Dispatches No. 450

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Dear Member


Below message was sent to very few members who I knew were very likely to say yes and I was amazed because 90% of them came back IMMEDIATELY and POSITIVELY.


Therefore I now panicked that I might be accused of favouring only a few among our members, and not giving a chance to all of you to support InterManager Enclose Space Campaign.


I would like to rectify that immediately.




I am delighted to report that our survey into the problems and risks associated with working in enclosed spaces received a very good response from throughout the industry. We received feedback from seafarers, crew managers and ship managers across the globe and all of the comments were valuable and informative.


The quantity and quality of the feedback we have received has enabled us to produce some industry-leading information, including a press release which outlined the key findings, and this has generated publicity for InterManager in a number of leading maritime publications, including Tradewinds.


When we began this project at the end of last year, seeking feedback from those directly affected by the risks of working in enclosed spaces onboard vessels, we were keen to encourage seafarers in particular to respond. With this in mind we offered a ‘prize’ to the seafarer who submitted the most useful feedback – perhaps suggesting measures which could be implemented to reduce risk or highlighting key failures in maritime procedure which could lead to danger or death. This prize was to be an ipad.


We have been overwhelmed and impressed by the useful and informed responses we received from our seafarers and their employers and I am pleased to report that in fact there are several responses which our committee felt were worthy of acknowledgement and reward.


I am therefore writing to you, our InterManager members to ask whether any of your companies might feel able to add your support to this campaign by sponsoring one of a number of additional ipad prizes for those who have helped us so much. Each prize ipad costs approximately £400.


InterManager plans to award these ipads and recognise the respondents during the forthcoming maritime events. First prize will be given at Tanker Forum in Hamburg – 15th October and then at CrewNonnect Manila 18thNovember 2019  Sponsors of the ipad rewards will be able to present them during the event, if you wish to do so.


I have been contacted by numerous maritime bodies to discuss working together to tackle the serious issue of working in enclosed spaces. Indeed, we are now investigating whether InterManager might present a paper to IMO to identify potential solutions. I think you will agree that, if it were not for the involvement of the seafarers who potentially risk their lives in these spaces, we would not be in this position of being a maritime thought leader on this subject. I am hopeful that you may agree that £400 is a small price to pay to acknowledge the gratitude we owe these individuals.

If you are able to assist in this matter I urge you to contact me.

I look forward to hearing from you and thank you on behalf of InterManager.


Capt. Kuba Szymanski

Secretary General


Last week:

AGM and ISSS in London

Enclose Space Deaths – engagement with fellow Shipping Associations

IMO – meeting with Secretary General

CCC – IMO – London – Captain Paddy McKnight full report available from: https://www.intermanager.org/2019/09/imo-sub-committee-on-carriage-of-cargoes-and-containers-9-13-september-2019/



This Week:

18th September – MACN – London – Capt. Paddy McKnight representing InterManager

19th September – Seagull User Forum – London – Capt. Paddy McKnight and Kuba Szymanski representing InterManager

Working on Enclose Space Death campaign

Diversity and Inclusion Survey – ICS

21-22 September – TK Foundation Board meeting – Vancouver – Capt. Kuba Szymanski attending


Looking forward:

9th October 2019 – Hamburg – Digitalisation in Shipping – Capt. Kuba Szymanski speaking

11th October 2019 – Maritime Economic Forum – Gdynia Poland – Capt. Szymanski Speaking

15th October 2019 – Tanker Safety Forum – Hamburg – Capt. Szymanski speaking.
Frank Lasse – Bernhard Schulte HSEQ Director receives Enclose Space Campaign Leadership Award for his outstanding leadership


18th November – Manila – Sofitel – CrewConnect conference

Members discount code giving a 20% . The code for your colleagues/associates is FKT3586SPKEM for booking online with this code here https://bit.ly/2Fexu9k


4 – 6 December 2019, Hilton London Tower Bridge

Intermanager members can receive a 20% discount to attend the Salvage & Wreck Removal Conference with VIP code FKT3554IM.


Part of the new Global Marine Casualties Week, Salvage & Wreck London is the world’s biggest gathering and a key venue for 200+ salvage professionals to discuss legal and insurance issues, examine recent casualty operations and incidents, and focus on the future role of salvage, new ways of working and emerging technology.

What you will hear about:

  • The annual review from the International Salvage Union on the state of the industry
  • A debate on the ‘economic’ health of the salvage industry
  • Updates on LOF 2020 – amendments and changes to the contract
  • Analysis of recent cases including the ‘Renos’ and implications for stakeholders
  • Management of oil and chemical spills, and latest research on response capabilities
  • International salvage response from the UK, Norway and China
  • New approaches to wreck removal and use of QRA
  • New technology advances to aid casualty response


Speakers confirmed so far include senior experts from SMIT Salvage BV, IUMI, Steamship Mutual, The Shipowners’ Club, IMO, ISU and Norwegian Coastal Administration.

New for 2019: Management and Prevention of Containership Fires Seminar

Examine and discuss the crucial issues surrounding containership fires to understand the risks, explore the insurance aspects, manage operations during an incident and dispose of hazardous cargoes and waste after a fire.

Click here to view the full agenda and initial speaker line-up.

Register online using Intermanager’s exclusive VIP code FKT3554IM to claim the discount or contact the event organisers for more information: viktoriia.derkach@informa.com; +44 (0) 20 7551 9620.


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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