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VMAA Gives BCIT Student Annual Award

VMAA BCIT Award 2017

Each year for more than a decade, the Vancouver Maritime Arbitrators Association (VMAA) has recognized the hard work and effort of a single student graduating from the Nautical Sciences and Marine Engineering program, at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). It’s a rigorous four year program that takes registrants from ‘students’ and turns them into sea ready ‘cadets.’ BCIT is proud to offer students hands-on experience,  as shipowners such as Fednav, CSL, B.C. Ferries, DesGagnes, Oak Maritime, Algoma Central and at least two cruise lines, happily get involved, offering internships for many cadets aboard their vessels.

VMAA Director Daryl Raibl presents the 2017 VMAA Award to BCIT Graduate, Cadet Ali Hassan

The VMAA offers an annual award to the student that stands out in their studies with particular merit in areas related to maritime law, arbitration and mediation. This year, at the Convocation Ceremony held at the Downtown BCIT Campus, proud parents crowded the room to see their young maritimers accept their certificates and awards.

This year, the VMAA Award was presented to Deck Officer Ali Hassan. Ali joined the Nautical Sciences Diploma program in September of 2013.  During the program he had the opportunity to work aboard ships with BC Ferries in his first sea phase and subsequently with Algoma Central Corporation on the Great Lakes. Prior to coming to BCIT, he attended UBC from 2006 to 2011 studying Engineering Physics.  Hassan has also volunteered for the UBC UNICEF organization where he organized fundraisers, helped in the planning of events and contributed at executive meetings.  He also was involved in the Reading Buddies Program assisting children with their reading and communication skills. Truly a hard-working, genuine young student. In his spare time, he is a fan of hockey, cricket, Formula One, chess and football.

Along with the BCIT Chair of the Board of Governors, the Associate Dean, the instructors, past Chair of the VMAA, Daryl Raibl, presented Cadet Ali Hassan his 2017 VMAA Award.  The Board wishes Ali the best of luck with his future pursuits within the maritime industry.

VMAA’s Arbitration Rules now available in Chinese

The 2016 VMAA Arbitration Rules have been translated into Chinese: 

2016 VMAA Arbitration Rules – Chinese Version

 

Sign up for the next VMAA Luncheon Series on June 8!

Don’t miss the next VMAA & ICS Luncheon Series on June 8, 2017. Please fill out the registration form to secure your spot by June 5, 2017.

Luncheon Series – May 8, 2017

Stay tuned for our recap of the 1st VMAA & ICS Luncheon Series of 2017!

 

The Standard Club’s Canada Forum

It was a bright, sunny Thursday afternoon on April 27th, 2017 when a combined group of members from the Vancouver Maritime Arbitrators Association and Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers Canada Branch  made their way to the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver for a marvelous presentation called The Standard Club’s Canada Forum. Every two years, Charles Taylor & Co. Limited, acting as managers of The Standard Club Europe Ltd host this gathering, in one or two major North American centres.

This year they started in Montreal, with speakers from Montreal, London, New York, Vancouver and Seattle polishing their theatrical talents to enhance the presentation. Each speaker highlighted the potential impact that might arise out of a fabricated scenario of a major catastrophe involving a collision between a ferry operating between Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and a bulk carrier leaving the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

As the major casualty scenario develops, each of the 10 speakers highlighted insights into allocation of liability, major casualty response, insurance coverage, the role of the P&I club, pollution considerations and loss prevention issues. They also touched on potential local and international governing bodies who may also need to be involved and how specific authorities may have to be appointed and established at any accident or incident, regardless of how large or small.

The Standard Club has been in existence since 1884 and is one of 13 “Clubs” offering insurance and underwriting to ship owners around the world. They boast an impressive clientele of over 10% of global shipping. Every vessel in the water must be insured against potential unforeseen incidents, whether they’re at sea or in port.

A unique part to the event was the panel’s use of electronic polling devices. Each attendee was given a hand held ‘clicker’.  At the end of each individual’s presentation, they would pose a question on the main screen and ask the audience to “choose the correct answer” by selecting the corresponding button on the clicker. From the four or five answers displayed on the screen the crowd was given 10 seconds to make their selection and the results were immediately displayed, showing the correct answer and the percentage of how many got it right. We were told the Vancouver crowd definitely surpassed the results of Montreal!

Immediately following the 3 hour presentation, the magnanimous hosts sponsored a reception allowing for extensive visiting and follow up questions with the presenters. A great opportunity to hear very knowledgeable professionals present an assortment of aspects facing the people and companies operating in the maritime industry.

The full presentation can be viewed here.

 

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VMAA Seminars – Recap of 2016 Events

Not wishing to schedule a special event on the Ides of March, the Vancouver Maritime Arbitrators Association presented two special speakers on Monday, March 7 at the Bentall V Conference room on Burrard Street. As one of four different educational events planned for 2016, it was a big treat to have not one but two maritime arbitrators/mediators, one from Vancouver and one from China.
Both individuals are, in their own rights, well-qualified to hear disputes not only as “maritime” arbitrators but also as “international commercial” arbitrators.
It became obvious that the speakers’ reputations preceded them as the Conference Room was standing room only, with 45 keen participants in attendance. Delicious sandwiches and wraps, with light refreshments were quickly consumed and our current VMAA President, Dennis Pong, addressed the audience with eloquent and condensed bios of both gents. Each resume could have filled a page of accolades and accomplishments related to arbitration AND mediation.
Leading off was Mr. Peter Koh…
Click here to read the full report.

Lunch Seminar – December 2, 2014

On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, the VMAA was pleased to have JJ McIntyre of MW Law Offices present on How to Write an Enforceable Arbitration AwardThe seminar was well-attended and generated excellent discussion on the VMAA rules and the arbitration process.

 

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Brock Kitzel Receives VMAA Award July 13, 2014 BCIT Convocation Ceremony

VMAA Award 2014 Deck Brock Kitzel (2)

The recipient for the 2014 Vancouver Maritime Arbitrators Association award is Deck Officer Brock Kitzel.

Brock received glowing reports from the Masters he has served under during his time aboard Canada Steamship Lines self-unloading and gearless bulk cargo vessels, the M/V Frontenac, M/V Spruceglen, M/V Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin and M/V Salarium. He has acted as a valuable ambassador to the BCIT Nautical Sciences program, volunteering his time to take an active role in speaking about his experience at sea. Academically, Brock is at the top of his class with an aptitude to comprehend navigation concepts at a Masters level in the future. Prior to his marine career, Brock mentored young hockey goalies as part of the CVMHA Goaltender Development Program and received the 2010 slo-pitch tournament Most Valuable Player award. He was also promoted to become a manager at SportMart.

Captain Joseph M. Pero passed along this feedback as part of Brock’s seafarer’s evaluation: “Brock Kitzel has conducted himself well while serving under my command. He has demonstrated his ability as a very quick study, to perform far and beyond the duties of an up and coming young officer in a professional, competent and honest manner. He is eager to learn and executes all company policies. He has a positive attitude, is well disciplined, and gets along well with everyone on board. Brock has presented himself in a clean and sober manner at all times and is a good, reliable young shipmate. He is a pleasure to teach and I welcome him as 3rd or 2nd officer, as soon as he gets his certificate, on board any vessel I command.”

Brock has also been nominated by his peers to act as class valedictorian.

Joint VMAA-ISAC RightShip May 28, 2014

BOD RightShip

On Wednesday May 28, 2014, the VMAA, in conjunction with the International Ship-Owners Alliance of Canada (ISAC), hosted a seminar featuring keynote speaker Captain Anuj Chopra, Vice President (Americas), RightShip Pty Ltd. Mr. Chopra spoke to a sold out crowd at the downtown SFU campus on the topics of vetting and risk management. The event was a rousing success, with many questions from the crowd and great interest in the ship vetting system implemented by RightShip.