Nautical Institute Presentation: ‘What you see is not always what you get –
recent developments at CHIRP Maritime’
Speaker: Capt. Jeff Parfitt FNI
Date: Thursday 15th March 2018
Venue: Offices of the American P&I Club, 33/F United Centre, 95 Queensway, Admiralty.
Timing: 1830 Registration
1900 Presentation followed by Q&A
Food and drink: After the presentation
With thanks to The American P & I Club for hosting the event and to Stephenson Harwood for venue support
Details of the presentation: Jeff will discuss the role of CHIRP Maritime and the importance of confidential reporting schemes, and mention CHIRP’s searchable database and recent trends in the content and analysis of reports. This will lead on to discussion of recent work involving research into eyesight and mistaken perception, which led CHIRP Maritime to join hands with University College London, Department of Cognitive Psychology to try to understand more about the interaction between eye and brain. He will introduce the new publication ‘Perception, Decision Making and Fatigue at Sea’ and describe the initial findings as well as some of the questions CHIRP hopes to answer in future research.
About the speaker: Jeff Parfitt is a professional mariner with a career that spans four decades. In 1976, at age 16, he commenced his seagoing career with Shell. He served with a variety of UK flagged tanker companies before obtaining his Master Mariners certificate in 1988. He also served on general cargo vessels with The Geest Line until 1990, when he took a non-related shore position. In 1996, he moved to the offshore world, initially anchor handling then moving into dynamic positioning, principally serving on dive/subsea construction vessels operating in the North Sea and on a global basis. Jeff first became Master in 2000. It was this exposure to the intense safety initiatives of the offshore project world that developed his strong sense of risk assessment-based safety culture. He became involved in preparing maritime operational business and ISM models for other companies, and eventually worked directly for the Egyptian government as a project manager and Master of their newly acquired Dive Support Vessel. Jeff remained in the MENA region for nearly 10 years during which he drafted the Designated Person Onboard training programme for Egyptian DPO’s and also organised and conducted a double transit of the Gulf of Aden during 2010/11 at the height of the piracy crisis.
Prior to taking up the position as Director (Maritime) with CHIRP, Jeff operated as an offshore marine consultant to Technip (Abu Dhabi) and the global maritime insurance industry where he advised a state owned oil company in South America on maritime operational procedures with an environmental aspect.
He is a Fellow of the Nautical Institute and a Liveryman of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners. He has an informed passion for safety at sea, borne out of first-hand experience, and a continued drive for environmental protection.