Media Invitation: Launch Of Seafarers’ Rights International

You are cordially invited to the launch of Seafarers’ Rights International.

The launch will take place at 10.30am
on Thursday, 23 September 2010 (World Maritime Day)
at the International Maritime Organisation
4, Albert Embankment, London SE1 7SR

Seafarers’ Rights International is a unique and independent centre dedicated to advancing seafarers’ rights worldwide.

Seafarers’ Rights International (SRI) will use high level research and analysis to raise awareness of the rights of seafarers. It will promote, disseminate and study the role of national and international law as it affects those working at sea, with the aim of improving their human rights.

Seafarers are highly vulnerable to ill treatment, exploitation, abuse and injustice because they operate across national boundaries. The new centre will also provide education and training to ensure that seafarers are properly protected and supported.

IMO Secretary-General Efthimios E. Mitropoulos will officially welcome the new centre before David Cockroft, General Secretary of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF);
and Deirdre Fitzpatrick, Executive Director of Seafarers’ Rights International will explain what role it will play in the maritime industry.

Following the launch of Seafarers’ Rights International, the IMO Secretary-General will be presented with an international anti-piracy petition containing more than 500,000 signatures. The petition has been gathered by a wide range of maritime organisations under the heading “Enough is Enough”. The petition calls on Governments to do everything possible to protect the thousands of seafarers and the hundreds of ships at risk of attack by pirates. For more information see

** Please note that the IMO requires each guest to provide photographic identification as part of its security checks. Please arrive in plenty of time to allow for security checks. Refreshments will be served from 10am.

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Braemar Shipping Services Plc Launches Braemar Marine

Braemar Shipping Services plc has launched a new subsidiary called Braemar Marine, which will provide diverse marine surveying and adjusting services to the global maritime, transportation risk and insurance markets.

Braemar Marine commenced operations on August 1st, 2009 from its headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, and has established offices in Los Angeles, Houston, Miami, Seattle and London to enhance existing group marine surveying and adjusting capabilities in Latin America, Australasia and the Far Fast. The operation is led by John Tirel, Executive Vice President, with the assistance of Chris Lunda, Vice President of Global Development. Both John and Chris are based in Atlanta. John Cole is Director of the London office.

“This is indeed a unique opportunity to deliver high quality services to the market, having learnt from many years of experience; to put clients first, listen to them and to ultimately produce the sound solutions they need,” said John Tirel.

“To achieve these goals and to ensure the objectives we have adhered to, Braemar Marine will only employ the highest calibre of surveyor and adjuster,” he added.

Braemar Marine‘s core services will be:
• Marine cargo surveys and adjustment
• Project cargo pre-shipment surveys
• Loss control management
• H & M surveys and adjustment
• P & I representation
• Third Party Claims Administration services
• Subrogation and Recovery

Nigel Carpenter, Chief Executive Officer of Braemar Marine and CEO of fellow Braemar Shipping Services Group company Braemar Steege, said: “Due to the similarity of services, Braemar Marine is a perfect fit with our other marine and energy operations. The Braemar Group’s desire is to provide clients with comprehensive quality services. Braemar Marine has been staffed by high class professionals with a wealth of experience and records of success in the marine sector”

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Videotel Engineering Expert Honoured

Rod Beams, creator of the COBALT engineering modules which are distributed by Videotel Marine International, has been recognised for outstanding learning and teaching practices in engineering education through the Higher Education Academy’s Engineering Subject Centre Teaching Awards 2010.

Mr Beams has been appointed one of only seven finalists in this year’s Teaching Awards which are supported by the Engineering Council. Finalists demonstrated their work to the Engineering Subject Centre team and they were impressed by his case study examining the use of more than 300 modules of computer based teaching/training (CBT) to support both in-class teaching and self-study periods. His report has been published on the Engineering Subject Centre’s website.

Professor John Dickens, Director of the Engineering Subject Centre, said: “These awards highlight the many excellent engineering teachers throughout UK higher education.”

Stephen Bond, Videotel Deputy Chairman, said: “We are delighted that Rod Beams has been recognised for his excellent work. Videotel is honoured to be able to support Rod’s COBALT engineering modules which are proving very popular with our world-wide clients throughout the maritime industry.”
Notes to Editors
• The Engineering Subject Centre is based in the Faculty of Engineering at Loughborough University. It draws upon the expertise of engineering academics and educationalists from across the higher education sector and works closely with engineering professional bodies.

• The Engineering Subject Centre Teaching Awards, supported by the Engineering Council, have been running for more than five years, identifying engineering academics who are using teaching methodologies that have been proven to enhance the student learning experience and providing an opportunity for engineering academics to receive national recognition for their outstanding learning and teaching practices.

• Videotel Marine International, the world’s major producer of training videos, DVDs and computer based training programmes for the global maritime industry

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Today heralds the launch of One Maritime, a major industry initiative that will revolutionise the way ship owners, ship managers and ship suppliers select and order ship stores from both onboard ship and ashore.

From January 1st 2011, ship owners and managers, their superintendants and their crews, will be able to access online or by CD, the shipping industry’s premier ship stores catalogues and many others besides, as part of their effort to secure the best quality and most efficiently-costed provisions, bonded stores, pantry and deck and engine stores worldwide.

For the first time ever, purchasing managers and ships’ Masters will be able to access the online ISSA Ship Stores Catalogue to search for their supplies.

The ISSA Catalogue forms a part of the One Maritime solution offering for on-line purchasing, supply, information, procurement and communications. Other main-line industry catalogues are also included, which makes One Maritime the most comprehensive maritime catalogue search engine available on the market today.

They will be able to issue requests for tender (RFQs), order goods and deal with invoices, all at the click of a button. By utilising a host of highly intricate computer plug-ins they will also be able to track owners’ goods, draw up supply contracts and return items should they need to. Ship owners, managers and suppliers will also be able to search by vessel name and vessel position by accessing the Vessel Master database, AIS information or even get information on ports and agencies.

A complete Ships’ stores and provisions supply can be searched generically or by product type or through the individual port of delivery. E-commerce connectivity will also be available through the One Maritime service.

The One Maritime initiative has a number of project partners including ISSA and ShipCentric. One Maritime provides e-commerce connectivity, allowing companies to process their transactions by selecting a specific maritime e-commerce system such as MarineLink from EDB ErgoGroup. Under the arrangement, MarineLink will also connect its e-commerce platform to One Maritime to access its catalogue service from its trading platform. Ship owners and managers will be able to access an overview of their own ships’ ordering details; access the main industry catalogues or search by part or manufacturer; service equipment due for survey and upload relevant service reports; search by supplier, product, vessel or vessel position; and utilise E-Commerce connectivity to order their products.

Suppliers, on the other hand, will have an overview of ships in their own ports with estimated times of arrival and departure; search for owners, vessels and vessel positions; search for items in a large variety of catalogues; upload their own catalogues; service items on certain vessels and customers; prioritise equipment due for survey; and carry out RFQs in addition to ordering, order confirmation and e-invoicing.
Main equipment manufacturers will be able to upload their catalogues for access by marine purchasers; update their catalogues; and update their profile and contact information.

Catalogues immediately available for accessing when the system is fully launched in January will include the ISSA Ship Stores Catalogue; the One Maritime Provisions and Bonded Stores Catalogue; catalogues detailing cargo access equipment; engine spare parts and Medicine.
Torben Brammer, One Maritime Co-Founder and CEO, praised One Maritime as the next step in the development of online platforms which, by the use and mix of multiple information sources and the latest technology, take multiple information searches, worldwide communication, collaboration and ordering processes of ship supply to the next level.

He said: ”Our technology products have allowed us to think of data sources and the use of data in a much different way than ever before. With its unique search engines and data migration technology, One Maritime has managed to build an online platform that gives its users access to a mix of data from multiple data sources at the same time.

It changes the way that catalogues, for example, will be used in the future. It will allow users to search across multiple information sources faster than just opening 1 printed catalogue and then to start browsing the pages one by one for the right information. It ensures updated information at your finger tips, something that the current printed catalogues cannot deliver and it gives subscribers access to download updated data and into their back office systems in a much simpler way.

We have mixed the different catalogue data with specific data for vessel, supplier, owners, managers, vessel locations, industry KPIs and much more – and the result is: One Maritime.

For Further Information Please Contact:
Elaborate Communications
Sean Moloney/Debra Munford Tel: +44 (0) 1296 682356

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