INTERTANKO / INTERCARGO UK Members Luncheon on 11 July will focus on the human element

The next lunch forum for U.K.-based INTERTANKO and INTERCARGO members is scheduled for Wednesday, 11 July 2007 from 12.00 to 14.30 at at St Clare House, 30-33 Minories, London EC3N 1DD. 


Speaker 1:  Minerva R. Alfonso, UK Regional Manager, INTERTANKO


Brief introduction; outline of the initiatives and the progress of the INTERTANKO Human Element in Shipping Committees main areas of work.


Speaker 2:  Olivia Swift, Department of Anthropology, Goldsmiths, University of London 


Common within the industry is a perceived difference between old-style Western and contemporary, Filipino seafarers, such that the latter are considered detrimentally motivated by money rather than professionalism per se. The presentation aims to unpack this impression, as well as others - e.g. the idea that Filipinos are naturally seagoing because islanders; and that Filipinos are inherently flexible - using case studies from long-term fieldwork among Filipino seafaring families. It examines the specificities of notions such as work ethic, professionalism, risk, responsibility, cohesion and thinking globally in the Philippine context and gives detailed examples of the embedding of Filipino seafarers in multiple economies - shipping and domestic - and forms of work, in which women (wives, mothers) are key in managing household finances in order to cope with the contractual nature of seafaring work and meeting shortfalls in wages from such work. The involvement of such women with the industry is in many ways more multifaceted than that of their seafaring sons/husbands. Against the global shortage of officers, the presentation emphasises the importance of measures that minimise the uncertainty of contractual work for seafarers and that include their female kin within the industry, however informally, in order to retain crew and to ensure safe and efficient operations at sea.


Speaker 3:  Helen Jones, Consultant, DnV Maritime Solutions


The DnV paper will focus on training and enhancing the compliance culture amongst seafarers,  including DnVs recent analysis of accident frequency, which covered tankers, large containerships, ro-ro cargo vessels and chemical carriers, and pointed to a reduction in the general level of experience as ships were crewed with more new recruits, retention rates declined and people were promoted faster.  Loss of experience among crews were also a "stress factor" for those who continually had to train new crew members.


Each presentation will be 20 mins long followed by Q & A.


The seminar is free of charge, and is on a first-come-first-serve basis.  Please e-mail Minerva Alfonso, to register for the above seminar on or before 9 July 2007.


Contact: Minerva Alfonso