Dispatches No. 197

AGM 13-14.10.2014 to run alongside ship management conference – BOOK A DATE IN YOUR CALENDAR


InterManager is gathering ship and shore staff together to take part in this year’s fund-raising 24 Peaks Challenge, organised by Seafarers UK.

Secretary General Captain Kuba Szymanski has already put together four teams which include staff from ship manager Member Bernhard Schulte and Associate Members SOFTImpact, Shipserve and ALLMode, Hill Dickinson,  but he is keen to encourage more InterManager supporters to take part.

“This will be my sixth time of taking part and I love doing it. It’s a great opportunity to challenge yourself and to build team spirit,” Kuba revealed in the latest edition of InterManager’s electronic newsletter Dispatch.

Taking part in the 24 Peaks Challenge can help bridge the gap between ship and shore staff he says. “This is a great event. Having teams which combine seafarers and shore staff can help build team spirit and bridge the gap between sea and shore.”

Organised by Seafarers-UK, the 24 Peaks Challenge involves walking up 24 high UK peaks in just 24 hours and takes place on the weekend of July 12-13. To take part your team will need to comprise 5/6 physically fit walkers plus at least one support crew and should raise a minimum donation of £4,000 per team.

Would you like to learn more?  E-mail Kuba at [email protected]



InterManager members are invited to attend the official Maritime Logistics and Energy conference  called ‘Harnessing the strength of Shipping Innovation’ to be held at the Hilton Hotel, Albert Dock in Liverpool on June 17th. They can sign up on the website(www.maritimelogisticsandenergy.com ) for a discounted rates of £199 per delegate. Top speakers will discuss the role that shipping is playing in the UK and global supply chains. If the members put in the word Intermanager where it says Apply Coupon in the cart here is a screen shot below, it will take the price down to £199.00 then add the VAT.


Also taking place from 2pm on Tuesday June 17 2014, the “Social Media and the Maritime Industry” workshop, organised by Hill Dickinson in conjunction with InterManager, will explore the issues arising from the use of social media, looking at both the good and the bad. The session will consider the advantages of using social media and examine some of the problems and pitfalls which can arise.


Although many of the issues regarding social media and the maritime industry are similar to other industries, there are additional considerations arising from the international nature of our industry with its potential for cultural and religious clashes. Seafarers are often away from their families and friends for long periods of time and have a higher reliance upon social media than other workers.


The first part of the workshop will be chaired by John Hulmes, Chairman of Mersey Maritime, and will be led by a team of informed speakers who have particular knowledge of social media in a business context. Confirmed speakers include:

•             Magnus Boyd, partner at international maritime law firm Hill Dickinson and specialist in legal issues arising from misuse of social media

•             Anneley Pickles and Sue Henney of KVH Media

•             Kuba Szymanski, Secretary General of InterManager


The presentations will be followed by the first public showing of a film specially by Videotel in co-operation with InterManager from regarding the use of Social Media by Seafarers.


There will then be a workshop discussion of the issues arising from the presentations and points raised by attendees, led by a panel consisting of:


Stephen Bond (Videotel);

Magnus Boyd (Hill Dickinson);

Briony Fisher (MTI Network)

Anneley Pickles (KVH Media) and

Captain Kuba Szymanski (InterManager);

This workshop is aimed at all those involved in the maritime industry who have an active interest in the use of social media including HR Managers, PR Managers, Claims Managers etc. Numbers will be strictly limited to ensure the workshop allows informed discussion by attendees who have a genuine interest in the subject.


The workshop is supported by InterManager which will use the workshop as the start of a consultation process with a view to presenting a draft Code of Conduct for seafarers at its AGM later this year.


All attendees of the workshop are invited to attend a drinks reception afterwards, to be held in the Hilton Hotel at 5pm.


The Maritime, Logistics & Energy thematic is organised jointly by Mersey Maritime and Shipping Innovation, organiser of last year’s highly successful London International Shipping Week (LISW).

Best Regards






Sean Moloney
Managing Director


Last week

8 May – Maritime HR Forums organised by Spinnaker – London – Kuba Szymanski Speaking

8 May –  Grand Annual Debate – Shipping – Invisible industry – WISTA – Kuba Szymanski speaking




This Week

13-14 May – 17th Manning and Training Conference – Copenhagen – Kuba Szymanski chairing

12 through 23 May – IMO – London – MSC – Capt. Paddy McKnight attending on behalf of InterManager


Looking forward:

13 June – InterManager Executive Committee meeting – Cyprus

16 June – Maritime Symposium – WISTA – UK – Liverpool – Kuba Szymanski attending

17 June – Social Media Workshop – Liverpool – InterManager Joint Venture with Hill Dickinson and Videotel – Kuba Szymanski, Stephen Bond and John Hulmes attending



Report from the activities attended on behalf of Members:

Maritime HR forum. Very interesting mix of great industry speakers organised by Spinnaker. Issues ranged from Sea staff employment to shore positions, headhunting to “poaching”, Continues Professional Development to Retention practices. All in all very interesting forum.


WISTA debate concluded – our industry is still not visible and … does not really want to become more visible.


Discounts and offers for members:


Special 15% discount for InterManager members in the Piraeus GLAROS Hotel. The Hotel Management has confirmed it is  willing to offer InterManager members (15%) off its internet prices if booked from their web site, www.glaros-hotel.gr/ This discount cannot be combined with any other discounts. You only need to mention you are an “InterManager member” in the “Comments and Special Requests” section of the web site and/or mention your company is an “InterManager member” when you check into the hotel.




LONDON: 12th May, 2014: Fathom, the maritime eco-efficiency specialists, have announced the launch of the inaugural Ship Efficiency Awards, to be held in October alongside Fathom’s annual conference ‘Ship Efficiency: The Event’.


These awards will be dedicated to recognising excellence in efficient operations, technological innovation and energy efficiency within the maritime industry.


The awards will be judged by an internationally reputed panel, including Martin Stopford, President, Clarksons Research Services (CRS), Craig Eason, Technical Editor, Lloyds List, and Peter Hinchliffe, Secretary General of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) & Shipping Federation (ISF), amongst others.


Efficiency, in all its guises, is truly one of the biggest challenges we are facing today as an industry. It is important that we properly celebrate and promote those furthering the knowledge and possibilities for the wider industry so that all can benefit.” Alison Jarabo, Director at Fathom Shipping, commented.


The official awards ceremony will be held on 2nd October 2014 at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in Westminster, London, as part of the wider programme of events for Fathom’s Ship Efficiency: The Event 2014.


The fourth annual ‘Ship Efficiency: The Event 2014’, held in association with Inmarsat, promises to be one of Autumn’s highlights for shipping companies, regulators, technology companies, environmental companies and all related stakeholders.


The awards are now open for nominations with the deadline for entries the 1st August 2014. The shortlisted nominees for each category will be announced at the beginning of September and the winners announced at the awards ceremony on 2nd October 2014.


The judging process will be transparent and rigorous, rewarding excellence in efficiency and environmental performance in the maritime industry. Only work or achievements taking place in the last 12 months (2013-2014) will be eligible for the 2014 awards and each award has a specified criterion that entries must meet and demonstrate in order to be eligible.


More details on how to nominate your company or an individual, criteria, and rules and conditions can be found at www.fathomshippingevents.com/ship-efficiency-the-event


24    – 25 June 2014, 57 North Wharf Road | Paddington | London – Controlling Ship Operating Costs

Examining cost-effective strategies for crew management, fuel consumption and vessel maintenance

Attend this seminar to:

–        Examine new strategies towards benchmarking efficiency and lowering operating costs

–        Analyse and interpret the OpsCost report

–         Revise your long-term purchasing strategies

–        Explore cost-effective recruitment and crewing solutions

–        Assess methods of reducing dry-docking costs

–        Share innovative strategies for reducing maintenance and voyage costs

BOOK NOW! Quote VIP Code FKT2742IM & save 20%



Brgds Kuba

Capt. Kuba Szymanski

Secretary General InterManager +44 7624 498 266

web: www.intermanager.org



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