Braemar Adjusting Boosts Its Global Teams

Braemar Adjusting continues its development and expansion, with the recruitment of experienced loss adjusters and new young talent across the globe.

New staff have boosted the adjusting teams in the firm’s London, Singapore and Calgary offices as the company continues to enhance its onshore and offshore expertise.

Grant Smith, Braemar Adjusting Group Managing Director, said: “These latest four appointments further emphasise our focus on providing excellent client service through the expertise of our personnel. We have listened to our clients and recognise they want us to continue to recruit and develop new young talent in order to service their needs now and into the years ahead!”

Braemar Adjusting London:

We welcome both Giuseppe Mollica and Therese Badr as additions to the Loss Adjusting team based in London.

Having worked for Braemar Adjusting as the director of Venezuelan operations from 2007 to 2011, Giuseppe returns as a Senior Loss Adjuster in London. A Chartered Engineer and Chartered Loss Adjuster with a background in the design and implementation of power and control systems, Guiseppe has more than a decade’s experience adjusting complex energy, power and mining losses throughout the Caribbean, Central and South America. While he is experienced in all product lines, his expertise has particularly focused on adjusting complex control of well and power generation/distribution losses. Giuseppe is a certified open water diver and is fluent in English, Spanish and Italian.

Therese has a PhD in Mechanical and Energetic Engineering, a Research Masters Degree in Environmental Science and a Masters of Science in General Chemistry. Theresa joins us with 10 years relevant industry expertise in the sectors of environmental monitoring, power generation and exploration and production. For five years Theresa worked with leading integrated steel and mining company ArcelorMittal and became a published author on modeling and quantification of diffused dust emissions. Between 2007 and 2009, Theresa worked as project manager for General Electric Energy Products Europe (GE) where she utilized computational fluid dynamics to model and test gas turbine efficiency. Then in 2009 she worked on both onshore and offshore drilling units throughout Continental Europe, North Sea and South America with Schlumberger where she specialized in improving the existing methods of pore pressure evaluation, critical for well control. Theresa is fluent in English, French and Arabic.

Braemar Adjusting Singapore:

Anjar Ciptandini joins our Singapore-based team with a degree in Naval Architecture & Shipbuilding Engineering. Anjar has worked with FMC Technologies where his responsibilities included the installation and maintenance of subsea wellhead systems for various international operators throughout Southeast Asia. Prior to this, Anjar worked as a Project Officer for the design and development of a patrol vessel for the Indonesian Maritime Police, an operations supervisor for a marine safety company and a project manager responsible for design, engineering and procurement of various offshore vessels. We look forward to utilizing Anjar’s technical and engineering expertise in the investigation and adjustment of upstream construction and operational losses throughout the region. Anjar is fluent in both English and Bahasa Indonesia.

Braemar Adjusting Calgary:

Connor Scott joins us having graduated Magna Cum Laude from Florida State University in spring of 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Multinational Business and a minor in Spanish. Since graduating Connor has worked as a technical assistant for one of North America’s leading Environmental Consulting companies, assisting in the formulation of Environmental Studies and Impact Assessments for major energy projects in Western Canada.  Connor has his level one Adjuster’s licence in the province of Alberta and holds citizenship for both Canada and the USA. A commissioned music composer in his spare time Connor is fluent in both English and Spanish.


Notes to Editors:

· Braemar Adjusting (formally Steege) is recognised as a leading loss adjuster by the Energy Power and Mining insurance markets worldwide.

· The company has the required expertise and experience to handle both onshore and offshore, upstream and downstream operational and construction losses.

· Braemar Adjusting specialises in the adjustment of insurance claims involving offshore platforms and production vessels, subsea infrastructure, onshore and offshore drilling units, control of well, refineries, petrochemical plants, gas plants, power (including renewables), mining, major infrastructure claims, together with associated business interruption losses.

· Braemar Adjusting is part of the Braemar Technical Services division of Braemar Shipping Services plc.

ICS To Publish eBooks

The International Chamber of Shipping has announced that it will be making its publications on best practices for shipping companies available as eBooks.

ICS will be using the eReader technology developed by Witherby Seamanship Group (WPG), which is now being widely used by many other bodies producing maritime publications, including the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

The ICS publications to be made available as eBooks from April 2013 will continue to be published on behalf of ICS by Marisec Publications and will only be available from maritime booksellers.

The initial ICS publications to become available as eBooks will be the ICS Bridge Procedures Guide (4th edition), the ICS Guide to Helicopter/Ship Operations (4th edition) and the ICS/ISF Guidelines on the Application of the ISM Code (4th Edition).  Other ICS publications will be made available as eBooks when new or revised editions of print versions are published.

The ICS eBooks will be available as single user versions (with the same recommended retail price as the existing print editions) or as network versions whereby a customer will have access to five copies of the eBook for just twice the cost of the single user version.

Full details of prices can be obtained from maritime booksellers.

Many ICS publications on best practices are an essential complement to international maritime regulations adopted by IMO, and are required reading by companies and seafarers involved in maritime operations.

ICS Director External Relations, Simon Bennett, explained: “As well as responding to the demand from shipping companies to produce ICS publications as eBooks, we believe that by using the proven WPG system it will be helpful to ship operators for our books to sit alongside IMO regulations, as well as useful advice produced by other maritime bodies, in electronic form.”

MARPOL and VIMSAS Top Discussions At Caribbean Meeting

MARPOL and VIMSAS topped discussions when senior Caribbean maritime administrators met in Montego Bay, Jamaica this week (February 19 and 20).

The Regional Senior Marine Administrators Workshop was hosted by the Maritime Authority of Jamaica during a milestone visit to the country by Mr Koji Sekimizu, Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

Representatives from 20 countries met to consider a list of programmes to be submitted to the IMO for support under its International Technical Cooperation Programme (ITCP). As a part of the IMO’s ITCP in the Caribbean, Senior Maritime Administrators meet to develop programmes of Technical Cooperation for the biennium to present to the IMO. In the past such programmes have included strengthening of the institutional and legislative framework of fledgling maritime administrations in the region, as well as human capacity building.

Key areas of interest at this year’s meeting were the IMO International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships 1973 (MARPOL) and the Voluntary IMO Member State Audit Scheme (VIMSAS). The group also felt that other matters of importance were Maritime Policy development, Search and Rescue and Port State Control.

Mr  Jianxin Zhu, Director, IMO Technical Co-operation Division, who led the IMO team at the workshop, said: “IMO is happy to be a part of this meeting looking at the needs of the Caribbean region in terms of the new Integrated Technical Cooperation Programme for the next biennium. The workshop is useful for the senior administrators in the region to meet and share information, offer assistance to each other and enhance regional capacity building cooperation. The IMO is very supportive of this workshop and will continue to support the Caribbean countries in their bid to discharge their maritime obligations under the various IMO Conventions.”

Also there to guide discussions from the IMO perspective was Mr Pedro San Miguel, Head of the IMO Latin America and Caribbean Section of the Technical Co-operation Division and Mr Colin Young, Regional Maritime Adviser for the Caribbean.

Resolutions agreed by the Senior Marine Administrators Workshop will be passed on to a High Level Symposium meeting of Ministers of Transport in the Caribbean, drawing delegates from a variety of the region’s States and overseas territories, as well as Jamaica. The IMO Secretary General will address the Ministerial meeting on the subject of the VIMSAS scheme. The Secretary General is in Jamaica from Feb 20 – 23.


Notes to Editors:

· Photograph attached: Attendees at the Regional Senior Marine Administrators Workshop.

Videotel Responds to Changing Piracy Patterns with New Piracy and Armed Robbery Programme

As yet more crew are kidnapped in another raid on a vessel off the coast of Nigeria, ship owners, ship managers and operators are once again forcibly reminded of the need to take steps to protect the safety of their crew, their cargo and their vessels.

Nigel Cleave, CEO of Videotel, is well aware of the industry’s need for support and guidance. “In the last few years alone the number of alternatives available in the arsenal of anti-piracy measures has increased, but all have their benefits and drawbacks and the legal implications of many of these options to the ship owner are considerable. This is why Videotel has completely revised and updated its Piracy and Armed Robbery training programme.

“We have seen significant changes in the pattern of piracy behaviour which have been reflected in the response from the shipping industry, governments and other organisations. There has been the use of armed and unarmed guards, as well as citadels and anti-embarkation measures. Recent years have also seen an increase of pirate attacks in West Africa – as well as other locations – and the industry standard guidelines, BMP (Best Management Practices for Protection Against Somalia Based Piracy), need to be adapted for the different circumstances encountered today.”

Videotel’s updated Piracy and Armed Robbery programme is designed to assist shipping companies and their crews to safely transit pirate zones anywhere in the world. It provides a broad understanding of piracy today and how the shipping industry and governments are responding to it, placing emphasis on BMP as the core tool helping ships avoid, deter and delay pirate attacks.

The programme, available in all multimedia formats including Videotel On Demand (VOD), features ships making preparations prior to transiting the Indian Ocean High Risk Area (HRA), interviews with senior shipping industry personnel and representatives from naval/military forces as well as other organisations. Maps showing the concentration of piracy incidents and graphics illustrating how ships can make evasive manoeuvres are also included.

ISF Calls On Governments To Facilitate Shore Leave By Proposing New Pragmatic Approach To Visa Requirements

The International Shipping Federation (ISF), which represents maritime employers globally, is calling on port states to facilitate the right of seafarers to shore leave, in line with governments’ international treaty obligations, by proposing a new pragmatic approach to visa requirements.

ISF has made this proposal in a submission to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Facilitation Committee, which next meets in April to consider its current review of the IMO Convention on the Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic (FAL).  The FAL Convention includes a blanket prohibition on port states requiring seafarers to obtain visas in order to enjoy shore leave.

The long established principle that, due to the special nature of their employment, seafarers should not be required to hold a visa for the purposes of shore leave is enshrined in various international Conventions, including the International Labour Organization (ILO) Conventions 185 and 108, as well the IMO FAL Convention.

However, in a post ‘9/11’ world of heightened concerns about security and immigration issues, the ability of seafarers to exercise this right is increasingly being challenged, with visas now required in United States and Australia.  Problems are still being reported of seafarers not being able to leave their ships without visas within the Schengen area of the European Union, in spite of efforts by the European Commission to resolve these difficulties.  Problems also exist in Brazil, Singapore, South Africa and other countries.

“Despite the clear principle established by various Conventions, many port states do now require a large number of seafarers to obtain visas in advance in order to enjoy shore leave.  This causes serious difficulties for seafarers – especially those operating in tramp trades that may not have the opportunity to apply for a visa in advance.” said ISF Director of Employment Affairs, Natalie Shaw.

As part of the ongoing review of the FAL Convention, several governments have supported proposals to add “visa number, if appropriate” within the information that port states can be permitted to request from ships.  Whilst governments have argued that this information will only be used to assist the transmission of information about visas required by those seafarers who might wish to travel beyond the ‘geographical limits’ of shore leave, ISF believes that adoption of such an amendment could serve to legitimise the requirement of visas for shore leave by Parties to FAL, further undermining the fundamental principle that visas should not be required.

Notwithstanding the principle, however, ISF’s priority is to ensure that the welfare of seafarers is met by ensuring that shore leave is facilitated.  ISF is therefore proposing to IMO that governments should agree that in the event that port states insist upon requiring visas for shore leave, they should make provisions for the seafarers to be able to apply for visas upon arrival in port, or very shortly before.  ISF will therefore propose that a new ‘Recommended Practice’ to this effect be included in the FAL Convention.  If accepted, ISF will drop its current opposition to the proposal that visa numbers might be requested from ships.

“While this involves a degree of compromise on our part, we do not want to cut off our nose to spite our face.  In the event that such an amendment could be accepted by governments, this might make a significant contribution towards facilitating access to shore leave, which remains a serious problem for many seafarers and shipping companies and which is a matter on which we have seen little progress in recent years.  We want to break the impasse.” said Mrs Shaw.

The amendment proposed by ISF would also be consistent with the principles established in ILO Convention 185, which ISF, in its capacity as co-ordinator of the Employers’ Group, helped to negotiate at an ILO Tripartite Conference in 2003.


Notes to Editors

  • ISF is the identity used by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) in its capacity as an employers’ organisation concerned with labour affairs and training matters.

IMO Secretary General To Visit Jamaica

Secretary General of the UN specialised agency responsible for shipping, International Maritime Organization, Mr Koji Sekimizu, will spearhead a delegation of IMO representatives to Jamaica at the end of this month. Mr Sekimizu assumed the position of the 170-member state Organization on January 1, 2012 and this is his first visit to the Caribbean.

The four-day visit, hosted by the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ), will culminate in a High Level Symposium (HLS) of the Ministers of Transport in the Caribbean, drawing delegates from a variety of the region’s States and overseas territories, as well as Jamaica. The HLS is intended to inform the responsible Ministers in the region on critical developments that will affect their countries’ reputations as responsible maritime states. Mr Sekimizu will address the group on “The Institutionalization of the Voluntary IMO Member State Audit Scheme (VIMSAS)”.

The VIMSAS scheme was instituted by the IMO to ensure states are giving full and complete effect to the provisions of its major Conventions and will become mandatory in 2015. Jamaica has already been successfully audited under VIMSAS in September 2011 as part of its drive to discharge responsibly its Flag, Port and Coastal State obligations.

Prior to the symposium, the MAJ will host a seminar for Senior Maritime Administrators, as part of the IMO’s Integrated Technical Co-operation Programme (ITCP) in the Caribbean. The Caribbean region, including Jamaica, has benefited greatly from the assistance of the IMO through its ITCP, which provides assistance to countries that may have difficulties giving full and complete effect to the IMO’s instruments and aims to build human, institutional and legal capacities.

Mr Sekimizu is scheduled to call on key Jamaican Ministers of Government and maritime entities, including the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, the Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, the Caribbean Maritime Institute and the Jamaica Defence Force Coast Guard – the agency of Government which conducts maritime search and rescue operations.

This is only the second time in approximately 25 years that a Secretary General of the IMO has visited Jamaica, which is a long-standing member of the IMO since 1976 and a member of the IMO Council, Category C having been elected 2009 and in 2011. The IMO Council is the governing body of the Organization when its Assembly, which meets once every two years, is not in session.

MAJ Director General, Rear Admiral Peter Brady, said: “We are looking forward to the IMO Secretary General’s visit which will be extremely beneficial to both Jamaica and the wider Caribbean region.

“Jamaica is very supportive of the work of the IMO. We participate in a number of IMO committees and working groups which make international rules and standards for the safety, security, prevention of pollution by ships, and promulgate the international Conventions and other instruments. Jamaica participates in meetings of the Maritime Safety Committee, Marine Environment Protection Committee, the Legal Committee, Flag State Implementation Sub Committee, the  STW (training and certification of seafarers) Sub Committee, the Council and the IMO Assembly.”


Notes to Editors:

· Mr Sekimizu will be in Jamaica from February 20 to Feb 23

London International Shipping Week 2013 Welcomes Its First Major Sponsors

Inmarsat, Lloyd’s Register, Ince & Co and ISSA first onboard

The first major sponsors of the inaugural London International Shipping Week (LISW) have been confirmed.

Leading global satellite communications provider Inmarsat is the first Platinum Sponsor to commit to London International Shipping Week, while international classification society Lloyd’s Register is the first Gold Sponsor, international law firm Ince & Co the first Silver Sponsor and the International Ship Suppliers & Services Association (ISSA) the first Bronze Sponsor.

Frank Coles, President, Inmarsat Maritime, said: “We are delighted to be the first Platinum Sponsor of London International Shipping Week and are very pleased to support such a significant and ground-breaking event that boosts London’s profile in the global shipping industry.”

London International Shipping Week will comprise dozens of maritime events hosted by shipping-related associations and commercial organisations, together offering multiple networking opportunities. So far 33 international shipping associations have pledged their support to this ground-breaking initiative with more than 20 events already confirmed or being organised for    the week.

One of the key events, the inaugural London International Shipping Week Charity Golf Day takes place on September 9, sponsored by The Baltic Exchange. Players will compete for the prestigious Baltic Cup at the famous Walton Heath Golf Club in Surrey, home of the 1981 Ryder Cup and venue of the final European qualifying round for each year’s second golfing major, the US Open.

Another exciting development is the commitment by the Royal Navy to sail one of its frigates into London during the week to herald its support for London International Shipping Week.

Maritime related associations and commercial organisations are encouraged to participate in London International Shipping Week to highlight London’s vital role in the positive development of international shipping. Details are available on


Notes for Editors:

· 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. London International Shipping Week has been created to highlight London’s leading role in the global maritime industry.

· London International Shipping Week will take place during the week of September 9-13, 2013. The main conference, London International Shipping Week – Propelling World Trade and the gala reception and dinner will take place on Thursday 12 September.

· Full details of all the events can be found on

· London International Shipping Week is organised by Shipping Innovation Ltd in association with The Baltic Exchange, TheCityUK, Maritime London, Maritime UK and the UK Chamber of Shipping.

· Shipping Innovation Ltd is a joint venture between leading maritime publishing, training and events organisation Petrospot Ltd and the highly-respected maritime publisher and PR organisation, Elaborate Communications Ltd.

For Further Information Please Contact:

Shipping Innovation / Elaborate Communications:

Sean Moloney             Tel: +44 1296 682356

Email: /

Videotel Simplifies Oil Record Book Management

Whilst the marine engineer takes great pride in facing the technical challenges on board a vessel, it is not always true to say that all face the challenge of mandatory paperwork with the same enthusiasm. Videotel has now stepped in with a timely update to its Oil Record Book programme, part of the Engine Room Waste Management Series, aimed at explaining the importance of keeping the correct records and the benefits to both the vessel and the individual.

“When seafarers face problems with procedure it’s often not because they have been negligent or careless,” says Nigel Cleave, CEO of Videotel Marine International. “It’s simply that they have found it difficult to tackle the paperwork associated with important tasks – often due to a fear of mistakes or a lack of confidence. This is where good training is essential, and our very visual approach provides the seafarer with the same experience as if they were being taught the job by a trusted colleague.

“Properly completing the Oil Record Book provides proof and protection. It proves that oily waste has been disposed of properly, and it protects against any suggestion that the individual may have broken the law.”
The Oil Record Book is required to record Machinery Space Operations for every ship of over 400 tons gross tonnage (other than oil tankers) and every oil tanker over 150 tons gross tonnage. It is a legal document that must be properly maintained. The updated Oil Record Book training programme shows engineers how to keep accurate records that will provide evidence to Port State Control that the ship has handled oil and oily waste correctly and that the regulations have been complied with.

The training material is aimed at Engineer officers, cadets and crew and addresses key MARPOL (International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships) and IMO regulations. It is available through Videotel on Demand (VOD), DVD, Computer Based Training and an accompanying workbook.

Bibby Ship Management Wins BP North Sea Vessel Management Contract

Bibby Ship Management has won a prestigious contract with BP Exploration Operating Company to fully manage four Regional Support Vessels (RSV) and an additional two new-build Platform Supply Vessels (PSV) for operation in the North Sea.

The award of the contract marks a key milestone for Bibby Ship Management in its drive to build on its expertise in the management of offshore vessels.
The contract will be managed from Aberdeen and will involve more than 200 crew and support staff.

The contract, which will run for a minimum of five years and has a value of approx £100 million, also includes the management of eight Autonomous Rescue and Recovery Craft sited onboard the four existing RSVs. Bibby will also provide management support for the newbuilding and commissioning of the two new PSVs. Currently being built, these new vessels will also have response and rescue capability, adding to BP’s existing fleet capabilities.

Mark Hardie, BP’s UK Logistics Infrastructure Manager, said: “This award is a key component of BP’s long term marine strategy and we look forward to working with Bibby Ship Management to ensure high levels of service to our offshore operations. The five-year contract involves managing the existing Caledonian vessels as well as the two new high specification supply vessels which will be joining the BP fleet from 2014. The award is good news for the
200 crew and support staff involved in this contract.”

Bibby Ship Management, which sits within Bibby Line Group, is able to draw on its 205-year history within the shipping sector, to provide effective business solutions to meet the needs of modern ship owners.

Sir Michael Bibby, Managing Director of Bibby Line Group, said: “We are absolutely delighted to work with BP in providing full technical management and logistics services for these vessels in the UK North Sea. The award of this contract reflects the benefit of our investment in Bibby Ship Management’s systems and people to create a high quality ship management business with great safety awareness, which can deliver real value to our clients.”

Bibby Ship Management has a managed vessel portfolio that combines a Bibby-owned fleet with strong Third Party clients like BP. That enables staff who are recognised as experts within their fields to provide forward-thinking plans to owners that provide cost savings; reliability; added value; problem solving and relationship management, with an understanding of the needs of the owner.

In addition, Bibby Ship Management is able to supply crew and crew management services. The company currently supplies crew to more than 200 vessels and is able to offer a wide range of additional services including training, accountancy and salary services.

Ed Rimmer, CEO of Bibby Ship Management, welcomed the move. He said: “Bibby Ship Management is committed to offering the highest levels of service to its clients. Working with a company the size and profile of BP underlines Bibby’s reputation in the market place.”


For Further Information Please Contact:

Marianne Stockton , Elaborate Communications
Tel: +44 (0) 1296 682356

Matt Taylor, BP
Tel: +44 (0) 1224 832030

ICS Board Meets In London

The Board of Directors of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) – the principal international trade association for shipowners, representing all sectors and trades and over 80% of the world merchant fleet – met in London today (5 February).

Issues considered by ICS members included: frustration with the failure of Italy to submit a full maritime casualty report to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) following the ‘Costa Concordia’ cruise ship tragedy which occurred over a year ago; the continuing discussions at IMO and elsewhere on the best means of achieving further carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions reduction from ships; and serious concerns that the IMO Convention on Ship Recycling, adopted to improve standards throughout the world’s ship recycling yards, is in danger of being undermined by regional measures being discussed by the European Union.

ICS Commits to CO2 MRV

The ICS Board reviewed recent developments with respect to the international regulation of CO2 emissions from ships.  This included proposals by the United States and the European Commission, and others, concerning the establishment of a mandatory system of Monitoring, Reporting and Verification of emissions (known as ‘MRV’).

ICS Chairman, Masamichi Morooka, explained: “Our meeting agreed that ICS will fully support the concept of MRV, provided that any measure adopted is developed and agreed at IMO, and that it will be simple to administer and primarily based on fuel consumption measured by bunker delivery notes.”

“However,” added Mr Morooka “ICS support for the development of an MRV mechanism does not imply acceptance of MRV being used for the eventual development of any other Market Based Measure, or the mandatory application of energy indexing measures to existing ships.”

ICS is currently developing a detailed position on how MRV might work, but is waiting for formal submissions to be made by governments at the next meeting of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee in May.

ICS is optimistic that the United States will submit a paper to IMO that will address some (though not all) of the concerns previously raised by ICS in response to earlier US proposals made last year.  In particular, it is hoped that the US will acknowledge the central role of bunker delivery notes, and that it will avoid any suggestion that expensive or impractical emission monitoring equipment should be installed on board ships (as has been suggested by some elements within the European Commission).

IMO has already adopted a comprehensive package of technical and operational measures to reduce CO2 emissions, and shipping is the only industry which already has CO2 reduction regulations in force at a global level.  ICS therefore welcomes the recent announcement by the European Commission that if further measures are developed to address CO2 that this should be done globally inside the IMO.

At their meeting, ICS members’ noted with satisfaction that, for the time being at least, it seems that the EU will give much less emphasis to developing its own Market Based Measure on a regional basis (including a mooted regional emissions trading scheme for ships) and that as an interim measure the EU instead wishes to focus on a global system of MRV.

“This constructive stance now being taken by Europe is very positive,” said Mr Morooka.  “But with respect to MRV, we are still waiting to see if firm proposals will be made at IMO by the European Commission.  At consultations we have attended in Brussels, some EU officials from the Climate Change Directorate still seem to be thinking in terms of a developing a regional measure first.  In the absence of firm EU proposals being submitted to IMO it is difficult for industry to contribute to the MRV debate at European level meaningfully.  This is something which ICS is very keen to do.”

Notwithstanding ICS’s support for MRV, its priority remains to help ensure that the technical and operational measures adopted by IMO, which came into force in January 2013, are successfully implemented.  This includes the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) and the mandatory use of Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plans (SEEMP).   ICS believes that the further reduction in emissions that will be delivered by the SEEMP, which are now being utilised by tens of thousands of existing ships worldwide, should not be understated.

Ship Recycling

The ICS Board expressed serious concern about proposals being considered by the European Union for an EU Regulation on ship recycling.

ICS believes that the EU Regulation being considered by the EU Parliament risks completely undermining the International (Hong Kong) Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, which was adopted by IMO in 2009.  The EU proposals include a fund to which EU ship operators would have to pay in order to ensure that their ships are recycling in accordance with EU standards, rather than those already agreed by governments at IMO.  The ulterior motive of the European Parliament seems to be a wish to create work for ship recycling facilities in Europe.

The IMO Convention was adopted to address legitimate concerns about environmental and working conditions in ship recycling yards which for the most part are located in Asia.  “If the EU Regulation goes ahead in its current form, it is very hard to see how the IMO Convention can ever enter into force.” said Mr Morooka.

“As well as damaging the EU registered fleet, undermining the Hong Kong Convention will do little to help workers in the recycling yards in developing nations who will continue to be engaged in dismantling the majority of the world’s redundant ships, and whose workload is already increasing in view of the chronic over capacity that exists throughout the shipping industry.” said Mr Morooka. “It must be hoped that the governments of EU Member States, which are signatories to the Hong Kong Convention, will start to see sense and stop these damaging proposals before it is too late.”

Casualty Reports

The ICS Board reviewed the continuing response at IMO to the ‘Costa Concordia’ cruise ship tragedy, and welcomed the measures that have so far been taken forward relating to passenger safety and evacuation procedures.

“The response of IMO so far has been measured and reasonable and we have been impressed by the commitment amongst governments to avoid knee jerk reactions” said Mr Morooka. “But IMO is under increasing pressure to take forward far more radical steps in advance of Italy publishing the complete results of its accident investigation, which it has still singularly failed to do. Given the seriousness of the disaster, which happened over a year ago, this failure by Italy is simply unacceptable.  We still have no official understanding of what the underlying causes were with respect to an accident that really should never have happened.”

ICS believes that the ‘Costa Concordia’ tragedy has highlighted the seemingly inadequate obligations on the part of flag states to submit the results of accident investigations to IMO.  The impasse created by the failure of Italy to report definitively on such a serious casualty indicates that action may be needed in an area where other flag states are also commonly guilty with respect to less high profile incidents which are nevertheless serious and from which important safety lessons could be learned.

The ICS Board agreed that, in discussion with governments, ICS will take forward proposals to IMO as to how the obligations of flag states with respect to casualty reports might be strengthened.  These will probably draw on the obligations that the EU now places upon its Members States, with a view to seeing if these might be applied on a global basis.

ICS Protests At Suez Canal Toll Increases

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) – the principal international trade association for shipowners, representing all sectors and trades and over 80% of the world merchant fleet – has voiced serious concerns about toll increases just announced by the Suez Canal Authority (SCA), to be implemented on 1 May 2013.

For all but the smallest ships, the Suez Canal toll increases range from about 3% to 5% according to tonnage and ship type.  These follow across the board increases of 3% which were implemented in March last year despite industry protests.

ICS Secretary General, Peter Hinchliffe, remarked: “Most international ship operators are trading in the worst shipping markets in living memory due to there being too many ships chasing too few cargoes. This is not the time for the SCA to be announcing increases, which for some trades seem very dramatic indeed, and which many shipowners will find impossible to pass on to their customers.”

He added: “We recognise that, with pressure on Egypt’s tourism and its other economic problems, there is increased pressure on the SCA to maintain what is now the country’s biggest source of foreign revenue.  But the effect of these increases will be to give a spur to those owners who may already be considering the Cape route as a serious alternative.”

The route via the Cape of Good Hope is already becoming relatively less expensive as many ships resort to slow steaming in an effort to reduce costs and to deliver the reductions in CO2 emissions which are now demanded by their customers.

Moreover, the entrance to the Suez Canal, via the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, is already unattractive due to the continuing threat of Somali piracy, compounded by instability in the Yemen.  Recent events in Egypt, including riots in Ismailia and Port Said, are generating concerns about the security of the Canal itself.

“We are also disappointed by the lack of consultation that preceded these increases,” said Mr Hinchliffe.  “To the SCA’s credit, the Canal has so far continued to function smoothly.  But ICS will be repeating its request for full and proper consultation between the industry and the SCA, particularly whenever toll adjustments are being contemplated.”

The ICS Board of Directors will be considering the matter further at its meeting in London tomorrow (5 February), together with the status of ongoing discussions between ICS and the Panama Canal Authority about a new toll structure which is being introduced to coincide with the expansion of the Panama Canal, expected to be completed in 2014/15.