ICCSL educates on maritime crime and trade malpractices
To be inaugurated by Chairman SLPA Dr. Priyath B
Sri Lanka which has been identified as an emerging maritime centre,
the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Sri Lanka, has decided to
conduct a one day training workshop on Maritime Crime and Trade
Malpractices. The event is being initiated in association with the
Shippers’ Academy Colombo.
As the world is going through a global recession, market conditions
have become extremely volatile, creating greater imbalances in
The risks of malpractices and fraud, therefore has increased as
criminals and companies who are in difficulty may attempt various
practices to unlawfully take control of cargo or forge documents that
would finally lead to non-payments for consignments shipped. The trend
of this kind of activity was more prevalent during uncertain times where
markets and prices could change over night. The ICC has invited
Director, International Maritime Bureau (IMB) London P Mukundan, a world
renowned expert on the subject to conduct the workshop.
IMB being a specialised division of the International Chamber of
Commerce, was to protect the integrity of International Trade by seeking
out fraud and malpractices as its main task. It has a large database and
industry knowledge with great experience and access to a large number of
well placed contacts around the world, where various case studies were
in hand for the industry to understand the pitfalls of international
trade. The IMB investigates frauds, spots new criminal methods and
trends affecting the flow of global trade.
Maritime crime and trade malpractices have in fact affected many Sri
Lankan companies, over the last three decades after the liberalising of
the economy. Many companies have suffered due to various unlawful
activities while losing thousands of dollars by engaging in wrong
practices. Mukundan was expected to cover a range of topics in the up
coming event organised by the ICC Sri Lanka.
Among them are:
1. Trade finance frauds - This topic would discuss the threats and
risks to banks, when handling documentation and other methods used for
money laundering. The area would also cover major risks to buyers
(importers) and sellers (exporters) who need to understand the pitfalls
and the means to secure cargo as well as payments.
2. Cargo and insurance fraud and container crime - This area would
cover various acts related to bills of lading frauds, charter party
failures, loss of cargo at sea and other implications that were due to
deviation of vessels. In many cases, this area was very relevant to the
local industry as all exporters, importers, banks and insurance
companies could be at risk due to large amounts of B/Ls being issued
through various parties in the supply chain.
Identifying crime and knowing what to be cautious of would help
companies to minimize risks and protect valuable cargo by taking
precautions and being thorough with documentation.
Among other topics, the speaker would speak on the threat of modern
piracy and the implications to global trade as well as sanctions and its
responsibilities, where actual case studies would be discussed with the
The ICC has extended the invitation to all industrialists who were
involved in international trade or service providers, facilitators of
such trade, to send their senior staff as well as new comers to the
industry to get an understanding on the risks of crime and malpractices.
The ICC believes that bankers, insurance companies, shipping lines,
shippers, law firms, freight forwarders & other logistics service
providers should participate in this training session which was
conducted once in three years with the International Maritime Bureau,
London. The workshop is scheduled to be held on Tuesday July 05, 2011,
from 8.30 am to 5 pm at the Hotel Taj Samudra. Participants would be
awarded with certificates.
Class NK President visits Colombo Dockyard
The high profile delegation from Class NK, headed by Chairman and
President of Class NK (Nippon Kaili Kyokai) Noboru Ueda accompanied by
senior Class NK officials Manager Y. Seto, Regional Manager Dr. M.
Rahim, GM, NK Mumbai, A.V. Pradhan, Manager NK Mumbai S. Sampath and
Manager NK Singapore Higashi visited Colombo Dockyard PLC on June 14.
2011 on a courtesy call. The senior officials of Colombo Dockyard headed
by Chairman A. Nakauchi were present at this meeting.
During this visit, a brief presentation of Colombo Dockyard, on the
capabilities of yard on ship repair, shipbuilding, heavy engineering and
offshore engineering activities was made by Head of Marketing, Ship
Repairs Darshana Chandrasekera and subsequently an inspection of the
shipyard was made.
The high profile Class NK delegation’s visit to Colombo Dockyard was
to announce the opening of the exclusive Class NK Local Area
Representative office in Colombo on June 14, 2011.
Increasingly, active local marine sector had been attracting many
international ship owners / lines to Colombo for repairs, cargo other
support service requirements. This was resultant of the highly conducive
business climate in the country.
70th CARI Convention
The Asian Shippers’ Council has addressed the 70th CARI convention in
Canada (Canadian Association of Recycling Industries) last week.
-The Secretary General of the Asian shippers’ Council (ASC) Rohan
Masakorala, was invited to address the CARI convention in Vancouver,
Canada where the 70th annual sessions which began on June 23.
The convention theme was “Beyond North America”, to focus on the
growing international aspect of the recycling industry.
Masakorala had delivered a presentation on New Trading Markets, where
he as the ASC Secretary General representing 16 maritime nations, spoke
on behalf of Asia. The convention was keen to understand the aspects of
international trading and the logistical side when shipping to Asia.
There were the obvious regulatory and other government issues that
were addressed in order to ship to all countries.
ASC conveyed its suggestions to the delegates the pitfalls to avoid
and other advice to expedite shipping for both bulk and container
shipments to Asia.