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IIMS UAE Branch 5th Biennial Conference report

Around 75 delegates from the surveying and wider maritime sector gathered at the well appointed Sheraton Jumeriah Beach Resort in Dubai on Monday 27 November for the one day UAE Branch Conference, the fifth Conference since the formation of the branch nearly 10 years ago.

The event was opened by Peter Valles, Chairman of the UAE Branch. He thanked the speakers and the sponsors for their generous support. He introduced a short video, recorded by Adam Brancher, IIMS President, who was unable to be at the event in person. All presentations were short sharp as each speaker had only 20 minutes to make his point.

First to speak was IIMS CEO, Mike Schwarz, who in his short presentation tackled the subject ‘The relevance of IIMS in the 21st century and how marine insurers can get the most from Institute members’. In particular he spoke of the need for surveyors to stick to their area of specialism and competence; and he reminded those requiring the services of a surveyor to use reputable sources only and to choose those who are members of a professional organisation only.

The next speaker to be introduced was Carl Durow from the London P&I Club, someone who is well known at these events having spoken several times before. He talked on ‘P & I Ship Inspection Surveys – What are The Club’s Looking For?’

Omar Omar, another well known speaker from Al Tamimi & Company, based in UAE, talked about logistics and cargo claims for left behind cargo in ports. His knowledge on this subject was invaluable be laboured the importance of understanding how the local jurisdiction works.

Dr Phil Thompson tackled the topic entitled innovative and rapid 3D visualisation and collision simulation technology – riding the wave of the digital evidence revolution, a presentation he had given recently at the IIMS London Conference. He shocked delegates with some of the real bridge commentary that led to a collision.

Jack Hatcher from Hill Dickinson specialises in shipping, advising on both wet and dry matters for vessel owners, P&I clubs, hull underwriters, salvors, charterers, brokers and ports. In his talk, Jack tackled the subject of casualty investigation in the modern electronic era: “Thinking Outside the Box”.

Next to the podium was Capt John Noble, a Fellow of both the Nautical Institute and IIMS; and another very familiar face. His presentation topic? ‘Introducing Antigua and Barbuda, Yacht and Maritime registry – advantages of flying a white listed flag’. John brought his many years’ experience to bear on an interesting topic covering the difference between white, grey and black labelled flags.

Professor Christopher Abraham spoke both eloquently and knowledgeably about the disruptive changes that are already impacting on the lives of surveyors (and all other professions too for that matter) and warned that the pace of disruptive change is certain to increase further in the coming years. He introduced the audience to the concept of VUCA, an acronym used to describe or reflect on the volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity of general conditions and situations.

Vijay Ramachandran gave a thorough presentation on the role of surveyors in loss minimization and claim handling.

Tony Fernandez, another distinguished senior surveyor from India and IIMS Fellow took to the stage and delivered his presentation with aplomb. His subject? Striving towards impartiality as Marine Surveying Professionals – (Concepts, Cases, Concerns and Challenges). Tony kept the audience totally onside using his powerful address and pertinent content for which he is renowned for by many.

Yaman Al Hawamdeh, a Partner in HFW’s Dubai office locally, presented on berth and Fender Damage Claims – a Middle East Perspective. Seemingly a rather innocuous subject, it soon became apparent at the sheer scale of damage and accidents that are reported and caused by this method.

Henrik Uth was the final speaker. His subject? ‘Uber Surveyors – Breaking the Stereotype’. Henrik’s company has been pioneering a platform to promote competent surveyors to P&I Clubs using an inbuilt algorithim to grade them. The platform, which is free for users to access, carries a fee from participating surveyors.

After the Conference, delegates and guests headed out for a reception and dinner on the lawns of the hotel. Just prior to dinner, a lifetime achievement award was presented to Capt Antia by Daniel Vikstrom from main event sponsors, Inchcape.

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Fairline Yachts set to expand following taking over Hythe coastal complex

British yard Fairline Yachts has announced its intention to begin building larger yachts after acquiring the Hythe coastal complex in Hampshire. The five-acre site was left vacant after its previous incumbents, Green Marine, went into liquidation in October 2017.

The complex, which covers an area of 20,000 square metres, is scheduled to open in mid-2018 and will be used to build models over 18.29 metres in length. The construction of models under 18 metres will continue at Fairline Yacht’s current base in Oundle, Northamptonshire.

Russell Currie, managing director of Fairline Yachts, explained, “As the global yachting market evolves, clients from across the world are increasingly demanding larger yachts than we’ve been able to create. Our new site will boast state-of-the-art facilities, giving us room to expand and create bigger boats whilst making the most of the existing boatbuilding skills in the location.

“By increasing our manufacturing capabilities across both Northamptonshire and Southampton, we are future-proofing Fairline Yachts and retaining our commitment of investing in British boatbuilding.”

Once completed, the site’s facilities will be fully equipped for testing, commissioning and handover, with 18,000 square metres of undercover manufacturing space. The yard estimates the expansion will bring 200 jobs to the local area.

Fairline had run into financial difficulties in late 2015, which led to the business entering administration, but Russian investors later revived the yard and introduced new business. In the past year, it has teamed up with Italian designer Alberto Mancini and Dutch naval architecture studio Vripack in an attempt to inject some flair into its existing Targa and Squadron ranges.

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Marketing drive to bring more superyachts to Scotland launched

A new marketing drive has been launched to attract superyachts to the west coast of Scotland, where the shoreline has been added to a European-funded project called Cool Route, which is developing a new yacht cruising route.

It includes the coasts of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, the Faroe Islands and Norway. Part of the strategy aims to help remote businesses share in Scotland’s £3.7bn marine tourism industry.

The Moffat Centre at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU), which is a Cool Route partner, is marketing the west coast as one of the most attractive cruising destinations in the world. It is providing logistical, business and marketing support to help increase the number of vessels visiting Scotland and bring wealthy tourists onshore.

A brochure targeting superyachts has been produced and small businesses are being urged to register for free on an online platform, which aims to link local enterprises to their ports and provides information on what is available in terms of entertainment and places to visit.

Giancarlo Fedeli, principal investigator for the Cool Route project at Glasgow Caledonian University, said, “One specific part of the project is to target superyachts and a lot of marketing activity will aim at this particular segment. There’s higher spending there.

“We are aiming at small and medium enterprises and trying to get them involved in the booking website, so visitors will consider using their services.

“It is crucial to communicate to all marine operators and beyond, the benefits the Cool Route can bring in terms of visibility and market reach.”

The Scottish leg of the Cool Route is divided into four sections: Argyll and the Islands, the Firth of Clyde, Skye and the North West, and Orkney and Shetland.

Several superyachts have been spotted in Scotland in recent years, including Richard DeVos’ 78-metre Amaryllis moored in Greenock and Roman Abramovich’s 163-metre Eclipse, seen in Inverclyde and Rothesay.

For more information visit the Cool Route web site.

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New requirements for authorized service providers under new IMO requirements

DNV GL has announced that IMO has introduced new requirements for the maintenance, examination, operational testing, overhaul and repair of lifeboats and rescue boats, relevant for shipyards, suppliers, owners/managers, flag states of all ship types. From 1 January 2020, personnel carrying out maintenance, thorough examination, operational testing overhaul and repair of the following items shall be certified by an authorized service provider:

Lifeboats (including free-fall lifeboats), rescue boats and fast rescue boats
Launching appliances as well as on-load and off-load release gear for lifeboats, rescue boats, fast rescue boats and davit-launched life rafts
An authorized service provider is an entity authorized by the flag administration in accordance with the requirements. The certification programme requires authorization for each make and type of equipment to be provided. It is important to note that the authorization as service provider equally applies to manufacturers when they are acting as authorized service providers. In other words, a service branch of a manufacturer needs to obtain authorization. The authorized service provider will certify their personnel for each make and type of equipment.

Furthermore, flag administrations will issue the authorization document and ensure that information regarding authorized service providers is made available. Flag administrations may also accept or recognize service providers authorized by other administrations or by their Recognized Organizations.

In cases where a manufacturer is no longer in business or no longer provides technical support, administrations may authorize other service providers for the equipment based on prior authorization for the equipment and/or long-term experience and demonstrated expertise as an authorized service provider.

DNV GL noted that the following inspection intervals are described:
Weekly and monthly inspections shall be conducted by authorized service providers, or by shipboard personnel under the direction of a senior ship’s officer in accordance with the maintenance manual(s).
Annual thorough examinations and operational tests shall be conducted by certified personnel of either the manufacturer or an authorized service provider. The service provider may be the ship operator, provided they are authorized.
Five-year thorough examination, any overhaul, overload operational tests and repairs shall be conducted by certified personnel of either the manufacturer or an authorized service provider. This shall be done in the presence of a DNV GL surveyor.
Additionally, DNV GL reports that operators are encouraged to prepare for the new requirements by establishing an overview of authorized service providers in relevant areas prior to the requirement entering into force on 1 January 2020.

The scope is further described in the IMO Resolution MSC.402(96), sections 6.1 (general), 6.2 (annual maintenance) and 6.3 (five yearly maintenance), DNV GL concludes.

The full report can be read here: DNV-GL-New-requirements-for-authorized-service-providers-regarding-life-saving-appliances

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MAIB issues report and safety flyer about gas explosions on general cargo ship Nortrader

Nortrader alongside with damaged hatch covers following the gas explosions
Nortrader alongside with damaged hatch covers following the gas explosions

On 13 January, at 1447, Nortrader, anchored off Plymouth with a cargo of unprocessed incinerator bottom ash (U-IBA), suffered 2 explosions in quick succession. The first explosion was in the forecastle store and the second in the cargo hold. The chief engineer, in the forecastle store at the time, suffered second degree burns requiring 4 months to recover. The vessel suffered extensive damage putting it out of service for over 3 months.

Safety lessons
Sea transportation of a cargo that was not included in the schedule of authorised cargoes of the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code
Not conducting appropriate tests that could have identified the propensity of the cargo, U-IBA, to release hydrogen when wet
The inadequacy and the inappropriateness of United Nations Test N.5 for the detection of flammable gases from non-homogeneous material

MAIB has made safety recommendations to:
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency and the Environment Agency (2017/153) to work collaboratively to identify reliable methods and protocols for testing non-homogenous solid bulk cargoes for the property of evolving flammable gases when wet
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (2017/154) to update The Merchant Shipping (Carriage of Cargoes) Regulations 1999 with appropriate references to the IMSBC Code
Hudig & Veder BV (2017/155) to review its operating procedures to ensure that the requirement to apply the provisions of IMSBC Code to all cargoes is clear
NTO Shipping GmbH & Co.KG (2017/156) to review its safety management system to ensure that the requirement to apply the provisions of the IMSBC Code to all cargoes is clear

Related publication
A safety flyer to the shipping industry highlighting a number of the safety lessons was produced for this report. See: Nortrader_Safety_Flyer

Read the MAIB accident investigation report in full: MAIBInvReport26_2017

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