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Congratulations and Wishes to NIU on the occasion of celebrating 10-th anniversary

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10th Anniversary of the Nautical Institute of Ukraine

First and foremost the ILO would like to thank you for the invitation to celebrate the 10-th anniversary of the Nautical Institute of Ukraine. The ILO would like to congratulate you on this special occasion. Unfortunately, the ILO is not able to be represented. Due to many work commitments at this period linked to the promotion and implementation of the MLC, 2006, and its follow-up, my colleagues and I from the maritime team of the Sectoral Activities Department regret that we cannot be with you.
The Nautical Institute internationally and in Ukraine is an important organisation of professionals of the maritime industry. Therefore the relationship between the ILO maritime sector and the Nautical Institute of Ukraine is one of great importance as it allows for the exchange of information, as well as the collaboration on important research carried out which links with maritime ILO programmes. Further to this it must be noted that the Nautical Institute also provides very important and interesting publications on issues within the maritime industry as well as holding invaluable conferences and seminars devoted to the problems of International sea shipping.
The ILO is extremely pleased that your anniversary conference is discussing the MLC, 2006. As you already know the MLC was adopted in 2006, with the objectives of ensuring decent work for seafarers irrespective of the flag they fly or where the ships sail. The MLC, 2006, aims to protect seafarers and improve their working and living conditions and it is also an important tool to help ensure a level playing field for ship-owners who have to compete with ships that have substandard conditions. At present ten countries have ratified the MLC, and they represent 46 per cent of the World’s fleet by gross tonnage. However, a total of thirty ratifications are required, therefore twenty further ratifications are required for the MLC, 2006 to enter into force. We are hopeful that the target of 30 ratifying states will be reached by early next year and that the MLC will enter into force in early 2012 at the latest.
It is critical that at national level, efforts from within the maritime industry are made to promote the Convention and encourage countries to ratify as soon as possible. We are mindful that the Nautical Institute of Ukraine has been doing a great deal of work in promoting the Convention in the CIS countries, the Baltic States and countries of Eastern Europe. We thank you for all your hard work and are confident that you will continue your efforts. We are looking forward to many countries in this region ratifying quickly.
The ILO wishes the Nautical Institute Ukraine success and a bright future.
Dani Appave. Senior Maritime Specialist

Message from the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization
10th Anniversary of the Nautical Institute of Ukraine

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) congratulates the Ukrainian maritime community on reaching the tenth anniversary of the founding of the national Nautical Institute in 2000. The issues facing the maritime industry today are certainly no fewer than those that drove the founding members to form the Nautical Institute in the United Kingdom back in 1972, nor those that prompted the foundation of your national body 10 years ago! Indeed, the tasks and regulations with which today’s mariners have to cope are even more complex and extensive. Evidence of this can be seen in:

• the increase in technology aboard ship with integrated bridge and navigation systems in some cases and an array of stand-alone equipment in others;

• the increase in alarm systems, each of which is designed to help the mariner, but which may actually distract and confuse the watchkeeper;

• the development of the e-navigation concept, an important part of which is the mandatory introduction on board ship of ECDIS starting in 2012, for the improvement of the safety of navigation and protection of the marine environment; and

• the changes in the structure of shipping relating to manning and management.

Many of these changes have had, or will have, a positive effect on the safety of navigation and the efficiency of shipping, but any change introduced needs to be managed in a thoughtful and properly planned manner. This requires leadership and ensuring that those affected by the change understand it and have a constructive input into it. In this way, the change will be made more effective. From IMO’s perspective, we applaud the important role played by the Nautical Institute and its Branches in this process of change, through ensuring that the experience, skills and practical views of its members are widely promulgated so as to assist in the development of effective and prudent regulation. The worldwide network of the Institute has, thus, a major role in this process at both the international and national level.

It is particularly appropriate that you are commemorating your 10th Anniversary in the year when IMO and the maritime community at large, celebrate the Year of the Seafarer. In this context, we must all work together to ensure that society recognizes and values the work of seafarers and the contribution they make to international trade and the world economy.

Your work in helping to resolve and promote contemporary professional issues and those that are reasonably expected to emerge in the future, while continuing to design and develop high standards of education and training for all maritime professionals, is greatly appreciated. I wish the Nautical Institute of Ukraine a long, active and successful future.

His Excellency Efthimios Mitropoulos, Hon. FNI

10th Anniversary of The Nautical Institute of Ukraine

It is a great pleasure for my wife and I to be here in Odessa for the first time and to be able to join with you in celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Nautical Institute here in the Ukraine. As this is our first visit to Odessa, we are enjoying seeing around your beautiful city, visiting your National Maritime Academy with its impressive trainees, and meeting many maritime professionals in the companies operating here.

It is significant that the founding of our Institute here in the Ukraine occurred as the new Millennium dawned and what a decade of change it has been. The 1980s and 1990s were particularly difficult in the shipping markets with little or no bright spots in terms of freight rates as the effects of the over-ordering of ships in the 1970s gradually worked its way through. Major changes in manning practices took place as a result and I need hardly say here that far reaching changes took place politically as well and these have had far reaching effects on Naval services. For once the hopes of a new century and millennium were not disappointed as the world economy surged and the shipping markets enjoyed a boom period longer and stronger than anyone had experienced before. Sadly, though, what goes up inevitably comes down and a combination of massive order-ordering of new ships (again – as always) and the financial crisis in world markets has given us all a very challenging end to the first decade. Nevertheless, it has been a decade of innovation in ship design, particularly the container ship fleet, and in the training of seafarers. The use of simulators is now widespread and growing in effectiveness and sophistication. The importance of Human Factors, or soft skills, training has at last been accepted and we are delighted that leadership and management has been included in the revised STCW Code as we took the lead in raising the awareness of the need for this back in 2004.

Through all this the Nautical Institute of the Ukraine has navigated its way steadily and ensured that professional standards are maintained and developed to meet the needs of the future. We congratulate the Officers and committee of the Institute for guiding this process and continuing to develop the membership here.
This event is itself a significant contribution to the profession as it not only celebrates the 10th Anniversary in style but also provides professional development to the attendees and the membership as a whole through the subsequent report in Seaways. I congratulate the organisers and am pleased to see representatives of many of the State and professional institutions here today. Cooperation between such bodies is essential to ensure that professional standards are developed and a coordinated view put forward to the regulators whenever possible.
The Branch events are an excellent forum for Continuing Professional Development, networking and of course recruitment. It is really good to see the younger element well represented here and if you are not already members I hope you will be by the end of the day. There is no better way of acquiring the knowledge beyond your STCW courses that you will need to be really effective and competent officers and to prepare you for your life long maritime career.
Our membership criteria revision earlier this year has made the Institute inclusive of all maritime professionals involved in the control of sea-going ships and gives those under initial training a substantive membership and voice in the Institute’s affairs from day one as Associate Members. All qualified or management level personnel are welcome to join as full Members, and we have brought in the Associate Fellow grade to recognise promotion to command and senior management positions at sea and ashore. We are pleased to see an increasing number of younger officers joining and from sectors such as offshore and mega yachts that the old criteria placed at a disadvantage. The door to membership is equally open to those in ship management, port and Vessel Traffic services, and many other fields within shipping services as it is important that we reflect the integrated management between ship and shore that is prevalent nowadays.

Our focus remains firmly on those involved in the control of sea-going ships as will be obvious from the next Strategic Plan that is currently moving through its drafting process and will be approved by Council in December. It is this practical focus that we input to the IMO as an NGO and the speed of our election to that role is testament to the desire of that top legislative body to hear the voice of the seafarer in this, the Year of the Seafarer, and beyond.
Join us in making that voice an even more powerful one. I cannot stress strongly enough the importance of growing our membership and the key role for the existing membership and branches in achieving this. Encourage your colleagues and the people you are training to join us. Our new Strategic Plan will identify a number of new services to members which we believe will be both attractive and essential for the future professional. They will include more web based forums and publications to improve the speed of communication but will not move completely away from printed products which remain as popular as ever. Yet there are still many long standing problems that we must try to help the industry solve. The most obvious at this time are criminalisation and piracy – both of which must be addressed at government level - but you can add to those – manning levels, competency levels (particularly in collision avoidance), recruitment and retention of seafarers, and the promotion of a safety culture. Some of these issues are equally apparent in the Naval services and there were common concerns input to the President’s Questionnaire about budget constraints as well as the changing strategic roles for navies.
It is clear from these few remarks that there is much for the Institute to do and achieve in the years ahead and I am confident that the membership here in the Ukraine will play a major part in that work. The pace of change in your second decade is likely to be just as fast and far reaching with the mandatory carriage of ECDIS being just one of a number of major regulatory changes that will affect how ships are navigated, and further progress will be made in developing the concept of e-navigation to integrate ship and shore management of the safety of navigation. Our Institute will remain at the centre of these developments to ensure that the needs of the seafarer are fully appreciated and taken into account on an international basis and we look forward to the active participation of our Ukrainian members in this work.
I now have pleasure in presenting the new flag of The Nautical Institute to the Chairman of The Nautical Institute of the Ukraine. You will readily recognise the basis of the flag – we are focused on sea-going services and remain ready to proceed to sea.

President NI , Captain James Robinson, DSM FNI Irish Navy (Retd)

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