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Career Paths: Dimitris Maniatis, Diaplous

In our special column this time, we are pleased to host an interview with Mr Dimitris Maniatis, Chief Commercial Officer, Diaplous, who discusses the importance of protecting human life at sea and the everyday struggle on ensuring the utmost seafarer safety.

Career Paths: Isabelle Ryckbost, ESPO

In our column this time, we are excited to host an interview with Isabelle Ryckbost, Secretary General, ESPO, who says that her father’s advice “do well and never look back” is the one that leads her through life and career, while also highlights her admiration towards the European port managing bodies that are able to fine a balance between commercial and public interests.

Human error is not a root cause

Alvin Forster Deputy Director (Loss Prevention) of North P&I Club focuses on today’s common thought that 80% of accidents are caused by human error, highlighting that the industry has to further investigate behind the human error and see why someone did something wrong.

Safety Management 2.0: A Sea Change in Approach

During the 2019 SAFETY4SEA Athens Conference, Mr. John Southam, Loss Prevention Executive at North Club, focused on a new safety approach called Safety Management 2.0. This highlights a current problem in shipping where company’s management systems are mainly based on complex procedures alone often forgetting the human element.

2020 and consequences for maritime GHG emissions

During the 2019 SAFETY4SEA Hamburg Forum, Poul Woodall, Director (Environment & Sustainability), DFDS A/S, talked about 2020 and its consequences for Maritime GHG emissions, highlighting that there is no doubt that Sulphur dioxide harms both human health and the environment.

Mental health and seafarers: It’s time to talk

In the first Gard Insights series, Kunal Pathak, Loss Prevention Manager, Asia, Singapore covers the topic of mental health of seafarers, discusses what can be done to break the taboo surrounding mental illness, as seafarers live and work under more challenging conditions than most of us.

Effective Crew Project: Stable vs fluid crews within shipping

Started in April 2019 and led by Solent University, the ‘Effective Crew Project’ examined the implementation of either a stable or a fluid crewing strategy on board merchant vessels. Dr. Kate Pike, Associate Professor Emeritus, Warsash Maritime Science and Engineering of Solent University and one of the researchers of the project, shares its key findings.

War risk/loss prevention trends and best practices

During the last SAFETY4SEA Athens Forum, Mr. Rod Lingard, the Club Manager of Hellenic Mutual War Risks Association (Bermuda) Limited, looked at key war risks trends, including sanctions and the recent advice from OFAC on sanctions compliance programmes; developments in the Arabian Gulf; the status of piracy in both the Gulf of Guinea and the Western Indian Ocean.

Key trends and challenges for the future of shipping

During the 2019 SAFETY4SEA Athens Forum, Mr. Stavros Meidanis, DPA/CSO, S&Q Manager, Capital Ship Management Corp shared his views on how shipping will look like in 2030 even 2050, focusing on implications for ship managers in the future.

Tackling cargo misdeclaration – a first line of defence against container fires

Container fires may now be occurring on a weekly basis and in Gard’s experience most are associated with cargo misdeclaration. However just as with tackling the fire itself, tackling misdeclaration is a significant industry challenge. Thus, Mark Russell, Vice President, Head of Cargo Claims in London and  Charmaine Chu, Claims Executive in Hong Kong discuss the severity of cargo misdeclaration and the impact it has in the shipping market.

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