InterManager Secretary General Receives Honorary Degree
Secretary General of InterManager, Captain Kuba Szymanksi, has been awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Maritime Studies by Solent University. In addition to his role at InterManager, Captain Szymanski sits on the Executive Board of The Nautical Institute, is a Director at TK Foundation, and a Director at Seafarers Rights' International. Captain Kuba Szymanski started his sea career in 1985. He graduated from the Maritime University of Szczecin with a Master's Degree and started his deck officer career with Dorchester Maritime Limited, Isle of Man.
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…
A Quarter of Seafarers Show Signs of Depression -Report
More than a quarter of seafarers show signs of depression - and many won’t ask for help, according to a study of seafarers’ mental health presented at Sailors’ Society’s Wellness at Sea conference on March 16, London. The study of more than 1,000 seafarers was carried out by international maritime charity Sailors’ Society and Yale University, with more than one in six of the respondents coming from the UK. Some 26 per cent of seafarers said they had felt “down, depressed or hopeless” on several days over the previous two weeks.
Intermanager Expands Global Membership
The international ship managers’ body, InterManager, has extended its global membership by welcoming three new members, the Republic of the Marshall Islands Ship Registry, ARC and SC Innovation. Welcoming the three new members, Capt Kuba Szymanski, Secretary-General of InterManager said: “Our mandate to our members is clear and it is this support and collaboration that has caused our membership to grow. As we welcome our first ship registry member it is a reminder that by working as a multi-sector Association, together we can ensure a rich sustainable industry for generations to come.
Seafarers' Fatigue Report Launched at IMO
InterManager, the trade association for in-house and third party ship managers, together with The Warsash Maritime Academy, has presented the findings of its fatigue study, Project MARTHA, to The International Maritime Organization (IMO). Speaking at the presentation last night, Capt Kuba Szymanski, Secretary-General of InterManager urged the maritime industry to take notice of the findings as the industry recruits aspiring seafarers. The report highlights growing levels of fatigue…
Changes, Challenges Are Tough on the World's Ship Masters
Bullying, micro-management of his activities and the threat of going to jail while doing his job, remain major pressures for the Masters of merchant ships - and the situation is getting worse. ‘Masters Under Attack – Authority and Responsibility in an Age of Instant Access’ was the topic discussed by an expert panel at the Cadwallader Debate, organized by the London Shipping Law Center (LSLC), at Drapers’ Hall, London. The panel, chaired by Lord Clarke of Stone-cum-Ebony, consisted of Debate Moderator Captain Kuba Szymanski…
Less Authority, More Responsibility: A Growing Problem for Ship Masters
The position of the Ship Master, apparently enshrined in centuries of law, custom and practice, is showing evidence of strain in the light of 21st century ship operation and management. The Master’s traditional authority is widely perceived as being diminished while responsibility is being increased, frequently in matters over which he has little or no control. Is the role of the Master under attack? How has his authority and responsibilities been affected in an age of instant communication between ship and shore…
InterManager Expands Global Membership
The international ship managers’ body, InterManager, has extended its global membership by welcoming four new members, including its first Chinese member. Chinese shipping firm The International Trade Ocean Shipping Supply Company (ITOS Supply), together with London-based MarTrust, USA-based Maritime Payment Solutions and Australia-based The Seafarer Foundation had their memberships approved by InterManager’s Executive Committee earlier this month; placing maritime finance services and ship supply firmly around the ship management industry’s table.
Speakers Announced for The Cadwallader 2016 Debate
The panel of speakers who will join Lord Clarke of Stone-cum-Ebony at the 2016 Cadwallader Debate has been announced. Chairman of the debate Lord Clarke will be joined by a panel of five speakers. They are Kuba Szymanski, Secretary General of InterManager; Michael Kelleher, Director, West of England P&I Club; Faz Peermohamed, Partner and Global Head of Shipping at Ince & Co; Michael Chalos, Partner at K&L Gates (New York); and Jeff Lantz, Director of Commercial Regulations and Standards at the US Coast Guard.
Winners of International Seafarers' Welfare Awards
The winners of ISWAN's International Seafarers' Welfare Awards 2016 were announced on 24th June at a high-profile ceremony held in Manila, the Philippines. The ceremony forms part of ISWAN's celebrations in the Philippines for the IMO Day of the Seafarer. The awards were presented by IMO Secretary General Mr Kitack Lim to seven recipients who have provided exceptional services for the welfare and wellbeing of seafarers. The Welfare Personality of the Year Award is named after Dr Dierk Lindemann who sadly passed away on 17 March 2014.
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.
Act Now to Retain Seafarers - InterManager
InterManager has welcomed the joint BIMCO/ICS Manpower Report, but says it should act as a wake-up call for the industry to address the issue of the accelerating shortage of seafarers. Speaking soon after the report was published, InterManager Secretary-General, Capt Kuba Szymanski said shipping should not sit on its laurels when it comes to the recruitment and retention of seafarers. “Our people are our assets and we need to develop a strategy whereby shipping is once again seen as a career of choice for tomorrow’s young talented people.
Simple Steps to Futureproof the Shipping Industry
Senior decision makers from all sectors of the shipping industry met in Hamburg yesterday to hear some of the leaders in the digital revolution debate the opportunities and threats faced by the industry today. Although operating in many different fields, their conclusion was startlingly clear. To navigate successfully and profitably in the digital age, ship operators must go back to basics, steering a clear course through the data explosion to harness the benefits of the new technologies whilst avoiding their pitfalls.
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.
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…
GVF Launches Maritime Communications Glossary
During the Informa VSAT 2014 conference in London, the Global VSAT Forum (GVF) announced the launch of its Maritime SatCom Forum (MSF) ‘Glossary’. The document, earlier iterations of which were developed by the Maritime SatCom Forum Working Group of the GVF, has been further developed by the joint-chairs of the MSF, Martin Jarrold, Chief of International Programme Development, GVF, and Roger Adamson, Chief Executive, Futurenautics. “The ‘Glossary’ comprises a highly comprehensive…
MLE Workship to Explore the Dangers of Social Media
Love it or hate it, social media is part of modern life – and in the wrong hands, it can even be dangerous. The use of social media as a business tool and how to avoid the pitfalls will be the subject of a half day workshop due to be held during popular Maritime, Logistics and Energy thematic which forms part of the forthcoming International Festival For Business in Liverpool. Taking place from 2pm on Tuesday June 17, 2014, the “Social Media and the Maritime Industry” workshop…
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.
InterManager Welcomes New Protection for Seafarers
InterManager said it welcomes 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 Organization 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. InterManager Secretary General, Captain Kuba Szymanski, said: “InterManager welcomes this protection for seafarers.
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.
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 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.
InterManager Offers Seafarer Activities
As the annual Day of the Seafarer dawns (June 25), InterManager, whose members manage more than 250,000 of the world’s seafarers, has reaffirmed its commitment to crewmembers with a package of activities aimed at addressing crew-related issues. The association, whose members are involved in the management of a third of the world fleet, is working with industry partners and training institutions on a number of projects to benefit crew members throughout the global shipping sector.
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.
KPI Project Gains Momentum
So far, 120 companies have registered with the international KPI Project, started by InterManager but now an industry-led initiative. KPI data is being uploaded from more than 1,600 vessels into the web-based InterManager KPI Environment (IMKE) system. To date more than 5,000 sets of data have been submitted for each KPI category — enabling analysis to provide industry rankings for each measurement. Of the vessels submitting data tankers form the largest sector. Capt. Szymanski commented…
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.