June has been an extremely busy month for OCIMF. We welcomed the new IMO Secretary-General Mr Kitack Lim to our offices in London, I reported to the Directors at the Executive Committee, and the Maritime Trade Information Sharing Centre for the Gulf of Guinea (MTISC—GoG) pilot project concluded.
The MTISC—GoG project established that a reporting and information sharing service does improve maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea. The reporting activity has now been handed over to a UK and French alliance, who began operating on 20 June. The closure of the MTISC—GoG does not affect our focus on improving maritime security across the world; OCIMF will remain at the forefront of the maritime security discussion. Maritime piracy and armed robbery is a fluid problem that seems to react to political, regional and local circumstances. Through the combined efforts of OCIMF, our sector associations, and many countries and national navies, it has now been over four years since a vessel was successfully hijacked by Somali pirates. This year, however, maritime piracy and armed robbery has flared up in the Gulf of Guinea and the South China Sea. OCIMF will continue to support the fight against maritime piracy and armed robbery through cooperation and collaboration. It is in all our interests for mariners to be able to operate without concern.
It was with great pleasure that the Chairman and I welcomed the IMO Secretary-General, Mr Kitack Lim, to the OCIMF offices. Mr Lim was accompanied by Mr Ashok Mahapatra, the Director of the Maritime Safety Division and Mr Dandu Pughiuc, Senior Deputy Director of the Sub-Division for Implementation, Marine Environment Division. We discussed a wide range of maritime issues and opportunities, including Inland and Coastal shipping standards, CO2, Human Factors and Mr Lim’s desire to understand maritime safety issues through analysis of accidents and incidents. He shared his top priorities with us, which are: i) the implementation of IMO conventions; ii) statistical analysis of incidents to focus the future IMO agenda and; iii) Human Element implementation within smaller companies.
Finally, the Spring committee programme concluded with the Executive Committee meeting in London. We welcomed a new member company, the Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) to the Board, represented by Mr Waddah Ghanem. We also said farewell to Jack Buono, President of SeaRiver Maritime and head of the marine affiliates of ExxonMobil, who is retiring. We thank him for his tremendous support to OCIMF and wise counsel at the Executive Committees.
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IMO visits OCIMF
Andrew Cassels and OCIMF Chairman Grahaeme Henderson welcomed IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim and his colleagues Ashok Mahapatra and Dandu Pughiuc, from the Maritime Safety and Marine Environment divisions, to the offices on 13 June.
From left to right: OCIMF General Counsel Philip Pascoe, OCIMF Deputy Director and Chief Representative to the IMO Jeremy Hudson, Dandu Pughiac, Andrew Cassels, OCIMF Chairman Grahaeme Henderson, Kitack Lim, OCIMF Senior Technical Advisor Rob Drysdale, Ashok Mahapatra and OCIMF Senior Technical Advisor Raj Shetty.
An Invitation to the IMO
Members are reminded of the opportunity that exists to attend IMO meetings as part of the OCIMF Secretariat delegation.
Members would be welcome to attend any of the meetings for the purpose of understanding more about IMO as an organisation, how the business of creating new regulations is conducted and understanding how to get more involved in influencing the new and revised regulations coming from IMO. Support from members is particularly welcome in representing OCIMF in the working/drafting/expert groups (up to five per session), which often run in parallel to the main plenary meetings.
As the principle regulatory authority for global shipping, the IMO has a great impact on the lives of all maritime professionals. This is a great opportunity to gain a better understanding of just how IMO ticks and to get involved in the regulation creation/amendment process.
All meetings are held in London and participants need to be registered before the meeting begins. Members interested in attending should contact Jeremy Hudson at [email protected]
IMO meetings for the rest of 2016
4–8 Council (116th session)
11–15 Joint IMO/ITU Experts Group on Maritime Radiocommunication Matters (12th session)
18–22 Sub-committee on Implementation of IMO Instruments (3rd session)
5–9 Sub-committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers (3rd session)
15–16 LP Compliance Group (9th session)
10–12 Technical Cooperation Committee
10–14 PPR Working Group on the Evaluation of Safety and Pollution Hazards of Chemicals (22nd session)
24–28 Marine Environment Protection Committee (70th session)
17–18 Orientation Seminar for IMO Delegates
21–25 Maritime Safety Committee (97th session)
5–9 Council (117th session)
The Executive Committee held their 77th meeting in London on 15 June.
Members present included: Grahaeme Henderson (Shell); Susan Dio (BP); Mark Ross (Chevron); Jack Buono (ExxonMobil); Tracey Gunnlaugsson (ExxonMobil); Luc Gillet (Total); Karen Davis (ConocoPhillips); Keizo Atsumi (PIMA); John DeRose (Phillips 66); Tommy Thomassen (Maersk); Marit Lunde (Statoil) and Waddah Ghanem (ENOC).
The 65th meeting of the Legal Committee took place on 18 May at the ExxonMobil offices in Houston.
The Committee was attended by representatives of seven OCIMF member companies. The Committee thanked its outgoing Chair, Richard Keigwin (Total) and welcomed its new Chair Miguel Quinones (IMT). A range of legal issues affecting OCIMF were discussed.
The Committee welcomes participation at its meetings by legal counsel from OCIMF member companies. For further details please contact [email protected].
European Regional Panel
The fifth European Regional Panel (ERP) meeting took place on 15 June in London.
Andrew Cassels welcomed around 50 attendees and was joined on the panel by ERP regional champion Andrew Dogherty (Shell/BG), external speaker Dr Nippin Anand (DNV-GL) and members of the Secretariat.
The first session of the day was dedicated to OCIMF news. OCIMF's Security Adviser Russell Pegg and Deputy Director Jeremy Hudson gave updates on maritime security and events at the IMO. As it was his first regional panel as a member of the OCIMF Secretariat, Senior Technical Adviser Rob Drysdale shared his priorities for his term.
The second session of the day was devoted to the theme ‘Mooring Safety’. Joe Megeed, OCIMF Engineering Technical Adviser, gave an update on the MEG revisions. Regular updates will be provided in the newsletter. Dr Nippin Anand, Principal Specialist in Safety Management Systems, challenged the audience to think about safety in terms of normal people doing normal work, and to look not only at what goes wrong during failures, but also what is going right the rest of the time. The human element was picked up for the general discussion with many interesting questions and opinions from members.
South and Central America CAT3 Focus Group
The South and Central America CAT3 Focus Group meeting was held at Salvador, Brazil from 6–7 June, hosted by OCIMF member Braskem.
The meeting was attended by nine members. OCIMF Compliance Manager Shaikh Rahim provided secretarial support.
The following items dominated the agenda:
- Discussion on terms of reference for the newly titled South and Central America Inland and Coastal Barging Group.
- Dual reporting line to the Ship Inspection Report (SIRE) Focus Group on SIRE Inspection matters and to the Global Inland and Coastal Barging Group on general barge safety matters.
- Review of Appendix 7 of the Inspector Training and Accreditation Guidelines.
- Review of Barges Inspection Questionnaire and Barge Particulars Questionnaire (BIQ and BPQ) beta testing.
- Work on the proposal to develop an information paper on ‘Conversion of open to close condition cargo operation on dumb non-propelled barges’.
The meeting was productive and resulted in good discussion and work on the action items.
New OVID Refresher Course
A new course has been added and will take place in New Orleans from 22–23 August.
To sign up, email [email protected].
New Orleans, 22–23 August *new course*
Maritime Security Snippets
The Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS) met for their 19th plenary session in Victoria, Mahe, Seychelles on 31 May.
There were 25 international organisations and non-governmental organisations in attendance and industry was strongly represented. The meeting’s slogan ‘From the Region to the Region: Creating a Lasting Legacy’.
In his opening address, Joel Morgan, current chairman and Seychelles Minister for Foreign Affairs and Transport, emphasised that the CGPCS “is at a crossroad, but not yet at the end point”. As members are well aware, piracy remains a regional threat and operators should continue to comply with best management practice.
One of the unanswered questions is the future of the CGPCS and whether responsibility could be transferred to another UN institution.
A report on the 19th plenary session will be published shortly at Lessons from Piracy.
New guidance: supporting seafarers and families in cases of piracy
The International Seafarers' Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) have published new guidelines for shipping companies and manning agents on how to support seafarers and their families in cases of armed robbery and piracy attack.
The guidelines have been updated with the help of OCIMF, the International Chamber of Shipping, the International Maritime Bureau and the International Maritime Employers’ Council. It covers good practice in the support of seafarers and their families before, during and after an incident, with recommendations on planning, templates of leaflets, nominee forms and sample communications with families. It is designed to supplement the existing processes of companies and can be downloaded here.
Completion of the Maritime Trade Information Sharing Centre — Gulf of Guinea Project
The MTISC—GoG pilot project officially ended on 20 June and a joint French and UK maritime information network is now in place and able to build on its success.
At the closing ceremony in Accra, Andrew Cassels took the opportunity to thank the many people who contributed to the project:
“A long list of people have supported the MTISC—GoG pilot project from the ‘germ of an idea’ to reality and conclusion. Between us we have taken this seedling and nourished it to the successful project that it has become. Thank you all for your support". "As to the future, I have full confidence that the French and UK alliance will provide a sustainable and professional reporting and information sharing service that will further enhance the security of mariners sailing the Gulf of Guinea waters. It is expected that this new service will be a temporary arrangement which, in due course, will be handed over and incorporated into the Yaoundé Process”.
On 27 June, the MTISC—GoG building was formally handed back to the Vice Chancellor of the Regional Maritime University. Russell Pegg thanked Professor Elvis Nyarko and the staff for their support and encouraged them to build on the success achieved.
OCIMF are leaving the Centre’s equipment in place for the Regional Maritime University. The car has gone to a good home, the Sailors’ Society in Tema, where it will support requirements and welfare of visiting mariners.
For further information about the transfer of operations, see ocimf.org/newsletter/g7plusplus-announcement.
Safety of Mooring Operations Seminar
The Nautical Institute hosted an evening seminar on the Safety of Mooring Operations on 6 June aboard the HQS Wellington.
Joe Megeed was an invited panellist and reviewed the Hazards of Snap-back information paper for the attendees and spoke about the revision of the Mooring Equipment Guidelines (MEG). Also on the panel were Stuart Edmonston (UK P&I), Dr Nippin Anand (DNV-GL) and the Chair, Philip Wake (Nautical Institute). Panellists gave presentations on various aspects of hazards in mooring operations, the accidents that result and ways to reduce them.
The meeting was well attended by members of OCIMF, the Nautical Institute and the IMO. All those in attendance were keen to understand and discuss what can be done to improve the current safety and design of mooring operations to help protect all seafarers. Attendees asked thought-provoking questions and shared experiences regarding the safety and design of mooring.