Dispatches No. 216


Gerardo Borromeo has been elected as President of InterManager for a second term and will serve as head of the global third party and in-house ship managers association until 2016.

The vote at InterManager’s Annual General Meeting in Singapore was unanimous and it gives Mr Borromeo the mandate he needs to see through important initiatives currently underway such as promoting an industry-wide mechanism for benchmarking shipmanagement operations; striving to drive more efficiency onboard and on shore while also keeping a keen eye on sustainability.

The AGM also elected five Vice Presidents. They are Ian MacLean from Hill Dickinson, responsible for legal issues; Rob Grool from Seaspan, looking after the Americas; George Hoyt in charge of Special Projects; Bjorn Jebsen from Abojeb who will look after European affairs and Capt Ajay Tripathi from MMS who will act as Treasurer.

Addressing the AGM, Mr Borromeo said the challenge of change and of meeting the upcoming demand for shipping services “will be best summed up from the perspective of looking at our people, our global maritime professionals. Undoubtedly it is the human side of shipping that ensures, and will ensure, that shipping services will be delivered as needed, when needed.”

He added: “The youth of today is growing up in a highly digitised world, a world charterised by instant gratification and a wired society where the flow of information is instantaneous. Thinking ahead, in the context of life on shore, what kind of environment onboard will be necessary to attract and retain the kind of talent that will be needed to serve in a dynamic evolving global landscape?

“We at InterManager are challenged as an association to promote the continued development of a common platform, in order to project an image of an industry that moves the world. This platform, which I call the Human side of Shipping, must support efforts to tackle the ever pressing risks of greater administrative burdens being placed on our officers; ensure the right competencies are being developed; and find better ways to manage the overall wellness index of our crew members,” he said.

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Last week
08-09.10 – Cyprus – WISTA AGM – Kuba Szymanski representing InterManager

This Week:

12-17.10 – London – IMO – MEPC session 67 – InterManager representation: Capt. Paddy McKnight, Capt. Mike McCabe; Gerd Schneider, Vladimiro Bonamin – full report will be available immediately afterwards

13-14.10 – Singapore – InterManager AGM and Shipmanagement Summit

16.10 – Athens – Seagull Users forum – Kuba Szymanski speaking


Looking forward:

29-30. 10 – London – Martha Meeting – Capt. Paddy McKnight representing InterManager

17-18 November 2014 – Dubai – 7th Annual Shiptech 2014 Conference Capt. Kuba Szymanski speaking

26-27 November in Manila – 15th annual Asia-Pacific Manning & Training

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.



17 – 18 November 2014, Bonhill House, London

Future Fuels for Shipping Seminar
Assessing the technical viability of using alternative marine fuels


InterManager members Quote VIP Code FKT2784INT to save 20%




10-11 November in East Palo Alto, “Maritime meets the Valley tech”  2000 University Avenue, DLA Piper offices conference room: http://www.mit2014.com


The event will take place on In this very first “maritime meets the Valley tech” event we believe a lot of great innovative ideas will be created and new contacts will be made. Meeting innovators from companies like Google, CISCO and small innovative start ups mixed with maritime executives, representatives of maritime authorities such as the Swedish Maritime Authority, the US Coast Guard and academia will provide you with a network expansion opportunity rarely encountered. One of the hot topics we will be discussing is the emerging Sea Traffic Management concept and how it will change the maritime industry.


15th annual Asia-Pacific Manning & Training Conference, running 26-27 November in Manila. View the website here: http://www.informamaritimeevents.com/event/mannngandtrainingasia.

InterManager members/ readers/ subscribers are entitled to 20% discount .

Please get in touch with Capt. Kuba Szymanski [email protected]


7th Annual Shiptech 2014 Conference taking place on 17-18 November 2014 at The Address Dubai Mall Hotel, Dubai.

My name is Vanessa Brennan and I will be the Event Manager taking care of your arrangements and requirements prior to the above event. Please confirm the following details at your earliest convenience to ensure smooth participation.


27th/28th  November  Effective Presentation Skills Course London the Nautical Institute in London.


Any member interested please get in touch with [email protected]



In recent times, growing concern about the state of the world’s oceans and the impact that shipping has on quality of the air has led to ever more legislation on emissions.

As such, the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) and Colfax Fluid Handling, a leader in pumps, systems and Smart Technology solutions for the marine industry, are working together to investigate perceptions of the ‘Green Agenda’ and whether shipping companies can benefit from investing in green initiatives.

Accessed at http://surveys.imarest.org/index.php/473523/lang-en the survey should take no longer than three minutes to complete, and is aimed to gauge views from across the sector, and will support an industry roundtable discussion.

“The ‘Green Agenda’ attempts to ameliorate the problems by introducing equipment, products and operating procedures that reduce these emissions but sometimes can come at a cost to owners, operators and often the end users of the goods carried by sea. But can the green approach actually be profitable?” asks John Barnes of the IMarEST. “With fuel being the most expensive item in a ship’s operating costs and the main polluter of the air, any reduction in consumption brings a financial as well as environmental benefit. It can also be a positive in relationships with shippers who are themselves demonstrating environmental concerns.”

The survey will stay open over the next four weeks and asks questions about whether investing in green initiatives is important to organisations, does it impact business, should companies be actively investing further in green initiatives, and, can these investments actually offer good value for money?

“We are determined to find out what the industry really thinks about these issues, and invite all at every level to complete the 14 questions” continued John Barnes. “We will be publishing the results, and early indications will also be made available to those participating in a ‘Making the Green Agenda Pay’ roundtable which we’re running with our marine partner, Colfax Fluid Handling”

Ben Martin, Director of Global Marketing at Colfax Fluid Handling added: “We are really interested in learning what the industry thinks about the ‘Green Agenda’. Listening to our customers helps us respond with solutions that can make their businesses more successful. It’s exciting to think there may be opportunities to turn green initiatives into profitable activities. Your opinions can really make a difference. Please air them!”

The ‘Making the Green Agenda Pay’ roundtable will be Chaired by Richard Vie, Vice President of Technical Development and Quality Assurance, Corporate Shipbuilding, at Carnival Corporation & plc, with it taking place in October.


8-9 December 2014, The Congress Centre, London, BWMTech conference

Essential ballast water management guidance to prepare shipowners for Convention enforcement

Shipowner perspective from Saga Shipholding, Canada Steamship Lines, Van Oord and German Shipowners’ association. Review 10 years of testing BWMS and the effectiveness of compliance testing toolkits. Quote VIP code: FKT2752SSWB for a 20% discount. For more information: http://www.informamaritimeevents.com/FKT2752IMWL


Brgds Kuba
Capt. Kuba Szymanski
Secretary General InterManager

+44 7624 498 266
web: www.intermanager.org




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