Worldwide there are approximately 3,000 merchant ports and the work of the Harbour Master can vary widely from country to country and from port to port even within the same country.
The decision to move this year’s TMS Tanker Conference to The Atlantis Dubai payed off in a big way, with a more than 90% increase the number of attendees in the ballroom. The one-day event, held on Tuesday 16th October, attracted over 220 delegates, a record-breaking number.
Trevor Pereira, managing director, explains, “We moved the Conference to The Atlantis to ensure not only that we could meet growing demand from the market, but also that the venue was really upmarket as is befitting for such an elite group of tanker industry professionals. The big rise in delegate numbers shows this was the right strategy, but also how topical and relevant the topics on the agenda were in taking the event to a whole new level.”
This was the third annual tanker conference staged by The Maritime Standard and took as its theme Getting the most out of more positive markets. Clive Woodbridge, Conference Editor, says. “Despite well-documented politico-economic concerns, there are some cautiously optimistic signs that the tanker trades are in recovery mode. Delegates were able to hear from a wide range of top quality speakers, with expertise in different aspects of the market, who suggested some interesting future-looking strategies designed to overcome any obstacles and ensure that all available opportunities in a market upturn are fully grasped.”
Keynote addresses were given by H.E. Sheikh Talal Al Khaled Al Sabah, chief executive of the Kuwait Oil Tanker Company and Dr. Nikolas Tsakos, chairman of Intertanko. In addition, Shahab Al Jassmi of DP World stepped into give the keynote address for Abdullah Bin Damithan, chief commercial officer, DP World, UAE Region.
The case for a more optimistic assessment of the tanker business was persuasively made by some of the most influential and expert figures in the business. These included Captain Abdulkareem Al Masabi, chief executive officer, ADNOC Logistics & Services; Captain Anoop Kumar Sharma, chairman and managing director, Shipping Corporation of India; Tarik Al Junaidi, chief executive, Oman Shipping Company; Khamis Juma Buamim, managing director and group chief executive, Gulf Navigation Holding; and Chris Peters, chief executive, E Ships.
Other speakers who made a big impact, in discussing support infrastructure and services, included Petros Doukas, chairman, Capital Partners; Rajiv Agarwal, managing director and chief executive, Essar Ports, Tim Smith, director, Maritime Strategies International; and Gaurav Moolwaney, executive director, Standard Chartered. This session was chaired by Captain Jitendra Misra, from Emarat Maritime.
Environmental regulations, safety and security remain hot topics for the industry and the third and final session kept people in their seats. Chaired by Ibrahim Fahmy, ADNOC Offshore, speakers included Capt. Stephen Bligh, DNV GL; Waleed Al Tamimi, chief operating officer, Tasneef; June Manoharan, regional director, Lukoil Marine Lubricants; Captain Tony Field, Lloyds Register; Peter Sahlen, R&D manager, and Roger Harfouche, regional director, Marlink,
Clive Woodbridge, adds, “The feedback we received from this year’s conference was overwhelmingly favourable, and there was a great atmosphere in the ballroom with lot of interaction between panellists and audience. We are pleased that the Conference strengthened its reputation as the leading meeting place for senior figures from the tanker industry and provided such a vibrant opportunity to exchange information and market insights.”
Safety warning about drivers remaining in vehicle cabs
while ferries are at sea
Urgent safety lessons issued after shift and toppling of freight vehicles on board a ro-ro passenger ferry in heavy weather
MAIB Safety Bulletin 1/2019: European Causeway
On 26 March the (UK) Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued a Safety Bulletin (No SB1/2019) in respect of dangers posed to freight vehicle drivers by remaining in their vehicle cabs while on board ro-ro ferries at sea.
(See illustration here © MAIB)
The Bulletin is to be found below with a short list of safety issues and a recommendation made to the road freight industry:
A pioneering project to involve schoolchildren in the shipping industry has been praised by the 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 programmes.
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.’