Western Shipping Safety Seminar – 13 Sep 2018 – Riga


Venue: Koventas
Date: 13th Sept 2018
Slogan: Safety starts with planning


Invitation was extended to all East European officers working in Western Shipping fleet. Travel and accommodation facilities were arranged for the officers visiting from locations other than Riga.
The seminar was organized for seafarers working on our tankers. Common topics were introduced as necessary.
Attendance on 13th September comprised of 21 officers.
Western Shipping Pte Ltd (WSP) was represented by:
– Capt Belal Ahmed / General Manager
– Capt Rukshan Vohra / Fleet Personnel Manager
– Capt Niladri Chakraborty / SQA Manager

Hanza Marine Management was represented by:
– Aleksandrs Potjomkins / Head of Tanker crew operations
– Julija Hafizova / Personnel Inspector


The usual location Koventas was utilized for conducting the seminar on the 13th September. Attendance was 21 participants, including senior and junior officers. Refreshments and lunch was provided during the course of the seminar.

Contents of the seminar

  • IMO DCS, VIQ Sept. 2018, Bunkering issue
  • Maintenance / AMOS / Maintenance / Effective Reporting of Maintenance
  • Risk assessment practice
  • Crew Matters
  • Cyber security- film from GARD
  • Q & A, Misc items

The Seminar was opened by WSP General Manager, Capt Belal Ahmed. Topics later discussed were as per the above agenda. Good interaction between presenter and attendees was noted during all presentations.

Feedback forms were collected from attendees and collated in order to incorporate improvements next year.

In the evening, 5 year and 10 year Long service awards were given to our seafarers by the General Manager.
General feedback received indicated the seminar to be a success. All arrangements made were impeccable. Punctuality was maintained throughout the seminar by the attendees. Interactive exercises, including Risk Assessment played an important part in improving the overall seminar.

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