|The Wavy Line|
22 May 19
"Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen."
BOW WAVE 64
news and views on trade, insurance and risk
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This week we bid farewell to the homespun technology we have used for 63 issues of Bow Wave and we endeavour to launch the publication using the facilities of Messrs Lyris-Dundee who provide for a small fee the technology and the software to take care of the publishing and administration of the mailing list.
Readers who are interested in such things can take a look at the company's site at:
The loading of the mailing lists into the system has discovered a hot-making number of duplications (and eliminated same).
Hereafter such things should be eliminated by the automation of the subscribe and unsubscribe databases.
Next week's issue of Bow Wave will come to readers from Hong Kong where the editor is chairing a session at the Terminal Operators' Conference. Read all about it at
A week before the P&I renewal season reaches its traditional date of 20th February finds the market in fairly stolid mood. Many of the clubs are it is said not finding the across the board increases of 10 per cent all that easy to gather in. The recent and unfortunately timed downgrading in the rating of the Skuld Club ought to see a few more departures from that quarter.
From this month's Insurance Insider Bevis Marks writes:
The long strength sapping soft marine market of the last 5 or 6 years caused fewer delapidations to the house of P&I than down rue de regret where the hull and cargo men live, but you can still see The signs of strain and slippage. It can be dreary to live in a market which is so saturated. Wide grins appear on faces often only when one of the diminishing number of players sickens and indubitably begins to die.
Read more at:
From Olga Rimski-Korsokova comes news of the instalation of a second simulator in the Philippines made by the Transas Company. The ship handling simulator at the Consolidated Centre is one of only two marine training facilities in the Philippines that incorporate a seven-channel visual presentation system. Using this equipment, cadets and crews are able to master their navigation skills using a worldwide selection of realistically simulated sailing areas from the Transas database.
The first was supplied to the IDESS (International Development and Environmental Shipping School) centre in Subic Bay back in 1996 and upgraded in 2000.
To see what these things look like,see the site at:
A former colleague of the editor, Paul Smith, formerly of ITIC--the rather successful Club for transport intermediaries, has written in with news of his new venture Headway Recruitment Ltd, which he describes as a new kind of recruitment consultancy for the maritime industry.
The shareholders in the venture are Paul Smith, Deep Singh, brokers the London Maritime Partnership and Alchemy Internactive, the IT design house.
The address of their site is
How this new venture will box and cox with the established house of Spinnaker, run under the energentic auspices of Messrs. Parry and Cox will no doubt feature heavily in press comment to come this week
The always interesting Jan Hoffmann, in his irregular newsletter on shipping matters South American and Caribean includes in the current issue a number of interesting papers from the the Australian Productivity Commision. For instance:
Work Arrangements in Container Stevedoring:
International Benchmarking of the Australian Waterfront:
International Liner Cargo Shipping:
It used to be that many of the world's more obscure berths and parking stands were occupied by ships and planes of the former Soviet Union under arrest whose owners were suffering financial woes. And there are still some of these around.
Courtesy of the fabulous Airliners.Net newsletter, we learn that the Antonov aircraft at Maastricht Airport has finally departed for a new career in the Ukraine. Here is the story:
UR-82070 -- After having been impounded for three-and-a-half years, the time for departure finally arrived. In spite of the rain and fog, hundreds of people had come to the airport to watch. A last test run on the runway was made to check everything and to honour all the people watching. Then Saturday, Feb.3, 2001, 10.10h the moment of truth had come. The Antonov test pilot selected full power, she started to roll, and then finally lift-off.
see the site at:
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