Dispatches No. 134

ICEBERG 1 crew released

From NATO bulletin:
All 22 hostages from the MV Iceberg 1 have now been released from pirate captivity. They had been held since the Iceberg 1 was pirated on 29 March 2010, a period of two years and nine months. The former hostages are now recovering from their ordeal and are receiving food and medical care.

From BBC:
Puntland government forces conducting a humanitarian rescue operation have safely rescued 22 hostages on board the MV Iceberg 1 vessel.
Puntland Maritime Police Force (PMPF) units laid siege to the MV Iceberg 1 vessel beginning on Dec. 10 near Gara’ad coastal village of Mudug region and the operation concluded successfully today when all 22 hostages were released, after a two-week period of fighting pirates and laying siege to the vessel. After 2 years and 9 months in captivity, the hostages have suffered signs of physical torture and illness. The hostages are now receiving nutrition and medical care.

Message from a Member:
Following an increase of work generated in the region, C Solutions Limited announces their first venture into South America with the appointment of a new network partner in Buenos Aires. C Solutions Limited have teamed up with the law firm Silvia Ortiz, Alfonso, Pavic, and Louge, Abogados to provide legal advice and claims expertise in Argentina. Partner Diego Silva Ortiz and lawyer Estela Vazquez will represent the firm, advising on the full range of maritime and marine insurance law. Buenos Aires now gives C Solutions 13 locations around the globe.
Chris Beesley, Chief Executive Officer of C Solutions Ltd, said: “We are very pleased to announce this new partnership as our first network office in South America. Together with our recent senior appointments in London, Scandinavia and the Far East, this represents another significant step for us and we look forward to an exciting year in 2013.”

Very interesting application for seafarers is now available – please pass on to your sea staff:
to download the new ITF Trust app on your android mobile just go to Google Play Store and search for “Shore Leave” or use this link https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.seafarers
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22 January – London – KPI Association Ltd Board Meeting

Discounts and offers for members
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22 & 23 January 2013 – Istanbul – Container Handling Technology Turkey – ACI InterManager members 20% discount, please contact Kuba Szymanski
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8th Optimising Maintenance in the Marine & Offshore Industry
23rd-24th January – Hilton Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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26 & 27 February 2013 – London- Port Finance International London – ACI – InterManager 20% discount – pls contact Kuba Szymanski

10th annual GST Conference
12 – 14 March 2013, Radisson Blu Hotel, Hamburg
The premier Green Ship Technology event for the maritime industry: practical and up-to-date information for sustainable shipping
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Lloyd’s Register provides new DVD to promote safe boat transfers
Short film to educate employees about the best ways to minimise risks when working over water
Lloyd’s Register has issued a new short film entitled Safe Boat Transfers to help provide marine surveyors with comprehensive instructions on how to safely transfer between two vessels at sea.
Working over water and, in particular, boat transfers, during which surveyors switch from a transfer vessel to the boat they are surveying, is a very high-risk activity. The film, originally developed for Lloyd’s Register employees, aims to raise awareness about the associated risks and hazards, and to provide instruction for every stage of the transfer.
It is hoped that Safe Boat Transfers will help to significantly reduce the accidents associated with boat transfers.
Receiving your copy:
The DVD can be ordered from the Lloyd’s Register webstore: http://www.webstore.lr.org.
Capt. Kuba Szymanski
Secretary General
InterManager
+44 7624 498 266
web: www.intermanager.org

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