ICS Calls for Understanding from Port State Control on Seafarer Security Training Certification

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has raised concerns with governments about preparations worldwide for issuing tens of thousands of seafarers with new certificates for security-related training by 1 January, as required by the 2010 amendments to the IMO Convention on Standards of Training Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW 2010).

In a written submission to IMO, ICS has suggested that IMO Member States might give consideration to the possibility of an extended “grace period” with respect to Port State Control enforcement of the new certification required under STCW 2010.

STCW 2010, Regulation VI/6, stipulates mandatory minimum requirements for security-related instruction for all seafarers, which, where relevant – such as for Ship Security Officers as defined by the ISPS Code – requires certificates of proficiency to be issued by administrations to seafarers from 1 January 2014.

Since the amendments were adopted, ICS has gone to great lengths to advise shipping companies of the transitional measures for these new requirements, as set out in Section A-VI/6 of the STCW Code, which are different to those concerning the transitional measures that apply to other changes introduced by STCW 2010 and which are being phased in between now and 2017.

ICS is concerned that any certification that STCW requires governments to issue might not be fully in place by the 1 January deadline and that ships could potentially encounter difficulties during Port State Control inspections.

ICS Secretary General, Peter Hinchliffe, explained “We understand that the training and familiarisation required by STCW 2010 has only just recently been approved by some maritime administrations, whilst others may not yet even have these arrangements in place. This could present serious difficulties for companies that need to ensure that the seafarers they employ are trained and certificated as required by STCW 2010.”

He added “For the most part this is really just a technicality since most existing seafarers have already undergone necessary levels of training and instruction as required by the ISPS Code. Given that certification is entirely a government responsibility we think that a short delay in PSC enforcement can be justified.”

The ICS submission to IMO, which suggests the possibility of an extended “grace period” with respect to Port State Control enforcement of the new security training certification, has been made to the first session of the new IMO Sub-Committee on Human Element, Training and Watchkeeping (HTW) which supersedes the STW Sub-Committee within the new IMO Committee Structure. The HTW Sub-Committee will meet in the week of 17 February.

Notes to Editors:

Advice to shipping companies about the STCW security training requirements is contained in the ISF Guidelines on the STCW Convention including the 2010 ‘Manila Amendments’ published in 2011 – see attached.

The ISPS Code is the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code, which is mandatory under the SOLAS Convention and was adopted in 2002 in response to the ‘9/11’ terrorist attacks.

Videotel Gains MCA Approval for New Suite of Ship Security Training

Videotel has been granted MCA approval on a new training suite designed to meet the forthcoming STCW rules on Ship Security Training.

From 1st January 2014, security training will fall into three categories, in that all seafarers must demonstrate an understanding of the security threats to their vessels whatever their role. Prior to this, security related training was a requirement only for the Ship Security Officer.

Explains Nigel Cleave, CEO of Videotel: “The constantly changing nature of shipping means that every person on board a vessel must understand the various threats to the security of that vessel and what action to take when necessary.”
The Videotel Ship Security Officer course, which complies with STCW Reg. VI/5 Sect. A-VI/5, is designed specifically for the Ship Security Officer (SSO), the person on-board responsible for ensuring that the vessel is compliant with the SSP (Ship Security Plan), whereas the Designated Security Duties training course, complying with the requirements of STCW Reg. VI/6 para. 4; Sect. A-VI/6 para. 6, is targeted at those who have a role assigned under the Ship Security Plan but are not the SSO. The Security Awareness training course, complying with the requirements of STCW Reg. VI/6 para. 1; Sect. A-VI/6 para.4 is mandatory for all seafarers who are not designated with security duties or are not the SSO.

Adds Mr Cleave: “The addition of these new courses not only meets legislative requirements but also gives seafarers the confidence and ability to deal with security threats. The course material is designed to inform and educate seafarers using our eLearning Computer Based Training, Videotel on Demand or VOD online platforms with accompanying assessments to ensure compliance with STCW requirements.”

Security Awareness Training calls for a knowledge of maritime security when alongside, at anchor and at sea, whereas the other two courses are more specialised, covering the following risks in more depth:
• The Ship Security Assessment and Ship Security Plan
• Reporting procedures
• Defensive and protective measures including searching people and searching the ship
• Drills and training
• Anti-piracy measures and practices
• Emergency measures

Over the last three months alone Videotel has produced and launched over 15 training programmes and courses, which are provided in upto 29 languages. These range from training programmes on COLREGS & IALA Buoyage to others dealing with a variety of important subjects including specialist requirements for Passenger Mustering and Crowd Control to essential knowledge on Leadership & Management.

London’s Maritime Sector Can Benefit From Liverpool’s Lessons Learned

Shipping Professional Network in London (SPNL) held their last event of the year on Tuesday, 3 December 2013. The event was well attended with guests travelling far and wide to hear views and opinions on the next generation in shipping and the future of maritime London.

Speaking at the new London offices of the UK Chamber of Shipping, Sir Michael Bibby, Managing Director of Bibby Line Group Limited, addressed the question: In today’s high tech global maritime industry does it really matter where you are based?

Focussing on the ‘next generation’, he asked London firms: “Are your aspiring managers seeking experience elsewhere? Are you too expensive if you are based in London?” before advising that tomorrow’s challenge is to “stay relevant and ahead of the competition”.

Bibby Line is the only deep sea shipowner headquartered in Liverpool. Sir Michael outlined the city’s rise from the declining years of the 1960s to today’s vibrant maritime cluster with burgeoning marine professional services. He highlighted that the port of Liverpool now handles record cargo volumes and benefits from new investment in its container and cruise terminals and shipyard.

“London has great strengths particularly through the quality of its people and its central position at the heart of maritime finance, insurance and legislation,” he said, adding the warning to “beware – make sure you know what your customers want and adapt to new technologies while keeping a close eye on increasing international competition.”

Sir Michael was speaking alongside Marcus Bowman, Vice President of the UK Chamber of Shipping and a Partner with international law firm Holman, Fenwick Willan. Thanking both speakers, SPNL Chairman Claudio Chiste from Investec Bank said: “We are pleased that our members and guests have been fortunate to hear views and opinions on the next generation in shipping and the future of maritime London straight from the prominent leaders of the shipping industry and experts in their fields.”

The event raised £400 for the Mission to Seafarers.

New Features for Voyager Planning Station

In a cutting edge development, users of the Voyager Planning Station, developed by the maritime services group Global Navigation Solutions, can now plot their route directly onto the official ENCs on board their vessel. Visitors to this year’s Marintec China exhibition will have the opportunity to see a demonstration of this unique new feature.

Providing a single all inclusive back of bridge solution, Voyager Planning Station enables the navigator to passage plan using live data. A route can be plotted directly onto Voyager’s enhanced ENC display, rather than on a simple GIS background, and then transferred onto the ECDIS – effectively providing ECDIS functionality to the back of bridge and offering unrivalled time saving and accuracy. The passage planning system also has the advantage of enabling the operator to identify missing ENCs and order updates where necessary.

The world class SPOS Onboard weather solution from Meteo has now been incorporated into Voyager Planning Station giving customers direct and instant access to weather information.

Mike Robinson, CEO of Global Navigation Solutions is looking forward to presenting the Voyager Planning Station at Marintec. “Our team of specialist maritime experts and software engineers working together in our Research and Development Centre in Aberdeen are second to none,” he says.”We recognise that China is a growth market and we are delighted to have the opportunity to demonstrate these time saving new features at this major exhibition. Our Centre of Excellence is creating products which are already transforming the market, ensuring our customers stay at the forefront of developing technology.”

Voyager Planning Station also includes Admiralty Information Overlay display, significantly improving the efficiency of the passage planning process by providing preliminary information that has been incorporated into paper charts but not yet included in ENCs. Other unique features include 100% complete BA Chart Update Service including Annual and Cumulative Notices to Mariners, global list of Navarea Warnings, AVCS and ARCS updates, access to the timesaving Global Navigation Solutions Looseleaf service, free Vessel Management Service to help manage the fleet and the best value data communications costs on the market today.

Voyager Planning Station is available in three packages designed to suit the way a vessel or fleet navigates: BA Paper Update Service specifically designed for vessels navigating with BA charts and publications: BA Paper and Digital Update Service for vessels making the transition to digital navigation and BA Digital Update Service, designed for vessels navigating with ECDIS.

In addition to SPOS Weather Solutions, Voyager Planning Station offers a growing list of added value modules. These include AtoBviaC Port to Port, ICC Piracy Reports, Shipping Guides’ Findaport and Regs4Ships, in addition to AIO updates, ADP updates and BA loose leaf updates.

Notes to editors:
Global Navigation Solutions (GNS) was formed in November 2012 to provide an extensive range of maritime services to shipping companies worldwide. GNS is headed up by Mike Robinson, formerly Chief Executive Officer of the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO). The Company is owned jointly by its senior management team and Phoenix Equity Partners. GNS brings together the best distributors of maritime navigation solutions from around the world, providing its customers with outstanding money saving products and services, and innovative new solutions. It provides the best existing maritime brands, including British Admiralty, and works with specialist service providers around the world to design and produce intelligent user-friendly solutions which streamline and simplify the art of navigation. With technical expertise available from centres around the world, Global Navigation Solutions offers the knowledge to resolve queries and technical problems fast.


Global Navigation Solutions will be exhibiting at Marintec China from 3-6 December 2013. To find out more about Voyager Planning Station, or to meet the management team please visit Global Navigation Solutions on Stand D43 in Hall N1.

Date Announced For London International Shipping Week 2015

Following the success of this year’s inaugural event, the date for the next London International Shipping Week (LISW) has been announced.

London International Shipping Week 2015 will take place from September 7 to 11, 2015.

Already maritime businesses are lining up to support this flagship industry event, which benefits from the backing of the UK Government and the global shipping industry. A range of conferences, seminars and meetings are being pencilled into diaries.

Sean Moloney, Director of LISW organiser Shipping Innovation, said: “We are delighted to announce that London International Shipping Week will again take place. Following the success of this year’s inaugural event we consulted widely throughout the UK and international maritime sectors and are pleased that the decision to run the event in two years’ time has the total support of the shipping industry and government.”

The first London International Shipping Week attracted thousands of delegates to the UK capital to attend more than 70 maritime events, including a high-level Government reception at Lancaster House, a Downing Street summit, well-attended conferences and a Gala dinner.

Speaking after this year’s LISW packed programme, UK Shipping Minister Stephen Hammond said: “Very simply, it was an outstanding success, creating a buzz well beyond expectations. I am sure this will resonate for some time to come.”

“I fully expect London International Shipping Week to become a regular fixture of the industry calendar,” Kenneth MacLeod, UK Chamber of Shipping predicted.

A special LISW Launch Event is planned for September 2014 to introduce the conference themes, to welcome the new sponsors and to set the ball rolling for 2015. Anyone wishing to participate in the LISW Launch Event should email: info@shippinginnovation.com for more details.

Pay Attention to COLREGS Warns Videotel

Every incident of ship collision brings the risk of costly damage to a vessel and its cargo; the prospect of environmental damage; and the danger of personnel injury or even death. For 40 years, the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS) have been in force and yet still vessel collisions occur on a far too frequent basis.

Addressing this is the new hotly awaited training course from Videotel Marine International, the COLREGS & IALA Buoyage Training Course. Developed in conjunction with Steamship Mutual, the course is designed to ensure that all deck officers and crew performing lookout duties are fully conversant with the regulations designed to prevent unnecessary accidents. It deals with both COLREGS and the IALA (International Association of Marine Aids and Lighthouse Authorities) buoyage system.

“In recent years, increased ship size and high traffic density have heightened the risk of collision,” explains Nigel Cleave, CEO of Videotel. “It is an absolute requirement that the watchkeeping officer – and indeed every member of crew performing lookout duties – thoroughly understand and follow these important rules to ensure safe navigation of the ship.
“Yet still the majority of incidents are caused through negligence and the failure to fully understand the Collision Regulations. Research has also found that the understanding of and adherence to the rules is not as comprehensive as would be expected. These regulations have been put in place to help the team on the bridge ensure the safety of the vessel, cargo and crew.”
The first part of the course deals with the Collision Regulations. It clarifies the meanings of
every Rule, putting them into simple easy-to-understand language and illustrating them with
graphic diagrams, sound and light signals, where appropriate. It also includes the full text of the Rules and the four Annexes.

The second part of the course deals with the IALA buoyage system. Being able to recognise
every buoy and knowing what each means is essential for all watchkeeping officers and each type
of buoy, their top marks and lights are described and their meanings illustrated graphically. The
course deals with the lateral buoyage systems in regions A and B, the cardinal marks, isolated
danger marks, safe water marks, special marks and the emergency wreck marking buoy.

For maximum effect the course is delivered using interactive eLearning Computer Based Training (CBT). Voiced narration, graphics and 3D animation as well as video are used to illustrate concepts and aid understanding. As this knowledge is fundamental to bridge watchkeeping, both parts of the course end with a test comprising of extensive randomised questions and a high pass mark is required.

Over the last three months alone Videotel has produced and launched over 15 training programmes and courses, which are provided in up to 29 languages. These range from training programmes on COLREGS to others dealing with a variety of important subjects including specialist requirements for Deep Water Ship handling to the practical management and switching of marine fuels.

Voyager Distribution Network Expands

Global Navigation Solutions is pleased to announce that Voyager is now offered by all members of the Global Navigation Solutions maritime services group.

Ship operators looking for the state-of-the-art route planning, intelligent data management and quality of compliance provided uniquely by this new digital chart management system can now obtain Voyager from any company within the Global Navigation Solutions group worldwide.

Bringing together the world’s most established and reputable names in maritime navigation into one global network, the Global Navigation Solutions group of companies comprises: DPM Europe, DPM Singapore, HanseNautic, Lilley & Gillie Charts, Thomas Gunn and Poly Thomas Gunn.

Mike Robinson, CEO of Global Navigation Solutions is delighted with the move. “With offices in Germany, Greece, North America, Singapore, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and the UK, we are now able to offer our customers the services of a world-wide team of more than 300 highly skilled people – all with excellent knowledge and understanding of the market, the latest technology and the changing regulatory environment.

“We are proud of the heritage of the Voyager brand and the leading role it plays in navigation today. Global Navigation Solutions is setting new standards in the provision of navigational products and services and this significant expansion of the Voyager distribution network will serve to reinforce our reputation for excellent customer service.”

Voyager sets industry standards in the management, maintenance and use of navigational information on board. Global Navigation Services’ team of maritime experts and software engineers have incorporated a Chart Correction Service, Admiralty AVCS and Digital Publication updates, a full paper and digital chart and publication catalogue, a GIS based route planning tool and a rapidly growing range of additional services – all designed to help make navigational planning more efficient, safer and more cost-effective.

Videotel works with industry to meet chemical tanker training needs

Chemical Tanker safety comes into sharp focus in a new training course from leading maritime training provider Videotel Marine International.

The newly-launched Advanced Chemical Tanker Course has been developed in conjunction with the Chemical Distribution Institute (CDI), with the involvement of some of the biggest names in the chemical tanker industry.

Nigel D. Cleave, Videotel CEO, explains the thinking behind the initiative: “Chemical companies employ some of the highest quality workforce and demand the highest quality training for that workforce. We have worked with the industry to produce this high-specification course which is extremely flexible and sophisticated in its delivery and will be continually updated to meet the changing demands of this sector.”

The Advanced Chemical Tanker Course is online, live-tutored and MCA-accredited and is targeted specifically at Masters, Chief Officers, Chief Engineers, Second Engineers and other persons having immediate responsibility for loading, discharging and care in transit of cargo on bulk liquid chemical tankers, including shoreside operational personnel.

Course content focuses on meeting the requirements of STCW and is constantly reviewed and updated to address findings and recommendations from marine casualty investigations.

Delivered through the unique Videotel Academy, the advanced course technology allows students to complete their study at a time and place to suit them and their employment responsibilities.

Live tutorials and interactive discussion sessions are conducted on-line through the Videotel Academy virtual classroom, while the learning experience is supported by electronic course notes, video sequences and library access. Each day of the five-day programme, which covers 11 study modules, concludes with an assignment and assessment paper with a final written assessment on day five.

The course benefits from the involvement of former seagoing and CDI General Manager, Martin Whittle, as Course Tutor. Martin brings with him 21 years of sea-borne experience and was responsible for the chemical industry’s global marine transportation and storage inspection schemes and the subsequent establishment of CDI-T and IMPCAS systems.

Chemical tanker businesses profit from cost savings as the online format avoids the need for costly travel and accommodation costs, while its 24-hour, instant-access approach is time-efficient. The course content is fully customisable to provide bespoke training which can also be harmonised with individual company in-house training programmes.

Reducing CO2 is economic ‘no brainer’ for shipowners, ICS tells UN climate change conference

Today, at the United Nations (UNFCCC) Climate Change Conference in Warsaw (COP 19), the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) will advise a United Nations event on the economics of mitigation that reducing CO2 emissions is an economic ‘no brainer’ for the global shipping industry. Further efforts by industry to improve fuel efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions from ships – which carry about 90% of global trade – is already a matter of enlightened self interest.

ICS, which is the principal international trade association for shipowners, will explain that fuel is the shipping industry’s largest variable operating cost. In the last 5 years alone, fuel prices have increased by about 300%, and are expected to increase by a further 50%-100% due to the imminent switch to low sulphur fuel, soon to be required for most ships by separate International Maritime Organization (IMO) rules.

“The fuel costs for a typical ship carrying iron ore are already about US$3 million a year. For the latest generation of mega containerships they could be as much $30 million a year” said ICS Director External Relations, Simon Bennett. “The high cost of fuel means that market forces are already providing shipowners with every incentive they need to continue improving their fuel efficiency and reduce their CO2 emissions. Otherwise shipping companies will simply not survive.”

With the full support of the shipping industry, the worldwide entry into force in January 2013 of amendments to the IMO MARPOL Convention makes shipping the first industrial sector to have a binding global regime in place to reduce CO2 emissions.

“In addition to the new IMO regulations to improve the efficiency of new ship designs, the mandatory application of Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plans is now giving additional impetus to fuel efficiency measures that are already being taken by much of the industry.” said Mr Bennett. This includes measures such as operating ships at slower speeds, and adjusting trim (the balance of weight which affects how ships move through water).

The shipping industry remains committed to working with governments at IMO to help deliver further measures to improve fuel efficiency from ships. The immediate focus at IMO, pending the conclusion of a replacement to the Kyoto Protocol in 2015, is the development of a mandatory system for the monitoring and reporting of the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by every individual ship in the commercial world fleet. This is fully supported by the industry and is something on which ICS is about to make a detailed submission to IMO with respect to a possible way forward that might be acceptable to all nations in both developed and emerging economies.

ICS Questions France About C02 Reporting Requirements For Ships

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the global trade association for shipowners, has written to the French Government to raise concerns about a new requirement for foreign shipowners to provide information to their French customers about CO2 emissions, using a detailed methodology that has not been discussed internationally.

ICS believes that the unilateral application by France of these new CO2 reporting requirements to foreign ships cuts across the principles of global regulatory uniformity and the primacy of IMO as the regulator of international shipping.

The new and very detailed rules that have been added to the French Transport Code apply across all transport modes, although the Director General for Maritime Transport is responsible for their enforcement in the maritime sector.

ICS has therefore suggested that the Director General for Maritime Transport should advise that these requirements will not be enforced on international shipping pending the outcome of discussions on the monitoring and reporting of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions currently taking place at the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

The IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee is now in the process of developing global regulations for the mandatory monitoring and reporting of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by ships trading internationally.  ICS fully supports the development of these measures at IMO and wishes to avoid any impediment to their adoption for global application.

Simon Bennett, ICS Director External Relations, explained: “We anticipate that the methodology for reporting that will be agreed by IMO Member States through amendments to the MARPOL Convention will be very different to the methodology specified by the new French requirements.  The IMO requirements should also be tailored to the special characteristics of international shipping, and will be the product of international consensus.  The immediate implementation of these French regulations is a real concern because shipping is a global industry requiring adherence by governments to a uniform global regulatory framework if it is to operate efficiently.”

ICS has reminded France of the difficulties that would be created if other coastal states were to implement their own unilateral requirements for the reporting of CO2 emissions by ships.

Mr Bennett added: “The global maritime transport system would be very challenged indeed by the administrative burden of providing information that required the use of different methodologies and national formats for reporting given that cargo ships can call at a very large number of countries during the course of a year.”

Shipping companies are still trying to understand the detail of the new CO2 reporting requirements, the English translation of which has only recently come to the attention of the global shipping industry.  But serious concerns are already being raised by international companies about the validity of the methodologies that have been developed by France, as set out in the ‘Methodological Guide for Transport Services’ produced by the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy.

The development of a global system for the monitoring and reporting of CO2 emissions from ships will be considered by the next meeting of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee in March 2014.   It is also the subject of a draft EU Regulation proposed by the European Commission.

Article L. 1431-3 of the French Transport Code came into effect for foreign shipping companies in October.

Bibby Ship Management ‘Girl Power’ – Taking Up The Challenge

Intrepid trekkers – Jess Kramer, Sarah Ryan, Nicky Davenport and Sandra Corrigan have just arrived home from a trip of a lifetime.

All four Bibby Ship Management (BSM) Isle of Man employees took part in the Bibby Line Group ‘Giving Something Back’ Dalai Lama Trek in India, in October. The five day trek saw the team reach an altitude of 3,500 metres, camping in some extreme weather, however with such a fantastic support crew keeping the team firmly on the ground the trip was a great success.

Months of training and hard work paid off as the team raised an amazing £6,800 for their chosen local charities – Hyperbaric Chamber, Manx Diabetic Group, IOM Sea Cadet Troop and IOM Hospice. The charities will benefit from the team’s wonderful achievement and it will make a positive impact on them.

Mark Robertshaw, Managing Director, of the Isle of Man office, said: “This is a significant achievement for the team and we’re proud of their hard work and dedication to such worthy causes.”

The trek was organised by the wider Bibby Group and involved up to 22 employees from across its diverse businesses taking part, with a total of 21 charities benefiting from over £35,000 which was raised.

Foreign Shipowners Encourage China To Resolve VAT Problems

The Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), Mr Masamichi Morooka,  has written to the Chinese Minister of Finance, encouraging the Chinese Government to continue its efforts to find a solution to the problems created by the application of Value Added Tax (VAT), since 1 August, to the transport and logistics services provided by ‘Wholly Foreign Owned Shipping Companies’.

The problems exist because it is much harder for foreign shipping lines – as opposed to Chinese companies – to reclaim the 6% VAT (and a 0.8% VAT surcharge on ocean freight) that is now collected by shipping agencies in China, and so avoid passing this on to their overseas customers.  The unintended consequence is that foreign carriers are being placed at a competitive disadvantage to Chinese shipping companies.

One of the reported impacts is that hundreds millions of dollars of shipping contracts with foreign shipowners that are normally concluded in China are now being concluded in other jurisdictions where the new VAT rules do not apply.

ICS – which represents the world’s national shipowner’ associations and over 80% of the world merchant fleet – has emphasised to the Ministry of Finance the great importance that is attached by the international shipping industry to the successful resolution of VAT issues that have been raised by foreign shipping companies which collectively transport a very significant proportion of China’s international trade.

ICS Director of External Relations, Simon Bennett, explained: “The Chinese Government is deeply conscious of its commitments towards the maintenance of a ‘level playing field’ in maritime services, and has no wish for the new arrangements concerning the application of VAT to international shipping services to have a negative impact on the competitiveness of Chinese exports, the vast majority of which is carried by ships.  We have therefore welcomed the positive indications that have been given by the Chinese authorities during recent meetings with foreign shipping company representatives in Beijing that steps are being taken to address those concerns.”

He added: “However, these issues are very complex and we recognise the major challenge for the State Administration of Taxation in trying to find a solution for international shipping that will be consistent with China’s broader objectives as it seeks to move towards a system of VAT in other parts of the Chinese economy.”

Notes to Editors:

  • The application of VAT to transport and logistics services provided by ‘Wholly Foreign Owned Shipping Companies” was outlined in Chinese Circular ‘Cai Shui No 37’ on 24 May, with effect from 1 August 2013.
  • ICS is the principal global trade association for commercial shipowners and operators.  Its membership comprises national shipowners’ associations in 35 countries representing over 80% of the world merchant fleet at those international bodies which impact on shipping.  This includes the United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Braemar Adjusting Continues Global Recruitment Initiative London, Singapore and Houston

Braemar Adjusting continues its global expansion with the addition of one Director in London, two Directors in Houston and an energy adjuster in Singapore.

Grant Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Braemar Adjusting, said: “This represents an extremely exciting time in our company’s development. In 2013 alone we have opened a new office in Dubai and recruited 13 excellent employees across the globe, to take our business forward.

“The insurance market is changing. There are new players, requiring varying and more exacting service levels. As an organisation, we at Braemar are ahead of the curve in recognising the fact, recruiting new talent and training them to face these challenges.

“Our most recent additions – Ian, Jeremy, Vincent and Patrick – bring a combined wealth of industry knowledge and experience to our organisation. These gentlemen are the epitome of customer focus and have welcomed the challenge we put before all employees, to find ways to continually develop and improve the service we provide to our clients.”

Ian McInroy re-joins Braemar’s London office as a Director in October 2013 from a leading international insurance broking and consultancy group, where his primary responsibilities were to design risk transfer programmes for offshore energy construction projects and advise clients on the terms and conditions of their energy contracts. In this role Ian was also responsible for preparing client submissions to the Department of Energy and Climate Change, in relation to permanent carbon capture solutions technology. During his previous time at Braemar, Ian was the London market contact for various Gulf of Mexico hurricane claims and the principle adjuster on a wide variety of losses including FPSOs, offshore platforms, pipelines, jack-up rigs, subsea and seismic equipment as well as power and fertilizer plants throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Prior to joining Braemar, Ian was responsible for delivering engineering and construction projects in his role as Project Manager for a UK-based construction company and he travelled extensively throughout Europe and Asia as an Investment Analyst for an Asset Management Company. Ian has a BEng in Manufacturing Science and Engineering from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland and as a Director in London, he will provide an important liaison role with key clients, while expanding Braemar’s existing offshore construction team.

Vincent Marrot joins Braemar’s Houston office as a Director in October 2013 following his role as Global Leader for Energy and Construction Engineering for Marsh, where he was responsible for energy-related engineering activities conducted through the Houston, London, Dubai and Singapore Energy practice hubs. Vincent previously worked as an international loss adjuster for 12 years, based in both London and Houston, where he specialised in deep-water control of well and the associated pollution claims. Vincent has adjusted

numerous upstream and downstream losses involving offshore platforms, drilling units, FPSOs, gas turbines, power generation facilities, compressor stations and refineries. Prior to loss adjusting, he worked as a Directional Driller for over a decade in Europe, Asia, North and South America and has also worked as an engineer with Rolls Royce UK. Vincent is bilingual in French and English, has an M.Phil. in Petroleum Engineering, is a licensed loss adjuster in the state of Texas and a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Vincent will play a key role in the future development of our North American operations and strengthens our existing team of well control specialists.

Jeremy Palmer joins Braemar’s Houston office as a Director as of October 2013, bringing with him over 27 years’ experience working in the Energy Insurance markets of London, Paris, Calgary and Houston. During this time Jeremy has served in senior roles in claims and on the placing side. Most recently Jeremy was National Energy Claims Manager for an international insurance broking house, and prior to that he worked as an Energy and Mining placing broker with numerous multinational clients. In these capacities Jeremy has facilitated the resolution of numerous complicated energy losses around the world, has negotiated both package and stand-alone insurance placements in the domestic and international markets and crafted policy wordings to address the various risk appetites of his respective clients. These experiences give Jeremy a unique insight into the needs of all parties involved in the claim process and Braemar looks forward to embracing the experience and additional insight Jeremy is able to bring to the team both within North America and Internationally.

Patrick Carey joined Braemar’s Singapore team as an Energy Adjuster with effect from September 2013. Patrick graduated with honors from The University of Newcastle upon Tyne’s School of Marine Science and Technology in 2007 with a degree in Marine Engineering, gaining recognition through the Dr. James A. Lisnyk Award for Ship Design Excellence. Thereafter, Patrick worked with a Mechanical Completions and Commissioning company, MCCS International, based out of their Kuala Lumpur office. During five years with MCCS, his roles have included Pressure Testing Supervisor, Commissioning Engineer, Planning Engineer and Completions Coordinator on a variety of oil and gas projects including FPSO Construction, Topside Construction & Upgrades, and Onshore LNG Facility Completions and Commissioning throughout the Far East. Braemar welcomes Patrick onboard where he will supplement its existing team of experienced offshore construction experts currently servicing the Asia Pacific region.

Braemar Engineering Secures World’s Largest LNG Floating Production (FLNG) Project

Braemar Engineering, the well-known marine and LNG technical consultancy arm of the Braemar Shipping Services PLC group, is delighted to announce it has been appointed as Owner’s Engineers for United LNG, LP in the world’s largest floating LNG production project.

The project, situated offshore near Venice, Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico, will be the world’s largest floating LNG export project, with three floating liquefaction units projected to export up to 24 million metric tonnes per annum (MTPA) of LNG, commencing in spring 2018.

“With decades of LNG experience, we are proud to be working with a world class organization like Braemar Engineering,” said Stephen Payne, Chairman of United LNG.

“This is a very exciting opportunity for us,” says Sheila McClain, Vice President of Business Development for Braemar in Houston. “Braemar Engineering is one of the most experienced consulting engineering firms in the LNG industry, offering services to support the entire LNG chain, and the level of expertise and experience we will be able to contribute to this project is unique. Braemar Engineering brings both floating LNG experience and shore based production experience – a combination of skills which really counts in this rapidly developing field.”

The project includes modification of existing offshore structures, construction of new facilities, construction, installation, and operation of floating liquefaction storage vessels to be used for the on-site liquefaction and exportation of LNG from offshore Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico.

London Is Still The Shipping Capital Of The World

London is, without doubt, “still the shipping capital of the world,” according to the Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping, Masamichi Morooka.  But he also suggested that London should not rest on its laurels and that a truly world class centre would wish to retain its position for the very long term and have an ambitious strategy for achieving this.

Speaking on behalf of the world’s shipowners at the London International Shipping Week conference in the UK capital, Mr Morooka outlined what he felt as an employee of a major non-UK shipping company, was needed for a city to be a first class maritime centre.

He remarked that London’s continuing success suggested that a large concentration of beneficial ship ownership was not in fact necessary to be successful, as was also the case with its merchant banks, or indeed the British car industry.  But in the long term this strategy would only work so long as the foreign companies concerned were committed to stay.

Highlighting the need for a critical mass of shipping people, a trustworthy legal system, a sound infrastructure, good communications and genuinely international outlook, Mr Morooka said a pre-eminent worldwide maritime centre need to be a ‘one stop shop’ providing immediate access to the expertise and support services required to conduct international operations on a twenty-four-seven basis.

London is the inventor of marine insurance, is home to one of the largest and oldest classification societies, houses the Baltic Exchange, is the financial capital of the world, and has a commitment to open markets and free trade principals, he pointed out.

“As a centre for maritime business services, London still truly lacks a comparable rival,” he said.

He concluded by pointing out the need for any great maritime centre to enjoy strong support from its national government and city authorities and to have policy makers who treat the maritime sector “as being vital to the health of the rest of the economy.”

InterManager AGM Pledges To Focus On Seafarers

InterManager, the international trade association for the ship management industry, has pledged to put ‘people’ at the centre of its focus over the next year.

Addressing this year’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), at the Lloyd’s building during London International Shipping Week, InterManager President Gerardo Borromeo said: “Without a doubt the human element, our global maritime professionals, will remain at the front and centre in InterManager’s activities and projects over the next 12 months.”

He outlined a comprehensive programme of activity for the next year with topics to be covered including best management practices, seafarer health and wellness, enhanced maritime communications and an examination of the administrative burdens onboard ship.

The President outlined the work InterManager has carried out over the past year on behalf of its members. He highlighted the key role the Association played in the International Maritime Organization’s symposium on The Future Of Safe Shipping where it chaired the important session on ‘safety and the human element’. He vowed to continue to strengthen InterManager’s role as a stakeholder at the IMO and encouraged members to communicate any industry questions or concerns to InterManager Secretary General Kuba Szymanski who can rely them through the appropriate channels.

Commenting on the apparent decrease in pirate activity in the Gulf of Aden, and the corresponding increase off the coast of West Africa, Mr Borromeo urged members to remain vigilant in high risk areas and do all they can to comply with Best Management Practices (BMP4).

“As ship managers and crew managers, this is the area where we can certainly make the most difference,” he said. “While there is no hard and fast rule on management styles, our commitment to the concept of Best Management Practices has to be the ‘Holy Grail’ as far as any ship manager or crew manager is concerned.”

He also directed managers to aim high when implementing the Maritime Labour Convention, which has been described as the ‘Magna Carta for seafarers’. He told members: “The MLC as a standard is not a target to aim for, but provides starting points from which to begin. There is nothing that prevents any quality ship manager or crew manager from promoting higher standards of crew care and welfare for their own purposes and in order to differentiate service levels across the board.”

The President was delighted to announce that over the past four years InterManager membership has risen by more than 50% to currently stand at 103 members.

Braemar LNG Brings Its Expertise to China

As the demand for LNG grows, the Chinese Government has recognised that in expanding its LNG capabilities, it must build-up the skill set of its maritime professionals in this vital sector. A new course created by Braemar Engineering aims to support this growing demand for LNG expertise in China and increase understanding of STCW amendments concerning operation and management regulations for liquefied vessels.

Developed in conjunction with the Cambridge Academy of Transport and Shanghai Maritime University, the first Training Course for LNG Ship Operations and Management was run from 14th to 18th October at Shanghai Maritime University. It offered a practical introduction to LNG, and focused on a wide range of elements including key operations of main propulsion of LNG carriers; key operations in the process of loading and discharging cargos of LNG carriers; and the key points of Flag State Control, Port State Control and industrial inspections for LNG Carriers.

Michael R. Holderness, Technical Director, Braemar Engineering, who helped devise the seminar and acted as trainer on the course, said the Braemar Engineering team boasts a broad practical background in many different facets of LNG.
“We’ve been involved in building LNG ships for years, and have also been advising Chinese companies about LNG for quite some time. We have placed experts in shipyards and provided specialist teams – we have supplied expertise and I, along with many of my colleagues, have supported large Chinese companies to ensure the success of LNG projects,” he said.

“The Chinese Government realises LNG is a good source of energy, but it must expand in this sector, explained Mr Holderness.” A real positive of the course is we are sharing over 20 years of experience in LNG – I believe that if you’ve done it and seen it yourself, then you can instil confidence in others and this is important.”

Mr Holderness, who is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology, will be supported on the course by fellow Key Instructor Jayan Peter Pillai, experienced Chief Engineer and now Braemar Training Officer.

The course is targeted at maritime safety administration officials, senior ship officers, senior managers of shipping companies and instructors from maritime colleges and universities. Further dates are planned for the future.

Thomas Gunn Makes Digital Transition a Reality

With the news that the Russian Federation is the latest Flag State to approve the use of ADMIRALTY Digital Publications (ADP) on board its vessels, over two thirds of the world’s Flag States have now signed up to receive digital updates from the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO). The transition to digital navigation is well and truly in progress and Thomas Gunn, part of the Global Navigation Solutions (GNS) Group of specialist providers of maritime navigation information, solutions and support, is seeing the trend reflected in its own business, with an increase in the number of fleets embracing the digital transition in the last few months.

“Thomas Gunn has now supplied more than 1,000 vessels worldwide with ADP,” says Colin Stephenson, Digital Manager for Thomas Gunn Navigation Services. “We have at least 20 fleets currently trialling the system, with new enquiries from around the world every day. In addition we are seeing more and more ship operators taking advantage of the ability of our Voyager digital chart management system to deliver ADP updates, which enables them to manage all their navigation needs through a single common intuitive interface.

Mr Stephenson sees the change as positive. “These fleets are moving from a time consuming labour intensive paper process which essentially hasn’t changed since sail, towards a powerful system which not only offers the essential trinity; Total Tide; List of Lights and List of Radio Signals; but also interprets them in a way that ensures more flexibility than hard copy and removes the admin burden from the professional navigator.

“In the drive for efficiency crews can be put under a great deal of pressure, an issue eased by technological solutions. In the past one of the greatest barriers to change was Flag State approval, and so we are delighted to see the momentum increasing and the vast majority of Flag States accepting the new technology with the benefits it brings.”

When asked why these operators have chosen a GNS company as their partner at this important stage in their business development, Colin explains, ”Fleets are looking for two key elements; a partner with a depth and breadth of knowledge of digital navigation technology; and one they can trust to provide – and support – the right business solution. Thomas Gunn offers that combination and has built a reputation for expertise and proficiency in this field. Our use of cutting edge technology, ably demonstrated by the industry leading new Voyager 4, gives clients confidence that the solution they choose will continue to evolve and expand in line with their business needs and market expectations.”

Strategies in Uncertain Times: Singapore Shipping Association Conference 26/27 September 2013

As World Maritime Day approaches, the Singapore Shipping Association raises the curtain on its 2013 Conference and Exhibition.

The keynote speaker to the conference, held Sept 26th and 27th, Singapore’s High Commissioner to Malaysia, and former ASEAN Secretary General, Mr Ong Keng Yong, will provide an insight into the aims and objectives of establishing an ASEAN Economic Community by 2015 and he will give his latest assessment of the progress that has been made towards achieving this goal.

This year’s Conference theme, “Strategies in Uncertain Times”, will explore the challenges and potential benefits of shipping in the ASEAN region and offer delegates the insights needed to develop successful strategies to grow their shipping business in the current difficult economic climate.

The Conference will consist of three discussion panels with the following themes: ASEAN and Asian Shipping & Trade; Sustainable Shipping – Economic, Social and Environmental Factors; and Achieving Higher Standards. Speakers from around the world provide expertise in a wide range of disciplines – shipowning, government, ship financing, marine insurance , shipbuilding, classification societies, maritime law and port operations – and sharing their global perspective on the concerns, challenges and controls that are affecting the industry today.

For further information please visit: http://www.ssa.org.sg.