SMART4SEA Conference & Awards

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SMART4SEA Conference & Awards

31 Jan 2017
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2016 SAFETY4SEA Conference & Awards

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  • The 2016 SAFETY4SEA Conference & Awards, a PRO BONO event, successfully concluded on Wednesday 5th of October 2016 in Eugenides Foundation, Athens attracting 900 delegates from 25 countries representing a total of 400 organizations.

    Six panels of 18 prominent experts focused on safety perspectives, loss prevention, incident investigation, security and human element issues revealing fresh perspectives on the above issues, based on the needs of maritime community and providing best practices and practical knowledge.

    Also,the inaugural presentation of the SAFETY4SEA Awards took place at the closing of the forum within the scope of awarding industry’s organizations and associations who have distinguished for their initiative, excellence and training activities. For more information about the 2016 SAFETY4SEA Awards, please click here.

         Speaker presentations of  the forum in PDF are available online for SAFETY4SEA Digital Subscibers

     

    Event Timetable
    Welcome Coffee & registration [ 08:00 – 09:00 ]

    Panel # 1 – Safety Perspectives [ 09:00 – 10:15]

    1.Forum Opening: Apostolos Belokas, Founder & Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA –  “CSR4SEA Sustainability Survey”

    Presentation video l Brief Article

    2.Capt. Apostolos Skempes, Training Manager, Arcadia Shipmanagement Co Ltd – ”Shaping a Safety Culture”

    Presentation video l Brief Article

    3.Jason Stefanatos, Senior Research Engineer, DNV GL – Maritime Safety – “The voice of the Greek shipping community”

    Presentation video l Brief Article

    4.Capt Panagiotis Nikiteas, HSQE Manager / DPA / CSO, Anangel Maritime Services – “Safety – Compliance – Behavior”

    Presentation video l Brief Article

    20 min Panel Discussion & Questions Open to the floor

    Panel # 2 – Safety Perspectives II  [ 10:15 – 11:15]

    1.George Gaitas, Attorney, CHALOS & Co Law Firm – “Some hot tips for avoiding the MARPOL-APPS criminal enforcement trap”

    Presentation video l Brief Article

    2.Stefanos N. Roulakis, Attorney, Blank Rome – “Handling Marine Casualties: An Analysis of New Reporting Requirements and Risks of Criminal Prosecutions

    Presentation video l Brief Article

    3.Spyridon Kostopoulos, Surveyor, Europe Division, ABS – “Safety Considerations”

    Presentation video l Brief Article

    20 min Panel Discussion & Questions Open to the floor

    Coffee Break [ 11:15 – 11:45 ]

    Panel # 3 – Loss Prevention [ 11:45 – 12:45]

    1.Elias Psyllos, Business development Director, T&T Salvage – “Lessons learned from Liquefaction Incident Response”

    Presentation video l Brief Article

    2.Cedric Chatteleyn, Claims Director, Thomas Miller Hellas –“SOLAS Verified gross mass (VGM) Challenge”

    Presentation video l Brief Article

    3.Rick Jeffress, Director, Business Development, Fike Corporation – “Using Video Analytics to minimize fire risk”

    Presentation video l Brief Article

    20 min Panel Discussion & Questions Open to the floor

    Panel # 4 – Incident Investigation [ 12:45 – 13:45]

    1.Mark Bull, Marine Consultant, Trafalgar Navigation Limited – Revolution underway on the bridge and how the rules need to be re-written”

    Presentation video l Brief Article

    2.Danielle Centeno, Asst. VP, Loss Prevention & Survey Compliance, American Club – “Safety of Navigation- ECDIS Assisted Groundings- The risks of a paperless chart system and incidents resulting from the improper use of ECDIS

    Presentation video l Brief Article

    3.Stelios Bellas, Director, Hellenic Bureau of Maritime Casualty Investigation (HBMCI) –  “Marine accidents and Human Factor”

    Presentation video l Brief Article

    20 min Panel Discussion & Questions Open to the floor

    Lunch Break [ 13:45 – 15:00 ]

    Panel # 5 – Security [ 15:00 – 16:00]

    1.Apostolos Belokas, Founder & Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA  – “ISPS Code: A Critical Review of pros & cons of 12 years of implementation”

    Presentation video l Brief Article

    2.Dimitrios Maniatis, Business Development Manager, Diaplous Maritime Services – “Piracy status East and West of Africa”

    Presentation video l Brief Article

    3.Rod Lingard, Joint Managing Director, Thomas Miller War Risks Services Ltd – “Anatomy of West African maritime kidnap”

    Presentation video l Brief Article

    20 min Panel Discussion & Questions Open to the floor

    Panel # 6 – Human Element [ 16:00 – 17:00 ]

    1.Marlon RonoPresident, Magsaysay People Resources Corporation & Executive Chairman, Magsaysay Maritime Corporation – “Training and Development Challenges : The Crew Manager Perspective”

    Presentation video l Brief Article

    2.Adam Lewis, Manager, Operations & Training, International Maritime Employers’ Council Ltd. – “Recruitment and Training of Generation Z”

    Presentation video l Brief Article

    3.Michael Røssland, Vice President, Norsafe Academy“New SOLAS requirements for lifeboat servicing

    Presentation video l Brief Article

    20 min Panel Discussion & Questions Open to the floor

    SAFETY4SEA Awards Ceremony [ 17:00 – 17:30 ]
    Cocktail Reception   [17:30 – 19:00]

         

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    About SAFETY4SEA / GREEN4SEA

    SAFETY4SEA / GREEN4SEA are PRO BONO projects fostering Safety & Environmental Excellence and Sustainable Shipping, including:

    • „The Leading Maritime Safety Portalsafety4sea.com (40,000+ visitors on a monthly basis)
    • „SAFETY4SEA LOG, a Quarterly Magazine circulated in excess of 50,000 copies in Greece and Abroad every year
    • „SAFETY4SEA Conference, the world’s largest Safety Conference, attracting 1,000+ delegates / 450+ organisations in Athens, every October
    • „The Leading Maritime Green Portalwww.green4sea.com (30,000+ visitors on a monthly basis)
    • „GREEN4SEA LOG, a Quarterly Magazine circulated in excess of 50,000 copies in Greece and Abroad every year
    • „GREEN4SEA Conference, the world’s largest Green Conference, attracting 1000+ delegates / 450+ organisations in Athens, every April
    • „A scholarship program, offering for the 2016 a fully paid (100%) Scholarship for the ALBA MSc in Shipping Management
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  • Panel #1: Safety Perspectives I

    Apostolos-Belokas, Founder & Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA – Forum Opening & Panel Moderator

    Belokas_Apostolos Belokas is a Maritime Safety, Quality & Environmental Expert, Consultant, Trainer and Project Manager with more than 20 year background in shipping as Technical, Marine, Safety & Training Superintendent and Consultant. He entered the industry back in 1992 as Engineering Superintendent with a leading ship manager operating a mixed fleet of bulk and oil/chemical tankers and later shifted to regulatory compliance and QHSE issues as superintendent and later as a Consultant and Trainer. Apostolos has successfully completed a wide range of QHSE projects including 250+ management system projects (ISM/ISO 9001-14001-18001/TMSA/MLC), 500 vessel and office audits to various standards and he has trained more than 5,000 people in a wide variety of QHSE subjects. He is holding Mechanical Engineering Bachelor and Master’s specialising in Energy & Environment and Master’s Degrees in Maritime Business and Business Administration (MBA), all of them awarded with distinction. Apostolos is the Managing Director of SQE MARINE & SQE ACADEMY and he is also the Founder and Managing Editor of SAFETY4SEA and GREEN4SEA.

     

    Capt. Apostolos Skempes, Training Manager, Arcadia Shipmanagement Co Ltd – Shaping a Safety Culture

    skempesCapt. Apostolos Skempes is a graduate of the Merchant Marine Academy of Aspropyrgos, as a deck officer  fully certified up to the rank of Master Mariner with more than 15 years seagoing service, including 4 years  as Master on Tankers. He has served as Professor of Maritime Studies at the Merchant Marine Academy of Aspropyrgos – Deck Officers’ Department, for 12 years and he is holding a Master of Business Administration in Shipping from Piraeus University. He is a qualified Auditor of Management Systems (ISM/ISPS/ISO 9001 & 14001 ) and a certified Trainer on Bridge Simulators and ECDIS by TRANSAS. He is the Training Manager for Arcadia Shipmanagement since November 2012.

     

    Jason Stefanatos, Senior Research Engineer, R&D and Advisory, Region East Med., Black & Caspian Seas, DNV GL – Maritime

    stefanatos_Jason Stefanatos is a graduate of the School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering of National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), where I also worked as a researcher in the Laboratory of Marine Engineering. He joined DNV GL in 2011, where mainly work on the computer modelling, simulation, and optimisation of ship machinery systems (part of the developing team of COSSMOS). His field of expertise includes performance assessment, design and operation optimisation, hybrid-electric propulsion systems, tankers offloading operations, energy efficiency, Cyber Security and Fleet Performance Management solutions.

     

    Capt Panagiotis Nikiteas, HSQE Manager / DPA / CSO, Anangel Maritime Services

    nikiteasCapt Panagiotis Nikiteas is maritime professional with 28 years’ experience span in various sectors of the maritime industry including management, marine, vetting, operations, crewing, safety, quality, environmental, security, health, surveying, incident investigation and training. He had been stationed and worked abroad in Manila, Dubai and Singapore and appreciated the benefits of multi-cultural working environment. He is holding Master’s Degree in Adult Education, Master’s degree in International Shipping with distinction, Post Graduate Diploma in International Shipping and Transport Management and is a graduate form Hydra Merchant Marine Academy with distinction. Panagiotis is the HSQE manager / DPA / CSO of Anangel Maritime Services Inc.

     

    Panel #2: Safety Perspectives II

    George Gaitas, Attorney, CHALOS & Co Law Firm

    george-gaitas_George A. Gaitas was born and raised in Greece by a seafaring family, originating in the island of Andros with roots in Zakynthos and Crete. He received all of his higher education in the United States where he was first licensed to practice law (in Kansas).

    Later, the allure of the sea brought him to Tulane University in New Orleans where he studied maritime law and earned his LL.M. After some years with a traditional maritime law firm in New Orleans, he returned to Greece and joined a privately owned shipping group as general counsel where he worked in all areas of the business in both the dry cargo and tanker sectors, accumulating considerable hands-on shipping experience.

    George A. Gaitas practice is based at the Houston, Texas office of Chalos & Co. but has a nationwide / worldwide scope, in representing vessel owners in both contentious and transactional matters. George Gaitas is fluent in Greek and English, and has a working knowledge of French.

     

    Stefanos N. Roulakis, Attorney, Blank Rome
    stefanos-roulakisStefanos Roulakis concentrates his practice on maritime law. He counsels clients on a wide range of regulatory and criminal matters, including international and domestic environmental standards, cabotage requirements, customs requirements and international trade. Mr. Roulakis was a Fulbright Scholar in Turkey where he worked at the Ecumenical Patriarchate and is fluent in Greek and Turkish.

     

     

    Spyridon Kostopoulos, Surveyor, Europe Division, ABS 

    kostopoulosSpyridon Kostopoulos joined ABS in 2011.  He is currently based in Athens as a surveyor actively involved in vessel surveys in Greece and the wider Eastern Region. During his career in ABS, he has worked as an offshore surveyor for the new construction of drillships at Samsung Heavy Industries.  He has also served as Divisional Head of Safety for Europe and Africa, involved in internal and external Health & Safety audits, investigating surveyors’ safety incidents and near miss reports, assigning preventative action plans and performing Root Cause Analysis.  This role also included working with the Division survey department on the preparation of survey instructions. Spyridon holds a BSc. in Marine Science & Technology with Honours in Marine Engineering and an MSc. With Honours in Naval Architecture from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK .



     

    Panel #3: Loss Prevention

    Elias Psyllos, Business development Director, T&T Salvage

    elias-psyllosElias Psyllos is the Commercial Manager of T&T Salvage based in Houston Texas. He is responsible for commercial, legal, and technical support to daily global company operations. He supports business development and client relationship management activities. He also oversees internal insurance and risk management matters to include policy management and claims reporting and acts as Project Manager on company operations.

    Prior experience includes 15 years as a Risk Manager for a London-Greek Shipowning Group. He was overall responsible for the Group’s Marine Insurance and claims. For 4 years he served as a member of the Group’s Marine Operations Team, actively involved in the management of Oil Tanker and Bulk Carrier fleets.  

     

    Cedric Chatteleyn, Claims Director, Thomas Miller Hellas

    cedric-chatteleyn

    Cedric obtained a Masters in International Private Law and an LLM in Maritime Law which culminated with a dissertation concerning Incoterms and charter parties. He worked for a short period for a Marine Insurance Broker placing cover in the Lloyds Market. He joined the London office of UK P&I Club in 1996 where he dealt with mainly French, Spanish and Italian Members. After 4 years in London, he relocated in 2000 to join Thomas Miller Hellas the Greek office of the UK P&I Club. Cedric advises ship owners and charterers and handles a wide range of both P&I and FD&D claims and disputes. This includes on the P&I side, B/L issues, cargo claims, dock and collision damages together with unrecoverable GA claims and salvage cases. Over the years, Cedric has been involved in numerous negotiations which included trips in difficult jurisdictions to assist in the resolution of disputes. On the FD&D side, Cedric deals with time or voyage charter party disputes, MOA and has been involved in Seminars organised by the Defence Club for its Members

     

    Rick Jeffress, Director, Business Development, Fike Corporation

    rick-jeffress-_Rick Jeffress resides in Houston, Texas and oversees global business and application development of the Fike video analytics detection product line. He has over 24 years of industrial and marine fire protection experience with complex fire alarm and suppression systems’ design and application for marine vessels, petrochemical and power plants and offshore oil and gas projects. 

    Rick worked closely with a major cruise line technical safety staff, through pilots and onboard testing, to apply Fike video analytics to the marine engine room environment for early detection of atmospheric oil mist, smoke, flame and reflected flame. The technology is now part of safety directive for some of the world’s largest cruise lines.

     

     

    Panel #4: Incident Investigation

    Mark Bull, Marine Consultant, Trafalgar Navigation

    mark-bull_I commenced my career in 1970 as a cadet with P&O S.N. Co. I spent the next 27 years at sea, with a 2 year sabatical in the late 1980s when I trained, qualified and practiced as a techer of English as a 2nd language.

    After 5 years in command, I came ashore qualified as an ISM and ISO lead auditor and joined a large ship management company ending up as the QM/DPA for a large fleet and 3  offices. After a brief spell as a consultant, I then moved to London where I became the Loss Prevention Manager of an IG P&I Club.

    Since 2012 I have been an independent consultant and have now started my own company Trafalgar Navigation dedicated to Navigational Audits, Assessments and Inspections.

     

    Danielle Centeno, Asst. VP, Loss Prevention & Survey Compliance, American Club

    danielle-centeno_Danielle Centeno joined the Shipowners Claims Bureau, Inc., managers of the American P&I Club in November of 2015 as Assistant Vice President of Loss Prevention & Survey Compliance. She is a certified ISM Internal Auditor and a graduated from the New York Maritime College at Fort Schuyler in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Transportation. Early in her career, she sailed as a third mate on general cargo ships for the U.S. merchant navy.  Thereafter, Danielle worked at Bouchard Transportation Company as lead internal auditor as well as safety, quality and vetting coordinator.  Following that she served as Company Security Officer and Designated Person Ashore for Sealift Inc. of Oyster Bay, New York.  She is currently a lieutenant in the United States Navy Reserve.

     

    Stelios Bellas, Director, Hellenic Bureau of Maritime Casualty Investigation (HBMCI)

    stylianos-bellasStylianos Bellas is the Director of the Hellenic Bureau for Marine Casualty Investigations (HBMCI). Stelios Bellas is a Captain of the Hellenic Coast Guard and he is Electrical-Mechanical and Information Engineer from NTUA – MSc specialized in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence. He also serves for the last 22 years the Hellenic Coast Guard of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and the Insular Policy, as Officer in various positions.



    Panel #5: Security

    Dimitrios Maniatis, Business Development Manager, Diaplous Maritime Services

    dimitris-maniatisHaving completed contracts for the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other European agencies in Afghanistan and wider Central Asia, from 2001 – 2009, Mr Maniatis started working in the Maritime Security Sector. Upon completing STCW and other relevant maritime training, he joined the ranks of the Armed Security Teams on board vessels in the HRA of the Indian Ocean. While sailing on ships and holding the position of Team Leader,  he started university courses on shipping to complement his business studies. In 2012, he was given the opportunity to immerse in the business side of the MarSec game and this lead to a wonderful journey that has now brought him to the pinnacle of his MarSec goals by working within the Diaplous team. His role within Diaplous is the promotion of the company in new markets, the development of new businesses and the continuous growth of the group.

     

    Rod Lingard, Joint Managing Director, Thomas Miller War Risks Services Ltd

    rod-lingard-photo_Rod is a Master Mariner and has degrees in, Nautical Studies, Law and an MBA. After 11 years at sea, mainly on bulk carriers, Rod worked as a cargo superintendent for a short while before joining the Sunderland P&I Club in 1987 and then Thomas Miller/The UK P&I Club in 1991. Rod became a Syndicate Manager with Thomas Miller in 1995 and he managed several different Syndicates, including Thomas Miller (Hellas) Ltd from 2008 to 2014, providing claims handling and advisory services to UK P&I and UK Defence Club Members. Rod returned from Greece to London in 2014 to become the joint Managing Director of Thomas Miller War Risk Services Limited the consultants to the Managers of the Hellenic Mutual War Risks Association (Bermuda) Limited and in April 2016, in addition to keeping his war role, Rod moved to the Isle of Man and recently became Chairman of Thomas Miller (Isle of Man) Limited.

     

    Panel #6: Human Element

    Marlon Rono,  President, Magsaysay People Resources Corporation & Executive Chairman, Magsaysay Maritime Corporation 

    marlon-rono_Marlon R. Roño is the President of the Magsaysay People Resources Corporation (MPRC), a company engaged in Manning and Crew Management, Ship Management, International Recruitment and Staffing, Maritime and Technical Skills Training, Hospitality and Culinary Training, Cadet Development and Skills Management Training, Language and Cultural Training, Food Management and Audit, and Onboard Food and Provision Management.

    MPRC’s commitment to education, youth development and training has earned the company accolades from Lloyd’s List Global Awards, Seatrade Asia Awards and the Lloyd’s List Maritime Asia Awards. 

    Marlon also plays an important role in Homer Foundation, Inc., Magsaysay’s corporate social responsibility arm. As the foundation’s President, Marlon has initiated several advocacies that strengthen volunteerism and community development. These tireless, inspiring and sustainable efforts to protect the environment and improve the lives of communities have earned HFI several recognitions from Lloyd’s List Awards, Asian Publishing Awards, ASEAN Business Awards, Seatrade Asia Awards and ASIAN CSR Awards.

    Outside the boardrooms of Magsaysay, Marlon sits as the President of the Filipino Association of Mariners Employment (FAME). FAME represents 30% of the manning agencies accredited by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration and is committed to ensure high management standards and business ethics. He is also a Director of the Joint Manning Group, the umbrella organization of independent, well-established and long standing maritime and manning associations in the Philippines.

     

    Adam Lewis, Manager, Operations & Training, International Maritime Employers’ Council Ltd

    adam-lewis-_Adam joined the shipping industry as a Deck Cadet with Cunard Line while reading for a BSc (Hons) in Merchant Ship Operations at Southampton Solent University.

    Upon graduating, Adam commenced his career ashore, initially as an operator/charterer in the short sea shipping trade and then within the safety and security department of a superyacht company

    Adam joined IMEC in 2010 and is now the Manager of Training and Operations.  He is predominately responsible for the management of the IMEC Enhanced Cadetship programme which current trains approximately 600 cadets in the Philippines, all of which are employed by IMEC members.  He is also responsible for overseeing the IMEC English Language programmes in Russia and Georgia, as well as the IMEC Rating to Officer Scheme.

     

    Michael Røssland, Vice President, VP Norsafe Academy
    michael-rossland_Michael Røssland is the Vice President of Norsafe Academy, Responsible for the Norsafe Group internal and external technical training.

    His shipping experience includes positions as deck officer on vessels engaged in world wide trade and services in the Norwegian navy including submarines and the Norwegian Coast Guard. Røssland has also experience as instructor and advisor in ISPS matters.

    The last 11 years, Røssland has been in central positions in the lifesaving business, and has a wide experience from the service segment. His main achievements includes building up world wide service networks and introducing new service products to the shipping and offshore industry.

    His current focus is improving competence of seafarers by offering new and advanced training programs. Røssland holds a BSc degree  in Nautical science from the Vestfold University College.

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  • ABS

    ABS, a leading international classification society, is guided by its mission to promote security of life, property and the natural environment. ABS has a long and proud association with the Greek ship owning community and continues to support its current fleet and future fleet development. As the Greek fleet has expanded and diversified, ABS has continued to expand and develop its services to Greek ship owners. ABS is a technical partner providing traditional classification services as well as on-the-ground technical services in asset performance, energy efficiency, environmental performance and lifecycle management. Delivering practical and innovative solutions, ABS supports the Greek shipping industry in meeting today’s demands as well as future challenges. Greek shipping operations are supported through the local Athens office as well as a global network of surveyors, engineers, researchers and regulatory specialists who work in more than 200 offices in 70 countries around the world

    Webiste: www.eagle.org

     

    American Club

    Headquartered in New York, the American Club is the only P&I mutual domiciled in the Americas. A member of the International Group of P&I Clubs which collectively insures approximately 90% of the world’s tonnage, it offers full cover for Protection and Indemnity and Freight, Demurrage and Defense risks and has in recent years  grown  and  globalized  its  tonnage.  In addition to New York, the Club’s Managers, Shipowners Claims Bureau, Inc., has operations in Houston, London, Piraeus, Shanghai & Hong Kong.  Winner of the Lloyd’s List North America Maritime Services Award for 2016, with over 70 dedicated specialized staff, including qualified lawyers and licensed mariners, the Club is proud of the ability to communicate in 11 languages, boasts an active safety and loss prevention program with proven track record of exemplary personalized service and has the know-how and capability to accommodate the needs of members both large and small

    Website: www.american-club.com        

     

    Arcadia Shipmanagement Co Ltd

    ARCADIA Shipmanagement provides safe and reliable transportation of oil by sea, through a modern fleet, setting top objectives for Safety, Quality and Environmental protection. To achieve these, Arcadia is dedicated to develop and sustain a strong working relationship with all parties involved in International oil trade, based upon mutual trust and reliability.

    Safety is enhanced by establishing a risk assessment system for hazard identification, risk management and control, adressing guidance for the prevention of errors, hazardous situations and incidents, through reporting and investigation procedures and providing training of personnel at Company’s in-house maritime training centre and by attending externally provided courses.

    Quality is maintained by undertaking auditing and evaluation process, with commitment towards the continual improvement of HSQE performance, through setting and measuring various Key Performance Indicators, analysing N/C reports, reviewing findings from internal audits ashore and onboard.

    The Environment is protected by preserving and whenever possible, further reducing the burden on the environment by setting and achieving tougher voluntary standards, such as Green Award. Moreover, by aiming for the reduction of identified environmental impacts of Company activities to air, sea and land, to the possible extend and seeking to conserve energy and materials, through recycling and waste reduction programs.

    Website: www.arcadiasm.gr

     

    Blank Rome LLP

    With 40 shipping lawyers in New York, Washington, DC, Houston, and Philadelphia, Blank Rome has the largest and most comprehensive maritime practice in the United States, with market-leading capabilities in regulatory, financing/transactional, litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Our attorneys have knowledge and experience in matters involving vessel and corporate finance; environmental and pollution incidents; structuring strategic alliances; compliance with state, federal, and international regulatory requirements; commercial, corporate, general litigation; bankruptcy; insurance and reinsurance; vessel casualties; tax; and defending against enforcement actions and criminal prosecutions. Blank Rome Maritime is consistently ranked in top tiers by Chambers USA and U.S. News & World Report and received the Lloyd’s List 2016 and 2015 North American Maritime Award for “Maritime Services.” 

    Website: www.blankrome.com               

     

    Capital

    Capital Ship Management Corp. (‘Capital’) currently operates a fleet of 67 vessels including 49 tankers (6 VLCCs, 5 Suezmaxes, 8 Aframax, 29 MR/Handy product tankers and 1 small tanker), 3 modern bulk carriers (1 Capesize) and 15 container carriers. The fleet under management includes the vessels of Nasdaq-listed Capital Product Partners L.P. Capital has extensive experience in managing various vessel types and sizes including tanker vessels (VLCC, Suezmax, Aframax/LR2, Panamax/LR1, MR/Handy and small tankers), dry bulk vessels (Cape, Panamax, Handymax and Handy), as well as OBOs and container vessels ranging from 1,700 to 9,500 TEU.

    Website: www.capitalship.gr

     

    CHALOS & Co PC International Law Firm

    Website: www.chaloslaw.com

     

    Diaplous Maritime Services

    Diaplous is a top level security provider for the international maritime community. The company’s core business is Maritime Security in the high risk areas of the globe, safe guarding vessels, crews and valuable cargoes. Diaplous has excelled in all operations undertaken, in all trade sectors and is one of very few companies world wide to have gained the appreciation, respect and approval from the biggest players in the Oil industry, the largest dry sector charterers and ofcourse the ship owning community. Diaplous has expanded and now covers Land Operations through its sister company Diaplous Land Services. The newest addition to company’s operational ability is Diaplous Maritime Services Nigeria that caters to its clients security needs in West Africa and the Gulf of Guinea.

    Website: www.diaplous-ms.com           

     

    DNV GL

    Driven by our purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment, DNV GL enables organizations to advance the safety and sustainability of their business. We provide classification and technical assurance along with software and independent expert advisory services to the maritime, oil and gas, and energy industries. We also provide certification services to customers across a wide range of industries.

    Combining leading technical and operational expertise, risk methodology and in-depth industry knowledge, we empower our customers’ decisions and actions with trust and confidence. We continuously invest in research and collaborative innovation to provide customers and society with operational and technological foresight. With our origins stretching back to 1864, our reach today is global. Operating in more than 100 countries, our 16,000 professionals are dedicated to helping customers make the world safer, smarter and greener.

    DNV GL is the world’s leading classification society and a recognized advisor for the maritime industry. We enhance safety, quality, energy efficiency and environmental performance of the global shipping industry – across all vessel types and offshore structures. We invest heavily in research and development to find solutions, together with the industry, that address strategic, operational or regulatory challenges.

    Website: www.dnvgl.com/maritime

     

    Dorian LPG

    Dorian LPG is a pure-play LPG shipping company and a leading owner and operator of modern VLGCs. Dorian LPG currently has four modern VLGCs and one pressurized LPG vessel on the water. Dorian LPG has 18 ECO VLGC newbuildings due for delivery in 2014, 2015 and 2016 from HHI and Daewoo Shipping and Marine Engineering Ltd., including the 13 that it acquired from Scorpio Tankers. Dorian LPG has offices in Connecticut, London, and Piraeus.Dorian LPG is incorporated in the Republic of The Marshall Islands.

    Website: www.dorianlpg.com

     

    Fike Safety Technology (FST) – Video Analytics for Marine Fire Protection

    Video cameras are widely used in shipboard machinery spaces. Fike Video Analytics processes the video from these cameras, mounted in various hazard areas, to intelligently monitor and detect the unique signatures of hazardous conditions.

    A shipboard camera network combined with Fike Video Analytics creates a highly efficient means for rapidly detecting oil mist, a precursor to a potential fire or explosion. The system can be monitored by shipboard personnel and linked to automation and safety management systems, allowing critical time to take action before disaster occurs.

    Find out more about how Fike Video Analytics works with this video here

    Fike is a globally recognised supplier of products and services that protect people and critical assets from dangers such as fire, explosion, and over-pressurisation.

    Website: www.fike.com/fike-video-analytics-maritime-solutions/

     

    Hellenic Mutual War Risks Club

    The Hellenic Mutual War Risks Club is run by, for, and in the interests of its Members, providing superior cover for ships of virtually any type or size operating under the Hellenic flag. As a mutual club, we have a clear mission: “We combine flexibility with tradition and the highest levels of service to provide Members of the Greek shipping community with specialist, mutual war risks insurance that is second to none.” We are proud of our heritage, but we never stand still. We are flexible in adapting to the changing risks facing our Members and the changing profile of the Hellenic shipping community. From initial enquiry, to day-to-day operating queries and in the event of support, we provide skilled technical assistance based on real experience.

    Website: www.hellenicwarrisks.com

     

    INSB Class

    International Naval Surveys Bureau – INSB Class, is an independent-non-governmental-Greek ship classification society working with the objective of safeguarding life, property and the marine environment.

    Headquartered in Piraeus since 1977, INSB Class belongs to the cluster of the leading Non-IACS societies with international presence in more than 50 countries.

    INSB Class main services include:

    • Ship classification scheme including periodic surveys for maintenance of class.
    • Surveys & supervision on site for ships during construction.
    • Engineering studies, plan approval & technical review & calculations services
    • Statutory surveys & certification.
    • ISM & ISPS systems assessment & certification.
    • MLC 2006 assessments and verifications.
    • Technical interpretation and consultancy services.
    • Surveys of Damage, Modification or repairs.

    Our activities are supported by the expertise & resources developed over almost 4 decades in offering survey & classification services via highly trained surveyors, auditors and experts who apply their decisive experience and knowledge for improving ship safety standards and creation of sound operational reliability and endurance.We respect tight shipping schedules and by being available 24/7 we focus on our high responsiveness and technical expertise that can make a difference to you and your classed fleet.

    Website: www.insb.gr

     

    MacGregor

    MacGregor shapes the offshore and marine industries by offering world-leading engineering solutions and services with a strong portfolio of MacGregor, Hatlapa, Porsgrunn, Pusnes and Triplex brands. Shipbuilders, owners and operators are able to optimise the lifetime profitability, safety, reliability and environmental sustainability of their operations by working in close cooperation with MacGregor.

    MacGregor solutions and services for handling marine cargoes, vessel operations, offshore loads, crude/LNG transfer and offshore mooring are all designed to perform with the sea.

    Website: www.macgregor.com

     

    Magsaysay People Resources Corporation

    Magsaysay People Resources Corporation (MPRC) is considered one of the world’s leading human resource companies, with employees based in various international locations, including the Philippines, Indonesia, China, Eastern Europe, Central America and North America.

    MPRC has grown to become a premier solutions provider in the areas of Manning and Crew Management, Ship Management, International Recruitment and Staffing, Maritime and Technical Skills Training, Hospitality and Culinary Training, Cadet Development and Skills Management Training, Language and Cultural Training, Food Management and Audit, and Onboard Food and Provision Management.

    We take pride in our people. From our onshore staff to our crew members, MPRC invests heavily in human capital development to ensure our clients have the best professionals for the job.

    We take pride in our service and our brands. MPRC has built a diverse and dedicated talent pipeline to meet each of our client’s particular needs and expectations in each industry that we serve.

    We serve the global community. Every client is our partner and their business is our business. With a network of offices across Asia, Europe and the Americas, we work hard to deliver lasting results, create value for our stakeholders, and benefit industries, societies, and the environment.

    Website: www.magsaysaypeople.com  

     

    Marita Hellas

    With more than 45 years experience  MARITA HELLAS SA  has developed a wide range of Safety Products & Services.

    Our product portfolio includes  Marine Evacuation Systems ( MES), Liferafts ,Fire Fighting equipment  & life saving appliances for total safety solutions on board in the marine safety and survival field for all kind of vessels.

    MARITA HELLAS SA is authorized representative and distributor of Survitec Group ,a trusted market leader in the safety and survival solutions arena. Survitec Group brings together best in class brands such us RFD,ZODIAC,DSB,BEAUFORT,EUROVINIL,CREWSAVER,ELLIOT,TOYO,LIFEGUARD  and other reputable brands for quality ,design & innovation.

    Also MARITA HELLAS SA is an ISO 9001 : 2008 certified company and holds approvals from major class societies  for the services provided as per below:

    BUREAU VERITAS ,ABS, Rina, Loyds Register, GL

    High standard services such as inspections, maintance  & repair of safety equipment are operated by our continuously trained technical staff at MARITA HELLAS SA’ authorized service station suitable designed and equipped for satisfying the highest requirements and needs for our customers 24/7.

    Website: www.maritahellas.gr 

     

    Marshall Islands Registry

    International Registries, Inc. and its affiliates (IRI) provide administrative and technical support to the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Maritime and Corporate Registries. The RMI Registry is the third largest registry in the world, surpassing 134 million gross tons and 3,885 registered vessels at the end of July 2016. IRI has a network of 27 worldwide offices that have the ability to register a vessel or yacht, including those under construction, record a mortgage or financing charter, incorporate a company, issue seafarer documentation, and service clientele. 

    The quality of the RMI fleet can be measured by the RMI’s continued White List status on both the Paris and Tokyo Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs). The RMI also meets the flag criteria for a low risk ship under the Paris MoU’s New Inspection Regime, and has qualified for the United States Coast Guard’s Qualship 21 roster for 12 consecutive years, which is unprecedented.

    The most important asset to the Registry is its customers and IRI strives to provide them with full service from any office, 24 hours a day. To learn more, visit www.register-iri.com.

    Website: www.register-iri.com

     

    Norsafe

    Norsafe Group, the world leading manufacturer in marine life-saving systems for the merchant and offshore markets, has its headquarters at Arendal, Norway and today counts more than 1000 employees. The company has a worldwide involvement that includes production, sales, delivery and service of lifesaving equipment for ships and offshore industry.

    Norsafe has its own production and sales / service companies in Norway, China, Greece, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, USA, Japan, Brazil and the Netherlands. In addition, Norsafe Group has a network of 45 service stations spread across all continents.

    The Group is continually growing, and new daughter companies and service stations are in the process of being developed.

    Norsafe Hellas, as a part of Norsafe Group, has great range of products including free fall and conventional lifeboats, partially enclosed lifeboats, rescue and fast rescue boats, patrol boats, pilot boats, davit systems, ship tenders and ship to shore tenders.

    Norsafe Hellas has recently expanded its business in maritime training.
    Norsafe Academy Hellas equipped with Norsafe rescue boats, conventional lifeboat, free-fall lifeboat and davit systems offers training in the safe operation and maintenance of lifesaving appliances.

    Website: www.norsafe.com     

     

    RISK4SEA

    RISK4SEA objective is to foster Safety and Environmental Excellence by minimizing inspection risk and enhancing the quality and reputation of any ship or operator. We will gather, assess and analyse information available from various sources to provide the necessary insight and analytics in order to prepare company and ships for port calls.

    Website: www.risk4sea.com

     

    SQE ACADEMY

    SQE ACADEMY is the dedicated Training Provider of the SQE Group. Mission of SQE ACADEMY is to provide Maritime Safety, Quality & Environmental Training, operating a DNV-GL Certified Training Center and a LLOYDS ISO 9001 certified management syste

    Offering at a glance:

    • 45+ Safety, Quality & Environmental related courses
    • Open Courses, In House Courses, Distance & E-learning
    • 10,000 plus Training Delegates

    Website: www.sqeacademy.com

     

    SQE MARINE

    SQE MARINE is the dedicated Consulting Services Provider of the SQE Group. Mission of SQE

    MARINE is to provide Maritime Safety, Quality & Environmental Consulting, operating a DNV–GL

    Certified Training Center and a LLOYDS ISO 9001 certified management system.

    At a glance:

    • Established 1998
    • 10,000 plus Ship Manuals Developed
    • 500 plus Management Systems Developed
    • 850 Plus Clients served

    Website: www.sqemarine.com      

     

    T&T SALVAGE

    T&T SALVAGE, a member company of the Teichman Group, is committed to serving the emergency response needs of its clients under the highest standards of safety and quality. The Teichman Group since 1957 has grown to become a leading service provider to the international maritime and offshore petroleum industries.

    T&T SALVAGE, www.ttsalvage.com, Global response services are supported by salvage stations in Singapore, Rotterdam, Hamburg and South America. The Group owns and maintain a comprehensive inventory of salvage, firefighting systems, ship-to-ship (STS) lightering systems, anti-pollution systems, three-dimensional sonar, ROVs, and advanced diving systems all packaged so it can be rapidly transported by air, land or sea. The portable assets are complemented by floating heavy lift and salvage support vessels ready to meet both routine and emergency response challenges. In addition, the Group includes an in-house design and fabrication department available on a 24 hour basis to support any urgent in-situ needs a field salvage team may have during an operation.

    T&T SALVAGE is a Member of the American Salvage Association (ASA), the International Salvage Union (ISU), the North American Environmental Protection Association (NAMEPA) and the Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI).

    Website: www.ttsalvage.com                   

     

    UK P&I Club

    The UK P&I Club is one of the oldest P&I clubs in the world. It provides Protection and Indemnity insurance in respect of third party liabilities and expenses arising from owning ships or operating ships as principals. One of the largest mutual marine protection and indemnity organisations it insures over 200 million tonnes of owned and chartered ships from more than fifty countries across the globe.

    Website: www.ukpandi.com

     

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  • 2016 SAFETY4SEA Conference & Awards successfully concluded on 5th October

    The 2016 SAFETY4SEA Conference & Awards, a PRO BONO event, successfully concluded on Wednesday 5th of October 2016 in Eugenides Foundation, Athens attracting 900 delegates from 25 countries representing a total of 400 organizations.

    Six panels of 18 prominent experts focused on safety perspectives, loss prevention, incident investigation, security and human element issues revealing fresh perspectives on the above issues, based on the needs of maritime community and providing best practices and practical knowledge.

    The event organized by SQE4SEA and sponsored by ABS, American Club, Arcadia Shipmanagement Co Ltd, Blank Rome LLP, Capital Ship Management Corp, CHALOS & Co PC, Diaplous Maritime Services, DNV GL, Dorian LPG, Fike Safety Technology, Hellenic Mutual War Risks Club, INSB Class, MacGregor, Magsaysay People Resources Corporation, Marita Hellas, Marshall Islands Registry, Norsafe Group, RISK4SEA, SKILL4SEA, SQE ACADEMY, SQE MARINE, T&T SALVAGE and UK P&I Club. Furthermore, the event was supported by: AMMITEC, Apostleship of the Sea, Chios Marine Club, ECOMASYN, EΛΙΝΤ, HEMEXPO, Human Rights at Sea, Piraeus Marine Club, PEPEN, Piraeus Association for Maritime Arbitration, Technological Foundation Institute of Athens, University of the Aegean, WIMA, WISTA Hellas and Yatch Club of Greece.

    The inaugural presentation of the SAFETY4SEA Awards took place at the closing of the forum within the scope of awarding industry’s organizations and associations who have distinguished for their initiative, excellence and training activities. The winners of the 2016 SAFETY4SEA Awards are:

    Neda Maritime received the SAFETY4SEA Excellence Award, sponsored by MacGregor, for the implementation of the Human Resilience campaign, introduced by Shell Oil Company, thus adopting a framework essentially capable of guaranteeing the strengthening of the crew with additional safety skills via Reflective Learning and Learning Engagement Tools. Other short-listed nominees for this category were: DNV GL, EMSA, Mitsui OSK Lines and UK P&I Club.

    Fike received the SAFETY4SEA Initiative Award, sponsored by INSB, for its solution to detect oil mist in ship engine rooms using video analytics. Fike features a full line of fire alarm, fire detection and control and fire suppression solutions, including video image detection, to keep people and valuable assets safe. Other short-listed nominees for this category were: ISWAN, Medassist, SOS Campaign and Setel Hellas.

    Magsaysay People received the SAFETY4SEA Training Award, sponsored by Dorian, for continuously investing in innovative training programs and modern facilities that help seagoing professionals gain a competitive advantage in the global maritime landscape. Other short-listed nominees for this category were: Angelicoussis Shipping Group, Hellenic Naval Academy, LR Marine Training and Videotel.
     

    During his welcome address Apostolos Belokas, Founder and Managing Editor of SAFETY4SEA, as the Forum Chairman, outlined the objectives of this PRO BONO event, including fostering safety excellence and sustainable shipping. 

    Presentations were given in six panels as follows:

    Panel No. 1 – Safety Perspectives I

    Apostolos-Belokas, Founder & Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA, opened the forum presenting the results of “CSR4SEA Sustainability Survey’’ which revealed as  key outcome that in terms of prioritization, the key target should be to raise awareness across the industry with respect to CSR. Furthermore, Mr Belokas presented the pioneering RISK4SEA project and provided trends and KPIs of recent PSC developments. He explained that RISK4SEA is a platform which benchmarks inspections statistics with the aim to reveal developing worrying trends and provide insight on how to optimize preparation for those trading in these areas. Finally, he stressed the fact that this innovative benchmarking service, which is a spinoff of SAFETY4SEA, includes Analytics, KPIs, Trends and other useful information.

    Capt. Apostolos Skempes, Training Manager, Arcadia Shipmanagement Co Ltd, provided insight into ”Shaping a Safety Culture” and focused on the continuing efforts to improve and maintain safety performance. He highlighted how important is for companies to address the meaning of safety and require understanding, belief and cooperation by all into the organisation (shore and shipboard based) for the implementation and achievement of a safe working environment. In order to develop Safety Culture, the issues of each person’s attitude, behaviour, willingness and eventually effectiveness, into the assimilation and application of Company’s policies and procedures, need to be identified, assessed and be dealt with. 

    Jason Stefanatos, Senior Research Engineer, DNV GL, gave a presentation entitled “The voice of the Greek shipping community’’ in which he referred to a recent survey conducted by DNV GL among the Greek maritime community. Shipping companies were contacted for this survey and invited to answer certain questions on the topic of safety. Among issues under question was the perception of safety in the Greek shipping community as well as who may influence it and what can be done to improve safety levels. He focused on key findings and six main conclusions that came out, highlighting that this safety survey has clearly showed an industry which needs and wants to improve safety, however, is hampered by barriers.

    Capt Panagiotis Nikiteas, HSQE Manager / DPA / CSO, Anangel Maritime Services, outlined the relationship of three important factors “Safety – Compliance – Behavior”. The objective of his presentation was to highlight the direct link between individual behavioral patterns and safety work places and the measures needed to achieve compliance irrespective of management model. His key message was that limits and enforcement measures can impact safe behavior by managing and influencing both learned characteristics and environmental & organizational factors.

    Panel No. 2 – Safety Perspectives II

    George Gaitas, Attorney, CHALOS & Co Law Firm, suggested some hot tips for avoiding the MARPOL-APPS criminal enforcement trap. As he explained, in light of a recent ruling, they obtained in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals holding that the Chief Engineer of a foreign vessel is not criminally liable for failing to accurately maintain the oil record book, much of the value of this good ruling is lost by policies and procedures in the SMS manuals of companies that state exactly the opposite. He argued that it is these policies and procedures that should be changed. 

    Stefanos N. Roulakis, Attorney, Blank Rome, gave a presentation entitled “Handling Marine Casualties: An Analysis of New Reporting Requirements and Risks of Criminal Prosecutions“. During his presentation, he stated that vessel owners and operators worldwide continue to face criminal liability for safety-related incidents, therefore, it is key to have strategies to mitigate risk. It is essential to be familiar with reporting requirements, especially the U.S. Coast Guard’s recently updated casualty reporting requirements. However, Mr Roulakis noted that while vessels have response plans in the case of serious incidents, many companies do not. He highlighted how critical is to develop a management response plan for mitigating risk and also an essential part of an effective management response plan is detailing immediate means to contact counsel.

    Spyridon Kostopoulos, Surveyor, Europe Division, ABS, referred to current ”Safety Considerations” in presentation, outlining the ABS commitment to continually improve the effectiveness of health, safety, quality and environmental performance and management system. Mr. Kostopoulos discussed the key elements which are the foundations of a strong safety culture and how they contribute to improving safety within the organizations and the marine environmentn.

    Panel No. 3 – Loss Prevention

    Elias Psyllos, Business development Director, T&T Salvage, gave a presentation regarding “Lessons learned from Liquefaction Incident Response” focusing on two different nickel ore liquefaction cases with vessel in distress in the Philippines and Papua New Guinea in which his company has been recently involved. He explained the method that his company followed; salvage teams equipped with appropriate salvage assets mobilized from the company’s international salvage base in Singapore, Asia to attend the casualties on of them aground at an iconic beach with the threat of an environmental disaster imminent if the vessel was not immediately afloat. In both cases, T&T’s salvage engineering teams developed a salvage plan to reposition the vessels in a port of refuge and thereafter regain their respective trading abilities. This method, he stated, has received praise from industry engineering experts as well as the insurance industry for finding a solution to a chronic problem in the specific ore trade.

    Cedric Chatteleyn, Claims Director, Thomas Miller Hellas, provided insight into the “SOLAS Verified gross mass (VGM) Challenge”. Following a recent amendment to the SOLAS, it is now a condition for loading a packed container on a ship that the container has a verified gross mass (VGM). The shipper should provide a verified gross mass to the carrier and the carrier is entitled to refuse to load if this information has not been provided. This requirement became mandatory on 1st July 2016 and applies globally. It is therefore now a violation of SOLAS to load a packed container onto a ship if the ship operator or the terminal operator do not have a verified gross mass.

    Rick Jeffress, Director, Business Development, Fike Corporation, explained how by using Video Analytics, operators could minimize fire risk referring to company’s solution. He stated that video cameras are widely used in shipboard machinery spaces; Fike Video Analytics processes the video from these cameras, mounted in various hazard areas, to intelligently monitor and detect the unique signatures of hazardous conditions. A shipboard camera network combined with Fike Video Analytics creates a highly efficient means for rapidly detecting oil mist, a precursor to a potential fire or explosion. The system can be monitored by shipboard personnel and linked to automation and safety management systems, allowing critical time to take action before disaster occurs.

    Panel No. 4 – Incident Investigation

    Mark Bull, Marine Consultant, Trafalgar Navigation explained the “Revolution underway on the bridge and how the rules need to be re-written”. He said that the provision of ECDIS on board today’s merchant ships is causing a ‘revolution’ in the way they are navigated. It is the final piece in the jigsaw that commenced many years ago with radar. Gone is the need for pacing backwards and forwards between instruments and charts but to remain close to where all the output information is located. Mr Bull noted that like all revolutions, issues that were never considered crop up, and ECDIS is no exception. Now more than ever before is the time to listen to those problems from the ships. He suggested getting ready to change some of the rules that were created and are unworkable, thus, he highlighted that above all an ECDIS mindset is required.

    Danielle Centeno, Asst. VP, Loss Prevention & Survey Compliance, American Club, analysed the “risks of a paperless chart system and incidents resulting from the improper use of ECDIS. With the roll-out of the ECDIS requirements still underway there will be more vessels embracing electronic navigational charts as the primary means of navigation over a paper chart system. In his presentation, Mr Centeno explored three different grounding incidents resulting from the improper use of ECDIS equipment and identified the risks associated with implementing these technologies.

    Stelios Bellas, Director, Hellenic Bureau of Maritime Casualty Investigation (HBMCI), discussed about the subject of “Marine accidents and Human Factor’’. He stated that most casualties are the result either of equipment failure or human error but commonly it’s a combination of both, with human error to be the dominant factor. The reason behind any specific casualty is in most cases complex and hard to attribute to a single cause. He noted that accidents are mostly due to mistakes of a single person, but in fact the whole organization is involved, both onboard and ashore. While the immediate cause of an accident may be the result of the actions of an individual, these frequently are the result of factors in the local work environment which are a consequence of organizational factors.

    Panel No. 5 – Security

    Apostolos Belokas, Founder & Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA, provided a “Critical Review of 12 years of ISPS Code implementation” highlighting a wide number of deficiencies in way of design, implementation and monitoring of the Code, concluding that the Code has failed to address any real life threat such as piracy & armed robbery, stowaways, smuggling of weapons/drugs, cargo theft and money laundering. He noted that there’s no IMO feedback on ISPS Code revision and/or implementation so far and that the industry BMPs for Anti Piracy are not tuned with the Code, concluding that the ISPS Code need to be revisited and/or generally overhauled under new light.

    Dimitrios Maniatis, Business Development Manager, Diaplous Maritime Services, provided an overview of the “Piracy status East and West of Africa”. He stated that although in the early days MarSec was an inspiring business, in reality no one knew what they were doing. For Somalia, he noted that KPI’s indicate that the risk of a resurgence of Somali based piracy is inevitable. Then, he focused on the piracy in Nigeria and in some misconceptions that exist for their activity. He referred to recent reported incidents in the area and closed his presentation with advice on what maritime security measures can be implemented.

    Rod Lingard, Joint Managing Director, Thomas Miller War Risks Services Ltd, gave a presentation entitling the ‘’Anatomy of West African maritime kidnap” to explain why kidnapping for ransom has increased recently in the Gulf of Guinea and assess whether this increase will continue. The Gulf of Guinea is currently thought to be the most dangerous region for seafarers. According to a recent report by Ocean Beyond Piracy, the total number of kidnaps for ransom during 2016 in the Gulf of Guinea has already surpassed the total number of incidents recorded by the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) for 2015. Mr Lingard described what happens during a kidnapping and provided some insight into the training available for shipping companies and crews.

    Panel No. 6 – Human Element

    Marlon Rono, President, Magsaysay People Resources Corporation & Executive Chairman, Magsaysay Maritime Corporation, presented the “Training and Development Challenges” from the crew manager perspective. He noted that the current global shipping crisis is equally challenging for crew managers as ship owners and managers continue to implement ways to reduce costs, including crew wages and benefits reduction, re-organization, downsizing of crew complement and suspension of training and development initiatives. However, Mr Rono highlighted that training and development should remain indispensable because as trade becomes complex and as the world moves toward digitalization, there is a great need to be able to supply seafarers whose skills meet the technical requirements of modern vessels and the commercial needs of ship owners and their customers. As far as vessel operation is concerned, having the right people who can do the job right remains to be the greatest competitive advantage one can have. To help address the talent shortage reported by BIMCO, Mr Rono advised stakeholders to put in efforts to attract the new generation of seafarers and promote seagoing careers.

    Adam Lewis, Manager, Operations & Training, International Maritime Employers’ Council Ltd, focused his presentation on the “Recruitment and Training of Generation Z”. Mr. Lewis explained that those born between 2001 and 2011 are considered as Generation Z . In 2017, they will reach the age of 16, thus they may start to be recruited into cadet programmes worldwide.  He stated that the blend between developments in maritime education and the employment of a more technologically advanced generation, may well lead to greater advances in maritime safety.  Therefore, in 5 years’ time, cadets may not be learning collision regulations from books, but instead be simulating thousands of scenarios on a simple tablet device.  This combination could lead to much greater competence and understanding, resulting in safer operations.

    Michael Røssland, Vice President, Norsafe Academy focused on the “New SOLAS requirements for lifeboat servicing“. He referred to the new resolution and amendment to SOLAS approved by IMO regarding requirements for periodic service of lifesaving equipment. Mr Røssland explained that this resolution requires documented competency and approval of personnel conducting services and outlined necessary actions for vessels, shipowners, flag, class and servicing companies to comply.

    All sessions ended with a round table discussion and exchange with the audience.

    Finally Apostolos Belokas as the Forum Chairman thanked the delegates for their participation, the sponsors for their support and the speakers for their excellent presentations and also the organizing team of the event for their contribution towards forum objectives. Mr Belokas also congratulated all winners and short-listed nominees of the SAFETY4SEA Awards for their contribution to a safer industry.

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  • The inaugural presentation of the SAFETY4SEA Awards took place at the closing of the 2016 SAFETY4SEA Conference within the scope of awarding industry’s organizations and associations who have distinguished for their initiative, excellence and training activities. The winners of the 2016 SAFETY4SEA Awards are:

    Neda Maritime received the SAFETY4SEA Excellence Award, sponsored by MacGregor, for the implementation of the Human Resilience campaign, introduced by Shell Oil Company, thus adopting a framework essentially capable of guaranteeing the strengthening of the crew with additional safety skills via Reflective Learning and Learning Engagement Tools. Other short-listed nominees for this category were: DNV GL, EMSA, Mitsui OSK Lines and UK P&I Club.

    Fike received the SAFETY4SEA Initiative Award, sponsored by INSB Class, for its solution to detect oil mist in ship engine rooms using video analytics. Fike features a full line of fire alarm, fire detection and control and fire suppression solutions, including video image detection, to keep people and valuable assets safe. Other short-listed nominees for this category were: ISWAN, Medassist, SOS Campaign and Setel Hellas.

    Magsaysay People received the SAFETY4SEA Training Award, sponsored by Dorian LPG, for continuously investing in innovative training programs and modern facilities that help seagoing professionals gain a competitive advantage in the global maritime landscape. Other short-listed nominees for this category were: Angelicoussis Shipping Group, Hellenic Naval Academy, LR Marine Training and Videotel.

    For more information about the 2016 SAFETY4SEA Awards, please click here.

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