Dispatches No. 484

Dear Members

I am painfully aware that yesterday you have received 3 “blank” Dispatches. I am terribly sorry for this incident – entirely my fault.

It is with great sadness that we announce that Canon Ken Peters died on the evening of Saturday 9th May 2020.

After 38 years of distinguished service within The Mission to Seafarers, Ken was very well known across the world, not just to the MtS family but to many beyond.

Good bye Ken – R.I.P

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Last week we have issued:

Industry Alert regarding smuggling of illegal narcotics and risk of ship detention and crew arrest – https://www.intermanager.org/resources/industry-good-practice/

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Press release regarding creation of Maritime Champions League

Maritime Champions League

InterManager launches ‘Maritime Champions League’ to recognise the triumphs and effort of the maritime industry.

Both the mainstream and maritime press continue to paint a bleak picture of the shipping industry, undermining the tremendous efforts undertaken by many ship and crew managers, which has been causing sorrow and demotivation among the seafaring community.

COVID-19 has dramatically impacted the world we know, yet many shipping companies continue to be innovative and nascent in their approach to overcoming seemingly impassable barriers.

InterManager – the international trade association for ship and crew managers – has today introduced the Maritime Champions League, a website to recognise the efforts of the seafaring community where ship managers can share their successful crew repatriation achievements, irrespective of whether they are in-house or third party.

“Some ship managers are making huge strides, and some have only changed the circumstances of a handful of seafarers, but every little helps,” said Capt. Kuba Szymanski, Secretary General of InterManager.

“InterManager believes that we need to reward those who – instead of simply talking – have rolled up their sleeves and immediately started working to find ways of repatriating their sea staff and seafarers.

“It is hoped that this table will convey a clear message to all industry stakeholders that the maritime industry has not forgotten their seafarers, and that we are willing and able to conduct crew changes and show utilised routes.

“The Maritime Champions League table will also detail the nationalities of those who have been relieved, and will show the efforts of national administrations and their willingness to cooperate and be an inspiration for those who are still in the planning phase, and not just bury themselves under the bureaucratic duvet.

“By working collectively, we can pool our resources for crew changes and achieve far more than we could alone.”

The League table is live on the InterManager website at https://bit.ly/3dBSA0c and will be continuously updated with relevant data as and when it becomes available.

Speaking of the League table, Capt. Szymanski said: “It is hoped that this will serve as an inspiration for those who are still dragging their heels, and provide the seafaring community with much-needed peace of mind that they have the support of the entire industry behind them.”

Those wishing to join the Maritime Champions League and lead from the front can e-mail kuba.szymanski@intermanager.org

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Pooling resources for crew Changes

Message No. 15

Aa/

To help each other and to show the rest of the world how good you are, InterManager members would like to propose something which would go LONG WAY and will be seen as a TRUE LEADERSHIP – TRUE WALK THE TALK approach:

Could I all our members to report daily HOW MANY CREW MEMBERS, WHICH ROUTE, WHAT NATIONALITY have your company been able to repatriate please?

To start with could I please have number of seafarers repatriated since COVID started 23 March 2020

This would be reported daily on our website and through social media, to show the shipping world that we care, that we do what we say we do.

Bb/
Members were asking whether there are any flights for crew changes between Hong Kong and Europe. – here is our answer (Marine fares) below:

Flights:

British Airways BA28

Departure: 14 May 23:45 Hong Kong Intl (HKG) Terminal: 1

Arrival: 15 May 05:30 Heathrow (LHR) Terminal: 5

Duration: 12 Hour(s) 45 Minutes

Marine fare GBP504

Flights:

British Airways BA28

Departure: 14 May 23:45 Hong Kong Intl (HKG) Terminal: 1

Arrival: 15 May 05:30 Heathrow (LHR) Terminal: 5

Duration: 12 Hour(s) 45 Minutes

British Airways BA430

Departure: 15 May 08:20 Heathrow (LHR) Terminal: 5

Arrival: 15 May 10:40 Schiphol Arpt (AMS) Terminal:

Duration: 1 Hour(s) 20 Minutes

Marine fare GBP538

Flights:

Cathay Pacific CX251

Departure: 15 May 23:55 Hong Kong Intl (HKG) Terminal: 1

Arrival: 16 May 05:40 Heathrow (LHR) Terminal: 2

Duration: 12 Hour(s) 45 Minutes

Lufthansa LH901

Departure: 16 May 09:25 Heathrow (LHR) Terminal: 2

Arrival: 16 May 12:00 Frankfurt Intl (FRA) Terminal: 1

Duration: 1 Hour(s) 35 Minutes

Marine fare GBP726

Flights:

British Airways BA28

Departure: 14 May 23:45 Hong Kong Intl (HKG) Terminal: 1

Arrival: 15 May 05:30 Heathrow (LHR) Terminal: 5

Duration: 12 Hour(s) 45 Minutes

British Airways BA306

Departure: 15 May 08:55 Heathrow (LHR) Terminal: 5

Arrival: 15 May 11:15 Charles De Gaulle Intl Arpt (CDG) Terminal: 2A

Duration: 1 Hour(s) 20 Minutes

Marine fare GBP538

Cc/

We are in discussion with Philippine Airlines regarding charter flight – Manila / Amsterdam / Manila.

This flight would be organized as soon as we receive green light from Manila that it will be welcomed in Philippines.

Could I please “measure interest”?

Message No. 14

DRAFT Voyage charter Party Clauses for deviation for crew change – for members to comment.

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Last week:

Working on COVID-19
Working on Enclosed Space Death project
Criminalisation of Seafarers – Guidelines
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This Week:

Working on COVID-19
Working on Enclosed Space Death project
Criminalisation of Seafarers – Guidelines
Maritime Champions League

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Looking forward:

Working on Enclosed Space Death project
Working on COVID-19
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Mt Kilimanjaro August 2020

We are taking on this giant of the world in August 2020, and we are looking for participants now so that training can begin and we can 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 will join me in a canoe or on a trek, maybe?

Kindest regards

Rebecca Bridgen

Events Fundraiser

Sailors’ Society

+ 44 7712 404130

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Brgds Kuba

Capt. Kuba Szymanski

Secretary General

+44 7624 498 266

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