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June 10, 2015

InterManager to examine minimum manning levels and paperwork on vessels

The international trade association for in-house and third-party ship managers InterManager is preparing to examine two key industry areas that could benefit shipping.

By Samseer M

The international trade association for in-house and third-party ship managers InterManager is preparing to examine two key industry areas that could benefit shipping.

Firstly, the association will investigate minimum manning levels for diverse vessels trading on different routes and carrying various cargo types. This will help decide whether the vessels need to be reviewed, and how.

Additionally, the investigation will consider the implications on safety and efficiency, and required rest hours as set by the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC).

"We want flag states…to ensure there are always sufficient people on-board to operate that vessel safely while catering for the necessary rest hours."

InterManager will also engage with industry stakeholders to ensure sustainable and safe manning levels, considering the current operating and legislative environment, onboard administrative burdens and fatigue issues.

Under the second stage, InterManager will examine the concept of the ‘paperless ship’ and try to develop guidelines to minimise paperwork.

InterManager president Gerardo Borromeo said: "We want flag states to look at each vessel type, the cargo it is carrying and the voyages it is on, and to set-up and agree on legislation to ensure there are always sufficient people on-board to operate that vessel safely while catering for the necessary rest hours.

"We, of course, need to be realistic in approaching this issue as it involves not only safety and efficiency, but economics as well. At the end of the day, InterManager is looking to drive sustainable solutions that benefit the entire industry and the general public."

Recently, InterManager has achieved its pre-set aim of delivering a comparable set of operational KPIs to the shipping industry as a whole, by passing over ownership of the scheme to BIMCO.

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