Bow Wave Issue 612–Czechoslovakia Edition


Contents in this issue:

1. Welcome
2. China Watchers Required
3. North P&I Club uses Gray Page to Check Armed Guard Companies
4. New Coating
5. Containers for Protest Art
6. And Finally…


Broadly Boats News

Broadly Risks

Firetrench Directory

1. Welcome

Poem of the Week

Lost Childhood

How was it possible, I a father
yet a child of my father? I
grew panicky and thought
of running away but knew
I would be scorned for it
by my father. I stood
and listened to myself
being called Dad.

How ridiculous it sounded,
but in front of me, asking
for attention–how could I,
a child, ignore this child’s plea?
I lifted him into my arms
and hugged him as I would have
wanted my father to hug me,
and it was as though satisfying
my own lost childhood.

David Ignatow


New Readers this week include:-

Francois Luigi of Sea Tankers in France
Neil Hawkins of JLT Specialty Limited
Dimitry Zilberud of HDI-Gerling in Australia
Nicholas Powell of the Allianz in London
Michel Leparquier Secretary General of the Paris Chamber of
Maritime Arbitration
John Barltrop Senior Lecturer at the Australian Maritime and
Fisheries Academy in Adelaide
Shipping lawyer Aglaia Politou in London


News of Readers

Maersk Mc-Kinney Møller (98) was in London this week attending a lunch
at the Baltic Exchange in his honour marking his 20 years as a Life
Honorary Member of the Exchange.

Biography for Maersk Mc-Kinney Møller

Born:13 July 1913 in Copenhagen

Parents: Shipowner Arnold Peter Møller and Mrs. Chastine Estelle Mc-Kinney Møller

Family Status: arried 1940 to Emma Mc-Kinney Møller

Senior Partner since 1965

Chairman of The A.P. Møller and Chastine Mc-Kinney Møller Foundation

1965-2006 Chairman Odense Steel Shipyard Ltd.

2003-2004 Chairman A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S

1965-2003 Chairman Steamship Co. of 1912 Ltd.

Chairman Steamship Co. Svendborg Ltd.until its merger in 2003

1967-84 Member International Council

Morgan Guaranty Trust Co., New York

1970-84 Member Board IBM Corp., USA

1984-1993 Member IBM Advisory Board, USA


Danish: Knight of the Order of the Elephant

Grand Cross of the Royal Danish Order of the Dannebrog

Foreign: Honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of The British Empire

United States Department of Commerce’s “Peace and Commerce Medal”, February 1991

Honorary Member of the Baltic Exchange, London, October 1991

Vasco Núñez de Balbao — Gran Oficial, Panama, February 2006

Grand Cordon du Ouissam Alaouite, Morocco, July 2007


Readers Write

Navigators Antwerp is happy to report its partnership with Post & Co Belgium
after the sudden departure of their former underwriting and claims manager
earlier this year. The partnership will allow Navigators Antwerp to strengthen
its support to the international insurance broking community active in the area
of Terminal, Transport and Logistics business by continuing to provide its
comprehensive insurance products enhanced by a second-to-none level of servicing,
claims handling and risk management/loss prevention activities, provided by a
strong team well known in the international transport market for its knowledge
and dedication. If you want to know more please contact either Philippe Abicht
or Paul Schalkwijk at:

[Editorial note: We first knew Paul Schalkwijk as a skilled business
getter in the cause of the TT Club in the Benelux markets. Since that time the
market for the small and medium sized operators in the intermodal world
has increased many fold and the numbers of insurers interested in serving
it seem to grow each year. All the same, the pool of people who really know
what they are doing in this field is small and reflects a degree of managerial
cackhandness in the insurance offices over the past decade–the result is a
relative dearth of good seasoned hands and a proliferation of have-a-go
ex-cargo underwriters and P&I men who are not the same thing at all]


FOB Update

Many interesting people are joining FOB and we are glad to see the rate of
joining is accelerating. Perhaps the site is acquiring critical mass.

You can see who is joining FOB by country and by occupation by using the
search windows on the People page, the most popular page on the site, which
does bear a passing resemblance to another well known and much more generalist
networking site.

Some new groups are in process–there will be one under the aegis of Ferdi
Stolzerberg called Shipping Hong Kong and Maria Dixon has started one called
WISTA Latina. We are encouraging people to post to the groups and to use
the discussion boards. You can also comment on individual news items.


Registration is gratis for individuals. Businesses can take out a page for a
small supporting contribution and we welcome firms prepared to sponsor Group
pages or advertise with us. This helps to keep FOB a going concern and puts
a smile on the face of our programmers and accountants..

FOB is a project designed to adapt the new ways of using the internet
for the sorts of people who read Bow Wave.

You are welcome to join


Note from the Editor

Quite a miscellany this week.



2. China Watchers Required

Biological security expert Pat Gardiner ran across the
following item:-

He writes:-

If there are any China-watchers or international trade
experts among Bow Wave Readers, I’d love to hear what they
know, or hypothesize, about what’s going on.

Contact Pat at:-


3. North P&I Club uses Gray Page to Check Armed Guard Companies

We are indebted to Maritime London for this item:

The North P&I Club says it has joined forces with specialist
maritime intelligence, investigation and crisis management
company Gray Page to vet armed maritime security providers
on behalf of the club’s members. Some Readers of Bow Wave may
recall that Gray Page at one time was one of the more
regular contributers to the zine. Their articles are still
lodged in the archive which is to be found on the site.

A statement says that, in partnership with Gray Page, the North’s
aim is to help its members identify armed maritime security
providers whose governance and operations meet – at the time
the vetting is carried out – the professional, legal and
ethical standards required by a shipowner or operator
contemplating the use of privately contracted armed
security personnel on board a vessel entered with the

“An increasing number of shipowners and operators are
considering the use of armed guards to defend their
vessels and crew from Somali pirates in the Gulf of
Aden and wider Indian Ocean,” says North director
Mike Salthouse.

“Despite recent International Maritime Organization guidelines on
the appointment of privately contracted armed guards, this remains
a complex decision.”

In May IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) published
Interim guidance to shipowners, ship operators and
shipmasters on the use of privately contracted armed
security personnel on board ships in the high risk

Although not endorsing the use of privately armed security
personnel, nor addressing all the legal issues that might
be associated with their use on board ships, the guidance
recommends due diligence when assessing prospective
security contractors including a review of company
structure, background and training.

MSC published a revised version of the circular on 16 September

James Wilkes, managing director of Gray Page, says, “In the
absence of cross-border statutory regulation governing armed
maritime security providers, and of an independent industry
regulatory authority, the IMO recommendations underline the
necessity for proper vetting and due diligence processes to
protect customers employing the services of armed maritime
security providers. This is a position supported by industry
stakeholders including lawyers, insurers and some flag states,
so reliable and independent vetting is central to ensuring
that services are provided safely and lawfully.”


4. New Coating

Gordon Davies, the president of Global Barrier Coatings,

Our firm which is based in Southern California manufactures
a unique, patent pending coating product that prevents a
wide range of materials from sticking and/or freezing to
surfaces. The product, which is called MRA, is 99.8%
biodegradable, non-hazardous, non-toxic, approved in
the US for food contact use and ideal for use in confined
spaces. Though primarily in use in the mining industry,
MRA is used with everything from coal to iron ore to grains
and everything in between. Uniquely, MRA is not a permanent
coating – it only needs to be used when needed, which
significantly reduces costs and downtime for application.

For more information see


5. Containers for Protest Art

David Cheslin has passed us these cultural notes:-

An artist has created an artwork in Memorial Hill Park
across the street from the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas
City, Mo., using standard freight containers.

At the site, the stacked light colored containers spell
out “IOU” and “USA” on the other.

John Salvest said the national debt problem was the
inspiration for his piece, which was funded by a non-profit
gallery and sculpture studio. It´s become a backdrop for
recent protests in the Missouri city.

Salvest told the Kansas City Star that he has been thinking
about doing an artwork with containers for several decades,
ever since he worked at Port Newark in New Jersey.

The temporary installation comes down later this month.


6. And Finally…

Merci Paul Dixon

After a long illness, a woman died and arrived at the Gates of Heaven.

While she was waiting for Saint Peter to greet her, she peeked through
the Gates.

She saw a beautiful banquet table.

Sitting all around were her parents and all the other people she
had loved and who had died before her.

They saw her and began calling greetings to her “Hello! How are you!
We’ve been waiting for you! Good to see you!”

When Saint Peter came by, the woman said to him, “This is such a wonderful
place! How do I get in?”

“You have to spell a word,” Saint Peter told her.

“Which word?” the woman asked.


The woman correctly spelled L-O-V-E and Saint Peter welcomed her into Heaven.

About six months later, Saint Peter came to the woman and asked her to watch
the Gates of Heaven for him that day.

While the woman was guarding the Gates of Heaven, her husband arrived.

“I’m surprised to see you,” the woman said. “How have you been?”

“Oh, I’ve been doing pretty well since you died,” her husband told her.

“I married the beautiful young nurse who took care of you while you
were ill. And then I won the lottery.

I sold the little house where you and I lived and bought a big mansion.
My wife and I traveled all around the world.

We were on vacation and I went water skiing today. I fell, the ski hit
my head, and here I am. How do I get in?”

“You have to spell a word,” the woman told him.

“Which word?” her husband asked.




Bumper Stickers:-

* Horn broken. Watch for finger.

* Your kid may be an honors student, but you’re still an idiot.

* Cover me. I’m changing lanes.

* We have enough youth, how about a fountain of Smart?

* He who laughs last thinks slowest.

* Lottery: A tax on people who are bad at math.

* It IS as bad as you think, and they ARE out to get you.

* Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.

* Time is what keeps everything from happening at once.

* Born free . . . Taxed to death.

* The more people I meet, the more I like my dog.

* All men are idiots, and I married their King.

* Work is for people who don’t know how to fish.

* Women who seek to be equal to men lack ambition.

* Sorry, I don’t date outside my species.

* No radio–Already stolen.

* Where there’s a will, I want to be in it.

* Few women admit their age; fewer men act it.

* Hard work has a future payoff. Laziness pays off NOW.

* IRS: We’ve got what it takes to take what you’ve got.

* Time is the best teacher; unfortunately it kills all its students.

* Give me ambiguity or give me something else.

* We are born naked, wet, and hungry. Then things get worse.

* Very funny Scotty, now beam down my clothes.

* Puritanism: the haunting fear that someone, somewhere may be happy.

* i souport publik edekashun.

* Be nice to your kids. They’ll choose your nursing home.

* There are 3 kinds of people: those who can count & those who can’t.

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