News Article 01/05/2007

TANKEROperator in Dubai (Tanker operator, April 2007, p 15)

The second in our series of one-day tanker conferences takes place in Dubai on 18th April.
Under the title of ''Evolution in Tanker Operations'', this full-day conference will take place at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, chaired as usual by Lyras Shipping director Dimitris Lyras.

Oil majors are becoming more demanding, seafarers need to become more competent faster and are more demanding, shipping companies need to assess seafarer competence with the result that tanker operators need to do more with less. Meanwhile, there are continuing demands for new crews, from new product tankers to serve Middle Eastern refineries, and from the growth in the LNG fleet.
Tanker operators have a big repertoire of tools to help them meet the challenges, including TMSA, seafarer competency assessment tools, shipboard reporting tools, company communication systems, KPI systems, machinery risk management systems, condition maintenance systems.
For further information about the TANKEROperator or Digital Ship conference, see the advertisement on the inside back cover.

The day starts at 09.30 with Captain Ravi Dey giving a presentation on how to achieve excellence in SQHE addressing such subjects as - using safety committees to brainstorm ways to achieve continuous improvement; managing and assessing seafarer competence; changing demands from oil majors; how TMSA is changing the tanker industry.
At 10.00, Captain Duncan McKelvie, area representative of NYK''s Dubai office will discuss corporate social responsibility -# how a major shipping company is benefiting from the introduction of the CSR philosophy. He will give an insight on how the evolution of shipboard quality and safety systems came out of the blame culture (through regulation imposed compliance) towards self-regulation (TMSA), and onwards towards a culture incorporating CSR.
Then at 10.30, Mohammed Javed, QHSE manager for Mid East Shipmanagement will give a
paper on the approaches to safety management and how Mid East Shipmanagement is approaching TMSA
Following a coffee break, at 11.30, the criminalisation of seafarers issue will be tackled by Tom Allen, commercial and support manager of Vela International.
He will be followed by Captain Subroto Ghosh, fleet operations manager of Oasis Maritime, who will assess crew competence and discuss how to manage training.
A panel discussion will end the morning session on the evolution in tanker safety management systems - the difference between TMSA and regulatory-led systems.
At 14.00, following lunch, Captain Juggie Brar, managing director, Prime Tankers will explain how the relationship between oil majors and the tanker industry is changing using his experience as a oil major vetting inspector and as a tanker manager.
He will be followed at 14.30 by Captain Steve Blair, head of safety, environmental & security certification ABS Europe who will give advise on the systems needed to improve professionalism in tanker operations.
Before the close, there will be time for a discussion and summing up period led by Dimitris Lyras.