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Out of the Office a Ukraine “Excursion”

On one of his final trips as Chief Operating Officer, John Lloyd recently travelled to Ukraine to engage with NI Ukrainian Branch – The Nautical Institute of Ukraine, meet colleagues from across the industry and to support conferences in Odessa.
Travelling just before Easter provided a rare opportunity to see the community preparing for the festival. Churches and monasteries were in full flower while special cakes, decorated eggs and special gifts illustrated a strong sense of community.

The Conferences
On behalf of The Nautical Institute, John was one of the principal guests at the International Forum on Seafarers’ Education, Training and Crewing, 2017. The forum is an annual event that attracts widespread international support and is hosted by the National University “ Odessa Maritime Academy”( NU “ OMA”). The huge organising work has been done by the team of NU “OMA” lead by the Rector, Prof. Dr. Mykhaylo Miyusov.
Addressing key issues of maritime training, recruitment and retention the conference provided a rich mix of points for discussion. Presenters included representatives from The International Maritime Organisation and the European Maritime Safety Authority. Both provided vital insights into the creation, development and monitoring of key legislation affecting seafarers and the ships in which they operate.
Speaking on behalf of The Nautical Institute, Captain Lloyd presented the audience with an update on the development of an international standard for Ice Navigators designed to complement the Polar Code and focussing on practical training and experience in the conduct of vessels in and near ice infested waters.
The conference itself was hosted in the passenger terminal of the port of Odessa and utilised the whole area drawing in visitors and exhibitors from around the region. Exhibitors included manning and training organisations, technology companies and providers of management services in support of maritime operations. A truly international audience engaged with the whole event very positively and left well-informed of the key issues for the region. During his time at the conference, John was interviewed by the local press about his visit and about the work of The Nautical Institute of Ukraine and the wider activities of the NI around the world.

The Nautical Institute of Ukraine
The visit schedule included several interactions with The Nautical Institute of Ukraine – NI Ukrainian Branch including the branch headquarters where several books of The Nautical Institute are on display as well as others authored by Professor Torskiy, FNI. The Branch Committee members were kind enough to host a dinner which provided a wonderful dining experience of traditional Ukrainian food in splendid surroundings. As well as supporting the visit, members of the Committee showed great hospitality to me during my visit providing the opportunity to explore the great city of Odessa, its culture including the splendid Opera House and the wider regions.

Anglo- Eastern
Asked to comment about the Anglo-Eastern conference John explained ….
“While in Odessa I was also pleased to provide support to the Officers’ Conference organised by Anglo - Eastern. Held in one of the historical hotels in the city centre the conference was attended by 300 delegates including Officers of all disciplines, shipowners and crewing organisations and industry suppliers. The conference focussed on safety and introduced developments in the regulatory framework and provided a positive reflection on how Anglo- Eastern prepares its officers for service on board their managed ships.
“My presentation provided a sharp focus on ‘Critical Thinking’ and illustrated how organisations such as The Nautical Institute provide real support and opportunity for those seeking to reach the highest levels of professionalism.”

In closing
Profound thanks are due to Professor Vladimir Torskiy, FNI for his meticulous planning of the events while I and my wife Alex were in Odessa. The personal, professional and cultural exchanges created life-time memories and we both are very grateful for the hospitality extended to us during our inaugural visit to the city. Thank you.

Nautical Institute CEO, Captain John Lloyd RD MBA FNI, Odessa ( Ukraine) –London ( UK)

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