Dispatches No. 393

Dear Readers

Dr. Kate Pike, Associate Professor from Solent University, InterManager associate member is carrying out a research about crew strategies of Ship Managers and Ship Owners.

Kate would like to ask our members very quick two questions – in order to maintain your anonymity please respond to me and I will “sanitize” your answers.


Which of the following crewing strategies do you operate for your top four officers?


Fluid (top 4 senior officers randomly assigned to a vessel).

Stable (the same top 4 senior officers returning to the same vessel).

Stable pool (the same top 4 senior officers returning to the same fleet of vessels but not necessarily the same vessel).

Mix (a mix of strategies – fluid and stable for example – please state).

Any other? (please state).


[2]What mentoring scheme or company strategy does your vessel/ company operate for seafarers?

(Please state which scheme or strategy below– whether or not it is a formal or informal arrangement).


[1] The Effective Crew Project, led by Solent University, examines the benefits and challenges associated with the implementation of either a stable or a fluid crewing strategy on board merchant vessels. This three year project started in April 2017 and is sponsored by the Lloyds Register Foundation and the TK Foundation.

For more details, please follow this link: www.solent.ac.uk/effectivecrew


[2] The Mentoring Seafarers Project, led by Solent University recognises the important role that mentoring can play in developing people’s skills, enhancing their welfare and improving safety. As such, the project has been established to explore the range and remit of various mentoring schemes being used within shipping companies internationally. The project will help to raise awareness to sustainable mentoring initiatives and additionally encourage best practice to ensure long-term benefits in education and well-being are considered for the seafaring community. This project is sponsored by the ITF Seafarers’ Trust

For more details please follow this link: www.solent.ac.uk/mentoring-seafarers


Mentoring Definition

Mentoring is seen as a ‘vehicle’ to allow knowledge and experience to be shared in a trusted relationship. It has a two-way function supporting personal growth in both career advancement and welfare in equal measures, with role modelling playing an integral part.





Last week

Working with 5 InterManager teams preparing for 24 Peals Challenge

Preparing for the Industry Working group on “Human Element”

05.06 – 09.06 IMO – London – Capt. Paddy McKnight attending representing InterManager

Working on Accounts

Bi-monthly Dispatch

Adopt a ship project.


This Week:

Working on 24 peaks Challenge

Opening new Bank Account for InterManager with World First

Adopt a ship project


Looking forward:

02.07 – 06.07 – IMO – London – Council – Capt. Paddy McKnight attending representing InterManager

16.07 – 20.07 – IMO – London – HTW – Capt. Paddy McKnight attending representing InterManager

10.09 – 14.09 – IMO – London – CCC5 – Capt. Paddy McKnight attending representing InterManager

11.09 – London – Seagull Event – InterManager members welcomed. Capt. Kuba Szymanski speaking about “Human Touch” representing InterManager

12.09 – InterManager AGM and International Ship Management and Ship Owning Summit (ISSS) – London



Project updates:

Adopt a Ship

InterManager has joined the Cyprus Chamber of Shipping initiated campaign Adopt A Ship.

As of this week we have:
41 classes and 6 School Libraries in Poland, 2 Universities in Poland, 1 kindergarten in Poland; 3 orphanages in India  – 35 ships

Anyone interested to learn more about Adopt A Ship project please get in touch with Capt. Kuba Szymanski [email protected]


21 June 2018 – London

If Industry 4.0 is to be truly realised, then shipping must embrace a new approach to the traditional supply chain. Moving a container from A to B involves, on average, 30 different actors and 200+ interactions – delivery of goods has never been more transparent, nor more complex. So, what can digitalisation do to streamline and integrate shipping with the broader supply chain?

Join us in London on 21 June to investigate how we can measure the impact digital business and harness the benefits of new technologies to improve performance – from ship to shore to delivery.

Across four key sessions we will discuss how we can identify the real digital opportunity in front of us and re-define digitalisation in maritime and transport. How can we better drive the business improvements these technologies represent?

  1. Maritime SATCOM summit
  2. The iShipping revolution
  3. Harnessing Cyber resilience and Managing Risk
  4. Can Digital drive optimisiation and efficiency

This conference is free of charge for full Members of InterManager

Associate members 30% discount


Interested?  Register:  www.london.thedigitalship.com/register/



Brgds Kuba

Capt. Kuba Szymanski

Secretary General

Mob: +44 7624 498 266



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