ISSS addresses threat of global attacks

InterManager’s International Shipowning and Shipmanagement Summit (ISSS), brought major players from global shipowning, shipmanagement and associated service industries together to debate latest industry developments and international concerns surrounding the notion that today’s shipping industry is not immune to the global terrorist threat – be it physical or across the internet.

The Summit, which was held last month at the Singapore offices of Reed Smith, was chaired by Capt Kuba Szymanski, InterManager Secretary-General, and had an impressive speaker line-up, including:

  • James Wilkes, Managing Director, Gray Page
  • Esben Poulsson, Chairman, International Chamber of Shipping and President, Singapore Shipping Association
  • Bob Maxwell, Managing Director, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (Singapore)
  • Nicholas Fisher, CEO, Masterbulk Pte
  • Martin Baxendale, Managing Director, Resource Law
  • Capt Marc Nuytemans, Managing Director, Exmar Shipping
  • Bjørn Jebsen, Managing Director, Jebsens and newly-appointed President of InterManager

Key aspects such as how well do owners and managers know their crew and is enough being done to protect them, the ship and the cargo were debated at the Summit; including posing the question: is your ship as safe as it should be in today’s dangerous world?

The importance of how to minimise risk was stressed by several speakers and delegates, with some speakers arguing that international shipping could be a target for global attacks and needs to prepare itself for the event of a casualty that could involve multiple loss of life.

Graeme Temple, Regional Director for the Far East of Braemar (incorporating The Salvage Association) told delegates that, “often we see casualties needlessly occurring because of human error, this can be managed, if not avoided, by providing the appropriate training before such events occur.”

Delegates also discussed whether crew screening was necessity or an overreaction in today’s shipping environment. Asad Salameh, President of World-Link Communications revealed that, “48% of businesses worldwide are actively monitoring and analysing security intelligence.”

Summing up at the close of a successful day, conference chairman Capt Kuba Szymanski was met with a round of applause saying: “These are very important issues that the industry is hesitating in addressing. Here today, we are fighting against any threat, and long may that continue.”

The 3rd annual ISSS conference was organised by Shipping Innovation and InterManager and was generously sponsored by Reed Smith, KVH, MTI Network, The Thome Group, World-Link Communications and Gray Page.

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