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Friday, July 12, 2019 

The UK P&I Club, a provider of P&I insurance and other services to the international shipping community, recently held its 150th anniversary dinner, at which it unveiled a new logo and announced the winners of its ‘Investing in a Safer Tomorrow’ global maritime competition.

The competition challenged entrants to develop innovative, industry-changing ideas with a focus on improving safety at sea. With over 200 entries received, the judges picked 10 for the final stage, based on criteria such as originality, relevancy and simplicity. The three winning entries were:

  • 1st place: Puiyush Jian (India), to improve the current ‘passive’ Deadman Alarm System. Jian designed a cost-effective, simple and easy-to-install ‘active’ system using a wireless hand-held transmitter.
  • 2nd place: Muhammad Harith Bin Rahmat, Nurfatin Khairru’nisa Bte Abdul Sha’alam, Muhammad Syahmi Bin Sulaiman, Nurul Insyirah Binte Bau Bakar (team entry from Singapore). Inspired by an aircraft’s Black Box recorder, SLAM (Safety Locator Assistance Monitoring System) tracks and monitors the location of individual crew members in high risk areas.
  • 3rd place: Santosh Godhi, Niranjan Shinde and Sunil Patil (team entry from India), ‘The Life Band’, which is worn like a wristwatch and uses Bluetooth technology to connect to the ship’s Man Over Board system.

The judging panel consisted of:

  • Andrew Bardot, CEO International Group
  • Angus Frew, Secretary General BIMCO
  • Dr Grahaeme  Henderson, Vice President, Shipping & Maritime, Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Limited
  • Nicholas Inglessis, Chairman UK P&I Club
  • Masamichi Morooka, President & CEO Yokohama-Kawasaki International Port Corporation
  • Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen,  CEO of DNV GL
  • Esben Poulsson, Chairman of International Chamber of Shipping
  • Hugo Wynn-Williams, Chairman of Thomas Miller

Wynn Williams said: “Our aim was to engage with the young in shipping at the start of their maritime career to foster their talent, as well as raise awareness and encourage them to think about how safety at sea could be improved. We were greatly impressed with the number, quality and diversity of entries we received for the competition.

“The international nature of the competition was reflected by shortlisted entries coming from India, Hong Kong, the USA, Singapore and the UK. Shipping needs to be ready for the challenges of the future and the ‘Investing in a Safer Tomorrow’ competition reaffirms our commitment to improving safety and fostering innovation in the industry.”


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