The Maritime Advocate-Issue 657



1. The Yusuf Cepnioglu
2. Club and Superclub
3. Overseas Currency Transfers
4. Ocean United
5. Self Driving Trucks
6. People and Places

Situation Vacant

Sales Executive – Global Marine Industry Media

* Passionate, energetic individuals wanted for exciting sales opportunity

* Substantial earning potential for ambitious Sales Executive

Leading international marine trade magazine publisher, Baird Publications,
requires experienced, passionate and energetic
Sales Executives to join its global Sales Team in the role of advertising
Sales Executive.

Media or other sales experience essential. Marine industry experience
would be a big plus.

The position requires persistence, creativity, intelligence, hard work,
and the ability to think on your feet. In return, a successful Sales
Executive will receive excellent, results-based remuneration, with no
cap on commission. The role can be performed from anywhere. We are looking
for a number of people, especially in Europe and North America.

The successful applicant can look forward to working on one of Baird’s
high quality maritime trade magazines or exciting new online offerings.

Please send a CV and cover letter to:

The Managing Director


Another Situation Vacant

Our reader is seeking to employ an English qualified lawyer to join
a growing marine insurance team. The company has
offices in both Asia and London and has a well-established business
portfolio of Asian ship operators.

In order to supplement the legal advice platform that the company already
provides to its ship operating clients it is the company’s wish
to hire a further member of staff with a marine legal background, experienced
in dealing with the full
gamut of contractual and liability issues that the operator clients
may face. The successful candidate should be able to
show that they are experienced in dealing with both P&I and FD&D

"What we can offer are working hours and conditions to suit you,
whatever your circumstances may be. Occasional overseas business trips
may be required.

We are happy to consider applicants based in either Asia or the UK,
of any age, working on either a full-time or part-time
basis, and can offer the flexibility to suit individual needs. Working
from home offers no barrier.

If such a position is of interest to you then you can contact the editor,
describing your experience, at the following email

Any interest will be dealt with in complete confidence.


FOB Network News

The current count of Members is 3896.

Our newsfeed on the site is courtesy of Splash 24/7.

Our latest Business Members are the Steamship Mutual P&I
Club. Every Club has a website but not everyone in our experience is
as eager as the Steamship Mutual to communicate with the world. See
their recent efforts here:-

FOB Network is a kind of facebook for the maritime classes.
It is designed for use by people who are very often quite shy of opining
in wide open internet platforms. The exchanges are polite, moderated
and untainted by boorish online presences. Only registered members can
see what goes on in the groups and we have yet to request anyone to
moderate their tone.


Registration for FOB is gratis for individuals. Businesses
can take out a page for a small supporting contribution and we welcome
firms prepared to sponsor Group pages or advertise with us. This helps
to keep FOB a going concern and puts a smile on the face of our programmers
and accountants.

FOB is a project designed to adapt the new ways of using the internet
for the sorts of people who read The Maritime Advocate.

You are welcome to join


1. The Yusuf Cepnioglu

Richard Strub and Michael Dean, writing in hfw’s latest Shipping Briefing,
report a good day for insurers:-

Many jurisdictions around the world have legislation granting a victim
the right to sue a defendant’s insurer directly and without first
suing the insured. Such “direct action statutes” have been
used in a number of recent cases to sue P&I clubs directly. The
issue for clubs, and insurance companies generally, is not only that
such claims potentially circumvent the choice of law and jurisdiction
within the contract of insurance, but also that contractual defences,
most notably the pay to be paid rule, can often be declared unenforceable
by the local courts.

In Shipowners’ Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association (Luxembourg)
v Containerships Denizcilik Nakliyat Ve Ticaret AS, the Court of Appeal
has clarified the test to be applied in determining whether a club must
defend claims in the relevant foreign jurisdiction in which they are
brought, or whether the club can rely upon the choice of law and jurisdiction
within the club rules and seek an anti-suit injunction preventing any
action from being prosecuted abroad.

Read the analysis of the case here:-


2. Club and Superclub

Our friends over at Splash 24/7 have a strong piece by Andrew Craig-Bennett
on the P&I merger deal of our times. He investigates the possible
reasons why- always a good start- and mentions how the succession issue
is looming over at least one of the parties. It is funny how people
gathered together in meeting rooms in such businesses see the answer
to the problems of their business as resolvable by some kind of reorganisation
followed by the handing around of jobs to those in the room. So it goes.

Read ACB’s piece in full here:-


3. Overseas Currency Transfers

The Maritime Advocate online has partnered with Worldwide Currencies
to offer our Readers highly competitive exchange rates with no additional
fees or commissions.

Whether you are making a personal transfer or as a business transaction,
Worldwide currencies will tailor their service to suit your currency

For more information, please contact Henry Hill on +44 (0)203 326 4514


4. Ocean United

Word reaches us that this NGO has launched a new website designed to
give help to people working the ocean environment side of things. Far
be it for us to talk down anyone who is doing something positive m in
this area but we noticed the monthly newsletter is called the Navigator
and the mission statement is not unlike many others we know who are
working in this field such as our own World Ocean Council. The organisation
has the support of Richard Branson and his philanthropic body Virgin
United. Click on the link below:-


5. Self Driving Trucks

The latest Flexport blog contains a good piece on the future of trucking
by Ryan Petersen, the CEO of the company. He writes:-

Last week’s demonstration in Europe shows that driverless trucking
is right around the corner. The primary remaining barriers are regulatory.
We still need to create on- and off- ramps so that human drivers can
bring trucks to the freeways where highway autopilot can take over.
We may also need dedicated lanes as slow-moving driverless trucks could
be a hazard for drivers. These are big projects that can only be done
with the active support of government. However, regulators will be understandably
reluctant to allow technology with the potential eliminate so many jobs.

Yet the benefits from adopting it will be so huge that we can’t
simply outlaw it. A 400% price-performance improvement in ground transportation
networks will represent an incredible boost to human well-being. Where
would we be if we had banned mechanized agriculture on the grounds that
most Americans worked in farming when tractors and harvesters were introduced
in the early 20th century?

Read the article in full here:-


6. People and Places

John Banaszkiewicz, the managing director of Freight Investor Services
(FIS), has been elected as Dry Chairman of the Forward Freight Agreement
Brokers’ Association (FFABA). He replaces Tasos Spiliopoulos of
Simpson Spence Young who served a one year term.

The FFABA is an independent association of 15 FFA broking Baltic Exchange
member firms formed in 1997. The Association runs regular forums with
the Baltic Exchange to promote FFA trading and bring together market


Braemar Engineering has announced the retirement of Michael Holderness,
founder of Braemar Engineering (formerly Wavespec), at the end of April.

Since the establishment of Wavespec in 1993, and through its acquisition
by Seascope thence Braemar Shipping Services PLC in 2001, Mr Holderness,
in the role of Technical Director, has been dedicated to leading the
growth of the company’s reputation as the world’s leading
consultant in the field of LNG, . After more than twenty years in the
role, Mr Holderness has made the decision that he has reached a natural
break point and as such has decided to step down and begin a new chapter
in his life.


The North American Marine Environmental Protection Association (NAMEPA)
has received a grant from Patagonia’s Environmental Grants and Support
Program. The project designed by NAMEPA is called Fighting Marine Debris
on the Connecticut Coastline. The overall objective for this program
is to bring together people from different community subsets to address
the problem of marine debris and learn about the mitigations strategies
and individual action plans. The project will be implemented along the
Connecticut Coastline.

The Patagonia Environmental Grants and Support Program gives 1% of
their sales to support environmental organizations around the world,
funding at the grassroots level in countries and communities where they
have people on the ground.


From the Avo Archive

The website of this newsletter contains all the editorial material
since the inception of the Maritime Advocate as a print based quarterly
in 1997 under the founding aegis of John Guy, Chris Hewer and Manfred
Arnold. Readers can go to the site and search the database on the home
page in its entirety. If you are looking for an old case, an old controversy
or you would just like to see how many times you and your firm have
featured in our annals feel free to access the archive. It is like this
e-zine, free to Readers and we always appreciate the support of advertisers
and sponsors.

Casting around the archive looking for any learned articles on succession
we came across this corker by Chris Hewer which saw the light of day
as early as the old paper Issue 13 dated Nov 2000. It stands up very
well to the blinding searchlight called hindsight.

The Third Man

Cause and effect

IN our last issue I nominated European Shippers Council policy manager
Nicolette van der Jagt for the most fatuous analogy of the year so far.
I should have known better. It was only August. A challenger had emerged
even before the brown leaves of autumn had started to fall in Europe.
The challenger was the UK shipping minister, and I am confident he will
not be bested this side of the new year.

UK shipping ministers are not supposed to know anything about shipping,
and have seemingly always been chosen with that imperative in mind.
They are not expected to turn up half the time, and people wish they
hadn’t the other half. Minister Keith Hill didn’t keep his appointment
to address the Mare Forum in Athens recently. He was too busy attending
the labour party conference in Brighton. He sent a hapless civil servant
in his stead, but the end result was the same.

"There would not be the problem of substandard shipping if nobody
was prepared to insure it." That was the gist of the UK government’s
message in Athens. Brilliant. And there would be no divorces if the
church or state refused to marry people who were temperamentally unsuited
for it.

I would like to tell all UK shipping ministers – and their stand-ins
– to go and hard-boil their heads, and for much longer than the regulation
five minutes, which is usually about the length of their term in office.

As a trite observation that adds nothing to the sum of human knowledge,
but instead serves to fan the fires of misdirected ire which plague
any sane attempt to apportion responsibility on an equitable basis in
the shipping industry, the UK shipping ministry’s decision to play the
insurance card takes the biscuit. It doesn’t even do us the courtesy
of keeping up to date with the tide of fashionable prejudice. Had it
done so, it would have known that it is classification societies who
are currently in pole position on the catherine wheel of soft-option
persecution which runs throughout the shipping industry whenever things
go wrong.

Class shares this uncomfortable position on a rotating basis with the
insurance industry and the banks, although the banks only feature once
for every two appearances by insurance and class. At the moment, any
old buck-dodger with something to hide, or any self-appointed pundit
with crabmeat for brains, blames class for everything bad that happens
to shipping, including El Nino and the fear that world barley consumption
is likely to outstrip supply for the third year in succession. We don’t
need any help from politicians.

Mr Hill might be well-advised to roll himself in a turkey carpet and
wait quietly for his successor to achieve nothing. He shouldn’t have
long to wait.


The Importance Of Walking

They say that doing some walking can add 5 minutes to your life for
every day you do it. This can enable you, at 85 years old, to spend
an up to an additional eight months in a nursing home at $11,000 per

My grandpa started walking five miles a day when he was 70. Now he’s
77 and we don’t have any idea where the hell he is.

I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy

The only reason I would take up walking is so that I could hear heavy
breathing again.

I have to walk early in the morning, before my brain figures out what
I’m doing.

I joined a health club last year, spent about 400 bucks. Haven’t lost
a pound. Apparently you have to go there.

Every time I hear the dirty word "exercise" I wash my mouth
out with chocolate.

I do have flabby thighs, but fortunately my stomach covers them.

The advantage of exercising every day is so when you die, your friends
can say, "Well she looks good, doesn’t she?"

If you are going to try cross-country skiing, start with a small country.

I know I got a lot of exercise the last few years …just getting over
the hill.

We all get heavier as we get older, because there’s a lot more information
in our heads.

Every time I start thinking too much about how I look, I just find
a Happy Hour and by the time I leave, I look just fine.

[Source: JumboJoke.Com]


Guide to a Land Down Under

1. The bigger the hat, the smaller the farm.

2. The shorter the nickname, the more they like you.

3. Whether its the opening of Parliament, or the launch of a new art
gallery, there is no Australian event that cannot be improved by a sausage

4. If the guy next to you is swearing like a wharfie he’s probably
a media billionaire. Or on the other hand, he may be a wharfie.

5. There is no food that cannot be improved by the application of tomato

6. On the beach, all Australians hide their keys and wallets by placing
them inside their sandshoes. No thief has ever worked this out.

7. Industrial design knows of no article more useful than the plastic
milk crate.

8. All our best heroes are losers.

9. The alpha male in any group is he who takes the barbecue tongs from
the hands of the host and blithely begins turning the snags.

10. Its not summer until the steering wheel is too hot to hold.

11. A thong is not a piece of scanty swimwear, as in America, but a
fine example of Australian footwear. A group of sheilas wearing black
rubber thongs may not be as exciting as you had hoped.

12. It is proper to refer to your best friend as "a total bastard".
By contrast, your worst enemy is "a bit of a bastard".

13. Historians believe the widespread use of the word "mate"
can be traced to the harsh conditions on the Australian frontier in
the 1890s, and the development of a code of mutual aid, or "mateship".
Alternatively, Australians may just be really hopeless with names.

14. The wise man chooses a partner who is attractive not only to himself,
but to the mosquitoes.

15. If it can’t be fixed with pantyhose and fencing wire, its not worth

16. The most popular and widely praised family in any street is the
one that has the swimming pool.

17.Its considered better to be down on your luck than up yourself.

18. The phrase "weve got a great lifestyle" means everyone
in the family drinks too much.

19. If invited to a party, you should take cheap red wine and then
spend all night drinking the host’s beer. (Dont worry, he’ll have catered
for it).

20. If there is any sort of free event or party within a hundred kilometres,
you’d be a mug not to go.

21. The phrase "a simple picnic" is not known. You should
take everything you own. If you dont need to make three trips back to
the car, you’re not trying.

22. Unless ethnic or a Pom, you are not permitted to sit down in your
front yard, or on your front porch. Pottering about, gardening or leaning
on the fence is acceptable. Just dont sit. Thats what backyards are

23. The tarred road always ends just after the house of the local mayor.

24. On picnics, the Esky is always too small, creating a food versus
grog battle that can only ever be resolved by leaving the salad at home.

25. When on a country holiday, the neon sign advertising the motel’s
pool will always be slightly larger than the pool itself.

26. The men are tough, but the women are tougher.

27. The chief test of manhood is ones ability to install a beach umbrella
in high winds.

28. Australians love new technology. Years after their introduction,
most conversations on mobile phones are principally about the fact that
the call is "being made on my mobile".

29. There comes a time in every Australian’s life when he/she realises
that the Aerogard is worse than the flies.

30. And, finally, don’t let the tourist books fool you. No-one EVER
says "cobber" to anyone … EVER! It also doesn’t have the
bit about the true test for immigration to Australia. They give potential
new Aussies the following test: Mowing a sloping lawn (at least 20 degree
angle) in a pair of thongs holding a VB while watching the cricket.
If you can’t pass that chances are you will never be able to pass yourself
off as a true Aussie.

[Source: Paul Dixon]


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