Training Saves Lives: Videotel Joins with Mines Rescue Marine to Launch Entry Into Enclosed Spaces Training Series

Accidents in enclosed spaces are frequent, often fatal – but crucially, also avoidable. Today, Videotel Marine International joins forces with Mines Rescue Marine to launch a brand new training series, Entry into Enclosed Spaces. The programme delivers a hard hitting message to both ship board and shore based personnel that will ensure that when working in enclosed spaces the correct equipment is used and good safety procedures become second nature.

“There is no excuse for the unacceptable casualties we have seen recently,” says Stephen Bond, Deputy Chairman, Videotel. “Again and again we hear of seafarers coming to grief in enclosed spaces. These incidents could have been avoided by an understanding of the dangers of entering enclosed spaces and the critical importance of following proper procedures. We are convinced that the Entry into Enclosed Spaces Training Series will help save lives.”

“We are delighted to have been able to work with Mines Rescue Marine to create this programme. For over 100 years, their Mines Rescue Service has developed its specialist skills, experience and knowledge gained from working in a difficult and potentially dangerous environment to effect the rescue and escape of mineworkers from underground. This experience has proven invaluable in helping to construct the training programme, ensuring it is both realistic and practical.”

With comprehensive written material including case studies and student exercises, the package consists of 6 programmes covering awareness; preparation and procedures; equipment; enclosed spaces entry; emergency procedures and rescue; and the correct use of breathing apparatus. It is available in a range of formats – interactive CD-ROM, through Videotel on Demand (VOD) and VHS/DVD with supporting booklets.

Entry into Enclosed Spaces is launched at midday today onboard the HQS Wellington by Captain Terry Jewell, Master of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners.icon-pdf[download id=”318″]


Press Release July 20th, 2011
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Braemar (Incorporating The Salvage Association) is poised to expand its marine surveying and consultancy services following its recent buy-out by Braemar Shipping Services plc. The company is looking forward to taking advantage of the wider group’s extensive global office network to broaden its existing international expert marine surveying and consultancy service.

The Association, which boasts a maritime history of more than 150 years, plans to expand its world renowned specialist maritime services through its close association with complementary businesses in the Braemar Group, while maintaining its market-leading range of marine surveying and technical consultancy operations.

Nigel Clark, Managing Director of Braemar (incorporating The Salvage Association), said: “The Salvage Association is the standard bearer for the provision of damage survey reports and we are rightly proud of this. While this work remains our core business, we also provide a broad range of other technical and in-depth expert services to the maritime industry and we are excited to have this opportunity to expand our capabilities even further.

“We plan to continue the great work of the Salvage Association as well as growing our marine consultancy businesses and the backing of Braemar’s extensive network of global offices will enable us to further extend its worldwide services,” he said, highlighting India and South America as key areas for expansion.

Braemar (incorporating The Salvage Association) is proud to employ highly qualified and experienced marine surveyors, some of whom have been with The Salvage Association for more than 25 years. All have the expert level of capability that The Salvage Association has always required. In addition, the company boasts marine consultants able to offer a broad range of expert services to insurers, P&I Clubs, shipowners, ship charterers and marine lawyers.

Notes to Editors:
The business and assets of the BMT Marine & Offshore Surveys, which incorporates The Salvage Association and Murray Fenton, were recently acquired by Braemar Shipping Services Plc, a leading international provider of shipbroking, consultancy, technical, logistics and other services to the shipping and energy industries.

For Further Information, Please Contact:
Sean Moloney, Elaborate Communications +44 (0) 1296 682051 / 682124

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Maritime Authority Of Jamaica Moves Closer To The Sea

The Maritime Authority of Jamaica has a new head office – right on the waterfront in Kingston.

Customers of the MAJ and Jamaica Flag Registry are set to benefit from the new location which is also closer to the Maritime Training Institute and only seven minutes from the Port of Kingston. The MAJ says its new offices will allow for greater accessibility to the MAJ by its customers and will better enable the MAJ to serve its market.

Seymour Harley, Registrar General of Ships, said: “We are delighted that we are exactly one minute’s walk – I timed it! – from a vessel docked along the waterfront. Previously we were located in the heart of the uptown business district with only ‘peephole’ views of the harbour through skyscrapers. Now the Maritime Authority is situated where it should be – by the sea.”

The new address is:
The Office Centre Building
2nd Floor
12 Ocean Boulevard
Jamaica, West Indies

Tel: + 1 876 967 1060 65
Fax: + 1 876 922 5765

The website address remains:

All staff email addresses remain unchanged as do those for the organisation:
Ship Registry:

Braemar Market Insight: Container Fleet Supply

[download id=”314″]2012 looks set to be the biggest year for containership newbuilding deliveries in history, in terms of TEU capacity entering the cellular fleet. According to Braemar Seascope’s latest Containership Fleet Statistics, boxship deliveries in 2012 are expected to reach 1.55m TEU – beating the previous record of 1.52m TEU achieved during 2007. Braemar Seascope expects a cellular fleet expansion in the region of 9.5% for 2012, increasing the available capacity to 16.8m TEU.

Of the 230 ships due for delivery next year, 59 have a nominal container capacity of 10,000 TEU or more. This will introduce an additional 0.8m TEU to this segment. Fleet growth for the 10,000 TEU plus size bracket is expected to reach 70% year on year for 2011 and a further 57% in 2012. Bearing in mind that the vast majority of ultra-large containerships are currently deployed on Asia – Europe services, next year’s delivery influx would be sufficient tonnage to create another five loops deploying ten x 13,000 TEU vessels.

For vessels up to and including 5,100 TEU capacity, it is a very different story: the lower level of investment in newbuilding projects is apparent as growth is expected to reach only 2.9% this year before hitting 3.0% in 2012.

Since January 2010, owners have ordered 1.7m TEU capacity of boxships with a capacity of 5,100 TEU or more compared with 0.4m TEU of smaller ships (below 5,100 TEU).
Containerships of 10,000 TEU or more comprise 49% of the global orderbook by capacity whereas containerships up to 5,100 TEU represent only 20% of the global orderbook. Since the KG market has largely exited the newbuilding arena, investment in smaller containerships has been lacklustre. However, Braemar expects renewed interested in feedermax tonnage once the current cycle of investment in post panamax ships has waned.icon-pdf

Voluntary Onboard Tests Improve Training Standards

Videotel Marine International, in association with the Chemical Distribution Institute (CDI), is pioneering a new voluntary Crew Knowledge and Proficiency (CKP) Testing System by randomly testing officers’ operational knowledge. These short tests are designed to complement the crew’s existing training programme and provide strong evidence of continuous objective assessment of officers.

Capt. Milind Karkhanis, Vice President, Videotel Training Services, has been instrumental in working with CDI to develop this project. “What the industry needs is a globally consistent system of quality measurement,” he says. “With this system, the individual ship operator can benchmark the CKP of his officers against the world chemical and gas tanker fleet average. This provides a genuine measurement of performance, allowing those fleets demonstrating high quality standards to receive the recognition they deserve.”

Chief Officers, Second Officers, Third Officers, Second Engineers, Third Engineers or their equivalent ranks are eligible to undertake the testing. Selection of the Officers is made randomly by computer and the checks are carried out on a one-to-one basis onboard by an Inspector via pre-determined questions programmed into a laptop. A CKP Review Committee has been set up to review the progress, results and statistics of the CKP database on a quarterly basis.

CKP Testing constitutes part of Videotel’s VOA (Videotel Online Assessment), an internet based program designed to help assess the competency of individual seafarers by delivering assessment based questions. Assessments can be set up by selecting questions from an extensive and growing database which, in turn, can then be assigned to selected seafarers. The assessments are completed on line enabling employers to identify the strengths and weaknesses of their seafarers both prior-to and during employment. The results demonstrate how they are progressing and identify further individual’s training requirements as part of a company’s overall competency management programme.icon-pdf[download id=”312″]



For Immediate Release 7 July 2011
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Despite record crude oil liftings from the Middle East and anticipated demand growth of around 2% for 2011, there remains a persistent oversupply of VLCC tonnage, according to analysis by Braemar Shipping Services.

However, it may come as some relief to know that the 47 VLCC deliveries scheduled for the first half of 2011 did not all enter the market on time.

In both Q1 and Q2 this year, over 20 VLCC deliveries were inked in at the rate of more than one every week. In the event, Braemar recorded fewer than 20 VLCC deliveries in both quarters of 2011 to date: 19 in Q1 and 15 in Q2.

On 1st July, the VLCC fleet was 559 ships including 22 non-double hull units, with 150 ships in the orderbook.

In deadweight capacity, the VLCC fleet has grown by 5.6% this year, from 160.9m dwt on 1st January 2011, to 169.9m dwt on 1st July. According to Braemar, it seems likely that further slippage from delivery schedules will happen in the coming quarters, even from its revised delivery view as per the table.


For Further Information Please Contact:
Elaborate Communications
Sean Moloney
Debra Munford Tel: +44 (0)1296 682051/Mob: +44 (0)7711 142439
Tel +44 (0) 1296 682356

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