Dispatches No. 104

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IMPORTANT !!!

We would like to ask all our members to consider placing SOS website link http://www.saveourseafarers.com/ on their websites.

Members of InterManager are entitled to FREE PASSES to forthcoming Posidonia 5-9 June 2012 – if you are interested please drop me a line: kuba.szymanski@intermanager.org and I will post them to you

Top maritime award for SaveOurSeafarers
The SaveOurSeafarers (SOS) campaign has been honoured with a Seatrade Award for its significant contribution in the fight against Somali piracy.
The Seatrade Award for Countering Piracy was presented at the prestigious and respected Seatrade Awards ceremony, with more than 350 of the maritime industry’s key players attending a high profile dinner at the Guildhall in London last night (May 14). Former UK Minister of State Michael Portillo was the Guest of Honour.
Alastair Evitt, Chairman of SaveOurSeafarers, who accepted the award on behalf of the campaign, said:
“Since the launch of the SOS campaign just over a year ago, SOS has developed a very strong and distinctive brand; it has helped to place the issue of Somali piracy firmly on the international agenda by securing broad mainstream media coverage; and it has helped achieve political recognition of Somali piracy as a real economic and humanitarian threat, significantly raising awareness and interest worldwide in the terrifying economic and humanitarian realities of Somali piracy, and the on-going plight of seafarers and their families.
“Currently over 225 seafarers are held hostage by Somali pirates, deprived not only of their freedom but also of proper food, and facing mental and physical torture pending their release for ransom. The latest hijacking of Dynacom’s suezmax tanker Smyrni is a harsh reminder that we need more not less naval forces and government engagement; and that we need to maintain the ability to effect the payment of ransoms, a distasteful but lawful activity that is necessary to secure the release of seafarers, ship and cargo.”

Focus on passenger ship safety in 2013

The Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control (Paris MoU) held its 45th Committee meeting in Riga, Latvia, from 7 – 11 May 2012.

The Committee agreed that the first year of the new inspection regime (NIR) has been largely successful. An important goal of the NIR is to concentrate inspection efforts on high risk ships and reward quality shipping with a reduced inspection burden. The NIR makes use of company performance and the Voluntary IMO Member State Audit Scheme (VIMSAS) for identifying the risk profile of ships together with the performance of the flag State and the recognised organisation. The inspection history of the ship as well as the ship’s age and ship type influences the targeting. The information system THETIS is hosted and managed by EMSA and the Committee thanked them and the European Commission for their significant contribution.

Mr. Hogan, the Chairman, stated: “The detention rate increased for the first time in years, although less inspections were carried out in the Paris MoU-region, this shows that the NIR is achieving its objective”.

High importance was given to Concentrated Inspection Campaigns (CICs). A CIC on fire safety systems has been scheduled from September to November this year, a CIC on Propulsion and Auxiliary Machinery in 2013 and a CIC focussing on hours of work and rest in 2014. The campaigns will be carried out jointly with the Tokyo MoU. In addition the Committee considered a number of options for other joint CICs with the Tokyo MoU for 2014 and beyond. The report of the CIC on structural safety and the Load Line Convention, carried out in September, October and November of 2011, was presented to PSCC45 and the results will be published and submitted to the IMO next year.

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Last Week:
10-11 May Manning and Training Conference – Sopot – Poland – Alastair Evitt Chairing, Kuba Szymanski Speaking
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This Week:
17th May – Liverpool – Nautical Institute – KPI Presentation – Kuba Szymanski speaking
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Looking forward:

24-25 May – York – Nautical Institute – AGM – Kuba Szymanski attending / representing
06th June – Athens – KPI Expert Group meeting
07th June – Athens – POSIDONIA – InterManager ExCom
08th June – Athens – KPI Association – Board of Directors meeting

Discounts and offers for members:
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22-24 May 2012 RORO 2012, Svenska Mässan, Gothenburg
This May, industry professionals from more than 50 countries are set to gather at the Svenska Massan in Gothenburg for RORO – where the future of in the industry will be under the spotlight.
This year, for the first time ever, the conference is free-to-attend and organisers have announced a host of new features including product launches, product seminars and keynotes from industry leaders, which will make the 2012 show the most extensive RORO exhibition and conference in history.
From 22 – 24 May, car manufacturers, shippers, equipment manufacturers, port and terminal operators and shipping lines from across Europe will gather to discuss and discover the latest industry solutions. While the new conference sessions will focus on the ro-ro sector’s most pertinent topics, such as emissions challenges and the impact of the industry on the environment high on the agenda.
In keeping with this theme, the Port of Gothenburg has announced that it will promote its new environmental solutions to thousands of industry professionals from across the continent at RORO.
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The 2nd Annual Combating Piracy: West African Maritime Security, taking place on the 10th & 11th July in Accra, Ghana will move these vital discussions on. With a speaker line-up including the Honourable Alhaji Collins Dauda, the Minister for Transport for Ghana, the conference will deliver the latest intelligence on the current maritime crime situation in West Africa. For more information about the completed speaker faculty and agenda please visit our event website to download the brochure.

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Capt. Kuba Szymanski
Secretary General
InterManager
+44 7624 498 266
web: www.intermanager.org

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