View from the Bridge: 2017 Overview

Posted: November 30, 2017 at 9:48 am

So another year draws to a close and some sectors of the market continue in the doldrums with rumblings 2018 will be brighter. I have heard this before…….2018 poses some significant challenges. GDPR, the new European data privacy rules are going to provide us all another new challenge. It feels during the last decade we have had so many hoops to jump through – Agency Workers Directive, MLC, STCW Manila amendments, Pensions Auto enrolment and now GDPR.

In respect to GDPR we are going to have to get physical authority that you are happy with our data privacy policy, which we will circulate in the New Year. Personnel contracted through us or Marine Manning Guernsey will receive the data privacy policy as a one off, to confirm and accept as you do with the electronic contracts. It would be very much appreciated if you could work with us on assisting us provide compliance with the changing rules. Those who do not respond will be kept on the database with basic details, or those wishing to be removed can confirm to us through the automated channel once available. We will also have to enter into data sharing agreements with our various clients.

Pensions auto enrolment was adopted by Marine Manning (Guernsey) during the summer to all eligible temporary seafarers employed. Clyde Marine Recruitment have been offering auto enrolment for eligible temporary seafarers for some time now. You will note this is what we believe is an industry first and ensures all of Marine Manning (Guernsey’s) employees receive what they are due under statute.

my-ankaa rolled out in the Autumn and was primarily to help the seafarers manage their certificate portfolios and provide timely reminders on certificate validity. In the New Year, Clyde Marine Recruitment will automate its registration and job application process to replicate the my-ankaa sign up, allowing our clients and applicants a much enhanced service. Seafarer experience analytics which provide time with companies, time in rank and time on specific vessel types provide prospective employers with a much better and very quick insight into suitability of candidates. Senior personnel have told me that they would view candidates who have taken the time to provide full sea service as far more valuable than a personal statement and many omit sea service altogether, which immediately reduces their chances of employment. The more detail on sea service the better – trading area, cargoes, difficult or challenging situations, gas freeing , drydocks – the more detail the better. In my opinion forget hobbies, and personal statement does not help with seamanship or engineering ability!

Going forward, the system will revolutionise the way we present prospective candidates to clients and when on contract how easily the ship owner/manager can view qualifications for compliance or access next of kin info in case of emergency. Digital is coming and 2018 will be very exciting.

May I take this opportunity to wish my personal best for the Festive Season and the New Year to all our valued candidates and clients.

Sláinte

Ian Livingstone, Managing Director

Clyde Marine Recruitment