Dispatches No. 267

It is extremely important for us to know what our seafarers think and how they rate different services. Could we kindly ask you to help us in distributing this ITF Seafarers Trust survey regarding Welfare Services available in port.




We would like to consult / discuss with members a potential issue with some Ballast Water Systems. We have strong indication that some systems might be unable to effectively work in some ports.  This might be due to filters clogging (even if the water is more challenging in test conditions), low UV  transmittance for UV systems, low salinity for EC systems.  For the filters, if they clog, we are not sure whether they would be allowed to be bypassed?

Shanghai is a fairly large transport hub, would they expect vessels to not ballast (ie avoid “uptake in certain areas”), what happens if they had to for stability issues?

For conditions outside of the systems range. Most of the (good) systems, will be monitoring different parameters when the system is running. Most of the systems are going to have operating parameters in which they work (temperature, salinity, UV transmittance). We are however concerned what happens when the vessel is ballasting and the system alerts the staff that it is operating outside of its parameters? Should they stop? Again what happens if they have to ballast for stability issues?

We are not too sure how these issues are dealt with in the Ballast convention. For the US CG, although the conditions are more strict, they do only apply in the 12nm range, so we can exchange problematic water in deep ocean.  When IMO Convention comes into force, we are not sure how this will all look.

Could we have members’ views / understanding? Having your responses will allow us to gauge the understanding and approach IMO and respective Flag States for their interpretation.


Last Week:

Working from US – Paperless office project, Martha Project, Ballast Water issues

12-13 November – Manila – Manning and Training Conference – President Gerardo Borromeo and Roberto Giorgi representing InterManager

14-15 November – LA – TK Foundation Board meeting – Kuba Szymanski attending


This Week:

17th November – Dalian – China – MARTHA PROJECT MEETING – Prof. Mike Barnett representing InterManager

Still working from US.

Looking forward:

09-10 December – London – 5th Ship Maintenance Conference – Kuba Szymanski chairing

11th December – Warsash – Fatigue Workshop – Kuba Szymanski attending representing InterManager along with, Vships, Bibby’s, Exmar, Columbia and Bernard Schulte


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.



ACI’s 3rd Port Security Summit will be taking place in Bremen, Germany on the

25th & 26th of November 2015.

The event also includes a site visit to the Bremen/Bremerhaven Port on 24th November for a limited number of conference attendees.
Delegates will be drawn from Chief Security Officers, Head of Port Security, Terminal/ Container Managers, Safety and Security Managers, Operations and Maintenance Managers, Harbour Masters, Head of Supply Hain Security, Cargo Security Managers, Ministers of Shipping and Defence and those in similar roles.

The Event will also be attended by Port & Vessel Equipment Manufacturers, Port Security Solution providers, and I.T Suppliers showcasing the latest cutting-edge technologies.

For further information or to register your attendance contact:

Rohan Baryah

Tel: + 48 6164 67022

Email: rbaryah@acieu.net

Please click here to check the latest agenda >> AGENDA

InterManager members are entitled to 10% discount


Flexible Marine Power and Propulsion Solutions Conference

7 – 8 December 2015 | Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Oslo

Examining the options for integrated hybrid and electric power to increase ship versatility.


Save 10% with Intermanager – click here: http://www.informamaritimeevents.com/FKT2964IMWL

Quote VIP code: FKT2964IMWL to claim your discount.


Ballast Water Management Technology Conference

8 – 9 December 2015 | Congress Centre, London

Preparing the industry for Convention ratification and BWMS application

Save 10% with InterManager – click here: http://www.informamaritimeevents.com/FKT2884IMWL

Quote VIP code: FKT2884IMWL to claim your discount.


5th Condition Based Maintenance Conference

Securing come of the leading figures in the shipping industry, the 5th Condition Based Maintenance Conference will address the key technical and technological issues surrounding condition based maintenance. This will be a highly interactive, discussion led conference that puts your concerns at the heart of the agenda. For further information click http://conferences.imarest.org/ and email maria@conferences.imarest.org to receive an additional 10% discount when booking your place.


Brgds Kuba
Capt. Kuba Szymanski
Secretary General



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