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Sunday, January 17, 2021

Institute Of Chartered Shipbrokers News

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Lomar Promotes Georgiou to CEO

Nicholas Georgiou has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer of ship owning and management business Lomar, its parent company the Libra Group announced. Georgiou has been Lomar’s Chief Operating Officer since 2010 and succeeds Achim Boehme, who passed away from cancer in July.George Logothetis, Chairman and CEO of the Libra Group, says, “This announcement has long been in our succession planning, with Achim due to have become Chairman of Lomar. Achim’s tragic passing left us with a huge void but also a tremendous legacy…

Institute President Lord Mountevans (pic: Chris McAndrew)

New Program Cracks Down on Wildlife Trafficking

The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers has celebrated 100 years since the granting of its Royal Charter by unveiling plans for a training program to help port workers and surveyors spot the signs of wildlife trafficking in the maritime supply chain.The program is backed by a formal resolution which will be added to the Institute’s commitments to support the UfW’s Transport Taskforce, together with other key maritime industry stakeholders.“As we begin celebrations of 100 years since the granting of our Royal Charter…

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Wallenius Wilhelmsen CEO Joins WISTA

Today is the celebration of International Maritime Organization (IMO) World Maritime Day, where the 2019 theme is “Empowering Women in the Maritime Community“.This raises awareness of the importance of gender equality, in line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, and highlights the important – yet under-utilized – contribution of women within the maritime sector.Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) promotes diversity in the maritime, trading and logistics sectors.

Joe Hughes, Chairman and CEO of SCB, Inc. and Eagle Ocean Agencies, Inc., managers of the American Club and EOM

American P&I Club adds to London, Hong Kong Staff

One appointment in the London office and two in Hong Kong.In a circular to Members of the American P&I Club, its Managers, Shipowners Claims Bureau, Inc. (SCB), have today announced that Arsinoi Iliokaftou has been appointed Claims Executive in London, to add further strength to its existing capabilities in the claims liaison sphere, whilst in the Managers’ Hong Kong office, Vicky Cheng and Joe Wan have been appointed as Business Development Executives – Asia to assist in the…

A typical, one-of-a-kind, multi-purpose offshore transfer of cargo. CREDIT: AAL

Trust and Independence:

Key metrics for a consolidating market of Multi-Purpose Vessels.The multipurpose sector has experienced a tough first half of 2019, following a trend of difficult market conditions spanning over a decade. Fallout from ongoing global political trade discussions is taking its toll on both project and commodity trades, cutting down volumes at a time when external competition from non-MPV carriers is at its most fierce and the MPV fleet is still struggling with overcapacity. Still…

WISTA International Approved for IMO Consultative Status

The International Maritime Organization's (IMO) governing body, the IMO Council, approved the Women's International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA International) application for consultative status on July 5, 2018. "Consultative status gives us the opportunity to promote diversity, inclusion and women's empowerment, which are our main aims," said WISTA International President Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou. "We can now formally contribute to the discussion for increasing capacity in our industry…

Nusrat Ghani (Photo: Maritime UK)

Women in Maritime: New UK Taskforce Established

Setting out to increase fairness, equality and inclusion within the maritime sector, Maritime UK has established a Women in Maritime Taskforce, a move welcomed by the U.K.’s new Maritime Minister, Nusrat Ghani MP. “I am delighted to see Maritime UK taking action to attract more women into our maritime industries, and I welcome this taskforce as an important first step,” said Ghani, who is only the second woman to hold the Department for Transport portfolio for the U.K.’s £40 billion maritime sector.

(L-R standing) Godwin Xerri, MMF Board Member and Managing Director, Focal Marine Shipping Agency, Joe Borg, MMF Chairman and former EU Commissioner, Dr Ann Fenech, MMF Board Member and President of the Malta Maritime Lawyers’ Association, Joseph Bugeja, MMF CEO and General Manager, Malta Motorways of the Seas, (seated) Michael Callus, MMF Board Member, Head of Education, Safety, Quality Sub-Committees and Director Medsea Shipping Agency, and Matt Gilbert, Head of Business & Partnerships, The In

Malta Maritime Forum Targets Professional Education

The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and the Malta Maritime Forum have signed an MoU which will support the education of shipping professionals in Malta as part of the island’s maritime growth strategy. The MoU formalizes informal co-operation between the MMF and the Institute which goes back 40 years and will serve as a vehicle to jointly formulate and develop activities. The MMF will build upon this link to provide the local maritime industry with formal education which is recognized internationally.

On the left Ms Julie Lithgow - Director Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. On the right Ms Karin Orsel - President WISTA International (Photo: WISTA)

Maritime Partners Aim to Increase Opportunities for Women

Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA International) and Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (The Institute) are partnering to increase the professional competence and enhance educational opportunities for women in the maritime industry. In a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has signed  in London, the two organizations will offer five scholarships annually over the next 10 years to individuals nominated by WISTA International. The scholarship will cover the Foundation Diploma program at The Institute.

Nisomar CEO Captain Claus Hyldager (Photo: Nisomar)

New Venture Aims to Uproot Shipping’s Status Quo

With a belief that innovation in shipping has fallen well behind other sectors, new entrant into the maritime industry Nisomar has launched a range of services for ship owners, operators, brokers, charterers and financial institutions. Nisomar said it has pioneered a method of collecting global shipping data and created proprietary technology, based upon technology that generates highly accurate business-critical data. The firm will derive insights from big data to offer analytics that support business decisions…

Julie Lithgow, Director of ICS and Ms. Lei Xiao Fang, Director of Jiaotong International Cooperation Service Center sign the agreement on behalf of both parties. Standing behind are Mr Zhu Chuan Sheng, Vice Director of Professional Qualification Authority, Mr Xu Guo Yi,  Deputy Head of Shanghai Composite Port Management Committee, Mark Garnier MP and Doug Barrow, Chief Executive of Maritime London. (Photo: The Institute)

The Institute Increases Access to Resources in China

The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (The Institute) has signed a strategic agreement with China's Ministry of Transport & Shanghai International Shipping Center to expand the delivery of its professional education services. It promotes co-operation between The Institute and the Ministry of Transport which is designed to improve professional standards for shipping personnel in China and increase opportunities for international exchange in educational excellence. The Institute…

BIMCO, ICS Start E-learning Courses

The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (the Institute) and BIMCO are pleased to announce the start of a new venture combining BIMCO’s state of the art eLearning courses and the Institute’s global engagement with students. This is a major boost for young people in the industry by giving them greater access to quality education and improved standards in maritime centres across the globe. A test group of Institute students - in mainly developing countries – and covering a wide range of shipping centres across the globe…

Keaney Joins Hill Dickinson

International law firm Hill Dickinson has further strengthened its London shipping team with the arrival of Master Mariner Donal Keaney, bringing the total number of Master Mariners at the firm to six. Keaney is currently studying to become admitted as a solicitor and joins Hill Dickinson from a varied seagoing, commercial and legal background. He recently spent three years with a Hong Kong legal practice, where he worked on a varied caseload of both wet and dry matters, including attendances and casualty investigations on site.

 Samir Ferguen (Photo: Intermarine, LLC

Intermarine Promotes Ferguen

Intermarine, LLC named Samir Ferguen as Chartering Manager – Europe. Ferguen rejoins Intermarine from Nordana. He will be based in Naestved, Denmark. In his new role, Ferguen will be responsible for developing and maintaining commercial chartering relationships throughout Europe. Additionally, he will manage the negotiation of contracts for vessels and cargoes; and oversee the training of commercial employees and trainees. Ferguen has more than eight years of international experience in the heavylift and project cargo chartering markets.

Samir Ferguen (Photo: Intermarine)

Intermarine Names Ferguen as Chartering Manager

Intermarine, LLC, a leader in the transport of project, breakbulk and heavylift cargo, has named Samir Ferguen as Chartering Manager – Europe. Ferguen rejoins Intermarine from Nordana. He will be based in Naestved, Denmark. In his new role, Ferguen will be responsible for developing and maintaining commercial chartering relationships throughout Europe. Additionally, he will manage the negotiation of contracts for vessels and cargoes; and oversee the training of commercial employees and trainees.

Bimco Opens Office In Singapore

BIMCO has opened a new regional office in Singapore in order to increase services to its members in the Southeast Asia region and boost collaborations with regional maritime associations. BIMCO’s new Singapore contact will be General Manager, Maite Bolivar Klarup, who brings 16 years of commercial maritime experience to the role. The BIMCO office in central Singapore will also be shared with staff from the Baltic Exchange and the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, forming a small ‘hub’ of maritime organisations in the area.

The Institute’s Sean Walsh and IMU Vice Chancellor K Ashok Vardhan Shetty signed the MoU in the presence of India's Minister of Road Transport and Shipping Nitin Gadkari. (Photo: ICS)

Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers signs MoU with Indian Maritime University

The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, the maritime industry’s only body dedicated to professional education, has signed a new Memorandum of Understanding with the Indian Maritime University. The MoU was signed by The Institute’s Sean Walsh and the IMU’s Vice Chancellor K Ashok Vardhan Shetty during the Indian Maritime Summit, which was opened and attended by the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi. The summit is the inaugural flagship initiative of the Ministry of Shipping of the Government of India and aims to provide a platform for companies…

India to Roll Out Second Maritime University Next Year

India will soon get its second maritime university, Gujarat Maritime University (GMB), which will primarily be focusing on the commercial maritime courses. According to sources, the first course likely to be rolled out in 2018. The government of Gujarat has already given an in-principle approval for the establishment of the university. The new Gujarat Maritime University will focus on commercial maritime courses instead of technical programmes that are being offered in over 130 Indian training institutes and the existing Indian Maritime University, say sources.

UK P&I Club Appoints Singapore Regional Advisor

The UK P&I Club announced the appointment of Mr Lee Wai Pong, who is joining the UK P&I Club in Singapore as a Regional Advisor. Wai Pong is a qualified Master Mariner, a retired Commanding Officer (Reservist) from the Republic of Singapore Navy, and accredited Associate Mediator with the Singapore Mediation Center. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators, and the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. Most recently, Wai Pong was the Executive Director of the Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (SCMA).

Dredging Opportunities in Indian Waters

The Dredging Conference organized by Hinode in Kolkata on Thursday, January 21, 2016 will spotlight the vast opportunities that exists for dredging companies and other allied agencies in Inland Waters waters. The event is set to take place at the Park Hotel, 17 Park Street, Kolkata 700016. Kolkata occupies a special place as a major Riverine Port and Inland Waterways hub and the mouth of the Ganges River. Being an exclusive program and considering Indian Government plans now underway for interlinking rivers…

Changes in Swire Pacific's Top Deck

Swire Pacific Offshore (SPO) announces a change in leadership with the appointment of a new Managing Director in Singapore. Mr Ron Mathison has taken over the helm as the new Managing Director on Monday, 21st September 2015. Mr Mathison has also been appointed as Director of John Swire & Sons (S.E. Asia) Pte Ltd, with effect from 1st August 2015. Mr Mathison embarked on his career with John Swire & Sons Limited (“Swire”) when he joined Cathay Pacific Airways in 1984 and has more than 30 years of experience within various divisions of the Swire Group.

SPO Shuffles Senior Leadership Team

Offshore oil and gas service provider Swire Pacific Offshore (SPO) welcomes new Managing Director from Swire Group and outgoing Managing Director, Neil Glenn moves to U.K. to undertake his new role. SPO announced a change in leadership with the appointment of a new Managing Director in Singapore. Ron Mathison has taken over the helm as the new Managing Director on Monday, September 21, having also been appointed as Director of John Swire & Sons (S.E. Asia) Pte Ltd, with effect from August 1.

UK Shipbroker Victim of Dubai Fraud

UK headquartered shipbroker Century Marine Services has been the victim of a sophisticated fraud by a Dubai based firm calling itself Matin Marine Services. Despite having no business relationship with Century Marine Services, Matin Marine Services has been passing itself off as connected with Century Marine Services by hacking the company’s website.The Dubai police authorities have been informed. “We were alerted to the fraud yesterday by a call from a trader who had reportedly sold a consignment of frozen fish to Matin and who was unpaid…

Phillips Heads Gulf Petrochem's Credit Risk, Bunkering Div.

Gulf Petrochem has appointed John Phillips as Head of Credit Risk for the Group’s Bunkering division. With over 30 years experience in the Maritime sector, John is a well known expert in the industry and will focus on areas such as Credit Management (focused on Bunker business), Credit insurance & Bunker business development. Before joining Gulf Petrochem, he held the role of Global Head of Credit and Director at Soyuz Bunkering Group (Singapore) Pte Ltd, handling customer selection and promotion as well as liaising with legal departments and insurers on ship arrests and insurance claims.

BIMCO Declares Winners of Its 2015 Awards

Last night in Hamburg, BIMCO President Philippe Louis-Dreyfus chose to give public recognition to all seafarers who have been – and still are – involved in rescuing people in distress at sea. Mr. Louis-Dreyfus awarded the BIMCO President’s Award to Columbia Shipmanagement Hamburg, for their “outstanding” work in rescue operations involving migrant boats in the Mediterranean. He asked Captain Horber from Columbia Shipmanagement to accept the award on behalf of their crews, but also on behalf of all seafarers who risk their lives in rescue operations.

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Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers Wins BIMCO Award

The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers has won the BIMCO Education and Training Award 2015. The Institute scooped the award in recognition of its investment in new learning, growth in student and graduate numbers and innovative teaching techniques. In 2014 the Institute took the decision to double its examination program and for the first time organized two series of exams inside 12 months. In the first year, more than 4,000 students sat some 6,000 exams in more than 100 exam centers around the world.