The INTERCARGO Secretariat, on behalf of their members, participates in various meetings, working groups and forums. A summary of the meetings and events that the INTERCARGO team will be attending over the next 6 months can be downloaded here.
INTERCARGO hosts two main meetings each year on fixed dates. These alternate between Europe and Asia and are generally:
March: Technical Committee and Executive Committee meetings on the second Monday and Tuesday in Asia followed by a general presentation session of industry topics open to invited members of the local shipping community.
October: Technical Committee and Executive Committee meetings, followed by the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on the second Monday and Tuesday in Europe followed by a general presentation session of industry topics open to invited members of the local shipping community
Note: The meetings may move forward by one day if Technical Committee arranges to meet on the Sunday.
From time to time, INTERCARGO organises complimentary lunchtime briefing sessions on our Work Programme for representatives of the dry bulk community. There are also special briefing sessions on topical interests for our members organised jointly with INTERTANKO, held in our offices in London. Further details are shown below.
The first lunchtime presentation for 2015 took place on 27 January with Roger Adamson giving a presentation entitled "Futurenautics: Shipping in the Digital Era – Shipping 3.0"
Roger Adamson is the Chief Executive of Futurenautics a wholly independent information resource specifically designed to identify relevant technology trends. Futurenautics provides easily comprehensible, digestible, but controversial and leading-edge insight into the technology trends, research, development, innovation and deployment in shipping.
On 11 February, we were pleased to host Professor Neil Greenberg, who gave a presentation on "Mental health and the seafarer, preparing for and reacting to traumatic incidents, including piracy".
Professor Greenberg is a consultant occupational and forensic psychiatrist, academic Professor of Mental Health at King’s College, London and the University of Exeter. He is founder and Managing Director of March on Stress, a psychological health consultancy.
The third lunchtime seminar for 2013 was given by Andrew Clifton, SIGTTO General Manager, and was entitled “LNG Ship Safety and What Would Actually Happen if a Terrorist Attacked an LNG Vessel?” . The presentation, which took place on 9 July at the INTERCARGO/INTERTANKO office in London included a history of gas ship evolution, plus an overview of incidents that have taken place onboard gas tankers since their introduction.
The second lunchtime seminar for 2013 took place on Wednesday 26 June at the INTERCARGO/Intertanko office in London, when Karl Lumbers, Risk Management Director, Thomas Miller P&I presented the seminar entitled “UK P&I Club Risk Project – Helping Members Prioritise Risk and Reduce Claims”.
The first presentation for 2013 was held on 7 March when London-based employment lawyers Paul Newdick and Heidi Watson of Clyde & Co presented "Getting to grips with the Maritime Labour Convention", setting out steps to be taken by owners and operators to help ensure compliance with the forthcoming MLC.
The first presentation for 2012 was held on 14 February when Susie Down, Product Manager at the UK Hydrographic Office, gave the presentation "Challenges in the Transition to Digital Navigation", and covered issues relating to the use of ECDIS and Electronic Navigation Charts (ENCs).
The second presentation for 2012 was held on 26 June, and was presented by Peter Glover, Senior Associate at Norton Rose. The presentation entitled "Reporting of Incidents, the ISM Code and Privilege" covered incident reporting and documentary requirements, plus commercial considerations for owners, operators and masters.
A copy of the presentation can be found here: Norton Rose Incident Reporting presentation, June 26
Details of the next lunchtime presentation will be posted here in due course.
The first lunchtime presentation for 2011 took place on 17 January when Glen Forbes and Ryan Wallace, both Directors at ForbesWallace Ltd shared their experiences in dealing with piracy and the importance of information sharing (both militarily and cross-industry) and demonstrated their OCEANUSlive software.
The second presentation for 2011 took place on 14 April when Pete Hatton of the UK Hydrographic Office gave a presentation on "The Importance of Hydrographic Data and Passage Planning".
On 14 June, the third presentation for 2011 was given by Philip Roche of Norton Rose on "The UK Bribery Act, 2010".
A copy of the presentation can be found here: Norton Rose Bribery Act presentation, june 14
The fourth and final presentation for 2011, took place on 1 November when Des Upcraft, Lloyd's Register's Ice and Cold Operations Business Manager, presented 'Shipping Activity on the Northern Sea Route'.
Alongside our Round Table partner organisations plus OCIMF, INTERCARGO participates in the Annual Tripartite meeting.
Tripartite refers to a meeting of the three group: Owners, Classification Societies/IACS, and the Shipbuilders Associations of, predominantly, China, Japan and Korea. The purpose of the meeting is to engage in dialogue on issues influencing future regulation and design.
Given our strong stance on safety, Intercargo presented on two aspects at this event:
i) Regulatory impact on safe design – avoiding unintended consequences (of, for example, environmental legislation impacting on safety) and
ii) Bulk Carrier Operations and Ship Design
The most recent Annual Tripartite meeting between shipowners, shipbuilders and classification societies was held in Seoul, Republic of Korea on 16 and 17 October 2015.
The meeting was attended by 100 high level representatives of the industry, including chairmen and executives of the Round Table Associations (BIMCO, ICS, Intercargo and INTERTANKO) and OCIMF, IACS with its Class Society Members and CESS with the Shipbuilder Associations.
The meeting was organised this year by INTERTANKO with support from Korean Register, Korea Offshore and Shipbuilders Association (KOSHIPA) and Korean Shipowners Association.
The meeting agreed that, with ongoing difficult market conditions, focus had to be on value creation (quality rather than quantity) and the continuous enhancement of shipbuilding and classification survey standards as well as ship operating procedures.
For information please see press release.
Please note that although appreciative of the opportunity to speak at the seemingly increasing number of conferences, INTERCARGO regrets that due to time constraints and the priority for organising its own Lunchtime Briefings, it can only occasionally participate in third-party, paid Conferences.
If resources permit, presentations can be given on any matter pertaining to the INTERCARGO Work Programme, where these have a particular connection to the dry bulk sector. Presentations relating to market conditions or projections should ordinarily be referred to a reputable broker, as these organisations are able to give a better perspective on commercial matters.
Similarly, we are seldom able to endorse or advertise such events, but a selection of conferences with a particular focus on Dry Bulk issues is as follows :-
Tradewinds Charterers Forum Dry Bulk 2014, 14 November, Hotel President Wilson, Geneva*
* INTERCARGO is a supporting organisation.