Monday, 19 January, 2009

Spar Shipping Officer’s Conference at Goa

Spar Shipping Officers’ conference took place on 20th and 21st November 2008 at Hotel Cidade- de Goa, located in North Goa. This was a part of the continuous effort of Spar Shipping to upgrade the quality of performance in order to provide a totally client-driven service.

Dignitaries from Spar Shipping, Fleet Management and others attended the two day agenda which was interspersed with business sessions cultural and leisure programmes to regale the participants and to provide them with a very different interaction platform where they could freely discuss their views on various issues. Amongst the top brass dignitaries who attended the seminar, were Capt Pritish Deshpande (Marine Operations Manager) and Mr. Magnar Bratholmen (Operations Manager) from Spar Shipping AS, Norway, Mr Dilip Nair (Director – Technical) and Capt M Sathya, (Manager - Quality & Safety) from Fleet Management Ltd., Hong Kong and Capt Prashant Rangnekar (General Manager) from Ebony Ship Management Pvt Ltd, Mumbai, India.

Commencing the programme with his opening address and introduction Capt. P. S. Rangnekar explained the role and the objective of the company. He highlighted the sophisticated control systems and communications network which provide owners with information about their vessels at any given time. He depicted some of the functions that ensure high quality in operation of the ship including technical crew administration, vessel inspections and superintendence of projects which are performed by the company's highly skilled professionals.

“What’s happening at Fleet in relation to Spar” was lucidly presented by Capt Rangnekar on behalf of Mr. K. S. Rajvanshy, Managing Director – Fleet Management Ltd who was unable to make it to the conference. “Fleet is considered by the industry as the benchmark,” Capt Rangnekar explained. “It is the 4th Largest Ship Manager in the world, largest fleet managed from Hong Kong and has a broad based recognition which is amply proved having secured the ‘2007 Awards for Best Ship, Safety at Sea, Training and Innovation’ award.

He explained that the company’s relationship with Spar dates back to the year 1996 when an opportunity for managing the first vessel owned by Spar shipping was provided to Fleet Management. As a result today Spar shipping constitutes 33% of the entire bulk carrier fleet managed by Fleet Management.
An introduction to Spar Shipping AS was made by Capt. Pritish Deshpande. In his own words – “Spar Shipping are not asset players, but wholly focused on excellence and long term commitments. Recently introduced schemes onboard and ashore towards complimenting performances of their fleet would amply reflect this ethos which have been enthusiastically welcomed by all concerned .These are of course under constant review to revise as required.”
This was followed by a presentation on “Operational Excellence” by Gordon Johansen-Dahl, Bulk Handling AS. His talk centered on Voyage instruction, cargo intake, pre arrival planning, discharge from the vessel, quick cleaning methods and curtailing bunker losses. Capt. Per Erik Olsen, Bulk handling Handymax AS talked on “Operational Excellence”
An interesting session was conducted by Capt. M. Sathya, Manager, Quality & Safety Department, Fleet Management Limited, Hong Kong on “Obstruction of Justice and False Statements – How to Avoid them” False statement he stated is one which is false or misleading and which an individual knows or reasonably ought to know is false or misleading. He went on to give example to bring out lucidly the meaning of false and misleading statements. He mentioned the potential penalties in the U.S. for individuals and the do’s & don’ts in the event of an incident.
“Safety and productivity always run hand in hand and a safe ship is always a productive ship,” was maxim by which seafarers should abide by according to Capt. Anurag Sharma, Operations Superintendent, Ebony Ship Management Ltd, Delhi while presenting “Case Studies of Operational Losses”. Another aspect was presented by Trygve C Nokleby, GARD in his talk on “Risk Assessment & Safety Awareness”
A highlight in the various presentations was the one made on “Spar Fleet as seen from DNV (Overview of Class, ISM & PSC Results)” – By Mr. Oivind N. Braten & Capt Arvind Phatak, DNV Oslo
The speakers provided ample time for obtaining feedback from the participants and for interaction between ship owner and the floating staff. The two day seminar saw time for interaction and networking. There was time also for a cocktail dinner party which included a variety entertainment with a Goan Folk dance and music provided by a popular local band.
An Awards Night
During Cocktail-Dinner, a small Award ceremony was held to reward good work by floating staff. On this occasion, Best Master of the Year Award was presented to Capt Tushar Potey (vessel - Spar Draco). The award was collected on his behalf by Capt Santosh Pandey (Incharge – SPAR Cell, ESMIPL, Mumbai). Best Chief Engineer Award of the Year was presented to Mr. Clifford D’souza (vessel – Spar Two). A prize money of USD One Thousand was announced by Capt Pritish Deshpande for the award winners. Best Ship of the Year award was bestowed upon 1985 built laker vessel Spar Jade. This Award was collected by Capt Vinod Kumar / Chief Engineer- Mr. M. A. Thampi who had sailed on this vessel during year 2008.

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