Opened by Agnes Wong Tin-yu, Director of Marine for Hong Kong SAR, yesterday's Nautical Institute International Conference 2019 gave rise to a lively and stimulating debate on the subject of Shiphandling.
Held at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, the morning session included presentations on the legal consequences of shiphandling incidents, special considerations for handling large tankers, handling ships in heavy weather and how digital technologies support command decisions in shiphandling.
In the afternoon delegates were invited to consider the role of simulator and computer based training in shiphandling and also heard from senior pilots working at the ports of Shanghai and Shenzhen. The closing presentation from Capt Stephen Wong of the Hong Kong Pilots Association focused on changes in shiphandling techniques in Hong Kong harbour.
Addressing delegates, Capt Nick Nash FNI president of The Nautical Institute, said:
”Shiphandling is obviously one of the core skills for any shipmaster. This conference has given us all further insights into this skill and the repercussions if we get it wrong!”
“Training is the key, along with proper mentoring while at sea. The collaboration and integration of Bridge teams, Pilots and VTS, while making full use of new technologies will ensure that shiphandling lies at the heart of safety and best practice in the maritime industry.”
Other speakers included Capt John Taylor, Loss Prevention Executive, Steamship Mutual; Capt Ashley Singleton AFNI, Marine Superintendent, Chevron Asia Pacific Shipping; Ron Clark MNI, Admiralty Manager, Reed Smith LLC; Capt Balraj Nair, serving ship master, Fleet Management; Tony Petronio, General Manager, Fleet Operations Center; Capt Ashok Sharma, Wärtsilä; Benjamin Wong, the Head of Transport and Industrial, Invest HK; Capt Kersi Deboo FNI, Director & Principal, Anglo-Eastern Maritime Training Centre; Steven Gosling AFNI, Quality Assurance Manager, Videotel and Capt Yeong-Sig Choi, Vice President International Marine Pilots Association.
More than 100 delegates were joined by officer cadets from local maritime training establishments, thanks to generous sponsorship from the TK Foundation.
Other sponsors for the event were: Anglo-Eastern, Carnival, Chevron, Fleet Management Limited, InvestHK, Steamship Mutual, Wärtsilä, Seaspan, BMT, Chellship, HUD Group, Reed Smith, TCC Group, Valles Steamship, ClassNK, Videotel, Stephenson Harwood, Clarksons Platou, StormGeo, Hong Kong Pilots Association Limited, HKMH and Maasmond Maritime.
The Nautical Institute is an international professional body for qualified seafarers and others with an interest in nautical matters. It provides a wide range of services to enhance the professional standing and knowledge of members who are drawn from all sectors of the maritime world. Founded in 1972, it has over 40 branches world-wide and some 7,000 members in over 120 countries.