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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

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Dan Thompson and Stuart Rivers  (Photo: Sailors' Society)

A Quarter of Seafarers Show Signs of Depression -Report

, the Wellness at Sea conference was chaired by Sailors’ Society CEO Stuart Rivers, with Euronav’s CEO Paddy Rodgers as keynote speaker.   The event featured presentations from all areas of the shipping industry including from Kuba Szymanski (InterManager), Sophia Bullard (UK P&I Club), Bridget Hogan (Nautical Institute), as well as a lively panel debate chaired by TradeWinds Editor, Julian Bray, with Paddy Rodgers, Drew Brandy (Inmarsat), Ella Hagell (Tindell Riley [Britannia] Ltd) and Mark Robertshaw (Brightwell Payments).   In addition to headline sponsor Inmarsat, the

Simon Main (Photo: North P&I Club)

North P&I Club Appoints Main as Technical Director

North P&I Club said it has appointed Simon Main as Technical Director (Underwriting), as part of the company's strategy for the development of the North P&I and Sunderland Marine (SMI) businesses.   Main joins North P&I with experience from several senior leadership positions at Thomas Miller, most recently in his role as Chief Operating Officer (COO) at the UK P&I Club.     Thya Kathiravel, North P&I's Deputy Global Director (Underwriting), said, "Following a strong performance by the Club at the 2018 renewal, we remain focused on achieving the strategic

Risk Ahoy: New Game App Promotes Safety at Sea

UK P&I Club, a provider of P&I insurance and other services to the international shipping community, has launched Risk Ahoy, a new gaming app that highlights in an engaging and interactive manner the hazards face by those on board ships on a daily basis.    Risk Ahoy has been developed by the loss prevention department of UK P&I Club, is available on iTunes and Google Playstore, and has been intuitively designed to allow users to dip in and out of the action, with short, medium and long modes available. Players navigate their ship through 38 colorful levels of increasingly

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

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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

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

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

George Devereese (Photo: UK P&I Club)

Devereese Joins UK P&I as Loss Prevention Advisor

The UK P&I Club has appointed George Devereese as Loss Prevention Advisor in London. Devereese joins from Edge Brokers London where he handled a wide variety of marine claims. He has over a decade of insurance and shipping experience, including service with a container line and Royal Navy.

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

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

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

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

Lady engineer: File photo

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

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