two new members of staff to its head office team.

Joining Elaborate’s crew are graphic designer Tony Ginger and journalist Helen Jauregui.

Tony has a wealth of experience in a wide range of design areas having worked for both private and public sector organisations. Jean Winfield, Elaborate Marketing Director, said: “We were impressed by Tony’s outstanding design flair and are confident he will be a real asset to our creative team here at Elaborate.”

Journalist Helen brings her publishing knowledge and journalistic experience to work on Elaborate’s successful maritime titles Ship Management International and The Ship Supplier.
With at least 8,129 shipowners reading Ship Management International every issue (ABC Circulation), bimonthly Ship Management International is the number one publication for today’s ship owners and ship managers and is the chosen advertising medium for companies wishing to target this essential and highly lucrative market sector. In the 12 years it has been published, The Ship Supplier, which is the magazine of the International Shipsuppliers and Services Association (ISSA), has become the number one magazine for ship purchasing and ship supply. Editorial Director Sean Moloney said: “We are delighted to welcome Helen to join our dedicated editorial team.”

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Jamaica Ship Registry Signs Up New Greek Marketing Agency

The Jamaica Ship Registry got Posidonia off to a flying start by using this international shipping event as the perfect backdrop to sign up Adora Investments as its new marketing agency for the highly important Greek shipping market.

Adora Investments, which is headed up by Captain Dimitris A. Lemos, has built up a strong reputation in the Greek ship broking and chartering sectors and will be a powerful tool in Jamaica’s efforts to sell the benefits of the Jamaica flag to the burgeoning Greek shipping market.

Welcoming the move, Bert Smith, Director of Legal Affairs at the JSR in Kingston and who was attending the signing ceremony in Posidonia, said the Greek market remained a key area of focus for the Maritime Authority of Jamaica – the government body which operates the Jamaica flag – alongside traditional European markets of Germany, the Benelux and Scandinavia.

He said Capt. Lemos and his team would now start to sell the benefits of the Jamaican flag to the Greek ship owners – opportunities which included very favourable registration fees; a comprehensive network of technical inspectors around the world; an operating ethos which put quality above everything else and also an ability for foreign owners like the Greeks, to register their vessels under the Jamaican flag without having to form a company in Jamaica.

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Intermanager Pays Tribute To Guy Morel As He Retires

Tributes are flooding in praising the work of Guy Morel as he retires from the role of General Secretary of InterManager here at Posidonia.

InterManager members, who between them represent more than 3,700 ships and almost 200,000 seafarers, have been unanimous in their praise for the man who has stood at the association’s helm for many years.

Guy Morel holds a wealth of industry experience having held senior management positions in ship owning and ship management companies since 1979. Guy is one of the founders of Intermanager, the international trade association for the shipmanagement industry which emerged from the previous International Ship Managers Association (ISMA) of which he is a past President. During his busy and successful time at InterManager’s helm, Guy has significantly increased membership numbers and played a leading role in the creation of InterManager’s Code of Ethics as well as introducing the association’s Cadet Rule (which obliges members to allocate a minimum of one cadet berth per ship).

Guy was Vice President of Marketing and a Founder of the Monaco-based ship manager V.Ships and is also a past-President of the Monaco and New York-based MC Shipping International.

Guy was instrumental in developing InterManager’s influential and pan-industry KPI Project and was a member of InterManager’s KPI steering group. The KPI Project is working towards developing comprehensive key performance indicators which InterManager hopes will ultimately become the benchmarking standard throughout the industry.

Guy now plans to devote more time to his teaching commitments and his garden. He holds an MSc Eng at the Ecole Centrale de Paris and was awarded an MBA at the Harvard Business School. He teaches extensively on the art of ship management and is a member of various professional clubs and societies. In addition, Mr Morel is also an active Professor of Finance at the International University of Monaco, where he teaches Corporate Finance.

Roberto Giorgi, InterManager President, said: “InterManager owes a great debt to Guy and he will be much missed. We thank him for his years of service to the association and we wish him every success with his retirement projects.”

Guy Morel responded: Obviously I will miss InterManager, the many friends that I made and the great sense of working together for the good of the industry. But I know that I leave the association in the best possible hands, as Kuba has amply demonstrated that he has the capacity to take InterManager to new highs”

Notes to Editors:
• InterManager is hosting a Farewell Party for Guy Morel at 4pm on Tuesday June 8th on Posidonia stand number 651

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AtoBviaC Links With Transas To Launch

Auto routeing software from AtoBviaC, the leading producer of marine distance tables for the global shipping industry, is incorporated in a new navigation solution from Transas, due to be introduced at Posidonia this week.

Transas Navi-Planner 4000 is a part of Transas Navi-Sailor ECDIS 4000 and sets a new standard for safe and efficient voyage planning. Combining a set of databases, applications and services for voyage planning, the Navi-Planner 4000 is easy to use for navigators and efficient for ship owners.

AtoBviaC has adapted its world-Distance Table program to allow it to be incorporated within the new Navi-Planner 4000, enabling users to generate initial routes for modification and analysis within Navi-Planner 4000. AtoBviaC Director Trevor Hall is delighted with the end result: “This is a superb back of bridge system,” he enthused. “The beauty of it is that it’s simple to use and easy to update.”

AtoBviaC has enjoyed collaborating with Transas. Director Bill Morris said: “I have been very impressed with Transas. They are a very professional company and they have produced a great piece of software which we at AtoBviaC are delighted to be associated with.”

AtoBviaC, which is the leading publisher of marine distance tables for the global shipping industry, was formed in 2003 by a group of Master Mariners and software developers whose unique combination of expertise – totalling more than 360 years marine experience between them – combined to produce these accurate and widely-used marine software applications.

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Hutton’s Weathers Maritime Recession At Posidonia

Hutton’s, the UK’s leading ship supplier, has demonstrated it is weathering the maritime industry recession by recording year end figures which exceeded its target and are 23% up on last year’s figures.

The company reports that its annual sales for 2009-10 were above its £7.2 million target. Sales for the previous year amounted to £5.6 million.

Managing Director Alex Taylor said: “This is an exceptional achievement made possible by the hard work and dedication from all the Hutton’s team. Hutton’s continues to go from strength to strength.”

Key areas contributing to the Hutton’s rise in sales have been the growth in its supply of the offshore and windfarm markets particularly in the ports of Aberdeen, Leith, Great Yarmouth and Tees, and the opening of the new LNG terminal at The Dragon in Milford Haven, where Hutton’s, last year expanded its business by acquiring former Pan Europe Ship Supply Ltd.

Alex Taylor believes the company’s adaptability and willingness to meet customer’s needs is key to its survival: “We know our customers are having to watch their budgets and we are striving to supply goods at the best possible prices without reducing quality. We have seen some reductions in the number of more luxury goods being purchased – like chocolate for example – but overall we are seeing a commitment from ship owners and managers to maintaining a healthy and happy onboard regime for their crews at this time.”

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Jamaica Showcases Its Shipping Centre Plans, Flag Developments

Tropical flavours come to Posidonia this week as the Maritime Authority showcases its plans for Jamaica to become a regional Shipping Centre – and gives visitors the chance to sample its country’s excellent rum!

The MAJ will also be highlighting its new European and Asian focus with staff on hand from its Head Office in Kingston, European regional office in Bremen and its Singapore-based Asian regional office. They will be informing ship owners of the Flag’s recent reorganization which has enabled the Jamaica Ship Registry (JSR) to provide competitive, qualified and experienced services from its fully authorized regional offices. JSR plans to grow its fleet by two million gross tones by 2012.

Joining the MAJ will be representatives from the Caribbean Maritime Institute – the region’s premier English-speaking maritime education centre – shipping agents Lannaman & Morris (Shipping) Ltd, and marine fuel logistics company Aegean Bunkering. Between them they will inform visitors of Jamaica’s shipping centre developments, including the current work to establish a floating dry dock in Kingston.

Jamaica, which holds a seat on the IMO Council, as well as providing the STCW with a chairman in the form of its Director General Rear Admiral Peter Brady, plays a leading role in Caribbean maritime activities. It is a lead partner in the GloBallast Project and was recently elected to chair the Regional Task force on Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments in the Wider Caribbean. Jamaica has just hosted a regional workshop aimed at developing a maritime security policy. In addition, the JSR is now able to offer quality crews and has also been certified to ISO 2001:2008 standard.

Harold Kropp, Deputy Registrar says: “Come along and see us to learn more about Jamaica’s central role in the maritime industry. We are developing at a fast pace while still retaining our focus on providing high-quality services. And visitors to our stand will have the added bonus of the chance to win a trip for two to a Jamaican resort or a bottle of excellent Jamaican rum – so don’t miss us on stand number 565.”

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Hafnia Management Now Fully Operational

As of June 1st, 2010 Hafnia Management A/S is fully operational and has started trading accordingly.

Chartering activity has already started in the LR1 sector and from August the MR segment will also be added.

In both the MR and LR1 segments, Hafnia Tankers will market and operate product and chemical tankers from a host of owners including Lauritzen, Gotlandsbolaget, Nordic Tankers, LGR, Skagerack Invest and Marinvest.

A highly experienced and well known team will be employed at the core of Hafnia Tankers under the control of the designated management team of Anders Engholm, CEO and Commercial Directors Peter Larsen and Søren Steenberg who will join the business after the completion of their current ‘gardening leave’ periods.

Michael Rasmussen, Senior Operational Manager; Martin Lorenz, Senior Chartering Manager; and Søren Skibdal Winther, Senior Chartering Manager, have already started work at Hafnia Management.

Detailed information on the Hafnia website and email addresses will be available shortly.

In the meantime any questions can be directed to Lars Mossberg, Chairman of Hafnia Management A/S on phone +46 705 81 26 90

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For immediate release June 3rd, 2010
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Braemar Marine Inc, the marine claims and risk assessment specialist, has expanded its operations in both London and Singapore through the announcement of a series of key appointments.

Chris Lunda, former Vice President of Braemar Marine in the USA, will assume a new role in Singapore as Managing Director of Operations and Development for the Far East. Chris joined Braemar Marine in 2009 at its start up after a long and distinguished career in the US marine surveying sector. Chris’ wealth of knowledge and experience in the global market place will allow him to grow Braemar marine’s operation in the Far East.

Brian Cushing, recently with Braemar Falconer in London, joined Braemar Marine on 1st March to head up its European operations, working in conjunction with the company’s Far East, US and Brazilian offices. Brian brings a wealth of high level experience with him and is well known in the London and European markets. Also joining the UK operation in June is Allan Ashby, one of the market’s leading marine consultants with a wealth of international experience.

In a separate development, Braemar Marine has moved to new London offices in Jewry Street, EC3N 2ER where it will focus its UK and European operations from.

Commenting on the appointments, John Tirel, COO of Braemar Marine Inc, said: “It is a great pleasure to be able to work with highly competent professionals and grow Braemar Marine into the world’s leading marine surveying operation”.

Braemar Marine is also pleased to advise additions to its staff in the USA. Capt. David Ryan joined the team in Seattle in February 2010. David brings 24 years of sea-going experience up to command and surveying positions. David has in-depth experience in Hull & Machinery and salvage operations as a SCOPIC SCR, project cargo warranty, towage, and voyage warranty surveys, shipyards risk assessment, lay ups and reactivation.

The team is further complimented by Chris Jenkins who has joined the company’s Atlanta Head Office. Chris brings over nine years of marine claims experience to Braemar Marine. He has most recently been working on major client assignments in Haiti providing much needed local investigation and reporting. Chris has extensive experience in cargo claims working for both large insurers and TPA firms handling accounts for large domestic and international clients. He holds a BBA in Risk Management & Insurance and Associate in Marine Insurance Management designation (AMIM).

Nigel Carpenter, CEO based in London, said “Building a global marine surveying business demands investment in the best people; these appointments demonstrate the Group’s commitment to such investment.”

For Further Information, Please Contact:
Braemar Marine London, Brian Cushing
Braemar Marine Atlanta, John Tirel
Braemar Marine Singapore, Chris Lunda Tel +44 (0) 20 7265 1818
Tel +1 770 392 8871
Tel +65 6222 9282
Elaborate Communications, Sean Moloney Tel +44 (0) 1296 682356

Notes To Editors:

• Braemar Marine is part of the Braemar Shipping Services Group.

• Braemar Shipping Services plc is a leading integrated provider of broking and consultancy services to the shipping industry.

• Braemar Marine provides marine surveying and loss adjusting and other expert services to the marine other industrial sectors.