n conjunction with London International Shipping Week 2017, AP-Networks hosted a dry docking conference to share benchmarks and best practices for improving dry docking performance.


Last week, in conjunction with London International Shipping Week 2017, Asset Performance Networks (AP-Networks) hosted a conference on improving dry docking performance. Over 25 attendees registered to hear the latest trends and benchmarks in dry docking, and to gain valuable insights for improving the dry docking performance at their companies.

Leon van Hout, Senior Consultant and Dry Docking Benchmarking Project Manager for AP-Networks, kicked off the conference by sharing industry benchmark outcomes based on the dry docking data collected by AP-Networks over the previous years. These provided valuable insights into the current state of the industry and the potential gains from executing more predictable and competitive dry docking events.

AP-Networks Senior Consultant Ben van Roij introduced the dry docking maturity model to forge a path toward superior dry docking performance, with emphasis on the role of leadership in leading the way and stewarding these improvements. He also talked about the complexity of leadership in the dry docking industry, discussing how a dry docking work process, tools, and people should be integrated by that very leadership to be successful.

Finally, AP-Networks shared selected learnings from oil refinery turnarounds that can be applied to dry docking planning, preparation, and execution. In particular, the correlation between greater emphasis on planning and preparation practices and strong turnaround performance has the potential to be a game changer in the dry docking industry.

Ship owners and managers are on the verge of unlocking incredible value and savings. By focusing effort on dry docking planning and preparation, they stand to execute more predictable dry dockings and achieve more competitive outcomes, with a tangible effect on the bottom line.

If you’re interested in learning more about AP-Networks’ dry docking benchmarking and consulting services, or you wish to receive a copy of the conference materials, please contact drydocking@ap-networks.com.


About Asset Performance Networks

AP-Networks is the indispensable trusted partner to global petroleum, chemical, energy, and shipping companies that aim to optimize their assets’ performance and maximize operational efficiency. We leverage our databases, benchmarks, Software as a Service (SaaS) engines, and our industry-recognized consulting expertise to ensure that our clients mitigate, manage, and control high-risk events, including shutdowns, turnarounds, and dry dockings.

London International Shipping Week Gala Dinner Raises £11,000 for Charity

London, 18th September 2017 – London International Shipping Week’s Gala Dinner has raised £11,000 to be split between four leading maritime charities. The Mission to Seafarers, Seafarers UK, Apostleship of the Sea and Sailors’ Society will each receive equal shares to help fund their valuable work across the maritime industry.

Almost 1,000 guests attended a gala dinner at the Grosvenor Hotel on the 14th September, one of the highlights of LISW, where there was a collection for the charities. Many of the events and presentations held during the week also incorporated a slide promoting the charities and encouraging delegates to take the opportunity to donate to the four maritime causes.

The £10,851 raised on the night and during the week was topped up to £11,000 by LISW event organisers, Shipping Innovation Ltd.

Jan Webber, Director of Development for The Mission to Seafarers, commented: “All four charities are grateful to the exposure they received at the various events, conference and dinner. It is a marvellous opportunity to engage with donors to thank them for their support and explain why their assistance makes an essential contribution to our work.”

Nigel Shattock, Director of Fundraising & Communications at Seafarers UK, said: “We are extremely thankful to all those guests at the Gala Dinner, and to delegates attending events during the week, for their generosity. It was a fantastic evening and an excellent week, and the funds raised for the benefiting charities will appropriately be used for supporting seafarers in need.”

John Green, Director of Development at Apostleship of the Sea, commented: “In over 300 ports our port chaplains give seafarers a chance to get in touch with their families, a chance to get some shore leave; this collection will help us maintain this vital and unique global service for seafarers.”

Kate Sandys, Head of Fundraising at Sailors’ Society, said: “The Gala Dinner was an excellent evening and we are so grateful to all present for their generous donations. We want to thank the organisers for bringing us together for such a fantastic week. Thanks also to all of those who continue to work alongside the benefiting charities to ensure seafarer wellbeing is not forgotten.”  





In the week that global maritime leaders gave the UK a vote of confidence, naming it one of the world’s leading maritime centres, PD Ports is urging UK businesses not to develop ‘Brexit blinkers’ but instead to explore significant new global opportunities as the UK negotiates its exit from the EU.

Industry data shows UK export performance as a whole has been stronger outside the Single Market than within the EU over the last decade according to PwC’s UK Economic Outlook report.

Although Brexit will bring challenges to the UK export market, there are equal opportunities to increase their focus on key emerging markets such as Asia in the medium and long-term, allowing businesses to take a truly global approach rather than limiting themselves to trade within the Union. 

The call from PD Ports, which owns and operates Teesport, one of the UK’s deepest water ports, has come during London International Shipping Week (LISW) taking place in the capital this week.

The North East is the only region to consistently achieve a trade surplus and at Teesport and on the River Tees, over £1bn has been invested direct by PD Ports and through third party investors to projects in the last decade, including the opening of a new £6m ship-to-shore crane in July. The investment has contributed to ensuring the area has the necessary infrastructure and capacity to meet growing customer demand, keeping both Britain’s import and export industries moving.

Speaking from LISW, business development director, Geoff Lippitt, said: “There’s a risk that concerns about trade following Brexit could lead to some businesses developing ‘Brexit blinkers’ and not actively exploring some of the exciting emerging markets which could be available to them to enable us to truly become a global export centre. The North East especially provides the perfect platform to launch these ventures, with infrastructure and skilled people perfectly placed to drive national export activity.

“Brexit will clearly bring challenges and unpredictability across a number of issues, but it undoubtedly provides an opportunity for companies to operate across a wider global platform. We, as a nation, should ensure that we are very much open for business.”

Prime Minister Theresa May recently visited Teesport to talk about the future economic potential of the region and the major progress of the port as one of the UK’s most important export hubs.

In addition, a campaign to introduce free port status in the North East, enabling raw materials and components to be imported, processed or manufactured and then exported as finished product exempt from taxes, was also recently supported by a number of local MPs.

To find out more, visit http://www.pdports.co.uk/


For more information, please contact Ellie St George-Yorke (ellies@acceleris-mc.com) or Dan Stead (dans@acceleris-mc.com) at Acceleris on 0845 4567 251.

PD Ports:

  • PD Ports, based in North East England, is one of the UK’s major port groups backed by a multi award-winning logistics business, specialising in portcentric logistics.
  • PD Ports owns and operates Teesport one the deepest water ports in the UK and a key driver in the North east economy.
  • Other UK operations include the short sea ports of Groveport, Howden and Keadby. The group also operates the largest single warehousing facility at the Port of Felixstowe as well as operations at medina Wharf, Isle of Wight.



This week is London International Shipping Week (LISW) and as Chairman of the British Ports Association, Shoreham Port’s Chief Executive, Rodney Lunn will be attending a number of events held by international shipping and marine trade associations and UK Government (known as Supporting Organisations).


LISW 2017 will feature over 140 industry functions and networking opportunities in London, attended by leaders across all sectors of the international shipping industry. An estimated 15,000 industry leaders are expected to attend the week, suggesting a global networking opportunity of the highest level.


The British Ports Association (BPA) will be playing a key part during the week and believes that LISW represents an excellent opportunity for the ports industry to promote its unique offer as well encourage more focus on creating a competitive policy and transport environment in the UK.


The BPA’s Chief Executive, Richard Ballantyne commented “London International Shipping Week is a unique occasion when the UK maritime sector comes together with customers, industry partners and government representatives. It is an unrivalled opportunity for the sector to gain profile and to influence the various tiers of government. We are keen to use the occasion to highlight the challenges and opportunities UK ports currently face. As a UK-wide association we are also pushing for more of a national flavour, with greater cross sector scope.”


Rodney Lunn, Chief Executive at Shoreham Port added “I am delighted to be representing Shoreham Port and the BPA at the third LISW. It has been a good opportunity to not only raise issues for the BPA, but also to highlight the importance of coastal shipping within the UK and the key role ports like Shoreham play. By moving more freight off UK roads and onto coastal ships, congestion and air quality on our roads can be improved.”


London International Shipping Week is held every two years and this year runs from 11th to the 15th September 2017. Further details can be found at www.test.londoninternationalshippingweek.com.

Nautilus gives cautious welcome for shipping register targets as shipping minister pledges to double UK flag

The maritime professionals’ trade union, Nautilus International, has given a cautious welcome to a commitment from UK shipping minister John Hayes to double the number of vessels registered to the UK flag, and has called on him to ensure that this translates into more jobs for UK seafarers.

The pledge from government comes on the first day of London International Shipping Week, a week which will see over 160 industry functions highlighting the role of London and the UK in the global maritime industry. It culminates in a day-long conference on Thursday, discussing Tomorrow’s Maritime World.

Earlier this year, Nautilus International called on the government to reassess the process for granting Certificates of Equivalent Competency to non-UK resident seafarers and also to promote the employment of UK seafarers in domestic shipping, as part of a ten-point Charter for Jobs to deliver decent work and training opportunities for British seafarers post Brexit.

The Union, which represents 22,000 seafarers, is now calling on the minister to put measures in place to increase the number of UK seafarers employed on UK ships, as part of his commitment to increasing the number of vessels registered.

Nautilus general secretary Mark Dickinson commented: ‘Providing good job opportunities for UK seafarers is as important to our economic resilience as a maritime nation as the number of vessels on our register.

‘Now is the perfect time to look as ways to increase the number of UK seafarers working on UK ships, especially in domestic shipping such as those operating between British ports and in the offshore services, and ensure a maritime future which benefits everyone.

 ‘When I met with John Hayes last week I reaffirmed a number of points in our charter and he was very receptive to them. I hope he will bear it in mind as the UK ship register grows.’

The Union’s Charter for Jobs also calls for the government to end its support for the Red Ensign Group of registers and encourage British shipowners to return to the UK Ship Register. The Union will highlight this ‘easy win’ to the minister which could significantly increase the number of vessels on the UK register if the current incentives to use the REG rather than the UKSR were removed.

‘The support provided by the UK to the REG is akin to Waitrose subsidising Aldi. It’s illogical, and the government should prioritise support for the UKSR –  for only then will the government realise its target to double the number of ships on the UK register.’ Mr Dickinson added.

‘However, it is also essential that the government does not allow the UK register to become a flag of convenience itself during its pursuit of additional tonnage. The UK must maintain the high standards it is known for and ensure a real connection to the UK in compliance with international law.’


For more information, contact Dan Stead or Jake Setterfield at Acceleris on 02034437126 / 0845 4567251 or DanS@acceleris-mc.com / JakeS@acceleris-mc.com.


Notes to editors

Nautilus International is the trade union and professional organisation for maritime professionals at sea and ashore. We represent 22,000 maritime professionals including ship masters (captains), officers, officer trainees (cadets) and shipping industry personnel, such as ship pilots, inland navigation workers, vessel traffic services operators (similar to air traffic control), harbourmasters, seafarers in the oil and gas industry, and shore-based staff.

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