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Data project aims to cut seafarer fatalities

Union hits out after ‘rustbucket’ rescue

Progress on piracy protection

UK support for training to be doubled

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05 General secretary Mark Dickinson explains why February was a good month for Nautilus and its members



09 Owners promise a big increase in UK cadet recruitment after SMarT Plus funding triumph 10 New homes for veteran seafarers being built at Mariners’ Park, as Welfare Fund reaches finals of international awards 13 Finance boost for Orkney Ferries as dispute continues

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19 Nautilus Federation opens an office to support members in Singapore 20 Jobs at risk despite reports of recovery in the North Sea

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24 Members aim to use drones to improve safety at sea

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29 New P&O Ferries master is just 30 years old H I S T O RY H E A LT H & S A F E T Y

30 Study warns that seafarers routinely work at the limits of their physical abilities


40 Charity battles to get vintage vessel back into service

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GENERAL SECRETARY Mark Dickinson MSc (Econ) DEPARTMENT EMAILS general: membership: legal: telegraph: industrial: young members: welfare: professional and technical:

42 Why the Nautical Institute has launched a new scheme for ice navigators


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• Members urged to update their employment history online

• Nautilus Netherlands branch annual meeting and symposium: 26 June 2018

• Progress made in Dutch Parliament on new piracy protection law

• CBA proposals for dredging sector

• Nautilus attends college open days at Rotterdam and Harlingen • Fresh opportunity for a CBA at KotugSmit • Employment guarantees sought from Fairmount • Members at VT vote against new agreement • Jumbo employees reject management’s offer • Takeover of Royal Dirkzwager progressing slowly

• FNV Waterbouw section members meet Dutch MPs • Jesse Schiever wins the Nautilus prize for most socially-minded student • Maritime & Offshore Career Event (MOCE) to take place on 28 March 2018 • Nautilus offshore conference moved to 26 June 2018 ‒ now forms a symposium after the annual Netherlands branch meeting 4 March 2018

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Welcome Nautilus general secretary Mark Dickinson reflects on a month that saw a significant victory for the Union’s Charter for Jobs campaign… here was much to be pleased about in February, and it started with an announcement that the UK government has finally agreed to adopt the industry’s SMarT Plus proposals – a move which not only doubles funding for the scheme but will also help cadets to get post-qualification employment to progress to higher certificates. Nautilus and the Chamber of Shipping have been campaigning together for the past two years on these new proposals, and they should make a big difference to those starting out in the industry. In her announcement to Parliament, the new UK shipping minister Nusrat Ghani congratulated the work of Nautilus and the Chamber in bringing the industry together on the scheme. The delivery of SMarT Plus is a huge victory for our Charter for Jobs campaign, and now the real work begins to ensure that the industry makes good on its promise to deliver more training and jobs. The week after this announcement, we attended the Chamber’s annual dinner and invited journalists from maritime trade press and national news agencies to join us to hear about what the year ahead holds for the UK maritime industry and the Union. The chair of the Council of Nautilus, Ulrich Jurgens, and Council member Ross Cleland joined me and other Union staff to describe to journalists the reality of work at sea and explain how our campaigns for better connectivity onboard and full implementation of the other Charter demands would improve seafarers’ lives. Discussing the role of seafarers with journalists in this way is vital to securing coverage of the work of maritime professionals and the Union, which in turn helps Nautilus achieve the changes we are campaigning for. We have already seen an increase in media coverage in the last two years, and we hope this will increase further in the coming months Nautilus has also improved its working


Now the real work begins to ensure that the industry makes good on its promise

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relationship with the UK Chamber of Shipping, and we will continue to work together where our objectives are aligned. Much of this closer relationship was established thanks to Chamber CEO Guy Platten. He has recently been appointed as the next secretary general of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and I look forward to working closely with him in this new role. Nautilus members were invited to become part of another upbeat news story in February by joining in with Heart Unions Week. I was delighted to see so many union members showing their love for our work and their backing for the thousands of activists who give up their spare time to help other members. These lay representatives are particularly important at Nautilus, and I would like to thank each and every one of them for the support they provide to their fellow members. Elsewhere this month, I attended a meeting of the ITF and ICS to prepare for future international policymaking forums, including talks at the ILO Special Tripartite Committee in April, when amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC) will be discussed. In June, I will be the lead spokesperson at the Joint Maritime Commission Sub-Committee on the minimum basic wage for an able seafarer. We also discussed other possible amendments to the MLC, including abandonment and financial security. Finally, I attended a meeting of the Maritime UK Board in February. The Union’s participation in this group highlights a success for another of our Charter points, which called for one organisation to bring trade unions, government and industry together and develop a national maritime strategy. Because of its expansion, Maritime UK undertook a governance review, and I am pleased that the Union will be a national member and have a place on the operational committee. The Union will continue to be a strong part of this group, ensuring that the views of maritime professionals are heard.


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INBOX Your space to join the debate on the issues that matter to maritime professionals

What’s on your mind? Tell your colleagues in Nautilus International – and the wider world of shipping. Keep your letter to a maximum 300 words if you can, though longer contributions will be considered. Use a pen name or just your membership number if you don’t want to be identified – say so in an accompanying note – but you must let the Telegraph have your name, address and membership number. Send your letter to the Editor, Telegraph, Nautilus International, 1&2 The Shrubberies, George Lane, South Woodford, London E18 1BD, email telegraph@ or fax to +44 (0)20 8530 1015.

My IMO article was truthful, not insulting – we must speak out about safety issues ith respect to Roger Macdonald’s letter (February Telegraph) regarding my remarks on the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), it was not my intention to insult anyone but rather to draw attention to the failures within the IMO that are now leading to the deaths of seafarers and even passengers. One of the problems with this industry is that there is so much that is wrong, especially in the field of


safety at sea, that whenever you voice a concern, you are bound to upset someone. Especially when the industry is governed by an unelected body, with no requirement that those who are responsible for safety legislation have any background or knowledge of the sea and the dangers of seafaring. My remarks regarding the non-governmental organisations were of course not directed at those NGO groups supporting seafarers. Of these, IFSMA has one of the

strongest voices and has my respect. It would be wrong to suggest that any NGO is against safety. What some of these groups are against is the cost of safety, and the problem is that those who would oppose more stringent safety regulation have far more power, through their registrations with flag states, than those who advocate for it. This leaves our NGOs in a position of being only really able to influence recommendations and

The View From Muirhead

produce guidelines. If these were read and followed that would be excellent, but they are not. We work in an industry that, in general, is only responsive to legislation and those NGOs supporting safety at sea have not been able to break the deadlock. There is too much going wrong with safety. The IMO, as our governing body, must be audited by an outside agency, as to its fitness to fulfill its safety role now and for the future. Hopefully this would recommend that safety can be made the responsibility of a separate body operating in partnership with the NGOs. These could provide nautical knowledge and understanding to delegates, who should also have an understanding of safety at sea and powers to enforce its legislation. If not, then there is the possibility that the young seafarers of today will increasingly feel that these NGOs and their organisations are not properly representing their safety concerns and are irrelevant to their needs. That would be a shame.

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Capt Lloyd was right Bevis Minter Award is about IMO failings now fairer to cadets I welcome the new design of the Telegraph as the size is much easier to pack into travel bags as I work my way around the world inspecting and training on board. However, I do have a strong complaint. Will you please cease using small coloured print on coloured background or even worse, white print on coloured backgrounds. The red on pink background on page 14 of the January issue is hard enough to read, but the article on pages 30 and 31 is almost impossible to read except in very bright light. I would also like to congratulate Michael Lloyd for his excellent article regarding the IMO and its ineffectiveness. I wholeheartedly agree with him and feel he could have gone further in condemning an institution that fails the industry at every turn.

I write with reference to the February Nautilus Telegraph article on education and training regarding the Bevis Minter Award extension. As a young maritime professional myself and having canvassed many young members over the need to reform this award, may I add how pleased I am that the Nautilus Council have voted to extend this award to ensure that all cadets are now eligible. It’s my belief that this step will create further inclusion, transparency and trust amongst younger seafarers which can only be seen as a positive thing.

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ISWAN @iswan_org Feb 8 @iswa We rel rely on #seafarers to bring us the food we eat every day from aall over the world! Take a look at @Seafarers_UK’s new in infographic to find out more # #ThursdayThoughts

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Nautilus Intl @nautilusint 12 Feb It’s @The_TUC #HeartUnions Week! And here’s member Alistair Butlin showing his love for Nautilus before a European Works Council meeting. If you want to join in send us your picture with the Union logo and we’ll show them all this week #TUC15

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Just a general comment from our perspective ective ssue regarding the article in your February issue ort on about the Polish safety commission report the fire on Stena Spirit. rity. Safety is always our number one priority. ing We are following all international shipping ures ar re legislations and our vessels and procedures are rties controlled and approved by external parties on a regular basis (SOLAS, IMO, flag statee and classification society). d For a couple of years now, we have had a special focus on fire safety in a project his has running across our whole fleet. So far this resulted in a number of improvements, such as installation of heat cameras, improved detection on weather deck, upgraded and added CCTV cameras, different improvements to the drencher system, etc. External reviews like the commission report are important to us in our quality work, and a lot of the findings in the report have already been corrected as a result of the fire safety project.

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Mark D Dickinson @Mdi @Mdickinson1262 Feb 2 The wh whole point of SMarTplus is that it leads to a period of employment after completion of training. This gets the newly qualified officer sea time towards the next CoC

Our thanks, as always, to everyone who writes in to respond to Telegraph articles and join the maritime debate. Sometimes letters don’t arrive in time to go in the next month’s edition, but we publish the best ones as soon as we can. We also appreciate feedback about our new design and are still fine-tuning this to make the Telegraph as enjoyable to read as possible.

James Bullar MBE @JBullar Feb 2 @nautilusint like the new look telegraph. Very interesting article on Croatia. Similar to what I have seen in other European countries re maritime high schools 7 February 2018

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Do seafarer centres still have a role? Ours certainly does

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Aberdeen Seafarers’ Centre. You will be aware that Malaviya 7 was detained by the MCA in Aberdeen port for more than 12 months due to nonpayment of the Indian crew’s wages in contravention of the MLC 2006. Malaviya 20 and 21 had similar problems in other ports. During this time, the Aberdeen Seafarers Centre

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In the January edition of the Telegraph’s ‘Have your say’, your poll results answered the question: ‘Do you think there is still a valuable role for seafarers’ centres in the 21st century?’ I am no longer a union member, having left the MNAOA back in 1986 when all BP seagoing staff were made redundant. However, I have recently retired and become a volunteer at the


opened its doors and made all the remaining crew welcome on a daily basis, providing them with internet access to speak with their families in India, helping them purchase essential stores and food, taking them on trips to local football matches and providing them with medical care, moral comfort and support; the prime mover in this regard being Pastor Howard Drysdale, who is ably supported by many volunteers too numerous to mention. I dare not think what the outcome would have been had the centre not existed to help these seafarers when they had no other support, and when the Maritime

Labour Convention of 2006 proved toothless. Our centre continues to open its doors every day. It is manned by volunteers who also visit the ships in port. The centre is visited by 30-40 seafarers on a weekly basis, where they can play pool, go on the internet, borrow books, or chat with the volunteers on duty; all for free. They are also advised that if they require spiritual guidance, they can always call Howard. In an age where many seafarers are still treated as second class citizens, I believe that centres like ours are essential in providing them the support necessary when they have a chance to get ashore.

Mike Deeming

Might as well outsource the crews too I have just read reports on the political political gobbledygook ‘Sir Humphrey/Yes controversy surrounding the cost of flying Minister’ meaningless nonsense. senior naval staff to South Korea to dedicate If this wasn’t our very own UK squeaky a new class of ships for the Royal Fleet clean, totally honest, above board, Auxiliary. incorruptible and unbribeable Civil The RFA’s new I think it is pretty scandalous Service, all rigidly bound by the Tide-class that not only were these ships Bribery Act, I would suspect that tankers built in Korea, but the MOD is brown envelopes had changed are being built now, and very obviously, 100% hands. by Daewoo in South Korea determined to give the next Why not replace the RFA officers contract to either Korea or China. and crew with crews from the Their mealy-mouthed words, dripping Philippines, China or Korea while you are with insincerity, in the official response to out there? Think of the savings! mem no 119730 the criticism are quite honestly the worst of

RFA Tiderace arrives in Falmouth after sailing from South Korea Image: Gary Davies/Maritime Photographic 8 March 2018

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POLICY ‘VISION’ Transport minister Chris Grayling has announced plans to develop a long-term vision for UK maritime policy. He said consultations will begin soon on proposals for Maritime 2050 – ‘a strategy for the future of an industry that is of fundamental importance to our country’ – see page 21.


Industry welcomes move to double UK training support Nautilus has warmly welcomed the UK government’s decision to double the budget for the Support for Maritime Training (SMarT) scheme – a move which is set to increase cadet numbers by some 60%. Shipping minister Nusrat Ghani told Parliament that the introduction of the SMarT Plus scheme sought by Nautilus and the Chamber of Shipping will see funding rise, over a seven-year period, from £15m to £30m a year. Commitments from operators including Carnival UK, BP, Shell, Maersk and Stena Line mean the annual cadet intake should increase from 750 to 1,200. Companies will also provide employment for newly-qualified SMarT Plus officers, enabling them to gain the 12 months seatime needed to progress to their second certificate of competency. ‘This is very welcome news and represents a huge victory for the Union’s Charter for Jobs campaign,’ said Nautilus general secretary Mark Dickinson. ‘The Union has consistently campaigned to secure increased funding for SMarT, to support the cost of training UK-resident seafarers and to bring the scheme in line with the aid provided by many other major maritime nations. To have achieved this in the current economic and political climate is a significant achievement, and we are delighted that the government has listened to the strength of the case that we have put forward. ‘We have worked closely with the shipowners to develop the SMarT Plus package in a way that will give the government commitments on training and employment targets whilst also addressing

Pictured at the UK Chamber of Shipping annual dinner last month are MEF cadets Matthew Gigg, Ross O’Sullivan, Kyle Addison, Louis Goldsworthy, Nicky Boak, Aimee MacLeod and Bram Delaney

some of the obstacles which have so far held us back from achieving those aims,’ he said. ‘We now look to the owners to deliver on those commitments. ‘The money is literally small change down the back of the DfT’s sofa – with £15m being barely the cost of building a mile of motorway – but it will make a massive difference to the supply and demand of British seafarers and could mark a watershed for UK maritime employment and training,’ Mr Dickinson added. ‘As the DfT’s own research has shown, this support will also deliver massive economic benefits – with every £1 spent on SMarT generating almost £5 return to the economy, as well as safeguarding the supply of experienced seafarers which is so vital for the sustainability of the UK as a global maritime centre.’ UK Chamber of Shipping chief executive Guy Platten commented: ‘Nothing will

prove that the UK is open for business quite like seeing more British seafarers arrive in the world’s ports. We already recruit people from all backgrounds and all corners of the country, and with this new investment we will be able to create thousands of new opportunities in the years ahead.’ Announcing the decision, Ms Ghani said the government recognised the importance of maritime skills and is determined to ‘encourage more young people to consider an exciting and rewarding career at sea’. She said the extra support would help to safeguard the UK’s global lead in many maritime services. ‘I recognise the importance of transferable skills and the essential role seafarers play in supporting the wider maritime sector when they return from sea to shore-based careers,’ she added. ‘This is never more important than it is today as we prepare to leave the EU and take an even more global outlook.’

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M A R I N E R S ’ PA R K

Homes for veterans Work is progressing on two new bungalows at Nautilus International’s Mariners’ Park welfare complex in Wallasey. Supported with a grant from the Aged Veterans Fund, the new homes are being specially built for former Royal Fleet Auxiliary seafarers or retired merchant seafarers who served in conflicts such as WW2, the Korean War, the Suez Crisis, the Falklands War or the Gulf War. The new bungalows will be ready for occupation in May. Both are two-bedroomed properties for rent, and are designed to meet the needs of elderly mariners, and include an en suite wet room, fully-fitted kitchen, plus an open-plan living room and dining space, with a patio window leading to a garden. For more details, call: +44 (0)151 346 8840 or email to request an accommodation application form.

The two new bungalows at Mariners’ Park are due to be completed in April Image:Danny Kenny


Nautilus charity in final for international award The Nautilus Welfare Fund (NWF) has made it onto the shortlist for the 2018 International Seafarer Welfare Awards. The Fund – which is the charitable arm of Nautilus International – provides accommodation and care services for 170 retired seafarers and their dependants at the Mariners’ Park Estate in Wallasey. It is one of two finalists in the ‘organisations’ section of the annual awards presented by the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) to the port, seafarer centre, shipping company, and individual judged to have provided exceptional levels of support. This year’s field of entries was the biggest ever – with more than 2,300 individual nominations received from seafarers from all over the world. Nautilus general secretary Mark Dickinson said he was proud that the NWF had progressed so far against tough competition. ‘It’s testament to the hard work put in by all our staff at Mariners’ Park that we have been shortlisted for the prestigious International Seafarer Welfare Award. All those shortlisted are worthy recipients, but obviously we want to win!’ The winner of each category will now be decided by a judging panel formed of experts

from across the maritime industry and will be announced at a ceremony on 23 April. The ISWAN shortlist is: Port of the Year Barcelona, Spain; Brisbane, Australia; Houston, USA; Montreal, Canada; Rotterdam, Netherlands; Singapore. Seafarers’ Centre of the Year Durban Seafarers’ Mission, South Africa; Liverpool Seafarers’ Centre, UK; Mariners’ House of Montreal, Canada; Mission to Seafarers Brisbane, Australia; SCI Philadelphia, USA; United Seafarers’ Mission Tauranga, New Zealand Shipping Company of the Year Eaglestar; P&O Ferries; Scorpio Ship Management; Seaspan; Thome; Wallem Welfare Personality of the Year Individuals: Dan Tolentino, International Maritime Employers’ Council; David Rozeboom, Mariners’ House Montreal; Jasper de Rosario, Sailors’ Society; Maggie Whittingham, The Mission to Seafarers Organisations: International Maritime Employers’ Council (IMEC); Nautilus Welfare Fund


RESCUE PRAISE A Wightlink deck officer has been praised for his bravery in diving into freezing waters in Portsmouth Harbour to save a drowning man. Steve Chamberlain, above, was on Wightlink’s ferry St Clare when crew spotted the man in the water near the Gunwharf terminal as the vessel was preparing to sail to the Isle of Wight. They threw a life ring towards him, but he could not reach it and Mr Chamberlain then jumped into the water to save him from drowning. Crew members Paul Cooke, Robbie Mihell and Chris Fremantle and coxswain Peter Simmonds also assisted with the recovery of the man, who was taken to hospital and said to be conscious but suffering from hypothermia. 10 March 2018

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No to pay cut on Bibby ship Nautilus members employed by VGG (Singapore) as marine crew on the DSV agreement onboard Bibby Sapphire have voted by a clear majority to reject proposals for a pay cut. The consultation was organised by the Union after management proposed a 10% reduction in all salaries, together with a reduced lay-up rate (with a 40% reduction from the standard rate) while the vessel is stacked or laid-up and individuals remain at home. Nautilus had urged the company to seek voluntary redundancies in a bid to cut the number of compulsory redundancies arising from Bibby Offshore’s decision to proceed with the cold-stacking of the vessel. Following the consultation result, the company said it was disappointed with the rejection of the pay cut plans, but responded with new proposals seeking to keep the ship in operational status, in ROVSV mode, with a reduced number of marine crew. Nautilus national organiser Steve Doran said that the will of the members was clear. ‘The proposed wage cut was rejected by a majority of members that voted,’ he pointed out. ‘We have now written to the employer and informed it of the members’ decision, and we are looking to have further discussions in a bid to avoid unnecessary losses to jobs.’ The Union has asked members for their views on the company’s new proposals, and a further round of collective consultations and discussions was due to take place late in February.

UK PORTS ‘FACE POST-BREXIT MELTDOWN’ Major UK ports such as Dover and Holyhead will be plunged into chaos if the UK fails to secure a decent agreement in Brexit negotiations with the European Union, it was warned last month. The industry body Maritime UK – whose members include Nautilus – said new customs requirements could cause a ‘meltdown’ in ro-ro ferry ports unless there is an open-ended transition deal. Maritime UK chairman David Dingle said lorry drivers could be stuck on the main approach roads to Dover for up to two days, while supermarkets and industries relying on ‘just in

time’ deliveries would also face major trouble. ‘We are lost in politics,’ Mr Dingle added. ‘We are shouting loudly about this – we have been for a while – but you do feel you are banging your head against a brick wall.’ Mr Dingle said the ‘strategically vital’ UK shipping industry may flourish after Brexit – especially if the government manages to make Britain ‘a great trading nation’ outside the EU. But he questioned whether the country’s infrastructure would be able to cope with without new projects to reduce existing congestion on road and rail links to ports.

WIGHTLINK’S GREEN FERRY LAUNCHED Pictured left after being launched at the Cemre shipyard in Turkey last month is the new Wightlink hybrid energy ferry Victoria of Wight. Built as part of a £45m investment project, Victoria of Wight will come into service on the PortsmouthFishbourne route in the summer following a programme to train crews in the innovative hybrid battery technology used on the environmentally-friendly vessel. The 90m vessel will carry 178 cars and up to 1,200 people.

Carnival offer accepted Nautilus members vote in favour of three-year pay agreement Nautilus members employed by Fleet Maritime Services (Bermuda) and serving on Carnival UK (Cunard and P&O Cruises) vessels have voted by a majority of more than two to one in favour of accepting a three-year pay and conditions deal. The improved offer – which was backed by the Union – increased the proposed pay awards, and management said the package also reflects a commitment to a common contract length, based on a 221-day contract. The revised deal also sees the introduction of two study leave days, and an agreement for a further review if inflation increases to ‘excessive’ levels. Members presently on 200- and 219-day

contract lengths will receive a 3.03% pay increase in year one, a 3.17% increase in year two and a 3.06% increase in year three. Members on 238-day contracts will see phased reductions over the three years to bring their overall contract length to 221 days. Members will also have the opportunity to move to the 221-day contract more immediately, with appropriate amendments to pay. Nautilus national organiser Jonathan Havard said the Union was pleased with the agreement. ‘We believed this was as far as we could go in negotiation with the employer and were supportive of the proposals,’ he added. 12 March 2018

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In brief

Hearty shows of support

Nautilus members have been backing the TUC’s annual HeartUnions week to highlight the good work that unions do in workplaces across the UK. Pictured above are national ferry organiser Micky Smyth and membership and research administrator Samantha Udall with P&O liaison officer committee members as they showed their support for the campaign ahead of a joint consultative committee meeting. Pictured left with Mr Smyth and head of organising Garry Elliott are Stena Line liaison officers at the offices of Northern Marine Manning Services.

Funding boost raises hopes of Orkney deal Nautilus in fresh talks on pay after Scottish budget agreement Nautilus has welcomed news of a £10m funding boost for Orkney and Shetland ferries as part of the Scottish government’s budget. The deal, announced by finance secretary Derek Mackay, includes £5.5m in additional ring-fenced funding for Orkney Islands Council for inter-island ferry operations for 2018/19. Nautilus national ferry organiser Micky Smyth described the news as a positive step, but said it has not fully addressed the issue of ‘fair funding’ for the operations. In their call for a better support scheme last year, the leaders of the Shetland and Orkney local authorities said an additional £11.2m capital and revenue funding was required each year. ‘This is a considerable amount of money being injected into this much-needed service, and that is down in no small part to the work done by the unions and their members,’ Mr Smyth said. ‘Whilst it is extremely welcome

news, there is still work to do to address the disparity in salaries of our members in comparable operations.’ Nautilus, RMT and Unite members serving with Orkney Ferries have been taking industrial action short of a strike after the failure to reach an agreement on a ‘final’ 1.5% offer made by management for the 2017 pay and conditions review. The unions argue that members need an increase to bring them in line with similar services. Nautilus was due to be meeting Scotland’s transport minister Humza Yousaf to discuss the issues on 22 February at Holyrood, and a further meeting between the Union and the company was due to take place in Kirkwall on 28 February. Orkney Island Council said it is hoped there will be a positive outcome to the meeting in the light of the funding announcement.

Foreland revision: members serving with Foreland Shipping (Guernsey) are being consulted on a revised pay and conditions offer, either extending the previous agreement for a further three-year period and increasing basic pay by 2.5% with effect from 1 January, or a new three-year agreement giving a 2.3% increase this year, together with compensation for travel days and loyalty payments. QGTCMI claim: Nautilus has submitted a pay and conditions claim on behalf of members employed by QGTCMI calling for ‘a fair and transparent process of rewarding performance’ to ensure they have market-leading salaries that reflect their experience. The Union is also seeking improved death-in-service benefits, as well as changes to tour lengths due to unavailability of reliefs. Stena submission: a claim for a pay increase ‘over and above inflation’ has been submitted by Nautilus on behalf of members employed by Stena Line (all routes). The Union has also requested a review of the onboard services manager role to reflect increased responsibilities. Maersk deal: Nautilus has accepted a 2% pay increase, effective from 1 April, following consultations with members serving with Maersk Offshore (Bermuda) and Maersk Offshore (Guernsey) in the company’s containership fleet. PLA rejection: members employed by the Port of London Authority (PLA) have voted to reject a 3.4% pay offer. National organiser Jonathan Havard has written to management to request further discussions.

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Classification society DNV-GL is analysing the use of scrubbers to clean up shipping emissions. It reveals that:

377 Ships in service at the start of this year fitted with scrubbers

Cruiseships are the vessel type making the most use of scrubbers: with a total of 135 being fitted

By 2022 the number of ships with scrubbers should increase to 416

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Ferry trials new ship-shore information service A DFDS ferry has been used to stage is aiming to produce globally successful trials of a new e-navigation harmonised digital services for service designed to improve the flow exchanging data between ship and of information between ships and shore. The information sent by VTS authorities ashore. centres and port authorities can The Danish-flagged Pearl Seaways include recommended arrival times, was used as part of the validation navigational warnings and route stage of the European Union-funded suggestions. Sea Traffic Management (STM) project Information is displayed graphically during a voyage between Denmark and in the ship’s navigation systems and Norway last month. sections of voyage plans can also be In what was described as ‘a great shared with other STM-enabled vessels step forward for e-navigation’, the to help avoid close-quarters situations. 40,039gt ship sent its voyage plan to The validation project is due to be The DFDS ferry Pearl Seaways tested the STM service vessel traffic services centres in Norway completed by the end of this year and and Sweden and received real-time safety will be tested on some 300 ships and in 13 information in return, using the Maritime Connectivity Platform ports and VTS centres. The concepts will be further developed through developed by the 38 project partners. two new projects, looking at traffic management and safety in areas Modelled on air traffic control systems, the €43m STM initiative that are busy or pose particular navigational challenges. UNDER-KEEL CLEARANCE AID



Standard for MOB

Danish and Swedish authorities have helped to launch a trial digital service which aims to help seafarers to safely assess the under-keel clearance of their vessels in challenging waters. Developed as part of the EU-funded EfficienSea2 project, the test service uses detailed bathymetry, constantly updated tidal tables and weather reports to show ‘comfort zones’ and ‘nogo areas’ for ships with different draughts. Project leader Christopher Saarnak, chief adviser at the Danish Maritime Authority, explained: ‘It is all about making life more efficient for the navigator so that he or she can focus on manoeuvring the vessel. Rather than asking them to combine data from sea charts, tidal tables, weather forecasts

The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) has drawn up a specification for man overboard (MOB) detection systems in a bid to improve safety at sea. Aimed at the passenger shipping sector, the standard has been developed with the aim of producing internationallyagreed requirements for evaluating the effectiveness of MOB detection equipment. The ISO said there are an average of 21 MOB passengership incidents every year – ‘fuelling an industry that develops detection systems to raise the alarm and locate the victim as soon as possible’. Its ISO/PAS 21195 technical specifications cover the way such systems are expected to perform in a range of environmental conditions and incident profiles. Robin Townsend, chair of the ISO subcommittee that developed the specification, said harmonised requirements should provide a strong foundation on which new technologies can be developed and feedback from the industry is being sought on the Organisation’s plans to develop the document into a full International Standard.

and the vessel’s draught, all while navigating the ship, our service would offer a way to do it automatically. In the end, it could free up valuable time for the crew.’ The service is being trialled in the sound between Denmark and Sweden, but the project team say it could be adjusted to include other parts of the Baltic Sea and, potentially, the world. ‘The future perspectives for this kind of service are great,’ said Mr Saarnak, ‘The better the data becomes, the less stress will be put on the navigators when sailing. ‘This kind of service will also need to be thoroughly implemented if autonomous ships are ever to truly take off,’ he added, ‘and we are happy to help them do so.’ 14 March 2018

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46% Of the 416 ships set to have scrubbers by 2022, a total of 258 will be newbuildings and 158 will be retrofitted

Hybrid systems are the most popular type of scrubber

There are 59 ro-ros with scrubbers, 47 tankers, 41 containerships, 35 bulkers, and 18 cargoships

Open loop scrubbers are the second most popular. Only 9% are closed loop



Colour vision tests change


The UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) has announced that it is changing the method used to test for colour blindness in seafarers. In its Marine Information Notice MIN 564, the Agency explains the decision to stop the current Holmes Wright B Lantern (HWB) supplementary tests for colour vision for deck personnel carried out at marine offices and to move to the Colour Assessment and Diagnosis (CAD) test, conducted by external agencies. The MCA says the change is being made because the lanterns are no longer being manufactured. The CAD test – used worldwide by the aviation industry – measures the severity and type of colour vision loss, and reliably detects congenital deficiency, the M-Notice adds. Nautilus professional and technical officer David Appleton commented: ‘Nautilus welcomes this move. We believe the new test is a far more suitable method for assessing colour vision, both in terms of the accuracy of the test and in the practicality of administering the test considering the difficulties in maintaining the old equipment. ‘As a matter of principle we believe that the small number of seafarers who are required to undertake this test each year should have the costs covered by the employer, as the test is part of the ENG1 medical certification process,’ he added. ‘Any member who fails an ENG1 medical at the first attempt is strongly encouraged to contact Nautilus immediately so that they may be guided through the appeals process.’

A new scheme which aims to dramatically cut seafarer deaths has been unveiled by UK Chamber of Shipping president Grahaeme Henderson, right. The HiLo (High Impact Low Frequency) project has been developed by companies including Shell, Maersk and Lloyd’s Register over the past three years and is a mathematical model that uses data from ships to identify patterns of unsafe events to predict and prevent major incidents. Speaking at the Chamber’s annual dinner, Dr Henderson – who is Shell’s vice-president of shipping and maritime – said he was determined to cut the fatal accident rate in the industry, which is 20 times higher than the average ashore. ‘It is simply unacceptable and needs action now,’ he stated. ‘That means all of us working together as one global team.’ Dr Henderson said HiLo is based on proven technology that has been used successfully in the aviation, rail and nuclear industries and he said it could prove to be a ‘game changer’ for shipping. Data from smaller, seemingly non-threatening

UK Chamber unveils techology to predict and prevent accidents

incidents can be interrogated using HiLo. The analysis can then be used to target the specific areas in which safety should be improved onboard vessels in the fleets of individual shipping companies that subscribe to the scheme. Gaslog, Maran Gas, Stena (Northern Marine), Stolt, Teekay, Torm, Tsakos Columbia Ship Management and V Ships are HiLo’s founding members, and have been contributing incident data to the system during its preliminary stages. ‘Working together, we can and we will, improve the shipping industry the world over,’ said Dr Henderson.


Artificial intelligence on the bridge The marine equipment firm Transas is harnessing artificial intelligence (AI) technologies with a new navigational support system which, it claims, will spot and prevent incidents caused by human error. Described as ‘an anti-collision support tool’, the company’s cloud-based system, A-Suite, has been designed to improve situational awareness and to inform – rather than take over from – seafarers’ decision-making. The predictive system uses machine learning to analyse the behaviour of crew members, comparing their actions with those previously collected from seafarers sailing in the same location. ‘This, combined with a hydrodynamic

model of the vessel and anti-collision regulations that have been coded into the system, provides “advanced decision support” for crew,’ Transas said. The system also records how and when operators interact with vessel controls, and the data can be used in post-voyage analysis and to improve seafarer training. Transas says A-Suite has been designed with the aim of overcoming ‘alarm fatigue’ and the company claims it generates ‘far fewer real-time alerts than other systems’ by consolidating multiple standard alerts and providing recommendations on how to prevent the situation from escalating.

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In brief Canadian code: Canada has introduced new Arctic shipping regulations, which incorporate the IMO’s Polar Code into domestic legislation. The rules form part of Canada’s C$1.5bn Ocean Protection Plan, which aims to enhance safety through such measures as improved vessel traffic services, ‘modern’ charting in key areas, and increased resources for dealing with maritime emergencies.


Abandoned in the UAE: the crew of the Aegean Princess Image: ITF


Flag freeze: Tanzania’s president John Magufuli has ordered a temporary ban on the registration of foreign ships following the recent arrest of five Tanzanian-flagged ships carrying drugs and weapons. He also ordered an investigation into the 470 vessels currently on the country’s register to determine whether they are obeying rules. Dredger demand: the French maritime union SMN has called for investment in a new dredger to operate in the ports of Calais, Boulogne and Dunkirk. The vessel would create 30 seafaring jobs and replace foreign-flagged dredgers that have operated along the Channel coast since the Dunkirk-based René-Gilbert was withdrawn in 2006. Brittany warned: the western France branch of the seafarers’ union CGT has warned of possible industrial action as a result of Brittany Ferries’ decision to charter a Cyprus-flagged ferry for a new service linking Ireland, France and Spain. Fleet value: Greek owners have the most valuable shipping fleet, worth almost US$100bn, according to a new report from VesselsValue. Japan’s fleet is in second place, at just over $89bn.

Union hits out as ‘rustbucket’ tug hits trouble A French maritime union has questioned why a ‘floating rustbucket’ which had to be rescued after losing steerage in the Bay of Biscay last month had been allowed to sail from the Netherlands to Italy just a few weeks after being detained in the UK with a long list of defects. The western France CGT union said it was disturbed that the 44-year-old tug Nas Pathfinder had sparked a major search and rescue operation when it ran into problems while towing another vessel – Puma, formerly the United Towing vessel Yorkshireman – some 195nm SW of the port of Brest. French authorities sent two emergency towing vessels and a surveillance aircraft to the scene, and a Spanish ETV managed to take the tug and its crew of seven Polish seafarers to safety. The Panama-flagged Nas Pathfinder had been detained for nine days in the UK during January after being towed to safety by Dover Harbour Board when it encountered propulsion problems in the Dover Straits Separation Scheme. A subsequent port state control inspection found 23 deficiencies, including hull cracking, inoperable emergency systems, and problems with the main engine and life-saving appliances. The CGT praised the successful cooperation between the French and Spanish authorities but said it was concerned that neither the Netherlands nor the UK had alerted France that the tow was passing through waters in line with the Basel Convention on the control of transboundary movements of hazardous wastes.

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has helped to secure the repatriation of 11 crew from a Panamanian-flagged ship which had been abandoned in the United Arab Emirates for more than 17 months. The seafarers – from India and Myanmar – had been stranded on the 1,116gt Aegean Princess in the port of Ajman. They returned home last month after the ITF worked with the UAE Federal Transport Authority and the flag state to progress their case. ITF inspector Mohamed Arrachedi said he was pleased to have resolved a ‘difficult’ incident. ‘But this is not the end of this sad story,’ he added. ‘The seafarers are owed wages going back to 2015, totalling over US$916,000. There is never an excuse for seafarers to be abandoned like this. It is a scourge that has to stop, and it has to stop now.’ INDIA

ISWAN warns on agencies The International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) has launched a campaign to discourage Indian seafarers from signing up with crewing agencies which have not registered with the country’s Directorate General of Shipping (DGS). The initiative follows a series of incidents in which Indian crews recruited through unregistered agencies have been abandoned overseas and left with unpaid wages. Others have found that their seatime had not been officially recognised as counting towards their higher grade qualifications. The ISWAN campaign – which is backed by Indian unions and owners – aims to raise awareness of the risks of getting jobs through unregistered agencies, pointing out that some seafarers who have done so have ended up in prison as a result of being caught serving on ships with illegal cargoes. 16 March 2018

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In brief Unions want to keep French jobs on gas tankers including the Gaselys Image: Eric Houri


UNION FEARS OVER GAS TANKER JOBS The French officers’ union Fomm-CGT has expressed concern that oil major Total has given no guarantees over jobs following its take-over of the Gazocéan gas tanker operation. Gazocéan employs 66 French officers on its five vessels, and Fomm-CGT General secretary Jean-Philippe Chateil has called for clear guarantees from Total that employment levels and working conditions will not change for three years.

Philippines alert: a union leader in the Philippines has warned that the jobs of up to 80,000 of the country’s seafarers could be at risk as a result of a lack of leadership at the Maritime Industry Authority. Gaudencio Morales, president of the Integrated Seafarers of the Philippines, said a three-month ‘power vacuum’ could threaten the country’s ability to pass European Maritime Safety Agency checks on compliance with training and certification standards.


OWNERS PLEDGE TO SWITCH SHIPS TO DIS IN RESPONSE TO STRATEGY PLANS Danish unions have warmly welcomed the government’s new maritime growth strategy, which has a raft of measures designed to cut red tape and boost recruitment, education and training, and framework conditions. Ole Philipsen, head of the seafarers’ union Metal Maritime/CO-Søfart, said it was ‘hard to be negative’ and called on the government to get things going as soon as possible. He said the only areas of concern were the funding of bachelor degrees and training places. The 36 new initiatives stem from the recommendations put forward by a governmentappointed working group last year. Mr Philipsen said it was notable that the proposals compare Denmark with its neighbouring countries rather than Singapore and Malta (as was previously the

case) and talk of a ‘quality flag’ and ‘quality shipping’. He also welcomed a decision to create a special section of the DIS international register for the offshore industry, with priority for Danish seafaring jobs. The Danish government has proposed to cut registration fees for ships switching to DIS, and business minister Brian Mikkelsen said he regarded Maersk’s intention to put several new vessels under the Danish flag as ‘the first concrete proof’ that the register has been made more competitive. J Lauritzen has also chosen to return two gas tankers to DIS and CEO Mads Peter Zacho said the flag is now almost as competitive as Singapore, Malta and the Isle of Man.


International register warning Norwegian maritime unions have warned that up to 685 jobs could be lost if the ferry company Color Line is allowed to switch two of its ships to the NIS international register. They have attracted support from other Nordic unions, who fear Color Line’s move could be followed by companies such as DFDS and Fjordline – sparking increased pressure to bring in low-cost foreign crews.

‘No one would remain still and see their competitors get better conditions,’ said Ronny Øksnes, of the Norwegian Seamen’s Union. ‘It would end with thousands of Norwegian seafarers being replaced with cheaper international seamen.’ Unions argue that Color Line would save barely NOK6m (€620,000) a year by bringing in foreign crews.

Norway boom: the Norwegian merchant fleet has increased to its highest level in a decade, with more than 600 ships now on its international register (NIS) – up from 522 in 2014. Government ministers put the increase down to policy changes introduced in 2016, which relaxed trade area restrictions on NISflagged ships and extended tax and social security concessions for Norwegian seafarers. Port plea: the Far Eastern and Baltic branches of the Russian Seafarers’ Union are calling for simpler procedures to enable officials to meet members in the country’s ports. Union officials recently had to apply for separate entry permits for the 20 terminals at the port of Nakhodka to visit ships and meet members, sometimes waiting several days for them to be granted. Busy coastguard: the French coastguard has reported an increase in Channel and North Sea call-outs last year. It took part in 1,299 operations involving assistance to ships, up from 1,219 in 2016, and responded to 75 pollution incidents, compared with 53 in 2016.

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EU seeks new rules on CoCs The European Commission is set to propose new rules for seafarers serving on European Union-flagged ships which could have consequences for holders of certificates issued in the UK, writes Justin Stares. After warning late last year that UK-issued certificates of competence could be invalidated within five years of Brexit, the Commission is now seeking a veto over any attempt by a non-EU country to secure approval for its seafarers to work on EU-flagged vessels. The Commission says the proposal, set to be published this spring, is necessary because at present an EU member state can request recognition of a third country without any real justification. It argues that this leads to cases where ‘available financial and human resources are used inefficiently’. To make things more efficient, Brussels wants to introduce ‘criteria’. Any attempt by the UK to regain EU-wide recognition for UK certificates after Brexit will therefore require not only the support of another EU member – in theory not a problem – but also the Commission. The UK is currently one of the largest issuers of seafarer certification in the EU. While there have been no complaints regarding the standards of seafarers holding such certificates, there are definite signs that the Commission intends to make the UK’s EU departure as painful as possible. Delaying or rejecting any rerecognition request could be one way of achieving this. Justin Stares is editor of

‘No turning back’ on sulphur cap, IMO warns International Maritime Organisation leader Banning the carriage of non-compliant fuel Ki-Tack Lim has warned the shipping industry will make it considerably more difficult for that ‘there is no turning back’ from the January unscrupulous ship operators to ignore the rule, 2020 deadline for a 0.5% sulphur cap on marine burn cheaper non-compliant fuel, and escape fuel. serious sanction. This decision, which must ‘Consistent implementation to all ships will be confirmed by the IMO in April, will mean ensure a level playing field is maintained, with a cleaner environment and fewer premature the result that the expected improvement of deaths from ship air pollution.’ the environment and human health • Levels of sulphur dioxide pollution will be achieved,’ he told delegates around major ports and sealanes at the IMO’s pollution prevention in the UK are three times higher Levels of SO2 and response sub-committee last than previously estimated, a pollution in UK month. new study has revealed. A report ports and sealanes are three times The meeting agreed to joint for the National Atmospheric higher than industry proposals to ban ships Emissions Inventory found thought from carrying fuel over the 0.5% that domestic fuel consumption limit from 2020 unless they are fitted by the maritime industry is some with a scrubber. 250% greater than existing methodology Nautilus senior national secretary Allan indicated, and NOx levels may be four times Graveson welcomed the move. ‘We are making higher than originally thought. progress, although there is still much to be • The specialist ship repair firm Hydrex has done about cancer-causing NOx and particulate warned of increasing pipework corrosion matter,’ he added. problems as a result of scrubber operations. John Maggs, president of the Clean It highlighted the problem after carrying out Shipping Coalition (CSC), commented: ‘This emergency repairs on two shuttle tankers is an important development that closes a which suffered water ingress as a result of serious loophole in the original agreement. corroded scrubber cooling pipes.


Nautilus visits UKSA superyacht students Nautilus strategic organiser Danny McGowan is pictured with UKSA industry and cadetship manager Lauren Stiles during a visit to the Isle of Wight-based training centre last month. Mr McGowan also met the new intake of superyacht interior and Yachtmaster students and discussed the benefits of Nautilus membership, along with issues such as bullying and harassment, and industry policies on social media and drug and alcohol use. ‘Our regular visits to UKSA as a result of our strategic partnership are an important feature of our work in the large

yacht sector,’ Mr Gowan said. ‘Speaking to seafarers embarking on new careers, and those attending UKSA for continuous professional development, ensures that ever-

growing numbers of yacht officers and crew can understand the unique benefits and protections of Nautilus membership throughout their careers,’ he added. 18 March 2018

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SINGAPORE SUPPORT FOR FEDERATION The Nautilus Federation now has a base in Singapore thanks to a cooperation agreement between Nautilus International and the local officers’ and ratings’ unions SMOU and SOS. Nautilus general secretary Mark Dickinson is pictured with Singapore Maritime Officers Union (SMOU) president Captain Robin Foo and industrial relations assistant manager Alvin Cheong following the opening of the new office. Under the terms of the agreement, the SMOU and SOS will have two representatives available to undertake ship visits upon request from Nautilus or its members and to provide local

assistance with any problems. ‘Singapore is an increasingly important maritime centre and it is excellent to have a presence in the city so that members can benefi t from local knowledge and expertise,’ said Mr Dickinson. ‘The agreement is a great example of practical solidarity and the growing strength of the Nautilus Federation.’ The office is at 75 Jellicoe Road, 04-01 Wavelink Building, Singapore 208738 and can be contacted by email: singapore@

Automation ‘may ease criminalisation threat’ Insurers highlight need for regulations to match technology Autonomous or remote-controlled ships may reduce the risk of masters and officers being criminalised after accidents, marine insurers have suggested. Speaking in London last month, International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) president Dieter Berg said the shipping industry faces a challenge to ensure the regulatory regime keeps pace with the rapid advances in technology. The International Maritime Organisation needs to produce a reliable framework of rules which will answer such questions as where the liability for autonomous or remote-controlled ships will lie, he added. IUMI secretary-general Lars Lange said regulations will need to be adapted so that responsibility may move from the master to those controlling the ship from shore-based operations centres.

Frédéric Denèfle, chair of IUMI’s legal and liability committee, said shipping is being transformed by IT, artificial intelligence and robotics. ‘We have to make sure the crew onboard and the people ashore that are using these technologies are trained to use it properly,’ he added. Mr Berg said marine insurers have to ‘think the unthinkable’ in years ahead as the market faces a new set of risks. ‘In many ways we are in extreme times,’ he added. ‘The rise of emerging technology and digitalisation, something we highlighted at last year’s conference, will have an impact, coupled with the events of last year in terms of natural catastrophes and the impact of climate change.’ He said insurers are also increasingly concerned about the ‘huge aggregation of risk’ posed by the growing size of cruiseships, containerships and car carriers.

Scrap case: a Dutch shipping company is facing a fine of up to €2.35m on charges of breaching regulations governing the export of hazardous waste. Three senior managers from the Groningenbased Seatrade group face up to six months in jail for their roles in the breaking up of four ships in India, Bangladesh and Turkey in 2012. Lawyers for the company argue that the ships fell outside of EU regulations once they reached their final destinations to be demolished. Connected port: the Port of Rotterdam Authority has announced a collaboration with the IT giant IBM to become ‘the world’s most connected port’. It will use Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to share and analyse critical data from sensors being installed along 42km of the port’s length, including tides and currents, wind speeds and directions, water levels, visibility and berth availability. Crewman killed: the UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) opened an investigation into the death of a seafarer in an accident on a Liberian-flagged general cargoship in the port of King’s Lynn last month. The East of England Ambulance Service said the crewman had died as a result of a ‘traumatic injury’ onboard the 1,882gt SMN Explorer. Bourbon sells: the French offshore shipping giant Bourbon is set to cut several hundred seafaring jobs and has put 41 platform supply vessels up for sale as part of a restructuring plan. The company is also planning to spend €75m on a programme to use digital technologies for 132 ‘smart’ ships in its fleet.

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NEW EU CONTRACT AS ERRV DIVERSIFIES Lundy Sentinel to switch from offshore supply role to fishery inspection, with other enforcement work in the pipeline n Aberdeen-based offshore support vessel operator has won a deal worth a potential €20m for one of its ships to operate for the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA). Under the contract, EU fisheries inspectors will use the UKflagged Sentinel Marine standby vessel Lundy Sentinel (pictured right) to monitor, board and inspect fishing boats in EU and international waters from the Mediterranean and Black Sea to the North Sea and the Baltic. The contract is for an initial two years, with an option to extend for a further two. It is possible that Lundy Sentinel could be used for other operations besides fisheries control, including search and rescue, border control, disruption of trafficking routes, detection of criminal activities and enforcement of EU and national legislations. Sentinel Martine chief executive Rory Deans said the vessel’s versatility was key to the successful tender. ‘This contract with the EFCA demonstrates that there is demand for the type of flexibility and efficiency that our fleet of ERRVs can bring outside our traditional oil and gas market,’ he added.


Maersk Offshore jobs in jeopardy Despite reports of an upturn in the off shore sector, Nautilus members are still facing the threat of job losses and cuts in pay and conditions. Members employed by Maersk Off shore (Guernsey) and serving on supply vessels have been warned that the company is looking to make further redundancies from its fleet because of ‘adverse market conditions’. The positions affected are set to be captains and second engineers employed on the ISO collective bargaining agreement. With two extra vessels heading to Australia, where local content crew is required, the company

has decided to scale down its international crew pool by approximately 15 out of its 500 employees. ‘Maersk Supply Service continues to fight for every contract and recently two of our newest vessels secured a long-term contract in Australia,’ explained chief operating officer Claus Bachmann. ‘This makes me optimistic about the future. Unfortunately, we do not see similar upscale of work in all regions and now need to adjust our international crew pool.’ Nautilus will now speak with the employer and seek to ensure that the redundancies are genuine,’ said national

organiser Steve Doran. ‘We must make sure that where possible mitigation or suitable alternative job opportunities are considered and that voluntary redundancy is initially pursued. ‘We’ve heard positive noises being generated from the industry about the improving health of the off shore sector, so it’s disappointing that we find ourselves once again speaking about possible redundancies,’ he added. ‘Off shore workers have a very specific set of skills that are fundamental to the industry, and we should be doing everything in our power to make sure that we hold on to as many people and

their skill sets as possible.’ The news came amid reports of recovery in the North Sea and rising demand for off shore support vessels in the sector. Classification society DNV GL recently revealed that two-thirds of off shore oil companies are planning to maintain or increase capital spending this year, compared with just 39% in 2017. BP announced in January that that it had made successful discoveries in its Capercaillie and Achmelvich wells, which could see production going beyond 2050, and the annual UK oil field services report from EY highlighted ground for ‘cautious optimism’. 20 March 2018

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UK PLANS LONG-TERM VISION FOR SHIPPING Nautilus welcomes announcement of Maritime 2050 strategy programme Transport secretary Chris Grayling addresses the UK Chamber of Shipping annual dinner Image: Earthy Photography

autilus has welcomed an announcement by the UK secretary of state for transport Chris Grayling of a ‘radical’ new initiative to develop a long-term strategy for the country’s maritime industry. Speaking at the UK Chamber of Shipping’s annual dinner last month, the minister said he wanted to start work on developing ‘a vision that will take us into the middle of the century and beyond’. Mr Grayling said policy proposals should not be limited to just a decade, but should cover the next 30 years at least. ‘We need a clear path for the future, we need a strong partnership between this industry and government – and we’re calling it Maritime 2050,’ he added. Nautilus general secretary Mark Dickinson commented: ‘I welcome any long-term vision


for the industry – and when the National Infrastructure Commission was established, we called for shipping to be included so that long decisions are made in the interests of the UK’s strategic and economic needs. ‘Add this 2050 vision to the Maritime Strategy Group that the government has established with Maritime UK and the Maritime Growth Study, it is clear we are being overwhelmed with “strategy” – which is a good thing, but we need to be careful that we also take action,’ Mr Dickinson pointed out. ‘Our Charter for Jobs highlights the need for a maritime strategy for the nation, but it also calls for action – and for action now – on issues like CECs, seafarers visas, work permits, the National Minimum Wage and cabotage to improve the training and job opportunities for British workers.’ Mr Grayling’s announcement

UK government review of the Maritime Growth Study has set a ‘Top 10’ commitments list

came only a few days after the Department for Transport published its review of progress on the 2015 Maritime Growth Study. The report acknowledged ‘some real concerns’ over the slow pace of action of the study’s 18 recommendations. The review set out a ‘top 10’ list of maritime policy commitments, including the development of a skills strategy that will not only look at current challenges but also assess future requirements – including the ‘talent supply’ and the need to ensure training keeps pace with technological advances. Mr Grayling said the Maritime 2050 initiative would build on the MGS to ensure the UK achieves its ambition of remaining a global maritime leader. ‘This is the opportunity for us to position the industry to meet the challenges ahead, and to create a sustainable long-term future for

UK maritime,’ he added. The minister said the government will be calling for evidence to help develop the programme and it will set up an independent advisory panel ‘to shape the right strategy for the future of an industry that is of fundamental importance to our country’. Key issues to be considered for the strategy include trade, technology, infrastructure, the environment, skills, safety and regulation, and security and resilience, Mr Grayling added. The minister described British shipping as ‘the unsung heroes of the transport sector’ and said he recognised that skilled seafarers are essential for the future – noting that there is an urgent need to ‘increase the number of youngsters pursuing a career at sea’.

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Visiting crew members use the free SeaFi Dockside at the Belview terminal in the Port of Waterford

THE CORK CONNECTION Nautilus International’s crew communications campaign has highlighted the case for ports to provide wi-fi services for visiting vessels – and now a young Irish company is boosting seafarer welfare and ship efficiency with a special port-wide wireless network service… reland – an island nation relying on shipping for more than 95% of its imports and exports – is taking a lead in developing the concept of ‘smart’ ports, thanks to a pioneering project that was launched by a group of selfconfessed ‘garage geeks’. Launched just over a decade ago, the information and communication technology (ICT) firm SEA-Tech Evolution has developed the SeaFi service – a special wireless network system


described as ‘a different way of sending data in a marine environment’. The company worked with the Port of Cork to develop SeaFi and to provide connectivity across the navigational areas of Cork Harbour, from 12km off Roches Point. Further services have since been established in the ports of Waterford and Rosslare. The Cork SeaFi service was developed over a fiveyear period – with tests showing that it outperformed 3G networks in terms of reliability, speed, carrying capacity and stability of signal. ‘To date, the SeaFi network has been tested to a distance of 27.5km (15nm) and has achieved constant speeds of between 5-15 mbps,’ the company says. ‘This is approximately three times faster than real 3G speeds and five times faster than the latest generation

of satellite communications, at a fraction of the costs.’ SeaFi uses a network of strategically-positioned shore stations that connect with antennas onboard vessels. Each shore station – which, in Cork, includes an old lighthouse – can cover a radius of up to 12km, creating what is termed a Wireless Maritime Area Network, specifically designed for maritime and ports operations with secure, encrypted, traffic. The multipurpose ship stations connect vessels and buoys to the 22 March 2018

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SeaFi shore station network, while also providing a tracking system using proprietary hardware and software. The SeaFi Horizon service offers all visiting commercial vessels, either sailing or on anchor inside and outside Cork Harbour, multimedia-capable wireless data communication with (or without) internet connectivity, depending on particular needs. Without internet connectivity, SeaFi is used either for connecting one machine to another or to access local resources such as weather stations or live cameras on the SeaFi network (WiMAN). With internet connectivity, it enables crews to access the port’s Virtual Private Network or simply to get access to the internet. The project partners have also delivered SeaFi Dockside – a service which has provided shore-based internet access at the Ringaskiddy deep-water berth terminal, in Cobh cruise terminal and at the Tivoli dock container terminal for thousands of visiting seafarers since 2014. SeaFi was originally trialled for six months onboard the Port of Cork maintenance vessel Dennis Murphy and the tug Gerry O’Sullivan. Feedback showed significant savings on communication costs, major gains in efficiency, eliminating the need for the vessels to go back to base for

'We have fitted out

Roche's Point as a data lighthouse, bringing Marconi's radio work into the 21st century' The SeaFi system on show at an exhibition

The Port of Cork, where SeaFi was developed

administrative purposes. SEA-Tech Evolution chief technical Between 2013 and 2016, a SeaFi officer Arnaud Disant, who started Horizon radio link between Roches working on the concept in 2012 as Point and the Trabolgan Bay buoy a lecturer at the National Maritime was used to send data on wave College. heights and water temperature, ‘What we have developed in and SEA-Tech is now working on Cork could well be described as the a project to use multiple buoys first connected port, with ships sending data to help predict rogue evolving on thousands of square waves. kilometres of waterways while Following the successful use being connected to a Wireless of SeaFi in the Port of Cork, the Maritime Area Network,’ he adds. system has since been ‘We have taken the idea that deployed in the ports lighthouses could become of Rosslare – with a data lighthouses, having platform designed retrofitted Roche’s Point Wi-fi speeds of to demonstrate its lighthouse – one of the 5-15 mbps benefits to ferry places where Marconi have been companies – and pioneered long-distance achieved Waterford, where SeaFi radio – to send data at sea in Dockside gives internet the 21st century. access to visiting crew and SeaFi ‘It’s great from a crew welfare Horizon is used for security. point of view but it goes far ‘SeaFi is one of those garage geek beyond, comparing the different adventures, started with help from possibilities for a ship to deliver Port of Cork pilots and masters and data to shore – they are all useful,’ the Irish Naval Service taking us Mr Disant says. at sea to test our antennas,’ says ‘Outside Ireland, we have had contact with ports in the UK, France and recently Latin America,’ he adds. ‘Marine ICT is in its infancy and the maritime world is very slow to progress, but SeaFi is also about change management and change management is about education. Knowing what we have done in Ireland should change people’s mind about ship to shore communications.’

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David Knukkel holding a drone All images: RIMS BV

REMOTE REVOLUTION A Nautilus member is pioneering the use of drones to carry out dangerous and dirty work on ships. He tells Steven Kennedy how robotics can not only cut costs but also save lives… rones have a large role to play in the maritime industry’ – so says Nautilus member David Knukkel, and he is well placed to know. David has a significant maritime background, having sailed as an officer for Nedlloyd and P&O Nedlloyd for more than a decade. He made the switch to shoreside as a superintendent for Reederei Blue Star, and in 2007 moved to Wärtsilä Switzerland as a maintenance contract manager. But since 2015, when David


founded Robotica In Maintenance Strategies (RIMS BV), he has been looking at ways to replace high-risk and resource-intensive maintenance work with robotic technologies. One of the areas he has started to explore is the use of drones to improve safety. ‘Drones are an additional tool to introduce safer working procedures and to allow people to work in a more costefficient way,’ he explains. ‘For instance, it does not make sense to enter enclosed spaces, work at heights or inspect large ballast tanks by rafting if remote inspection

technology can bring the eyes of the inspector or surveyor to a specific location. ‘So, in the future, drones will become more and more important,’ he suggests, ‘not only for visual inspections, but also thickness measurements and preparation and maybe even the execution of repairs. There is no point of return anymore. The question is not if, but when, the market fully accepts and embraces the full scale of opportunities this technology brings.’ So how can the maritime sector break some of the chains that have been holding it back? Can the industry change its mentality and embrace new technology in a way that will allow it to flourish? ‘I personally think that there are a number of barriers for getting new technology involved in the maritime industry,’ David says. ‘One 24 March 2018

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Drones can reach the areas that human hands cannot

Workers can get access to images from a safe distance, especially in enclosed spaces

such barrier is awareness. Many are so busy with the daily business that they do not have time to search or experiment with new technology. ‘Also, there has to be a proof of concept. The market is afraid to experiment. The attitude “we have done it for years and it works” often prevails. ‘Another factor is regulation. Qualifications set by the classification societies, and also by the local civil air authorities, are strict,’ he points out. ‘This is an advantage for the professional companies, though, as they can obtain the required approvals.’ At present, most drones are for outdoor flights, and can visually inspect hull structures. Drones for internal inspections are harder to find, but RIMS has one that can go inside manholes. It allows the operator to carry out general visual inspections and close-up surveys in areas which could otherwise be hazardous to humans. ‘It requires flight skills but also an extremely good knowledge of vessel structures, navigation and inspection skills,’ notes David. ‘In addition to visual inspections, we would like to add different sensors on it as well, so the operator can measure oxygen and gas levels in

advance before a physical tank entry is performed. ‘At this stage there are no drones which carry sensors that monitor oxygen levels,’ he notes, ’but we are experimenting with it, so people can enter a tank safely. It is important, however, to have a link between the measured value and the location of the drone. At the moment this is still a challenge, but I expect that it is only a matter of time before that is solved as well.’ Increasingly large sums are being pumped into developing drones for

all sorts of maritime applications – from at-sea deliveries to handling mooring lines or checking the integrity of cargoes. The European Maritime Safety Agency last year issued contracts valued at €67m to use ‘unmanned aerial vehicles’ for a wide range of surveillance operations – including ‘sniffing’ emissions from shipping. Spending on drones in the civilian sector is now expected to outstrip the military within a few years. With such potential, perhaps it’s only a matter of time before shipping companies have specialist drone operators onboard their vessels. ‘I do firmly believe that drones will be a tool onboard ships, especially for internal inspections,’ concludes

David. ‘At the moment, a good pilot is required, but we are in a transition phase and I expect that in the far future drones will The European become automatic tools Maritime Safety that can be rented or Agency last year purchased and placed issued contracts valued at strategic places, at for drone supporting crew, inspections inspectors and surveyors with the inspections and thickness measurements.’


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DRONE OVERBOARD! The shipping industry could use drones to deal with man overboard emergencies, suggests Thomas Bruce-Clayton, a phase three deck cadet sponsored by Subsea 7... recently read an article on the BBC website titled ‘Drone saves two Australian swimmers in world first’ and thought to myself, ‘why don’t they use this technology on vessels for man overboard situations?’ The article tells of two surfers spotted some 700m offshore clearly in distress. The lifeguards, whilst not fully trained in operating a drone,


decided to give it a test run. The drone was equipped with a small automatically-inflating raft that was dropped in the vicinity of the swimmers, who were then able to board it and make their way ashore. I talked with my tutors and classmates and the following article serves to summarise our discussions, ideas and questions about the way in which drones could be used in a MOB situation at sea to improve response time and the likelihood of recovering the person from the water. NB: I used the word ‘raft’ below to describe the rescue apparatus dropped by the drone, but it could be a simple flotation device.

Hypothetical rescue plan using drone for MOB On being alerted of a MOB, deck crew and those in sight of the person in the water will follow standard procedure as per Bridge Procedures Guide emergency checklist C6. Where the list states ‘Prepare for recovery of persons from the water’,

the procedures for a drone-assisted rescue could begin.

1. Notify drone pilot and launch drone • Drone pilot is notified and provided with estimate range and bearing indicated by GPS MOB marker by bridge team. • The pilot has been trained in use of unmanned air vehicles (UAV) through Civil Aviation Authority-accredited course, and is in possession of a Permissions for Aerial Work (PFAW) certificate. • Drone is launched and moves towards person in the water. To consider: what is the working operational range of the drone considering response time of the crew and the vessel’s relative position to the casualty at the time of launching? Will battery life be sufficient for the distance required? Launching of the drone could prove to be much faster than mustering rescue team with coxswain and boatmen, lowering the MOB boat etc (although this will 26 March 2018

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be undertaken regardless in order to recover the person from the water and administer first aid). This could allow for quicker pinpointing of the person’s position and dropping of the liferaft before the arrival of first responders. Also, what are the working limits of the drone? Will it be able to operate in strong winds, rain, snow and any other wx expected whilst working at sea?

will drift onto the casualty if they are still enduring cold-shock or struggling to swim towards it. • The liferaft should inflate automatically when in the water. • If the casualty cannot climb into the raft, he/she may be able to cling ropes along its side. Hypothermia/ cold shock could render both of these options useless, but having something there that is highly visible and buoyant will surely increase survival chances. • The raft should be a high visibility colour with retro-reflective tape, similar in design to a SOLAScompliant liferaft, but on a smaller scale and with far less equipment. It should be easy to spot for the rescue team who are underway in MOB boat or FRC. To consider: how will the liferaft inflate automatically? What should its capacity be? Will the drone be able to carry the weight of the liferaft? How will this affect battery life? Should the raft carry pyrotechnics or smoke floats? What about a hemical warmer of sorts, a thermal protective aid, a portable radio and rescue quoit/drogue in case of others in the water require rescue?

2. Spot the person in the water • Drone is equipped with both an ordinary digital video camera, but also an infrared thermal video camera. This would provide the ability to spot the person and assist with a rescue at night, where the heat of the person’s body could be a more reliable indicator of position than a one or two candela light typical of a SOLAS-compliant light and smoke signal. • Upon sighting the person in the water, drone pilot communicates new information on position of casualty to the bridge to help them in adjusting Williamson/Scharnow recovery manoeuvre. To consider: should the drone be equipped with a simple compass to provide relative bearings?

3. Drop the raft into the water • Liferaft is dropped into position near the position of the person in the water. If possible, it should be dropped ahead, approximately into the direction of the weather, so it

Nautilus member Thomas Bruce-Clayton (right of picture) with his classmate Karl Wade

Risk assessments for operation of the drone would certainly need to be comprehensive and take into account nearby personnel, and work when in the vicinity of dangerous goods. Will a hypothermic person still be visible to thermal imaging cameras fitted to the drone - to what extent will this be apparent and how will it affect the operation? Who will carry out maintenance and inspection of the drone? ROV technicians and ETOs seem likely candidates. During an emergency, will they have a designated muster station for operating the equipment? Our discussions even went beyond MOB scenarios, as we envisaged using drones to respond to pollution emergencies by dropping booms to contain spillage. The machines could also be used for the safe inspection of shell, mast, rudder stock and other hard-to-reach areas of the ship. Other possible roles we came up with included: security rounds in high security threat level locations: observing sheaves and other critical lifting equipment during operations; taking photographs and filming for the company and for specific projects; SAR operations (dropping supplies, EEBDs or searching); passing of light lines.

4. Recover survivor • Communicating with drone pilot and/or bridge over radio, rescue craft arrive at the position of the raft and get the person onboard. Follow normal procedures to treat the survivor and recover craft onto the vessel.

Further thoughts During our discussions about using drones for MOB operations, we further considered that it would be useful to have estimates or data to support the argument that a rapid response using a drone will increase survival chances for the person in the water. The BBC article reports that ‘it took just 70 seconds to reach the pair. It is estimated that lifeguards would have needed six minutes’.

Over to you We would be very pleased for Telegraph readers to join the next phase of our discussions. Can you provide input on the following? • To what extent are drones used in the offshore industry today? • Would the expense of deploying this equipment be worth it? • Which organisations and legislation would need to be consulted to legally operate drones? • What about the certification of the pilot? • What safety considerations are there when operating drones in a working environment? If you can respond with ideas, criticisms or anything related please email:

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THE NEW FACE OF P&O FERRIES Being a woman at sea has never held me back, says determined shipmaster ged just 30, Nautilus member Captain Jenny Evans has become the second woman to command a P&O Ferries vessel, following her promotion to become master of the 47,592gt Spirit of France, which operates on the Dover-Calais route. Jenny joined the company straight after taking her GCSEs and did her cadetship at South Tyneside college, having decided at the age of 13 that she wanted to be a seafarer. She was following in the footsteps of her father, Jim Grove-Quinn, who serves as an electro-technical officer with P&O Ferries. ‘My dad had worked on ferries all through growing up, and we went to France every year,’ she told the Telegraph. ‘He would always take me up to the bridge, which I enjoyed, but it The age at which wasn’t until I did my Jenny Evans decided first cruise at 13 that I that she wanted to decided I wanted to be pursue a career as a seafarer at sea. I wanted a career missed the rotation at that wasn’t just about Dover and the way the paperwork, but had practical job roles worked. aspects too – no idea then how ‘I enjoyed the sea-going much paperwork was involved dayaspects of deepsea, but after to-day.’ training shortsea the perks of She gained her OOW being home every week won over qualifications at the age of 19 and for me,’ she added. ‘I also found returned to P&O after being offered the ferries very good for levels six-month contract. ‘However, I of responsibility. Apart from the decided early on that I needed to chief mate additional role, all get further experience elsewhere officers are given spheres and full and left to join Carnival UK as single watchkeeping and loading, third officer. I completed two years etc. Changing spheres from on the cruiseships, but realised I things like LSA/FFA onto safety or



Captain Jenny Evans, master of the P&O ferry Spirit of France

maintenance keeps you busy.’ Jenny returned as second officer on European Seaway, and in 2010 took study leave and passed her Chief Mate’s course, going on to regularly cover the chief officer role as leave and general relief. She gained her Master’s certificate in May 2014 and was formally promoted to the position in November last year. ‘It was always my ambition to make master, but I never set a time limit,’ she admitted. ‘It’s still a surprise now.’ She describes the best bits of her job as ‘all the people you meet and the crew I work with around the fleet. They really make the job what it is’. The worst aspects are ‘times when the ship is getting battered by high winds and seas and then trying to sleep after a long night shift when everything rattling and rolling around you. Makes the driving interesting, though! ‘I was very lucky that being a woman was never an issue for me,’ she added. ‘The people I worked with through my training and as I qualified as an officer have never really made a point of it. I worked hard and proved I wanted to make it, so they helped me all the way through. I would recommend this career to anyone.’ Jenny said her father – who serves onboard Spirit of Britain – is very proud of her achievements. ‘But he’s made me promise never to tell him what to do if I ever see him onboard!’

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Seafarers are routinely working at the limits of their physical abilities, a new study has concluded. Nautilus members had a chance to discuss the results of the research into the challenges of vision, cognition and decision-making at sea at the latest meeting of the Union’s Professional and Technical Forum… ew research has raised switch between modes of focus, such important questions as near (to read and use the ECDIS about the time and radar) and far (to spot a contact available for seafarers on the horizon), coupled with the to adjust their vision during nightchallenge of maintaining distance time watchkeeping, the Nautilus focus when looking out to sea, makes Professional and Technical Forum watchkeeping a more complex task heard last month. than we think,’ the report notes. Jeff Parfitt, the marine director of Mr Parfitt said the researchers the Confidential Hazardous Incident had underlined the pressures that Reporting Programme (CHIRP), told seafarers are exposed to. ‘We are the meeting that the study had been working at our brain’s limits for carried out in collaboration with the much of the time,’ he pointed out. experts at University College London ‘We might think we can track several and had resulted in a package of objects at once, but we can only hold recommendations to address the our focus on four if they are moving.’ safety issues raised. The report explains that the ‘This is the first project of its kind multiple demands on attention and in shipping and, once again, we have the constant pressure on perception, borrowed an initiative from combined with stress and the aviation industry to fatigue, can have an examine the way we adverse effect upon The majority see things, how we seafarers’ decisionof severe incidents at perceive situations, making abilities. ‘This sea occur during and how we make is why it is important the hours of decisions based on to communicate darkness those perceptions,’ Mr information clearly Parfitt explained. with our crewmates – it The findings from the gives us a broader view on charitable trust’s project, which events and helps us come up with was funded by the Lloyd’s Register more relevant and useful solutions,’ Foundation, have resulted in the it adds. production of guidance for seafarers The majority of severe incidents and managers, and are to be put occur during the hours of darkness, before the International Maritime and Mr Parfitt said the study Organisation in the hope that suggests that this is connected with regulatory improvements can be the problems associated with night made in response. vision. Not only is there a ‘night The study team worked with P&O blind spot’ that reduces the ability Ferries and the marine equipment to see objects as clearly as you can firm Transas to assess the complex during the day, but it also takes up demands and challenges facing to half an hour for the eyes to adjust watchkeepers – having to assimilate after moving between bright and multiple information sources, such dimly lit conditions. as alarms and sensors. ‘The need to ‘The time to adapt increases with


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age, and the resulting night vision abilities are less good in older people,’ the report adds. The study recommends the use of red lights, or red-lensed glasses, to help the eyes adapt to dark conditions before going onto the bridge at night. It warns that even brief exposure to bright screens will compromise night vision, and seafarers should ensure that displays are changed to night mode or dimmed during hours of darkness. The shipping industry also needs to set recommendations for the luminance levels of workstations, the report adds. Mr Parfitt told the forum that perception at sea is also affected by factors such as distance, speed and weather conditions, as well as the angle at which objects are being viewed from. The report says seafarers need to be aware of such limitations and, where possible, check with colleagues on the size and distance of objects they spot – and

Red lights or red use ‘multiple clues’ to judge size, tinted glasses speed and distance. should be used before going on the Researchers said seafarers bridge at night should ensure they lift their heads up – rather than simply glancing – when scanning the horizon; this will improve the awareness of near and far space as the most appropriate part of the eye is used. ‘The eye takes time to refocus between near and far modes, and loses focus within about a minute of not having something to focus on – especially with distant objects,’ the report points out. ‘We must be constantly aware of the limitations of glancing between screens and out of windows, or simply scanning the horizon for an extended period of time, because there is a cost to both switching and staying focused.’

While ‘human error’ is usually blamed for shipping accidents, Mr Parfitt said this masked many serious underlying problems – including mental stress and fatigue. ‘Ten years or more of shift work can induce chronic fatigue,’ he pointed out. ‘Sixsix shifts and engineroom work mean many seafarers don’t see sunlight for long periods and this can lead to reduced cognitive function and longterm health issues.’ The report advises seafarers to try to get some exposure to daylight every day, to help their body clocks adjust. And crew members should also consider taking Vitamin D supplements if they don’t get the opportunity to be out in the sunshine on a regular basis. CHIRP has released a booklet and an accompanying video which summarise the research findings and recommendations. These can be downloaded from:

The sea story of Jeff Parfitt: master, nautical novelist and new CHIRP maritime director Jeff Parfitt was just 15 when he signed up to begin his seafaring career. ‘It was not a difficult decision – in Newport your career choice was the steelworks or the civil service,’ he recalls. More than 40 years on, and he has just taken over as the maritime director at the Confidential Hazardous Incident Reporting Programme (CHIRP) – a charitable trust which aims to improve safety at sea by ensuring that safety lessons are shared and learned. ‘When the job came along, I thought that it looked like a good challenge and a chance to put something back into the profession,’ Jeff says. ‘The Merchant Navy sorted me out – and did the same for lots of young men – and I am grateful for the opportunities that it gave me.’ Jeff began his career as a cadet with

Shell, but as the MN contracted during the 1980s he struggled to keep working on British ships – even when he gained his master’s certificate. He spent time working with Chevron, Panocean Anco, Geest and dredging on the UK south coast, before moving to a shore-based job for six years. But keen to realise unfulfilled ambitions, he returned to sea in 1996, serving on anchor-handling and dive support vessels with Coflexip Stena and Subsea7 and working on some major projects in the Middle East and Egypt before switching to consultancy work. In his spare time, Jeff has developed a very successful sideline as an author – with a series of novels which are either maritime or crime themed. But he’s presently putting his energy into CHIRP – with a deep personal drive to tackle some of the biggest problems that undermine safety in shipping. Developed from the successful scheme used in the aviation industry since 1982, maritime CHIRP provides a platform to report near-miss and hazardous occurrences with no fear of blame or recrimination.

The safety lessons are shared with some 200,000 seafarers around the world. ‘We have a growing global reach,’ Jeff points out. ‘We have opened up the ways of reporting incidents and people are very generous in sharing their expertise with us. 'The feedback we get can help to prevent similar situations from being repeated, and by sharing this information we can help to save lives and improve safety.’ 32 March 2018

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21ST CENTURY PLAGUE What is the maritime industry doing to help rid our oceans of toxic plastic waste? In this special feature, Sarah Robinson investigates... n late 2017, the Shocked into action by Blue Planet BBC broadcast its II, thousands of people have pledged powerful new wildlife since the broadcast to keep plastics documentary series out of the sea by picking up litter on Blue Planet II. Viewers worldwide beaches. In addition, long-standing were enchanted by the strange and campaigns to reduce plastic waste beautiful images of sea creatures have received a boost, with new and their underwater world – and supporters joining and businesses then found themselves recoiling in and government coming onboard. horror as the footage revealed how If many people are now trying discarded plastics are polluting the to do their bit shore-side, what’s marine environment. happening in the shipping industry? The problem of plastic We know that most marine litter pollution in the oceans originates from land-based has been building for activities, but shipping In some areas, as much as years, but it took companies and seafarers this documentary, need to play their part presented in ensuring waste from of marine litter is by Sir David vessels does not end thought to come Attenborough, to up in the water – and from maritime bring the issue to maritime regulators have sources widespread public an important role here too. attention. And it’s not just In January this year, the about unsightly garbage; plastics are European Union launched its killing ocean wildlife by getting into first-ever plastics strategy, which the food chain. The documentary includes new rules on port reception showed, for example, how ingested facilities for marine litter, along plastics could be responsible for with promises to reduce the a decline in albatross numbers; administrative burden on ports, and most memorably, filmed a ships and competent authorities. dead whale calf which may have The European shipowners’ been poisoned by plastic-derived body ECSA has welcomed this chemicals in its mother’s milk. ‘long-awaited’ revision of the Ports



Reception Facilities Directive. ‘ECSA fully supports the aim of the Directive to prevent illegal discharges of ship-generated waste and cargo residues into the sea by encouraging vessels to discharge all waste to shore-side receptacles,’ said secretary general Martin Dorsman. Nautilus general secretary Mark Dickinson also hailed the revised legislation, commenting: ‘Whilst plastic pollution generated on land quite rightly garners a lot of attention, it is estimated that in some areas as much as 50% of marine litter is maritime-based. Nautilus hopes that this revision will be effective in incentivising shipowners and ports to take their responsibilities seriously, therefore facilitating seafarers in their efforts to minimise marine pollution’ Disposing correctly of shipboard waste is surely the very least that seafarers and shipping companies can do. But the industry can go further than this, by supporting projects to stem the flow of landgenerated waste reaching the sea. And perhaps most excitingly, the skills and ingenuity of maritime professionals can be deployed to help reverse the problem – actually cleaning the oceans of plastic pollution. Over the next few pages, we will see how individuals and companies This picture, taken in our industry are making a in 2017 in heavily polluted Indonesian difference, whether on a local waters, went viral scale or in ambitious international on the internet and helped to projects. This is of course just a taste raise awareness of the plastic waste of what maritime professionals can problem Image: contribute to the effort to rid our Justin Hofman oceans of waste plastic, so if you would like to tell Telegraph readers about other projects, please write a letter to the editor via telegraph@, or at the postal address given on page 6.

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Volunteers from the GreenSeas Trust giving out leaflets and portable beach ashtrays in Cannes

Laura Monica Carusato's winning design for the BinForGreenSeas competition

BinForGreenSeas design competition winner Laura Monica Carusato (centre) flanked by the judging panel, L-R: Darren Wingrove, project manager at Logoplaste Innovation Lab; Biffa business development manager Karen Sherwood; Fazilette Khan, founding trustee of the GreenSeas Trust; Edina Seiben, GreenSeas Trust project coordinator

GreenSeas Trust – binning plastics on the beach Fazilette Khan has spent much of her working life thinking about marine waste management. Of her 30 years as a seafarer and Nautilus member, she spent nearly half as an environmental officer on cruiseships. And since coming ashore for good last year, she has devoted herself to the GreenSeas Trust, the UK-based environmental charity she founded in 2002. The charity actually came about before the shipboard environmental job, Fazilette explains: ‘I was still working as a radio officer when I

happened to go on holiday to Tobago and noticed how much rubbish people were dropping on the beaches and in the sea, especially plastic waste. I just had to do something about it, to help the country where my mum came from, so I worked out a plan to get local support for a cleanup. I thought people would take me more seriously if I was from a charity, so I registered the GreenSeas Trust in memory of my mum, Haida Khan.’ With Fazilette’s energy and fierce determination behind the cleanup

project, the beaches of Tobago were soon looking much better. The solution wasn’t difficult, she stresses: ‘We just had to put bins on the beaches! An oil company donated oil drums to turn into bins, and local volunteers helped me paint them so they’d be attractive and eyecatching.’ The GreenSeas Trust persuaded the local authorities to empty the bins regularly and start a recycling programme for much of the waste. Fazilette and her volunteers also carried out educational work to encourage local people to use the bins. ‘I remember we went into a school once in Tobago and this 14-year-old girl was very resistant to our message until she realised that her own future work prospects in tourism would be affected by dirty beaches and seas. It was like a light going on. Whether it’s tourism, fishing or shipping, everybody who makes a living from the sea is harmed by pollution.’ With shipping companies phasing out the role of radio officer, Fazilette was in need of a new job, and her experience with the GreenSeas Trust made her a good fit for one of the recently-created environmental officer posts at Princess Cruises. The work involved processing and disposing correctly of all shipboard waste, from engine oil and used cooking fat to general garbage. Fazilette organised recycling and re-use wherever possible, and even found charities ashore to take her vessel’s discarded mattresses. Meanwhile, she was still working on volunteer projects with the GreenSeas Trust during her shore leave, including an initiative in the French resort of Cannes to persuade tourists not to leave cigarette butts on the beach. ‘People think cigarettes are biodegradable, but they’re not, because they have plastic in their filters. We gave out leaflets to tell people about this, along with free portable beach ashtrays supplied by the local council.’ 34 March 2018

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The latest GreenSeas initiative has been to run a competition for product design students at the University of East London to come up with a special bin for use on British beaches. The BinForGreenSeas project is supported by Arun District Council on the south coast of England, and sponsored by waste contractor Biffa. The competition winner, announced in January this year, was Laura Monica Carusato, with a design based on the funnels of classic ocean liners. ‘We wanted something distinctive and fun to use, and Laura’s design really fitted the bill,’ says Fazilette. Laura adds: ‘It’s designed so people don’t just place or drop plastic waste in the bin, they throw it in, so it becomes something children and adults can enjoy, like playing basketball.’ The next stage of the BinForGreenSeas project is to get the eye-catching waste receptacles mass-produced and out to as many of Britain’s busy beaches as possible. A suitable factory has been identified by the GreenSeas team, and many coastal councils around the UK are interested in maintaining and emptying the bins, but the project needs more sponsors to come onboard. ‘We’ll be approaching shipping companies soon,’ says Fazilette, ‘and there are multiple benefits from getting involved. As well as joining the essential effort to keep waste plastics out of the sea, they can gain wider public recognition for their brand, as sponsors’ names will appear on the bins. Individuals can donate too, and every contribution will help; I firmly believe that what each one of us does creates a ripple effect that can change the world.’ To find more about the GreenSeas Trust and enquire about becoming a sponsor of the BinForGreenSeas project, visit or email

The Sunnyside Ocean Defenders on a visit to the CalMac ferry Caledonian Isles last month

#NaeStrawAtAw – convincing ferries to cut plastic waste

Young environmental campaigners from Glasgow have enlisted Scotland’s best-known ferry operator, Caledonian MacBrayne, in their campaign to ban disposable plastic straws. Known as the Ocean Defenders, the group Single use from Sunnyside plastic straws Primary School are particularly have highlighted problematic because drinking straws as they can't be a classic example of recycled damaging single-use plastics: unnecessary, wasteful of resources and, in this case, not even recyclable. They have been promoting their campaign #NaeStrawAtAw all around Scotland, and quickly caught the attention of the CalMac community board. ‘When Sunnyside Ocean Defenders first got in contact with CalMac last year we knew we needed to hear more about their campaign,’ said environmental manager Klare Chamberlain. ‘The company is extremely concerned about marine

litter and the blight it can have on the marine environment across the west coast. Their Ocean Defenders group provided both CalMac and the community board with an extremely informative presentation highlighting the dangers of singleuse plastics and provided us with samples of suitable alternatives which we could adopt. ‘We have been working with our suppliers over the last year or so to identify alternatives to single-use plastics, and with our waste contractors to ensure than any alternatives can be suitably managed. I am delighted that CalMac Ferries can support #NaeStrawAtAw and ban plastic straws onboard, and look forward to spreading word of the campaign across the communities we serve. ‘Our procedures are also changing so that straws are only available on request. All other sources of single use plastics on board are also under review and we hope to be able to announce further changes over the coming months.’

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Seabin Project – trapping floating plastics in port ‘If you can have bins on land, then in a marina or port knows where why not in the water?’ That, says those are,’ says Pete. ‘One of the Pete Ceglinski, was the thinking most common things captured by behind the Seabin, the marine the bins is plastic bags, but we also waste-gathering system he created trap microplastics down to 2mm with his friend Andrew Turton. Both in diameter, and there are oil pads keen surfers and leisure sailors, which are very effective at absorbing they co-founded the Seabin Project surface oil. And if a piece of debris is because they were dismayed by the too large to be pulled over the rim amount of rubbish building up in into the bin, the suction from the the oceans, and have spent the last bin’s pump will keep it held against three years developing and piloting the side until it can be retrieved.’ their cleanup product. Another design consideration Now CEO of the Mallorca-based has been the need for the Seabin to company, Pete has a background in move up and down with the tide so product design and boatbuilding its rim is always under the waterline. for the yacht racing sector, so his During the pilot phase, this has been expertise was invaluable in the achieved by mooring the device to development of the Seabin. The floating docks, but later this year device is designed to be moored in another model will be launched, a marina or port, sitting just under suitable for fixed docks. This version the waterline, with a pump at the will be attached to a vertical rail bottom to pull in floating debris. attached to the dockside, and will This is then trapped in the bin until slide up and down the rail with it can be emptied by local refuse the tide. services and the waste processed To operate its pump, the Seabin onshore. needs to be connected to ‘The trick is to place mains electricity, but is The Seabin's the Seabin in debris designed to use as little filters can trap accumulation power as possible. In microplastics corners – and future, the company down to a everyone working hopes to enhance diameter of just


A Seabin in action, drawing in and trapping floating plastics Image: Seabin Project

the product’s green credentials by operating each unit with a renewable power source such as a wind turbine or solar panels, and by increasing the percentage of recycled plastic in its manufacture. The Seabin Project was started with the help of crowdfunding, and received a major boost when it won a grant for environmental startups from the Netherlands-based Booking Cares Fund. An important partner in the pilot phase has been the engine and ship systems manufacturer Wärtsilä, which became involved as part of its corporate commitment to the marine environment. Wärtsilä has sponsored Seabins in three ports in Finland, and plans to continue buying the device for ports in each of the countries where it has operations internationally. Other companies in the pilot include Pete’s former UK employer, the yacht racing team Land Rover BAR. Having successfully turned out hundreds of prototypes, the French yacht builder that manufactures the Seabin is gearing up for full commercial operation this spring. Pete would welcome approaches from more partners in the commercial shipping sector, especially those who could help with worldwide logistics. This project represents a break from the traditional narrative of environmental campaigning versus profit, he stresses. ‘There is no enemy – we should all work together.’

A Seabin ready for installation in a marina Image: Seabin Project

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Ocean Cleanup – tackling the plastic problem on the high seas In 2013, Dutch teenager Boyan Slat was on a diving holiday in Greece when he noticed that there was more plastic in the water than fish. Surprised that no one seemed to be clearing the rubbish up, he investigated further and discovered despair worldwide – people were saying the problem was impossible to solve. Boyan had found out enough to acknowledge that a cleanup using vessels and nets would be unrealistic and even harmful to marine life. But he didn’t take this as a reason not to act. He discovered that there are five major plastic accumulation zones in the world where ocean currents converge – commonly called ‘garbage patches’. Boyan came up with the idea of developing a passive concentration system, letting ocean currents be the driving force behind catching and concentrating the plastic. Boyan was so convinced that his idea was worthwhile that he left university during his first year to found The Ocean Cleanup. He won many supporters when his TEDx video presentation went viral on the internet, and in 2014 an international crowdfunding campaign collected over US $2m to pay for research and development. The Ocean Cleanup is now a substantial not-for-profit organisation based in the Netherlands, which has been manufacturing and testing 2km-long booms with collection sheets hanging underneath. Due to be deployed in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch later this year, these will move in the same way as the waste plastic in the accumulation zone, slowed by drift anchors at a depth where the current velocities are lower than on the surface. Thanks to this slower pace, the floating barrier will halt the plastic in its course. Once the array of booms have

Water salute by the Boskalis supply vessel Union Bear after helping to install The Ocean Cleanup’s prototype boom (foreground of picture) in the North Sea Image: The Ocean Cleanup

reflectors to make them show collected enough plastic, a signal will up on radar. This will allow for be sent to Ocean Cleanup’s mission interruptions to be anticipated in control centre in San Francisco, and advance and mitigate the possibility a vessel will be sent to pick up the of collision. collected waste and transport it back ‘The Ocean Cleanup and ocean to land for recycling and responsible users must respect each other's processing. The eventual aim is for rights while on the water. We are the system to remove at least 50% of working with various stakeholders the waste plastic in the Great Pacific to determine the communication Garbage Patch. equipment needed, the cleanup Tests of the prototypes were systems' area restrictions and carried out in the North Sea in 2016 the notifications necessary to and 2017 with the participation of Nautilus members at offshore supply accommodate our activities and shipping simultaneously. company Boskalis, which is a major ‘The Ocean Cleanup is partner in the project. The North Sea collaborating with Netherlands was chosen for its extreme Institute for the Law of the weather conditions, The Ocean Sea (NILOS), who in turn subjecting the booms Cleanup is hoping to remove at least are in close contact with to even more International Maritime pressure than they Organisation (IMO). would encounter in of the waste plastic Together we can make the mid-Pacific. And in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch sure parties crossing for those wondering the Great Pacific Garbage about the project’s Patch will be well aware of our impact on international cleanup efforts.’ shipping, The Ocean Cleanup has issued the following statement: ‘The To find out more about The Ocean moving systems will be equipped Cleanup and follow the deployment with Automatic Identification of the system in the Pacific, go to System (AIS), which is a maritime system allowing them to be noticed or search for @TheOceanCleanup by ships and the other systems. on Twitter. They will also be equipped with


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MV Balmoral in the Menai Strait


The vintage excursion ship Balmoral is facing a tough year as it approaches its 70th birthday in 2019. Steven Kennedy reports… he historic passenger vessel Balmoral will sit unused this year after the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) put a halt to its operations because of concerns about repair work. The charity-owned ship has been a fixture in the waters of SW England for several years, running an annual programme of pleasure cruises. But in recent times the summer sailing days have been limited by poor weather and technical difficulties. The MV Balmoral Fund revealed at the end of last year that around £3.75m worth of work would need to be carried out because of the MCA's verdict that double plating repairs undertaken over many years were not satisfactory for the vessel’s long-term integrity. A spokesperson for the Agency told the Telegraph: ‘The MCA is responsible for the issue of the passenger certificate to Balmoral, and during the last year we have become increasingly concerned about the safety standards on this ship.


‘This passenger ship was built in 1949 and has been repaired many times over the years, and now some of these repairs do not meet MCA expected standards for permanent repairs. MCA has notified the owners to expect to have to replace the doubler plate repairs before a new passenger certificate is issued for the 2018 season. ‘The reason why doubler plates are not acceptable for permanent repairs is that there have been examples where doubler plate repairs have failed without warning,’ the MCA spokesperson continued. ‘Doubler plates by their very nature cover up the plating below, and this can lead to corrosion of the doubler and shell plating underneath which is invisible until it fails.’ The Balmoral charity has cancelled this year’s sailings as it looks to raise the funds – primarily through Heritage Lottery Fund grants – to get the vessel up to standard for 2019. Work is now well underway to ensure the 688gt ship can be returned to service in its anniversary year. 40 March 2018

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MV Balmoral approaching Liverpool

‘Our Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) bid is for £3.72m this enabled it to continue in service. However, change and covers all the work planned and required to operate is now afoot for the regulations applying to heritage from 2019 onwards,’ explained Balmoral Fund volunteer vessels. ‘Double plating has been used to repair the hulls Dick Clague. ‘As well as addressing the double plating of many vessels over the years,’ explained Dick. ‘In the issue and the rebuilding of crew accommodation, case of MV Balmoral we believe it started during her the HLF grant will include funding for enhanced fire time with P&A Campbell. Repairs carried out then, and suppression arrangements – also required by the MCA. subsequently, have always met the requirements of the There will also be work on the promenade decking, MCA, or its predecessors. improved educational facilities and restoration of ‘A small vessel that sank in 2013 – not connected with heritage features of the ship. Balmoral – was found to have been double plated, and ‘Our ongoing discussions with the MCA have been a this led to a recommendation from the Marine Accident major factor in putting the bid together,’ he continued. Investigation Branch (MAIB) that double plating should ‘We would hope to have the HLF's reaction to our bid only be allowed for temporary repairs,’ he added. by the end of March, followed by an invitation to make ‘Operating heritage vessels in the modern regulatory a second stage bid which is programmed for August to environment has become increasingly challenging in be in time to return Balmoral to service in 2019. We will recent years, but the safety of our passengers and crew need to raise at least 10% – or approximately £375,000 is always our priority,’ Dick commented. ‘Unfortunately, – as match funding; but volunteer time can funds were not immediately available to enable contribute to this.’ us to carry out the work required in time for Balmoral was originally built for the Red operating in 2018 and, for now, MV Balmoral The outcome of the £3.72m Funnel service between Southampton will remain in the care of our volunteer Heritage and the Isle of Wight. In 1969 it moved maintenance team led by our chief Lottery Fund to P&A Campbell's White Funnel engineer.’ bid should be operation on the Bristol Channel. After It means now that the Fund will have the known by the end its withdrawal from commercial service, best part of nine months to get the money of March the ship started a new – but unsuccessful – and complete its repairs. It’s a big ask, given life as a floating restaurant in Dundee before the fact the charity cannot raise funds through being acquired by the charity Waverley Steam its sailing operations, and there is widespread regret Navigation in 1984. It then operated summer excursion that one of the UK’s finest and most loved heritage sailings round the British coastline until its withdrawal vessels will not be seen on the water for the foreseeable from service at the end of the 2012 season. future. In 2015, the newly-formed charity MV Balmoral Fund The hope is, however, that once the money has been brought the vessel back in to service, operated by its raised, and the repairs completed, Balmoral will be given subsidiary company White Funnel. a new lease of life. Over the years of different ownership and purpose, ‘Much work has been done in the three years since numerous works were undertaken to ensure the safety the MV Balmoral Fund took over the ship,’ said Dick. and suitability of the vessel. Balmoral used to benefit ‘Despite both weather and operational difficulties over from 'grandfather rights' – a provision in which an old the last three summers, we have seen a steady increase rule continues to apply to some existing situations in load factors, so we are disappointed not to be sailing while a new rule will apply to all future cases – and in 2018. Our objective is therefore to get her back to sea as soon as possible. ‘Balmoral could resume service in 2019. Our own fundraising efforts have raised £1.15m over the past four years, including bequests and substantial donations. Fred Olsen Cruises – who operate the cruiseship also named Balmoral – have generously provided a cruise for two as the main prize in our annual draw for several years. This has enabled us to raise over £20,000 in the last three years,’ he added. ‘We are always on the lookout for more volunteers – particularly those living within reach of the ship's Bristol base. We are also looking for someone to look after our emailing activities, as well as someone with social media skills.’ For more information, visit or to offer your help, email March 2018 41

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Climate change is opening up polar sea routes for shipping – raising growing concerns about safety in the environmentally sensitive regions. Laura Nicholls explains why The Nautical Institute has introduced its Ice Navigator Scheme to take seafarers' skills beyond the provisions of the new IMO Polar Code …

POLAR CARE ntil a year ago, there were no special requirements for ships operating in polar waters. These waters are some of the most challenging operational environments in the world, and the implementation of the IMO’s International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (the Polar Code) is a positive development. The Code outlines the first mandatory requirements for ships operating in polar waters and sets a baseline for the design, construction, operation, crewing and environmental protection measures required. Flag states are also required to bring their national regulations in line with the minimum requirements of the Code. However, operators that regularly sail in polar waters are likely to be meeting these standards already. It is not the regular players that need prompting or direction; it is the newcomers to the Arctic and Antarctic, or those that venture into these waters only occasionally. Navigating vessels in ice demands additional skills, and there is


evidence that officers who are inexperienced in ice navigation are at a greater risk of being the cause of lost time, injuries, accidents and damage to vessels. So although the IMO’s Polar Code is welcome, many in the industry feel it does not fully address the specific competencies required for

actual ice navigation and operations. There is no requirement for officers to have any sea time in ice or proven competency in ice operations under the Polar Code as it stands. The Code requires some bridge officers on certain ships to possess polar water basic or advanced training certification, but it does not require officers to have

Capt Duke Snider, ice navigator and president of the Nautical Institute

practical experience in assessing ice conditions or handling vessels in ice. Skills need to be developed – and many administrations, classification societies and NGOs have made it clear that the Code does not go far enough in protecting ships, crews or the environment. A number of organisations have issued guidance documents explaining that they will continue to require standards above those laid out in the Code. It has long been accepted in the maritime industry that certification endorsements are needed for specialised skill sets, such as those needed by dynamic positioning operators or tanker officers. The level of skills, knowledge and competencies needed to operate vessels in ice are no different – and need to go beyond the standard levels required by STCW bridge watchkeeping training and certification. ‘Ice navigation is a skill that takes many years to acquire; and as The Nautical Institute looks to the future, it is ensuring mariners are recognised for those skills or trained to gain them through an effective 42 March 2018

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Navigating the IMO Polar Code

The ice-breaking LNG carrier Christophe de Margerie made a record-breaking transit of the Northern Sea Route last year Image: Reuters

training regime,’ said NI president and ice navigator Captain Duke Snider. The Institute is deeply concerned by the absence of any meaningful requirement for competence in ice operations within the Code, and is keen to further the preparedness of masters and navigational officers working in ice conditions around the world. In response to rapidly growing demand, the Institute launched the Ice Navigator Scheme in July 2017 as part of its expanding series of professional training schemes. While the scheme is designed to complement the IMO’s Polar Code, the course content is not restricted to the polar regions. The Polar Code requirements do not apply to nonSOLAS vessels or crews, nor to vessels operating in ice regimes outside IMO Polar Code-defined waters. By contrast, The Nautical Institute’s Ice Navigator Scheme is valid for ice regimes worldwide. While expanding on the minimum requirements of STCW, the scheme’s main focus is on shiphandling and operation of vessels in ice-covered waters worldwide. The scheme is open to those who hold, or are studying towards, a deck

officer qualification awarded by a White List administration. Participants must demonstrate practical competence onboard and in simulator exercises, and show a thorough understanding of ice regimes, including ice physics, operations in sea ice, hazards, search and rescue, and weather. Under ‘grandfather’ arrangements, a participant who can prove they have prior experience in ice may be eligible for the award of either a Level 1 or Level 2 Ice Navigator Certificate. ‘We are pleased to have already had applications from nine countries, which just shows the worldwide appeal for this scheme,’ said NI CEO Captain John Lloyd. Award of an NI Ice Navigator Level 1 or Level 2 certificate means the officer will possess an internationally recognised qualification, valid for five years, demonstrating they have the competence and confidence to navigate safely in ice anywhere within the limits of their CoC. To find out more about the Nautical Institute's Ice Navigator Scheme, visit:

The International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters is not a stand-alone IMO code or convention. Instead, it consists of a number of amendments to existing conventions – a system which has allowed for a more rapid entry into force. The conventions are used as follows: • MARPOL Annex for matters relating to pollution prevention • SOLAS for matters relating to equipment, outfitting etc (these can be found in the new Chapter XIV) • STCW for mandatory requirements for matters relating to crew training and certification The Code applies only to SOLAS vessels. However, all vessels voyaging into polar waters will be required to comply with the environmental provisions outlined in the MARPOL amendments. The Code divides vessels into three categories to determine what requirements must be met, depending on where and how they operate. These are: • Category A: vessels designed to operate in polar waters in at least medium first-year ice (70-120cm thick) that may include old ice • Category B: vessels designed to operate in polar waters in at least thin first-year ice (30-70cm thick) that may include old ice • Category C: ships designed for open water (areas in which ice may exist in concentrations less than 1/10th) or less severe ice conditions than Category A and B The Code also focuses on safety requirements and pollution prevention measures such as: • increased subdivision and watertight integrity • more robust or additional machinery • fire, safety and lifesaving equipment • additional navigational safety arrangements • mitigating issues caused by unreliable communications • additional requirements for voyage planning • training and experience for key members of the crew • ban on discharging oil, noxious liquid substances and harmful cargo residues • regulations on sewage discharge • ban on discharging food waste on to ice

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FUTURE Big changes are afoot for the Ensign Retirement Plan over the coming year – and Nautilus believes they will deliver long-term benefits for members in the maritime industry…

he Ensign Retirement Plan (ERP) – established in 2015 with the support of Nautilus – is the only pension scheme designed exclusively for employees in the maritime industry, whether shore-based or at sea. Much has altered in the pensions landscape since the Plan was launched, and this year will see further regulatory change under a new Master Trust authorisation regime. With change comes opportunity. The Plan recently announced some significant improvements so that employers and members continue to get value for money, and to ensure the scheme remains sustainable and meets its overall aim of delivering a decent retirement income and the best possible retirement solutions for those working in the maritime industry. These changes, which come into effect over the course of the 2018/19 scheme year, are explained on the facing page.

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Lower member charge, across all fund choices Whilst already very low, the ERP member annual management charge is being reduced by a further 0.05% across all Plan funds, including the LifePath Funds, from 1 April 2018. This means the Plan’s most popular fund, the LifePath Flexi Fund, will have an annual charge of just 0.31% – one of the lowest available across the pensions industry – providing even better value for money for members and ensuring they receive a cost-effective solution as they plan for retirement.

'We have the support of Nautilus and the

employers' group to merge the two ERP schemes in the best interests of members'

Added income drawdown facility within the Plan Until now, in order to access flexible income drawdown, members needed to transfer their retirement pot out of the Plan. The facility to drawdown income from within the Plan, at no additional cost, will be made available within the 2018/19 scheme year. Members remaining within the Plan after retirement and taking income drawdown will enjoy the same exceptionally low annual charge of 0.31%, and continue to benefit from the high quality of governance they have come to expect from the ERP.

A retirement guidance service for members The ERP’s Trustee is conscious that as members approach and reach retirement, they need help and support as they transition from their working life. As such, Plan members will be offered specific guidance and advice at this crucial time to help them make the most of their retirement savings.

One consolidated Master Trust for the maritime industry Compliance with regulatory change under the new Master Trust authorisation regime in 2018 will mean significantly increased costs for the ERP and its sister scheme, the Ensign Retirement Plan (for the MNOPF). The latter is the money purchase section of the Merchant Navy Officers Pension Fund (MNOPF). MNOPF chair Rory Murphy commented: ‘The MNOPF is committed to securing decent pensions and retirement outcomes for the current and future generations working in all areas of the maritime industry. That’s why, having reviewed the Plan and considered its financial projections over the coming years including the substantial Master Trust regulatory

Rory Murphy, chair of the MNOPF

costs, the Trustee is proposing to consolidate the Ensign Retirement Plan (for the MNOPF) with the Ensign Retirement Plan to make one robust and sustainable defined contribution pension plan. ‘We have the backing of Nautilus International, the Merchant Navy Pensions Employers Group and the Joint Officers Pension Committee, which all support the proposal to merge the two Plans, and agree that doing so is in the best interests of members, employers, and the sustainable future of the ERP,’ he added. Employers with active members in the Ensign Retirement Plan (for the MNOPF) have been consulted on the proposal. Subject to the conclusions of the consultation exercise and the subsequent considerations of the Trustee, the two plans will be consolidated with effect from 1 April 2018 and the Ensign Retirement Plan (for the MNOPF) will be wound up. Existing members of the Ensign Retirement Plan (for the MNOPF) will have their retirement pots transferred into the ERP in early May and will be able to enjoy the reduced annual member charge and benefit from the Plan enhancements as these come online throughout the year. Those members who were actively contributing to the New Section of the MNOPF on 31 March 2016, and who actively contributed to the Ensign Retirement Plan (for the MNOPF), will continue to receive the uplift to their preserved MNOPF benefits and their current contribution levels. Nautilus general secretary Mark Dickinson, who serves on the ERP board of trustees, commented: ‘With these changes the ERP is demonstrating its determination to maintain a highquality, low-fee scheme which offers members flexibility and choice. This will keep the Plan at the forefront of defined contribution pension provision in the UK and ensure it remains a quality Master Trust scheme. There really is no reason for the maritime industry not to support the ERP, as it has repeatedly committed to do.’

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• wear loose, comfortable clothes • do anti-DVT exercises • walk around whenever you can • drink plenty of water • don’t drink alcohol or take sleeping pills Travellers are also advised to wear compression socks for flights of four hours or more. These are meant to apply gentle pressure to the ankle to help the blood flow. However, the NHS stresses that it is vital that compression stockings Nautilus members taking long plane journeys to reach their vessels are measured and worn correctly. Some studies suggest that more are being advised to take precautions against deep vein thrombosis than 90% of off-the-shelf socks do eafarers are red. However, in many cases Although DVT has been not achieve acceptable pressure frequent flyers – symptoms may not be apparent. described as ‘economy class – and ill-fitting stockings could and frequent flying Symptoms of a pulmonary syndrome’, there is no evidence to actually increase the risk of DVT. significantly raises embolism can include: difficulty show that business class reduces Isobar – which was established the risks of potentially deadly deep breathing; faster than normal or the risk of getting DVT. The by a doctor – produces custom-fit vein thrombosis (DVT), members irregular heartbeat; chest pain or problem is that unless your leg compression socks, made for the heard last month at the Union’s discomfort, which usually worsens muscles are kept active, blood will individual from a 3D scan of their Professional & Technical Forum in with a deep breath or coughing; pool in one place. legs. Mr Barter claims the Wallasey. coughing up blood; and lightOther risk factors include products almost entirely DVT is a blood clot that forms headedness, or fainting. weight, height and family history – eliminate the risk of DVT, with the within a vein – usually in the lower If you develop DVT, you are likely but there are plenty of precautions graduated compression gently leg or calf – when someone sits in to be off work for up to three that you can take to limit squeezing blood from the the same position for a long period months and will be unable to fly the chances of surface veins back into the There’s no evidence and blood begins to pool inside the again for three to six months. Half developing the deep veins and helping that being in veins and coagulate. of those who get DVT also suffer condition. The NHS to push blood back up to business class Taking lots of flights, or flying for long-term damage. advice includes: the heart. reduces the risk more than eight hours at a stretch, of getting DVT can raise the chances of developing DVT by up to sevenfold. However, anyone travelling for more than four hours can be at risk. ‘It really can happen to anyone,’ Joe Barter, from the compression garments firm Isobar, told the forum. One in every 25 people taking a flight will develop what’s known as asymptomatic DVT – a clot that forms within a vein, normally in the leg or calf – and these will usually break down naturally. But they can present a serious threat to life if a part breaks off and travels to the lungs, causing a blockage (a pulmonary embolism). The first signs of a problem include soreness and swelling in the calf or lower leg. Your skin may feel warm to the touch and look

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Stories Worth Retelling Churchill’s Thin Grey Line By Bernard Edwards Pen & Sword Publishing, £19.99 ISBN: 978 15267 11663

autilus member Bernard Edwards has written almost 20 books dealing with merchant shipping’s wartime role, and the casual reader might wonder what more there is to be said on the subject. But with his new book – subtitled British Merchant Ships at War 1939-1945 – he manages to not only retell some familiar stories in a vivid and moving way, but also to put the spotlight on some lesser-known incidents that deserve to be remembered. The 19 chapters are littered with breathtaking accounts of heroism and sacrifice – frequently making good use of contemporary accounts or survivors’ diaries – reminding us that the Merchant Navy’s casualty rate (25%) was higher than any part of the armed forces, other than RAF Bomber


Command. Almost 37,000 of the 1936 Prize Rules to seafarers died, 4,707 were some shocking instances of wounded and 5,720 ended brutality, including cases of up in German and Japanese survivors being gunned down prisoner of war camps. in their lifeboats. However, Each chapter concentrates bad behaviour was not limited on a particular ship loss – to enemy forces – there are moving from the sinking of repeated reminders of the Donaldson Line’s Athenia on callous treatment of UK 3 September 1939 (just nine merchant seafarers and their hours after the conflict families by shipowners and began) to attack on the authorities, with the British India pay and allowances vessel Khedive being stopped The British Ismail in February as soon as ships Merchant Navy’s casualty rate in the 1944, in which went missing and Second World 1,297 lives were some being left War lost. Using this out pocket because approach enables of the low levels of Edwards to show how the war compensation for the loss of at sea unfolded and expanded personal effects. into the Indian Ocean, Arctic, There are several stories Mediterranean and South of truly remarkable survival Atlantic. against the odds – such as The book also underlines two crew from the cargoship the way in which the attacks Anglo Saxon whose boat on merchant ships moved washed ashore in the West from the ‘gentlemanly’ remit Indies 70 days and 2,544 miles


after their ship was sunk by a U-boat, or the 18 survivors from the tanker Athelknight who managed to navigate their boat for more than 1,000 miles and 28 days across the Atlantic before making landfall. And there are also remarkable tales of seafarers who went back to sea five or six times only days or weeks after surviving the loss of their ships. As the secretary of the Blue Funnel Association wrote: ‘How did these merchant seamen sign articles time after time, and go back to sea when they had seen their brothers on other ships in convoy torpedoed, dive bombed and blown to pieces?’ These are stories which deserve to be re-told, and Bernard Edwards powerfully reminds us that they contain lessons that remain relevant today. 48 March 2018

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Memories of a misspent maritime youth This is a classic real-life story of daring on the high seas, complete with extreme risk, last-minute ingenuity and many near-misses. Starting in the 1960s, the author – Peter Clutterbuck – tells his life’s tale, going back to a time of boarding schools, long holidays and an unbelievable amount of freedom. To that end – aged just 16 – he decided one day to take his family’s small open dinghy and see how far he could get in it. Without trying to spoil any of the author’s fine work, the answer to that question is ‘not very far’ – thanks to a Force 7 gale. Undeterred, however, young Peter headed back to land and set about planning even more adventures. Over the subsequent years these included sailing a

16ft Wayfarer across the Channel, through the Bay of Biscay, down the French canals and into the Mediterranean, then up into the Baltic and through the North Sea to Oslo, living aboard for three months at a time. This book recounts those trips and covers some of the ‘disasters’ he encountered along the way – including huge waves, nine rudder breakages in heavy seas, dismasting, capsizes, and even hallucinations caused by sleep deprivation. Full to the brim with excitement and maritime mischief, it is a charmingly British tale of a life on the open seas.

revolution, immigration and mail services, and the fierce national rivalry that fuelled the biggerfaster race on so many routes. Along the way, the book also serves up some less obvious candidates for attention – such as Blue Funnel’s combined passenger-livestock carrier Centaur, the interesting Maierform bow w design of the 1930s, and thee world’s first air-conditioned liner (Lloyd Triestino’s Victoria, of 1931). Classic ships such as HollandAmerica Line’s Rotterdam, the P&O ‘Straths’, the United States, Canberra and France are all featured, of course, but it’s some of the less celebrated vessels – such as the Indian vessel Harsha Vardhana, the Fyffes banana boat Camito and White Star’s Athenic – which offer particularly interesting stories.

It’s just over 60 years since the first commercially successful voyage of a containership – the converted tanker Ideal X – and this collection of more than 100 images demonstrates the remarkable transformations in vessel operation and design over this period. It kicks off with the pioneers – which were generally converted cargoships such as the US vessel Wacosta, the Dutch ship Dinteldyk, and the 72TEU Bristol Steam Navigation Company vessel Echo – and covers some of the innovative services introduced in the 1960s by the likes of Atlantic Steam Navigation, Atlantic Container Line and British Railways’ Sea Freightliners Harwich-Zeebrugge operation. The book demonstrates how consortiums developed at an early stage, with operations such as ACT, OCL and Dart Containerline bringing many famous old names together under one banner, although it’s not until page 46 that the first Maersk ship appears, page 54 for Evergreen and 81 for CMA CGM. Whilst the chronological listings chart the inevitable ‘supersizing’ and advances in speed, the book also illustrates diversity of design and operation – including ro-ro containerships, feeder vessels, and even passenger-carrying boxships. Each high-quality picture is accompanied by informative notes which not only give individual vessel histories but also broader context about company and industry developments (as well as the odd really interesting story). It makes for a marvellous wallow in nostalgia, but also offers a fascinating insight into the staggering development of this sector of shipping.

Ocean Liners: An Illustrated History By Peter Newall Seaforth Publishing, £30 ISBN: 978 15267 23161

Looking Back at Container Ships By Andrew Wiltshire Coastal Shipping Publications, £16 ISBN: 978 19028 53878

The Sea Takes No Prisoners By Peter Clutterbuck Adlard Coles Nautical, £14.99 ISBN: 978 14729 45716

Classy coverage of perennial favourites The golden age of the ocean liner still exerts a powerful grip upon the public consciousness – as shown by the interest in an exhibition on the subject that opened at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum last month. The impressive interiors and exteriors of passenger liners in their 20th century heyday lend themselves well to coffee table books. However, Seaforth Publishing’s new title Ocean Liners delivers much more than pretty pictures (although there are plenty of those). Author Peter Newall has researched the subject well, and the selection of photographs is first class, enhanced by excellent production standards. The 250 black and white images not only trace the history of the passenger liner from the 1830s to the present day, but also offer insights into the commercial, social and technological factors that influenced their rise and fall. Accompanying text covers such things as the last days of sail, the turbine

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n 1961 a Yorkshire-based vet called Alf Wight – better known now by his pen name James Herriot – was engaged onboard the Danish livestock carrier Iris Clausen for a voyage from Hull to the Soviet Union port of Klaipeda in the Baltic. An experienced friend advised: ‘You get a glimpse of the country through the eyes of a seaman and you meet the ordinary Russians, the commercial people, the workers.’ Herriot was sent to the 563grt vessel to look after almost 400 valuable breeding pedigree Romney Marsh and Lincoln sheep, worth £20,000, and to deal with the administration at discharge. The vet, who had seafarers’ blood, recalled his arrival at Hull docks: ‘To my untutored eyes the Iris Clausen looked like a toy oil tanker and it was difficult to imagine her crossing an ocean or weathering a storm.’ However, he was agreeably surprised with his cabin and noted that the sheep, carried in pens on two decks, were ‘well bedded in straw and with lots of sweet hay to eat’. At sea, he wrote, the cabin had become ‘a place of shakes and shudders, indefinable bumps, rattles and groans’. But in a subsequent storm he proved to have the best sea legs, and stomach. Throughout, the cook proved a culinary genius: ‘I felt I might have been eating at the Ritz’. On entering the Kiel Canal, a Dutch pilot and German policeman boarded, the latter to ensure that no manure and soiled bedding was thrown over-side to pollute the waterway. Entering the Baltic, a real storm was brewing. Herriot ably describes the bucking-bronco antics and resultant mayhem on a small ship affected by storm. Concerned for his charges, he suppressed a rising panic as he examined them, but professionalism rationalised the piteous general condition as stress: ‘I had a few bottles of the new wonder drug cortisone [but] I had never tried it in a case like this.’ Rationing the dose and injecting the animals with difficulty, after an agonising two-hour


wait above decks and full of anxiety he discovered: ‘They were all normal … right back to where they were before the trouble started.’ Alongside in Klaipeda, Herriot noted two heavilyarmed guards at the gangway, both of whom answered his salutations with ‘a completely impassive, dead countenance’. Their mood evidently matched the wider surroundings, but at least the officials who boarded were all handshakes and smiles. Before accepting the sheep, the local vet adopted an intriguing, thorough and slow method of examination, involving a stock of bizarre shaped ‘two-minute’ thermometers, Vaseline, clips on string, and a watch. Several tons of feed remained unused, which was all offloaded gratis. Anxious to go ashore, the ever-gentlemanly captain accompanied Herriot as dusk settled. Ignoring his sound advice, in order to reach town quicker Herriot unwisely sought what is often the seafarer’s friend – a hole in the fence – only to end up facing the hideous gaping maw of an Alsatian guard dog straining at the limit of its chain. Iris Clausen eventually departed Klaipeda for a consignment of 800 pigs from what was then Stettin, to Lubeck. Travelling home from Lubeck, Herriot reflected: ‘When I looked back on the last ten days my warmest and most vivid memories were of the ship, the animals, and the people aboard her.’ Originally built in 1959, Iris Clausen was converted to a general cargoship in 1974, and under the name Coast Trader ran aground and foundered without casualty off the Norwegian coast near Holmengraa Lighthouse in 1989, with a cargo of steel plates. But in the guise of the plucky little livestock transporter, she lives on in the pages of James Herriot’s book The Lord God Made Them All.

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WERKGELEGENHEIDSGARANTIE hebben wij op 6 februari jongstleden besproken Op 22 januari heeft Nautilus een gesprek met onze leden. Zij zijn unaniem van mening dat gehad met de directie van Fairmount over het de toezegging van Fairmount dat zij zich gaan afgeven van een werkgelegenheidsgarantie voor inspannen om mensen te herplaatsen een te gedumpte Nederlandse bemanningsleden. Tot zachte toezegging is. Onze leden kunnen hier nog toe zonder resultaat. niet mee instemmen en eisen een garantie dat Nautilus bestuurder Marcel van Dam: niemand gedwongen de poort uit moet. ‘Tijdens dit gesprek hebben wij de directie Ook steekt bij onze leden de passieve een terugkoppeling gegeven van de houding van de werkgever ten aanzien van het ledenvergadering die wij met de leden in dienst herplaatsen en begeleiden van mensen van Fairmount hebben gehad. Nautilus is met naar ander werk. Zeker waar onze leden van mening dat nut en noodzaak Onze leden Fairmount van werknemers van de vervanging van de Nederlandse eisen een officieren en kapiteins door Fairmount garantie dat niet c.q. onvoldoende is aangetoond. niemand Naar onze zienswijze is er sprake van gedwongen de poort uit social dumping waarbij Nederlandse moet zeevarenden worden vervangen door goedkope buitenlandse arbeidskrachten met onzekere contracten. Ofschoon deze handelswijze voor ons onaanvaardbaar is, zijn de Nederlandse zeevarenden bereid om tot een aanvaardbare oplossing te komen. Dit houdt in dat geen van de zeevarenden in dienst van Fairmount gedwongen de poort uit moet. Volgens ons moet het mogelijk zijn om voor alle zeevarenden die dat wensen ander vervangend werk te vinden binnen het moederbedrijf Boskalis. Fairmount heeft echter gezegd dat zij geen garantie kan en wil geven.’

af wil. Nautilus verwacht in de deze situatie een proactieve houding en ook professionele begeleiding van de Nederlandse zeevarenden in het kader van herplaatsing of outplacement. Mocht Fairmount niet op onze eisen ingaan en geen harde toezeggingen wil doen dan zullen leden zich beraden op welke wijze Fairmount/ Boskalis onder druk kan worden gezet, waarbij acties niet zijn uitgesloten. Ook overwegen wij dan ernstig klanten en aandeelhouders te benaderen inzake de ingezette heilloze weg tot social dumping.’

Niemand gedwongen de poort uit Marcel van Dam: ‘De uitkomsten van het overleg

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Ledenvergadering Jumbo wijst eindbod af

Teveel enthousiasme vanuit Dirkzwager en te weinig communicatie tussen sociale partners en Ondernemingsraad zijn de oorzaken van onze berichtgeving over de mogelijke verkoop van Koninklijke Dirkzwager in de Telegraph van februari 2018. Het enthousiasme over de verkoop van Koninklijke Dirkzwager en 100% dochter DFS kreeg helaas nog geen vervolg in een afronding en overdracht van aandelen.

Op dinsdag 23 januari jongstleden stond op de agenda van een goedbezochte ledenvergadering het cao-eindbod van Jumbo Crew Services voor een nieuwe cao 2017 -2020 centraal. Voorafgaand aan de ledenvergadering hield de werkgever eerst een presentatie waarbij met name in werd gegaan op de voorgestelde aanpassingen van de beloningssystematiek en gages. De werkgever wil af van de jaarlijkse automatische diensttijdverhogingen en wil in de plaats hiervan naar een systeem waarbij de verhoging mede afhankelijk is van de prestatie van de werknemer.

Overige voorstellen wel akkoord ‘De ledenvergadering staat niet onwelwillend tegenover invoering van twee functieniveaus voor de Hwtk. Echter de criteria die Jumbo hieraan stelt, zijn volgens de ledenvergadering onvoldoende transparant en objectief om te

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Na de pauze vond de ledenvergadering plaats. De ledenvergadering heeft het bod van de werkgever uitgebreid besproken. Nautilus cao onderhandelaar Marcel van Dam: ‘Met name op het punt van de aanpassing beloningssystematiek en gages had de ledenvergadering kritiek. Op zich was de ledenvergadering niet tegen een performance gerelateerde beloning. Maar wel op de wijze zoals de werkgever heeft voorgesteld. Belangrijkste bezwaar is dat de automatische tredeverhogingen volledig worden afgeschaft. Hiervoor in de plaats komt een budget wat aan de onderhandelingstafel per cao moet worden afgesproken. De ledenvergadering heeft uitgesproken dat een minimum tredeverhoging moet blijven bestaan. Daarenboven bestaat ruimte voor een prestatieafhankelijke beloning. Voorwaarde is dat alvorens dit wordt ingevoerd, het beoordelingssysteem op orde moet zijn. Op basis van de presentatie van de werkgever is het oordeel dat dat thans niet het geval is.’

De ledenvergadering besloot het eindbod middels een enquête aan alle leden voor te leggen. Vanwege de grote impact op de beloningssystematiek heeft de ledenvergadering gemeend dat alle leden in de gelegenheid moeten zijn om hun stem uit te brengen. De ledenvergadering heeft het bod met een negatief advies voorgelegd Het is nu aan de leden om hun stem uit te brengen.


Het uitgezette tijdspad waarin advisering vanuit de Ondernemingsraad moet plaatsvinden bleek echter te krap. Betrokken partijen in het proces hebben nog vele activiteiten af te ronden, alvorens over te kunnen gaan tot de zogenaamde ‘closing’ dan wel afronding van het proces.

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Tweede Kamer lijkt in te stemmen met wet ter bescherming koopvaardij Na bijna 10 jaar van discussie lijkt de Tweede Kamer nu eindelijk gewapende particuliere beveiligers toe te staan op koopvaardijschepen om deze te beschermen tegen piraterij! Op 23 januari 2018 behandelde de Tweede Kamer plenair het initiatiefwetsvoorstel Wet ter Bescherming Koopvaardij (WtBK). VVD, PVV, CDA, SGP en Forum voor Democratie steunen het plan in ieder geval, terwijl de ChristenUnie als voorwaarde stelt dat in de wet eerst cameratoezicht wordt geregeld. Daarom is voor deze partij cameratoezicht een harde eis. De steun van de ChristenUnie kan belangrijk zijn als het voorstel uiteindelijk in de Eerste Kamer komt. Regeringspartij D66 is ook nu nog tegen. Dat geldt ook voor de Dit wetsvoorstel draagt ertoe bij dat oppositiepartijen GroenLinks en het aantrekkelijk SP. De PvdA vraagt zich af of de blijft om onder noodzaak wel groot genoeg is om zich opnieuw over het, zeer Nederlandse de particuliere beveiligers toe te waarschijnlijk dan geamendeerde, vlag te varen staan. wetsvoorstel om al dan niet voor te stemmen. Tijdens het ter perse gaan van Veel media aandacht mede dankzij Nautilus dit nummer was deze datum nog niet bekend. Nautilus heeft zich voorafgaand aan het Met dit wetsvoorstel kunnen zeevarenden debat, samen met de KVNR, NVKK en de VMG onder de Nederlandse vlag altijd rekenen bijzonder ingespannen om media-aandacht op bescherming in de High Risk Area bij voor deze voor alle Nederlandse zeevarenden Somalië. Hiermee wordt een jarenlange zorg zo belangrijke zaak te krijgen. Zo was onder weggenomen van veel bemanningsleden én meer Nautilus Raad van Advies lid, kapitein hun thuisfront. Het wetsvoorstel is ook in lijn Johan Kooij, regelmatig te zien op televisie met het beleid in andere EU-lidstaten en zorgt en te horen op de radio. daarmee voor een gelijk speelveld voor de Binnenkort buigt de Tweede Kamer Nederlandse koopvaardij.

Dit draagt ertoe bij dat het aantrekkelijk blijft om onder Nederlandse vlag te varen. Strikte kwaliteitseisen Nautilus waardeert de zorgvuldigheid waarmee de indieners de mogelijkheid bieden om gekwalificeerde private beveiligingsbedrijven in te zetten. Het wetsvoorstel regelt strikte kwaliteitseisen en het juridische kader waarbinnen deze bedrijven mogen handelen. Het ‘VPD-tenzij’ principe is toegepast, dus private beveiliging is pas mogelijk als een militair Vessel Protection Detachment niet mogelijk is.


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Afname Piraterij, behalve bij Somalië Met 180 incidenten namen de aanvallen van piraten en gewapende overvallers op zeeschepen in 2017 over de hele wereld af tot het laagste aantal in 22 jaar (bron: het International Maritime Bureau (IMB). Voor de kust van Somalië was er juist een toename. Nederland is het enige zeevarende Europese land, dat private gewapende beveiliging (nog) niet toestaat Inmiddels hebben alle omringende maritieme Europese landen wetgeving, die het inzetten van particuliere gewapende beveiligers aan boord van zeeschepen in piraterijgebieden, mogelijk maakt. Nederland heeft dit als enige zeevarende land in Europa niet geregeld. Nederlandse reders hebben daardoor een ongelijke concurrentiepositie en verliezen zo kostbare opdrachten, wat tevens gevolgen heeft voor de Nederlandse werkgelegenheid. Als de nieuwe wet hopelijk wordt aangenomen, zal Nederland eindelijk van deze gevaarlijke uitzonderingspositie verlost kunnen worden. De inzet van een Vessel Protection Detachment team De Nederlandse overheid kan in 2 situaties door middel van het 11-koppig marine VPD team (het Vessel Protection Detachment team dat de overheid ter bescherming mee stuurt aan boord van zeeschepen wanneer zij door piraterijgebied varen) geen bescherming bieden: • Ten eerste wanneer er sprake is van kleinere schepen, waarop een 11-koppig VPD marine team niet geplaatst kan worden. Een particulier beveiligingsteam is kleiner. • Ten tweede wanneer er sprake is van handel in de spotmarkt (handel, waarbij laad-en loshavens niet altijd van tevoren vast staan). Dit levert in de praktijk vaak onoverkomelijke problemen op voor een marine VPD team omdat het team eerst diplomatieke toestemming van de autoriteiten in de laad-en loshavens nodig heeft en dit wel eens twee weken kan duren. In zo’n geval heeft een reder uit een land dat wel private gewapende beveiliging toestaat allang de opdracht aangenomen: een privaat beveiligingsteam hoeft namelijk niet de diplomatieke toestemming af te wachten en kan binnen 48 uur aan boord zijn.


Nautilus International was op 20 januari aanwezig op de open dag van het Scheepvaart en Transport College (STC) in Rotterdam. En op 9 en 10 februari op de open dagen van de Maritieme Academie Harlingen. Wat betekent een vakbond voor jou? De jeugdige bezoekers bij de Nautilus stand kregen de vraag voorgelegd ‘Wat betekent een vakbond voor jou?’ Dit leverde interessante antwoorden en gesprekken op. Een kleine compilatie: Winnaar Nautilus prijs ‘Meest sociale student’ Wouter van Rijs: ‘Met elkaar moet je het doen aan boord. En daar hoort dus ook het lidmaatschap van de vakbond bij. Zonder bond geen goede arbeidsvoorwaarden ook. Daarom ben ik ook lid geworden.’ Bas Kockx en Joran Bijker, net lid geworden bij de Nautilus stand in Harlingen: ‘Ja daar heeft Wouter helemaal gelijk in, daarom schrijven wij ons nu ook in als lid.’ Aankomend student MBO Marof Denise Hoefnagel: ‘De vakbond komt op voor je beroep/arbeid’ Aankomend student zeevaart Martin Schuinenburg: ‘De vakbond komt voor je lonen op’

Eerstejaars Marof student Isa van Beuchem: ‘Ik heb eigenlijk geen idee’ Tweedejaars Marof student Max Flokstra: ‘Een groep mensen die onderhoud plegen aan schepen’ Tweedejaars Waterbouw student Max van der Heul: ‘De vakbond regelt de regels voor personeel’ Tweedejaars Marof student Dylan van Voorst: ‘De vakbond zorgt ervoor dat je niet wordt uitgebuit door bedrijven en zorgt dat de werkomstandigheden goed zijn’ Duidelijk is dat nog niet alle studenten goed weten wat een vakbond doet. Er is dus nog voldoende werk aan de winkel voor Nautilus tijdens Open Dagen en gastlessen. Speciaal tarief voor studenten Studenten betalen slechts 3,45 euro per maand voor een Nautilus lidmaatschap. Hiervoor krijgen zij onder meer de Telegraph en het SWZ magazine maandelijks toegestuurd. En hebben ze – ook als stagiair- recht op de 24/7 service van Nautilus worldwide. Nieuwsgierig wat de vakbond allemaal doet? Kijk dan eens op de Nautilus website en facebookpagina Nautilusint

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‘ N E D E R L A N D S VA K M A N S C H A P I N WAT E R B O U W M O E T B L I J V E N ’


Landrot Jesse Schievink wint Nautilus prijs meest sociale student ‘De vraag is alleen: Is het een echte zeeman? Want hij heeft al gekozen voor het bestaan van landrot en voor het beroep van dieselmonteur aan de wal..’ Deze woorden, uitgesproken door Nautilus communicatie adviseur Hans Walthie, begeleidden op 25 januari de prijsuitreiking van de Nautilus prijs ‘Meest Sociale Student’ aan Jesse Schievink. In het volgepakte auditorium aan de Lloydstraat in Rotterdam vond hier de STC MBO College certificatenuitreiking plaats. Maar liefst 113 certificaten werden er uitgereikt, voor zover de studenten niet op stage waren, ten overstaan van familieleden, vrienden, vriendinnen en fans.

Werken op zee te saai Prijswinnaar Jesse (21 jaar) stelde ‘vereerd en verrast’ te zijn met het winnen van zijn prijs. ‘Sociaal bezig zijn, zit mij in het bloed. Met elkaar moet je het doen. Ter land en ter zee.’ Toch gaat Jesse niet naar zee. ‘Iets te saai voor mij toch’, aldus Jesse. ‘Ik houd meer van sleutelklussen aan land. Want daar komen vaak de complexe klussen binnen; op een werf bijvoorbeeld. Op zee is het toch meer stationair vaak. Toch heb ik hier op de STC een prima opleiding mogen volgen. Die neemt niemand me meer af.’

TWEEDE KAMERLEDEN IN GESPREK MET NAUTILUS/FNV WATERBOUW LEDEN Op 31 januari vond een indringend gesprek plaats tussen enkele Tweede Kamerleden, hun beleidsmedewerkers en leden en bestuurders van Nautilus/ FNV Waterbouw. Onderwerp: ‘Stop de verdringing in de Waterbouw van Nederlandse vaklieden’. Mede gebaseerd op de uitkomsten van de vorig jaar gehouden FNV Waterbouw enquête ‘Stop de Verdringing in de Waterbouw’. Ruim 250 Waterbouw werknemers vulden deze enquête in en waren het eens met deze stelling. Slechts 17 afwijzende reacties kwamen binnen. Tevens kwamen vele honderden instemmende reacties binnen op FNV Waterbouw Facebook. Hier kwamen ook een aantal negatieve reacties op binnen. Met als rode draad vooral veel teleurgestelde reacties als dat ‘de bond te laat is om dit nu nog aan de kaak te stellen’ en ‘dat dit al veel eerder had moeten gebeuren’. Tijdelijke pulpcontracten FNV Waterbouw voorzitter Charley Ramdas stelde bij de start van dit gesprek: ‘Waren vroeger onze Hollands Gloriebedrijven in de Waterbouw nog trots op Nederlandse vakmensen, nu zie je de laatste jaren toch een trend dat hardwerkende Nederlandse vaklieden, steeds meer het veld moeten ruimen voor Oost Europese en Aziatische werknemers, vaak aangenomen op tijdelijke pulpcontracten. Die mogen dan eerst nog even ingewerkt worden door de vaste Nederlandse vakkrachten en vervolgens worden zij aan de kant gezet. Hiermee ondermijn je deze mooie sector. Je moet je immers ook als politiek toch af gaan vragen of je dit soort bedrijven, als ze zo doorgaan, nog langer wil promoten op handelsmissies en dergelijke.’

Persoonlijke verhalen Hierna lieten onder meer de Tweede Kamer leden Corrie van Brenk (50Plus), Gijs van Dijk (PvdA) en beleidsmedewerker Bas Maes (SP) zich uitvoerig informeren over de persoonlijke verhalen van een aantal Nautilus/FNV Waterbouw leden, die zelf getroffen zijn door verdringing in de Waterbouw. Een greep uit de reacties: ‘Klanten van Boskalis/Fairmount vragen tijdens hun surveys ook altijd of het schip over goed gekwalificeerde, liefst Hollandse, bemanningsleden bestaat. Dan wordt er vrolijk ja geknikt door de bedrijfsleiding. En ondertussen worden wij er nu gewoon uitgeknikkerd. Om vervangen te worden door buitenlandse uitzendkrachten met pulpcontracten.’ ‘Er wordt nu steeds meer onder Cypriotische of Maltese vlag gevaren, daar loopt de Nederlandse staat steeds meer belastinggeld en pensioenafdrachten mis.’ ‘Er zitten nu veel Nederlanders op wachtgeld, terwijl buitenlanders regelmatig worden ingevlogen om een klus te doen. Te zot voor woorden.’ ‘Kabinetsleden hebben de mond vol over Hollands Glorie bedrijven, maar over het dumpen van Nederlandse bemanningsleden hoor je ze niet.’ Olieramp voor Nederlandse kust ‘Als er steeds meer Nederlandse vakmensen verdwijnen, dan vrees ik dat we niet lang meer op een olieramp of aanvaring voor de Nederlandse kust hoeven te wachten. Zoals onlangs voor de

Chinese kust gebeurde.... Er worden mensen met een soms onvoldoende opleiding uit lage lonen landen op zeer specialistisch werk gezet. Hierbij worden een gebrek aan bekwaamheid en een onvoldoende kennis van de Engelse taal voor lief genomen. Zo worden buitenlandse werknemers bijvoorbeeld veel langer aan boord gehouden, worden langere werkuren gedraaid, slaat daardoor de vermoeidheid toe en kun je brokken verwachten…’ ‘We zijn op deze wijze al 10 jaar achteruit aan het baggeren en de Nederlandse jeugd, die van de zeevaartscholen afkomt, zie je hierdoor helaas ook steeds minder aan boord.’ Petitie aan Kamercommissie AO Arbeidsmarkt Uiteindelijk adviseerden de aanwezige politici om deze zaken via een petitie aan te bieden aan de Kamercommissieleden van het AO (Algemeen Overleg) Arbeidsmarktbeleid op 14 februari. Dit advies werd overgenomen. Ook gaven de Kamerleden aan ‘nadrukkelijk op de hoogte te willen blijven’ van (nabije) toekomstige ontwikkelingen op dit gebied. FNV Waterbouw voorzitter Charley Ramdas bedankte de Kamerleden en hun beleidsmedewerkers voor hun aandacht en bedankte de aanwezige leden voor hun ‘moedige inbreng’. Verder stelde Ramdas vast dat de ‘verdringing in de Waterbouw’ nu ook in ieder geval op de politieke agenda staat en dat ‘we er de komende tijd ook, samen met onze leden, in de bedrijven nadrukkelijk mee aan de slag gaan.’

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Nautilus International en FNV Waterbouw Is uw arbeidsverleden up to date? Bij het ontslag van een lid kwam de registratie van zijn arbeidsverleden bij het UWV in beeld. Hieruit bleek dat een aantal jaren niet meetelden voor de duur van zijn uitkering, terwijl hij onafgebroken in dienst van de werkgever geweest was. Op de website van het UWV kunt u zelf uw gegevens over uw arbeidsverleden en loon in het digitaal verzekeringsbericht (via mijn UWV) bekijken en controleren. Om uw gegevens over uw arbeidsverleden te bekijken moet u inloggen op Mijn UWV. Hiervoor heeft u uw DigiD nodig: digitaal-verzekeringsbericht.aspx

vanaf het jaar dat u 18 werd tot en met 1997. Het maakt daarbij niet uit of u in die periode wel of niet gewerkt heeft, dus het UWV gaat er vanuit dat u in die periode geregistreerd bent.

Corrigeren Feitelijk arbeidsverleden

Met uw totale arbeidsverleden bepaalt het UWV de duur van uw WW-uitkering. Uw totale arbeidsverleden vindt u op Mijn UWV onder ‘Mijn persoonlijke gegevens’. U kunt de duur ook zelf berekenen. Uw totale arbeidsverleden is de optelsom van uw fictieve en feitelijke arbeidsverleden. Het UWV legt dit op hun website als volgt uit:

Uw feitelijk arbeidsverleden zijn de jaren waarin u heeft gewerkt vanaf 1998 tot het jaar waarin u werkloos wordt. Een jaar moet aan de volgende voorwaarden voldoen om te mogen meetellen: Tot 1 januari 2013: als u in dat jaar over ten minste 52 dagen sv (sociale verzekerings) -loon heeft ontvangen. Het maakt niet uit hoeveel uur u per week werkte en of u het hele jaar gewerkt heeft. Het jaar waarin de WW-uitkering begint, telt niet mee. Vanaf 1 januari 2013 gebruiken we uren waarover u sv-loon heeft ontvangen. Dit worden ook wel verloonde uren genoemd. Een kalenderjaar telt mee als u over 208 of meer uren in dat jaar sv-loon ontvangen heeft. Onder aanvullende voorwaarden kan een jaar soms toch (gedeeltelijk) meetellen. Meer informatie: werkloos/ik-word-werkloos/detail/hoelangkan-ik-een-ww-uitkering-krijgen/feitelijkarbeidsverleden

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verantwoordelijk voor het doen van tijdige en juiste loonaangiftes van sv-loon en verloonde uren bij de Belastingdienst.

Indien uit de controle blijkt dat uw arbeidsverleden niet volledig of onjuist is, kunt u dit bij het UWV laten corrigeren. Hiervoor kunt een correctieverzoek bij het UWV aanleveren. U gebruikt daarvoor het formulier ‘Correctieverzoek’. Dit formulier staat bij de gegevens over uw arbeidsverleden en loon op Mijn UWV. Vraag van uw werkgever een verklaring waarin staat dat u ontbrekende jaren wel in dienst bent geweest en stuurt u deze met het correctieverzoek mee.

Advies en begeleiding Zoals u kunt lezen is het belangrijk om als werknemer te weten waar u bij ontslag aan toe bent. Daarom is het belangrijk om lid te zijn van Nautilus International, zodat wij naast collectieve en individuele loon- en arbeidsvoorwaarden voor leden, ook uw belangen op het gebied van ontslag en werkloosheid kunnen behartigen. Wij helpen u graag verder. Onze contactgegevens en meer informatie over een lidmaatschap kunt u vinden op onze website:


De leden bij VT spreken zich uit! Opnieuw ledenbijeenkomsten

Op 2 januari 2018 heeft Nautilus twee ledenbijeenkomsten georganiseerd om zoveel mogelijk leden ook mondeling te kunnen informeren over het bereikte cao-resultaat. Zoals we in de bijeenkomsten hebben afgesproken, is het resultaat daarna schriftelijk in stemming gebracht. De leden konden stemmen over: 1. Het behaalde resultaat. 2. De reparatie van het 3e jaar WW en WGA. Nautilus heeft een representatieve respons (meer dan 50% van het totale aantal leden bij VT) ontvangen met de navolgende uitslag.

De leden hebben: 1. het behaalde onderhandelingsresultaat met 82% van de stemmen afgewezen. 2. vóór de reparatie van het 3e jaar WW en WGA gestemd met 58% van de stemmen.

Nautilus cao onderhandelaar Carl Kraijenoord: ‘Inmiddels hebben wij de werkgever laten weten dat de meerderheid van onze leden het behaalde onderhandelingsresultaat heeft afgewezen. Wij zullen opnieuw ledenbijeenkomsten op 13 en 20 februari (na het ter perse gaan van dit nummer) houden. Dit om te vernemen waarmee het onderhandelingsresultaat verbeterd moet worden. Dat kan dan ook dienen als inzet bij een eventueel te stellen ultimatum.’

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Investeren in Nederlandse vakmensen staat centraal! Het zijn roerige tijden in de Waterbouw. Gelukkig gloort er ook wel hoop. ‘De orderportefeuilles laten tekenen van herstel zien’, zeggen werkgevers. Deze tijd vraagt steeds meer om goede en innoverende arbeidsverhoudingen. Behoud van vakmanschap, werkgelegenheid en koopkracht zijn geen vanzelfsprekendheden, maar vragen om voortdurende alertheid van Nautilus/FNV Waterbouw. Op basis van de input van onze leden die wij via enquêtes, ledenbijeenkomsten, belrondes en vlootbezoeken hebben ontvangen, wensen we heldere en

constructieve afspraken te maken voor de nieuwe Waterbouwcao. ‘Investeren in Nederlandse vakmensen’ staat in onze inzet voor de komende onderhandelingen centraal. De inzet kan gekenschetst worden als een zorgvuldige balans tussen werk en koopkracht. De volgende voorstellen zijn daarbij onder meer van belang: Inkomen: de koopkracht mag niet onder druk komen te staan. Om die op peil te houden, zetten wij in op een loonsverhoging van 3,5%. Werkingssfeer: om uitwisseling van medewerkers tussen de Waterbouw en Wind Offshore

werkzaamheden te bevorderen, wensen wij de werkingssfeer van de Waterbouw Cao aan te passen. Werkgelegenheid: Gezien de huidige situatie in de sector en de daarmee gepaard gaande reorganisaties bij verschillende bedrijven en het verlies aan arbeidsplaatsen wat hiermee gemoeid is, zetten wij in op activiteiten die zich moeten richten op het tegengaan van gedwongen werkloosheid.Onder andere via om- en – bijscholing, gericht op herplaatsing in de eigen of andere bedrijven. Herverdelen van werk en gezond je pensioen halen: het Generatiepact: Hiermee kunnen

wij twee problemen oplossen. Want het Generatiepact is een regeling waardoor in bedrijven ruimte wordt gemaakt voor banen voor jongeren doordat oudere werknemers minder gaan werken. Met behoud van een redelijk salaris en dito pensioenopbouw. Reparatie 3e WW jaar: Het is van groot belang om een goed vangnet te hebben als mensen onverhoopt hun baan kwijt raken. Doordat de overheid de duur van de WW van 3 jaar naar 2 jaar heeft gebracht, willen wij dat repareren in de Cao. Om ervoor te zorgen dat mensen een goed WW vangnet blijven behouden als zij hun baan verliezen.


Nieuwe kansen voor één CAO bij KotugSmit De havensleepbedrijven van Smit (Harbour Towage Rotterdam) en Kotug (Harbour Towage Rotterdam) zijn in 2016 samengegaan in één havensleepdienst onder de naam KotugSmit (Towage Rotterdam). Vanaf januari 2017 zijn de vakbonden Nautilus en FNV Havens met de werkgever in Wij hopen in gesprek om de arbeidsvoorwaarden of kort na het te integreren tot één cao voor al volgende het varende personeel in dienst gedaan om de werkgever overleg, tot een bij het deze sleepdienst. In de ervan te overtuigen dat de afronding te komen vorige Telegraph werd nog melding inzet om tot die ene gewenste gemaakt over een voorultimatum en cao te komen ook unaniem wordt actiedreiging. Maar hoe staat het daar nu ondersteund door haar achterban. mee? Nog niet alle cao onderdelen besproken Vakbonden zijn zich ervan bewust dat Nautilus cao onderhandelaar Carl Kraijenoord: daadwerkelijk actievoeren een grote impact ‘Dit heeft ook een aantal informele en een dynamiek oplevert die verregaande gesprekken opgeleverd waarin partijen gevolgen kan hebben voor relaties. Aan boord, hebben afgetast òf, en wáár, er nog ruimte tussen vloot en kantoor, in de haven en tussen is om te komen tot een andere balans KotugSmit en haar klanten. Vandaar dat zij, in (binnen de punten van het voorultimatum). de aanloop daarheen, al het mogelijke hebben

Gelukkig was dit geen verspilde energie en heeft de werkgever ons op 6 februari 2018 een brief gestuurd waarin wordt tegemoet gekomen aan de wensen van de vakbonden. Hiermee kunnen de caoonderhandelingen weer formeel worden voortgezet. Het eerstvolgende overleg zal zeer waarschijnlijk (na het ter perse gaan dan dit nummer) plaatsvinden op 21 februari 2018. Daarmee zijn er weer nieuwe kansen om te komen tot één cao bij KotugSmit! Betekent dit een einde aan de onrust aan boord? Nee, dat nog niet. Omdat we nog geen volledig onderhandelingsresultaat kunnen presenteren, rekenen de leden met de kennis die nu beschikbaar is. Dat kan betekenen dat de juiste balans nog ontbreekt, aangezien nog niet alle cao onderdelen zijn besproken en overeengekomen. Wij hopen in of kort na het volgende overleg, tot een afronding te komen. Zo langzamerhand wordt dat wel eens tijd ook!’

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NAUTILUS JAARVERGADERING EN SYMPOSIUM 2018 Op dinsdagmiddag 26 juni 2018, van 13.00 tot 14.30 uur, vindt de jaarvergadering van de Nederlandse Branch van Nautilus International plaats in Hilton Rotterdam. Hierna wordt een openbaar toegankelijk symposium georganiseerd, van 15.00 tot 17.00 uur. Dit symposium zal zowel in het teken van de Offshore Olie en Gas als van de Offshore Wind staan. Het vervangt de offshoreconferentie die eerder gepland was op 27 maart. Nadere informatie over deze middag volgt nog, maar houdt u deze datum vast vrij in de agenda.

Verkiezingen Raad van Advies: ook voor studenten en stagiairs Omdat de zittingstermijn van ongeveer de helft van de Nautilus Raad van Advies leden afloopt, zullen er dit jaar verkiezingen plaats vinden. Vastgesteld is dat de huidige indeling van de kiesgroepen toe is aan revisie. Zo is bijvoorbeeld de kiesgroep Maroff in de loop der tijd dusdanig gekrompen dat een aparte kiesgroep voor de Maroff niet meer te rechtvaardigen is. Nautilus algemeen secretaris Charley Ramdas: ‘Tevens is er wat nauwkeuriger gekeken naar de kiesgroepen ‘Wal’ en ‘Scheepsgezellen’. Wat opviel was dat de kiesgroep ‘Scheepsgezellen’ inmiddels enigszins ‘vervuild’ is geraakt, met posities waarvan je je kunt afvragen of ze wel onder deze kiesgroep thuis horen, zoals bijvoorbeeld duikers. Daarnaast is vastgesteld dat het aantal leden onder de kiesgroep walmedewerkers inmiddels ook geen aparte kiesgroep meer rechtvaardigt. Deze constateringen leiden tot het idee om de kiesgroep ‘Wal’ om te vormen tot de kiesgroep’ OC’ (overige categorieën). En daar onder andere naast de wal medewerkers de groep leden onder te brengen die vrijkomt na het opschonen van de kiesgroep Scheepsgezellen. Onder de kiesgroep vallen dan ook de studenten en stagiairs die wij hierbij nadrukkelijk oproepen om zich verkiesbaar te stellen De meerderheid van de Nautilus Raad van Advies heeft hier inmiddels

een positief advies over afgegeven. Indien de jaarvergadering dit advies volgt dan ontstaat de volgende zetelverdeling:

Zetelverdeling De zetelverdeling afgezet tegen de verkiezingsjaren 2018 en 2020 komt er na de introductie van de voornoemde aanpassingen als volgt uit te zien: 2018 2020 Kapiteins en stuurlieden 2 zetels 3 zetels Werktuigkundigen 1 zetel 1 zetel Scheepsgezellen 0 zetels 1 zetel OC (overige categorieën) 1 zetel 1 zetel Binnenvaart 0 zetels 2 zetels Pensioen en 5 zetels 0 zetels uitkeringsgerechtigden Wat hier opvalt is dat voor allen in de kiesgroep ‘gepensioneerden en uitkeringsgerechtigden’ het tijdstip van de (her)verkiezingen telkens in het zelfde jaar komt te vallen. Dat is niet optimaal voor het behoud van kennis en kunde in deze groep omdat in het slechtste geval alle leden uit die kiesgroep niet zouden kunnen gaan voor herverkiezing. Daarom zal aan de jaarvergadering worden voorgesteld om tijdens de komende verkiezingen 3 leden uit deze kiesgroep te laten (her) kiezen voor een periode van 4 jaar en de overige leden voor 2 jaar.

Schema van aftreden Raad van Advies en verkiesbare posities Dit jaar zijn aftredend wegens het verstrijken van de zittingstermijn: Kiesgroep kapiteins en stuurlieden: Joris van Vuuren en Caro Cordes

Kiesgroep Werktuigkundigen: Peter Renkema Kiesgroep Scheepsgezellen: Geen Kiesgroep Overige Categorieën: Geen Kiesgroep Binnenvaart: Geen Kiesgroep Pensioen-en uitkeringsgerechtigden: Willem Kwak en Frits Vons Na aftreding volgens bovenstaand schema ontstaan vacatures in de kiesgroepen ‘kapiteins en stuurlieden’ (2), ‘werktuigkundigen’ (1), overige categorieën’ (1) en ‘pensioen- en uitkeringsgerechtigden’ (5). Kandidaten moeten lid zijn van de vereniging en de kandidatuur moet aantoonbaar door 5 andere leden worden ondersteund.’ Kandidaten worden verzocht om zich uiterlijk 13 april 2018 te melden bij Algemeen Secretaris Charley Ramdas, via: mschmidt@ Deze oproep is op 13 februari 2018 gepubliceerd op de Nautilus website.

Voorstellen indienen Het is goed om alvast alle leden te wijzen op de mogelijkheid om voorstellen in te dienen. Deze voorstellen dienen het algemene Nederlandse belang van de vereniging te betreffen. Voorstellen over een specifieke CAO of een specifieke rederij worden verwezen naar desbetreffende ledenvergaderingen. Eventuele voorstellen dienen uiterlijk 1 mei a.s. schriftelijk of per email door het bestuur te zijn ontvangen en zullen voorzien van een bestuursadvies aan de vergadering worden voorgelegd. In te sturen naar: Of schriftelijk via: Nautilus International, Schorpioenstraat 266, 3067 KW Rotterdam.

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MASTER MARINER & MARINE ENGINEER MARINE SURVEYORS / CONSULTANTS TMC, a Bureau Veritas Group Company and leading internaƟonal marine consultancy, has a posiƟon for a marine engineer to join their London oĸce and a master mariner to join their Medway Oĸce. TMC oīers a mulƟ-disciplined team approach to consultancy and surveying in a wide variety of types of work such as with salvage, accident invesƟgaƟon and legal disputes to an extensive number of clients including the marine insurance community, ship owners, and law Įrms. The successful candidate will be part of this team. TMC are looking for moƟvated individuals holding a UK Chief Engineer’s CoC with Chief Engineer experience or a Master’s CoC with senior oĸcer experience preferably on dry cargo, bulk or container vessels. Previous surveying/consultancy experience would be a beneĮt but not a prerequisite. Although based in London or Medway, Kent and the SE UK area there will potenƟally be overseas travel potenƟally at short noƟce. We would expect the successful candidate to be both customer as well as business development focused. The candidates should have UK work and residency status, be Ňuent in English and have competent IT and report wriƟng skills. TMC can provide a compeƟƟve salary and beneĮts package and we believe that this is an opportunity for the right individuals to develop a great career within one of the top marine consultancies.

Please send your CV with a covering leƩer to

Master Mariner Opportunities CEMEX UK Marine is a leading supplier of marine aggregates to the British and European construction industry and is part of CEMEX, a global building materials solutions provider. Dedicated to building a better future, we believe in balancing financial achievement with a firm commitment to sustainable development. We believe in realising individual potential and encouraging personal progression. We currently operate a fleet of 4 UK flagged aggregate dredging vessels ranging from 1251gt/1080kW to 6534gt/4920kW delivering to customers in the UK and near continent. In January 2018 we announced the start of our vessel replacement program, with the order of a new state of the art Damen Aggregate Dredger (pictured top left). CEMEX Marine (Guernsey) are currently seeking to employ on CEMEX UK Marine Ltd vessels enthusiastic individuals who are committed to working safely to join our fleet in the following rank:

Masters (Unlimited) salary circa £56K-£58K (depending on experience) A key leadership role, we are looking for people with a ‘hands on’ approach to the job and proven man management experience. Candidates should hold Master Unlimited UK COC/CEC and have previous experience sailing in this rank. We are also looking for highly motivated and experienced Second Engineers and Chief Engineers looking to develop their careers. Ideally Second Engineer candidates should hold Chief Engineer COC/CEC’s or Second Engineer Unlimited COC/CEC’s and Chief Engineers should hold Unlimited COC/CEC’s. We offer: Competitive salary for sector • 3 week on/off work leave rotation • Company Pension Scheme • Company performance related bonus scheme

Interested candidates should submit a CV and covering letter to Jay Jose at Closing date: 31/03/2018.

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Chief Officer/1st Mate & Engineer Officer Ro-Passenger Ferry Vacancies Wightlink is one of the UK’s largest domestic ferry operators, providing a link between the Isle of Wight and the Hampshire mainland. With the launch of our new 90m Hybrid Ship, The Victoria of Wight, comes the opportunity for a new Chief Officers and Engineer Officers to join our team. Wightlink are seeking a Chief Officer/1st Mate and Engineer Officer to start within the next few weeks. A fantastic opportunity for dynamic seafarers who wish to gain ship handling skills as well as pilotage experience on one of the UK’s busiest waterways. Whilst engineers can aim to gain valuable hands on experience in Voith propulsion and diesel / electric power systems. Flexible shift pattern allowing applicants the opportunity to maintain their seagoing careers but also reap the benefits of a shore based home/work/ life balance. Competitive salary, paid leave and above industry standard benefits is offered on an initially fixed term basis. Applicants will ideally have: - Master or Chief Mate Unlimited CoC or CEC equivalent (OOW will also be considered) - Chief Engineer or 2nd Engineer CoC or CEC equivalent (EOOW will also be considered) - A broad seagoing background - A hands on approach - A can-do attitude and a willingness to learn

Maritime & Shipping Crew Management Offshore & Renewables Oil & Gas Onshore

+44 (0)23 8084 0374

Contact with an up to date CV, references and covering letter explaining what you can bring to our team.

Blackpool and The Fylde College (B&FC) recently welcomed the Secretary of State for Education to its Fleetwood Nautical Campus for a wideranging discussion on post 16 education and training and a tour of some of its outstanding facilities.

During the visit, the Rt Hon Damian Hinds MP was shown the College’s cutting-edge maritime and offshore facilities at the campus and met students preparing for a career at sea. He also met with B&FC’s Principal and Chief Executive, Bev Robinson OBE, to discuss B&FC’s Ofsted Outstanding technical and professional education provision and the wider FE sector. B&FC is the largest college provider of higher education STEM courses in England* and prepares people for rewarding careers in a wide range of specialised fields, including in the maritime industry. During the visit, the Rt Hon Damian Hinds MP, said: “It’s been really nice to meet Bev Robinson and the team here at Blackpool and The Fylde College.

“They’re doing some really interesting things and have got quite a diverse range of courses and activities going on at the College and the maritime sector is obviously central. “One of the things that’s very impressive about the operation here is how linked in and connected with businesses’ needs the College is throughout the maritime sector. “It is, of course, a business that this country has such a long and proud history in and such a great reputation in the world and what’s happening here at Blackpool and The Fylde College is helping to sustain and enhance that, and

making sure the next generation of mariners are coming through with the level of skills they need.” Bev Robinson OBE added: “It was a pleasure to welcome the new Secretary of State for Education to Blackpool and The Fylde College. “I was pleased to have the opportunity to discuss our further and higher education provision which is co-created with employers to ensure we develop the professional and skilled workforce they need to drive their business forward and provides our students with high-value employment opportunities.”

* (source: Higher Education Funding Council)

Secretary of State for Education visits Fleetwood Nautical Campus

Providing courses to serve the maritime industry for 125 years. FOR MORE INFORMATION

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THE FACE OF NAUTILUS Nicu Leonte, Council member

icu Leonte – a former 'I had to begin again, because my boatmaster of a Rhine qualifications were not recognised, but it oil tanker – is the new was not so bad; I worked on passengerships representative of members on the Rhine and became the captain of from Switzerland on Nautilus International’s a tanker on the river before moving to my governing body, the Council. current job.’ Originally from Romania, Nicu has lived in For the past three and a half years, Nicu has Switzerland for the past 14 years and now works used his experience in a shore-based post, near the busy port of Basel, where he is part of a managing and directing barges and passenger NICU LEONTE team managing the locks at Birsfelden – which are vessels using the Birsfelden locks, organising ENCOURAGES FELLOW INLAND WATERWAYS used by as many as 18 vessels a day. pilotage and overseeing dangerous cargoes, as WORKERS TO Nicu doesn’t come from a nautical family, but well as operating a floating crane that is used for JOIN THE UNION growing up in the port town of Galati got him maintenance and repair projects on the locks and interested in a career on the water. ‘My home the neighbouring hydroelectric power station. was very close to the river Danube and the Black He became involved with Nautilus following Sea and you could see all the boats going by,’ he support he received from Basel-based official Nick recalls. ‘It became my dream Bramley. ‘I will never forget all to go to work in the marine my life the help that Nick gave industry as it was the only way me,’ he says. ‘It might have to get to travel, and it seemed been a small job for him, but it like a good job with good made a great difference money.’ to me.’ He studied at a marine Nicu works hard to college before having to spend two years of military encourage other inland waterways workers to join Nautilus. ‘It service on ships in the Black Sea – ‘two years too long’, he is important for people that Nautilus is there for them and can reflects. give them help if there is a problem,’ he adds. ‘When you are Working on vessels operating along the Danube, Nicu alone, you don’t have that.’ then made good progress in his career – serving as a captain for the first time at the age of 28. However, the collapse of the Eastern Bloc resulted in big problems for the inland navigation industry in Romania. Nicu thought about studying at the maritime university in Constanza, but – with two children in his family – PADDLE STEAMER WAV E R L E Y decided it was too late to make a career change. ‘Luckily, I had an opportunity to come to the river Operating around the UK Coast Rhine and work for a Dutch company,’ he says.


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Telegraph prize crossword The winner of this month’s cryptic crossword competition will win a copy of the book Churchill’s Thin Grey Line by Bernard Edwards (reviewed on the books page). To enter, simply send us the completed crossword, along with your name and address, to: Nautilus International, Telegraph Crossword Competition, 1&2 The Shrubberies, George Lane, South Woodford, London E18 1BD, or fax +44 (0)20 8530 1015. You can also enter by email, by sending your list of answers and your contact details to: Closing date is Wednesday 14 March 2018.

QUICK CLUES Across 1 Calm (10) 6 Egyptian god (4) 9 Exhibition space (5) 10 Seek revenge (9) 12 Gutenberg device (8,5) 14 Ease suffering (8) 15 Ophidians (6) 17 Quit work (6) 19 Deduction (8) 21 Deception (13) 24 Can’t be heard (9) 25 Fool (5) 26 Mexican civilisation (4) 27 Italian dance (10) Down 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 11 13 16 18 20 22 23

Rush (4) Blade (7) Wolf’s quarry (3,6,4) Annoy (8) Consumed (5) Cat (7) Half sibling (10) Collector (13) Criticism (10) And so on (8) Synopsis (7) Insect mound (7) African quadruped (5) Volcano (4)

CRYPTIC CLUES Across 1 Primary waterway for most of the population (10) 6 Leader makes one mile in the morning (4) 9 Cleaner and journalist both into hybrid transport (5) 10 I’m so sharp making up little pearls (9) 12 Small stomach and fancy get-up later came Jill’s way (8,5)

Back in time

25 years ago Action to improve ship operating standards and crew competence is the key to raising safety at sea,

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Renowned Venetian home with star suddenly bursting on the scene (8) Acid dissolved tin can (6) On a high – with police patrol (6) Funeral worker sees singular gift to the poor amongst dying fire (8) Twinge after athletic exercise work by the sewer (7,6) Tony in net entanglement but it is unimportant (9) Brief announcement hidden in plain tropes (5) Type of chair, plain and simple (4) Defender put down hundredth of dollar to do with bet (6,4)

Down 1 Quiet act dropped from panto (4) 2 Drive little scamp and, as the French have it, take on America (7) 3 Sent dime to Ian as alternative to particular settlement (13) 4 ‘But if you had a little ---- ---- , / A little strength’ (Richard Aldington, The Poplar) (4,4) 5 Wan like a layer (5) 7 Clutter can make a receptacle for soldier (4,3) 8 Skinflint in charge, alternatively 500 provide support for chorister (10) 11 King owned a fellow, yours of old and of stern judgement (13) 13 Happening as company overturned national money, in the end changing Yen to Euro (10) 16 Make them stay around for a precious stone (8) 18 They are, to a degree, grandmother’s bunch … (7) 20 … to a higher one the topper mother got Gandhi (7) 22 Complain about the water (5) 23 Leaves port (4)

Crossword answers are on page 66.

Quick quiz

50 years ago Southampton Harbour Board has officially opened its new Port Operation & Information Service, designed to provide the maximum supervision of the extensive shipping traffic in and around the port, and believed to be the first of its kind in the world — MN Journal, March 1958


NUMAST has told the official inquiry set up in the wake of the Braer tanker disaster. In written evidence to the inquiry, the Union warns that measures such as routeing systems will prove fairly fruitless without positive action to tackle human factor problems and ‘shocking’ crewing standards on many ships — The Telegraph, March 1993

10 years ago It’s full steam ahead for the

pioneering plans to create a trans-boundary union for maritime professionals in the UK and the Netherlands following overwhelming votes in favour by members. A ballot of Nautilus UK members showed almost 83% in support, while the proposals were given the unanimous backing of members attending the Nautilus NL general meeting — The Telegraph, February 2008

1. What is the percentage of the world merchant fleet aged 20 years or over? 2. What is the average age of the world’s reefer fleet? 3. Felixstowe is the UK’s busiest container port. Where does it stand in the world ‘league table’ of top 50 ports? 4. Which company is the world’s largest owner and operator of VLCCs? 5. The international Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea were adopted in 1972. When did they enter into force? 6. In 1939, at the outbreak of WW2, what percentage of the world merchant fleet was registered in the UK? Quiz answers can be found on page 66. 64 March 2018

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Nautilus Plus gives you access to an unrivalled range of special benefits and discounts which have been designed to support members, both personally and professionally. This month’s highlights include: Plan the holiday of your dreams with Travel by Inspire Inspire is an ABTA, ATOL & IATA licensed travel agency and tour operator based in Bramhall, Cheshire.

vdoc private doctors solve 80% of patient issues after the first consultation – without leaving the office (or ship). At vdoc we recognise it’s not always easy to access medical advice when you’re away from home. That’s why we created a global healthcare concierge service available 24-7-365 that allows you to access our private doctors by video or phone at your convenience.

With over 50 years’ experience in the travel industry, Inspire has all the knowledge and expertise to craft your perfect package getaway. A dedicated team will research, plan and book a break that suits you and your favourite things. Whether you’re after a relaxing beach holiday, a sophisticated city break, an exhilarating adventure with the kids or a bucket-list trip of a lifetime, you can guarantee Inspire can get you there. Inspire can offer package holidays from over 300 of the most well-known and trusted travel providers in the UK and Europe,

As a Nautilus member you’ll get vdoc’s award-winning healthcare at the discounted rate of £4 p/m (minimum 12 months subscription). That drops to £3 p/m if you pre-pay for 12 months. Peace of mind and premium healthcare for the price of a coffee per month. z unlimited video access to GPs z same day referral letters z private prescriptions in two hours z same day diagnostics and results g Access vdoc by logging on to: vdoc-unlimited-monthy-nautilus

as well as dynamically packaging and tailor-making trips to take the stress of planning out of your hands. Inspire can cater for all aspects of short haul and long-haul travel, from one night in a UK hotel and European city breaks through to bespoke travel and round the world trips. The team will also manage every aspect of your trip, including: car hire; airport lounge passes; airport parking; airport hotels; airport transfers; as well as the flights and accommodation! To find out more about making your trip a reality, call us on +44 (0)161 440 6722 g For these exclusive benefits and more, log into the members’ area of the Nautilus website: g *Terms and conditions apply. See website for details. Offers subject to change without notice. For Travel by Inspire, prices apply to new bookings only, are subject to availability and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Prices include fuel supplements, APD & APC charges. Transfer fees may apply. Offers based on standard rooms. Inspire reserves the right to amend prices and details. Full balance payable if booked within 10 weeks of departure. Nautilus Plus is managed on behalf of Nautilus by Parliament Hill Ltd.

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Member meetings and seminars

College contacts

In addition, the industrial department is responsible for representing trainee officers, in line with all members that we represent; please contact the Union on +44 (0)20 8989 6677.

Nautilus International organises regular meetings, forums and seminars for members to discuss pensions, technical matters, maritime policies and legal issues. Coming up in the next few months are:

Induction visits See event section for dates of upcoming college visits by the Nautilus recruitment team. For further information, email or call Martyn Gray on +44 (0)151 639 8454.

Your enquiry will then be directed to the relevant industrial organiser for your employer/sponsoring company.

Women’s Forum Thursday 8 March 2018 at 1330hrs at Nautilus Head office, South Woodford, London The forum will be followed by a celebratory lunch for International Women’s Day, along with Nautilus staff. To register your interest call or email Lisa Carr: +44 (0)20 8989 6677 Professional & Technical Forum Tuesday 17 April 2018 at 1330hrs at FNV Bondgenoten, Pegasusweg 200, 3067 KX Rotterdam

The forum deals with a wide range of technical, safety, welfare and other professional topics. All full members are welcome. To attend, contact Sue Willis: +44 (0)20 8530 1660 Young Maritime Professionals Forum 22-24 April 2018 Quorn, Leicestershire For members under 35. This session will be held in conjunction with the General Federation of Trade Unions youth event. To attend, contact Danny McGowan: +44 (0)20 8989 6677

Contact Nautilus International Nautilus International welcomes contact from members at any time. Please send a message to one of our offices around the world (details below) or use the Nautilus 24/7 service in an emergency. For other urgent matters, we can also arrange to visit your ship in a UK port. Please give us your vessel’s ETA and as much information as possible about the issue that needs addressing. Head office Nautilus International 1&2 The Shrubberies, George Lane South Woodford, London E18 1BD Tel: +44 (0)20 8989 6677 Fax: +44 (0)20 8530 1015 UK northern office Nautilus International Nautilus House, Mariners’ Park Wallasey CH45 7PH Tel: +44 (0)151 639 8454 Fax: +44 (0)151 346 8801 Netherlands office • Postal address Nautilus International Postbus 8575, 3009 An Rotterdam • Physical address Nautilus International, Schorpioenstraat 266, 3067 KW Rotterdam Tel: +31 (0)10 477 1188 Fax: +31 (0)10 477 3846 Switzerland office Gewerkschaftshaus, Rebgasse 1 4005 Basel, Switzerland Tel: +41 (0)61 262 24 24 Fax: +41 (0)61 262 24 25

France yacht sector office In partnership with D&B Services 3 Bd. d’Aguillon, 06600 Antibes, France Tel: +33 (0)962 616 140 Spain yacht sector office In partnership with Sovren Crew (formerly Dovaston Crew) Carrer de Versalles 9A, 07015, Palma de Mallorca, Spain Tel: +34 971 677 375 Nautilus 24/7 Out of European office hours, members of Nautilus International and the Nautilus Federation unions can contact our round-the-clock assistance service by phone, text or online: • Go to and click on the Nautilus 24/7 link to access our Live chat instant messaging service. You’ll also find a list of freephone numbers from 45 countries that you can use to call us free of charge. • Send an SMS text message to +44 (0)7860 017 119 and we’ll reply. • Email us at • Reach us via Skype (username nautilus-247).

The union also facilitates a Young Maritime Professionals Forum to provide an opportunity for young members to engage in discussions on the specific challenges facing young workers in the maritime profession. For further information, members should contact Danny McGowan at

Industrial support for cadets An industrial official is appointed to each of the main nautical colleges.

Pensions Nautilus Pensions Association (NPA) forums provide a focal point for members to discuss and ask questions about the cross-industry maritime pension schemes. NPA pension forums 9 May 2018 – Cardiff 6 November 2018 – Newcastle Coffee is usually served at 1000hrs, with a light lunch served after the meeting. As the dates of this year’s pension forums approach, further

information about times and venues will be given on this page. Participants will be asked to register in advance online via the link in the events section of the Nautilus website – – or call +44 (0)1293 804 644 for assistance.

Quiz and crossword answers – from our brain teasers on page 64 QUICK QUIZ


1. According to the UN Conference on Trade & Development, just over 29% of the world merchant fleet is aged 20 years or over. 2. The average age of the world reefer fleet is 29 years, according to IHS Markit. 3. Felixstowe was ranked in 36th position in the world’s top 50 container ports last year. 4. The National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) claims to be the world’s largest owner and operator of VLCCs, with a fleet now totalling 42 vessels. 5. The international Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea entered into force in 1977. 6. In 1939 26.1% of the world merchant fleet was registered in the UK.

Across: 1. Restrained; 6. Isis; 9. Stand; 10. Retaliate; 12. Printing press; 14. Palliate; 15. Adders; 17. Resign; 19. Stoppage; 21. Bamboozlement; 24. Inaudible; 25. Idiot; 26. Maya; 27. Tarantella. Down: 1 Rush; 2. Scalpel; 3. Red Riding Hood; 4. Irritate; 5. Eaten; 7. Siamese; 8. Stepsister; 11. Lepidopterist; 13. Opprobrium; 16. Etcetera; 18. Summary; 20. Anthill; 22. Zebra; 23. Etna.

CRYPTIC CROSSWORD Each month, the cryptic crossword is a prize competition, and the answers appear in the following Telegraph. Congratulations to Nautilus member Scott Carless, who was first out of the hat in February. Here are the answers to last month’s cryptic crossword: Across: 1. Oppose; 5. Kidnap; 9. Chuffed; 10. Detain; 12. Official secrets; 13. Maud; 14. Poinsettia; 18. Discourage; 19. Oral; 21. Three Little Pigs; 24. Estate; 25. Average; 26. Aspect; 27. Eleven.

Down: 2. Plus Fours; 3. Office; 4. Endeavour; 5. Kudos; 6. Detached; 7. Alice; 8. Accommodate; 11. Established; 15. Negotiate; 16. Terminate; 17. Moderate; 20. Delete; 22. Roses; 23. Inept. 66 March 2018

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Pay and conditions Nautilus International is the first truly trans-boundary trade union for maritime professionals, reflecting the global nature of the industry. We negotiate with employers on issues including pay, working conditions, working hours and pensions to secure agreements which recognise members’ skills and experience, and the need for safety for the maritime sector.

International representation Nautilus International represents members’ views on a wide range of national and international bodies including the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF), the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and the International Federation of Ship Masters’ Associations (IFSMA). We work at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) on key global regulations covering working conditions, health and safety and training. The Union is affiliated to the TUC in the UK, FNV in the Netherlands and SGB/USS in Switzerland.

Legal services Nautilus Legal offers members a range of legal services free of charge. There are specialist lawyers to support members in work related issues and a number of non-work related issues. The Union also has a network of lawyers in 54 countries to provide support where Call +44 (0)151 639 8454 members need it most.

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Extra savings Members can take advantage of many additional discounts and benefits organised at a local level. These include tax advice, insurance discounts and advice on pension matters. In the Netherlands, discounts are organised through FNV, and trade union contributions are mostly tax-friendly, entitling members to receive a significant part of their contributions back.

In touch As a Nautilus International member, help is never far away – wherever in the world you are. Officials regularly see members onboard their ships and visit cadets at college. Further support and advice is available at regular ‘surgeries’ and conferences. The Union has offices in London, Wallasey, Rotterdam and Basel. There are also representatives based in France, Spain and Singapore.

Your union, your voice The Union represents the voice of more than 22,000 maritime professionals working in all sectors of the industry at sea and ashore – including inland navigation, large yachts, deepsea and offshore. For members, by members Nautilus International is a dynamic and democratic trade union offering members many opportunities to become actively involved and have your say – at a local, national and international level.

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