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Monday, August 19, 2019

Crisis Management News

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New Protection for Seized Shipping

Hiscox, a specialist global insurer, has developed a new security product to help protect shipping targeted by nation states. Malicious Vessel Seizure will respond to a single peril of a ship taken by a foreign government, providing Loss of Hire costs and the services of leading crisis management consultancy – Control Risks.Heightened tension in the Middle East and particularly in the politically sensitive area in and around the Strait of Hormuz recently saw a British flagged tanker boarded by Iranian forces and diverted into Iranian waters.

The ‘helicopter cabin’ (blue box structure) positioned above the pool. The ‘offshore worker’ is inside the cabin. (Photo: Tom Mulligan)

Rapid Reaction: Emergency Training Saves Lives

How to get out of an upturned helicopter in the sea – fast!Based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, RelyOn Nutec Canada supplies a large number of services to the maritime sector ranging from strategic planning to the delivery of effective training programs. The company’s products and services include training delivery and management, competence management and crisis management, providing support not only to individuals in building their career skills but also to national and multinational companies in organizing their training…

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, left, and Defense Secretary James N. Mattis speak following a bilateral meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels, February 14, 2018. (Photo: NATO)

Proposed NATO Logistics Command Will Be Based in Ulm

A proposed new NATO logistics command aimed at deterring Russia would be based in the southern German city of Ulm, the German Defence Ministry told lawmakers on Tuesday. It said a broad plan for the new Joint Support and Enabling Command (JSEC) would be completed by mid-April, with a formal decision by NATO expected at a meeting of alliance defense ministers from June 7-8. “As a framework nation for the JSEC, we can make a significant contribution to burden-sharing in the alliance,” state secretary in the Defence Ministry Peter Tauber told lawmakers in a letter.

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Today’s Maritime Security: Is the Industry Prepared?

In late June of 2017, AP Moeller-Maersk shut down its container operations at the Port of Los Angeles. It wasn’t due to labor relations problems, equipment malfunction or other reasons that have been known to thwart port operations. It was a cyber-attack. In today’s climate of information technology, there’s no telling where hackers lurk or a cyber security compromises may occur. For the maritime industry and its extended supply chains, the threat is real and looming. “At the local Maersk facility in L.A.…

Captain Khamis Weld Ghumail, Director of Maritime Traffic Management, DMCA  (Photo: DCMA)

DMCA Celebrates Dubai Training Achievements

The Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) recently evaluated the achievements of the Dubai Maritime Training Center (DMTC) for its major accomplishments in establishing new standards for professional maritime training, which is being conducted through integrated training programs designed in collaboration with international experts in order to adapt to rapid changes regionally and internationally. With the goal of making Dubai a leading global destination for maritime training and an ideal market for leading maritime companies…

Steve Candito (Photo: Ecochlor)

Candito Takes over as Ecochlor CEO

Ballast water treatment systems manufacturer Ecochlor, Inc. has named Steve Candito as its new CEO, effective August 8, 2017. Candito succeeds retiring CEO, Charlie Miller, who will assist during the transition. Tom Perlich, Ecochlor Founder and President, said, “Charlie has been instrumental in Ecochlor’s growth over the last 15 years. During his tenure, we have put together a skilled and experienced team, and find ourselves positioned as a global front-runner in the BWT industry.

Stig Wahlstrøm, Project Manager for SCOPE 2017.

Nordic Countries Partner for Chemical Protection Exercise

A joint oil and chemical protection exercise between the Nordic countries will involve more than 300 personnel and 30 vessels, making for one of the largest projects of its kind in European history. An increasing level of shipping traffic has led to a growing fear of accidents and an adverse risk picture. The accident involving M/V Full City in July 2009 on the coast of Langesund illustrated the crucial need for preparedness in dealing with accidents across national borders. To meet this aim…

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Abu Dhabi Ports Plans Emergency Response Exercise

Abu Dhabi Ports, the master developer, operator and manager of the Emirate's commercial and community ports as well as Khalifa Industrial Zone, in conjunction with Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Management Team, is preparing to conduct an “Emergency Response for Maritime Transport Accidents” in Zayed Port on May 17, 2017. The exercise aims to enhance communication and joint planning for emergency response and crisis management with participating entities. Eleven government entities will participate in the exercise…

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National Defense College Visits Abu Dhabi Ports

Abu Dhabi Ports, the master developer, operator and manager of Abu Dhabi's commercial and community ports as well as Khalifa Industrial Zone, KIZAD, received a delegation from the National Defense College in KIZAD’s HQ in Taweelah to observe, first-hand the ports’ safety procedures, prevention plans and crisis management and preparedness. The delegation was headed by Brigadier Staff Eng. Hamad Juma Al Neyadi, Deputy Commander of National Defense College, and received by the CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports, Captain Mohammed Juma Al Shamisi, as well as a number of senior management in Abu Dhabi Ports.

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2016 brings lowest GDP growth rate since financial crisis began - BIMCO

In terms of global economic recovery, 2016 has been the year with the lowest GDP growth rate since the financial crisis began in 2009. Amongst many landmark events, the slowdown for GDP growth in 2016 stemmed from weaker US activity in the first half of 2016, together with the UK’s referendum vote to leave the European Union, putting “Brexit” on the horizon. Although the International Monetary Fund (IMF) emphasised that the result of the UK referendum had been contained, the world saw an orderly repricing in the financial markets after the initial shock of the Brexit vote.

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Innovative New Falck Training Center

Falck is due to open a new training center on the Maasvlakte in 2018. It will become an international, high-profile safety-knowledge center for public and industrial fire brigades, the offshore, maritime sector and wind industry. The first steps have been taken January 24, 2017 with Falck and the Port of Rotterdam Authority entering into a contract under which the site is issued to Falck. Falck, which specializes in safety and safety training, is set to leave its current site on the Beerweg when its lease with the Port of Rotterdam Authority ends in the spring of 2018.

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Restrata, Agility Partnership in Training at REP, Iraq

Restrata, a global leader in consultancy and training services, has partnered with leading logistics provider Agility to offer specialised training for oil and gas sector employees at the Rumaila Energy Park (REP) in southern Iraq. The REP's new training centre will offer a wide range of courses related to health and safety and oil and gas industry operations. All training courses meet international standards, are accredited, and include transportation, catering and security services.

Damen and NSTC have developed a training course for the Philippines-based ferry crew. Photo Damen

Damen, NSTC offer Crew Training in Philippines

To mark this year’s Interferry Conference in Manila, the Philippines, Damen Shipyards Group has teamed up with Netherlands Shipping Training Centre (NSTC), Managed by the international maritime education and training organisation STC-Group. Damen and NSTC have developed a training course for the Philippines-based ferry crew. The training package will feature a number of elements, including rules and regulations (ISM code), crew and crisis management and – important in public transportation – cross cultural differences.

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Lifeboat Crew Exchange Hits Fifth Year

For the fifth consecutive year, rescue volunteers from European nations are to participate next week in a seven day Lifeboat Crew Exchange Program organized by the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF). The well-established program will include representatives from 13 countries and nine will host a full exchange seven days in their respective locations with each country able to send seven crew members each going to a different country. They will share experiences and…

Nick Brown (Photo: Bureau Veritas)

Brown Named Bureau Veritas Communications Director

Nick Brown has been appointed Bureau Veritas’ new Communications Director, Marine & Offshore Division, the classification society announced. Brown will take up the post from November 2, 2016, replacing Philippe Boisson, who will retire after more than 25 years in the role. Brown joins Bureau Veritas from Lloyd’s Register where he has spent the last nine years, most recently as Head of Brand & External Affairs, Marine & Offshore. He has 25 years of shipping industry experience, starting as a commercial trainee with the Wallem Group in Hong Kong.

Preparation is Key for Kidnap Repsonse -UK P&I

Stuart Edmonston, Head of Loss Prevention at UK P&I Club, together with Hellenic War Risks and Terra Firma Risk Management, highlights the importance of preparation in kidnap response management for shipping companies operating in West Africa. “As the report by Oceans Beyond Piracy* revealed, the total number of kidnaps for ransom during 2016 in the Gulf of Guinea has already surpassed the total number of incidents recorded by the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) for 2015.

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GOST, Phantom Rescue Fight to end Child trafficking

GOST (Global Ocean Security Technologies), a world leader in marinesecurity, tracking, monitoring and video surveillance systems, announced today that it has partnered with Phantom Rescue in its fight against child trafficking. Phantom Rescue is a non-profit organization that provides awareness and deterrence for the prevention of child trafficking, enhanced global networking to stop the underground activities that contribute to human sex trafficking and most importantly, the organization takes direct action to locate, rescue, and return “taken” children to the safety of their loved ones.

Hundreds Show Support for SUNY Maritime

More than 500 people attended SUNY Maritime College’s annual Admiral’s Scholarship Dinner to honor Tom Higgins, chief administrative officer of First Data, and astronaut Capt. Scott Kelly. “Both of these men have achieved extraordinary heights,” said Rear Adm. Michael Alfultis, college president. Higgins, a member of the college’s class of 1980, was the event’s honoree. He leads First Data’s version of homeland security operations, including cyber security, physical security, business resiliency and crisis management. He spent more than 20 years working for the federal government.

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly inside the cupola of the International Space Station (Photo: NASA)

SUNY Maritime to Honor High-profile Alumni

SUNY Maritime College will host its annual Admiral’s Scholarship Dinner May 3. Tom Higgins, ’80, executive vice president and chief administrative officer of First Data, a global payment technology solutions company based in Atlanta, will be the event honoree. NASA astronaut Capt. “Our alumni and other friends of the college contribute greatly to making a SUNY Maritime degree affordable for hundreds of students,” said Rear Adm. Michael A. Alfultis, college president. “Again this year, we expect the dinner to be a great success that it will go a long way to helping our students.

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Virtual Exercise Addresses Unsafe Migration by Sea

Thousands of migrants seeking refuge have lost their lives attempting to make their way across the Mediterranean Sea in overcrowded and unseaworthy boats. The United Nations estimates that as many as 850,000 refugees may attempt to make the trip between 2015 and 2016. Although most of the rescues have been handled by Coast Guard agencies in the region, merchant vessels often are being brought in to assist. Between 2014 and 2015, an estimated 1,200-plus merchant vessels were diverted to assist in the rescue of thousands of migrants making a desperate bid to reach Europe.

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Map Shows Kidnap & Piracy Threats

Global risk and crisis management consultancy NYA International today releases its 2016 Kidnap and Piracy Map, accompanied by the Global Kidnap Review, a special report examining kidnap for ransom over 2015 and identifying themes for 2016. Together, the map and report provide a guide on the threats to people and operations worldwide. Intensified civil conflicts in Africa, entrenched criminality in Latin America and the advance of Islamist militancy in spaces worldwide have contributed to “severe” kidnap ratings for 11 countries, up from eight in 2015.

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BIMCO Looks at Significant Potential For Cyber Disruption

Attendees of BIMCO’s Annual Conference in Hamburg will today hear the very latest findings on the potential vulnerabilities of ships to cyber attacks. In a session dedicated to the topic, BIMCO and industry experts will show three scenarios showing the possible risks and the methods of prevention for a cyber attack on ships’ systems. The session is designed for corporate management but also focused on the safety of seafarers and ships. BIMCO delegates will hear from Andrew Fitzmaurice…

Crisis Response Drill in progress

NYK Conducts Crisis-response Drill on VLCC

On October 15 as part of the company’s Remember Naka-no-Se Campaign,* NYK conducted a crisis-response drill based on the scenario of a serious accident occurring on an NYK-owned VLCC (very large crude-oil carrier). Cooperation from the Maritime Bureau within Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), in addition to the Japan Coast Guard and the Maritime Disaster Prevention Center, enabled this drill to be realistic and practical. During the drill, NYK’s crisis-management headquarters simulated a press conference and timely press releases…

Jens Lassen and Michael Thamm at the unit’s opening (Photo: Carnival Maritime)

Carnival Maritime Opens in Hamburg

Digital support, surveillance and planning for all technical and nautical aspects of the 25 vessels of Costa Crociere, Costa Asia and AIDA fleets are implemented in real time by the Costa Group. Now assisting with these operations and risk/safety management is a new marine service unit, Carnival Maritime, which became fully operational today in Hamburg. “By founding Carnival Maritime, we invested in the most elaborated technologies to create a marine operations unit that supports our captains the best possible way,” explained Michael Thamm, CEO of the Costa Group.

Mercy Ships: A Life at Sea for All the Right Reasons

Captain Tim Tretheway’s selfless journey at sea spanned almost 30 years and helped to change literally hundreds of thousands of lives – for the better – in the process. Captain Tim Tretheway’s career path, especially viewed from today’s sometimes mercenary maritime business climate, can be safely characterized as unusual. Rising up from the foc’sle, Tretheway also eventually plotted a professional course line that took him to virtually every corner of the globe. And, unlike today’s mariners who demand – and get – top dollar wages in most disciplines…

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Rescuers Convene for Lifeboat Crew Exchange Program

They will share experiences and knowledge with the aim of improving Maritime Search and Rescue (SAR) responses and help to prevent loss of life in Europe's waters. In 2014 the nine host countries recorded over 80,000 calls for help and assisted more than 50,000 people in trouble on the water. The volunteer crews involved, collectively commit thousands of hours of their time every year to serving their communities to keep those going out on the water safe. The seven days they will…