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2017 Hong Kong Maritime Week Conference
‘$afe manning on board ships?’

 24th November 2017 at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum

The Hong Kong branch of the Nautical Institute is very pleased to announce that Mr. Michael Grey, FNI, a master mariner and well known maritime journalist and ex editor of Fairplay and Lloyd’s List will be presiding as the Chairman of the 2017 Nautical Institute Conference in Hong Kong entitled ‘$afe manning on board ships?’, during the Hong Kong Maritime Week. Michael’s experience of the maritime industry and interest in manning and human element issues will certainly enhance the conference proceedings.
As with each of our Nautical Institute seminars in Hong Kong, we are once again being supported by the presence of a high ranking government official. This year, Dr. Raymond So, Under Secretary for Transport and Housing, HKSAR Government, will provide the Opening Address.
David Patraiko, FNI, the Director of Projects from the Nautical Institute headquarters in London, will provide the Keynote Address, outlining the Institute’s thoughts on safe manning and the related issues.
The morning session will focus on maritime accidents were safe manning and related issues have played a part. John Simpson AFNI, a Master Mariner and vastly experienced marine consultant and co-founder of Solis Marine Consultants in the UK, will consider the marine investigator’s view point. Chris Adams, FNI, head of loss prevention at Steamship Mutual P & I Club, and also a qualified mariner, will discuss the liability insurers view point, whilst Toby Stephens, a Partner at the Singapore office of law firm HFW, and member of their Global Crisis Management team, will describe the legal aspects that can arise from incidents involving safe manning issues.
Captain Kuba Syzmanski, FNI, Secretary General of Intermanager, will discuss manning and fatigue issues and ‘Project Martha’, a major research study focused on the short and long term effects of fatigue on seafarers.
Following a sit down served 3 course lunch for all delegates, which will include a short presentation by Seagull related to the training of seafarers and the use of computer based materials, Arthur Bowring, FNI, recent managing director and now senior consultant to the Hong Kong Shipowners Association will describe the regulatory background, including the IMO Resolution and STCW requirements for hours of work and rest, which act as a check on manning levels.
Mr. Richard Dias, ex Chief Engineer, and now Deputy Commissioner of Maritime Affairs at The Marshall Islands Registry, will describe how an Administration determines the minimum safe manning for a particular ship.  
The presence of a serving shipmaster at a Nautical Institute conference will continue, with the ’Comments from the sea’ related to safe manning, being provided by Captain Varun Rawat, from Anglo-Eastern.
To close the conference there will be a house panel debate “This House believes that manning levels should be set by the IMO”. Michael Grey will moderate the debate, which will feature Captain Pradeep Chawla, FNI, managing director of QHSE at Anglo-Eastern, and Captain Kuba Syzmanski, speaking for the motion, along with two other yet to confirmed speakers, speaking against the motion.  
The event will end with a drinks and canapes reception at Café 8 at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum.  
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