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Adopt a ship project.


The general public needs to learn how dependent their current and future quality of life is on seafarers, shipping and the maritime community. Higher levels of “AWARENESS” by the general public will increase the effectiveness of the work of the IMO and everyone in the maritime community. This knowledge needs to continue to increase with every generation. Although it can be very difficult, time consuming and expensive, it is critically important to increase the “awareness” of our children. The participation of women in the maritime community has increased in recent years, but the percentage of women currently participating in shipping is extremely low. Focusing programs for all children, starting at age 10, will expand our potential to bring more of the best and brightest young men and young women into an ever expanding range of challenging and rewarding maritime and maritime related careers that will create the leaders who will develop future Maritime Policies.


A SOLUTION: “FREE InterManager Adopt A Ship” program.

The “Adopt A Ship” program is a FREE, useful, sustainable, enjoyable and well-developed “tool” that can help begin the process of increasing the children’s “awareness” of seafarers, shipping and the maritime community, and the critical importance they play in the quality of life for almost everyone on the planet. This can help solve, or at least reduce 3 serious problems: Unfair criminalization of seafarers; Denied safe ports of refuge; and Seafarers being held hostage for ransom by pirates.


History: The “Adopt a Ship” Program was initiated by the Cyprus Shipping Chamber, (CSC), and the Cyprus Maritime Environmental Protection Association, (CYMEPA), in 2006 to bring together the Elementary Schools and Seafarers on board ships operated by CSC Members. Enclosed is a link to a 4-minute film from the CSC, which explains their Adopt A Ship program. https://youtu.be/jwdbamNKOoo . The program expanded into the Philippines, Poland, India and Greece 2017. More than 80 ships now participate in the Cyprus program. More than 40 ships are participating in the Poland program. More than 10,000 children will participate in the Philippines in 2018. Facebook: “Adopt A Ship International”


HOW the basic “Adopt A Ship program” operates.

Versions of the Adopt A Ship program vary from country to country. The basic program consists of:

  1. a senior officer (usually the Captain) onboard a ship exchanging a short email message with an elementary school classroom or an orphanage/shelter/hostel once a week.
  2. The children are given a 2×3 meter world map with sea lanes that they use to track the movement of that ship.


  1. “Pre-test” and “10 week test”
  2. The children are given a “pre-test” consisting a world map with the outline of the oceans and continents, with no names of the test map.
  3. The children (via their teacher or the administrator of their orphanage), ask the ship 2 or 3 questions a week.
  4. At the end of 10 weeks, the children are given the same test they were given prior to the start of the program.

(Details of the very positive test results are available for review on request).

  1. “Children visit shipping companies participating”
  2. At the end of the school year, or on an agreed date, the children visit some of the shipping companies participating in the program.
  3. Children may be allowed, when properly supervised, to use some of the training facilities, (simulators, etc.)
  4. Children are show equipment used onboard and models of ships
  5. Children are shown films from the IMO, ICS, Maritime Prevention Associations, and other sources.
  6. This is sometimes followed by a “Q & A” session and/or a Test.
  7. Executives from participating organizations, and sometimes Seafarers who have participated onboard, visit the schools or orphanages that participated.
  8. “Skype”, (or some other type of ship-shore communication), may happen once or twice a year, between the ship and the classroom/orphanage.
  9. “Certificates” are given to the Seafarers who participate on board, Shipping companies that participate, and to Teachers/Administrators who participate in schools/orphanages.
  10. Worldwide rights have been secured for schools, shelters, and orphanages who participate in “Adopt A Ship” programs to print a 2×3 meter world map with sea lanes. This digital version allows logos of participating organizations and pictures of ships to be added at the bottom of the map. We will share the right to print this map with organizations and companies who want to participate.
  11. We encourage InterManager members to create their own Adopt A Ship programs and/or participate in existing InterManager Adopt A Ship programs. We will assist you.

Contact; George Hoyt, FNI, InterManager Vice President, IMO Maritime Ambassador, g.hoyt@faceofshipping.com

www.intermanager.org      www.seafarersmosaic.com    www.faceofshipping.com  Facebook: “Adopt A Ship International”




Last week


Working on AGM and ISSS – date change will be announced next week – London

Membership Issues

Adopt a ship


This Week:

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

Working on AGM and ExCom and ISSS

New projects for InterManager – to be announced shortly

EMSA – Philippines certification issues

End of the financial year issues.


Looking forward:

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

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

02.10 – Humane – Trondheim – Study Workshop

  • Increase knowledge on a systems level, what changes when autonomy is introduced?
  • Suggest solutions to identified challenges
  • Provide tested methods for prediction and support for organisations that wish to prepare themselves for an autonomous future

Markus Schmitz is representing InterManager


Digital Ship’s Maritime Cyber Resilience Forum Hamburg

5 September 2018

Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH
Address: Messeplatz 1,
20357 Hamburg

Conference room: Kopenhagen 1 – 3” in hall B3

Website: http://www.smm.thedigitalship.com

Building on the great success of the Maritime Cyber Resilience Forum in Rotterdam, Athens, Singapore and Hamburg last year, the 3 key sessions during this Digital Ship’s Maritime Cyber Resilience Forum Hamburg will contain plenary presentations and panel discussions:

Session One: Facing the Cyber Threat: An Overview of Maritime Cyber Challenges and Focus on Building Resilience

Session Two: Business Planning and Cyber Preparedness

Session Three: Training, Awareness & Human Factor

To Register, click here:  http://www.smm.thedigitalship.com/register

Enquiries, please contact:  cathy@thedigitalship.com


Brgds Kuba

Capt. Kuba Szymanski

Secretary General

Mob: +44 7624 498 266



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