The World Ship Registry Conference 2011 concluded successfully on 29 June at the Fullerton Hotel

The event conducted by Maritime Resource Centre had representations from more than half the worlds registered tonnage

Online PR News – 06-July-2011 – – The event conducted by Maritime Resource Centre had representations from more than half the worlds registered tonnage with the presence of Ship Registries from the Republic of Panama, Marshall Islands, Liberia, Isle of Man, Belize, Cayman islands, Jamaica and the Republic of Vanuatu.

The topics discussed covered all matters currently facing the industry viz-a-viz regulations and registration. Never before had such a varied cross-section of the Maritime community come together to understand these issues while giving out their perspectives.

The key –note speaker was Jose A Ruiz, His Excellency the Ambassador of the Republic of Panama to Singapore, who also represents the Panama Flag in South East Asia. Ambassador Ruiz was also the first speaker at the conference. He updated the audience on the outlook of the world’s largest Registry of vessels. He mentioned about the voluntary IMO audit that the Registry underwent as well as the ISO certification reflecting continual improvement and excellence.

The next speaker at the event was Mr. Ho Soon Wing, a well acclaimed tax consultant. His paper educated the audience on how the little known ‘withholding tax ‘ can affect book keeping when it came to the operation of foreign registered vessels from Singapore. His case study also advised on transnational collaborations with respect to tax. The ensuing Q & A session witnessed participation from Mr. Keith Engel, Chief Director legal tax design, National treasury, Republic of South Africa.

Mr. Srinath the GM of Wilhelmsen Ship management in his paper on Green Recycling of ships advised the Registries on adopting and enforcing greener ship re-cycling approaches in accordance with the Hong Kong convention. His views and approaches arising from experience in undertaking such ventures not only caught the attention of the Registries present but also was well received by other Ship Managers and Owners who were actively attending.

The second Session at the World Ship Registry Conference on maritime security and the registries’ standpoint towards armed guards on ships was voted by the attendees as the most interesting and appropriate to the times. With Piracy on overdrive and the pirate related activity surrounding the horn of Africa getting aggressively violent this session turned out to be the most debated.
The Session was moderated by none other than Capt. Vijay Rangroo the erudite Managing Director of MTM Ship management. Being a person who is dealing with decisions related to the security of the vessels that MTM manages, Capt Rangroo guided the session that had Thomas Timlen from BIMCO and John Gregory from Securewest International.

Thomas’ Paper titled ‘Hostage Release Guidelines for Ship-owners’ spoke on a topic that a lot of ship owners and managers dare not think about; what to do if your vessel and its crew are taken captive? John Gregory through his paper ‘ Making the right choice when choosing Security’, gave guidelines to the owners and operators on the parameters that need to be looked at when choosing maritime Security including the insurance aspects. He encouraged the use of alternate means such as acoustic devices rather than resort to firearms for security. The Q & A session mediated by Capt. Rangroo brought about a lot of opinions and advice and questioned the accountability factor if in the case the use of firearms led to any fatal accident.

The afternoon session moderated by Mr. Teh Kong Leong , Project Director, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering , NTU was on current regulatory matters affecting the maritime community. The first half of the session touched on the various technologies on Ballast water management system that is type approved by IMO and the pros and cons of each technology. The papers presented by Subrata Das, the principle Surveyor and country manager for RINA and Bill Yoon, the manager with Tech Cross. The discussion gave clear indications on the cost and space factors that need to be considered in the introduction of each type of technology and where we stand today in terms of implementation.

The talk on Maritime Labour Convention ( MLC) and the ensuing Q & A session furthered the importance of the event conceived and organised by Maritime Resource Centre Pte Ltd. As a precursor to the talk on MLC , Mr. Alok Misra, Fleet Group Manager at Thome Ship Management gave a talk on ‘ Crew motivation and retention’ , giving a practical outlook on the issue and solutions that he applied, and their effectiveness. The speakers on MLC were Mr. Eugene Low, Division Head Management systems certification who gave an introduction and talked in depth on its intricacies. The following paper by Mr. Teh Kong Leong, ‘ Martime Labour Convention What could it mean? ‘ , brought in the implication angle with the embodied human factor. The discussions that followed during the Q and A session also witnessed participation from Mr. Mark Lim, Deputy Director Shipping Division, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore.

The World Ship Registry Conference came to a close with the participants giving a thumbs-up to the conference through notes of appreciation and suggestions, they left with assurance of future support and participation. The organiser of the event, Maritime Resource Centre Pte Ltd, is proud to have been able to host such a relevant conference that addresses the needs of the times. The event was sponsored by Seagull Marine, RINA ( Registro Italiano Navale), DMI ( Diesel Marine International), Transocean Shipping and MMS.

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