Growth Across The Board For The Swedish Club

BEIJING, 27 MARCH 2014: The Swedish Club announced to its Board today a significant increase in financial strength, with a positive underwriting outcome  and investment earnings leading to a surplus of USD 17 million overall – a testament to the strategy of diversification and focused business development.  This positive underwriting outcome resulted in a combined ratio of 93.5% with free reserves increasing to a record level of USD 168 million.

The year also saw an increase of 6% in Owners P&I entries, which now total 37 million GT. The Swedish Club’s total entry including Charterers Liability passed the 55 million GT mark, an overall rise of 8% compared with the previous twelve months.

This was coupled with notable growth in the Hull/Machinery insurance sector, with a continuing focus across the marine segment as a whole and diversification into the Offshore sector during the second half of the year. This resulted in entries in the Marine business sector increasing from 1,500 to 2,000.

Lars Rhodin, Managing Director of The Swedish Club said: “The Club took two major strategic decisions in 2013: to further reinforce its commitment to the Norwegian market and to take action to accelerate the uptake of Maritime Resource Management (MRM), which makes a significant contribution to the global drive to reduce large navigational claims arising from shortcomings in human behaviour.

“We believe in the inherent value of diversification and in taking firm action on loss prevention, to address fundamental cause,” added Mr Rhodin. “The Club maintains its steady course and we are looking forward with confidence to further controlled growth in the year ahead. Our aim is to be the shipowner’s preferred choice on grounds of cost-effective service and added value. This requires consistency in our approach to risk, pricing, service and, in particular, claims response,” he concluded.

Concerns With IMO Ballast Water Convention Can Be Adressed By IMO MEPC Resolution, Suggests ICS

In advance of next week’s meeting of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has suggested a number of steps by which IMO Member States might address implementation problems associated with the Ballast Water Management Convention, which has yet to enter into force.

As previously highlighted in a submission to the MEPC (made by ICS in conjunction with other international shipowner organisations), the implementation problems which ICS urgently seeks to address include the lack of robustness of the current IMO type-approval process for new treatment equipment, and the criteria to be used for sampling ballast water during Port State Control inspections.

ICS believes that the legal changes needed to make the ballast regime fit for purpose are relatively straight forward and could be agreed in principle quickly by IMO Member States.  ICS has therefore suggested that the MEPC might agree a ‘road map’ using the mechanism of an MEPC Resolution which – if agreed – could make it easier for additional IMO Member States to decide to ratify the Convention.

“If so decided, this Resolution would provide greater confidence for owners and operators installing treatment equipment, and could help end the current impasse.” said ICS Secretary General, Peter Hinchliffe.

The new ICS Position Paper, prepared by the ICS Board of Directors, is being communicated to maritime administrations by ICS’s member national shipowners’ associations, and can be found at

The previous industry submission to the MEPC can be found at

Bibby Line Sponsors Flagship Maritime Event

Bibby Line Group has been announced as a Lead Sponsor for the forthcoming Maritime, Logistics and Energy (MLE) thematic within the International Festival for Business 2014 (IFB) in Liverpool.

The sponsorship deal will see the Bibby Line Group name displayed prominently across all the 30-plus events taking place during MLE, from 9 to 20 June as part of the six week Festival.

And the company will hold three events on 12th June, consisting of a Logistics Supply Chain event and a Maritime & Offshore Services event running in parallel during the day and an evening reception for key stakeholders held at the Museum of Liverpool.

Sir Michael Bibby of Bibby Line Group said: “We are excited to be supporting this high profile event. We see the International Festival for Business as a perfect opportunity to bring together our key customers from across the globe and showcase our strength as an integrated services group.”

Jim Teasdale, Chief Executive, Mersey Maritime Group said: “Liverpool is a city built on its maritime mercantile history, with a breadth of experience and maritime activity that is unrivalled anywhere in the UK outside of London. As the host city for a trade festival showcasing UK-plc, there’s no better choice. This year’s International Festival for Business – and the MLE programme within it – will reflect the enormous investment flowing into the city today. With major new infrastructure projects underway and more container, cruise and other vessels calling at Liverpool, the port will continue to thrive and its importance to UK economy will become ever more apparent.”

More than 250,000 business visitors are expected to attend the International Festival for Business 2014 – a six-week business jamboree which aims to connect UK businesses into international markets, bringing together the smartest entrepreneurial minds and the best business opportunities.

The IFB 2014 events calendar is programmed around seven business growth themes aimed at showcasing the ‘Best of British’ and engaging an international audience. They are: Maritime, Logistics & Energy; Higher & Further Education & Research; Cities, Enterprise & Urban Business; Manufacturing, Science & Technology; Knowledge, Professional & Financial Services; Low Carbon & Renewables; as well as Knowledge, Creative & Digital.

The Maritime, Logistics & Energy thematic is organised jointly by Mersey Maritime and Shipping Innovation, organiser of last year’s highly successful London International Shipping Week (LISW).

IMO Should Focus On Developing Global CO2 Reporting System Before Looking At Ship Indexing

The IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), which starts on 31 March, will seek to make progress on the development of a global system of monitoring and reporting of CO2 emissions from ships.  This is supported by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) which has made a detailed submission on the issue to the MEPC meeting on behalf of its member national shipowners’ associations.

In Ålesund, Norway, at a seminar organised by ICS for senior officials of maritime administrations, ICS explained that it supports a global system, provided that the mechanism is simple to administer, is primarily based on fuel consumption and that the system itself will not be used for the development of a full blown Market Based Measure.

ICS supports the ‘three phase’ approach to the development of a global system proposed by the United States.

ICS Director External Relations, Simon Bennett said: “ICS believes that the question of whether IMO should eventually develop a mandatory system of energy indexing for existing ships – to which ICS is currently opposed – should be left open until after a mandatory CO2 emissions reporting system has been established, trialed, and the results evaluated.”

He added: “The priority of ICS is to assure the primacy of IMO as the industry’s global regulator.  The successful development of a global system will require the support of all IMO Member States, including nations such as China.  In order to make progress and discourage regional regulation, we think that the MEPC should initially focus on how information about emissions should be collected before launching into detailed discussions about efficiency indexing of ships, on which there is little global consensus.  If they so wish, IMO Member States can always return to the question of ship indexing once a CO2 monitoring system has been established.”

Mr Bennett remarked: “It is unfortunate that the debate has been complicated by the parallel proposal from the European Commission, now being considered by the European Parliament, for a unilateral regional system of CO2 reporting.  In order that the systems can be compatible, it will be helpful if EU Member States could defer reaching agreement on any regional EU regulation until IMO has had time to make progress on a global system.”

ICS made the remarks at a seminar for members of the Consultative Shipping Group (CSG) of maritime administrations, organised with the assistance of the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association in Ålesund on 20 March.

The ICS submission on the monitoring and reporting of CO2 (November 2013) can be found at

Videotel Meets Growing LNG Market Needs

Videotel now offers the most extensive portfolio of training for the LNG sector available in the marketplace. Working with experts across the globe – BP Shipping, Shell, Maersk and SIGTTO, amongst many others – it has created a comprehensive package of training covering the essentials required when operating in this important market.

Nigel Cleave, CEO of Videotel Marine International, says: “Twice as many LNG carriers are operating today compared with five years ago, leading to a growing demand for quality training in the sector. With an evolving market and constantly developing new technologies even those familiar with the sector face new challenges.

“Most projections are that cargo volumes will almost double by 2020 from today’s level of around 250m tonnes,” explains Mr Cleave. “This new landscape will call for a whole new skills set, and with its extensive experience of working with industry and regulatory bodies, Videotel is the best placed to service those needs.”

Starting with the Videotel Tanker Familiarisation Distance Learning Course, the candidate is then invited to select from a number of courses to further develop their knowledge and skills.

The Liquefied Gas Tanker Safety Training Course provides both trainees and officers experienced in other sectors with tanker-specific technical knowledge to serve on an LNG carrier, and to be assigned specific duties relating to cargo or cargo equipment.

The LNG Training Course provides the competency knowledge required by officers serving on LNG tankers in accordance with the Competence Standards developed by SIGGTO. Not only is the course designed to provide the underpinning knowledge required to achieve the appropriate level of competence according to the rank of user, but it may also be used to study the knowledge required by higher ranks should the officer wish to gain promotion.

Following on from these core programmes Videotel offers a range of other LNG courses designed to deal with the very specific requirements of this demanding industry.  For further information on the range of courses on offer, simply visit and search LNG.

Courses are delivered in a variety of methods – DVD, Videotel on Demand (VOD), VOD online and eLearning Computer Based Training (CBT) – to suit the demands of the subject and the nature of the competencies that need to be attained. 

Hutton’s Reports Increased Water Sales

Water is very much on everyone’s minds at present – whether you are suffering the effects of recent floods, snowstorms or droughts.

Surprisingly this increased interest is also being reflected in rising sales of bottled water.

Hutton’s Group, the UK’s leading ship supplier, reports sales of bottled water are up 30% on last year’s figures.

The Hull-based supplier to the international shipping industry says this January alone it sold almost 40,000 large bottles of still water and nearly 20,000 small bottles with sales of sparkling water (particularly popular with eastern European customers) growing too. In fact January’s sales equate to more than 13,000 litres of water – a positive deluge!

Alex Taylor, Hutton’s Group Managing Director, attributes this increase to a growing awareness of health living and the industry-wide deterrence of alcohol onboard ships.  He said: “We are getting clear signals from our customers that their crews want to live a healthy lifestyle while on board and we think this increase in requests for bottled water reflects this desire. I also think the portability aspect of a bottle of water is having an impact too – seafarers want to have clean water at their fingertips while they are working.”

With health in mind, Hutton’s also stocks a variety of water filtration products including the anti-legionella safe shower head which it also reports increasing sales for. The showerheads are treated with antimicrobial coating and use a filter to remove any legionella from the water.

Hutton’s Medical General Manager John MacDonald said: “We have fitted these shower heads in a range of vessels for our customers and they are proving popular as they remove the bacteria without the need to take the shower heads off to disinfect them. As well as saving time and labour, they have a proven health benefit which is essential when you are out of sea and miles from medical assistance.”

Bibby Travel Buys GAC Travel

Bibby Travel is pleased to announce the acquisition of GAC Travel Limited with effect from 1st March this year.

The deal will see GAC Travel integrated within Bibby Travel, which is a trading division of Bibby Ship Management (Western Europe) Ltd.

Welcoming the deal, Ed Rimmer, Chief Executive Officer, Bibby Ship Management Group, said: “We’re delighted with this acquisition as it underlines our commitment to both the marine and business travel markets both at a large corporate and at an SME level. We would like to welcome Joanne Vicente, General Manager of GAC Travel and her team onboard and look forward to working with them in the months ahead.”

The similarities of operations with GAC and the current Bibby Travel should lend itself to a smooth transfer, Mr Rimmer added.

Commenting on the deal, General Manager Joanne Vicente added: “GAC Travel and Bibby Ship Management are a good fit and will now be able to concentrate strongly on the corporate and conference sectors as well as the important marine and offshore crew travel markets. Bibby Travel will continue operating from the GAC UK Ltd premises in Stockton on Tees.”

Ivo Verheyen, GAC Group Vice President, Europe, adds: “The sale of GAC Travel is part of GAC UK’s long term strategy to focus on its core Shipping and Logistics capabilities, especially in the energy sector. We’re pleased that the Travel team remaining in GAC UK’s Teesside & Aberdeen locations means that we will be able to maintain our relationships with our former colleagues while continuing to benefit from their expertise.”

The acquisition now means that Bibby Travel has offices in Aberdeen, Liverpool, Isle of Man, Mumbai and Teesside and significantly expands the resources available with 21 new staff being welcomed to the business.

Bibby Travel’s parent company, Bibby Ship Management, recently acquired another business, Murray Fenton (India) Surveyors Limited, which saw India’s service offering expand into marine, cargo and offshore surveying including marine audit services.  Both acquisitions were a strategic move to diversify the business away from a traditional technical management company as they strive to become a complete marine services business.

Alongside these acquisitions Bibby Ship Management has recently spent two million dollars on new simulator equipment for training centres in the Ukraine and India, as well as establishing a new senior management team tasked with taking the business forward.

Agreement Reached To Increase ILO Minimum Wage For The Able Seafarer

Maritime Employer representatives, coordinated by the International Shipping Federation (ISF), met with International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) counterparts this week at the International Labour Organization to review the ILO recommended minimum wage for the Able Seafarer.  It was agreed that from 1 January 2015, the ILO minimum monthly basic wage for an AB is increased to US$592 and from 1 January 2016, the basic wage is increased to US$614.

ISF spokesperson Arthur Bowring led the Shipowner Group in the discussions held on 26th and 27th February 2014 in Geneva. In his opening statement, Mr Bowring reflected that the current figure of US$585 came into effect on 31st December 2013 and noted that the purpose of the meeting was to ensure the maintenance of a safety net for seafarers particularly from developing countries.  He also referred to publications from UN bodies such as UNCTAD that underlined uncertainty in the global economy and challenges facing world trade and particularly over supply of tonnage in the shipping industry.

Mr Bowring commented: “We believe the decision taken is an appropriate one that gives shipowners adequate notice to be prepared for the impact of agreed changes going forward to 2016.”

Engine Room Fires – Old Lessons Not Learnt Says Braemar SA

“Lessons are still not being learned when it comes to preventing engine room fires.” This is the message from Graeme Temple, Regional Director for Braemar SA’s Far East operations, following a review of incidents taking place in 2013.

“Last year we attended a significant number of engine-room fires – the industry is still experiencing far too many unnecessary casualties where flammable liquids in engine rooms are finding their way onto hot spots,” he says. ”On many of the vessels I visit, these hot spots are only too easy to find, with thermal imaging photographs readily identifying these defects”.

Yet despite all the attention Class aims at fire prevention and protection design, potential problems must be detected earlier to ensure a fast and efficient first response. A crew has only limited resources available and time to prevent any problem escalating.

At any one time in a modern engine room there can be thousands of litres of flammable liquids circulating inside the pipe systems. Aside from the obvious risk to life, a ship fire is inevitably a very expensive, time consuming, property repair. Heat damage, firefighting effort damage, acid residues from burnt plastics, soot cleaning and painting all add up, leaving a cost which is extremely hard to control for all involved.

According to IACS rules and after 1998, also SOLAS Ch II-2 Reg.15.2.10, all surfaces above 220oc must be insulated or protected in order to prevent ignition of flammable fluids. However, there appears to be a continuing neglect of areas where flammable liquids can escape from high pressure (HP) and LP (low pressure) fuel, HP and LP lubricating, purifier and fuel valve cooling systems.

He explains: “In reality basic maintenance is all that is required. Engine room crew should carry out regular inspection of pipes and associated fittings; they should refit brackets and lagging when carrying out maintenance; leaks should be repaired quickly before a drip becomes a spray; spares for HP fuel pipes should be available, and leakage alarm systems should be tested regularly. Prevention is as straightforward as that.”

Momentum of Jamaica’s Logistics Hub Initiative increasing

Despite delays in the Panama Canal construction, momentum is building for Jamaica’s Global Logistics Hub.

The Kingston Container Terminal is in the process of being privatised and three of the largest global terminal operators are competing for the concession to operate the port. The firms bidding for the region’s largest container transhipment port are the Port of Singapore, Dubai Ports World and a consortium comprised of Terminal Link, CMA CGM, China Harbour Engineering and China Merchant Holdings International.

Further evidence  of Jamaica’s increasing strategic role in regional cargo movements is the concurrent development of a large industrial port following the signing of an initial framework agreement between the Government of Jamaica and China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC). The agreement contemplates the construction of an Industrial Park for heavy and light industries, a special economic zone, construction of a new container terminal and an electricity generating plant for the supply of electricity to the facilities comprising the project.

CHEC will also be responsible for all other supporting infrastructure such as bridges, roads, water and wastewater facilities and related services.

These port developments along with others taking place in the region, namely Cuba, Costa Rica, Colombia and the Dominican Republic, enhance the importance of the Panama Canal  which has to compete with the  Suez Canal for  traffic from Northeast Asia – US East coast. Also, Trade between Asia and the emerging markets in Latin America and the Caribbean is growing at double digit rates, hence, Jamaica’s preparation to become the fourth node in global supply chains.

The strategy of the Jamaican government is not limited to seaport development. Following the successful privatisation of Montego Bay International, the country is preparing to privatise the airport serving the nation’s capital. Both airports are currently expanding their cargo capacity.

While these large infrastructure projects are underway, efforts are well advanced in establishing a new Special Economic Zone (SEZ) regime to attract large Globally Integrated Enterprises to benefit from Jamaica’s more competitive position in the global logistics chain. Under this programme several areas will be designated as SEZs  where companies will benefit from efficient trade facilitation services and seamless interchange with the seaports and airports. These developments are leading to a total transformation of the Jamaican economy.

SSA Sponsors S$50,000 Of Maritime Scholarships For 2014/2015

The Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) has underlined its commitment to investing in the future of the Singapore and global shipping industry by sponsoring three scholarships during the 2014/2015 academic year.

The scholarships will come under the the MaritimeONE Scholarship Programme  administered by the Singapore Maritime Foundation (SMF) and will be offered to  students attending the Singapore Management  University (SMU) and Singapore Maritime Academy at the Singapore Polytechnic. Applications for MaritimeONE scholarships will be from 1 April to 31 May, 2014.

Under an agreement signed with the SMF, the SSA will fund one S$10,000 scholarship towards a 3-year diploma course at the Singapore Maritime Academy (SMA).  This scholarship is only open to local graduates of the Institute of Technical Education who are enrolled in SMA’s Diploma in Maritime Business, Diploma in Marine Engineering or Diploma in Nautical Studies courses.

Additionally, two undergraduate students who embark on the newly launched Maritime Economics Concentration at SMU will each receive S$10,000 per annum in their 3rd and 4th year of undergraduate studies. SMU welcomed its first cohort of students for the Concentration at the start of the new academic year in August 2013. The programme, which allows undergraduates with a first degree in economics to specialise in maritime disciplines, aims to groom local talent for the maritime and related sectors in Singapore.

Since 2007, a total of 160 MaritimeONE Scholarships have been awarded to outstanding and deserving students to pursue maritime-related courses.

SSA President Mr Patrick Phoon, said: “The SSA strongly supports the education of young people who have an interest in joining our shipping industry. Through a number of initiatives, including our support of MaritimeONE, the provision of scholarships by both the Association and its members, as well as our support for our SSA YEG (Young Executives Group), to encourage the youth to join our industry, is an absolute key objective of the SSA.”

He stressed that the SSA scholarships would provide the needy students with a much needed leg-up to the opportunities their peers may have. “They may not be the top of the class but as long as they show commitment in their studies and are mindful in contributing back to the maritime industry, let us give them a chance,” he said.

“We want to show the young people in Singapore and around the world that the maritime industry is not the rough and tough industry people think it is. We also want to showcase that the maritime industry is the lifeblood which keeps world trade in motion and that our youth have a significant role to play in ensuring continuity of such an important industry,” he said.

“Maritime Maisie” Brings Sharp Focus To Shipowners’, Salvors’ And Insurers’ Campaign To Urge Governments To Adopt IMO Places Of Refuge Guidelines

Shipowners, Salvors and Insurers – through their respective trade associations – have jointly called for the prompt and proper implementation of international measures to provide a Place of Refuge for stricken vessels, following a series of incidents where casualty vessels have been delayed in accessing a safe harbour.

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) says that it has noted “with dismay” the refusal by some coastal States to make places of refuge available, thereby risking lives and the environment even after the high profile cases of the Stolt Valor and the MSC Flaminia in 2012.  And the plight of the Maritime Maisie presently off the coast of Japan has brought this subject back into sharp focus.  The 44,000 dwt chemical tanker is being held at sea by six tugs after a collision and fire on 29 December 2013.  The cargo fire has now been extinguished through the efforts of the salvors in the face of difficult conditions at sea.

The vessel has been seeking a place of refuge in either the Republic of Korea or Japan for more than a month.  The salvors have indicated that it is a priority to take the vessel to calm waters to manage the remaining cargo in a safe manner and so to minimize potential damage to the environment.

The International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI); the International Salvage Union, (ISU) and ICS all recognise that the issue of Places of Refuge for casualty vessels is sensitive and that the risk of pollution from casualties cannot be completely removed. They also recognise that decisions with regard to handling casualty vessels carry political implications and may impact coastal communities.

At the same time, failure to offer a suitable Place of Refuge may prevent successful salvage intervention and therefore allow a casualty’s condition to worsen and ultimately lead to pollution that might otherwise have been prevented, and that pollution may affect a wider area than need have been the case.

Peter Hinchliffe, ICS Secretary General, said: “Guidance on the handling of requests for places of refuge was agreed at IMO but often when a case arises the coastal states concerned take a ‘not in my backyard’ attitude. This is in marked contrast to attitudes to aircraft in need of assistance.  This current case shows that recent lessons have simply not been learned.”

Commenting on the matter, President of the ISU, Leendert Muller said: “Our members are right on the front line of this issue. Too often they are unable to follow the best course of action which is to take the casualty into shelter, which does not necessarily have to be a port. We have seen infamous cases like Castor and Prestige and more recently the MSC Flaminia and Stolt Valor and now the Maritime Maisie where our members, attending damaged vessels, experienced great difficulty in finding an authority willing to accept the casualty.”

Ole Wikborg, President of the IUMI, points out: “The potential impact of environmental damage has to be reduced as much as possible and the safety of crews is paramount and we have to minimize material damage to ships and equipment. Coastal states must be able to make the best possible decision to prevent further damage following a maritime accident. Some countries have a system that seems to be functioning. IUMI is of the strong opinion that the prevailing regulations as set out, for example, by IMO and the EU are sufficient but that the necessary steps have to be taken to make the rules work.

ISU, ICS and IUMI all note the international legal context for the issue and the significant relevant legislation that is in place internationally and regionally, in particular, IMO Resolution A.949, “Guidelines on Places of Refuge for ships in need of assistance”; Resolution A.950 (23) (recommending all coastal States to establish a Maritime Assistance Service) and the 1989 Salvage Convention as well as the European Union vessel traffic monitoring and information system (Directive 2002/59/EC as amended by Directive 2009/17/EC) which prevents member States from issuing an outright refusal to provide a place of refuge and states that safety of human life and the environment are of over-riding concern.

The industry bodies do not see merit in pursuing additional international legislation which will be a lengthy process and will consume resources. Instead they will campaign for better application of, compliance with and enforcement of existing rules and guidance. ISU has already formally presented views on Places of Refuge to EU member states through the EU Commission; the issue will be raised in IMO fora this year and there will be direct engagement with the governments of individual coastal states.

In short, coastal states should be encouraged to recognise that granting a Place of Refuge to a casualty vessel may be the most appropriate course. States should establish an authority to assess each case on its merits without political interference. Such an assessment must include a visual inspection and conclude with recommendations for managing and mitigating the risk of any impact on local coastlines and communities. The assumption should be that a Place of Refuge will be granted if needed and that there should be “no rejection without inspection”.

IUMI, ICS and ISU would like to see wider adoption by coastal states of simple, robust, “single point” command and control models akin to that of the United Kingdom’s SOSREP system.

Hutton’s Group Strengthens Its Management Team

With ambitious business development plans for 2014, UK leading ship supplier Hutton’s has invested in new core management positions to take its growing business forward.

The Hutton’s Group has appointed a new Commercial Manager, Business Development Manager and Warehouse & Transport Manager to enhance its already successful enterprise which last year recorded a group turnover of £14million.

Joining Hutton’s as Commercial Manager is Shaun Casey who brings more than 25 years’ experience to the role and comes to us from RMS Trent Ports where he was Operations Manager. Responsible for developing the Customer Service and Operations departments, Shaun will focus on ensuring all Hutton’s customers experience 100% service and aims to streamline the operational path from customer enquiry to delivery.

Colin Greetham joins as Business Development Manager. Declaring himself to be “one hundred per cent committed to customers” Colin specialises in increasing sales and new business. His previous roles have included Sales Manager for Marine Safety Equipment and Industrial products.

Colin will be responsible for identifying and targeting new business opportunities within the Hutton’s core UK chandlery division.

Hutton’s huge stockholding and logistics facility is the heart of the business and is now in the hands of highly experienced logistics expert Dominic Smith who joins as Warehouse & Transport Manager. Dominic, who previously worked for international logistics providers including DHL, will bring his wealth of experience in just-in-time logistics to Hutton’s and will focus particularly on enhancing the functionality of Hutton’s vast stockholding and logistics services, ensuring orders are right first time, every time.

Hutton’s Managing Director Alex Taylor said: “I am delighted to be able to welcome these three experienced professionals to Hutton’s. Their appointments form part of Hutton’s exciting development plans and will assist us in strengthening our business. We are determined to ensure our existing customer receive the highest level of service while, as part of an ambitious global expansion strategy we will also be targeting new business opportunities within the UK and overseas. We are investing significantly to grow our Offshore Renewable, Medical and Global Divisions along with enhancing our core UK Chandlery business to ensure that Hutton’s remains the market leader.”

Videotel Supports Managers with Addition to Drugs and Alcohol Portfolio of Guides

Videotel has launched the anticipated new addition to its suite of programmes on the subjects of alcohol and drug abuse, Drugs and Alcohol – A Manager’s Guide, which is aimed directly at supporting management ashore and on board. This new programme makes managers aware of their responsibilities and of the need to ensure that an effective drugs and alcohol policy is in place.

Nigel Cleave, CEO of Videotel said: “The use of illegal drugs and the abuse of alcohol are serious concerns within the maritime industry. Managers have a legal duty to ensure the health, safety and welfare of everyone on board as well as to ensure the safety of the ship and the environment.

“MLC 2006 as amended includes guidelines on the safety and health education of seafarers, including guidance and training on the effects of drugs and alcohol abuse. Videotel offers this guidance in the form of three updated complementary packages – Drugs and Alcohol – A Manager’s Guide, and the Seafarer’s Guides – Alcohol Beware! and Drugs – Way Off Course.

“All seafarers, whatever their rank, or the type of ship on which they serve, have a vital part to play in the ship’s organisation and in an emergency response. This ability can be seriously impaired by the use of drugs and alcohol with potentially serious and often unforeseen consequences to both the individual and the crew as a whole,” he concluded.
The programme examines the key components of an effective drug and alcohol policy, starting with Prevention. Companies are encouraged to spread awareness of the risks to health and safety from both drugs and alcohol abuse and to offer help and counselling to those who may be concerned about their drinking or their use of drugs. Setting the Rules covers the control of alcohol consumption on board and how best to make clear that the use of illegal drugs will not be tolerated. Monitoring and Testing is an essential part of the policy, since breath and urine testing will ensure that rules are being followed. Counselling and Rehabilitation recognises that good seafarers are hard to find and early intervention alongside external specialist help may well help bring careers back on track. The final component is Discipline. Every seafarer must understand that persistent alcohol abuse will result in disciplinary procedures which may lead to dismissal. If illegal drugs are discovered on board, dismissal is invariably instant.

Each course in the Drugs and Alcohol portfolio is delivered through VOD (Videotel On Demand), VOD online, DVD and accompanied by a workbook.

Fast Growing Asia Needs a Strong Unified Voice

With Asia’s dynamic, robust and increasingly affluent economies helping to keep the international shipping industry buoyant, “the need for a unified Asian voice has never been more important”, Esben Poulsson, Honorary Secretary of the Singapore Shipping Association told delegates at the influential Connecticut Maritime Association (CMA) conference this week.

Speaking on “The Fast And Furious Pace Of Change In Asia”, Mr Poulsson advised the packed conference hall that the projected growth for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is 5.2% this year and 5.6% in 2015, pointing out that “an essential element” of this is ASEAN’s “economic integration”.

Mr Poulsson expressed the view that the ‘Dragon’s Head’ of Shanghai will “become ever more important over time” while Hong Kong will remain important for North Asia and Singapore’s influence “will further strengthen in South East Asia and beyond”.

“It is thus important for our association to work ever more closely with other organisations in Asia to ensure the Asian message is heard internationally,” he said. “The need for a unified Asian voice has never been more important.

“In the area of shipping regulation it is essential that the views of Asian ship owners are heard loud and clear, especially on the many current issues such as piracy and armed robbery, the Ballast Water Convention, greenhouse gas emissions and so on,” he said.

“Asian values prioritise community or state interest over individual interests; social order; stability and unity over public debate; a respect for authority; hard work, self-sacrifice and loyalty. Asian workers and leaders embody these principles and with their ‘can do’ attitude, they personify the values of self-reliance and hard work.”

Pointing out that Asia “strongly focuses on the need to bring young talent in to the industry”, Mr Poulsson highlighted the Singapore Shipping Association’s provision of scholarships for young people interested in a maritime career and it’s collaboration with universities which is already yielding more than 80 graduates a year. Singapore is fortunate to have a Government which listens closely to the view of the shipping industry, he said.

Mr Poulsson concluded: “Asia is indeed changing the face of global shipping today.”