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OWNERS AND MANAGERS: IS IT A MARRIAGE MADE IN HEAVEN?
IS ENOUGH BEING DONE TO PROTECT YOUR SHIP, CREW AND CARGO?
Alastair Evitt, a Master Mariner, has spent 40 years in the marine industry, including 15 years at sea before coming ashore to work in Ship Management in 1990.
Of his 25+ years in ship management, five years were spent in Cyprus as Operations / Division Manager, eight years in Singapore as General Manager / Managing Director for V.Ships, nine years as Managing Director of Liverpool based Meridian Marine Management and two years as General Manager of V.Ships before taking his present position.
Alastair served his two year tenure as President of InterManager from 2010 to 2012. InterManager is the international trade association for all ship managers. Its membership comprises in-house and third party ship managers, crew managers and associate members from throughout the shipping industry. Collectively InterManager members are involved in the management of more than 4,370 ships and responsible for some 250,000 seafarers.
As President of InterManager, Alastair worked hard on behalf of the association’s membership to raise the profile of the shipmanagement industry and taken a central role in a number of industry campaigns including the eradication of piracy.
He is also a Fellow of the Nautical Institute and before leaving Liverpool Vice Chairman of the NW Branch, he has previously served on the committees of both the Cyprus Shipping Council and the Singapore Shipping Association. He was appointed as a Councilor to the Singapore Shipping Association in 2003.
From January 1st, 2014 Roberto Giorgi is Honorary President of V.Ships and still member of the Group Executive.
Mr. Giorgi began his career at sea before transferring to shore-based roles in 1980,first at Amarline, a joint venture Vlasov Group and Saudi Company, and then at V.Ships. He has held various roles within V.Ships and from 1988 to 1994 he was Managing Director of V.Ships New York, before returning to Europe to launch the new brand V.Ships Leisure in the cruise sector, as well as running V.Ships ship management operation from its Monaco office. From 2005 until the end of 2013 he held the role of President of V.Ships.
Prior to joining the V.Ships Group, he attended the San Giorgio Nautical College in Genoa (1964 – 1969) and sailed from Deck Cadet to First Officer with Navigazione Alta Italia, Italian line and Sitmar Cruises.
Before joining the merchant marine, he spent one year (1970/71) in the Naval Academy of Leghorn and sailed with the Italian Navy as Lieutenant.
Mr. Giorgi was President of InterManager from 2008-2010, the international trade association for third-party and in-house ship managers, whose members are between them responsible for some 3,700 ships and more than 200,000 crew members.
Since June 2013 Mr. Giorgi is a member of the Committee of Skuld P&I Club. Since January 2014 he is a Non-Executive Director of Scorpio Bulkers Inc.
Mr. Giorgi was appointed Executive Chairman of Fraser Yachts effective September 1st, 2014.
Andrias manages BCG's highly successful Shipping Benchmarking Initiative (SBI).
The SBI is a benchmark that covers all major cost categories for shipping companies and every year includes 50 of the largest shipping companies in the world.
He has spent the last couple of years working with most of the largest ship owners and managers in the world and has in debt knowledge about cost performance in shipping. How much costs can differ between companies and how the best-in-class companies operate.
Nawfal Al-Jourani, an Iraqi Canadian national, is an expert in corporate and marketing communications in the UAE and the Middle East, with more than 16 years of experience in the field.
Before joining Dubai World as chief marketing officer for Dubai Maritime City in 2007, and since 2009 as Director of Communications for Dubai Maritime City Authority, Al-Jourani was the head of marketing and communications for the Al-Futtaim Group, the leading UAE business conglomerate. Prior to Al-Futtaim Mr. Al-Jourani was also in Dubai World, heading the marketing operations for its Middle East’s leading online marketplace Tejari.com. Al Jourani was a director in the Dubai based Wallis Marketing consultancy, one of Dubai’s most successful business focused PR and communications agencies. Prior to his tenure at WMC, he was the communications manager at Sakhr Software, where he managed all related marketing communications activities for the world’s leader in Arabic IT solutions. Before Sakhr Software, he was the technology and business editor of Arabia.com. Al-Jourani has also been an editor/translator with BYTE Middle East magazine, as well as a visiting lecturer at the University of Baghdad.
Al-Jourani has earned a bachelor degree in English language and literature,
a master’s degree in English applied linguistics, and currently working on his PhD in Project management and marketing. He has translated, from English to Arabic, six books for MacGraw-Hill publishing.
THE PARADIGM SHIFT: CAN OWNERS ACHIEVE WHAT THEY NEED?
CASUALTY SCENARIO: WHAT CAN BE DONE TO MINIMISE THE RISKS EVEN FURTHER?
Stavros Tsolakis is Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) Professor of Maritime Economics and Ship Finance, Singapore Management University (SMU); fourth generation shipowner and Vice-President of DST SHIPPING GROUP SA; and Honorary Consul of the Republic of Korea in Thessaloniki, Northern Greece. He holds MSc in Economics and MSc in Finance from Rotterdam School of Management, and PhD in Economics (Applied Econometrics) from Erasmus School of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Previous academic appointments held include Erasmus University, Athens University of Economics and Business and various other Universities and shipping companies in countries around the world, including France, Singapore, China, USA and Panama.
His research has been presented in various international symposia around the world, published in well-known international academic journals and has been cited extensively by various Shipping and Port Policy Green Papers of the Governments of Australia, Croatia and South Korea.
He is member elect of the BoD of the Union of Northern Greek Shipowners and of the BoD of the Federation of Industrialists of Northern Greece; member of the External Affairs Committee as well as of the Education Committee of the Union of Greek Shipowners; member of the Hellenic Shipowners Committee, the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), the Mediterranean Committee of China Classification Society, the Hellenic Shipowners Committee of Korean Register of Shipping, and of the Hellenic Technical Committee of Lloyds Register.
Clive Richardson joined V.Group, the world’s leading provider of maritime services to the commercial shipping, cruise and energy sectors, as CEO in 2009.
Having initially trained as a barrister, Clive moved into the defence and commercial sectors in 1982, working in senior management roles internationally with QinetiQ, Insyte, Royal Ordnance, GEC Marconi, Westland Helicopters and BAe.
From 2009 to 2011, Clive was president of the trade association Intellect and was a member of the influential UK National Defence Industries Council for over five years.
V.Group is an international business with 64 offices in 34 countries worldwide, providing full technical management and crew management for over 1100 vessels. In addition, the Group includes a sizeable marine services business as well as a full suite of marine financing and brokering services.
Nigel is a Master Mariner. Following a seagoing career spanning 11 years, where he sailed on various types of vessel ranging from general cargo ships to large crude oil tankers, Nigel completed an MBA in Maritime Management and also qualified as a Chartered Ship Broker before joining a leading Maritime Law firm as an Admiralty Manager based in London. He handled various different types' claims and conducted numerous casualty investigations, as well as advising Ship-Owners, Hull & Machinery Underwriters and P&I Clubs on risk assessment and best practice methodology following accidents and other incidents. In addition, he also conducted reviews of ship operations and procedures; providing recommendations for improvement prior to shore-side and on board management audits.
Nigel joined DGS Marine Group in 2010 as Loss Prevention / Risk Manager and was promoted to Divisional Director in October 2010. He is currently heads the London office and oversees the Group offices based in Dubai and India.
InterManager is the international trade association for the shipmanagement industry.
Our members are in-house or third party ship managers, crew managers or related organisations and businesses from throughout the shipping industry.
Collectively InterManager members are involved in the management of more than 5,000 ships and responsible for in excess of 250,000 seafarers.
InterManager is the only organisation exclusively dedicated to representing the shipmanagement industry. It is a recognised and well-respected organisation which represents its members at international level, lobbying on their behalf to ensure their views and needs are taken into account within the world-wide maritime industry.
In addition, InterManager is committed to improving transparency and governance in the shipping world and ensuring high standards are maintained throughout the shipmanagement sector.
Captain Kuba Szymanski started his sea career in 1985. Graduating from the Maritime University of Szczecin with Master Degree, he started his deck officer carrier with Isle of Man-based Dorchester Maritime Limited. He then sailed Gas / Chemical and Product tankers, reaching his first command as a Master in 1999.
In 2001 he commenced shore assignment as a Marine Superintendent in the parent Dorchester Maritime Ltd IOM, and was promoted to Marine Manager, DPA in 2004.
In 2007 joined MOLTANK Ship Management in London as a General Manager.
In 2010 Capt. Szymanski joined InterManager as Secretary General and moved back to the Isle of Man. He is a Member of the Nautical Institute’s Executive Board and the TK Foundation Board of Directors
Broadening his managerial horizons, he attained an Executive MBA with the International Business School Isle of Man / John Moore Liverpool.
In his spare time Capt. Szymanski loves sailing and has raced yachts over the past 40 years. Today he owns a Sigma 33 which he races in UK and Irish Waters.
Chris joined Bibby Ship Management Group Limited as Chief Operating Officer in July 2013 with over 30 years’ world-wide experience in the maritime and logistics sector having worked in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia Pacific.
Chris is a hands-on leader with a proven track record in management and value creation including new product launches, green field start-ups, acquisitions, and the roll out of new products and services. He drives change at both a people and a process level to maximise team output and to ensure both customer and shareholder value.
Chris joined Bibby Ship Management Group Limited after spending 14 years with Inchcape Shipping Services. He is currently responsible for the ship management operation of Bibby with 16 offices in 7 countries, managing over 4,000 crew and 350 shore-based staff.
Prior to Inchcape Chris worked for Maersk Line, based in Cape Town, as Regional Manager, and prior to this as a Deck Officer in the British Merchant Navy studying at Liverpool Polytechnic and Riverside College.
Chris is married with two children and enjoys travelling, cycling and hiking in his spare time.
Brent C. Bruun, executive vice president of mobile broadband for KVH Industries, has extensive knowledge and experience in the global satellite communications industry. He has been instrumental in setting the strategy for expanding KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband maritime satellite network and service, which is now the industry’s leading maritime VSAT provider.
Prior to joining KVH in 2008, Mr. Bruun was an executive with satellite operator SES and focused on mobile broadband opportunities on a global basis in the maritime and aeronautical markets. He is dedicated to ensuring that KVH is creating solutions to meet the maritime industry’s need for improved operations through connectivity.
Currently Chairman of Abojeb Company Inc, and Owners / Managing Director of JEBSENS.
Vice President Intermanager.
Have worked in JEBSENS since 1993 in various positions ; chartering, business development, technical management, crew management. Currently based in Bergen, but was Managing Director for Abojeb in Manila from 1997 to 2001.
BA in Economics from Pomona College in California and MBA in Finance from Wharton School in Philadelphia.
THE HUMAN CAPITAL: RESOLVING THE COMPETENCY QUESTION ONCE AND FOR ALL
THE HUMAN CAPITAL: DO YOU REALLY KNOW YOUR CREW?
Tom joined Protection Group International in August 2013 to head up the geopolitical risk team and has been responsible for the development of the PGI Risk Portal. Tom oversees the provision of country risk assessments and bespoke analytical briefings for varied multinational organisations operating globally.
Tom worked at G4S Risk Management from 2010 and led a team of analysts from June 2012 – August 2013. During this time he oversaw the development of the company risk service and worked for several multinational clients in sectors including oil and gas, aviation, banking, mining and logistics.
Dr. Abaya graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Medicine in 1985. After his internship, he spent the next 8 years of training in Cardiovascular Surgery in Spain, England, and Belgium. He returned to the Philippines in 1995 and while reviewing for the specialty boards, took occupational medicine at the University of the Philippines. Besides his surgical practice, he has been active in dealing with Filipino seafarers for more than 15 years now and is presently the Medical Director of Health Metrics, Inc. a diagnostic center for pre-employment medical exams. His clinical practice now focuses on maritime medicine and seafarers health and welfare. He is also very active in the research field of Seafarers Health and Safety being the first Filipino doctor with a Masters degree in Maritime Medicine which he obtained from the University of Cadiz, Spain.
Mike Barnett has just retired as Professor of Maritime Safety and Director of Research and Innovation within Southampton Solent University and now runs his own consultancy. After a seafaring career, Mike joined Warsash Maritime Academy in 1985 as a lecturer in tanker safety. He was Head of Research at Warsash from 1991 and has directed research projects at national, European and international levels in areas relating to the human element in shipping, including Project HORIZON and its successor MARTHA on seafarer fatigue. Mike sits on various shipping industry bodies with an interest in human factors. In 2012, he was awarded the Merchant Navy medal for his contribution to maritime safety and research.
Allan Graveson: After a career at sea obtaining a Master’s Certificate he obtained a BA (Hons) in Business Studies and an MSc in International Transport with Distinction. After a period lecturing he took up a position with Nautilus International representing marine professionals, principally masters and officers. As Senior National Secretary he is responsible for Professional and Technical Issues including education and training, and health and safety. He represents members’ interests on a number of national, European and international bodies. His efforts are increasingly directed towards, failure of ship design and poor construction, sub-standard ship operation including crew fatigue, and the failure of the regulatory authorities to address these issues.
Claire Pekcan is an Associate Professor in the School of Maritime Science and Engineering at Southampton Solent University. She holds an MSc in Occupational/Industrial Psychology and is pursuing her doctorate in the psychology of safety behaviour at sea. After a first career in the health services, she has spent the last 19 years working at Warsash Maritime Academy researching and lecturing in the areas of human factors, safety management, and human resource management in the UK ports, merchant shipping, and offshore environments. Claire is the Vice Chair of the Human Element sub-committee of Intertanko, a member of IMarEST’s Human Element Working Group, a member of CHIRP’s Marine Advisory Board as well as a Research and Innovation Fellow at Solent University.
WHERE IS THE SUCCESSION COMING FROM?
THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE OFFICE AND THE SHIP
Sean has over 30 years’ experience in the global shipping journalism, publishing and PR sectors. After spending 16 years as a journalist at Lloyd's List and a publisher at the Informa Group, Sean set up his own business Elaborate Communications Ltd, which is a major publisher of maritime titles (Ship Management International and Ship Supplier), conference organiser and PR and Marketing provider for the global shipowning, shipmanagement and ship supply sectors. Sean is credited with being the founding force behind the London International Shipping Week, a biannual event which brings the global shipping industry to London. He is also behind the highly successful European Shipping Week, which was held for the first time in Brussels this year.
Bob Bishop followed a conventional seagoing career, culminating as a Master Mariner. Subsequently he worked in various positions around the world in the offshore sector, as an Oil Installation Manager (OIM). At the time he was the youngest OIM in the North Sea.
In 1995 he left the offshore business to work for INTERTANKO, the independent tanker owners association, and was their Marine Director, responsible for the operational issues within the membership and represented the organisation which is a UN registered NGO at the International Maritime Organisation. In 2000 he went to work for Acomarit in Glasgow which shortly thereafter became V. Ships.
Today Bob Bishop is the Executive Director of V.Group with 18 Ship Management offices around the world. V.Ships has over 1,700 ships, with over 600 ships in full technical management, including over 300 tankers ranging from VLCC’s to small coastal chemical carriers. He has served as a member of the INTERTANKO Executive Committee and sits on various other classification society Technical Committees.
Olav Magnus Nortun is the Chief Executive Officer of the Thome Group. Mr. Nortun, a Norwegian national, brings with him vast experience in the maritime industry, especially in teh areas of strategic development and governance of production, knowledge management and systems related to ship classification.
He has worked with DNV GL for many years in different locations around the world, culminating in his most recent role as Executive Vice President of its Classification Division. He has extensive in-field survey experience and has held management and project management positions in Norway, Holland, Japan, Kore and East Russia. He was Regional Manager, Maritime Korea and East Russia in addition to Board Chairman of DNV (China).
He is a Master of Science in Naval Architecture from the Norwegian Institute of Technology with a post graduate in 'Management in a Technological Environment' in addition to attending Senior Management courses at INSEAD, Fontanebleau and IMD in Lausanne.
Captain Norbert Aschmann took office as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) in January 2015.
He was the Deputy CEO of BSM from October 2013 to December 2014 and has previously held senior management positions at Hanseatic Shipping in Cyprus and E.R. Schiffahrt in Germany. With more than 20 years of experience ashore, he served at sea for almost a decade reaching the rank of Master on container vessels.
In addition to being a Master Mariner, Capt. Aschmann holds a Diploma in Maritime Economics from the University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg.
Born in Flensburg, Germany, he is presently based in Limassol, Cyprus – one of the nine ship management centres of BSM.
Mr. Bjorn Hojgaard joined Univan as Chief Executive Officer in January 2012. He served at sea as a deck officer mostly in Maersk Line, becoming Captain in 2000. In Maersk, he was part of an exclusive working group that designed the world's first 14,000+ TEU container vessels. He has for most of his professional life been involved in Ship Management including (for owned tonnage) as Managing Director of A.P. Moller-Maersk Singapore Pte. Ltd. in 2000-2002 and (managing third party owned tonnage) from 2008-2011 as Managing Director of Thome Ship Management. During 2002-2007 he led an industrial marine services repair and reconditioning company with operations in Hong Kong, Mainland China, Malaysia and Taiwan. At the core of Mr. Hojgaard's beliefs is an unwavering commitment to safety in shipping and to meeting the highest standards of the industry. As Chief Executive Officer, he is charged with the day-to-day operation and implementation of the company's strategies reporting to the Board of Directors. He has participated in extensive executive management training in A.P. Moller - Maersk and attended an executive program at Stanford University, Palo Alto, USA. Mr. Hojgaard has also served as Councilor of both the Singapore Shipping Association and of INTERTANKO and Executive Committee member of Hong Kong Shipowners’ Association.