Dispatches No. 464

Dear Members


InterManager thanks seafarers for supporting its Enclosed Spaces Campaign

Seafarers who are helping to make working life at sea safer for their industry colleagues have been honoured by InterManager, the international trade association for the ship management sector.

InterManager is leading industry calls for improved safety measures to avoid crew members losing their lives while working in dangerous, enclosed spaces.

A key component for InterManager’s campaign to address these dangers is feedback received from the seafarers who regularly face these risks. InterManager Secretary General, Captain Kuba Szymanski, explained: “We wanted to hear from the seafarers themselves to find out why fatal mistakes are still being made? Is there something the industry hasn’t taken into consideration?”

To obtain these views, InterManager conducted an industry-wide survey – and received an overwhelming response from seafarers and shore staff around the globe.

In recognition of this important assistance, InterManager is presenting a number of respondents with awards and iPads. Some are being presented during the Crew Connect Global event in Manila this week, one has already been presented in Hamburg, and further presentations will take place in London later this year.

The recipients are:

Leadership Award (presented to shore staff):
• Capt. Venkat Kesav, Campbell Shipping.
• Capt. Frank Lasse, Bernhard Schulte.
• Himadri Shikhar, MSI Shipping.

Seafarer Award (presented to crew members):
• Pumpman Florencio Boongaling, Bernhard Schulte
• Capt Avinash Serafino Carrasco, MSI Shipping
• Second Officer Sheshendra Chaturvedi, Campbell Shipping
• Second Engineer Mr Asokan Exhilan, MSI Shipping,
• Chief Officer Sunny Tagappan Kannan, MSI Shipping
• Deck Cadet Vishal Kumar, Campbell Shipping.
• Michael Lloyd, retired.
• Chief Officer Leigh Musselwhite,Tidewater Marine
• Capt. Somesh Singh, Campbell Shipping

Presentation of the iPads was made possible thanks to the generous sponsorship of the following companies, all InterManager members: Columbia Ship Management; Ecochlor; ISSA; Philippines Transmarine Carriers; SCF Management Services; Seagull; Scorpio Ship Management; SOFTImpact, The Standard Club Asia.

Captain Szymanski said: “Our Enclosed Spaces campaign has obviously struck a chord and we were pleased with the response we received from throughout the maritime community. This campaign put seafarers in the driving seat and gave them the chance to take charge of this risk to their lives. We are delighted that so many of them took the time to respond to us.”

He continued: “We received some very interesting suggestions and this feedback will help to inform our campaign as we endeavour to bring about industry-wide improvements. I am delighted to be able to recognise those seafarers and shore staff who went out of their way to help us.”

“Thanks to the great feedback we received from seafarers and marine sector workers throughout the international shipping industry we have the information we need to be able to lobby the International Maritime Organisation and other key maritime stakeholders and work towards eradicating these risks,” he said.



Last week:

Was getting ready for:

  • Women in Shipping Summit – 18th November
  • CrewConnect – 19th November
  • Enclosed Space Campaign Awards night – 20th November
  • Cruise Connect – 21st November



This Week:

While in Manila attended:

  • Women in Shipping Summit – 18th November
  • CrewConnect – 19th November
  • Enclosed Space Campaign Awards night – 20th November
  • Cruise Connect – 21st November
  • IMO Assembly 31, which convenes on Monday 25 November, will meet primarily to elect a new Council for the next 2 years – Capt. Paddy McKnight attending



Looking forward:

26-27th November 2019 London – Tanker Shipping & Trade Conference, Capt. Kuba Szymanski representing

26 & 28th NI Board meeting – Capt. Kuba Szymanski attending


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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