1st SAFETY4SEA Singapore Forum


The looming 2020 global sulphur cap and IMO’s ambitious emission reduction targets were among the topical issues of the agenda of the inaugural SAFETY4SEA Singapore Conference  which successfully concluded on 29th of Nov,2018 at the Peony Main Ballroom, Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Center, attracting 230 delegates from a total of 132 organizations.

The pro bono event brought together global experts who held a wide-ranging discussion on strategies toward 2020, ballast water management implementation and QHSE aspects, highlighting challenges and strategies for compliance.

Speaker presentations of the forum in PDF are available online for SAFETY4SEA Plus Subscribers

Event Timetable

Welcome Tea/Coffee & registration [08:00 – 09:00]

Panel # 1: IMO 2020 [09:00 – 10:00]

20 min Panel Discussion & Questions Open to the floor

Panel # 2: Ballast Water Management [10:00 – 11:00]

20 min Panel Discussion & Questions Open to the floor

Tea/Coffee Break & Networking [11:00 – 11:30]

Panel # 3: Safety at Sea  [11:30 – 12:30]

20 min Panel Discussion & Questions Open to the floor

Panel # 4: Best Practices & Lessons Learned  [ 12:30 – 13:30 ]

20 min Panel Discussion & Questions Open to the floor

Lunch Break [13:30 – 14:30]

Panel # 5: Loss Prevention [14:30 – 15:30]

20 min Panel Discussion & Questions Open to the floor

Panel # 6: QHSE Discussion and debate on key market challenges [15:30 – 16:30]

  • Arthur Martin, HSQEEn Manager, Goodwood Ship Management  Pte Ltd
  • Capt. Sachin Singh, Alternate DPA / CSO, Fleet Ship Management Singapore Pte. Ltd
  • Himadri Shikhar Ghosh, Group Head, Compliance, Training & Development, MSI Ship Management Pte Ltd, Singapore

60 min Panel Discussion & Questions Open to the floor

Conference Ends [16:30 – 16:35]


Speaker presentations of the forum in PDF are available online for SAFETY4SEA Plus Subscribers

Apostolos Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA

Apostolos Belokas is a Maritime Safety, Quality & Environmental Expert, Consultant, Trainer and Project Manager with more than 20 year background in shipping as Technical, Marine, Safety & Training Superintendent and Consultant. He entered the industry back in 1992 as Engineering Superintendent with a leading ship manager operating a mixed fleet of bulk and oil/chemical tankers and later shifted to regulatory compliance and QHSE issues as superintendent and later as a Consultant and Trainer. Apostolos has successfully completed a wide range of QHSE projects including 250+ management system projects (ISM/ISO 9001-14001-18001/TMSA/MLC), 500 vessel and office audits to various standards and he has trained more than 5,000 people in a wide variety of QHSE subjects. He is holding Mechanical Engineering Bachelor and Master’s specialising in Energy & Environment and Master’s Degrees in Maritime Business and Business Administration (MBA), all of them awarded with distinction. Apostolos is the Managing Director of SQE MARINE & SQE ACADEMY and he is also the Founder and Managing Editor of SAFETY4SEA.


Justin (Ji-heon) Bae, Team Manager / Marketing Team, Panasia

Justin (Ji-heon) Bae majored business field at Kyungsung University. He is working as marine technical sales team manager in Korean / South east Asian market since 2006. He has been awarded for his contribution of




Richard Dias, Deputy Commissioner of Maritime Affairs, International Registries, Inc. (IRI) 

Mr. Dias joined International Registries, Inc. (IRI) in April 2007, and is currently the Regional Technical Manager. Prior to this he spent 15 years at sea, sailing with Denholm Ship Management Ltd., rising to the rank of Chief Engineer. He then spent another 15 years ashore with Denholm Ship Management Ltd. and Anglo-Eastern Ship Management Ltd in the capacity of Senior Superintendent. Mr. Dias holds a Marine Engineer Officer Certificate of Competency Extra First Class from the UK Department for Transport. He is a registered Chartered Engineer with the Engineering Council, UK and was elected Fellow of The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) in 1995. He currently serves on the Committee of The Hong Kong Joint Branch of RINA &IMarEST.


David Foo, Director (Port Systems), MPA Sigapore

Mr. David Foo, director (Port Systems), is in charge of the Port Systems Division which drives MPA’s efforts in Emergency Preparedness, Security and Safety. In addition, the division ensures the operational readiness of systems which support Vessel Traffic Services and plays a major role in planning and developing the next generation port systems. David joined MPA in July 2017 after retiring from the Republic of Singapore Navy. In his previous career, he spent 27 years as a naval officer and key appointments included being the Commanding Officer of two submarines as well as the submarine squadron.


Reji Joseph, Marine HR Manager, Wallem Ship Management

Reji Joseph has more than two decades of experience looking after fleet personnel for major shipping companies. His current role is to lead and guide Wallem’s Marine HR team in Singapore and effectively manage the crewing operations for the Singapore fleet. Reji’s areas of expertise are project management, oil major matrix compliance, crew management & scheduling and improving processes for the planning & monitoring of seafarers’ development. Reji is particularly passionate about motivating teams to achieve desired results.


Capt. Himadri Shikhar Ghosh, Group Head, Compliance, Training & Development, MSI Ship Management Pte Ltd, Singapore

Captain Ghosh heads the Compliance and Training & Development Department of MSI Ship Management. Himadri is a keen student of the seafarer’s psyche and how they interact with today’s systems and machines as compared to a couple of decades ago. He is always searching for a solution that will bring the seafarer, the resources he has at hand, and the expectations of the industry together all with the objective to reduce shipping accident rates.

Himadri’s life at sea started 35 years ago as a deck cadet on a Suezmax tanker. After a spending more than two decades on board ships of various types, he decided the he would be able to bring his expertise from the sea to a more management-oriented portfolio. Himadri came ashore to set up the tanker department in one of China’s rapidly rising tanker companies. He then moved to Hong Kong to a commercial role and contribute towards the tanker chartering department of the same company.

In 2006 Himadri joined as the Marine Manager of a large global Ship Manager’s office in Singapore and rose to eventually become the regional Head of the Compliance department. Having led many major accident investigations, Himadri has been able to closely study the behaviour of the seafarer, and into the reasons why the seafarer makes certain choices over others.

More recently he has moved to MSI focusing more on systems development and training. He uses his varied experience in, commercial, quality systems and operations to feedback into his training role. He believes that keeping this connection alive is key in achieving the common ambition of a safer workplace.


Sean Hutchings, Chief Technical Officer, Thome Group of Companies

Sean Hutchings is responsible for driving both compliance and safety cultures throughout the Group. Direct reporting units include, Group Security, HSSEQ, Fleet Services, Technical Support and Compliance departments. In addition monitoring and improving fleet performance through development of scalable solutions and provision of expertise, using innovative approaches to fleet management, with a strong emphasis on technology and processes. To closely monitor industry trends, including technological advances, ensuring Thome Group remains at the forefront of the industry in respect of safety, quality and efficiency of vessel management. Sean Hutchings has 17 years’ experience in Asia with DNV GL, including 10 years at a senior management level.  He has managed a team of managers overseeing all maritime and offshore Classification activities for South East Asia and he has a wealth of managerial and technical expertise. He has a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons), University of Auckland, NZ. He is also a Member of Royal Institution of Naval Architects, UK.


Alvin Looi, Director (FD&D), The North of England P&I Club, Singapore

Alvin joined North in 2009 as part of the Freight, Demurrage and Defence (FD&D) department, having previously worked as a maritime lawyer in Gurbani & Co, Rajah & Tann LLP and at Skuld P&I Club. He is based in the Singapore branch office of North and heads the FD&D team in Singapore, which has responsibility for the provision of in-house legal advice and the handling of FD&D work for Members of North in the Asia-Pacific region. Alvin is also a member of North’s specialist Admiralty and Nickel Ore group, and sits on the LMAA Supporting Members Liaison Committee (Asia Pacific).



Capt. Siddharth Kumar, Global Training Manager, Green Jakobsen

Siddharth joined Green-Jakobsen in 2014. He is representing the company in Asia, primarily India, Singapore and China. He is Key account Manager for Safety Delta clients and Global Training Manager for Green-Jakobsen’s client courses.

He has an MBA in Shipping Management from the Indian Management School and Research Centre, and a Bachelor’s degree in Nautical Science from the University of Mumbai. He is licensed Master Mariner and has sailed as a Master onboard Oil/Chemical Tankers, having been at sea for over 12 years. Siddharth also holds a Diploma in Shipping Economics and Operations and a diploma in Dry Cargo Chartering from the Cambridge Academy of Transport. Sid is accredited by the Danish Maritime Authority as Safety and Health Instructor. Sid holds a certification in Blanchard Situational Leadership and Thomas Personal Profile Analysis/Human Job Analysis.


Brian (Bong-jun) Kwak, Sales Manager / Marketing Team, Panasia 

Brian (Bong-jun) Kwak graduated from Silla University in Korea. He is working as Marine technical sales manager at Panasia since 2013, mainly in South east Asia region. He is also an affiliated researcher for International regulations especially for Ballast water treatment system and 2020 sulphur cap regulation.



Lee Hiok Liang, Naval Architect, T&T Salvage

Lee Hiok Liang is a Naval Architect with T&T Salvage and has since participated in plan development for numerous significant emergency response and wreck removal cases around the world, both on the scene and remote engineering support. The notable emergency response case includes the developing of a salvage response plan for a handymax bulk carrier experiencing cargo liquefaction in extreme weather condition with a severe list, crew abandonment and eventual grounding. Before joining the T&T family, he worked for an international dredging company as a senior project engineer for ship newbuilding project, with consulting and salvage company as Naval Architect involved in marine salvage, offshore project and other engineering fields.


Gavin Lim, Regional Development Manager – Asia, Sailors’ Society

Gavin Lim is the Regional Development Manager – Asia for maritime welfare charity Sailors’ Society. Based in Singapore, he leads and supports a network of 20 port chaplains and community development officers.

Since joining the Society in 2014, he has overseen the design and implementation of 12 flagship projects in the Philippines, Indonesia and India. These projects include building housing and medical facilities, school rehabilitation, community outreach and the expansion of the award-winning Wellness at Sea programme.

Prior to joining the charity, Gavin spent more than 20 years in the commercial sector with experience in marketing, operations and compliance management.

He is a graduate of the University of London, with an honours degree in law.


Dimitrios Maniatis, Chief Commercial Officer at Diaplous Maritime Services

Having completed contracts for the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other European agencies in Afghanistan and wider Central Asia, from 2001 – 2009, Mr Maniatis started working in the Maritime Security Sector. Upon completing STCW and other relevant maritime training, he joined the ranks of the Armed Security Teams on board vessels in the HRA of the Indian Ocean. While sailing on ships and holding the position of Team Leader,  he started university courses on shipping to complement his business studies. In 2012, he was given the opportunity to immerse in the business side of the MarSec game and this lead to a wonderful journey that has now brought him to the pinnacle of his MarSec goals by working within the Diaplous team. His role within Diaplous is the promotion of the company in new markets, the development of new businesses and the continuous growth of the group.


Capt. Arthur Martin, HSQE Manager, Goodwood Ship Management Pte Ltd

Arthur went out to sea in Dec 1974 and started his career with the Shipping Corporation of India and then joined Wallem Ship Management in 1986. He got command in 1989 and been in the tanker business since. He came ashore to Singapore in 1997 and worked with a Ship Manager initially, then went on to become a SIRE inspector, after that sat on the vetting desk of IMT Singapore till 2007 and then came back into ship management. He has seen it all in the last 44 years.

He has been the HSQE Manager at Goodwood since its inception in 2008 and helped set up the procedures and manuals for ISM, ISO 9001, 14001, 27001, 45001 & 50001. He is very passionate about safety and has a great team who supports his initiatives.



Capt. Sachin Singh, Alternate DPA / CSO, Fleet Ship Management Singapore Pte. Ltd

Capt. Sachin Singh is Alternate DPA / CSO at Fleet Ship Management Singapore Pte. Ltd. He is a motivated leader with a strong acumen to develop a performing team in the working environment to achieve results. Also, he is a proactive change agent who spends time with the workforce, encouraging learning and increased productivity which results in value added customer service and relationship management. He has high adaptability Senior Management resource with global experience in QHSSE operations and management, including ship and office auditing and a proven track record in proficient and effective training. Among many skills, he is a motivated and skilled strategist with a goal based approach backed by common sense for transforming strategic plans into workable solutions and benchmarking performance against key operational targets.


Yves Vandenborn, Director of Loss Prevention, The Standard Club 

Yves Vandenborn is a master mariner and sailed with Exmar Nv. Belgium on chemical/product, LNG and LPG tankers. Since coming ashore in 2003, Yves has worked as a marine superintendent with a Singapore/Indonesian shipowner. He set up the ISM system and assisted the company in obtaining TMSA level 2 rating and Oil Major approval for the fleet.

Yves worked as an independent marine surveyor from 2006 until 2010 undertaking numerous P&I condition surveys, oil major SIRE pre-vettings, TMSA audits, pre-purchase surveys, bulk carrier hatch cover ultra-sonic tests, etc.

Yves joined Charles Taylor in February 2010 as an in-house marine surveyor for the Singapore office of The Standard Club. In July 2013 he took over as Director of Loss Prevention for The Standard Club. As the director he is responsible for the risk assessment programme for the club’s membership worldwide. He is further responsible for the loss prevention initiatives, the club’s loss prevention publications and technical advice to the membership, as well as to the underwriting and claims departments.


Andreas Zontanos, Partner, Argonavis

Andreas Zontanos holds a Naval Architect and Marine Engineer diploma from NTUA, and a M.Sc. Degree in Precision Engineering Metrology by Cranfield University, Cranfield, UK. Before establishing ARGO NAVIS, he has worked in consulting firms as junior and later senior consultant, in two (2) Greek ship management companies as superintendent engineer, led on-site newbuilding supervision teams in two (2) bulk carrier newbuilding projects in Croatia and China for Greek ship-owners and worked as an independent engineer conducting surveys and supervising conversions and repair works.



Lead Sponsors


Panasia is an environmental friendly, renewable energy supplying facility, a leader in the global market, with their key competencies of development and product expansion have led to the development of marine and air environment protection and the provision of new renewable energy sources. Through on-going innovation and change, PANASIA is providing new value generation and quality services to their customers. Panasia operates local subsidiaries in Europe, the United States, China, Japan and strengthening global competitiveness by working closely with representatives from all over the world.

1. SOx Scrubber system

PaSOx™ Scrubber is divided into a U-Type and I-Type. Depending on the configuration of the main engine, auxiliary engine or boiler the U-Type is composed of the Single Inlet System and the Multi Inlet System while the I-Type is composed of the Single Stream System and the Combined Stream System.

Panasia so far, has received over 190 ships Scrubber system for newbuilding & retrofit from customers all around the world.

2. Ballast Water Treatment System

GloEn-Patrol™ is a combined treatment system taking advantage of Filtration and UV irradiation, the most environmentally friendly and optimally designed solution for every kind of vessel to install and operate.

Adopting a 100% physical treatment technology, GloEn-Patrol™ effectively disinfects harmful aquatic organism and pathogen in ballast water without producing any toxic substance during ballasting and de-ballasting.




SQE MARINE is the dedicated Consulting Services Provider of the SQE Group. Mission of SQE MARINE is to provide Maritime Safety, Quality & Environmental Consulting, operating a DNV–GL Certified Training Center and a LLOYDS ISO 9001 certified management system.

At a glance:

  • Established in 1998
  • 10,000 plus Ship Manuals Developed
  • 500 plus Management Systems Developed
  • 1000 Plus Clients served





Diaplous Maritime Services

Diaplous is a top level security provider for the international maritime community. The company’s core business is Maritime Security in the high risk areas of the globe, safe guarding vessels, crews and valuable cargoes. Diaplous has excelled in all operations undertaken, in all trade sectors and is one of very few companies worldwide to have gained the appreciation, respect and approval from the biggest players in the Oil industry, the largest dry sector charterers and ofcourse the ship owning community. Diaplous has expanded and now covers Land Operations through its sister company Diaplous Land Services. The newest addition to company’s operational ability is Diaplous Maritime Services Nigeria that caters to its clients security needs in West Africa and the Gulf of Guinea.




ERMA FIRST is a company consisting of scientists with high experience and profound knowledge that designs and manufactures innovative ballast water treatment systems in compliance with the latest legislation.

The advanced ERMA FIRST Ballast Water Treatment System holds Type Approval by IMO, class type approval by Lloyd’s Register and AMS approval letter by US Coast Guard.

ERMA FIRST BWTS is an autonomous and reliable solution for several types and sizes of vessels. ERMA FIRST S.A. has undertaken to incorporate internationally recognized ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 quality management standards into our work processes.

Nowadays, ERMA FIRST has a prestigious reference list comprised of ship-owners and shipyards in Greece, China, Italy, Turkey, Romania, Japan, Korea, US, etc.



Green Jakobsen

Green-Jakobsen was founded in 2001 and our focus has always been on the improvement of human performance within the maritime segment. We are a group of people with maritime and academic backgrounds, counting some 40 employees in total.

Over the years we have rolled out a vast number of development programmes, facilitated improved human performance, and trained thousands of seafarers and office staff world-wide.

We have offices in Copenhagen, Manila, Athens and Mumbai.

Our areas of expertise are:

  • Maritime safety performance – reducing LTIF, providing strong tools and methods to support the safety initiatives and focus on defining actions rather than preparing lengthy documents
  • Maritime leadership – training leaders to fulfil the performance driving role, providing knowledge and tools to act as competent leaders
  • HR performance and management – linking the management and development of people and their competencies with leadership skills and safety performance
  • Soft skills courses – offering a wide range of subjects for company specific courses and seminars
  • Measure and develop safety performance – strengthening a proactive safety culture in an ongoing cycle in a plug-and-play solution including on board training and development


www.green-jakobsen.com and www.safety-delta.com


Hudson Analytics
Hudson Marine works closely with its clients to help them move forward with confidence in today’s technically complex and environmentally sensitive world. Hudson Marine’s comprehensive services encompass all areas of risk management, emergency and regulatory preparedness, incident prevention and response. Our perspective is informed by the technical, operational, commercial, regulatory and environmental factors governing our industry. Our strength is based on our experience and our history. But our success is based on our commitments, our relationships and our ability to help our clients operate more successfully in today’s increasingly challenging industry.




Marshall Islands Registry

International Registries, Inc. and its affiliates (IRI) provide administrative and technical support to the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Maritime and Corporate Registries. The RMI Registry is the third largest registry in the world, surpassing 134 million gross tons and 3,885 registered vessels at the end of July 2016. IRI has a network of 27 worldwide offices that have the ability to register a vessel or yacht, including those under construction, record a mortgage or financing charter, incorporate a company, issue seafarer documentation, and service clientele.

The quality of the RMI fleet can be measured by the RMI’s continued White List status on both the Paris and Tokyo Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs). The RMI also meets the flag criteria for a low risk ship under the Paris MoU’s New Inspection Regime, and has qualified for the United States Coast Guard’s Qualship 21 roster for 12 consecutive years, which is unprecedented.

The most important asset to the Registry is its customers and IRI strives to provide them with full service from any office, 24 hours a day. To learn more, visit www.register-iri.com.



North P&I Club

North P&I Club  is a leading marine mutual liability insurer providing P&I, FD&D, war risks and ancillary insurance to 140 million GT of owned tonnage and 50 million GT of chartered tonnage (at February 2017). We are based in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK with regional offices in Greece, Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore. We are a leading member of the International Group of P&I Clubs (IG), with over 12% of the IG’s owned tonnage. The 13 IG clubs provide liability cover for approximately 90% of the world’s ocean-going tonnage and, as a member of the IG, North protects and promotes the interests of the international shipping industry. Recent years have seen growth based upon our core values of quality membership, service excellence and financial stability. We have an “A” (stable) credit rating from the financial rating agency Standard & Poor’s. North has grown by attracting quality shipowners and charterers who have maintained and improved the risk profile of the Club. The following chart shows the breakdown of our membership by ship type and by geographical location.






RISK4SEA is an online intelligence platform providing inspection analytics, fleet & ship operator benchmarking. Using big data analytics an operator may benchmark his ships, fleet & company against industry standards and get a clear insight of his performance gaps and a roadmap to continually improve.




The Standard Club

The Standard Club is a mutual insurance association and member of the International Group of P&I clubs, owned by its shipowner members and controlled by a board of directors drawn from the membership. The club has been insuring shipowners, operators and charterers for their liabilities to third parties for over 100 years and insures about 10% of the world fleet.

The Standard Club prides itself on quality of service to members, and sets great store in responsiveness and support at all times, especially in times of crisis. Claims are managed from one of our 6 international offices, and our global reach is expanded by our correspondent network. We also put an emphasis on financial strength and stability, which has resulted in an S&P A rating and no unbudgeted supplementary calls for over 20 years.

The Loss Prevention department works to minimise losses through ship surveys, member risk reviews and a programme of educational events and publications. The loss prevention team is continuously developing its tools and training its personnel to enable it to provide expert technical and loss prevention advice to members round the clock.

The Safety and Loss Advisory Committees are key to the club’s loss prevention initiatives and meet twice yearly to discuss claim trends and industry issues. Various initiatives have come as a result of the committee meetings, such as the member risk review programme, introduced in 1993 and unique to all International Group clubs




T&T SALVAGE, a member company of the Teichman Group, is committed to serving the emergency response needs of its clients under the highest standards of safety and quality. The Teichman Group since 1957 has grown to become a leading service provider to the international maritime and offshore petroleum industries.

T&T SALVAGE, www.ttsalvage.com, Global response services are supported by salvage stations in Singapore, Rotterdam, Hamburg and South America. The Group owns and maintain a comprehensive inventory of salvage, firefighting systems, ship-to-ship (STS) lightering systems, anti-pollution systems, three-dimensional sonar, ROVs, and advanced diving systems all packaged so it can be rapidly transported by air, land or sea. The portable assets are complemented by floating heavy lift and salvage support vessels ready to meet both routine and emergency response challenges. In addition, the Group includes an in-house design and fabrication department available on a 24 hour basis to support any urgent in-situ needs a field salvage team may have during an operation.

T&T SALVAGE is a Member of the American Salvage Association (ASA), the International Salvage Union (ISU), the North American Environmental Protection Association (NAMEPA) and the Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI).


  • Asian Shipowners’ Association
  • ASP Ship Management Singapore Pte Ltd
  • Bowring Advisory Limited
  • Embassy Of Greece In Singapore
  • GMPE Pte Ltd
  • Hong Lam Marine Pte Ltd
  • Informa
  • Keppel Offshore Technology Development
  • MOL (Asia-Oceania) Pte Ltd
  • MOL Cape (Singapore) Pte.Ltd.
  • Offshore Technology Development
  • Seabliss Marine Services
  • Thoresen Shipping
  • Aderco Pte Ltd
  • ADK Maritime Pte Ltd
  • Aiden Marine Consultants & Surveyors Pte Ltd
  • Al Thanyaa Interior Maintenance Service
  • Alfa Ship Managers Pte. Ltd.
  • American Bureau Of Shipping
  • Andrew Moore And Associates
  • Arcadia Shipping Pte Ltd
  • Argonavis
  • Aulis Insights Pte Ltd
  • Aurora Tankers Management Pte Ltd
  • Belships Management (Singapore) Pte Ltd
  • Brand Marine Consultants (Sg) Pte.Ltd.
  • Capital Shipping Agent
  • Centrum Maritme Services Pte Ltd
  • Columbia Shipmanagement Singapore
  • Dasin Shipping Pte Ltd
  • Den-Jet Marine Pte Ltd
  • DHI Water & Environment Pte Ltd
  • Diaplous
  • DNV GL
  • DSTA
  • Dualog
  • Emerplan LLP
  • Epic Gas
  • Evergas
  • Experia Events Pte Ltd
  • Fassmer Singapore Pte Ltd
  • Fleet Ship Management Singapore Pte. Ltd
  • Gaslog Ltd.
  • Goodwood Ship Management  Pte Ltd
  • Green Jakobsen
  • Grindrod Ship Management
  • Hafnia Tankers Singapore
  • Haisoon Ship Management Pte Ltd
  • HLNS Shipping Pte Ltd
  • IMC Industrial Pte Ltd
  • International Registries
  • Intership Pte Ltd
  • ISF Group International
  • Japan Marine United Singapore Pte Ltd
  • Jurong Port Pte Ltd
  • Keppel Shipyard Pte Ltd
  • KVH Videotel
  • LDS Marine Services
  • Lion City Marine
  • Lloyd’s Register
  • Logimatic Singapore Pte Ltd
  • Macgregor Group
  • Man Energy Solutions Singapore Pte Ltd
  • Maretek Singapore
  • MariApps Marine Solutions
  • Marine Offshore Oil And Gas Association
  • Methanol Institute
  • MPA Singapore
  • M-Shippings Ltd
  • MSI Ship Management Pte Ltd
  • MTM Shipmanagement Pvt Ltd
  • New Ocean Shipmanagement Pte Ltd
  • Ngee Ann Polytechnic
  • Ocean Tankers Pre Ltd
  • Oceanmanagement
  • OHC Ship Management
  • OSM Maritime Group
  • Pacific Radiance Ltd
  • Pamarine Private Limited
  • Panasia
  • Parakou Shipmanagement Pte Ltd
  • PG Shipmanagement Pte Ltd
  • Proper In Management Inc
  • Q88 LLC
  • Republic Of Singapore Navy
  • Republic Of Singapore Yacht Club
  • Rio Tinto
  • Riviera Maritime Media Pte Ltd
  • Sailors’ Society
  • Sealink Navigation Ltd
  • Seanco Pte Ltd
  • Seaquest Shipmanagement Pte Ltd
  • Seateam Management Pte Ltd
  • SES
  • Shastra Marine
  • Sinarmas Lda Maritime
  • Singapore Institute Of Technology
  • Singapore Polytechnic
  • Singapore Shipping Enterprises Pte Ltd
  • Sinopec Lubricant (Singapore) Pte Ltd
  • Sinor Marine Technologies Pte Ltd
  • Smit Lamnalco
  • Socatra Singapore Pte Ltd
  • Solis Marine Consultants Pte Ltd
  • Solomon Islands Ports Authority
  • Stena Marine Management
  • Superin Chemical (S) Pte. Ltd.
  • Survitec
  • Swissco Offshore Pte.Ltd
  • Synergy Group
  • T&T Salvage
  • Tasac -Tanzania Shipping Agencies Corporation
  • Techcross Singapore Ltd.
  • Techno-Marine (S) Pte Ltd
  • Tencate Advanced Armour
  • The China Navigation Company Pte Ltd
  • The North Of England P&I Association Limited
  • The Shipowners’ Mutual P&I Association
  • The Standard Club
  • Thomas Miller (Sea) Pte Ltd
  • Thome Group Of Companies
  • University Of Glagow
  • VLK Traders (S) Pte Ltd
  • Vships
  • Wallem Ship Management Ltd.
  • West Of England Insurance Services
  • World Tankers Management Pte Ltd
  • Zeaborn Ship Management (Singapore) Pte Ltd

First SAFETY4SEA Conference in Singapore focuses on key strategies for sustainable future

The inaugural SAFETY4SEA Conference in Singapore successfully concluded on Thursday 29th of November, at the Peony Main Ballroom, Level 4, Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Center, Singapore, attracting 230 delegates from a total of 132 organizations.

The event, organized by SAFETY4SEA, was sponsored by PANASIA, SQEMARINE as the lead speakers and also Diaplous Maritime Services, ERMA FIRST, Green Jakobsen, Hudson Analytix, Marshall Islands Registry, North P&I Club, RISK4SEA, The Standard P&I Club and T&T SALVAGE. Furthermore, the event was supported by Green Award Foundation, IMAREST, International Windship Association (IWSA), MPA Singapore, Sailors’ Society, Singapore Maritime Institute, Singapore Shipping Enterprises (SSE) and World LPG Association.

The pro bono event brought together global experts who held a wide-ranging discussion on strategies toward 2020, ballast water management implementation and QHSE aspects, highlighting challenges and strategies for compliance. The looming 2020 global sulphur cap and IMO’s ambitious emission reduction targets were among the topical issues of the agenda for which experts expressed their views and addressed ways to tackle these game-changing issues. Moreover, speakers of last panel held an open dialogue on safety topics referring to key market challenges, providing advice on how to comply with requirements and mitigate risks.


Panel # 1 – IMO 2020

 During his presentation, Mr. Alvin Looi, Director (FD&D), The North of England P&I Association Limited, focused on the implications of 2020 sulphur cap regulation from an insurer’s perspective, sharing feedback from the Club’s experience on the challenges being faced through certain compliance methods for charterparties and commercial agreements.

On his turn, Mr. Sean Hutchings, Chief Technical Officer, Thome Group of Companies, discussed what are the key environmental fuel options for operators to achieve compliance with the upcoming 2020 sulphur cap and shared his experience on the hidden challenges surrounding each choice.

Mr. Justin (Ji-heon) Bae, Team Manager / Marketing Team, Panasia, emphasized on the current market trend of scrubbers ahead the IMO’s 2020 sulphur regulation, noting that the spread might be bigger when reaching 2020 through 2025 and, if CAPEX payback is guarantee within a couple of years, it should be good deal for the ship owner.


Panel # 2 – Ballast Water Management

 Mr. Brian (Bong-jun) Kwak, Sales Manager / Marketing Team, Panasia, discussed market situation on BWTS that shows slow movement on retrofitting the system, despite the two-year push back decided at MEPC 71. By presenting time-frame for annual installation prediction, he underlined the seriousness of taking slow action due to concentration in 2022 and 2023.

 Mr. Andreas Zontanos, Partner, Argonavis, shared tips on the effective management of a BWTS retrofit, noting that this takes careful planning and communication to make a project to succeed. As such, he cited what are the key steps for operators to reduce costs without affecting the quality, as well as what they should not do to reduce retrofit costs.


Panel # 3 – Safety at Sea  

Based on statistics provided by the Safety@Sea Singapore Campaign, Mr. David Foo, Director (Port Systems), MPA Singapore, revealed that human element remains a major concern for safety and he provided an update on the ongoing efforts to address the human element, as well as share new initiatives and ideas on how MPA seeks to address the issue.

Mr. Gavin Lim, Regional Development Manager – Asia, Sailors’ Society, shared his insight for the association’s Wellness at Sea Programme. Traditionally, he argued, the industry thought of seafarers as only ‘occupational’ human beings, but the current definition of wellness looks at the human being’s holistic nature.

Capt. Siddharth Kumar, Global Training Manager, Green Jakobsen, discussed the importance of involving the entire organisation when companies want to improve people’s performance. Organizations, he noted, must look for creating the possibilities for new learning process and various departments should contribute to that process including HR, Crewing, Training, HSQE, Technical, etc.

Panel # 4 – Best Practices & Lessons Learned

Mr. Reji Joseph, Marine HR Manager, Wallem Ship Management, Singapore, shared best practices from the company’s strategy aiming to achieve safety and operational excellence beyond compliance. The focus is on wellbeing for seafarers, with increased sense of belonging and increased engagement between ship & shore that led to a significant reduction in the number of incidents.

Mr. Richard Dias, Regional Technical Manager for International Registries (Far East) Limited, talked about PSC from a flag State perspective, noting that there is a balance between the flag State’s role of providing service and enforcing regulations. He also discussed how the RMI’s mission, from a regulatory perspective, includes quality, compliance, and value.

At his presentation, Mr. Apostolos Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA, cited the five steps to benchmark any fleet, port and organization. Benchmarks, he noted, may be used successfully to identify gaps between ports, ships, companies and countries, but the approach to be used needs a fresh look, to emphasize specifically on what to do to prepare for minimizing future risks.

Panel # 5 –  Loss prevention

Capt. Yves Vandenborn, Director of Loss Prevention, The Standard Club, talked about one specific aspect of human element in maritime casualties: Seafarers’ resilience, he noted, can be improved through enhanced training regimes focused on realism, emphasis on experience, as well as changes to how an organization functions.

Mr. Lee Hiok Liang, Naval Architect, T&T Salvage, shared lessons learned from real-life bulk cargo liquefaction accidents, stressing that, apart from transportable moisture limit, sea condition is the other closely related critical parameter that causes high humidity cargoes to be unstable, more liable in rough sea for cargo shifting and consequential ship capsizing.

At his speech, Mr. Dimitris Maniatis, Chief Commercial Officer at Diaplous, provided a recap of the current maritime security status, in the Indian Ocean Region, in the Gulf of Aden and Bab Al Mandeb, in the Gulf of Guinea and other high-risk areas. Mr. Maniatis stressed that there are always ways to successfully mitigate risk, deter threat and avoid loss.


Panel # 6 –  QHSE Discussion and debate on key market challenges

Concluding the first SAFETY4SEA Conference in Singapore, a panel roundtable discussion – held by Mr. Arthur Martin, HSQEEn Manager, Goodwood Ship Management Pte Ltd, Capt. Sachin Singh, Alternate DPA / CSO, Fleet Ship Management Singapore Pte. Ltd, and Mr. Himadri Shikhar Ghosh, Group Head, Compliance, Training & Development, MSI Ship Management Pte Ltd, Singapore – emphasized on key market challenges surrounding Quality, Health, Safety and Environment (QHSE) for Organizations, with a variety of themes including health and safety of employees, crew manning, the new approach on safety culture, organizational performance, training and compliance issues.


All sessions ended with a round table discussion in which the audience exchanged ideas with high level experts of international repute on technological developments. Finally, Apostolos Belokas as the Forum Chairman thanked the delegates for their participation, the sponsors and supporters for their support and the speakers for their excellent presentations and also the organizing team of the event for their contribution towards forum objectives.

Video Presentations

All presentations will be made available on YouTube in high resolution within November at the SAFETY4SEA Channel

Speaker Articles

Edited articles with key points of each presentation will be available at safety4sea.com under ‘Opinions’ column within this month

Event Photos

Available at SAFETY4SEA Flickr

Paper Magazine Coverage

Event will be covered on the next SAFETY4SEA Log due to be issued in January 2019



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