IS&L News- the Newsletter of the Centre for International Shipping & Logistics.
University of Plymouth Business School
Volume Number 9, Issue Number 1, Date Summer 2009/10
We were very pleased to welcome Professor David Wheeler, as the new Dean of Plymouth Business School into his new office in January 2010. David is not only familiar with, but also a leading proponent of maritime affairs, and aside from ongoing challenges to rethink what we do, he has already put in train many actions to encourage and promote the work of the International Shipping and Logistics group. In addition, we have been able to draw on new resources which have not been available in recent years, which Prof. Philip Megicks has made available this year, enabling members of the group, and our students, to build on existing links and form new ones. In these days of pending austerity, this assistance has been invaluable in taking the group from strength to strength.
High up on my list of 2010 highlights is a field visit to London by 30 MSc students, accompanied by Dr Jingjing Xu, Paul Wright and I in February. This was the first such
visit since 2005, funded from a Research Informed Teaching award, designed to develop enterprise skills in international students. Aside from visits to IMO, ICAP brokers, CILT, the IMB and Baltic in London, Dr Dongping Song and Paul accompanied 34 students to visit the Multimodal exhibition at the NEC, Birmingham. This funding also enabled several visiting speakers to come to Plymouth, and new databases to be made available to students.
Colleagues in the ISL group have again taught, presented papers or attended important events at numerous international venues and conferences. I think of Drs. Sarah Tuck and Syamantak Bhattacharya delivering modules at Hong Kong SPACE University for the first time; Prof. Michael Roe on a research visit to the University of the Aegean in Greece; Vasco Sanchez-Rodrigues planning to visit South Africa and Jonathan Challacombe attending Ship Finance events in London. We have also met with a galaxy of visitors, this week alone including 3 lecturers whom Dr Pandian invited from Venlo to meet pair-wise with colleagues in Plymouth; 3 external examiners; a visiting professor and 19 “Countries and Regions” chairmen of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.
In July, a majority of members of the group will be presenting papers either at the International Association of Maritime Economists conference in Lisbon, or the 12th World Conference on Transport Research. The first International Conference on Marine and Maritime Affairs due to be held on September 15th and 16th has been postponed until April 2011. Plymouth (http://www.icmma.info/). The graduation awards ceremonies will be held in the week commencing 20th September..
There are also moments of sadness and reflection. Many of you will remember Professor David Moreby, Dean of the Faculty of Maritime Studies who died earlier this year and Captain Len Fifield, Head of Navigation) who passed away shortly before Christmas..
Looking to the future, in 2012 the University will celebrate 150 years of the founding of the School of Navigation Plymouth, recognised by many as being the foundation of the University of Plymouth. The University is considering how the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrim Fathers sailing from Plymouth in 2020 should be celebrated!
Discussions are being held to consider the development of a new building for the Plymouth Business School with a possible completion date of 2014.
We thank Paul for his unsparing efforts in editing this newsletter, and look forward to discussing your suggestions for our future development when we next meet up…
Prof. John Dinwoodie, Chair Maritime Logistics.
News from Professional Bodies
Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport
The Regions and Countries Committee, comprising of the regional chairmen of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport visited Plymouth on June 15th and 16th. Following a dinner at the Royal Western Yacht Club and an overnight stay at Jury's Inn, they spent the day holding a national committee meeting in the Cookworthy Building. Jonathan Challacombe and John Dinwoodie helped to host the meeting.
Managing Ship Safety The January meeting of the South West Branch of the Nautical Institute was addressed by Captain Syamantak Bhattachrya , a member of the IS&L Group who having pursued a seagoing career that led to command, undertook a doctorate in association with the Seafarers International Research Centre and Cardiff University. The subject of his talk was the findings of his study entitled 'Managing Ship Safety'. His interest in the subject of ship safety was stimulated by the difference of risks to both the health and safety of seafarers which still appear in spite of the introduction of the ISM Code. Despite all efforts involved with the implementation of the ISM Code his study concluded that 'nothing has really changed' - although it could be argued that if things have not changed they have not got worse and that is a positive.
Dr Syamantak Bhattachrya
Credit Crunch and the Shipping Industry Dr Philip Rogers, Research Director of ICAP, Visiting Professor of the University and former cadet at the School of Maritime Studies, Plymouth addressed the March Meeting of the South West Branch of the Nautical Institute on the impact of the credit crunch on the shipping industry. A detailed resume of the events from the perspective of the dry bulk market described how the present situation of the over supply of ship capacity had been reached. The dependency of the bulk shipping market on the Chinese economy was demonstrated (China produces 50% of the world‟s steel) Philip concluded that while adjustments are being made to balance the supply and demand of the market the fundamental over capacity of supply will remain and be a legacy over the next two decades. The meeting was also attended by members of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers.
Low Carbon Shipping - a systems approach Work has begun on a £1.65 Million EPSRC research project to investigate approaches to reduce the levels of carbon emissions generated by international shipping. Led by University College London the project involves five universities and 17 industry and government partners. The work will integrate data and research outputs from engineers, geographers, logisticians and economists. In the first 6 months of the project, meetings have involved John Dinwoodie, Paul Wright and Sarah Tuck attendance at various meetings around the country including University College London, Newcastle University and the University of Strathclyde. Twenty researchers are engaged on the project which continues until the end of 2012, by which time the output of technical and academic papers will be substantial. The project was highlighted as a case study illustrating the scope and scale of marine industries in the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) publication UK Marine Industries Strategic Framework.
Initial discussions have taken place with B9 Shipping which is developing eco-friendly activities including the design of a sailing cargo ship to carry wood chips with the idea of creating a model for the development of an eco - friendly transport system for the movement of wood chip from areas of supply to power stations established around the coast of the United Kingdom. A meeting was held between Paul Wright and David Wheeler with Nikki Alford, owner and skipper of the 106 year old ketch „Bessie Ellen‟ built on the Cattewater and Frederic Albert of Compaigne de Transport Maritime a la Voile (CMTV) which is involved with the carriage of wines by sustainable shipping.
Looking for a New Lecturer in Maritime Business.
The Plymouth Business School is seeking to appoint on a fixed-term basis of 12 months a person to teach and supervise students at all levels in the area of Maritime Business.
The ISL Group welcomes Merv Rawlison of MervMarin and formerly a Lecturer at London Metropolitan University as the industrial postgraduate external examiner.
Dr Chee Yew Wong Lecturer in Operations and Logistics at the University of Hull has replaced Dr Steven Bonsall who has been the undergraduate external examiner for the past four years.
Jonathan Challacombe has come to end of his tenure as external examiner of the Maritime Business courses at Southampton Solent University.
International and National Representation
Paul Wright was elected to the Council of the Nautical Institute, the international body for maritime professionals at the Annual General Meeting held at the Irish Maritime College in Cork during June. He has also accepted an invitation to serve on the Research Advisory Group of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). Paul has been short listed for the University Enterprise Award in recognition of his contribution to the development of the alumni as the University‟s representative of PYNDA. The Enterprise Awards Ceremony, which is a formal event chaired by the Vice Chancellor takes place on 16th September.
The first Plymouth Business School Retreat was held at Dartington Hall on the conclusion of the summer term. During the retreat seventeen awards were made to staff who had made outstanding contribution to the work of the Faculty. The IS&L Group took the two awards given for research. Dr Dong ping Song was declared Researcher of the Year and Dr Jingjing Xu, Interdisciplinary Researcher of the Year.
Off to Washington
The Dean of PBS, Professor David Wheeler is seen with Visiting Professor to PBS, Philip Rogers and John Dinwoodie (right) during a recent visit to the School. Philip is visiting Washington and other venues in the US promoting PBS and research interests relating to sustainable energy and other maritime interests, which he shares in common with David Wheeler. The relationship which Philip has built between ICAP, which has a business turnover of $2.4 trillion per day and PBS, has already resulted in a visit by 30 MSc students to ICAP offices in London, visiting speaker presentations by Philip, and other opportunities for students to engage practically with maritime business in the City of London.(see further details on page 10)
Dongping Song and Jinjing Xu with their awards.
Professors David Wheeler,
Philip Rogers and John Dinwoodie
Professor David Moreby, previously Dean of the Faculty of Maritime Studies and Head of the Centre for Shipping and Transport after a long illness passed away in April. David made a large impact on the development of maritime education and gained influence well beyond the city of Plymouth. An abbreviated obituary follows.
David Henry Moreby. 1930 – 2010.
I am at heart nothing more than a simple seafarer.’
On April 27th 2010 David Henry Moreby, Emeritus Professor of Shipping of the University of Plymouth quietly „crossed the bar‟. David was born in 1930, and was trained at the South African Training School for the Merchant Navy cadets, the „TS General Botha‟ located in Simon‟s Town, South Africa. He joined the Anglo Saxon Petroleum Company, and served with the Shell Group of companies. as an apprentice and deck officer until 1959. On gaining an Extra Master‟s Certificate of Competency he moved to Plymouth where he took up a position as a Lecturer in Nautical Studies. David was involved in establishing the first undergraduate degree courses in Nautical Studies in the United Kingdom. He went on to found the Plymouth Nautical Degree Association (PYNDA), an alumni organisation in which he maintained an interest to the last.bIn 1973 David was chosen to head up the Department of Shipping and Transport. During a period as Head of Department he developed the annual Galbraith‟s shipping course and gained a Doctorate of
Professor David Moreby
Philosophy with a thesis entitled “Organisational Analysis in Shipping” He also authored a book, “The Human Element of Shipping” which became required reading for maritime business students. David was invited to become a member of the Tavistock
Institute for Human Relations, a membership which gave him great satisfaction. He engaged in many professional activities and was elected as a Fellow of the Nautical Institute. In 1980 David became Dean of the Faculty of Maritime Studies, a position which he held until 1986. His time as Dean coincided with a deep recession in the world economy which hit the British shipping industry particularly hard. In 1987 David was awarded the title of Professor of Shipping. Re-structuring of higher education in Devon created Polytechnic South West and led to a substantive re-organisation. The change saw David revert to become the Head of the Shipping and Transport Group within the newly formed Institute of Marine Studies. In 1990 David retired. Retirement did not give the satisfaction which had been earned. For 20 years he fought ill health with determination never to be beaten, but sadly in late April 2010 he slipped peacefully away. David never forgot his roots as a seafarer. He was an inspiring and encouraging teacher. His influence among the many hundreds of seafarers and students with whom he came into contact was impressive. He gained respect from the leaders of the international shipping Industry through his writings and conference orations. He was passionate in his interest and encouraging to all. The motto of the TS General Botha was „Honour and Duty‟. In both respects David lived his life – a fine example to all who follow. David leaves his devoted wife Betty and two sons, Roy and Colin, of whom he was very proud. David‟s life was celebrated in Lloyds List under a piece titled „David Moreby: a hero of shipping and of education‟ written by Michael Grey. The Service of Thanksgiving for David‟s life can be seen on PYNDA‟s website. http://www.pynda.org
Whilst not members of the IS&L Group, the retirement of three 'old hands' is worthy of recognition.
Roland Buckley retired as Director of Human Resources after 30 years of service to the institution. He recalled that he had met David Moreby at his appointment interview and how David‟s probing questions are still remembered.
Martin Berkien also completed 30 years joined the University, then a Polytechnic, in 1980 as a residence officer. He ended his career as Director of estates and facility management. During his time at Plymouth he had overseen £400 Million of investments at the University.
Brian Chalkley retired as Director of Teaching and Learning after 39 years of service. Brian was fisrt employed by Plymouth Polytechnic in 1971 as Lecture in Geography. He has been awarded title Emeritus Professor on retirement. It is interesting to note that an award has been established for staff members who complete more than 100 terms at the University. It is known as the 100+ award!
Ron Crean, Director of Strategic Marketing of IHS Global wrote to inform us that Nina Lavallin (nee Jones) passed away in late April after a short fight against cancer. She took the BSc.(Hons) Maritime Business & Marine Law degree and graduated in 1994. Nina leaves a husband (Steve) and 3 young sons (Billy, Teddy and Jimmy). Her funeral service was held in Landford, Wiltshire. Nina was a young person of great ability and enjoyed life to the full. Not unexpectedly and at Nina and Steve's request, mourning dress was banned and party dress made mandatory for the funeral!
We are delighted to hear of students gaining work and undertaking work experience. This summer, Alex Bointon was accepted by Intertanko for a 6 week summer placement. Morgan Stanley offered an internship to Jack Cleeve to work within their bulk shipping group. Aleksandrs Juhnevics has been offered full time employment with EA Gibsons (Shipbrokers) and ICAP was looking for a Plymouth graduate to take up employment in their dry bulk research group.
Conferences and Seminars
PIRACY – A growing concern for the seafarer Two events looking at piracy at sea took place at the University during the first half of 2010
In March, Plymouth Law School and the ISL Group produced a one day conference entitled 'Piracy in Modern Times'. The keynote speaker was Captain Potengal Mukundan, an alumni of the University and now Director of the International Maritime Bureau. He provided a comprehensive overview of the piracy problem in a paper 'Challenges of Response.' A paper 'Armed Resistance – How far can ship owners go?' was the title of a presentation by Stuart Fyynn another Plymouth graduate now Vice President of SecureWest. He provided a controversial view on the use of guns for ship protection in international waters. Ben Sharp of Mercator Ltd suggested that 'Navigating towards a Commercial Solution' was a more appropriate solution. A second session looked at the legal issues surrounding piracy. Papers presented by Max Mejia of the World Maritime University and Susan Hawker of London Metropolitan University centred on forms of piracy and action plans for ship owners. An opportunity to consider the term and meaning of 'piracy' through definition and impact on the carriage contract and marine insurance was provided in papers given by Plymouth Law School staff, Professor Paul Todd, Kathy Goddard and Gotthard Gauci.
A second event, the 'Changing Face of Piracy' was held in June. It was a University Public Lecture contributing to Armed Forces Week. A key note speech was provided by Admiral Sir James Burnell-Nugent KCB CBE MA, former Commander in Chief (Fleet). He focussed his comments at piracy off the coast of Somalia and its expansion east into the Indian Ocean. He explained the activities of the military in trying to combat the problem, including the establishment of a 30 vessel international naval task force, the development of an Internationally Recognised Transit Corridor (ITRC) in the Gulf of Aden and the set up of a reporting centre in Dubai. In a second talk Mark Grove, a University of Plymouth Lecturer based at Britannia Royal Naval College highlighted other worldwide security activities in which the Royal Navy are involved, including the suppression of people smuggling, drug smuggling and terrorist threat.
Footnote: Despite international efforts, in the six months January to June 2010, 196 piracy incidents took place and there were 33 successful hijackings. This compared to 240 incidents and 31 hijacking for the whole of 2009. The International Transport Workers Federation has said ‘Enough is Enough’ and called on world governments to do everything possible ‘to protect the thousand of seafarers and the hundreds of ships at risk of attack by pirates.’ The International Maritime Organisation has also resolved to take as its theme for World Maritime Day 2011 ‘Piracy – Orchestrating the Response.’
Cruise Conference Plymouth
The Tourism and Hospitality Group under the leadership of Dr Philip Gibson organized the an International Cruise Conference at Plymouth in February. Over 100 delegates attended the 2nd International Cruise Conference. The conference was successful in being a Professional Development incubator and provided a platform for cruise industry professionals and academics to engage in dialogue, network, share research findings and examine good practice, with the official conference dinner being held at the National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth. Staff of the IS&L Group contributing papers to the Conference were Dr Jingjing Xu, Sarah Tuck, Harriet Knowle and Paul Wright
The 2010 annual Conference of the International Association of Maritime Economists was held in Lisbon under the theme the Quest for Sustainable Shipping and Port Industries. Dr Syamantak Bhattacharya contributed a paper 'Seafarers Dilemma in the Practice of Incident Reporting.' Michael Roe chaired a session on Key Issues in Maritime Transport.
MSC Napoli – the enduring legacy three years on
In conjunction with the Chartered Insurance Institute of Plymouth and coinciding with the third anniversary of the event Paul Wright and maritime solicitor Charles Hattersley of Ashfords LLP spoke on the aftermath of the disaster. The discussion described the MSC Napoli event as being unusual. It was the first time that a deep sea container ship had spilled its cargo onto the beaches of the United Kingdom. The 'text book' conduct of the maritime operation was in sharp contrast with the looting and mayhem which took place on the beach at Branscombe during the first couple of days of the incident. Much has been learned through the Inquiries which have taken place since the event, including the need to reconsider the insurance and legal situation.’ Paul Wright contributed to a BBC Radio 4 programme 'Open Country' which looked at the impact of the MSC Napoli event three years on'
Oceanology International 2010
The Marine Institute supported the Plymouth Marine Science Partnership stand at the prestigious international exhibition held at ExCel in Dockland London. Members of Marine Institute staff were also present at the SeaWork 2010 Exhibition held at Southampton. The University‟s new Research Vessel „Falcon Spirit‟ was exhibited, a three day break on her delivery voyage from Northumberland to Plymouth. She attracted much attention. Later the Marine Institute along with PRIMARE exhibited at the All Energy Conference in Aberdeen which was attended by more than 7,000 persons.
Links to Hong Kong University - SPACE are now active. During the Spring and summer terms Dr Syamantak, Dr Sarah Tuck and Dr Shunmugham Pandian visited Hong Kong and provided taught modules over an intensive study weekend.
Maritime Economics. A new distance learning programme for Lloyds Maritime Academy is being led by Jonathan Challacombe. Titled a „Certificate in Maritime Economics – an introduction to the world of maritime finance and the business of shipping other contributors include Jonathan Kemp, Head of Ship Finance, Eversheds LLP, Dr Heather Leggate-McLaughlin of Canterbury University and Paul Wright, University of Plymouth. The course commences in November 2010
The new Marine Studies (Foundation Degree) Merchant Shipping has now been accredited by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and the Merchant Navy Training Board and re-established Plymouth into the main stream of deck officer training after an absence of almost 20 years. Students will commence the programme in September. The development sits well with the 2010 Manifesto of Maritime UK which sees the development of the maritime skills base as being crucial to the prosperity of „our island nation.‟ The present honours degree programme in Marine Studies (Merchant Shipping) which was first offered in 2002 will continue. Congratulations to the Marine Studies team on this development.
Some Recent Publications by Staff
Parsons, J. Dinwoodie, J, Roe, M. (2010), 'Northern opportunities: a strategic review of Canada‟s Arctic icebreaking services in light of retreating sea ice.' Prepared for 12th World Conference on Transport Research, Lisbon, Portugal, July.
Dinwoodie, J, Sun, X, Knowles, H., Tuck, S. Benhin, J. (2010) 'A systems approach to assessing the environmental impact of bunkering operations in port', Prepared for 12th World Conference on transport Research, Lisbon, Portugal, July.
Smith, T., Bucknall, R. Mangan, D.J., Turan, O., Gibbs, D.C., Lalwani, C.S., Dinwoodie, J. (2010) “Low Carbon Shipping – A Systems Approach” RINA Conference, Ship Design and Operation for Environmental Sustainability, March, Royal Institute of Naval Architects, London, UK.
Tuck, S., Knowles, H., Dinwoodie, J Benhin, J. (2010), “Assessing the environmental impact of anchoring cruise liners in Falmouth bay”, Cruise Ship Management Conference, 2nd annual conference, February, Plymouth, University of Plymouth.
Dinwoodie, J., Knowles, H Tuck, S., Benhin, J. (2010), “A systems approach to assessing the environmental impact of maritime operations in Falmouth Harbour”, UTSG 42nd Annual Conference, January 5-7, Plymouth, University Transport Studies Group, 12pp.
PYNDA working closer with the Alumni Association
In early March a meeting took place between the Plymouth Nautical Degree Association (PYNDA) Committee and the University of Plymouth Alumni Association, represented by Karen Teague, Alumni and Development Officer. The venue was the 9th Floor of the Norton Rose LLP offices which sitting next to the Lord Mayor of London‟s Office on the South Bank of the Thames has magnificent views across the River Thames to the City of London. The aim of the meeting was to discuss ways by which thetwo organisations could develop and improve their service to former graduates.
Members of the PYNDA committee at work!
L-R Karen Teague, Ian Palacio, Ian Farr and Ian Teare
Areas discussed included, sharing of information, collaboration at events, webpage development, mentoring and careers support. Ian Palacio (Chairman) stated ‘working with the Alumni Association will help PYNDA develop and thrive’. During the course of the meeting it was decided that PYNDA would give support to the 150th celebrations of the founding of the Plymouth School of Navigation - taking place in 2012. The PYNDA Spring Social which followed attracted more than 50 former members. PYNDA is appreciative of generosity of Norton Rose and former PYNDA Chairman, Ian Teare, a partner with Rose Norton for providing the excellent venue and refreshments.
PYNDA Summer Drinks et al. It was perhaps not the best week to hold a PYNDA Social in London when most of the shipping community had migrated to the shores of Greece to exhibit their business at the world‟s largest shipping event -Posidonia. Despite the low turn out some useful preparatory work was undertaken on proposals for the 150th Anniversary of Plymouth School of Navigation. The work continued at a later committee meeting held at Norton Rose which came forward with substantive ideas including a shipping industrial conference to be held in London (a great opportunity to make Plymouth‟s presence felt in the City) and a Family Fun Weekend to be held at Plymouth in the latter end of August 2012. Clare Anderson, Head of Alumni attended the meeting and was impressed with its
The PYNDA Committee
Back Row. L-R Tim Corthorn, Han Ozturk, Julie Lithgow, Nick Ingle with Maia (Julie’s daughter)
Front Row. L-R Clare Anderson and Ian Palacioi
business lie attitude and friendliness of the team. The marine and maritime areas of the University are fortunate in having such high quality persons interested in maintaining links with the University many years after they have left.
A new Alumni Association in Hong Kong
PYNDA was represented by John Philips at the inaugural 'Plymouth University Hong Kong Alumni Association event' held at the end of January. John, who as a Credit Risk Manager for Chemoil International Pte. is based in Singapore and is active in the Far East. The event was attended by 30 persons including several Plymouth graduates with a background in marine and maritime studies. Staff from Hong Kong University - SPACE with whom the International Shipping and Logistics Group have links were also present.
Blue trees and the new marine building.
Blue trees might be thought to be a form of art – but to the Plymouth campus they have more to do with marine and maritime! The covering of certain trees with fine mesh blue netting was undertaken to prevent birds nesting and so allow the University to undertake the trees removal. Groundwork has commenced on the site, between the Reynolds Building and Babbage Building, on which a five storey 'marine building' will be erected. Building will commence this autumn, The marine building will house a 35 metre wave tank, a marine simulator, and the offices of the Marine Institute. It is expected that the building will be completed in 2012.
‘Blue’ trees outside the Babbage building awaiting removal before groundwork commences for the new ‘marine building’
The Hoe Centre
The Hoe Centre which has been disused for 2 years since the School of Architecture moved to the main campus is in the process of being demolished. Built in the early nineteen fifties as a purpose built Naafi to serve the needs of military personnel in Plymouth it is considered by some to be a building of importance and even whilst being demolished an interest group is seeking to obtain a building preservation notice. If demolished the site will be used to build student housing for the University.
The Diving and Marine Centre (Seamanship Centre)
With plans for the co-location of members of the Plymouth Marine Sciences Partnership having been shelved the present role of the Diving and Marine Centre at Coxside, previously the Seamanship Centre is being reviewed. There are ideas to re-establish it as a prestigious waterfront centre supporting the wide range of marine activities undertaken by the University.
Since the last edition of IS&L News (Summer 2009) the following have kindly given of their time to speak to students about their professional life and the work they undertake
Dr Syamantak Bhattacharya
Plymouth Business School
Harbour Insurance Brokers
International Chamber of Shipping
Captain Kevin Mowatt
International Logistics Solutions
International Maritime Bureau
Placing Policies – Making Claims
In February 2010, Philip Purdie, PYNDA member, returned to his alma mater to talk to today's
students about his work as a marine insurance broker. Philip began a career as a cadet at Plymouth‟s School of Navigation, before going to sea as a deck officer in the merchant navy. After a period of time serving at sea Philip returned to Plymouth to study for an honours degree in Nautical Studies. He then moved ashore to take
up positions in the City of London, first as a marine claims handler, then as an insurance manager before establishing himself as a senior Lloyds broker, where he specialised in mutual insurance. In 1989 he created his own company 'Harbour Insurance Brokers'. After 40 years in the industry he still enthuses about his work and described the brokers role as one which is very much respected and work within marine insurance as providing great
Philip Purdie (centre), with staff members
Dr Andrew Eccleston (left) and Dr Sarah Tuck
(right) both former cadets, graduates and now
staff of the University
opportunities for students of today.’ In his talk he stressed the importance of providing fair and honest advice, based on a full understanding of the shipping market. Despite the name of his company he claims not to have 'insured many harbours’ but stated ‘we insure and protect an awful lot of things that float in and out of them!’
Nectar Delivering Cargoes
Han Ozturk, Director and Guy Wilks Commercial Manager, from Nectar Group Ltd, a company established in 1972, to provide innovative solutions to cargo operation, spoke to students of the International Shipping and Logistics Group of the University about their work. The presentation provided a useful insight into the world of delivering bulk cargoes, such a grain and fertilisers to parts of the world where port and inland infrastructure is limited. The clients of Nectar involve the World Food Programme through which humanitarian aid is channelled. Worldwide, Nectar Group employs 120 persons who have both technical skills and a good education.
Han Ozturk (3rd from left) and Guy Wilks (5th from left) with students and staff of the IS&L Group
Employees are required to work in challenging circumstances, very different to those experienced in Western Europe. Both Han and Guy are graduates of Plymouth and members of PYNDA
Peter Hinchliffe It was pleasing to learn that following Peter Hincliffe‟s visit to Plymouth University (see Visiting Speakers above) he was been appointed the new Secretary General of the International Chamber of Shipping and International Shipping Federation. On the occasion of his visit to Plymouth Peter spoke on the aftermath of the Copenhagen Summit and the shipping industry‟s responsibilities concerning ship emissions and climate change.
Visit to London. TQEF Research Informed Teaching Initiative
In late February a group of 30 students accompanied by Dr Jingjing Xu, Professor John Dinwoodie and Paul Wright spent two days in London visiting different organisations related to the shipping industry. At the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) students saw the Assembly room, Committee meeting rooms and the Knowledge Centre and were given a presentation development and work of the organisation. Thanks to Berty Nayna and Natasha Brown for their hospitality.
During the visit to London students also visited ICAP at the invitation of Philip Rogers, Associate Professor of the University of Plymouth and Research Director at ICAP. The visit provided students with the opportunity to learn and see the way that ship broking, trading in FFAs (Freight Forward Agreements) and commodities is undertaken in the electronic age. ICAP which acquired a well known shipping name, J E Hyde in 2007, is a new name in ship broking but already has global presence with offices in Gibraltar, Singapore, Shanghai and New York. The visit inspired at least one student who stated 'the visit confirms to me that this the type of work I wish to become involved with when I graduate.’ Other organisations visited included the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) where Michael Howlett, Divisional Director had organised a series of talks covering documentary trade fraud, trade finance fraud, container security and piracy, the Baltic Exchange where a presentation was made by Mr Bill Lines and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. The field trip was used to evaluate the role of a field trips as an experiential learning process.
Post graduate students on the International Shipping programme of the Plymouth Business School gathered together for a photograph at the Assembly Hall of the United Nation’, International Maritime Organisation - part of a field trip to London.
A full coach of maritime and logistics students from all years visited the Multimodal 2010 exhibition held at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham. Multimodal was originally launched in 2008 to give the Irish and UK cargo- owning community a place where they could compare supplier, routes and modes, gain information crucial to providing efficient services. The Multimodal exhibition 2010 attracted 185 exhibitors representing, ports, ship operators, logistics providers, road and rail interests and shippers and almost 4,000 visitors – including 40 from Plymouth!. The range of business and industrial interests represented at the exhibition and the free lectures more than met the expectations of the students who attended. The opportunity to network, talk to persons at the leading edge of the shipping and logistic industries helped consolidate dissertation ideas and provide future contacts. Dongping Song and Paul Wright accompanied students to the event.
Dongping Song and Paul Wright with students ‘alongside’ an exhibit at Multimodal 2010 – the new Freightliner PowerHaul Diesel Locomotive
Marine Institute Brief
New Research Vessel Named
A new 14 m twin hulled research vessel was named the 'Falcon Spirit' by the Vice Chancellor of the University of Plymouth, Professor Wendy Purcell at a Naming Ceremony held during Plymouth's Blue Mile event - the UK's newest mass-participation activity The name of the vessel recognises Robert Falcon Scott, the Antarctic explorer and one of Plymouth's sons who commenced the expedition to Antarctica in 2010 in an attempt to be the first person to reach the South Pole. The 'Falcon Spirit' which weighs 16 tonnes and has a cruising speed of 15 knots represents a large investment and will initially undertake research work for the Wave Hub project off the North Cornish coast. Licensed to operate 60 miles offshore the 'Falcon Spirit' has on board wet and dry laboratories and a moon pool for the deployment of equipment.
accommodate up to 12 scientists or students along with its crew of two. The accommodation space and wheelhouse layout provides capability for navigation training. Dignitaries present at the naming ceremony include the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Plymouth, the new Member of Parliament for Sutton and Devonport Oliver Colvile, Member of the European Parliament Giles Chichester and Executive Director of the SWRDA Stephen Peaxcock. A further acquisition to support coastal science activity is a Remotely Operated Vehicle which equipped with a grab arm and high definition video cameras is able to operate in depths of up to one kilometre.
As tradition demands the Vice Chancellor sprays the bow of the Falcon Spirit with champagne following the naming ceremony of the RV Falcon Spirit
A New Face
Mr Luke Arthur has joined the Marine Institute to help with the administration, marketing and outreach activities. He holds a part time role with Frankie Peckett. Luke a marketing graduate of the Plymouth Business School and worked with the Professional Development and Enterprise unit of the University before being appointed to his new position
The R.V Falcon Scott
Many marine and maritime events take place at Plymouth throughout the year. Two events to be held at Plymouth and which will be of interest;
September 28th World Maritime Day Celebration: 'The Seafarer, Serving the World'.
April 4th and 5th 2011 (new date): 'International Conference on Marine and Maritime Affairs'.
……… and in 2012 the year in which the University will celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the founding of Plymouth’s School of Navigation among the many events, PYNDA is planning it's quinquennial Shipping conference to be held in London and a Family Weekend in Plymouth.
For further details or comment on any of the above items please contact Paul Wright Editor IS&L News
Associate Director (Marketing & Outreach)
University of Plymouth Business School
Tel No 01752 585701:
Emailpwright@plymouth.ac.uk The next Edition of “IS&L News” will be produced in Winter 2010.
The Editor is always pleased to receive copy.