Elaborate Helps Crew Fairplay Cup Race Yacht

Land-based staff from Elaborate Communications joined seasoned sailors when they took part in the 2012 Fairplay Cup yacht race as part of the InterManager team crew.

Managing Director Sean Moloney, PR Account Manager Debra Massey and Finance Manager Sarah Jones were led by experienced yachtsman and former tanker Captain Kuba Szymanski, InterManager Secretary General onboard the vessel Performance Machine.

They were ably assisted by InterManager President Alastair Evitt, Peter Paterson, Senior Technical Manager at Marine Capital, former Royal Navy Captain and InterManager’s IMO representative Paddy McKnight and Diarmuid Lundy, General Manager at Meridian Marine Management.

Together they achieved a creditable 15th place out of 21.

Initial fears that the day’s racing would be cancelled because of a threatened Force Nine gale proved premature and in fact race organisers brought the afternoon racing to an abrupt end when a complete drop in wind becalmed all the yachts without a hope of reaching the finish line.

Wet and windswept, the intrepid Elaborate/InterManager team beat a hasty retreat to land to enjoy an excellent evening dinner onboard HMS Warrior with a charity raffle in aid of Seafarers UK.

The IHS Fairplay Cup is an annual sailing event for shipping industry professionals held at Port Solent, near Portsmouth. Racing takes place on board Sunsail’s extensive fleet of high-performance yachts.

Final positions
1 London Offshore Consultants Velocity3
2 IHS Fairplay Xtra Strong MINT
3 Smit Salvage Salvation
4 Bureau Veritas Dutch Courage
5 Wärtsilä UK Team Spirit
6 Holman Fenwick Willan Writ Faced
7 TMC Marine Consultants
8 Bureau Veritas Fat Chance
9 Lloyd’s Register Rail Wet Track
10 ABB Ship Happens
11 Carisbrooke Shipping Boatweiser
12 Baltic Exchange Sailing Association Young Gifted and broke
13 IHS Fairplay Merchant Gravy
14 Carisbrooke Shipping No Brainers
15 InterManager Performance Machine
16 Michael Else Sextant
17 Rightship Rightsheet
18 IHS Sailing the 4 Cs
19 Bureau Veritas Ar Gwellan Norweg
20 Castrol (UK) Line_astern
21 Lloyd’s Register – Energy Safety 1st


John Harris Appointed Managing Director Of Braemar Technical Services (Adjusting) Pte Ltd

Quentin Soanes, Chairman of Braemar Technical Services (BTS), is pleased to announce the appointment of John Harris as Managing Director of Braemar Technical Services (Adjusting) Pte. Ltd. (Braemar Adjusting – Singapore), effective from 4 July 2012.

A qualified Chartered Quantity Surveyor and Arbitrator, John joined Braemar Adjusting in Singapore in 2001 where he utilised his core construction experience to handle property, construction and consequential loss claims throughout Asia. Following a three year secondment to the Group’s London office, John returned to Singapore in 2007 as Director and is heavily involved in losses across the Region, with a focus on construction claims.

John has been actively involved in the Adjusting Group’s expansion within Asia and sees this as an exciting opportunity to lead an established and experienced adjusting team forward.

BTS also announce that Roger Law will be leaving the Company at the end of 2012. Braemar Adjusting has benefitted from Roger Law’s experience and leadership since joining the Company in 1994 and we thank Roger for his service to the Company and wish him success for the future.

Notes To Editors:
• Braemar Technical Services (BTS) is part of Braemar Shipping Services Plc.
• Braemar Adjusting provides loss adjusting services in the global energy insurance market and is a leading provider of expert witness services.

Shipping’s Environmental Impact Well Regulated Says ICS

There is no shortfall in governance so far as the international regulation of shipping is concerned, which responsibly utilises the excellent facility that the sea provides for international transport – about 90% of world trade is carried by sea. This is the view of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) whose Secretary General, Peter Hinchliffe, took part in a major debate about oceans governance in New York on 13 July.

The ICS Secretary General was addressing an international academic conference on “Developing a New International Architecture for Maritime Policy” organised by the Dräger Foundation and the Earth Institute at Columbia University. He praised the virtues of the comprehensive regulatory framework developed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) within the umbrella for oceans governance provided by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

ICS reported that the number of significant oil spills had decreased from about 23 per year in the 1970s to just three per year during the past 10 years, while the volume of maritime trade had more than tripled during the same period.

“In part this is because IMO environmental regulations are genuinely implemented and enforced on a global basis through a combination of flag state and port state control” said Mr Hinchliffe.

IMO has also developed binding rules to address damage to local ecosystems potentially caused by ship’s ballast water, as well as mandatory international rules to reduce sulphur and CO2 emissions.

He explained that shipping is a global industry requiring a global regulatory framework, not a patchwork of national rules which would bring about chaos, inefficiency and have a negative impact on the smooth flow of world trade, as well as being detrimental to the protection of the oceans.

Speaking just before the New York event, Mr Hinchliffe remarked that because of the delicate balance of rights and responsibilities that exists between flag states, port states and coastal states, the shipping industry is very reluctant to support a fundamental revision of UNCLOS – as has been proposed by sections of the European Commission and some environmentalist NGOs.

Apart from enshrining the principle of global maritime rules, which are vital to the industry, UNCLOS also establishes the right of all nations to freedom of navigation on the high seas and the right of innocent passage in territorial waters. It also deals with delicate issues such as the rights of all ships to use international straits which are of great strategic importance.

However, because UNCLOS addresses a number of other sensitive issues, not just affecting shipping, ICS believes it is very unlikely that governments would be willing to reopen what is a delicately balanced package.

“Shipping has a hundred years’ experience of international governance of its activities, and we would question any suggestion that UNCLOS is no longer fit for purpose, at least so far as the regulation of shipping is concerned,” he said.

Mr Hinchliffe suggested that if there were concerns about other areas of oceans governance, lessons could be learned by other sectors from the shipping industry’s global regulator, IMO, whose successful MARPOL Convention is enforced and implemented by 150 Flag States covering 99% of the world fleet.

He pointed out: “Unlike many other activities involving the oceans, shipping is probably unique in having a specialist UN agency to regulate our activities – the International Maritime Organization. We have experience of many intergovernmental organisations that impact on our industry. But through ICS’s participation at every IMO Committee meeting, we know that IMO is actually a model of efficiency, made up of experts from virtually every government in the world, who develop and adopt very complex regulations directly relevant to the protection of the marine environment.”

Notes To Editors:
• 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.
• For background about the New York Conference see: www.aldebaran.org/oceanconference

ICS Welcomes IMO Action on Ecdis and Decision to Reject Mozambique Routeing Measure

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) – which represents global shipowners and 80% of the world merchant fleet – has welcomed the decision by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Sub-Committee on Safety of Navigation (2- 6 July in London) to take action to address operating anomalies with ECDIS (Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems), and to reject a proposal to establish a new recommended route for all ships in the Mozambique Channel that would have been approximately 1,000 miles long.

ECDIS operating anomalies

On 1 July, new mandatory IMO requirements for ECDIS (Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems) entered in force, something which ICS has long supported provided that sufficient Electronic Navigation Chart availability could be met before the phased-in carriage requirements first become effective. Disturbingly it has become apparent that not all ECDIS systems may be fully effective, with the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) advising that some systems have reportedly failed to display significant underwater features in the ‘Standard’ display mode, necessitating the continued use of paper charts.

ICS Director Marine, John Murray remarked: “ICS welcomes IMO’s recognition of the problem and its development of a circular providing advice on the issue to mariners, with a meeting with ECDIS manufacturers planned for September that will hopefully get to the root of this serious problem. But in view of the potential danger presented by ECDIS operating anomalies, ICS will continue to monitor the situation very closely.”

There is also a workshop in October to be organised by IHO and hosted by IMO. The workshop will further consider this matter and in particular the long term safety aspects of ECDIS and other software based navigational systems.

Rejection of 1,000 Mile Routeing Measure In Mozambique Channel

IMO Member States have rejected a proposal to establish a new recommended route for all ships in the Mozambique Channel that would have been approximately 1,000 miles long.

The proposal had been made by Comoros, France, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, the Seychelles, South Africa and Tanzania, having been given impetus by work conducted by the World Bank. However, ICS co-ordinated with its member national shipowners’ associations to ensure that governments attending the IMO meeting were fully aware of the implications of taking forward such a measure.

ICS Director Marine, John Murray said: “We are pleased that IMO has carefully listened to shipowners and made the right decision. Support for such a concept could have set a very unwelcome precedent for the management of deep sea navigation elsewhere. The compelling need for the measure was unclear and no statistical evidence had been provided regarding shipping casualties or near misses. This omission made it very difficult to quantify the anticipated benefit that the proposal might have delivered.”

The main aim of the proposal was advised to be a reduction to the risk of collision and grounding in the Mozambique Channel. However, despite vessels favouring certain routes, shipping currently is free to use the entire width of the Channel, which is in international waters. The proposed measure sought to concentrate shipping into restricted lanes and could potentially have increased the risk of collision. Even at its narrowest point the Mozambique Channel is over 200 miles wide, and today many ships make use of this width and keep well away from the routes used by transiting tankers and similar vessels.

John Murray added: “ICS is nevertheless very appreciative of the work that has been undertaken in the region to improve safety of navigation and to open up access to local ports. It is simply the routeing measure that has given shipowners difficulties given the apparent lack of any evidence-based justification. ”

Can Shipping Meet Environmental Obligations? – ICS Challenges Conference Attendees

Can shipping rise to meet its environmental obligations and introduce sustainable ‘green’ measures while coping with shifting markets, volatile fuel prices and fast-moving change.

That’s the challenging question facing delegates attending this year’s International Shipping Conference hosted by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) at the British Library, London on September 12 and 13, 2012.

The event will be chaired by the recently elected ICS Chairman, Masamichi Morooka (Japan) and will be addressed by IMO Secretary-General, Koji Sekimizu.

Keynote speaker and leading environmentalist Jonathon Porritt (Founder Director of Forum For The Future) predicts: “The ICS Conference will provide an excellent opportunity to explore how shipowners can meet their environmental obligations to society at large within a sustainable framework. I look forward to a robust debate.”

Mr Porritt, a passionate environmentalist for almost 40 years, is keen to explore initiatives designed to help the industry make long-term plans for future success. He believes that, while shipping has a compelling case as the most energy-efficient freight service, any return to growth will be unsustainable if the industry does not innovate to cut costs and reduce its environmental impacts.

ICS Secretary General, Peter Hinchliffe remarked: “We have some outspoken speakers and thought provoking topics and we are keen to open up discussion to the floor so come along and speak up!”

The day and a half conference will discuss a range of international regulatory and environmental issues, and will address key issues of concern to the shipping community such as crewing matters, safety and piracy.

Delegate spaces are limited – to see the latest programme and book a place see website: www.ics-shipping.org

Videotel and BIMCO Extend Joint E-Learning Initiative Oceanwide

Videotel Marine International and BIMCO are delighted to announce the extension of their ground-breaking venture offering the BIMCO eLearning Diploma Programme (BeDP) throughout the entire Videotel on Demand (VOD) fleet. This new facility allows ship officers on board to study the same BeDP modules as their shore based colleagues, whatever their on board duties and sailing schedules.

“Since linking up with BIMCO the BeDP has proven extremely popular”, says Nigel Cleave, CEO of Videotel. ”The programme enables students to build on their knowledge, acquire professional competencies and contribute to their continuous professional development. Now, with VOD on over 10,000 vessels worldwide, we can extend this opportunity to maritime students wanting to study in a flexible and user friendly way whilst serving on board a vessel.”

The BIMCO eLearning Diploma Programme, delivered as a stand-alone course on board, is a highly-focused, e-learning package enabling maritime students the world over to access training encapsulating the more commercial aspects of the shipping industry. Torben Skaanild, BIMCO Secretary General, says: “The creation of a unified training system for both seagoing and shore based personal is immensely important in creating a common understanding of the commercial and practical issues facing the maritime industry and for preparing and planning the training of ships officers, eventually continuing their careers in shore-based functions”.

The first two modules are already available, with more modules to be added later in the year.

BeDP Module 1: Introduction to Shipping – an entry level introduction to the shipping industry, not only explaining how it works, but also showing how it is interdependent with international trade.

BeDP Module 2: Bills of Lading – dealing with the commercial legal issues surrounding Bills of Lading and enabling students to make sound commercial decisions without being exposed to liability or litigation.

Videotel’s VOD system is a unique training delivery platform for seafarers, carrying over 400 Computer-Based Training (CBT) in interactives, videos and courses.

In addition to ship’s officers wanting to broaden their knowledge, the diploma course is aimed at students and young people entering a trainee or internship programme; staff from shipping companies, agents, brokers, banks and other financial institutions; legal firms; and insurance companies or government organisations wishing to learn more about the shipping industry. The BeDP also benefits shipping practitioners wishing to refresh and revise their shipping knowledge. It is backed-up by online forums and workshops, also providing networking opportunities for young shipping professionals.


For further information please contact:
Elaborate Communications
Debra Massey
Tel: +44 (0) 1296 682356

Notes to Editors:

About Videotel

• Videotel began making training products in 1973 and has since pioneered web-based elearning
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 800 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 400
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 Training Diploma.


BIMCO is the oldest of the international shipping associations, comprising a membership of a broad range of stakeholders with vested interests in the shipping industry, including ship-owners, managers, brokers and agents. The shipowner segment alone operates about 65 per cent of the world’s merchant fleet measured in deadweight tonnage.
The association’s main objective is to facilitate the commercial operations of its global membership through the provision of quality information and advice, education and training. While promoting fair business practices and developing standards for contract terms, BIMCO is a strong advocate for harmonisation and standardization of all shipping related activity, whether at sea, in ports or ashore.
In support of its commitment to ensure a level playing field for all actors within the global shipping industry, the association promotes the development and application of internationally agreed regulatory instruments. In acknowledgement of its constructive contributions to the regulatory process, BIMCO is accredited as a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) with all relevant United Nations agencies. In the pursuit of reaching its objectives, the association maintains a close dialogue with Governments and diplomatic representations around the world including maritime administrations, regulatory institutions and other stakeholders.

Sea Marshals Expands Operations Centre

Sea Marshals, the international maritime security specialist, has expanded its UK Operations Centre and introduced the latest tracking technology to protect vessels under its protection.

The company has transferred its Operations Centre to larger premises in Cardiff to accommodate its growing team of security consultants. The unit is staffed year-round, 24 hours per day, seven days a week, by expert personnel, most with Naval or Army backgrounds and experience in planning and tracking.

Sea Marshals has also introduced a custom-built computerised system to facilitate direct contact with its teams onboard vessels in high risk areas like the Gulf of Aden. The new system allows for automated location tracking of vessels, weapons and personnel.

Through cooperation with regional and international authorities, Sea Marshals is able to give its onboard teams and captains live piracy alerts with range estimation and threat levels.
Advanced notification systems, monitored 24 hours a day, enable operations centre staff to warn ship owners and operators and give route guidance.

Thomas Jakobsson, Chief of Operations for Sea Marshals, said: “This bespoke system was developed specifically for Sea Marshals. It is really world class software developed in-house to meet the business and customers’ needs. We are delighted that it enables us to provide first-rate communications between our Operations Centre and vessels under our protection, enabling us to keep captains up to speed with updates of threats in the area their vessel is transiting in.”

Sea Marshals Ltd operates a complete maritime security service using fully qualified armed and unarmed security teams in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Indian Ocean and Gulf of Oman.

The company uses only government approved weapons of EU origin which the new computer system tracks by the serial number. Weapons are selected for each mission based on regulations in the countries where embarking and disembarkation will take place. All embarkation and disembarkation points are approved by local officials and supported by local governments. To achieve P&I club and flag state approval, the company supplies the serial number of the weapons it plans to use in good time before embarking.

Sea Marshal's operates 24/7 all year round to provide first class maritime security

Sea Marshal's operates 24/7 all year round to provide first class maritime security