Passenger Ship Liability: ICS urges EU Governments To Issue New Certificates by Year End

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) is calling upon EU maritime administrations to ensure that they are ready to issue passenger ships with the required insurance certificates in order that ships can comply with the EU Passenger Liability Regulation (PLR).

If the necessary certificates are not issued as required, by 31 December, then cruise ships and passenger ferries, including non-EU vessels, may be unable to trade within EU waters.

ICS Secretary General, Peter Hinchliffe explained: “In close co-operation with the International Group of P&I Clubs, passenger ship operators have gone to great lengths to ensure that they can meet the new insurance requirements, including the need to obtain cover for terrorism and war risks.  It is now essential that EU Member States are ready to issue the required certificates and do this using a common approach.”

Mr Hinchliffe added: “It is especially important that certification arrangements are in place for ships registered with non-EU flags, as well as for European ones”.

The EU Passenger Liability Regulation (PLR) broadly mirrors the 2002 Protocol to the IMO Athens Convention, although the IMO instrument has still not yet entered into force worldwide.

“The issues are complex,” said Mr Hinchliffe, “but the thorny issue of terrorism cover has hampered implementation of the IMO Protocol since IMO Member States first rejected industry arguments that terrorism is an attack on society at large and that the costs should be borne by governments.  Instead IMO decided that the provision of such cover should be left to the market”.

With respect to the new EU regulation that comes into effect at the end of the month, the need to obtain cover for terrorism has presented shipowners and their insurers with a real challenge.  The International Group of P&I Clubs has decided to issue certificates of insurance for the non-war risks arising under the EU PLR, and alternative arrangements have been developed for the terrorism component, namely insurance in the non-mutual commercial market arranged by Marsh/Willis or Safeguard.

Given the complication of having to have separate terrorism cover, the International Group and ICS have been trying to persuade governments to develop a common position with regard to port state acceptance of insurance certificates.  This is of vital importance if the Regulation is to come into effect on 31 December without causing disruption to the cruise ship and ferry industries and, even more importantly, to their passengers.

ICS Sets Out Future For Arctic Shipping

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), which represents over 80% of the world merchant fleet, has issued a new position paper on Arctic shipping. As the Arctic becomes more accessible, ICS has set out some key principles with regard to the future governance of Arctic waters.

Offshore support vessel activity is already significant, while destination shipping is anticipated to grow as the extraction of energy and raw materials is developed. Use of the Northern Sea Route is also a reality for a small but increasing number of ships in the summer months.

ICS therefore stresses the importance of Arctic nations respecting the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and relevant IMO Conventions and Codes such as SOLAS and MARPOL.

ICS Director of External Relations, Simon Bennett explained: “As the volume of Arctic shipping gradually increases, there is a growing awareness about the need for a high degree of care when ships navigate Arctic waters. However, the proper forum for addressing these concerns is the International Maritime Organization, which is currently developing a Polar Code that is expected to be mandatory. It is most important that Arctic nations avoid unilateral measures that might cut across IMO Conventions or the provisions of UNCLOS.”

ICS stresses that individual coastal states should not impose discriminatory treatment that might prejudice the rights of ships registered with non-Arctic nations under international maritime law, such as unilateral ship construction, design and equipment standards.

ICS also identifies some issues that require clarification as Arctic waters become more accessible. For example, ICS believes that the UNCLOS regime of ‘transit passage’ for straits used for international navigation takes precedence over the rights of coastal states to enact unilateral measures against international shipping.

“Until recently this issue seemed rather academic, as did the question of nations using straight baselines to determine their territorial sea. But as remote Arctic sea routes become accessible these issues are becoming more important.” said Mr Bennett.

Amongst the intended audience for the ICS paper are high level policy makers in environment and foreign ministries who may not be regularly engaged in shipping issues.

However, the paper also outlines ICS’s approach towards the development of the IMO Polar Code, which is expected to be finalised next year.

“The development of the Polar Code needs to be risk and performance-based,” said Mr Bennett. “For example, pending the future development of unified requirements for the construction and operation of ‘ice-class’ ships, the Code should not arbitrarily require conformity with any particular ‘ice-class’ standards to the exclusion of others that deliver comparable performance.”

The paper also sets out ICS’s position with respect to the development of infrastructure to support safety and environmental protection, the need for full market access and freedom of navigation, transparency with respect to national regulation and the need for reduced bureaucracy and the setting of appropriate fees for services.

“If frequent and reliable international shipping services are to be provided between Arctic ports and the rest of the world, or natural resources in the region are to be developed in a manner that reconciles the need for both environmental and economic sustainably, this will require the provision of maritime services that are competitive and cost efficient,” said Mr Bennett.

The ICS position paper is being distributed via national shipowners’ associations to governments and other stakeholders, but can be downloaded at

Ballast Water Convention – Tripartite Meeting Shares Concerns With Implementation

Representatives of the leading worldwide Associations of Shipbuilders, Classification Societies and Shipowners met in Busan, Korea for their annual Tripartite meeting hosted by the Korean Register of Shipping and KOSHIPA, the national shipbuilders association.

The meeting was united in expressing its serious concern with the obstacles that all three parties face as the Ballast Water Management Convention moves closer to ratification, eight years after its text was adopted.  It was always going to be challenging to fit ballast water treatment equipment to all of the world’s 70,000 ships.

New technologies needed to be explored and developed to treat the volume of water required by ocean going ships as ballast. However the slow pace of ratification by IMO member States has negated the carefully staged implementation programme that was a feature of the original Convention.  Now that the fixed timeline for implementation has passed without entry into force it means that, as soon as the Ballast Water Management Convention does meet its ratification criteria, thousands of ships will need to be fitted in a very short time.

Whilst strenuous efforts were made by industry, this will put unattainable demands on ship repair facilities, engineering capabilities and on the relatively small number of manufacturers that have developed suitable treatment equipment.

The meeting also expressed serious concerns about Type-Approval requirements. Having now gained some experience with the current requirements, Tripartite participants expressed the clear opinion that many serious shortcomings now need urgent attention. If nothing is done to address this situation, a very large number of treatment equipments costing billions of dollars may be required to be installed on ships with the prior knowledge that these systems may not always work reliably to the demanded biological efficacy.

Not least of the problems is that the certified performance criteria of sophisticated new treatment equipment seems to fall short of testing requirements that may be applied by port state control authorities.  Much more work still needs to be done by governments to rectify the current situation.

“We note that IMO decided not to reopen the G8 guidelines but asked BLG 17 to look into certification guidance on the G8 guideline with the aim of providing greater clarity on the operating conditions in which BWTS are expected to operate.  Factors to be taken into account include seawater salinity, temperature and sediment load, as well as operation at flow rates significantly lower that the rated treatment flow rate.

IMO also asked member States to submit case studies with quantitative evidence of BWTS failures to improve understanding of the areas of weakness within the approval process.

While this is a step in the right direction, the BWM Convention was designed to assure the ability to meet the required standard by a treatment system installed on an operating vessel. Having requirements that ensure the equipment is fit for purpose is an important element in achieving successful implementation.” said IACS Chairman, Tom Boardley.

The Tripartite meeting agreed that the industry is faced with a challenge both in respect to the timeline and to the lack of maturity of individual treatment systems.  One mitigating factor would be to define existing ships as those having been constructed prior to entry into force of the Convention, and that retrofitting of Type Approved ballast water management systems should not be required until the next full 5 year survey, rather than the next intermediate survey.

Speaking at the end of the Tripartite meeting ICS Chairman, Masamichi Morooka said:

“It is good that many governments now seem to understand the shipowners’ arguments that it will be very difficult indeed to retrofit tens of thousands of ships within the timeline of two or three years of entry into force, as the Convention text currently requires.  IMO has agreed to develop an IMO Assembly Resolution, for adoption in 2013, to smooth the implementation.”

“It is vital that we ease the log jam by spreading implementation over five years rather than two or three.” said Dave Iwamoto, Chairman of the Committee for Expertise of Shipbuilding


The meeting agreed jointly to engage further with governments in order to explain the scale of the challenge faced by the shipbuilding and repair community in order to cope with the vast number of ships that will be required to install the new treatment systems.

The Tripartite went on to discuss the enforcement and compliance issues that will arise as systems are installed and the Convention comes into force. A major challenge is that any compliance action will not be taken against the treatment system manufacturer or test facility, but rather against shipowners who in good faith may have installed a system Type-Approved by a government. Given the current knowledge about apparent shortcomings in the Testing and Approval requirements when compared with the real life operating environment, the G8 Guidelines must be updated.  A Type-Approved system, costing between one and five million dollars per ship, should reasonably be expected to robustly operate effectively under all of the normal operating conditions encountered by that ship.

“We are all in full support of the IMO and the intentions behind the Ballast Water Convention. However, given where we are today, we need to re-address both the timeline and the Approval requirements defined in the G8 guidelines in order to ensure that we achieve the real intentions of the Convention without unnecessary costs and unintended compliance issues”

“We need to urgently engage with both the IMO and with individual Governments in order to address these issues” said ICS Chairman Mr Morooka.


This Press Release is issued jointly by:

ICS;  IACS; BIMCO; Intercargo;  Intertanko; OCIMF; and CESS (Committee for Expertise of Shipbuilding Specifics)

Doug Anderson, Customer Service Director at TGNS, to Retire: Gareth Kirkwood to Take Over Customer Service Across the Thomas Gunn Group

Thomas Gunn Navigation Services (TGNS) today announced that Doug Anderson, TGNS’s Customer Service Director, is to retire after 18 years with the Group.

As member of the TGNS board and Customer Services Director, Anderson has headed up Thomas Gunn customer service and support since 1994, overseeing the team responsible for vessel outfit management services, supply of Tracings, Notices to Mariners and charts and publications.

“Doug has been an instrumental part of our executive team, leading the customer service department and helping to build an international business that, I believe, has set the standard for service in our industry,” said Thomas Gunn, founder and former TGNS CEO. “We are very sad to have him leave and hope he enjoys every day of his retirement.”

Including his 18 years with Thomas Gunn, Anderson has spent more than 40 years in shipping and navigation. He joined TGNS from Brown and Perring, a leading Admiralty distributor of the time, where he also held the position of Director of Customer Service. He brought with him considerable international experience, which helped shape the Group’s global expansion into Southern Europe, North America and Asia. Prior to that he served for 11years in the British Royal Navy. During his career, he has earned recognition as an innovator and problem-solver with a passion for customer service.

TGNS is wholly owned by Global Navigation Solutions (GNS). Responsibility for TGNS Group Customer Service has been transitioned to Gareth Kirkwood, the GNS Group’s Chief Operating Officer.

Notes for Editors
About Gareth Kirkwood, Chief Operating Officer – GNS
Gareth joined GNS from Daisy Group, the leading reseller of unified communications to the UK SME and Mid Market, where he was Chief Operating Officer. Prior to Daisy, Gareth spent 22 years with British Airways, initially in IT procurement and ultimately as Director of Operations.

About the Thomas Gunn Group of companies:
Thomas Gunn Navigation Services was formed in 1978 as a private family owned company. Today, the Thomas Gunn Group of companies has a large international client base and is widely recognised as the world’s largest distributor of Admiralty charts and publications.

In addition to providing navigation supplies to shipping companies, TGNS also has a range of technology solutions, including Voyager and TGT eData that enables customers to optimize chart purchasing, management and updating. With offices in UK, Singapore, Greece, North America and Turkey, the Thomas Gunn Group employs approximately 150 people worldwide, including product, sales and customer service and support teams.

SeaMarshals Gains First Licence As Cape Verde Leads Fight Against West African Piracy

In a move designed to thwart the escalating piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, the Government of Cape Verde has granted a licence to Cape Verde Maritime Security Services (CVMSS) allowing the company exclusive rights to vet Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSCs) who want to use the island as a base for embarking and disembarking armed security teams.

And UK-headquartered SeaMarshals Ltd is the first company to be granted a permit to use Cape Verde as its base for security operations in the West Africa region.

On behalf of the Cape Verde Government, CVMSS will undertake checks to ensure PMSCs comply with agreed minimum standards in accordance with both local and international laws and regulations. These standards will include training, support and insurance levels.

SeaMarshals Chief Executive Thomas Jakobsson this week received the coveted first permit from the government of Cape Verde, issued by the Coast Guard. He said: “SeaMarshals has set the benchmark for private maritime security companies operating in this area. We have been able to use our many years of successfully operating off the East Coast of Africa, tackling Somali-led piracy and supplying first-class armed personnel.

“SeaMarshals has long been at the forefront of our industry in complying with new laws and regulations, as well as working closely with other agencies and governments as an advisor on security-related matters. We are pleased to now be working with the Cape Verde authorities to ensure safe and effective measures are taken in keeping the seas off West Africa safe for the maritime industry,” he said.

MCA Approves ECDIS Training From Videotel

Videotel Marine International is delighted to announce that the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has given its formal approval to the Videotel CBT ECDIS blended learning package.

Nigel Cleave, CEO of Videotel, welcomed the news. “As ECDIS becomes part of the navigational landscape, the industry has responded with a wide range of training options targeted at the seafarer,” he said. “But how does the shipowner or shipmanager sift through the bewildering array of alternatives and select the best route through complex training and ISM compliance issues? The answer must be to select a course tried and trusted by the industry, from a quality training provider and with third party endorsement. “

“The Videotel CBT training package covers perhaps one of the most important subjects we have undertaken in recent years, which delivers a course that provides the very mind-set and understanding so essentially required on the principles of the ECDIS system and how it should be used to facilitate navigational safety,” he added. ”It is extremely encouraging to receive the approval of the MCA and to know that the training we are delivering has met its high-quality standards.”

The Videotel course is intended for all deck officers as part of their mandatory ECDIS training and they will leave with an understanding of the principles of ECDIS, the fundamentals of ECDIS capability and operation and will know how to use the system for route planning and monitoring. Importantly, they will also know the limitations of ECDIS and the dangers of over-reliance.

Once this part of the training has been completed successfully, candidates can progress to an ECDIS Training Consortium (ETC) centre for generic and type-specific simulator training. Alternatively, type-specific training can be conducted online at a later stage through Videotel’s collaboration with Safebridge.

The course is delivered in a modular form, using self-paced, interactive CBT (Computer Based Training). Comprehensive instructions are provided to the candidates to guide them through the course. The CBT contains English text and narration, short video sequences, graphics and interactives.

UN Climate Change Conference Doha: ICS Comments

UN Climate Change Conference Doha –
ICS Comments On Shipowner Contribution To UNFCC Green Climate Fund

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) is representing global shipowners at the United Nations (UNFCCC) Climate Change Conference in Doha (COP 18).

At an event in Doha (27 November) hosted by the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO), ICS will report on the further progress being made by shipowners worldwide to reduce their CO2 emissions and improve fuel efficiency.

ICS comments on the recent UNFCCC secretariat report on means of long term ‘climate financing’, which suggests that the international shipping industry should make a substantial contribution to the $100 billion per year Green Climate Fund, established by the UNFCCC Conference in Durban last year to finance climate change adaptation projects in developing countries.

ICS explains that, with the full support of shipowners, governments at IMO have already adopted binding global regulations for technical and operational measures to reduce ships’ emissions, which will enter into force in January 2013 and will apply to at least 90% of the world’s tonnage.

“This will greatly assist the industry in meeting its commitments for a 20% efficiency improvement by 2020 and a 50% improvement by 2050. The immediate priority for the shipping industry is to ensure that the ground breaking IMO agreement on technical measures is fully and successfully implemented,” says ICS Director of External Relations, Simon Bennett. “Our focus on improving carbon efficiency per tonne-km is thus similar to the approach taken by economies such as China that link efficiency targets to increases in GDP.”

ICS makes it clear that additional Market Based Measures (MBMs) are controversial amongst shipowners. “Some governments appear to be more interested in how much money can be raised from shipping, rather than the emissions reductions that this might deliver. Just because we lack a strong political constituency, we should not be treated as a cash cow,” said Mr Bennett.  “The high cost of fuel which, with the introduction of low sulphur fuel, is now set to increase dramatically, means that shipowners already have every incentive to improve their efficiency. Governments must also avoid the possibility of modal shift. If excessive costs are added to shipping, there could be greater use of less carbon-efficient shore based transport modes which will generate additional CO2.”

However, ICS recognises that the need to prevent climate change is a political challenge as much as a technical one, and shipowners must play a constructive part in the discussion about MBMs.

“As shown by the 2011 agreement on technical measures, IMO is very capable of continuing the real progress it has already made on developing Market Based Measures. If governments so decided, this could possibly also involve a linkage to the UNFCCC Green Climate Fund, as suggested by the recent UNFCCC secretariat report on long term climate finance.” said Mr Bennett.

In the absence of any clear proposal on how this might be done or what the monies involved might be, ICS has not yet agreed a definite position on this possibility. However, the majority of ICS members see a mechanism linked to fuel consumption, which as an interim step might involve monitoring and verification of fuel consumption, as being far preferable to emissions trading schemes or any other MBM which risks serious market distortion or damage to the level playing field of uniform global regulation which shipping needs to operate efficiently.

“Whatever is eventually decided,” said Mr Bennett , “some of the suggestions that ICS has seen, from the IMF and others, for shipping to pay over 25 billion dollars a year are totally inequitable, and would almost certainly be viewed by developing countries as a tax on trade or as a kind of green protectionism.”

To explain the issues involved, and the progress being made to reduce ships’ CO2 emissions, ICS has produced a brochure for the Doha Conference – Shipping, World Trade and the Reduction of CO2 Emissions – see


Notes To Editors:

  • The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) is the principal international trade association for ship operators, with member national shipowners’ associations in 36 countries. It represents all sectors and trades and over 80% of world tonnage at the various intergovernmental bodies that impact on shipping, including IMO and UNFCCC.
  • The UNFCCC secretariat report on long term finance can be seen at Paragraphs 25 and 55 are especially relevant to international shipping.
  • Popular Market Briefings Brought to Singapore by Braemar (Incorporating The Salvage Association)

    This autumn, Braemar (Incorporating The Salvage Association), (Braemar SA), has taken its successful formula of Lloyds market briefings to Singapore, and launched a new series of market briefings held at both Asia Square – known as ‘mini’ Lloyds – and at a number of corporate headquarters including those of RSA, QBE and First Capital. This Monday saw the most recent of those briefings, providing an overview of current cases of interest as well as a technical presentation on issues of concern to underwriters. Guests were able to benefit from Braemar SA’s wide experience of marine casualties, and more importantly, to identify and explore the lessons learned by those incidents.

    “Rapid development has seen Singapore evolve into Asia’s marine insurance hub,” said Graeme Temple, Regional Director for Braemar SA in Asia, speaking after this week’s successful event. “Consequently we have seen a large influx of international insurers, brokers and lawyers joining their already very active local counterparts. For many years we have presented a monthly market briefing at Lloyds to marine underwriters, claims handlers and brokers in the London insurance market, and I am delighted to have been able to extend this to the Far East. The success of the event earlier this week has shown that there is a place for these briefings in the Singapore calendar and we look forward to running our next market briefing in the New Year.”

    During the briefings, attendees examine current cases, investigate statistical trends and undertake brief, relevant tutorials. To maintain confidentiality, estimated costs are often preliminary and subject to further inspections and or investigations; and to maintain reputations, vessels and their respective owners remain anonymous.

    Reflecting on the success of the new briefings, Mr Temple commented; “Knowledge sharing has always been a key part of our client engagement process providing sustainable improvement beyond our specific projects. We actively help clients develop their knowledge and skills so they can make well-informed business decisions. This is our way of communicating with the international marine insurance market, highlighting key trends and educating the market on current topics. We see hundreds of casualties every year and each case has a lesson to be learned in some way, which can only benefit the recipients educationally and in way of loss prevention. Due to the positive feedback we have received we are currently exploring the opportunities for the briefings to become part of the local insurance industry accreditation for CPD as they currently do in the UK.”

    The next briefing will take place in Asia Square early in the New Year. If you are interested in this event please contact our Singapore office:

    Industry Shows its Support for London International Shipping Week

    London International Shipping Week (LISW) 2013 is growing significantly as the shipping industry steams ahead to support September’s inaugural event.

    Within a week of this London milestone being announced, more than 17 international trade and maritime associations and shipping companies had already pledged their support with others planning supplementary events and offering sponsorship.

    Those on board include The Baltic Exchange, TheCityUK, Maritime London, Maritime UK, International Chamber of Shipping, CIRM, Gafta, IBIA, Intercargo, InterManager, ISSA, Seafarers Rights International, UK Chamber of Shipping, Lloyd’s Register and Wista UK who have all confirmed their support with a view to hosting their own events throughout the week.

    ‘London International Shipping Week – Propelling World Trade’ will take place between September 9-13, 2013 and will offer key networking opportunities as well as a day-long government and industry conference and gala dinner to be held on Thursday September 12. More details about the conference speaker line-up will be released in due course.

    The event is being organised by Shipping Innovation, a joint venture between Elaborate Communications and Petrospot.

    With the LISW diary filling up, organisations scheduling key meetings include the International Chamber of Shipping, the principal international trade association for ship owners, representing all sectors and trades and over 80% of world merchant tonnage. ICS will hold a number of its own events during the week, including its Maritime Law and its Shipping Policy Committee meetings on Monday September 9th followed by its Board Meeting the day after. The annual ICS International Shipping Conference will be one of the highlights of the week and will be held on Wednesday September 11.

    The UK is the leading worldwide centre for the supply of a broad range of professional and business services to the international maritime community, accounting for 21% of premiums in international marine insurance, over $64bn in committed ship finance (or 15% of the world loan book) and it has the largest concentration of legal service firms specialising in the sector.
    London is also the predominant supplier of shipbroking services worldwide and is the major player when it comes to maritime dispute resolution.

    Sean Moloney, Managing Director of Elaborate Communications, said: “Interest in London International Shipping Week has already been significant and we welcome the involvement of those associations and organisations which have so far confirmed support. This list will continue to grow in the weeks ahead, I am certain of that.”

    For further information see the event website:

    Don’t Be Complacent About Competence, Says Videotel At Yesterday’s Manning & Training Conference

    Competency today is no guarantee of competency tomorrow was the message from Videotel’s Dr Chris Haughton, speaking at yesterday’s Manning and Training Conference in Manila.

    “Regrettably we too often conflate experience with expertise,” he said. “Competence isn’t static; it’s dynamic and ever-shifting. As the shelf life of our knowledge gets shorter and shorter this recognition becomes more important. People have to deal with the new, the difficult, the unknown and the unusual – it raises the intriguing question as to how we can devise training to deliver competence for something we don’t yet know about? The answer is of course that we can’t. What we can do is develop the person to be able to cope when new challenges occur.”

    New thought processes need to be very much part of the competency debate, he explained, citing the example that when things are going according to plan, when events are normal and when performance is prescribed by operational standards people normally perform well. But, he asked, is this really competence? Or is it simply compliance with pre-set rules?

    “Behaving habitually or by following a checklist is simply not enough to claim competence,” he added. “Seafarers’ lives are increasingly prescribed and controlled by audit and checklist, but habits and checklists lack the flexibility that true skill and competence require. We are increasing compliance at the expense of competence – which explains why we’re managing the mundane but not the unusual.”

    So what is the answer? Good training is essential, but that alone is no measure of competence. On-the-job experience is crucial and can be even more effective when enhanced by properly constituted mentoring schemes, believes Dr Haughton. “The beauty of mentoring schemes is that they operate in the workplace so that the so-called ‘learning transfer’ from classroom to ship is helped considerably,” he concluded.  “This is real progress towards assuring competence.”

    Elaborate And Petrospot Join Forces In Shipping Events Launch

    Maritime publishing and PR experts Elaborate Communications and maritime publishing and events organisation Petrospot have come together to form a joint venture events company to provide world-leading conferences and exhibitions for the shipping industry.

    Shipping Innovation Ltd combines Elaborate’s lengthy and wide-ranging experience of the marine industry with Petrospot’s expertise in organising industry events.

    The new venture is organising a series of high quality international conventions, conferences and seminars for 2013, beginning with a high profile shipmanagement conference at Maritime Week Americas in Miami (April 29 to May 3, 2013).

    Sean Moloney, Managing Director of Elaborate Communications, said: “Shipping Innovation has been set up to organise only quality conferences and events for the global shipping industry. Its breadth of experience and contacts in the shipowning and shipmanagement sectors means delegates can look forward to hearing pre-eminent speakers and thought leadership across a variety of sectors.”

    Llewellyn Bankes-Hughes, Managing Director of Oxfordshire-based Petrospot, said: “As the global shipping industry struggles to emerge from the worst economic recession in living memory, the need for information sharing and networking at the highest level has never been greater. Shipping Innovation will provide the calibre of events which the shipping industry is demanding.”

    Information about Shipping Innovation events can be found by clicking the SI website :


    Notes to Editors:

    Elaborate Communications is a multi-faceted public relations, marketing and advertising agency representing a wide range of international maritime industry clients.

    Petrospot Limited is a dynamic independent publishing, training and events organisation focused on the maritime, energy and transportation industries.

    ISF Disappointment At Slow Implementation of ILO 185

    The International Shipping Federation (ISF), which represents maritime employers globally, says that the low level of implementation of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention 185, concerning the facilitation of shore leave and crew transits, is a continuing source of disappointment.

    Speaking in Manila this week, at a seminar organised by the International Federation of Shipmasters’ Associations (IFSMA), ISF Director of Employment Affairs, Natalie Shaw, explained that the ILO Seafarers’ Identity Documents Convention (ILO 185) – which ISF helped to negotiate on behalf of employers in 2003 – was adopted as part of a package of measures following the terrorist attacks in 2001.

    “The wide ratification of the Convention would have materially assisted the welfare of seafarers as well as addressing the security concerns of port states.” said Mrs Shaw. She explained that under the terms of the Convention, and as a part of a quid pro quo for requiring seafarers to carry new ILO identity documents, port states were meant to find ways of making access to shore leave easier.

    For example, while ILO 185 discourages port states from requiring seafarers to have to obtain visas, reflecting the special nature of their employment, the Convention does not explicitly prohibit them from doing so, provided that the port state concerned takes equivalent measures.  This might include allowing seafarers to obtain visas on arrival, rather than requiring them to obtain visas from overseas consulates.

    However, according to ISF, insistence by port states that seafarers must obtain visas in advance of arrival in port is still a major problem in the United States, Europe and elsewhere.

    “If governments insist on requiring seafarers to obtain visas, which is contrary to the spirit of relevant ILO Conventions and the IMO FAL Convention, it should be made possible for seafarers to obtain visas on arrival.” suggested Mrs Shaw.

    One of the problems connected to the low level of implementation by governments of ILO Convention 185 is that the technical specifications for the required seafarers’ identity documents are different to those used in passports or by the aviation industry.

    “The equipment needs to be interoperable, and understandably countries are reluctant to pay the costs required to purchase equipment solely for the use of seafarers.” said Ms Shaw.  “It would be much more viable to align the standards with those that exist elsewhere.  24 countries have now ratified Convention 185 but few are able to issue the new ILO ID cards and there are few machines available internationally that can read them.”

    However, ISF remains committed to encouraging the widespread ratification of ILO 185, and finding a way forward at ILO so that the technical specifications for the ID cards might be modified.

    The ILO Seafarers’ Identity Documents Convention (Revised) (ILO 185) exists separately to the ILO Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, which consolidates most other ILO maritime standards in a single instrument and which will enter into force worldwide in August 2013.

    InterManager Supports Seafarers’ Survey In A Bid To Tackle Red Tape

    InterManager, the international trade association for the shipmanagement and crewmanagement industry, is supporting a survey which aims to identify how much of a burden red tape places on seafarers.

    The Association is urging its members to encourage their staff to take part in the online survey, being organised by the Danish Maritime Authority. The worldwide study aims to identify seafarers’ perception of administrative burdens and how these influence their daily working lives.

    Secretary General, Captain Kuba Szymanski, said: “This important project will give a better understanding of seafarers’ view on administrative work on board and, hence, provide a basis for initiatives aiming to improve seafarers’ job satisfaction by reducing the burden of red tape they face.”

    The survey, which is open to seafarers of all nationalities, is completely anonymous and no personal information will be disclosed. Seafarers can take part in the online survey at the webpage:

    There is also a link to the survey on the InterManager home page:

    Elaborate In The Pink For Charity Fundraiser

    Staff at a maritime publishing and media relations firm in Wing were tickled pink when they boosted funds for Breakthrough Breast Cancer with a fun day.

    The team at Elaborate Communications donned various shades of pink, held a raffle and cake sale, and even tucked into tasty bacon rolls served up by managing director Sean Moloney.

    The pink day, which also involved neighbouring businesses at the Acorn Farm Business Centre in Cublington Road, raised £135 for the charity in what is Breast Cancer Awareness month.

    “As a small team, we are delighted to have raised this fantastic amount for such a worthy cause,” said organiser and advertising sales executive Sam Turgis.

    “The day created a fabulous sense of team spirit and I think we all looked rather striking!”

    Elaborate staff in the pink

    Elaborate staff in the pink

    Elaborate In The Pink For Charity Fundraiser

    Staff at a maritime publishing and media relations firm in Wing were tickled pink when they boosted funds for Breakthrough Breast Cancer with a fun day.

    The team at Elaborate Communications donned various shades of pink, held a raffle and cake sale, and even tucked into tasty bacon rolls served up by managing director Sean Moloney.

    The pink day, which also involved neighbouring businesses at the Acorn Farm Business Centre in Cublington Road, raised £135 for the charity in what is Breast Cancer Awareness month.

    “As a small team, we are delighted to have raised this fantastic amount for such a worthy cause,” said organiser and advertising sales executive Sam Turgis.

    “The day created a fabulous sense of team spirit and I think we all looked rather striking!”

    Elaborate staff in the pink

    Elaborate staff in the pink

    Action Needed On Places Of Refuge And Casualty Investigations

    IMO rules should be subject to impact and sustainability assessment says ICS

    There are some clearly identifiable steps which need to be taken to enhance shipping’s already very impressive record of maritime safety, according to International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) Secretary General, Peter Hinchliffe.

    Speaking at the IMO Alternative World Maritime Day Event in Bahrain this week, Mr Hinchliffe stressed the need for mandatory provisions to provide a place of refuge for ships in need of assistance, plus timely and obligatory reporting of casualty investigations by Flag States to the International Maritime Organization (IMO). This would replicate the handling of aviation incidents.

    Environmental protection and crew and passenger safety can be addressed better by raising the current level of guidance on providing a place of refuge to a new level of obligation, he said.

    Pointing out that accidents may happen even under the most stringent regulatory regimes, Mr Hinchliffe said the industry’s ability to learn from such incidents was hampered when accident investigations were not conducted in a timely fashion or the outcomes were not reported to the IMO.

    “The track record of rapidly decreasing environmental impact by the shipping industry is the most powerful measure of the steady increase in the safe design, construction and operation of ships,” he told those attending the IMO event.

    Sustainability, as highlighted by the recent United Nations Rio+20 Summit on sustainable development, is also a key issue for shipping he explained, stressing that safety, environmental protection and the global quest for reduced dependence on fossil fuel are “inextricably linked”.

    Careful adjustment in key areas will ensure that shipping remains a top performer with respect to the environmental pillar of sustainability for the foreseeable future, said Mr Hinchliffe.  But he also championed the need for a formal “impact and sustainability assessment” that will allow IMO to take full account of economic sustainability when drafting new maritime legislation. “The subject of impact assessment has been recognised at IMO but we have yet to see this being transformed into reality,” he said, adding that this issue also puts the spotlight on the argument against regional and local legislation which cannot possibly take into account its impact on international trade.

    “Without shipping the world’s social and economic sustainability is in real jeopardy,” warned Mr Hinchliffe “Ninety percent of world trade is carried at an environmental cost of three percent of the world’s CO2 inventory and it doesn’t take a big conceptual leap to see that, with legislation already in place or awaiting ratification, the environmental influences of shipping are managed and limited already.”

    Crewsure Insurance Launches

    A major new Insurance product, which assists shipowners and Managers in protecting the health and wellbeing of their shipboard personnel, and so meet their forthcoming legal obligations under the recently ratified Maritime Labour Convention (MLC), has just been launched.

    Seafarers deserve the same care and concern, the same rights to benefits, the same access to the best medical treatment, the same security expected and enjoyed by those who work ashore. This is the vision that has inspired the launch of Crewsure Marine, a composite insurance policy paid for by the Employer and which provides insurance personally to seafarers for medical care, personal accident, loss or delay of baggage, and includes the cost of repatriation in the case of abandonment as required under MLC.

    Crewsure Insurances are underwritten by Globality Health and KA Köln.Assekuranz Agentur GmbH on behalf of Great Lakes Reinsurance (UK) PLC – all part of Munich Re, one of the world’s leading Insurance and Reinsurance Companies with over 47,000 staff. Munich Re’s premium income for the year 2011 was around Euro 50 billion.

    Crewsure’s Managing Director is Robert Johnston, a well-known figure in the maritime insurance world. He recently retired as Chairman of British Marine after spending 10 years as Managing Director, which followed the 25 years that he spent with the Steamship Mutual P&I Club.

    Crewsure Marine is a ‘no fault’ insurance policy which provides a benefit to seafarers in the manner in which Employers provide insurance to shoreside employees as a standard contractual entitlement.

    “I intend to see Crewsure working harmoniously with the maritime industry as we strive to deliver a composite insurance product complementary to P&I Insurance, which finally delivers the security and benefits that seafarers deserve. We recognise that it is critical to engage with unions, shipowners, ship managers, manning agents and the insurance industry, which we have been doing and we will continue to do. The development of the Crewsure product has been, and will remain evolutionary”, says Robert Johnston.

    InterManager Appoints New Team To Its Helm

    InterManager, the international trade association for in-house and third party ship managers, has today appointed Gerardo Borromeo as its new President with immediate effect.

    Mr Borromeo, who was elected unopposed at yesterday’s [October 11] InterManager AGM in Copenhagen, succeeds Alastair Evitt, Managing Director of Meridian Marine Management, who has completed his two-year term of office.

    The AGM also voted in four new Vice Presidents to focus on specific areas of InterManager business. They are: Alex Albertini (Marfin Management) who takes up the role of Treasurer; Peter Curtis (Seaspan Ship Management) who will focus on the role of the Secretariat; Wim Van Noortvijk (ISSA) who will concentrate on Membership; and Ian MacLean (Hill Dickinson) who will become General Counsel to the Association.

    Welcoming Mr Borromeo’s appointment, InterManager Secretary General Captain Kuba Szymanski said: “We believe Gerardo Borromeo will be well placed to provide strong and positive leadership to our organisation at a time when the shipping industry is facing tough economic challenges, supported by the four Vice Presidents who will help us to ensure we are meeting our members’ expectations.”

    Gerardo Borromeo is Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Philippine Transmarine Carriers, Inc. (PTC), one of the largest crew management companies in the Philippines, deploying more than 33,000 seafarers annually.

    Over the past few years, Mr Borromeo has been responsible for the development and implementation of strategic initiatives and business development activities for the PTC Group of Companies, engaged in crew management, education and training; medical diagnostics; chartering and logistics; agency and freight forwarding; real estate development; and land-based deployment.

    Mr Borromeo earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. He has served on the Executive Committee of InterManager for several years and is also a Vice Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping and a member of the Board of Trustees for the Filipino Shipowners Association.

    InterManager now has a membership of 91 – both Full and Associate members – involved in the management of almost 5,000 vessels and some 250,000 crew.

    Cory Logistics Opens New Offices In Heart of UK


    Cory Logistics has expanded with a new office in Birmingham to boost its capabilities through this central location in the heart of the UK.

    The new office at the Waterside Centre in Solihull Parkways, complements the company’s other locations in Cardiff, Edinburgh, Manchester, Southampton and Tilbury. It will benefit from the region’s extensive road, sea and air freight facilities and will work closely with Cory’s Manchester and Tilbury centres to further develop the company’s European road freight services from the Midlands area.

    Mark Cooke, a Cory Brothers Director, said: “It might be almost as far away from the sea as you can get in Britain with not a ship in sight, but by opening this new office we are demonstrating the importance we place on being close to our customers.

    The Midlands is a key segment in the logistics industry and this new office will provide a personal service to both existing and new customers within this crucial local economy,” he said.

    Contact Cory Logistics (Midlands) at:
    4200 Waterside Centre
    Solihull Parkway
    Birmingham Business Park
    Birmingham, B37 7YN
    Tel; +44 (0) 121 717 4707


    • Cory Brothers and Cory Logistics are part of Braemar Shipping Services Plc.

    CMI Must Listen To Shipowners Says ICS

    ICS is concerned about proposals on environmental salvage and the York Antwerp Rules

    Following a meeting of its Insurance Committee today, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), which represents over 80% of the world merchant fleet, has reiterated its firm opposition to proposals from the International Salvage Union (ISU) for a new separate award for ‘environmental salvage’, in cases where salvors have carried out operations in respect of a ship or cargo which has presented a threat of damage to the environment.

    ICS is also very concerned about controversial proposals with respect to the future for the York Antwerp Rules on General Average.

    Both topics will be considered by the Comité Maritime International (CMI), the international association for maritime lawyers, which is holding its conference in Beijing next week, at which ICS will be represented.

    “ICS remains deeply sceptical about the proposal for a separate environmental salvage award, especially as salvage services are already generously rewarded under the present system.” said the ICS Insurance Committee Chairman, Matheos Los.

    In co-operation with the International Group of P&I Clubs, ICS leads shipowner representation on salvage issues, particularly in relation to the smooth operation of the Lloyd’s Open Form (LOF).

    ISU maintains that its proposal will allow for a “merit” based award for salvors’ services to avoid or minimise damage to the environment which, they say, the present system with SCOPIC, a tariff based-system of financial reward, does not provide.

    However, ICS contends that the IMO Salvage Convention, and indeed Lloyd’s Open Form which is based on the Convention, already provides for a system that allows for recognition of environmental benefit and which, with SCOPIC, provides for a generous financial reward to salvors.

    ISU wishes to have a standalone environmental award in addition to the traditional property award.  This would apparently be based on an assessment of the theoretical benefits of savings made to the environment.

    However, the concern of ICS is that inevitably such an award would require the introduction of expert evidence with complicated tools, as has been seen in US Natural Resource Damage Assessment cases.  Such an assessment would not only prove complicated and costly but would ultimately prolong the awards process.

    “Such a complicated and drawn out process would be in no one’s interest, not least the salvors, who in any event have previously expressed great satisfaction with the current SCOPIC regime,” said Mr Los.

    A working group established by the Lloyd’s Salvage Group in which ICS participates, reached a stalemate following the ISU’s inability to demonstrate that its proposal would improve salvage response, or indeed deliver cost savings to those paying for salvage services.  Somewhat surprisingly however, in view of the generally unenthusiastic response from interested parties in the industry, the ISU succeeded in persuading the CMI to give consideration to its proposals for a revision of the IMO Salvage Convention and to amend the Lloyd’s Open Form.

    Mr Los remarked: “Given this lack of consensus – or indeed consensus amongst national maritime law associations, many of whom appear to share ICS’s and insurers’ doubts – ICS very much hopes that CMI will take proper account of shipowners’ views at its important meeting in Beijing.”

    At the CMI Conference, ICS will also be resisting changes proposed to the York Antwerp Rules governing General Average, following discussions initiated within CMI.

    As with the CMI discussion about possible amendment of the Salvage Convention, there are some serious concerns about the need for a revision at all, particularly in the present economic situation when shipowners are facing strong pressures.

    “ICS is particularly concerned that any revision could destroy the uniform global regime that has developed and is presently provided very effectively by the 1994 York Antwerp Rules,” said Mr Los.

    ICS notes that the International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) also believes that the proposals require further detailed consideration, not least to ensure shipowners’ agreement, and that the discussion should therefore be put back until 2016.