Dispatches No. 432

United Nations praises InterManager’s
schools project

A pioneering project to involve schoolchildren in the shipping industry has been praised by the United Nations (UN) as a good example of how to educate young people about ocean life.

Adopt A Ship, promoted by InterManager, the international trade association for ship managers, was highlighted during the closing remarks made at the UN’s recent capacity building event in New York, which brought together leaders of a wide range of UN programs.

The project partners schools, colleges and orphanages/shelters with a working ship to enable pupils to learn more about the world of international shipping and life at sea. More than 14,000 children worldwide participated in 2018 and InterManager expects some 40,000 to take part in 2019.

Summing up the findings of the two-day UN event, the meeting’s co-chair, Juliette Babb-Riley, said: “Significant activities are already under way in many parts of the world to promote ocean literacy. Examples highlighted at the event are the programmes of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, the work of InterManager with schools about shipping, and the initiatives of the European Union, particularly on marine debris. Such activities should be welcomed and extended, and new activities should be identified and encouraged.”

Adopt A Ship is based on the similar programme initiated in Cyprus by the Cyprus Shipping Chamber in 2006 with great success and has been widely supported by InterManager members, enabling the scheme to be extended to parts of Europe, the Far East, India and north America. It has been so successful that currently there is a waiting list of schools keen to link up with a ship.

The UN’s multi-stakeholder dialogue and capacity-building partnership event was held from 24-25 January 2019 at United Nations Headquarters in New York and was attended by Vice President George Hoyt on behalf of InterManager. Over the course of two days, 23 presentations were held by representatives of States, global and regional intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations, including academia. Capacity-building is one of the UN’s core objectives of the Regular Process. This event’s was aimed at providing an opportunity to build awareness and collaboration with respect to capacity-building.

Mr Hoyt said: “This capacity building event was first time that InterManager has been highlighted by the United Nations as an example of implementing a solution they want others to consider for increasing ocean literacy. We are honoured to be recognised in this forum and appreciate the UN’s positive comments about the Cyprus Shipping Chamber’s innovative scheme which increases maritime awareness.”

The UN meeting concluded: “There is a need to raise public awareness, in particular through ‘ocean literacy’. Enhanced ocean literacy across all parts of society is necessary to underpin the provision of funds and resources for capacity-building. In addition, improved ocean literacy among policy-makers and other significant decision-makers is particularly needed as a basis for developing measures to achieve SDG 14. Increasing ocean literacy at the national level is a foundational element to enable capacity – and capability – building in the national marine science sector. There is a need to step up ocean literacy particularly for children to ensure a better understanding and management in coastal communities.”

Adopt A Ship is proving so popular that there is currently a shortage of ships, with some vessels having to correspond with two schools to ensure pupils are not disappointed. The project also organises presentations for participating schools as well as visits to shipping companies and vessels where possible.

Schools are given a world map and pins to enable students to track their vessel’s progress across international waters. Pupils communicate via their teacher with the Master and crew over email. They discuss a wide range of topics, depending on their age. Questions vary from discussions about the employment opportunities that exist in the shipping industry to curiosity about how seafarers live, what they eat and whether they have seen marine creatures such as sharks and whales.

For further information see the Adopt-A-Ship section on the InterManager website: www.intermanager.org/adopt-a-ship





Data Protection Committee

Has started their works and is open for new members:

Aims and Objectives:
·         To create ‘Data Protection Best Practice Guidelines for Ship Management’ for the benefit of the ship management community.

o   This would address ship manager-specific data protection issues, e.g. compliance with GDPR and other local data protection requirements outside of the EEA, how to handle data transfers (to large numbers of recipients) and international data transfers.

  • To gather interest from ship managers across the industry to:

o   Increase the breadth of knowledge and experience to help create these Guidelines

o   Give these Guidelines more weight and credibility


Last week:

Enclosed Space Project – administration

Conferences in Cyprus in March 2019 13th March

Adopt a Ship project



This Week:

Enclosed Space Project – administration

Adopt a Ship project – maps and stickers – 52 Schools in Poland !!

ExCom in Cyprus – admin

Work on Projects – Paperless ship, Single Window


Looking forward:

International Lifeboat Group meeting in London 02 April

Crew Connect 10th April 2019 Hamburg – President Bjorn Jebsen representing InterManager

IMO SSE on 4 to 8 March, Capt. Paddy McKnight attending on behalf of InterManager

IMO Legal Committee meeting (LEG 106) from 27 – 29 March 2019, Capt. Paddy McKnight attending on behalf of InterManager


23 March to Sunday 31 March 2019 – EMCS are now taking reservations for the next Ship Superintendents’ Training Programme, running from Saturday 23 March to Sunday 31 March 2019.

The course is endorsed by DNV-GL, IMarEST, University College, the Isle of Man Ship Registry, InterManager and EMCS International.

Originally designed for newly appointed recruits to the position of Superintendent and seagoing Engineers and Deck Officers coming ashore, the training has evolved to provide an excellent foundation in all aspects of maritime operations.  The programme welcomes delegates from all over the world from a variety of roles and maritime sectors including commercial shipping, yacht management, ship repair etc, to gain an oversight and understanding of roles and responsibilities to facilitate good working relationships.

The major asset of the programme is the vast wealth of experience from a professional team of lecturers, having accumulated between them over 250 years’ experience in every aspect of the Shipping Industry.  Many employers have realised the fundamental benefits of an exceptionally intensive nine consecutive day programme, encompassing two weekends, to the point that the programme is now compulsory for their new superintendents (and often employees holding a variety of other positions within their organisation).


The cost of the 9 day programme is £3,000.  If you would like any further information or to make a reservation then please do not hesitate to contact us, or visit http://www.emcs.co.im/superintendents-course/


CrewConnect Europe is taking place on 9 -11 April at the Empire Riverside Hotel in Hamburg. Join 150+ crewing professionals to discuss solutions for recruitment, training and welfare for seafarers in the digital age at the most established and comprehensive solutions-based event dedicated to crewing & marine education and training in Europe.

Event highlights:

  • Up to 18 CPD points
  • Speakers from InterManager, Starbulk SA, BIMCO, UK Chamber of Shipping, Columbia Shipmanagement, Klaveness Shipmanagement SA, International Chamber of Shipping and more!
  • New separately bookable summit: developing a digital competence framework for shipping


Agenda https://goo.gl/5HKv9y

To benefit from a 20% Intermanager discount in addition to the early bird, which is available until Friday 8th March, please use VIP code FKT3556INTER during registration or follow this link https://goo.gl/NVck2N

For InterManager Ship Managers we have VIP tickets (Free place) – please get in touch.


Seafarers UK 24 Peaks Challenge, 6-7 July

For one of the toughest, most exhilarating and empowering corporate events, Seafarers UK is recruiting teams of four-seven walkers, plus a support driver per team, for the charity’s 2019 fundraising event in July. Teams need a good base level of fitness and a commitment to training, including steep hill hiking to prepare for the two 10-14 hour back-to-back days. To contribute towards vital funding to support seafarers, every team pledges to raise a minimum of £4,000 through fundraising. Every team member receives a T-shirt, medal and great support for their preparation and fundraising, both in the build-up to the event and during the exciting weekend. After this fantastic team-building and truly challenging event, team meetings will never be the same! Does your organisation have what it takes?


Email: marie.robson@seafarers.uk

DD: 020 7932 5960

Mob: 07795 065441



The Loch Ness Challenge – 28th August – 2nd September 2019


Paddling 60 miles in 4 days, teams of 2 from the shipping industry in an open topped canoe along the great glen way, which includes Loch Ness.

Participants will camp along the shores getting back to basics, no experience necessary.


Registration £100

Minimum fundraising amount £1250 pp

Video advert https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFiI3DGup6g


Ride London 100 – 4th August – poster attached

We’re looking for cyclists to join our fundraising team this August to cycle 100 miles across London and into Surrey.


Registration £100

Minimum sponsorship £400

Video advert https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNuucDNep9A


Mt Kilimanjaro August 2020

We are taking on this giant of the world in August 2020 and looking for participants now so training can begin and to build a good plan for fundraising.

This is certainly one of life’s achievements and will not be forgotten easily!


Minimum sponsorship amount £5000

Brochure and video being created.


I hope you’re well, and join me in a canoe or a trek maybe?

Kindest regards

Rebecca Bridgen

Events Fundraiser

Sailors’ Society

+ 44 7712 404130



Brgds Kuba

Capt. Kuba Szymanski

Secretary General

Mob: +44 7624 498 266




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