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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Crew Management News

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Danica Takes on Ultramax New Building

Danica has announced it has been entrusted with the crew management of the newbuilding ultramax Port Imabari for Lisbon headquartered Portline Bulk International.Delivered in January, the 63,500 DWT Port Imabari, equipped with four 30.5 tonnes (SWL) grab cranes, was built at Japan’s Imabari Shipyard. The Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier brings Danica’s fleet of crew managed vessels to 23.Henrik Jensen, Danica Managing Director, said: “We thank the owners for the trust they…

New Consortium to Improve Crew Management

Maritime Blockchain Labs (MBL), founded by blockchain technology and governance experts BLOC and the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, has announced the establishment of a consortium that will pilot a blockchain-based seafarer certification system.The project aims to streamline and expedite processes that can be marred by a lack of verification for safety documentation, paper-based certificate management and a lack of access to validated safety and training certifications of seafarers.

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Nordic American Offshore Shelves Horizon Maritime Combination

The owner and operator of platform supply vessels (PSVs) Nordic American Offshore (NAO) has informed that its project to combine with Horizon Maritime Services has been called off.A stock exchange announcement from the Bermuda-based company said: "The contemplated business combination, involving NAO and a group in Eastern Canada (Horizon Maritime), has been shelved as it has been decided not to move forward at this time."It added that a Nordic company (Nordic Canadian Shipping…

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ShipNet Ties-up with ShipMate

Marine software and platform companies ShipNet and ShipMate announced a strategic exclusive partnership to provide advanced workflow capabilities for crew management and payroll solutions integrated with safety management, planned maintenance services (PMS) and procurement solutions.The partnership brings close collaboration delivering workflow functionality focused on productivity, improving efficiency and streamlining crewing operations – undoubtedly one of the highest OPEX…

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V.Group Launches Seafarer App

The global marine and offshore vessel management and support services provider V.Group  has announced that it will unveil a new app for seafarers as well as an upgraded training centre in Manila as progress accelerates on Project Embark.Project Embark is a programme designed to transform the way the leading supplier of independent ship management and related marine services handles crewing for its pool of 44,000 seafarers.A press release from the provider of marine support services said that The app will enhance the seafarers’ experience…

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Maritime Welfare Training: More Important than Ever

The shipping industry is facing unprecedented change. With topics such as new environmental regulations and the opportunities and challenges of digitalisation dominating the conversation, seafarers’ welfare has tended to be overlooked.This trend is slowly changing as the industry continues to recognize the need to professionalize its approach to maritime welfare, but there is a long way to go. True, that there are model owners and operators within the industry who uphold the highest standards of welfare for their crew…

“This segment is focused on special operations and driven by different rules, so we decided to establish a dedicated expert team to specifically attend to the needs of the offshore market,” said Matthias Mueller, Managing Director of BSM Offshore.

BSM Launches a Offshore Division

In what can be construed as another positive sign for the turnaround of the offshore energy markets, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) said it has set up a new business unit to focus on the oil and gas and offshore energy renewables markets.“This segment is focused on special operations and driven by different rules, so we decided to establish a dedicated expert team to specifically attend to the needs of the offshore market,” said Matthias Mueller, Managing Director of BSM…

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V.Group Sets Out to Transform Crewing

Marine and offshore vessel management and support services provider V.Group has engaged with management consultancy Accenture to transform its approach to crew management. Named Embark, the project seeks to develop an in-house shared services model which streamlines and optimizes key processes for V.Group’s seafarers, customers and colleagues. Embark will see the introduction of new and enhanced technology to support these shared services and digitize the shipowner and seafarer experience.For customers…

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V.Group Showcases Seafarer App, Manila Training Facilities

V.Group, a leading provider of marine support services, has announced that it will unveil a new app for seafarers as well as an upgraded training center in Manila as progress accelerates on Project Embark, a program designed to transform the way the leading supplier of independent ship management and related marine services handles crewing for its pool of 44,000 seafarers.The app will enhance the seafarers’ experience, while enabling V.Group to utilize regularly updated seafarer data to improve crewing performance and assist in planning.

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Breaking Down IMO’s 0.5% Bunker Sulfur Cap

Breaking down the challenges of the 2020 sulfur cap can be confusing. Matti Bargfried provides a primer. What has happened so far? The IMO this October voted in its 70th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee to globally cap the maximum amount of sulfur allowed to 0.5 percent. HFO will be further allowed (there is no mandate to disallow usage) provided it meets the set standards. Alternative measurements like scrubbers are also accepted to reduce the ship emissions.

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Reederei Hamburger Lloyd Celebrates 10th Anniversary

The shipping company Reederei Hamburger Lloyd (RHL) is celebrated its 10th anniversary on the occasion of its fourth traditional Rice & Curry dinner on June 8, 2017 in the Hafen Klub, Hamburg. In June 2007, the ATALANTA Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH & CO KG and its subsidiary HHSI Hansa Hamburg Shipping International GmbH & Co. KG founded the container shipping company Reederei Hamburger Lloyd GmbH & CO KG, or HAMBURGER LLOYD for short. With the merger of RHL Reederei Hamburger Lloyd & CO KG and BCH Befrachtungscontor Hamburg GmbH & Co.

Columbia, Marlow Receive Regulatory Approval for Merger

Columbia Shipmanagement and Marlow Navigation announced confirmation of regulatory approval allowing their previously reported intended merger to proceed. The merger brings together two of the shipping industry’s privately owned shipmanagement companies. Columbia Marlow will continue focus on its core services of technical and crew management, together with whatever support services are required by its clients.

KVH Introduces Videotel Performance Manager

To help maritime operators ensure that crew are training and performing at their peak, KVH Industries, Inc. introduced Videotel Performance Manager. The scope of the Videotel Performance Manager combines the range of training content from Videotel with the power of web-based data analytics – all from KVH. By providing maritime managers with actionable insights about their fleets’ training activities, Videotel Performance Manager is designed to help increase operational efficiency, safety, and crew performance.

Tommy Olofsen Managing Director OSM Crew Management (Photo: OSM)

OSM Crew Management for Lauritzen Kosan Fleet

Global ship management company OSM Maritime Group said it has been awarded full crew management of Lauritzen Kosan’s entire fleet of liquefied gas tankers, including 26 refrigerated ethylene, semi-refrigerated and pressurised gas carriers. OSM’s focus on the provision of personal service and expert seafarers, combined with delivering business efficiencies and economies of scale, has seen the company grow considerably in 2017. This latest contract ranks as its largest individual win of the year, bringing the number of vessels OSM provides services to far beyond the 500 mark.

Schulte's PRONAV Acquisition Greenlighted

The Hamburg-based Schulte Group said it has received clearance by the German Federal Cartel Office for the acquisition of the LNG specialist PRONAV. With this strategic move, the family-owned ship owner and manager continues to increase its capabilities and capacity in the growing liquefied natural gas (LNG) market. Through the acquisition of PRONAV, the Schulte Group has increased the number of vessels under full management in its third-party management fleet by six additional LNG carriers (LNGC).

President /CEO Ventis, Jose Ramon R. Garcia (left), with Managing Director OSM Crew Management Ltd., Tommy Olofsen (right). (Photo: OSM)

‘K’ Line Partners with OSM for LNG Crewing

In a meeting in Manila on April 18, OSM signed a joint venture agreement with “K” Line’s crewing agency Ventis to provide Filipino crew to “K” Line’s entire fleet of liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers. “Today marks a significant milestone in the relationship between ‘K’ Line group and OSM, in that we have signed an MOU for establishing a JV for ‘K’ Line’s LNG Filipino manning,” said Tommy Olofsen, Managing Director for OSM Crew Management. When the two companies signed the strategic manning partnership agreement…

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V.Ships Wins Fortress Deal

V.Ships Offshore, part of V.Group has been awarded a ship management contract by Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors LLC to provide full technical and crew management services for an advanced SURF/IMR vessel. The ship management services will be delivered from our newly acquired Bibby Ship Management office in Singapore led by Arvind Mohan. Nineteen specialised seafarers, with final complement subject to project requirements, are being deployed on board the 2014-built DP-3 vessel, Pride, which has been on charter in Malaysian waters.

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WRS Singapore Relocates to Larger Premises

Global oil and gas, marine, construction, mining and power industries staffing company Worldwide Recruitment Solutions (WRS) Ltd have moved into larger premises in Singapore to support their growing APAC team. The WRS Singapore office launched in early 2015 and are now looking to triple their size operationally to meet market demands after a number of key client and project wins in the Asia Pacific region. In particular WRS are now launching their Singapore Marine division, alongside key offerings within construction and commodities trading.

Iranian Maritime Knowledge Hub to Open

The Iranian Maritime Industry Knowledge Hub will be soon opened up and ready to use by public in the area of shipping and offshore industry. Reza Mohammad Alibeike, member of The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST), said, "In order to promote culture and knowledge of common people and maritime activists with the maritime industry issues and related jobs, I decided to design and execute a simple, but smart and practical structure. The member of Society…

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One TORM: Afloat, Ashore and Everywhere in Between

TORM’s leadership philosophy is the basis for its focused marine recruitment and human resources strategy. Rich in history, forward-thinking in its approach, the firm leverages both as it comes together in One TORM. Simon Frank is Vice President and Head of Global Marine HR in TORM A/S. Beginning his maritime career with the Royal Danish Navy; he has seen and experienced marine operations first hand in myriad settings, all over the globe. Later, he joined Rohde Nielsen in Denmark as crew manager before serving at EMS Shipmanagement and then, as Head of Maritime Personnel at Lauritzen Kosan.

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OP/Ed: Outsourcing Boosts Marine Staffing Efficiencies

Daniel Ward, Director of staffing services provider WRS’ Marine Division, specializes in providing both contract recruitment solutions and crew management services to clients and vessel operators globally. Ward explains how outsourcing crew management functions can help marine companies increase efficiencies. Clearly the marine industry has had a tough time this past couple of years – links to the oil and gas sector, in particular for marine operators with oil and gas supply contracts mean that the industry at large has been hugely affected by falls in commodity prices.

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Jebsen Named President of InterManager

InterManager, the third party and in-house ship management association, has appointed Bjørn Jebsen as its President with immediate effect. Jebsen, who was elected unopposed at today’s InterManager AGM in Singapore, succeeds Gerardo Borromeo, Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of  Philippine Transmarine Carriers, who steps down after four years at the helm. Speaking during his first address as President, Jebsen said, “I am a strong believer in the overall objective of InterManager…

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Crystal Cruises Implements Adonis HR Platform

Adonis AS (Adonis), providers of global maritime HR solutions, has announced that Crystal Cruises, a U.S.-based luxury cruise line, is Installing Adonis Personnel Management Suite in their new fleet of River Cruise Vessels. The solution will enable Crystal Cruises to automate Crew Management and Competence, Scheduling, Time Capture and Payroll across their entire fleet of River Cruise vessels. The inclusion of the Adonis Time Clock module, an electronic swipe card solution for MLC Work and Rest hours control…

Delegates at Oman Ship Management Company Mumbai 'Seafarers' Conference' (Photo: OSC)

OSC Holds Mumbai Seafarers’ Conference

Oman Ship Management Company (OSC) hosted a high-level conference in Mumbai for senior officers following a rapid rise in crew numbers. The ‘Seafarers’ Safety Conference’ was a platform for Oman Shipping Company’s subsidiary Oman Ship Management Company (OSMC) to share the best safety practices and current and future trends in the maritime industry with its sea team. It comes as the company released latest employment figures showing 1775 crew members working across 41 vessels – rising 500pc since 2010 when crew numbers remained under 400.

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OSC Holds Mumbai Seafarers’ Conference

Oman Ship Management Company (OSC) said it hosted a high-level conference in Mumbai for senior officers following a rapid rise in crew numbers. The ‘Seafarers’ Safety Conference’ was a platform for Oman Shipping Company’s subsidiary Oman Ship Management Company (OSMC) to share the best safety practices and current and future trends in the maritime industry with its sea team. It comes as the company released latest employment figures showing 1775 crew members working across 41 vessels – rising 500pc since 2010 when crew numbers remained under 400.

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V.Group Acquires Selandia Ship Management Group

V.Group has acquired Selandia Holdings Pte. Ltd and its subsidiaries comprising the Selandia Ship Management Group as part of its strategy to offer clients high quality outsourced marine services from Asia. Founded originally in Mumbai, India in 1995, Selandia will continue to operate as an independent ship management brand within the V.Group portfolio. Combining the independent operations of Selandia with V.Group’s existing portfolio, V.Group said it now offers the largest ship management fulfillment capability from India and has the widest access to Indian seafarers.