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UK Shipping Seeks to Double Seafarer Training Fund

 The UK Chamber of Shipping, with backing from 40 shipping companies, has this week written to the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling, asking the Government to double the amount of funding available for seafarer training as soon as possible.    The letter was also sent to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond and the Minister of State, Department for Transport, John Hayes.    The UK Chamber, in conjunction with Nautilus International, has submitted a proposal for the Government's existing Support for Maritime Training (SMarT) scheme to be extended.

To date more than 1,000 seafarers have benefited from Sailors’ Society’s Wellness at Sea coaching program, equipping them to better cope with the stresses of life at sea (Photo: Sailors' Society)

UK P&I Club Investing in Seafarer Welfare

The UK P&I Club has confirmed its commitment to making a positive impact on seafarer welfare by extending its support of Sailors’ Society’s Emotional Wellness module. One of five sections in the global maritime charity’s Wellness at Sea coaching program, the Emotional Wellness training aims to improve emotional well-being through early identification of mental health issues and to enable seafarers to handle challenging situations at sea.   Well-being of crew is a priority for UK P&I Club, who recently revealed that a career seafaring is the second most at risk of

UK Club Promotes Edmonston to Director Role

Shipping protection and indemnity mutual insurer UK P&I Club has appointed Stuart Edmonston as director of loss prevention and ship inspections, following the retirement of Karl Lumbers. Edmonston joined UK P&I Club in 2014 as loss prevention deputy director, having spent eight years at Holman Fenwick and Willan as a marine manager and casualty investigator. He is a master mariner and has spent time at sea in a wide variety of sectors including tankers, cruise ships, offshore supply and FPSO.  Lumbers’s retirement will see the end of a spell at the club dating back to 1986

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Fit for Sea Medical Program Tests 300,000th Applicant

The UK P&I Club informs that its Pre-Employment Medical Examination Programme, claimed to be the world’s leading scheme for assessing the fitness of prospective seafarers, has just completed its 300,000th examination.

 For the past 18 years, the PEME Programme has provided crew with a first rate health check before going to sea while protecting ship owners from claims arising from medical conditions existing prior to employment. It is the leading loss prevention initiative managed by the UK P&I Club----and the most extensive and comprehensive programme of its kind. It has long proved

Jeff Lock (Photo: UK P&I)

UK P&I Announce Promotions Within UK Claims Team

The UK P&I Club has promoted Senior Claims Director Jeff Lock to the newly created role of Global Technical Claims Director and Senior Claims Executive Adam Russ to Senior Claims Director.   Jeff Lock joined UK P&I Club in 2011, having spent 11 years working as a solicitor within a major London maritime law firm. As well as being a qualified solicitor, Lock has 18 years seagoing experience on a wide range of ship types, including oil and petrochemical tankers.   Lock represents the UK Club on International Group (IG) sub-committees for Salvage & Wreck Removal and Pilotage

Kevin King (Photo courtesy of TT Club)

TT Club Appoints King as Regional Director

Kevin King has been appointed as TT Club's Regional Director Europe, Middle East and Africa. Based in London, he will be responsible for overseeing member service and business development across EMEA for the TT Club. King is a qualified U.S. attorney having joined Thomas Miller in 1996 and has worked across both the TT Club and UK P&I Club operations in their New Jersey, San Francisco and former Houston offices. He joined Thomas Miller’s Americas regional headquarters in New Jersey in 2006 managing the UK P&I Club’s Americas regional claims team and the claims performanc

Susanne Murphy (Photo: UK P&I Club)

UK P&I Club Appoints EMEA Regional Director

The UK P&I Club continues to strengthen its presence in Europe, Middle East and Africa Region, with the announcement that Susanne Murphy has been appointed EMEA Regional Director.   Murphy joined Thomas Miller in 1995 following a Master’s degree in Marine Law. Murphy has extensive experience in the region; she was Syndicate Manager for LS2 for a number of years and worked particularly closely with the Club’s German Members.   Murphy moved into the Senior Management team of the UK Defence Club in 2009 and is Deputy Club Manager; she will continue to perform this role

Darren Wall (Credit Hill Dickinson)

Hill Dickinson Announces Promotions

International law firm Hill Dickinson announced the promotion of Darren Wall, previous commodity team member, to the role of Partner, with immediate effect. In addition to Wall, four members of the firms marine, trade and energy team have been promoted to the position of Legal Director. The appointees include: Colin Lavelle (Shipping, Liverpool office), Tony McDonach (PI & Regulatory, London City), Caroline Bridge (Cargo & Logistics, Manchester) and Shanna Ghose (Shipping, Singapore). Maria Pittordis, Head of Marine, Trade and Energy, welcomed the news saying: “I am delighted

John Southam (left) and Stephen Maclennan have joined North P&I Club’s loss prevention team (Photo: North P&I Club)

North P&I Club Expands Loss Prevention Team

North P&I Club has strengthened its loss prevention team this month with the appointment of loss prevention executive John Southam, a master mariner with global experience in container, offshore, shipbuilding and consultancy roles. Together with the recruitment of survey executive Stephen Maclennan from the Royal Navy earlier this year, his appointment boosts the Club’s international loss prevention department to 14.   Southam was previously a marine consultant and surveyor with Braemar Technical Services in London. He started as a cadet with P&O Containers, where he rose over 10

North P&I Club Boost Loss Prevention Team in Asia Pacific

North P&I Club has boosted its loss-prevention presence in the Asia Pacific. Loss prevention executive George Cuthbert moved to Singapore from North’s head office in Newcastle this month to work alongside loss prevention executive Aniruddha Desai, who joined North last April.   North’s Singapore office manager James Moran says, ‘There is a growing demand for loss prevention support and advice from our members in Asia Pacific. Having senior staff from North’s 13-strong loss prevention team based in the region will help to provide a more effective service and strengthen

Mott MacDonald Signs Up to The 5% Club

Global management, engineering and development consultancy Mott MacDonald has signed up to The 5% Club, an industry-led campaign focused on creating career opportunities for apprentices and graduates in the United Kingdom. Members of the club commit to ensuring that at least 5% of their UK workforces are on a formalized apprentice, sponsored student and/or graduate program. With the growth in infrastructure investment, the UK Government’s National Infrastructure Plan for Skills has identified the need for more than 250,000 construction and over 150,000 engineering construction workers by 2020

TT Club Appoints Regional Claims Director

TT Club  has appointed Justin Reynolds as Regional Claims Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa. Based in London, he will be responsible for handling member’s claims across the EMEA region. Reynolds is a qualified solicitor and has over 20 years’ dispute resolution experience, having handled a diverse range of high profile claims in the cargo, transport, shipping and logistics arena. Prior to joining the TT Club, Reynolds was a partner at the international law firm Holman Fenwick Willan LLP where he negotiated, mediated, arbitrated and litigated claims in the U.K. and

Robert Kempkens

TT Club Appoints Claims Director

The TT Club has appointed Robert Kempkens as claims director. Based in London, he will be responsible for overseeing global claims handling for the TT Club. Robert joined the TT Club in 2006, becoming Regional Claims Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa in 2010. He has studied law at the University of Hamburg and holds an LL.M. in European and Public International law from Edinburgh University. After his traineeship at the Higher Regional Court of Hamburg he worked as a Rechtsanwalt in the shipping/transport departments of first Wessing Behrenberg-Gossler (now Taylor Wessing) and then Ince

Left to right: senior lecturer Paul Stott, top MSc graduate Cvetan Belchev and professor John Mangan (Photo: North P&I Club)

North P&I Club Awards Marine Technology Students

North P&I Club announced it has presented awards and scholarships to the best students on one of the world’s leading marine technology courses. The presentations were made at the prize-giving ceremony for the Marine Technology with Management MSc post-graduate program, which took place recently at Newcastle University’s School of Marine Science and Technology.    North P&I Club’s relationship with the Newcastle University School of Marine Science and Technology is now into its 14th year. The school is the U.K.'s first to provide a single base for all education

North P&I Club Names de Groot Vice Chairman

North P&I Club has appointed Job de Groot of Van Oord as its new vice chairman, succeeding Lars Christensen of Norden, who stood down from the role as well as from the club’s board at the directors’ meeting on November 5.   de Groot first joined North as a director in 2006 and continues to serve on its group risk and audit committees. He is also a director of North’s fishing and aquaculture subsidiary Sunderland Marine. de Groot currently heads the legal and contracts department at Rotterdam-based Van Oord, one of the world’s leading dredging, marine engineering and

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Crew Health: Addressing Seafarer Obesity

Sophia Bullard, Crew Health Program Director at UK P&I Club, comments on the fact many crewmembers fail pre-sea medical examinations due to a combination of serious illnesses linked to obesity.    It could be argued that obesity alone is a precursor to other more serious conditions if nothing is done to reduce body mass index (BMI) and improve lifestyle. A BMI of 25 or above can signify a serious weight problem. Poor eating habits and an increasingly sedentary lifestyle can also contribute to the development of many lifestyle diseases.   An accurate clinical assessment is always

Crew Wellbeing is Improving -UK P&I Club

In the 20 years since UK P&I Club first established its pre-employment medical examination (PEME) program, the number of crew members failing their PEME examination has fallen from 11 percent in 1996 to a current figure of 3.25 percent, reflecting a combination of increased fitness and wellbeing of crew globally, as well as tighter selection criteria.    The PEME Program, which is part of UK P&I’s Loss Prevention department, began in the Philippines with just five clinics located in Manila and six members who collectively employed approximately 1,000 crew. Today, it boasts

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