IS&L News- the Newsletter of the Centre for International Shipping & Logistics.
University of Plymouth Business School
Volume Number 8, Issue Number 1, Summer 2009
The appointment of Professor Wendy Purcell as Vice Chancellor has lead to a restructuring of the University to serve the change of mission. The new mission is to make Plymouththe‘enterprise university’. Profesor Purcell states “our commitment to enterprise means a commitment to collaboration and engagement with individuals, private sector businesses, public sector organisations and ‘our’ community. From engagement comes insight and a clearer understanding of the skills required by today’s workforce and that of the future”. To facilitate the new mission and make more efficient the resources used, the University has been reorganised.
New Faculties and Schools
The new University organisation will come into place from August 1st. The Plymouth Business School of which the International Shipping and Logistics Group is part, will become a Faculty in its own right. A new Dean, Dr David Wheeler has been appointed and is expected to take up his position in January next year. The Faculty structure will consist of three schools, the School of Management, the School of Law and the School of Toursim Hospitality and Tourism. Each School in the new Faculty will have some element of maritime interest. The International Shipping and Logistics Group is to be embedded in the new School of Managament, to be lead by Professor Philip Megicks. The largest change in the University is the merger of the separate Faculties of Science and Technology. Within a new Faculty of Science and Technology, five schools will be established, the largest of which will be the School of Marine Sciences and Engineering. It will be one of the largest Schools of its type in Europe.
The results of the 2007 Research Assessment Exercise were positive. Plymouth Business School achieved very creditable results in the Unit concerned with Business and Management Studies. Twenty nine staff from PBS were entered into the assessment of which 75% of the research work submitted was rated as being of a quality ‘recognised internationally in terms of originality, significance and rigour’. Within the International Shipping and Logistics Group research contributions included work by Professor Michael Roe, Dr John Dinwoodie, Dr Dongping Song and Dr Jingjing Xu.
New Research Centres
Following the succcess of the Research Assessment Exercise, University managements have decided to reorganise research and also fund future development through the provision of 40 new doctoral scholarships. The new system of research within the University will be based on five key areas represented by a Research Instititute. The Research Institute will consist of a number of Research Centres. The five key areas for future research development will include; Marine and Maritime, Environmental Social and Economic Sustainability, Creative Economies and Design Technologies, Pedagogic Research and Health & Biomedicine.
The Marine Institute, of which the International Shipping and Logistics Group is a member, will continue as a ‘pan University offer’ and will include members drawn from schools across the University. It will continue to act as a focal point for the University Marine and Maritime strategy.
Programmes organised and operated by the International Shipping and Logistics Group are under regular review. For the academic year 2009 - 2010 the following courses are available.
Postgraduate Programmes. There are no changes to the titles of postgrdaute progranmmes offered for the 2009 – 2010 academic year. The following programmes will run;
MSc International Shipping,
MSc International Logistics,
MSc International Supply Chain Management,
MSc Port Management.
Undergraduate Programmes. There has been some consolidation of the undergraduate portfolio. The following core programmes for the shipping and logistics industries will be maintained.
BSc (Hons) Maritime Business and Maritime Law,
BSc (Hons) Maritime Business and Logistics,
BSc Shipping and Logistics (a one year top up programme).
In an exciting new development the Group is offering an undergraduate one year BSc ‘top up’ award in International Supply Chain and Shipping Management, both at Plymouth and HK SPACE (Hong Kong University School of Professional and Continuing Education). The Award is already running in Hong Kong and will be offered in Plymouth from September 2009. Staff members of the Internaitonal Shipping and Logistics Group are fully involved in the delivery of the programme which will include time to be spent in Hong Kong.
Syamantak Bhattacharya, who was appointed at the end of 2008 as a Lecturer in Port Policy and Management has recently concluded a doctoral study into the ‘Impact of the International Ship Management Code on the Management of Occupational Health and Safety in the Maritime Industr’. On learning of his success, Dr Bhattacharya explained that his study, undertaken at the Seafarers International Research Centre, at the University of Cardiff has shown; “that although organisations which were studied implemented the ISM Code, there were considerable gaps between implementation and what was actually achieved. The study revealed that seafarers’ fear of job security’ and a ‘low trust work environment’ within the industry were among the impeding factors which reduced the effectiveness of the implementation of the ISM Code. Analysis also showed that organisational factors, including social relations on board ship and employment relations at
Dr Syamantak Bhattacharya
industry level were additional underlying factors which were not conducive to the effective implementation of the ISM Code.”
Farewell to Irma who has moved to London. Five years after joining the International Shipping and Logistics Group as a ‘new blood researcher’ Dr Irma Pasukeviciute has departed for pastures new. Irma has taken up an appointment at Kingston University, London as a Research and Outreach Officer. Staff of the IS&L Group, enjoyed a pleasant meal to wish her well. Among the gifts Irma received was an ‘A-Z of London’ which it is hoped will help her navigate the City!
Irma Pasukeviciute and Mike Roe at Irma’s Farewell.
Dr Shunmughan Pandian has agreed to take on the role of programme manager of postgraduate taught programmes and we wish him well in that position.
Mike Bell, Professor of Transport Operations at Imperial College London and Director of the Port Operations Research and Technology Centre (PORTeC), has been appointed as external examiner to the post graduate taught programmes.
Jonathan Challacombe has been busy and involved in various activities. In February he chaired the Lloyds Maritime Academy seminar on ‘Maritime Economics ‘at which he presented a paper concerning ‘Dry Bulk Shipping’. He also presented a paper "The Dry Bulk Market and the Requirement for Ship Finance", to the 4th International Conference on Maritime Transport held in Barcelona during April. Also In April Jonathan visited Singapore Maritime Academy to set up an articulation agreement enabling their Diploma students to proceed directly to the University of Plymouth’s third year Maritime Business and Maritime Law programme. Subsequently the Director of the Singapore Maritime Academy visited the University of Plymouth. Jonathan has represented the Plymouth Business School at the British Council at the Universities Recruitment Exhibition at Athens and has been appointed as Examiner and Assessor for the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers Examinations in “Finance and Management Accounting” and “Fundamentals of Finance” for 2009.
Dr Jingjing Xu along with Dr John Dinwoodie has been awarded £9.6K Research Informed Teaching Award. This will provide support for an interrelated activity between the University and the maritime sector of the City of London ion February next year. It will also help fund selected visiting speakers. Jingjing has accompanied the University of Plymouth’s Vice Chancellor Professor Wendy Purcell on a substantive mission to China visiting various Higher Educational establishments, including the China Agricultural University in Beijing.
Dr Dongping Song recently acted as External examiner for a PhD candidate at the University of Bristol. He presented a paper and acted as session chair at the International Symposium on Maritime Logistics and Supply Chain Systems in Singapore, between 23rd and 24th April. With Professor Mike Roe he was a guest editors of a special issue on ‘Managing Container Operations Effectively’ for 2008-09 edition of the ‘International Journal of Shipping and Transport Logistics’. Dongping was one of two representatives from the International Shipping and Logistics Group who attended the International Association of Maritime Economists Annual Conference, ‘Understanding Shipping Markets’ held at Copenhagen in June. He presented a joint paper with Dr Jing-Xin Dong on ‘Flow – Balancing-based Empty Container Repositioning in Typical Shipping Service Routes’.
Professor Mike Roe has responsibilities for research within the Group which resulted in success at the Research Assessment Exercise. The success will be consolidated into activity associated with the development of the new university’s research centres. Mike has made frequent overseas visits during the last six months associated with his professorial work. He described a paper he presented at one of the most important maritime academic events of the year – the IAME Conference in Copenhagen - as being a ‘little controversial’. The paper was entitled “Maritime Capitalist Liposuction: A Post Modern Interpretation of Maritime Governance Failure”.
Dr Shunmughan Pandian and Dr Dongping Song have gained a Research Informed Teaching Award of £5,000 to develop the card based ‘Beer’ logistics simulation game to be used by future students.
Paul Wright’s involvement with the Devon County Council Inquiry into the MSC Napoli affair concluded with the publication of its final report, ‘MSC Napoli – the aftermath of the beaching’ in January. He has contributed to many activities of the Marine Institute including an event associated with the national Darwin 200 celebration, titled ‘Fitzroy – Darwin’s Captain’, the Marine Institute’s Annual Conference ‘Marine Science in a Changing World’ and representation at the Lord Mayor of London’s Maritime Educational Summit in London. He has also produced a text ‘Legal Aspects of Container Terminal Operations’ for a major international port’s operator.
The MSC Napoli Report
PhD Student’s News
The current cohort of sixteen doctoral students registered with staff of the IS&L Group cover many interests including :
European maritime policy, maritime security, port security, logistics development in North Korea, privatisation of Canadian Ice Breaker organisation, risks in energy supply chains, freeport development in North Africa, and ship finance. Examples of some recent presentations they have given are described. James Parsons presented a paper to Mari-Tech Conference held in Newfoundland, Canada in May entitled: ‘The Arctic Opportunities, Policies and Regulatory Regime A Strategic Review of Canada's Arctic Icebreaking Services’. David Mugridge, has delivered lectures at University of New Brunswick, Canadian Naval College, Dalhousie University, University of Plymouth, and published three papers with the naval and Canadian naval reviews. David is currently working as a navigator in the offshore survey business whilst researching maritime security. Mohamed Briouig is a Senior Marine Planner at Doha, Qatar. He is engaged in part time doctoral study at Plymouth. In May he gave a paper at the Plymouth Postgraduate Symposium entitled ‘LNG Supply Chain Risk Management - The Case of LNG Ports and Marine Terminals’. Ms Esen Andic a Research Assistant at Izmir University of Economics (Turkey) is spending a month at Plymouth Business School during the summer. She is intent on commencing a doctoral study at the University of Plymouth concerning ‘incentives for environmentally friendly supply chain businesses.’
The publication of high quality research papers continues, an example being;
G.T. Yeo, D.W. Song J. Dinwoodie, M. Roe,
“Weighting the Competitiveness Factors for Container Ports under Conflicting Interests” Journal of the Operational Research Society ISSN 0160 5682
Professor Jin Yongxing ,Vice President of Shanghai Maritime University visited the University in late June following the visit of the Vice Chancellor to China earlier in the year where a Memorandum of Understanding to develop joint programmes and exchanges was developed
PBS welcomed the Director of Singapore Maritime Academy.
L- R: John Dinwoodie, Roland Tan, Pam Whisker, Simon Payne, Jonathan Challacombe.
The International Shipping and Logistics team of the Plymouth Business School hosted a visit to the University by Roland Tan Keng Hock, Director of the Singapore Maritime Academy. Mr Tan viewed the Business School's facilities, toured the campus and met with members of the group, Pam Whisker (International Officer) and Professor Simon Payne (Director PBS). It was reported that Mr Tan left impressed with what he saw and is now able to provide a first hand account to Singapore Maritime Academy students considering study at the University.
Various opportunities have been provided for students to engage with professional bodies.
The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) have undertaken several visits to local organisations. Staff and students visited Gregory Distribution at Cullompton, one of the largest logistics operators in the region.
A day visit to the Royal Naval Air Station, Culdrose provided an opportunity for students to appreciate operational aspects of the station and an opportunity was also taken to see the facilities of Flybe, the largest regional air line in Britain, based at Exeter airport.
John Dinwoodie and MSc students Xiang Sun and Duncan Shaw had an appointment with Falmouth Harbour Commissioners to view aspects of maritime operations which are associated with their Master of Science dissertations.
The Nautical Institute hosted a lively and stimulating meeting on ‘Container Ship Operations’ in March which was addressed by Captain Rajagopal and Captain Shukla, both who have commanded container ships and are now completing the MSc in International
Students discussing logistics issues at Gregory Distribution, Cullompton.
On the pilot boat at Falmouth.
Shipping. A further meeting was addressed by James Norwood on the subject of ‘Simulation to Improve Marine Safety’ James graduated from the University of Plymouth in 2001 with a degree in Maritime Business. AFTER and after working with Portland Port and the Royal Navy took up a position as Manager, Manoeuvring Simulation Products at BMT SeaTech, a leading international provider of maritime products and consultancy supporting commercial shipping operations.
Students of the International Shipping and Logistics Group have the opportunity to progress towards membership of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. As in past years several students took the additional examinations which will lead to professional membership. The ICS reported that in 2009 it expects more than 2000 students to have sat 5,000 papers in 85 centres world wide!
During the Spring term the Visiting Speaker Programme has been pleased to have the following speakers from industry address final year and Masters students.
Regional Officer - Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport
Director Ship Finance - Royal Bank of Scotland
Dr Philip Rogers
Research Director - ICAP Shipping International Ltd
Deputy Underwriter - Shipowner’s Protection & Indemnity Club
Associate Director - Shipowner’s Protection & Indemnity Club
Credit Analyst - Chem Oil, Singapore
Doctoral student – University of Plymouth / SCAN G
Capt Mike Sutherland OBE
Harbour Master and Chief Executive Officer – Port of Fowey
Shipbroker – E A Gibson (LPG and Petrochemicals)
Head of Research – E A Gibson (LPG and Petrochemicals)
Consultant - Oracle Logistics
Independent Author - Writer of the book ‘Ecologic’
Professor Michael Brown
Exel Professor of Logistics - University of Westminster
Feedback from students regarding the presentations and further opportunity to establish links with industry is very positive and always appreciated.
Students who have marine or maritime based degree are welcome to join PYNDA – the Plymouth Nautical Degree Association which was founded in 1970. All students on leaving the University are also eligible to become members of the University of Plymouth Alumni Association.
PYNDA – Annual General Meeting 2009
On April 2nd the City of London was strangely quiet. However, two important meetings were taking place; one a meeting of the G20 which was “to change the world” and the other a little less ambitious, the Annual General Meeting of the Plymouth Nautical Degree Association (PYNDA). Ian Teare stood down and Ian Palacio was elected as PYNDA’s new Chairman. Ian attained a degree in Maritime Business at Plymouth Polytechnic in 1989 and is presently Commercial Manager at Associated British Ports, Southampton. The re-elected Plymouth PYNDA representative is Paul Wright. Further details and news about PYNDA can be found on their website <www.pynda.com.>
The 2009 PYNDA Committee.
L-R: Ian Farr, Han Ozturk, Nic Ingle, Julie Lithgow, Ian Palacio, Ian Teare, Tim Corthorn.
Plymouth ‘Nautical College’ Reunion (1970 – 1974)
In March thirty-five former cadets who attended Plymouth’s School of Maritime Studies between 1970 and 1974 enjoyed a Reunion Dinner at the Holiday Inn Plymouth. Described as being a “long overdue occasion” the event was organised by Chris Haughton (Haughton Maritime), Captain Tim Charlesworth
(Cattewater Harbour Master) and Andy Winbow (International Maritime Organisation). Past staff members present included; Richard Crookall, Mike Leonard - Williams, Jef Forshaw and Paul Wright.
Nautical College Reunion Dinner: Cadets of 1970 - 1974
The ‘Blarney Pilgrims’, accompanied the dinner with an interesting medley of nautical music concluding with ‘sing a long of sea shanties’. A toast was made to ‘the merchant shipping industry, those who trained at Plymouth no longer present and the future of Plymouth’s involvement’. Earlier in the day a number of the “old boys” had toured the University of Plymouth Campus. Two short presentations describing the marine and maritime developments at the University of Plymouth were given by Paul Wright (Marine Institute) and Andrew Eccleston (Programme Manager of the Marine Studies courses). The re-establishment of training courses focussed at providing high quality staff for the shipping industry, the continuing interest in maritime business and the new strategic direction in marine science research were applauded.
SS ‘Norham Castle’ - Appeal Launched
The University of Plymouth Alumni Association has launched an appeal for funds to enable the refurbishment and casing of the 1883 shipbuilder’s model of SS ‘Norham Castle’. The cost of the refurbishment of the ship model alone has been estimated at £8,000. Further details can be found on the PYNDA and Alumni Association websites or contact Paul Wright (01752 585701)
Detail SS Norham Castle.
126 years old and in need of refurbishment.
News of Past Staff and Students
John Douglas former staff member, is still busy working with ‘DNV SeaSkill’ in Oslo, Norway. His work involves developing standards of competence for the traditional shipping sector, offshore and cruise ships. David Moreby, Professor Emiritus of the University is recovering from a serious operation but still keeps in touch and shows great interest in developments taking place at the University. Congratulations to Peter Goss (Honorary Doctor of the University of Plymouth) on the successful completion of the epic voyage from Newquay, Cornwall to Melbourne Australia on board his thirty seven foot lugger “Spirit of Mystery” earlier in the year.
Among the many former students who we have heard of, or made contact with are;
Andy Crick who left the City and Jenny Palmer both now employed by Pantaenius Yacht Insurance in Plymouth. Andy was delighted to learn “that the Maritime Business and Maritime Law course in particular is still running strong”. Christopher Morgan, formerly at Lloyds Maritime Intelligence Unit, has recently taken a new role in Ocean Intelligence, a leading maritime credit risk reporting firm as the Senior Analyst and Operations Manager for Europe. Chris holds a degree in Maritime Business and Maritime Law. Captain Rodney Young former cadet at Plymouth and now master of RMS St Helena, the last mail ship, was profiled in the June edition of ‘Ships Monthly’. Rodney was awarded a MBE in the Queen’s 2005 Birthday Honours List for his ‘tenacity and landmark achievement as the first St Helenian Master of the island owned ship RMS ‘St Helena’, as well as for his ‘wider services to St Helena and its people.’ Simon Covington who graduated with a BSc in Nautical Studies in 2008 and Matthew Smith who gained a BSc Maritime Business with Maritime Law in 1997 are both working with ‘Osprey Shipping of Bristol, an organisation engaged in marine heavy lift transportation. Among the many movements which Matthew has been involved in, was the dismantling of the Rover UK car plant and its transport to China, a task completed within six weeks. Miles Stratford who graduated in 1990, moved to New Zealand where he is General Manager of the Mett Group (Melior Environmental Technology Transfer) an organisation he describes as a ‘sustainable,humanitarian and environmental project development company’. Jasper Heikens who left in 2008 is a Shipping - Chartering Analyst for BG Group (Americas & Global LNG). He recently forwarded photographs of new LNG carriers being built for the BG Group. Also graduating in the same year we have heard of Craig Morton who has joined the UK P&I Club in the Loss Prevention Group headed up by Karl Lumbers. One of our most recent graduates William Wesson joined Ferriby Marine. His first job is to oversee the start up of their new offices in Singapore. The excellence of his dissertation on ’10 Years of the ISM Code’, was instrumental in him achieving the position. Ana Cristina Casaca was profiled in the latest International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME) Newsletter. An ex seafarer, she graduated from Plymouth with a Master’s degree in International Logistics in the late nineteen nineties. She then undertook a doctorate at the University of Wales, Cardiff. Today she is a lecturer in Logistics at a technical school in Lisbon. Ana is organising the next IAME Conference which will be held in Lisbon in 2010. We have also heard from Captain Konstantinos Geomelos, presently master of the motor tanker ‘Althea’ and from Dahiru Mohammed Sa’adu (2000-01) who is currently Assistant Manager in the Commercial Services Department of the Nigerian Ports Authority in Lagos.
Other Maritime and Logistics News
Cruise Management students get their sea legs!
For the last five years, Princess Cruises and P&O Cruises have employed students from the BSc Cruise Management programme as hotel interns or trainee hotel managers onboard their cruise ships. Strong links have been developed between the Plymouth Business School (PBS) and the companies with BSc (Hons) Cruise Management staff regularly visiting the company's ships which have students on placement. In May Dr Wai Mun Lim and Jo Wills took a party of twelve first year students on the Princess Cruises vessel - Grand Princess, as part of an
Cruise ship ‘Grand Princess’ at Sea.
orientation exercise on a passage from Southampton to Lisbon via the Channel Islands. The University of Plymouth was the first university in the world to provide a specialist undergraduate degree for cruise ship based Hotel Management. Princess Cruises has provided this unique and special experience every year since the programme started.
A future International Cruise Conference
To be held in February 2010, the University of Plymouth will host the second International Cruise Conference. The conference, first held in Bremen seeks to be a professional development incubator, providing a platform for cruise industry professionals and academics to engage in dialogue, share research findings and to examine good practice. Details of the conference are available on the conference website www.pbs.plymouth.ac.uk/icc2/index.html.
Maritime Law Symposium
In January, the Maritime Law Group under the leadership of Professor Paul Todd organised a highly successful one day symposium on the Marine and Coastal Access Bill. The Bill is presently passing through its parliamentary stages with the intent of becoming law before the end of the Parliamentary session. The symposium was opened by Linda Gilroy, MP for Plymouth Sutton who is a passionate supporter of Bill. It was hoped at the time of the symposium that the agency responsible for administering the Bill, the Marine Management Organisation would be located at Plymouth. Sadly the decision was made for its location to be established in Newcastle
Linda Gilroy MP and Professor Paul Todd at the symposium on the Marine and Coastal Access Bill.
New Internee Scheme with Shipowner’s P&I Club
Benjamin Meka (a Year 2 Maritime Business and Maritime Law student) was accepted as the first student on a new summer internee scheme being run by the Shipowner’s P&I Club. The Internship will provide the opportunity for Benjamin to work in the Claims Department and also spend time in both the Underwriting Loss Prevention Departments. The internship will provide Meka with a great experience and one that will hold him in good stead for the future. It is planned that a summer internship with the Shipowner’s P&I Club will be an annual opportunity for students.
Accolade from a Leading Shipbroker
Mr Patrick Allen, Director of EA Gibson, (Shipbrokers), one of the largest shipbroking companies in London, recently visited the Plymouth Business School. He has been impressed with the calibre of Maritime Business Students working in his organisation. He wished to see the campus for himself and hopefully convince his son to undertake the Maritime Business and Maritime Law course. He stated: 'At Gibson’s Ship-brokers we generally find that graduates who join us with a Maritime Business degree from Plymouth are 9-10 months ahead in their career progression compared to their counter-parts with other degrees.'
Marine Institue News
New Director for Marine Institute
“The University of Plymouth Marine Institute will become recognised as one of the world’s leading university-based research institutes” – that’s the vision of the acclaimed facility’s newly appointed Director, Professor Martin Attrill, Professor of Marine Ecology. He joined the university in 1992 as a lecturer, having completed a first degree and doctorate at the University of Plymouth and working for the Environment Agency in London. With teaching and research interests in marine biodiversity and climate change, Professor Attrill has written and contributed to over 100 publications and has been awarded grants and contracts to
Professor Martin Attrill
date totalling over £2.5 million. This has included the Lyme Bay Impact Project. Upon his appointment, Professor Attrill outlined the future “My vision is for the Marine Institute to be recognised as one of the world’s leading university-based research institutes, a place where people from around the world want to come and work, where students want to study and a first stop for international businesses and funders. Originally from the Isle of Wight, Professor Attrill lives at Heybrook Bay near Wembury.
Co-location of Marine Science and Technology Interests
After much consideration an appropriate site for the co-location project of Plymouth Marine Sciences Partnership has been found – the East Quay at Millbay Docks. Due to the credit and financial crisis full funding for the project looks tenuous. Limited funding by the South West Regional Development Agency is likely – but £9.0 million is to be spread across 7 projects in the City of Plymouth
The Peninsula Research Institute for Marine Renewable Energy (PRIMaRE) set up between the Marine Institute of the University of Plymouth and Exeter University has received a major financial boost of £10 Million which will be used to recruit more academic and support staff, buy new equipment and collaborate with business for work associated with the Wave Hub project.
New research vessel for Wavehub and replacement of ‘Catfish’
Three builders have expressed interest in building a new fifty foot research vessel to engage in the marine activities associated with the Wavehub project. Costing about £400,000 the vessel will be of catamaran design and will be able to work off the North Cornish in the area of Wavehub as well as providing laboratory facilities for student activities. The choice of builder will soon be made known enabling the vessel to be built and enter service next year.
The former Head of the School of Earth, Ocean and Environmental Sciences and the last Head of the Institute of Marine Studies, Professor David Huntley retires at the end of July. Dr Len Wood, lecturer in Meteorology and a colleague in the Institute of Marine Studies is also retiring. We wish them both well.
The Association of Maritime Regional Interests in Europe (AMRIE) founded in 1993 and in which the University was an active member was hit hard by the credit crunch and was dissolved in February. The Maritime Association for Research and Innovation (MARI) based in Italy, will continue much of the work previously undertaken by AMRIE. See www.mari-research.eu.
Marine South West an organisation established by the SWRDA to encourage the maritime sector in the South West of England was wound up in March 2009 after five years of useful activity in the region. Adam Corney, its Chief Executive Officer stated that Marine South West had completed a significant task in setting up three Training and Skills Centres across the region, at Poole, Plymouth and Falmouth. It had also seen the establishment of five regional marine networks, including Maritime Plymouth. Adam has been appointed as South West Regional Manager for the British Maritime Federation a role which aims to strengthen collaboration between industry, regional maritime clusters and the Regional Development Agency in order to support business growth and success.
The Marine Institute is a member of Devon Maritime Forum, Maritime Plymouth, a corporate partner with the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) and most recently has applied for associate membership of the Society of Maritime Industries.
The ‘SEA’ magazine which ran to 8 issues, had the interest of the Marine Institute and declared itself to be ‘the world’s greatest marine magazine’ became a victim of the recession and has been discontinued. This is disappointing as the SEA had great potential for communicating marine and maritime issues to the general public.
Nautical Miscellany in brief ….
TS Tectona. - the former Plymouth School of Navigation training ship completed her refit in Fowey and this summer is being used by Cremyll Sailing for voyages and cruises with disadvantaged young people. During the summer a future programme will be planned, allowing the Tectona Trust to offer its own future clients, persons with specialised needs, opportunities not previously available. In addition links with local organisations will be built and a fundraising strategy established.
HMS ‘Conway’ - 150th Celebration. Paul Wright will be among 750 former cadets of the HMS Conway, Merchant Navy Training School, established by Liverpool Shipowner’s Association, who will meet at Liverpool in August for a weekend of events to celebrate 150 years. Whilst based in the North West there are connections with Plymouth. The school had three ships. The second ship was demolished at Sutton Harbour. The third ship, formerly HMS Nile, was built at Devonport Dockyard as a ship of the line. HMS Conway closed as a training school in 1974 at which time the Old Conway Association supported the building of ‘Conway House’ at Kelly College, Tavistock. In addition the ‘Conway Merchant Navy Trust’http://www.conwaymntrust.info/offers full sponsorship to a limited number of young men and women each year wishing to become Deck or Engineer Officers. A preliminary celebration was held at the House of Commons at the invite of Ian Duncan Smith MP, an Old Conway and former leader of the Conservative Party.
TS Jack Petchey - In early 2008 an order for a new 26 metre training ship for the Marine Society and Marine Cadets was won by the Bridgend Boat Company of Plymouth. She will be launched in mid July and after acceptance by her owners will be taken to London where she will be named by Her Majesty the Queen. Members of Maritime Plymouth were privileged to visit her in her final period of fitting out.
HMS Conway (formerly HMS Nile) – built at Devonport in 1839 became a training ship for merchant navy cadets.
TS Jack Petchey - under final stages of construction at Plymouth
and others ….
Kathleen and May- the last three masted South West schooner ‘Kathleen and May’ visited Plymouth at the end of June. She is chartered to a French company Compaigne de Transport Maritime a la Voile, carrying wine from France to Ireland and returning with cargoes of whiskey. The French company is planning to build a small fleet of sailing ships in order to develop innovative and sustainable transport businesses.
THV Galatea Paul Wright was an invited guest of the Deputy Mater of Trinity House at a reception held on board the THV Galatea berthed alongside Trinity Pier in Millbay Docks. THV Galatea, delivered in 2007, is a 84 metre Multi Functional Tender (MFT), designed with buoy handling, wreck marking, towing and hydrographic surveying capability Trinity House are sponsors of the UKSA Yachting Cadetships which supports four students on the BSc (Hons) Marine Studies (Ocean Yachting) programme.
What's On? Some Future Events
British Ports Association Environmental Group Forum
Marine Institute University of Plymouth
Navy Days 2009 Devonport Naval Base
Games Based Simulator Technology for Defence and the Marine Environment
Professor R Stone. IMarEST Royal Plymouth Corinthian Yacht Club.
11th - 20th
Southampton Boat Show
All Our Futures 2 Conference
Centre for Sustainability University of Plymouth
University Induction Week
University Term Commences
World Maritime Day: Climate Change – Challenge for Shipping
Marine Institute / IMarEST RINA and the Nautical Institute
For further details or comment on any of the above items please contact:
Paul Wright Editor IS&L News
Associate Director (Marketing & Outreach)
c/o University of Plymouth Business School
Tel No 01752 232466
The next Edition of “IS&L News” will be produced in summer 2008. The Editor is always pleased to receive copy