ICS Reminds Shipowners To Comply With STCW In 2012

ICS is advising shipping companies to ensure they comply with the Manila amendments to STCW, particularly in relation to seafarers’ rest hours and the more stringent requirements for preventing drug and alcohol abuse that will apply worldwide from January 1st 2012.

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the International Shipping Federation (ISF) led employer representation at the IMO Diplomatic Conference which adopted the Manila amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW 2010). The Manila amendments begin a phased entry into force from January 1, 2012.

ICS is reminding shipowners that the new STCW minimum rest hour requirements are likely to be vigorously enforced by Port State Control Officers who will have the authority to check that ships maintain accurate records for individual seafarers which demonstrate they have been provided with the required minimum rest. For example, seafarers must now always have at least 10 hours rest in any 24 hour period. To help further reduce the possibility of fatigue, much of the flexibility that previously applied under STCW has now been removed.

The new STCW rest hour requirements were developed to ensure that they were compatible with those stipulated in the ILO Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) which is expected to enter into force in 2013.

Peter Hinchliffe, ICS Secretary General, explained: “It is particularly important that companies comply with the new IMO rest hour requirements and record and monitor seafarers’ rest periods. Apart from the importance of preventing fatigue, Port State Control can be expected to begin checking the authenticity and accuracy of any records by comparing them with other vessel documentation. Seafarers must also confirm that their hours are accurately recorded.”

ICS advises that, because the STCW Convention already has widespread ratification, the 2010 amendments will be enforced on a global basis earlier than the ILO MLC standards. In practice, from January 2012 it is therefore expected that STCW 2010 will become the principal regime for rest hours that will be checked by Port State Control.

For the first time under STCW, mandatory limits for alcohol consumption are also being introduced (a limit of not greater than 0.05% blood alcohol level (BAC) or 0.25 mg/l alcohol in the breath), although individual flag states may choose to apply stricter limits.

Other new STCW requirements governing competence standards and certification will be phased in from January 2012. To avoid misunderstandings, ICS recommends that vessels keep on board copies of two circulars developed by the IMO Maritime Safety Committee in May 2011 which clarify the implementation dates of the STCW 2010 amendments for Flag States and Port States.

Useful advice and reference information is available in the updated ISF Guidelines to the IMO STCW Convention. In addition, the ISF Watchkeeper 3 software will assist compliance with the new STCW seafarers’ rest hour requirements, particularly with recording, monitoring, checking and planning.

Jubilee Sailing Trust Charts its First Voyage Around the World with a Little Help from Thomas Gunn

Thomas Gunn has donated a complete set of world routing charts to enable the Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST) to voyage around the globe for the first time, creating an unprecedented opportunity for physically disabled people to explore the world from the decks of a square-rigged sailing ship.

“We are delighted to support this unique endeavour,” says Thomas Gunn, founder and Managing Director of Thomas Gunn Navigation Services Ltd. “During our work with the Trust we have seen it changing lives, giving people of all physical abilities and sailing experience the chance to experience the thrill and adventure of being at sea, sailing side by side as equals.”

“No other country operates a tall ship that can accommodate disabled people, including wheelchair users, to the extent of the specifically designed and purpose-built JST vessels,” explains Andy Spark, Ship Operations Manager, Jubilee Sailing Trust.

“While the concept of sailing a tall ship around the world with novices on board is not new, this circumnavigation brings new meaning to the idea that ‘everybody’ can experience crossing the oceans on a square-rigged sailing ship. The ethos of the JST is to integrate people of all physical abilities, so at any one time, around 50% of the voyage crew will be able-bodied and the other 50% will be disabled. To accommodate a range of disabilities, the JST ship features lifts for wheelchair users, an audio compass for the visually impaired and a hearing loop for the hearing impaired. Representatives from the proposed ports of call for the voyage are already expressing an interest in chartering the ship during her visit to their country as an unprecedented opportunity for their disabled nationals.”

The planning process for the 18 month voyage is well under way with the help of Thomas Gunn. The vessel will leave the UK next winter and follow the route of the old trading square-riggers, arriving in Australia in time to represent the UK during the International Fleet Review of the Royal Australian Navy, in October 2013. The JST ship will then take part in a Tall Ships Race from Sydney to Auckland. The progress of the voyage can be followed at www.jst.org.uk.

ICS Puts Shipowners Case At UN Climate Change Conference

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) – the principal international trade association for ship operators representing all sectors and trades and over 80% of the world merchant fleet – has called on delegates at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 17) in Durban, to give the International Maritime Organization (IMO) a clear mandate to continue its work on regulating shipping’s CO2 emissions, including the development of Market Based Measures.

ICS explained that shipping is committed to improving efficiency per tonne-km by 20% by 2020 with further significant improvements thereafter, and that the achievement of this goal would be greatly assisted by the recent IMO agreement on technical regulations to reduce shipping’s emissions.

Speaking alongside IMO officials on 29 November at a special UNFCCC event on international transport, ICS Director of External Relations, Simon Bennett, said that it was “no secret that Market Based Measures are controversial. However the shipping industry recognises that the need to prevent climate change is a political challenge as much as a technical one, and that shipping needs to play a constructive part in the discussion about MBMs.”

As demonstrated by the recent IMO agreement on technical measures, ICS believes that IMO is eminently capable of continuing its discussions on Market Based Measures which, if governments so decided, could also involve a linkage to any ‘Green Fund’ that is established by UNFCCC.

However, ICS suggested that the high cost of fuel means that shipowners already have every incentive to improve their efficiency. Governments must also avoid the possibility of modal shift since if excessive costs are added to shipping there could be greater use of less carbon efficient shore-based transport modes which would generate additional CO2.

ICS is also concerned that some governments appeared more interested in how much money could be raised from shipping rather than the emissions reductions that this might deliver. ICS argues that shipping should not be treated as a ‘cash cow’, and that any financial contribution that it might be required to make should be proportionate to its share of the world’s total emissions.

ICS also repeated that the clear preference of the majority of the shipping industry – if governments decided to implement a shipping MBM – is for an IMO compensation fund linked to fuel consumption, rather than a system based on emissions trading. Most shipping companies, perhaps 90%, are small to medium sized enterprises that have a sound dislike of unnecessary complication. An IMO compensation fund linked to fuel consumption is therefore the option with which most shipping companies could probably accept and support, if agreed by governments at IMO.
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Above all, ICS argues that it is vital for all governments to understand that in the absence of a global framework to address shipping’s CO2 there is a serious risk of regional unilateral measures for shipping. This would be far less effective in delivering meaningful efficiency improvements by the global shipping sector as a whole.

Notes To Editors:
• The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) is the principal international trade association for shipowners, with member national associations from 36 countries representing all sectors and trades and over 80% of the world merchant fleet.

Hogmanay High For Hutton’s Edinburgh Branch

Hutton’s central Scotland branch will see the New Year in sparkling new premises!

Hutton’s has moved to a larger distribution and office premises in Edinburgh with modern facilities and increased freezer capacity.

Branch Manager, Andy Robertson says: “The new facilities are perfectly located to service all east and west coast Scottish ports and will enable us to give an even better service to our customers.”

The Edinburgh branch with its team of four staff, serves central Scotland from Hunterston, Greenock & Glasgow in the west to Dundee, Leith & Grangemouth in the east. Customers range from vessels associated with the offshore oil and gas industry to bulk carriers. In addition the office is a Unitor stockist and distributor.

Customers are advised that the new address and telephone numbers are:
Unit 1, 23 Dunedin Street, Edinburgh, EH7 4JG.
Tel: 0131 557 5550 and Fax: 0131 557 5551
Email: edinburgh@huttons-chandlers.com

Care for Crew as Well as Environment Says InterManager

Modern corporate social responsibility should include measures to care for crew as well as the environment, says InterManager Secretary General Captain Kuba Szymanski.

Discussing corporate social responsibility (CSR) at this year’s InterManager Annual General Meeting, Capt. Szymanski said: “People talk of ‘hugging trees’, I say let’s hug seafarers first!”

Urging ship managers to embrace crew concerns when implementing a CSR programme, Capt. Szymanski asked: “Why do we care more about birds and whales than we do about seafarers?”

Demonstrating the effects of increasing amounts of legislation, former ship’s Master Capt. Szymanski stripped off an item of clothing for each official law that audience members’ could call out – stopping after tearing off his jacket and tie to the relief of amused delegates attending InterManager’s AGM in Manila, Philippines this week.

“Educate do not regulate,” Capt. Szymanski urged international organisations like the IMO and EU, vowing to ensure InterManager members will work to self-regulate to ensure mandatory regulation is minimised. He later explained: “I am all in favour of protecting wildlife and the environment of course but I want to make sure that it is achievable and manageable. I am a great believer in empowering ships’ crew and Masters to make sensible and correct operational decisions onboard without fear of unfair criminalisation.”

InterManager members, who already sign up to a Code of Conduct, are actively involved in discussions about industry-wide initiatives such as Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and corporate social responsibility. Capt. Szymanski told them: “In my opinion CSR goes hand in hand with the KPI project.”

We Must Protect Crews from Horrors of Piracy Says InterManager President

The “horrors” of piracy have dominated the first year of Meridian Marine Management Managing Director Alastair Evitt’s first year in his role as President of InterManager, the international trade association for the shipmanagement industry.

Summing up his first year representing the world’s third-party and in-house ship managers, Mr Evitt told the InterManager Annual General Meeting today (November 15th) that the fight against global piracy is a priority for his presidency and praised the way the shipping industry has united to fight it.

“With 273 seafarers held hostage at this time, I feel it is appropriate to acknowledge the horrors of international piracy,” Mr Evitt said. “This issue has brought the shipping industry together.” He praised industry initiatives, particularly the Save Our Seafarers campaign and the work of the Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme, and highlighted InterManager’s campaign urging Flag States to allow ship owners and managers the “freedom to choose” whether they wish to deploy armed guards onboard during transits through piracy zones like the Indian Ocean.

Mr Evitt, who has completed the first year of his two-year term of office, said: “Our sea staff are the backbone of our industry and their safety and well being are a primary concern for InterManager.” He also described the process of releasing pirates captured by naval forces as “appalling” and stressed the importance of “reducing the effectiveness of motherships” and of the international community putting in place credible measures to trace and criminalise the financiers of international piracy.

InterManager members have gathered in Manila, Philippines, for today’s AGM. Members will discuss key shipmanagement issues including piracy, the growth of maritime security providers, corporate social responsibility, crew manning and training, in addition to hearing updates on the industry-wide Key Performance Indicator (KPI) Project.

UN Climate Change Negotiations – Shipping Industry Briefs Governments

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) – which represents all sectors and trades of the global shipping industry and more than 80% of the world merchant fleet – has produced a briefing document for government climate change negotiators, in advance of the next United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 17), which commences in Durban at the end of November.

The Document entitled ‘Shipping, World Trade and the Reduction of CO2 Emissions’ is being distributed via ICS member national shipowners’ associations and can be downloaded at

ICS Secretary General, Peter Hinchliffe explained: “The international shipping industry is firmly committed to reducing its CO2 emissions by twenty per cent by 2020, with significant further reductions thereafter. However, the Durban Climate Change Conference needs to give the International Maritime Organization a clear mandate to continue its vital work to help us deliver further emission reductions through the development of Market Based Measures.”

The shipping industry hopes that governments at COP 17 will respond positively to the significant IMO agreement, in July 2011, to adopt a package of technical measures to reduce shipping’s CO2 emissions – which by 2030 should reduce ships’ emissions by 25-30% compared to ‘business as usual’. This is the first ever international agreement containing binding and mandatory measures to reduce CO2 emissions that has so far been agreed for an entire industrial sector.

Most importantly– and without prejudice to what governments might agree at UNFCCC – the shipping industry believes that IMO is now very well placed to continue the real progress it is making on Market Based Measures to help deliver

further emissions reductions. This includes a possible shipping industry environmental compensation fund – with possible linkages to any ‘Green Fund’ agreed by UNFCCC. This could address the Kyoto Protocol principle of ‘Common But Differentiated Responsibility’ (CBDR) by directing the lion’s share of any funds raised from international shipping to environment related projects in developing countries, including climate change mitigation and adaptation.

The shipping industry wishes governments to understand that in the absence of a global framework agreed by IMO there is a serious risk of regional or unilateral measures attempting to regulate CO2 emissions for shipping. This would have a seriously distorting effect on international shipping markets, but would also be much less effective in delivering meaningful reductions in CO2 emissions by the global shipping sector as a whole.

The ICS Document explains why shipping is a global industry requiring global regulation, and contains details of the measures that the industry and its international regulator (IMO) are taking to reduce ship emissions; means by which IMO might take account of the UNFCCC CBDR principle; and the reasons why shipping does not lend itself to inclusion in national CO2 emissions targets.

Thomas Gunn Announces Partnership with Regs4ships

Simplifying the bridge environment must be one of the greatest challenges faced by the shipping industry. Thomas Gunn is delighted to announce that it has teamed up with Regs4ships, to provide a complete bridge solution for the navigator, offering Regs4ships digital maritime regulations incorporated into its streamed Voyager navigational data management system.

Ship operators are demanding complete business solutions, says Thomas Gunn, founder and Managing Director of Thomas Gunn Navigation Services Ltd. “Today’s bridge environment is becoming more complex and regulated, and the navigator is subject to increasing pressure in order to stay abreast of regulations and requirements. Officers and in particular, navigators, demand access to the most up-to-date information, exactly when they need it – be that navigational charts or legislation. Our partnership with Regs4ships means that this important information can be delivered regularly in one package through the Voyager chart management system.”

Regs4ships delivers a vessel electronic documentation covering Flag State requirements, EU Legislation, ILO Conventions and IMO output. Key documents are amended and updated by maritime professionals saving time and money; preventing accidents and avoiding compliance issues.

Thomas Gunn’s Voyager provides the mariner with a personalised database of publications, charts and the applicable notices to mariners (NTM) within a clear folio system. Weekly updates are provided through email or internet. Data is sent to the service user via weekly updates and an emphasis on reducing file sizes is key as file compression is used and only files of relevance to the vessel’s chart outfit are supplied. Nearly 2,000 vessels are currently subscribed to the Voyager service worldwide.

“The synergy between our two businesses can only benefit our customers,” added Thomas Gunn. “Customer response to this initiative has been very positive so far and we are looking forward to a long and mutually productive partnership with Regs4ships in the future.”

Intermanager Welcomes David Cameron’s Call for Armed Guards on UK Flagged Ships

InterManager (an active member of the Save our Seafarers (SOS) campaign) is, after months of campaigning, delighted to hear the public vilification of piracy issued by the UK Government. The SOS campaign has strived to bring recognition of the horrific and detrimental effect of Somali piracy to both Governmental and public awareness.

Alastair Evitt, President of InterManager, said that it was a quantum leap in public perception to hear the issue of piracy and merchant shipping addressed by the UK Prime Minister David Cameron so openly and frankly. Mr Cameron told the BBC yesterday: “Somali piracy is a complete stain on our world.”

InterManager has campaigned for the freedom of Owners and Managers to choose to deploy armed guards onboard ships they manage. The UK Government’s recognition of the value of armed guards and the right of the owner and manager to deploy them, in the right circumstances and in accordance with BMP4, is a great lead by the UK government and it is InterManager’s firm belief that this stance should be adopted by all flags and charterers that still do not openly support it.

InterManager re-iterates its position that it is not calling for every vessel to have armed guards onboard, rather that when a detailed risk assessment deems this the preferred option, then individual flag state legislation or charter party clauses should not obstruct Owners and/or Managers in taking this decision.

InterManager further supports ongoing initiatives to licence the companies providing armed guards (based on qualification, competence and experience), to define the rules of engagement in the event of a pirate attack and to control the type and flow of weapons deployed both onboard and while in transit to and from vessels.

Manila Amendments Workshop Held in Jamaica

Amendments to the STCW Convention have been made at the right time to make it relevant for today’s and future needs, according to Rear Admiral Peter Brady, Director General of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica.

Officially opening a regional seminar in Jamaica entitled “Familiarisation With The Manila Amendments To The STCW Convention And Code”, Admiral Brady told delegates: “The Convention and the Code had to provide for the needs of today and many years into the future.”

He said: “To prepare and equip seafarers for the new challenges of effectively manning ships and minimising the possibilities of accidents, incidents of pollution and security related issues, while ensuring fair financial returns for the investor/shipowner, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has undertaken to amend the STCW at the right time to make it relevant for today’s needs while anticipating the future needs and requirements of shipping.

“So this Convention has to remain relevant to guarantee the competency of the world’s seafarers bearing in mind that it is one of the four pillars of the international regulatory regime aimed at providing for quality shipping along with the SOLAS Convention, MARPOL and the Maritime Labour Convention.

The workshop was led by IMO presenters Mr Ashok Mahapatra, Deputy Director/Head of Maritime Training and Human Element Section of the IMO’s Maritime Safety Division, assisted by Ms Marina Angsell, Head of the International Liaison Unit of the Maritime Department, Swedish Transport Agency, and Mr Arsenio Dominguez, Alternate Representative of the Panama Maritime Authority. They were supported by Mr Colin Young, IMO Regional Maritime Adviser.

“As the chairman of the STW Sub Committee I have had the privilege and the pleasure of working with the sub committee and the IMO Secretariat’s Training and Human Element section ably led by Ashok Mahapatra over the years and the review period has been most rewarding with a most successful end product in the Manila amendments,” Adm. Brady said.

Cory Logistics Ships 65te Pilot Boat to East Africa

Logistics expert Cory Brothers has just completed a pilot boat manoeuvre from Pembrokeshire to Kenya for commercial boat builder Mustang Marine.

The boat was loaded directly from water onto a OXL heavylift vessel with 300te lifting capacity.

Cory logistics project managed the full spectrum of services for the client including heavylift vessel agency, customs documentation, warranty surveying, insurance and managing technical issues.

Mike Bryant of Cory Logistics said: “We were delighted to successfully complete this project which was part of our expanding operations in Wales. We have a strong commitment to the Welsh market since opening our Cory office in Cardiff earlier this year”.

Nahoda II, is a 22.4m pilot boat which will be used by the Kenyan Port Authority in the Port of Mombassa. Designed for operation in most weather conditions, Nahoda II has been built to operate for up to 3,000 hours per year at speeds over 20 knots. She is equipped to carry 12 persons made up of pilots and crew.

Kevin Lewis, Managing Director of Mustang Marine commented: “This is the fourth pilot boat we have built for the export market – the other three are already operational in China – and we have used Cory Logistics every time because they provide a high quality and cost effective service”.

VIMSAS Audit Is “Rite Of Passage” Says Jamaica

Assessment under the IMO’s Voluntary International Maritime Organization Member State Audit Scheme (VIMSAS) is a necessary rite of passage and not to be feared, according to Jamaica which is understood to be the third country in the Caribbean to undertake the voluntary audit.

“We in Jamaica found the experience was rewarding and we firmly believe that the audit is not to be feared,” said Rear Admiral Peter Brady, Director General of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ). “We view the audit as a necessary rite of passage in doing all that is required and possible for remaining a responsible maritime State. Jamaica is pleased to have gone through the process and, based on our experience, we encourage other States to submit to the audit.”

Staff at the Maritime Authority, along with the other Jamaican Government agencies which implement various aspects of the international maritime instruments, embraced the audit process as an additional tool to assist in the their quest for continual improvement. MAJ remains committed to quality and the IMO vision of safe, secure and clean seas.

Rear Admiral Brady advised: “The aim of the audit is to assist us in recognising the things we are doing right and fixing the things which can be improved. It is best that we do it now while the scheme is voluntary as, in a number of years, it will become mandatory in a different form. Those of us who opt to take up the challenge now will be ahead of the game.”

Auditors from the United States, Panama and Spain carried out the VIMSAS audit at the MAJ’s Kingston headquarters, making mandatory visits to other responsible agencies over a period of 10 days last month.

The MAJ, which earlier this year hosted a five-day VIMSAS workshop in Kingston under the IMO/Singapore Third Country Training Programme, will now use its experience to assist other Flag States, in the region and globally, to undertake the VIMSAS audit.

Important New Training Programme From Videotel:Boarding And Leaving A Vessel At Sea

When a simple missed step can mean the difference between life and death, training comes into its own. Boarding and leaving a vessel at sea or anchorage can be dangerous and Videotel’s new training programme, Boarding and Leaving a Vessel at Sea, has been designed to tackle this issue and address the need for better working practices in this area.

“Seafarers often have to deal with hazardous situations before they even get onto a vessel,” says Nigel Cleave, CEO of Videotel Marine International. ”Not only is the actual boarding itself sometimes difficult and hazardous, but the equipment – from the launch itself to the personal protective equipment (PPE) supplied – may not meet required standards. This is especially hard to control when contractors and third parties are involved.”

This programme has been designed in conjunction with BG LNG Services and is intended to help individuals board ships at sea in a safe manner. It raises contractor awareness of safety standards and other issues and ensures a more consistent quality of service among third-party suppliers.

Addressing a range of maritime safety regulations, the programme is especially valuable for those joining a ship for the first time, but is targeted at all maritime professionals needing to board or alight from a vessel at sea.

Containing six stand-alone sections that provide valuable information at each stage of the boarding process, Boarding and Leaving a Vessel at Sea is available in VHS/DVD, via interactive CD-ROM and on Videotel’s computer delivery system Videotel On Demand (VOD).

Notes to Editors

BG LNG Services
• BG LNG Services is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BG Group. BG has four business segments – Exploration & Production, LNG, Transmission & Distribution and Power Generation. Active in some 20 countries on five continents, its core geographical areas are the UK, Kazakhstan, Egypt, Trinidad & Tobago, South America and India.

Videotel Marine International
• Videotel began making training products in 1973 and has since pioneered web-based e-learning to become a market-leader in on-board and shore-based maritime training.
• Videotel is the largest multi-media producer of high-quality maritime safety training software and materials serving the maritime community today. As well as its award winning programmes on board some 10,000 vessels, Videotel has the largest portfolio of maritime computer based training (CBT) materials in the world.
• With over 100 million training hours accomplished to date, Videotel is assisting in promoting the learning of hundreds of thousands of seafarers across the globe.
• Videotel’s extensive international training catalogue includes more than 750 titles in a range of formats and various languages.
• Videotel’s Computer Based Training (CBT) and online training solutions make possible a huge variety of training opportunities. The latest Video on Demand (VOD) system offers a comprehensive and affordable solution to both on-board crew training and records management aboard ship. The VOD computer system is able to offer more than 350+ selected CBT interactive training packages, videos, courses and accompanying books at any one time, added to which it will contain the appropriate training packages for the BIMCO eLearning Diploma Programme (BeDP).

ICS Report Advises On Action To Reduce Accidents in Malacca & Singapore Straits

Navigation safety and environmental protection in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore could further improve following a detailed investigation into accident reports by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS).

ICS (as part of a wider initiative being undertaken by the Round Table of international shipping associations) has conducted a survey of incident reports which it is anticipated will result in the development of agreed proposals to enhance the management of traffic in the Straits.

With more than 70,000 vessels each year (over 150 a day) transiting this strategically important international waterway, ICS believes it is imperative that safety continues to be prioritised. While only a very small proportion of these transits result in accidents or near misses, the ICS survey has identified heavy shipping traffic, inappropriate speed and the loss of situational awareness as significant factors that need to be addressed.

The ICS report praises the skill and professionalism of those managing, operating and navigating ships in the Malacca and Singapore Straits. However, ICS suggests that improvements could be made to the location of pilot boarding areas and the timing of pilot departures. There is also concern about the understanding and use of navigation systems such as ECDIS, AIS and radar, both at sea and ashore.

Of the incidents examined, 68% resulted in collisions and all could have potentially caused harm or pollution incidents. The incidents involved a range of vessels from tugs to tankers.

The report recommends the littoral States consider how to address:
• Speed management in the Singapore Straits
• Heavy traffic around pilot boarding areas
• Optimum pilot departure times
• Improved VTS/VTIS interaction with shipping
• Situational awareness
• Pilot, tug, berth availability integration.

ICS met with the littoral States of Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, in Kuala Lumpur last week, to present the report’s findings.

ICS Director Marine, John Murray commented: “The littoral States welcomed the report and we were pleased to hear that measures are already being taken to further improve navigational services in the Straits.”

“Malaysia and Indonesia have agreed to forward additional accident reports to further enhance the ICS study’s findings, particularly in relation to the Malacca Straits. Singapore will be sending information on measures it has already taken to improve navigational services in relation to the Singapore Straits, which ICS will review by conducting a gap analysis in order to identify remaining safety proposals.”

In conjunction with ICS, it is anticipated that the littoral States will make a joint submission to IMO’s Navigation Sub Committee, in July next year, advising of the accident survey and its current status.

Notes to Editors
• ICS is the principal international trade association for shipowners. Its members are national shipowners’ associations from 36 countries, representing all sectors and trades and over 80% of world merchant tonnage.

Braemar Shipping Services Launches Braemar Technical Services

Braemar Shipping Services plc’s penetration of the global marine and offshore services sectors continues to develop with the bringing together of its business units under the umbrella control of the Braemar Technical Services (BTS) division.

As was set in train with the results’ announcement in May 2011, BTS will bring a broader service as well as operating efficiency benefits to customers of its technical services businesses – Braemar Casbarian, Braemar Falconer, Braemar Steege, Braemar (incorporating The Salvage Association) and Braemar Wavespec/Wavespec.

The establishment of BTS will benefit both customers and shareholders by providing a pool of wider industry expertise; encouraging synergy between the business units and forming a wider global network of offices.

BTS’s component business units have all earned a worldwide reputation for excellence in their fields with significant overlapping of complementary skill sets:
• Braemar Steege as a loss adjuster in the global energy insurance markets
• Braemar Falconer as a provider of specialised marine and offshore consultancy services in Asia and Australia
• Braemar Casbarian as a provider of specialised marine and offshore engineering and consultancy services in North America and the Caribbean
• Wavespec as a well-established marine engineering consultancy business specialising in the design and construction of vessels carrying liquids in bulk
• Braemar (incorporating The Salvage Association) as the world leading multi-disciplinary marine surveying and technical consultancy arm providing services to the world’s shipping, offshore energy and insurance sectors.

BTS business units will continue to offer their specialist services but at the same time will be able to call upon the combined strength of the division to offer customers a ready-made solution for wider business issues and larger or more diversified contracts.

BTS will be headed up by two joint Managing Directors – Nigel Carpenter, the head of Braemar Steege, and Chan Yew Wah (Michael) who leads Braemar Falconer. With 385 employees, BTS will be the largest employer in the Braemar Shipping Services plc group.

The creation of BTS will involve re-branding of the business units as well as some corporate re-structuring, which is in progress and will be the subject of future announcements.

“We are creating a single entity which will help each of the BTS business units operate even more effectively in the markets they already serve while also provide a platform to offer division-wide solutions to clients in the marine or offshore sectors,” says Nigel Carpenter, BTS Managing Director.

“BTS will have the ability to conduct much more engineering in-house, and thereby better control costs. We will have the benefit of being able to tap into more office locations, where we will have survey capability on a first response basis for our clients which again gives us an opportunity to meet their needs more economically.”

Michael Chan adds: “Having a local presence also gives us access to local knowledge and culture which is very important. The geographical spread of this new group is impressive and a testament to the vibrancy and market expertise of the BTS group companies.”

Quentin Soanes, Executive Director of Braemar Shipping Services plc comments: “The establishment of BTS is part of Braemar’s continued plan to be a world leader in marine and energy services. The divisions within BTS are all pre-eminent in their fields and together offer even more comprehensive and integrated services to their clients throughout the global marine and energy sectors.”

ICS Says Flag States Must Enforce The Rules

A balance has to be struck between the commercial advantages of shipowners’ selecting a particular flag state and the need to discourage the use of flags that do not meet their international obligations, warns the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS).

Speaking at the 14th Russian Register Seminar on Quality Shipping in St Petersburg, Simon Bennett, ICS Director of External Relations, said: “Shipping is one of the safest and most environmentally friendly modes of transport, yet several high profile casualties have prompted questions from politicians and the media about the performance of flag states. There is understandable concern about shipping companies’ use of flags that may not comply fully with international regulations.”

However, he stressed that distinctions between open registers and so-called national or traditional maritime flags are unhelpful. “The industry’s Flag State Performance Table suggests that open registers such as the Bahamas, Liberia and the Marshal Islands enjoy the same very high standards of performance and responsibility as flags such as Denmark or the United Kingdom,” he said.

ICS has previously developed Shipping Industry Guidelines on Flag State Performance, to accompany its annual Flag State Performance Table. The Guidelines outline what a responsible shipowner should expect from a responsible flag state, including ratification and implementation of core maritime conventions. The Guidelines are intended to encourage shipowners to examine whether a flag state has sufficient substance before using it and to encourage ship owners and operators to put pressure on their flag administrations to effect any necessary improvements.

Mr Bennett told delegates in Russia: “The industry makes no apology for subjecting flag states to scrutiny, in the same way that ships and company procedures are rightly subjected to inspection by governments. Our over-riding interest in promoting high performing flag states is that they are less likely to tolerate sub-standard operators. This small minority of shipping companies enjoys an unfair commercial advantage over the vast majority of fully compliant operators and damages the overall reputation of the industry.

“While it is shipping companies that have primary responsibility for the safe operation of their ships and the welfare of their crews, it is the flag state that must enforce the rules,” Mr Bennett said.
Notes To Editors:
• The Shipping Industry Guidelines on Flag State Performance and its accompanying Flag State Performance Table can be downloaded free from www.ics-shipping.org

“We Have Reached The End Of Our Tether On Piracy” ICS Chairman Tells India Shipping Summit

“The world community cannot tolerate the abuse and the killing of seafarers,” ICS Chairman Spyros M Polemis told seafarers and maritime industry professionals in India today (Oct 11th), adding that “India and its seafarers have truly been in the
firing line”.

“This has to stop now. The pirates must get the message that we have reached the end of our tether and that any act of piracy will be severely dealt with,” he told delegates at the India Shipping Summit in Mumbai.

Warning that the piracy season was about to begin again with renewed vigour as the monsoon season ends, Mr Polemis acknowledged the high price India is paying, with some of its seafarers held hostage for more than 18 months. “India is a nation which is committed to maritime trade in a major way, while its geographical location means that it has been at the forefront of efforts to tackle piracy head on,” he said.

“India is a major maritime labour supply country, providing thousands of Indian nationals, both officers and ratings, to crew the world fleet. Indian seafarers are widely dispersed amongst the international fleet, as well as serving on board Indian Flag tonnage. Sadly this means that Indian nationals have been especially exposed to the risk of attack and capture for ransom by violent Somali pirates,” he added.

Praising the actions of the Indian Government and Navy, Mr Polemis said: “We have been particularly impressed by the seriousness that the Indian Government has afforded this problem and the willingness of the Indian Navy to act robustly against
the pirates.”

Urging the Indian Navy to greater efforts, he called on it to focus on inhibiting the activities of motherships, adding: “In particular, it will be most helpful if the Indian Navy can continue to ensure that within some 300 nautical miles of the Indian coast they continue to prevent the pirates from operating, since this provides a relatively safe route for ships to and from the Gulf of Aden to the Arabian Sea and beyond.”

He advised shipowners and operators to adhere to Best Management Practices (BMP4) and called on the international community to do more to eradicate piracy.
In particular:
• Navies to act robustly against the pirates
• All motherships, big and small, to be immobilised
• All suspected pirates to be delivered to a court of law and if found guilty to be subject to the full weight of the law
• Pirate bases ashore to be targeted for action
• All hostages and their ships currently in Somalia to be freed
• United Nations to arrange to provide armed military guards, either as part of a Blue Beret force or as a VPDs (Vessel Protection Detached Units)
• All vulnerable merchant ships transiting the Additional War Risk Premium (AWRP) area to receive armed military guards
• All nations in the region to agree and to assist in the embarkation and disembarkation of private armed guards.

“This is not the time to beat around the bush,” Mr Polemis concluded. “I believe the time for talking has passed – we need action not words.”


Notes To Editors:
• The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) is the principal international trade association for shipowners, with member national associations from 36 countries representing all sectors and trades and over 80% of the world merchant fleet.
• The Indian National Shipowners’ Association (INSA) is among its larger associations, representing the shipping interests of one of the world’s most important emerging economies.

Videotel Shipboard Food Hygiene Programmes Awarded MLC 2006 Approval

Good food hygiene at home is important. Excellent food hygiene onboard ship is essential. Seafarers live, work and eat in close proximity yet crews often operate in isolation and the consequences of poor food hygiene can be devastating. Videotel Training Services is therefore delighted to have been awarded the UK Maritime and Coastguard Authority (MCA) and the Liberian Flag (LISCR) approval for Hygiene Training across its key training programmes for ships’ cooks and galley staff, as detailed in paragraph 2 (C) of Standard A3.2 of the Maritime Labour Convention 2006.

“There are many hazards onboard ship but hazardous food is one of the easiest to avoid,” says Nigel Cleave, CEO of Videotel. “Food hygiene standards constitute an important part of the MLC 2006 regulations. A vessel’s crew is often made up of a number of different nationalities with a wide range of demands and food cultures – but good hygiene practices must always be at the heart of any galley.”

The following distance learning programmes have received certification.

For Ships’ Cooks and Staff Working in the Galley:
• The four part Food Safety at Sea Series considers the risks that food poses to seafarers on all types of ship, as well as passengers on cruise ships and ferries, and how best they can be avoided. The four parts are:
Part 1: Hazards and Controls
Part 2: Delivery Storage, Preparation and Cooking
Part 3: Personal Hygiene
Part 4: Pest Control and Cleaning

For Ships’ Cooks:
• A Guide to Good Housekeeping – Accommodation and the Galley raises awareness of the importance of good housekeeping in this area and shows how to make it a vital part of everyday shipboard life.
• Personal Safety in the Galley looks at the significance of safe working practices and good hygiene in the galley.

The modules are available via Videotel’s award winning Computer Based Training (CBT) in a range of formats including interactive CD-ROM, through Videotel on Demand (VOD) and VHS/DVD with supporting booklets.

ICS Says CO2 Compensation Fund Could Help Sea Ports Adapt To Climate Change

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), whose member national shipowners’ associations represent more than 80% of the world merchant fleet, has participated at a special UNCTAD (United Nations Committee on Trade and Development) meeting in Geneva (29/30 September) to explore how the world’s sea ports should prepare for adaptation to the threat of dangerous climate change.

Speaking at the UNCTAD meeting, ICS Director of External Relations, Simon Bennett, advised governments that monies for the adaption of ports to the effects of rising sea levels – and the increased likelihood of storms, flooding and extreme weather events – could be provided by a proposed International Maritime Organization (IMO) environmental compensation fund, with contributions from the shipping industry linked to fuel compensation. An environmental compensation fund is the Market Based Mechanism preferred by the majority of the global shipping industry, rather than the alternative of emissions trading schemes which has also been proposed by some governments in discussions at the IMO.

“The advantage of a compensation fund linked to ships’ fuel consumption is that some of the monies raised could be readily directed by IMO to environmental projects in developing countries, such as the adaptation of ports to climate change.” said Simon Bennett. However, he suggested that developing nations should play close attention to discussions at IMO, and to the parallel discussions at UNFCCC with respect to possible contributions by the shipping industry to a UN ‘Green Fund’, “to ensure that developed nations did not end up keeping the lions’ share of any money raised from shipping for themselves”.

ICS believes that any money raised from shipping through Market Based Measures for CO2 reduction should primarily be directed to projects which improve the environment in developing nations or which allow the shipping industry and developing nations to prepare for the effects of climate change, for example protecting ports. “Shipping fully accepts the need to play its part and— if governments so decide – participate in Market Based Measures” said Simon Bennett. “But measures to reduce CO2 emissions should not be used to treat the shipping industry as a ‘cash cow’, simply to boost the balance sheets of richer countries that are currently in economic difficulties.”
Notes To Editors:
ICS has moved office. Our new contact details are:
International Chamber of Shipping, 38 St Mary Axe, London EC3A 8BH
Tel: +44 20 7090 1460 Email: info@ics-shipping.org Web: www.ics-shipping.com

ICS Chairman Calls For More Navy Forces In Indian Ocean

Governments have ceded control of the Indian Ocean to pirates and the small deployment of naval forces to the region is like putting a band-aid on a gaping wound – so says ICS Chairman Spyros M Polemis.

And in a damning indictment of western governments, Mr Polemis will controversially suggest they would be acting differently if the many seafarers held hostage off the coast of Somalia were “Americans or Europeans”.

Speaking at next week’s Maritime Cyprus conference in Limassol on Monday (October 3rd) Mr Polemis will tell shipping professionals: “The fundamental problem is the lack of navy ships that are committed to protecting shipping – a band aid on a gaping wound, although the navies do an excellent job under the circumstances and we commend them for this.”

In a straight-talking speech Mr Polemis is set to tell delegates that “by their own admission, the military advise that no ship is completely safe”. He will say: “Sadly, one can only conclude from the current response of many governments that those thousands of seafarers that have so far been captured have simply had the wrong nationality. If they were all Americans or Europeans, the governments’ attitude might have been somewhat different. It is really unacceptable that so many governments seem to feel that the current situation can somehow be tolerated, and that a box has been ticked by making a relatively small number of navy ships available to police Somalia’s waters and the entire Indian Ocean.”

Apologising for his “depressing” remarks he is set to conclude: “We appreciate that governments have many competing priorities, but I am afraid that they still seem to be lacking a coherent strategy to tackle the pirates head on.”

While acknowledging that adherence to Best Management Practices and the use of private armed guards can both reduce the risks of capture, Mr Polemis will say that the escalating use of armed guards represents a failure by the international community to find an effective solution to the situation and will call for an increase in military force deployed to the Indian Ocean.

“I do wish to stress that, despite acknowledging their use, private armed guards do not represent a long term solution. Rather, their use actually signifies a failure on the part of the international community – and those governments with significant military forces – to ensure the security of maritime trade on which the whole world depends. Governments don’t like it when we say this, but the reality is that they have ceded control of the Indian Ocean to the pirates.

He will continue: “The use of private guards does not mean that military forces are no longer needed. Far from it – they are needed more than ever and should be greatly increased in number.”

ICS is in close contact with both EUNAVFOR and NATO discussing practical solutions to the problems in the Indian Ocean including a possible blockade of the Somali coast and tackling pirate ‘motherships’. ICS is also in discussion with Flag States to ensure they take a coherent pan-industry approach to producing a proper framework for the use of armed guards.

Notes To Editors:
• The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the International Shipping Federation (ISF) are the principal international trade association and employers’ organisation for shipowners, with member national associations from 36 countries representing all sectors and trades and over 80% of the world merchant fleet.

• Spyros Polemis is speaking on the subject of “Countering Piracy” at Maritime Cyprus, organised by the Cyprus Department of Merchant Shipping, at the Evagoras Lanitis Centre, Limassol, from October 2nd to 5th 2011.

• ICS (and ISF) will move office to new premises this coming weekend (1st /2nd October).
Our new contact details will be as follows:
International Chamber of Shipping
38 St Mary Axe
Tel: +44 20 7090 1460
Fax: +44 20 7090 1484
Email: info@ics-shipping.org
Web: www.ics-shipping.com