26 Feb, 2015

2nd Senior Officer Meeting – Travemuende

The COLUMBIA Hotel Casino Travemuende was the perfect back drop for the successful 2nd Officers meeting held over a span of 2 days in February 2015.

The conference delegates welcomed officers from the UK, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Croatia, Poland and Austria. All attendees gathered to discuss various current topics and become acquainted with COLUMBIA Cruise Services Ltd as well as with Thomson Discovery.

Weeks of preparation laid the groundwork for fine tuning all the presentations together with our long term partners from Thomson Cruises.

The day started early on the 24th February with a welcoming from our Senior Crewing Superintendant Mr. Paul Wells. Thereafter our new company COLUMBIA Cruise Services Ltd was introduced by its Director Mr. Olaf Groeger. The closing to the morning session was a presentation by QSHE Manager Capt. Alex Lisnychy who talked about the new CCS Safety Management System.

Fellow speakers at the meeting were Lemag Lehman & Michels GmbH and HardingTM.

Mr. Jens Hinsch from Lemag Lehman & Michels GmbH who are engine performance experts, gave a general overview of their SEE Ship Energy Efficiency Analyzer System. This monitoring system which helps optimize performance and reduce emissions went live at the end of June 2015 on board C/V Thomson Celebration.

The second guest speaker was Mr. Markus Kahle of HardingTM. HardingTM have a global presence and deal with life-saving systems. His presentation was held on the second day of the conference and offered a suitable extension to our own lecture portfolio.

Throughout both days, various crewing and technical subjects were presented and discussed just as safety, commercial and insurance matters.

At the close of the last day, one of the participants noted: “It was enlightening to hear the different perspectives on some of the challenges we encounter while working on board and ashore”.

The meeting finished after lunch on the 25th February. We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate and thank the hotel for their great catering service.

We also would like to thank all participants and we look forward to our next Senior Officer Meeting.