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Thursday, April 18, 2019

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Secretary-General of InterManager, Captain Kuba Szymanski  (Photo: InterManger)

InterManager Supports IMO’s Annual Day of the Seafarer

The physical and mental well being of seafarers must be given priority by ship managers – said InterManager Secretary-General Capt Kuba Szymanski to mark Day of the Seafarer. As June 25th marks the IMO's annual celebration of seafarers, InterManager, the international trade association for third party and in-house ship managers, is happy that focus is being placed on the well being of seafarers, as good mental health can lead to fewer accidents and increased productivity. In line with this ethos…

Kuba Szymanski Photo InterManage

InterManager Welcomes Seafarers Awareness Week

InterManager, the international trade association for in-house and third party ship management, is giving its full support to this week’s Seafarers Awareness Week (20-26 June), co-ordinated by Seafarers UK. “Maritime Jobs for Future Generations” is the theme, aiming to raise awareness of the many career possibilities the maritime world offers young people. The shipping industry employs 1.5 million seafarers worldwide and Seafarers Awareness Week highlights the vital role seafarers play in the global economy.

John Bradshaw (Photo: IMCA)

IMCA Appoints Bradshaw as Policy and Regualtory Affaris Manager

Strengthening its policy and regulatory affairs team, the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has appointed John Bradshaw as Policy and Regulatory Affairs Manager to lead on worldwide policy and legislative issues, with responsibility for developing and delivering the international trade association’s policy and regulatory strategy, including representing members with regulators and other third parties. Bradshaw joined the IMCA Secretariat as one of its strong team of Technical Advisers in early Autumn 2015.

Esben Poulsson, Chairman, ICS

SSA President Poulsson Elected ICS Chairman

The President of the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) Mr Esben Poulsson has been elected as the new Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS). Mr Poulsson was elected at the ICS Annual General Meeting in Tokyo today (2 June). He takes over from Mr Masamichi Morooka, who has stood down after four years in office. Speaking about his new role Mr Poulsson expressed his honour at being elected as the next ICS Chairman. He said: “Rather than viewing this as a personal achievement…

Image: International Marine Contractors Association

IMCA Publishes Renewables Contracting Principles

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has published a variety of guides, templates and discussion documents aimed at raising awareness on contracting issues, promoting discussion and providing tools that may be useful for its contractor members, their clients and sub-contractors, the latest is the series is ‘IMCA Renewables Contracting Principles’ which can be downloaded from the Safety and Legislation section of the IMCA website at www.imca-int.com. “Each of…

Angus Frew, Secretary General of BIMCO

BIMCO owns Shipping KPI System

BIMCO has today announced that it has taken ownership of the unique Shipping KPI System that allows shipowners and managers to compare their ships’ efficiency against the performance of the industry and sector averages. The Shipping KPI System is unique because it is based on a standard of 64 different performance indicators (such as ship unavailability and number of environmental related deficiencies) to allow the most specific and accurate comparison of ships – within each sector and more broadly across the industry – that is currently available.

Jim Quinn (Photo: AAPA)

AAPA Elects Quinn as Chairman of the Board

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) elected Jim Quinn, president and CEO of New Brunswick, Canada’s Port Saint John, to serve as the international trade association’s chairman of the board for the 2015-16 activity year. Elected at AAPA’s 2015 Spring Conference on April 21, Quinn is slated to be installed as AAPA’s chairman for a one-year term on the final day of the association’s 104th Annual Convention, set for Nov. 2-4, 2015, in Miami. He will assume the AAPA chairmanship from Port of Hueneme (Calif.) CEO and Port Director Kristin Decas…

Captain Kuba Szymanski

Intermanager Welcomes Unicom

InterManager, the international trade association which represents third party and in-house ship managers, has welcomed Cyprus head-quartered ship management company Unicom to its full membership. Unicom, which provides a full range of ship management services to almost 90 vessels and specializes particularly in Arctic operations, joined InterManager as a Full Member following a meeting in Limassol with InterManager Secretary General, Captain Kuba Szymanski, last week. Capt. Szymanski…

Roberto Giorgi from V.Ships

Ship Owning and Management Summit Held in Singapore

The role played by the niche manager; the benefits of ship owners and ship managers working more closely together as well as how best to project shipping’s image further afield, were all topics under discussion at the inaugural International Shipowning & Shipmanagement Summit held in the Lion City. Taking place at the Singapore headquarters of international communications specialist SingTel, the Summit drew participation from delegates keen to know the latest industry thinking about the growth and development of shipmanagement as a thriving professional industry sector.

Shipowners and Managers to Gather in Singapore

Shipowners and managers will gather in Singapore next week to examine the strengths of their relationship and consider the state of the global shipping industry during the first International Shipowning and Shipmanagement Summit. Taking place at the Singapore headquarters of international communications specialist Singtel on October 14, the Summit features thought-provoking presentations from industry leaders representing both the ship owning and ship management sectors. The International…

Ship Owners and Managers Gather in Singapore

Ship owners and managers will gather in Singapore next week to examine the strengths of their relationship and consider the state of the global shipping industry during the first International Shipowning and Shipmanagement Summit. Taking place at the Singapore headquarters of international communications specialist Singtel on  October 14, the Summit features thought-provoking presentations from industry leaders representing both the ship owning and ship management sectors. The…

IMCA Cracks Down on Bribery and Corruption

Bribery and corruption is a growing concern for businesses in all sectors and jurisdictions. Corruption is a problem not only from an ethical and competition-distorting perspective, but also because of the substantial risk it creates to the reputation of affected businesses and the potential financial implications of a conviction, or even just the adverse publicity of an allegation or investigation. The increase in enforcement of national and international bribery and corruption legislation means businesses must demonstrate compliance.

MV Argo Merchant was a Liberian-flagged oil tanker that ran aground and sank southeast of Nantucket Island, Mass., on Dec. 15, 1976, causing one of the largest marine oil spills in history. U.S. Coast Guard Archives

Disasters at Sea & Their Impact on Shipping Regulation

The history of marine safety is soaked in water and written in blood. “I think that most people will tell you that changes in marine safety are almost exclusively disaster-driven,” agrees Dr. Josh Smith, a professor at Kings Point and interim director of the American Merchant Marine Museum. It hasn’t always been that way. Actually, it’s been worse. Despite some efforts early on to exert some control over shipping practices, going to sea has been accepted as a risky undertaking as long as man has floated vessels.

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InterManager Welcomes New MLC Amendment

InterManager, the international trade association for the ship management industry, says it has welcomed the adoption of new measures to protect seafarers against abandonment. Amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention 2006, agreed at a meeting of the International Labour Organisation in Geneva last week, will ensure the provision of financial security systems to assist seafarers in the event of their abandonment and for compensation for seafarers’ contractual claims for death and personal injury.

Survey: Seafarers are Burdened by Administrative Tasks

Seafarers feel they spend too much time on tasks they consider to be an administrative burden according to the findings of a study by the Danish Maritime Authority, supported by InterManager, the international trade association for ship and crew managers. A comprehensive survey of international seafarers revealed that a third of all nationalities are annoyed or frustrated by administrative burdens in the maritime sector. These burdens stem from what the seafarers consider to be unnecessary repetition of tasks and demands for too much paperwork and documentation to be handled.

Screenshot from Captain Phillips (Photo: CTMG)

InterManager Welcomes Hollywood Focus on Seafarers

As the new Hollywood blockbuster Captain Phillips premiers around the globe, InterManager has welcomed the focus the movie brings to the role of the seafarer. Captain Phillips, which stars Tom Hanks in the title role, retells the story of the kidnapping by Somali pirates of the US-flagged containership Maersk Alabama. InterManager, the international trade association which represents the world’s ship and crew managers, says the movie’s worldwide appeal will raise the profile of seafaring and help broaden understanding of what a life at sea is like.

InterManager members meet in the Old Library, Lloyd’s of London, for their annual general meeting and seminar.

Intermanager AGM Pledges to Focus on Seafarers

InterManager, the international trade association for the ship management industry, has pledged to put ‘people’ at the center of its focus over the next year. He outlined a comprehensive program of activity for the next year with topics to be covered including best management practices, seafarer health and wellness, enhanced maritime communications and an examination of the administrative burdens onboard ship. The President outlined the work InterManager has carried out over the past year on behalf of its members.

Captain Kuba Szymanski InterManager Secretary General

InterManager Discussion Reveals Lifeboat Concerns

Lifeboat hooks can be lethal, and their design is out of date and unsuitable to meet modern demands, according to serving seafarers whose views have been gathered by InterManager. Following a series of incidents and fatalities involving lifeboat hooks, InterManager, the international trade association for the ship management industry, has gathered comments from seafarers of various ranks in an online discussion forum. Crew members responded by pointing out that they believed the hook designs have not kept pace with developments in the global shipping industry.

Ian MacLean (Photo: Hill Dickinson)

Hill Dickinson Adds Partner to London Office

International law firm Hill Dickinson has appointed Ian MacLean as a partner to its London office, where he will focus on his international client base of ship owners, ship managers and their insurers. This appointment provides the firm with five former mariners at partner level, with Ian joining the existing team of Mike Mallin, Tony Goldsmith, Phil Haddon and Andrew Gray. This team is further strengthened by another five ex-mariner assistants, two of whom are qualified solicitors.

Chinese Shipyard Scene: Photo credit Wiki CCL2

China Shipyards Take the Lead from Korea

Korean shipbuilders outperformed by their Chinese competitors in 2012 exports, 11 years after Korea in turn overtook Japan in 2001. The Korean Chamber of Commerce and Industry analysis of data from the Korea International Trade Association puts exports by Korean shipbuilders at US$37.8 billion in 2012, compared to China's $39.2 billion. The change is due to the fact that Korea was more affected by the global downturn than China, reports 'The Chosunilbo'. Korean shipbuilders saw…

ICS Chairman Masamichi Morooka

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…

InterManager Welcomes New Member

InterManager, the international trade association for the ship and crew management sector, has started the year by welcoming a new member. Ukrainian crew manager Alpha Navigation has been approved for Full Membership in what InterManager Secretary General Kuba Szymanski says is a significant move. “Ukraine is an important crew-supply area and we are delighted to welcome Alpha Navigation as the first InterManager member from this country and also our first new member of the year,” he said.

InterManager President Gerardo Borromeo

InterManager to Tackle Industry Challenges

Low freight rates and a challenging market are concerns for ship managers as they begin 2013. A survey of members of InterManager, the international trade association for the ship and crew management industry, has identified the main concerns affecting the industry as it begins the New Year. In addition to fears about how challenging market conditions impact on operating budgets, ship and crew managers are also concerned at the difficulties of finding and retaining quality staff – both at sea and on shore.

Fendercare Marine IMCA Acredited

Following a recent audit, Fendercare Marine receives International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) accreditation. MCA is the international trade association representing offshore, marine and underwater engineering companies. It is a respected voice around the world promoting good practice, particularly in the areas of health, safety and environmental standards, quality and efficiency and technical standards. Fendercare Marine Diving Operations Director, Bob MacMillan said “IMCA Accreditation is very important to us.

Korea's Big Three Shipbuilders on Bumpy Road

Recent studies by Korea's International Trade Association & Hyundai Research Institute see major exporters facing a tough year ahead. The International Trade Association sees  major exporters facing a tough climate for exports next year amid declining demand in overseas markets, according to private think tanks and industry experts, reports The Korea Times. Three major downside risks are weighing on local firms ㅡ the appreciation of the Korean won, the economic recession in the eurozone and spreading protectionism.

Intermanager Supports Seafarers' Survey

InterManager, the international trade association for the shipmanagement and crewmanagement industry, is supporting a survey which aims to identify how much of a burden red tape places on seafarers. The Association is urging its members to encourage their staff to take part in the online survey, being organised by the Danish Maritime Authority. The worldwide study aims to identify seafarers' perception of administrative burdens and how these influence their daily working lives.