Dispatches No. 235

EUROPE NEEDS TO BE MORE PROACTIVE TO PREVENT MIGRANTS DEATHS AT SEA

 

There is an urgent need within Europe to address the root cause of migrants at sea and the European Union needs to adopt a more proactive approach in preventing this human tragedy getting any worse.

 

Addressing a Brussels workshop on the issue of large scale rescues at sea, organised by InterManager in association with the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA), Malta MEP Miriam Dalli (pictured) said that Europe and the international community needed to focus more on preventing the problem.

 

She told delegates: “I refer to the recently published EU Maritime Security Strategy which recognises that people undertaking such journeys are not criminals but those that exploit their needs are embroiled in criminal activities. The Strategy establishes a framework to tackle smuggling of migrants and trafficking in human beings and this can be done by developing security building programmes with third countries with a focus on priority countries and also routes.

 

“This is a preventative measure which can take matters in the right direction but which can only be achieved when a government structure is established within the respective third states,” she said.

The legal obligation of a ship’s Master to render assistance at sea is recognised by international law and it is qualified by the UN Convention on the law of the sea, SOLAS, and is also found in the SAR Convention, she told delegates. “Assistance at sea by ships’ crew has been a long-standing humanitarian maritime tradition and we all need to appreciate and recognise the efforts being carried out by seafarers and ship management companies to save lives at sea.

 

“But beyond the legal framework and its implementation, we definitely need to establish concrete actions primarily on issues like the human tragedy and to address the challenges being faced by all of those involved. Merchant ships have played and should continue to play a very important role in saving life at sea as they form an integral part of the dedicated search and rescue service provided by coastal states.

 

“Migrants and refugees travelling by sea is not a new phenomenon: migration has been in existence for centuries and only global peace and global political stability will diminish the migration levels we are seeing today.

 

“But this problem is not just happening in the Mediterranean and is not a regional problem, but is a global issue which should be considered on a global level. And within the international fora, new member states should be instrumental in driving the international community to take action within the established legal framework,” she said.

 

The workshop, held as part of European Shipping Week, aimed to shine a spotlight on the problems faced by merchant vessels when rescuing large numbers of migrants adrift at sea. The meeting helped shipping companies better understand and evaluate the challenges involved in carrying out such humanitarian operations and featured presentations on EU migration policy, ship security and rescue guidance, as well as hearing testimonials from shipowners and ship managers whose vessels have carried out such operations.

 

Captain Kuba Szymanski, Secretary General of InterManager, said: “This was an important opportunity to share best practice and together consider the challenges faced by our vessels when coming to the aid of large numbers of people in danger at sea.”

 

Capt. Szymanski highlighted the key conclusions of the workshop as being:

  • The need to create alternative escape routes for migrants to help reduce the number of people choosing maritime routes
  • The need for the IMO to give its full consideration to ensuring SOLAS and all relevant Conventions take into account this new phenomenon of mass rescues
  • The need for shipping companies operating in areas such as the Mediterranean to ensure their vessels and cress are fully prepared for mass rescues
  • The need for ISM procedures and shore staff to be ‎aware of emergency procedures in order to fully support ship’s staff
  • The need for the shipping industry to work together to implement mass rescue best practice procedures, and
  • The need for the General Public to be aware of the excellent job the shipping industry is doing in providing help and assistance to those in danger at sea.

 

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For Further Information, please contact:

Elaborate Communications,  Debra Munford (UK)     Tel +44 (0) 1296 682356
Capt Kuba Szymanski, Secretary General       (Mob)  Tel: +44 (0) 7624 498226

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For the attention of non-governmental organizations in consultative status with IMO

This is to remind that the deadline for the receipt of nominations for the 2015 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea by the IMO Secretariat is 15 April 2015.

Circular Letter No.3483 inviting nominations together with Circular Letter No.3526 promulgating the revised Award Guidelines are attached herewith should your organization wish to submit nominations.

Circular letter available from kuba.szymanski@intermanager.org

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Lifeboat Safety – do you have opinion? Could you share it with us?

Please take part in our survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NBJVMLM

More than 1750 responses so far. Could you send it to your sea staff and ask for their participation please.

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Last week

22-28 February – Skiing Holidays

 

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This Week:

02 March – Brussels – Mass Rescue at Sea Workshop – Capt. Kuba Szymanski organising and chairing – please see Press Release at the front of this Dispatches

04 March – IMO – London – Inter-Agency Meeting on Migrants – Capt. Paddy McKnight representing InterManager

05 March – Warsash – Fatigue Workshop – Capt. Paddy McKnight attending

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Looking forward:

09-11 March – Bermuda – TK Foundation Board Meeting – Capt. Kuba Szymanski Attending

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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.

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4-5 March 2015The 37th Motorship Propulsion & Emissions Conference Hamburg, Germany. 

With the ECA 0.1% regulations having come into force on 1 January 2015, entitled ‘Keeping 2020 firmly in sight’ the Conference will provide initial operational and port state control authority feedback on working within the new sulphur limits together with what fuel is currently available and what the quality is like. Cylinder lubrication, fuel switching procedures, future fuels and ways to improve efficiency through monitoring fuel and general operations, together with a comparison of fuel switching, scrubbers or LNG will be covered.  Networking roundtable discussions to facilitate discussions will also be included.

Discounted rates available for InterManager’s members, call the Events team on +44 1329 825335, email conferences@propulsionconference.com or visit www.propulsionconference.com.

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GREEN SHIP TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE

11-12 March 2015, Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Copenhagen

Europe’s largest Green Ship Technology gathering!

Join 350+ green ship technology professionals for top level content, conversations and collaboration. Gain global insight on innovation in sustainable ship design and energy sources, energy management and vessel efficiency, retrofitting, business strategies and growth drivers. Hear expert perspectives from 100+ senior shipping industry speakers on achieving sustainable shipping

Quote VIP code: FKT2743IMWL for a 20% discount. For more information: www.informamaritimeevents.com/FKT2743IMWL

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17-18 March, Cape Town AFRICA MANNING & TRAINING CONFERENCE
Promoting best practices in Africa’s seafaring industries

Assess how stakeholders can work towards an integrated strategy for developing Africa’s crewing nations, let regional experts guide you through the challenges and potential pitfalls of crewing in Africa’s offshore hotspots, and participate in the afternoon crewing task force and generate new solutions for training and recruitment.

To find out more or register your place, visit: http://www.informamaritimeevents.com/FKT2868IMNL
InterManager members receive 20% discount to attend when quoting VIP Code FKT2868IMNL

Jenna Warren – Marketing Manager – Informa Maritime and Energy & Lloyd’s Maritime Academy

Maple House, 3rd Floor, 149 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7AD

Email: jenna.warren@informa.com Direct Line: +44 (0)20 7017 6788

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17-18 March 2015, London – 7th Chemical and Product Tanker Conference

Run in conjunction with the International Parcel Tankers Association (IPTA), the 7th Chemical & Product Tanker conference will once again provide shipowners and charterers with an in-depth view of the issues of the day. Freight markets & ship finance as well as key operational and legislative issues will be examined by an expert panel of speakers.

This event has become the annual gathering for all those involved in chemical and product shipping and includes a combination of conference. In addition to this, there is also a shale gas workshop on 19th March to learn about the impact of shale gas on trading patterns and vessel types.

Topics under the spotlight include:

– Chemical and product tanker market outlooks
– Proposed mandatory energy efficiency measures for shipping
– Impact of shale gas on trade and vessels
– Creative sources of ship finance
– Changes to cargo carriage requirements
– Bunkers – pricing, quality and testing

More information is available from www.navigateevents.com or enquiries@navigateevents.com

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18th & 19th of March 2015,           6th Arctic Shipping Summit, Montreal, Canada

 Developments in Arctic Shipping Operations & Infrastructure

 The 6th Arctic Shipping Summit will highlight the achievements of Canada’s Chairmanship of the Arctic Council and discuss the USA’s forthcoming plans. It will review the need for improvements in infrastructure and advancements in technology as well as operational and logistical challenges encountered by ship owners and OSV Operators in harsh Arctic conditions. It will address key developments in transport and regulation in the Arctic as well as commercial and safety issues.

This summit, through presentations, roundtable discussion and case studies will examine practical solutions to Arctic shipping issues and present the latest innovations of technology in this specialised area.

Delegates will be drawn from the Shipping Operators, Owners, Coastguard and Transport Authorities, Shipbuilders and Shipyards, Designers, Repairing companies, Vendors and Subcontractors, Energy and Mining companies, Naval Architects and Engineers, Ice Forecasters and Meteorologists, Ice Management Specialists, Consultants, Researchers, Brokers, Financiers and Investors.

For 15% WORLDOILS subscribers discounted registration or for brochure, please contact Mohammad Ahsan on +44 (0)20 3141 0606 or mahsan@acieu.net

Telephone:                  +44 (0) 203 141 0606
E-mail:                         mahsan@acieu.net
Contact Name:              Mohammad Ahsan

Conference Fee:           Full Price £1495.

Link to Agenda: http://v11.vuturevx.com/exchange-sites/Whitmore%20Group/59/events-pdfs-eu/mas6-agenda-mkt.pdf

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24 April at Effingham London Shipowners’ Golf Society meeting.

Interested in Golf event Members please get in touch with Capt. Paddy McKnight paddy@intermanager.org in order to participate in InterManager team.

InterManager will be entering a team of 4 to compete in the London Shipowners’ Golf Society Spring meeting at Effingham (a few miles south of Leatherhead) on Friday 24th April 2015 captained by Paddy McKnight.  The day starts from 0730 with traditional bacon rolls and coffee, team and individual match play from 0830 followed by a really good lunch then 9 competitive holes in the afternoon concluding with tea and prize giving.  The cost for an enjoyable day out, some might say one of spoiling an extensive walk, is £97 per head so any keen golfers should please get in touch with either Kuba or Paddy.

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24-26 April 2015 – 60th International Ship Suppliers & Services Association (ISSA) – Convention & Trade Exhibition

www.issa2015-singapore.com

Held in conjunction with the Singapore Maritime Week and coincides with Singapore’s 50th year of independence, the ISSA Convention and Trade Exhibition is back to stage in the Republic with its diamond jubilee presentation in 2015. This annual conference and exhibition aims to be the meeting place for the ship supply community and industry stakeholders including ship owners, managers and port operators to address critical industry challenges and share innovative business solutions for sustainable quality standards in the maritime sector.

 

The conference highlights on the heritage of Singapore shipping: the journey of innovation and productivity where proven technologies and innovative methodologies adopted by the various sectors and at different geography will be discussed. Participants get to hear the success stories from industry veterans and leaders, gain insight into the formula in achieving optimal efficiency, productivity and cost control management of their ship supply business amidst tough maritime market conditions.

For more information please contact: Ms Scarlett Chua, Professional Conference Organiser, on +65 9336 9841, email: scarlettchua@epc.com.sg, or visit www.issa2015-singapore.com.

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28 – 29 April 2015, European Manning and Training conference, Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Copenhagen

Here is the discount information for InterManager members:

  • VIP Code: FKT2768EMSPK – provides a 20% discount for an unlimited number of your contacts.
  • Your contacts can also get an early booking discount of up to £300 when registering by 6th February

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 4th IMarEST Ballast Water Technology Conference

This year sees the enforcement of the US Coast Guard’s Ballast Water Management (BWM) regulations and the ratification of the IMO BWM Treaty.

The 4th IMarEST Ballast Water Technology Conference (7-8 May 2015 at ZSL, London Zoo) aims to explore how to successfully navigate this turbulent period of change in the shipping industry’s history.

Register here

LINK: http://www.imarest.org/events-courses/events-conferences/ballast-water-technology-conference/4th-ballast-water-technology-conference

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Shipping industry asked to ‘Get Stripey’ on 15 May to raise funds for seafarers in need

Shipping companies, port operators and maritime businesses are being asked by Seafarers UK to ‘Get Stripey’ on Friday 15 May 2015 to raise funds for seafarers in need and their families.

Getting sponsored to wear stripey clothes to work is just one of the ideas suggested by the charity on a special website www.getstripey.org

‘Get Stripey’ day is being promoted by media partners Lloyd’s List and Lloyd’s List Intelligence, whose staff members will also be fundraising themselves.

All donations will go to organisations and projects that make a real difference to people’s lives, across the Merchant Navy, Fishing Fleets, Royal Navy and Royal Marines.

Seafarers UK makes grants of £2.5 million each year, but receives applications for double that amount. Last year grants to help 170,000 individuals were given to 70 organisations.

The charity receives no government funding and is heavily dependent on corporate support, public donations and legacies to maintain its grant-making programme.

For more information visit www.getstripey.org or phone Seafarers UK on 020 7932 0000.

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17th June 2015 – 18th June 2015, Aberdeen, UK Operating Specialist Wind Vessels Summit 2015

KEY PRESENTATIONS:

  • Operational Experiences in New Installations
  • Regulations for a Developing Industry
  • Ensuring Crew Safety: How is This Best Accomplished?
  • Improving Turbine Access in Harsh Deep-water Conditions
  • Highlighting the need for High-Speed Vessels within the Offshore Wind Industry

More Info/ Registration:

Rohan Baryah +48 61 646 9780 rbaryah@acieu.net
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Brgds Kuba
Capt. Kuba Szymanski
Secretary General InterManager

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