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19 Nov 20

Beta Platform and Safety Score updates coming soon

Thank you for your input and feedback regarding our Platform and Safety Score development. We have spent September and October further improving our products, with your suggestions in mind. 

Thank you for your input and feedback regarding our Platform and Safety Score development. We have spent September and October further improving our products, with your suggestions in mind. 

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18 Nov 20

Introducing RightShip’s new vessel vetting criteria

In this article, RightShip’s Global Marine Standards Manager, Marc Forster, explains our vessel vetting criteria and highlights why it’s time for a new standard.

In this article, RightShip’s Global Marine Standards Manager, Marc Forster, explains our vessel vetting criteria and highlights why it’s time for a new standard.

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5 Nov 20

The origins and future of RightShip’s GHG Rating

RightShip’s Sustainability Manager Kris Fumberger highlights the enhanced features of the GHG rating in our new platform and explains how it can help you to reduce emissions and improve business outcomes.

RightShip’s Sustainability Manager Kris Fumberger highlights the enhanced features of the GHG rating in our new platform and explains how it can help you to reduce emissions and improve business outcomes.

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29 Oct 20

RightShip’s new platform: learn about the improvements to our GHG rating 

RightShip’s sustainability manager Kris Fumberger highlights the enhanced features of the GHG rating in our new platform and explains how it can help you to reduce emissions and improve business outcomes.

RightShip’s sustainability manager Kris Fumberger highlights the enhanced features of the GHG rating in our new platform and explains how it can help you to reduce emissions and improve business outcomes.

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23 Oct 20

RightShip’s GHG Rating is moving to its new Platform 

RightShip’s sustainability manager, Kris Fumberger, explains how RightShip’s new Platform impacts access to GHG Rating information and outlines the benefits of this important migration.  

RightShip’s sustainability manager, Kris Fumberger, explains how RightShip’s new Platform impacts access to GHG Rating information and outlines the benefits of this important migration.  

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12 Sep 20

RightShip Platform and Safety Score launch update

Earlier this year we announced the development of our new Safety Score and Platform with anticipated launch date in September 2020...

Earlier this year we announced the development of our new Safety Score and Platform with anticipated launch date in September 2020...

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Whilst it’s a real privilege to contribute to our industry’s safety and sustainability outcomes at RightShip, it’s not a responsibility we take for granted or treat lightly.

We hope that sharing our insights and expertise will enable those in the industry to learn from the experience of others to improve their own risk management practices.

Tony Honeyborne, our Senior Superintendent – Dry Cargo Inspections, has developed the latest instalment in our ‘Lessons Learned‘ series. Tony examines some of the more common challenges involved in providing access to vessels, giving advice for a safe means of access.

Likewise Hayden Latchford, Manager – Australasia, has also contributed a case study from Port Hedland on ‘Safety in action’.

Survey feedback has shown us that the expertise of RightShip Vetting Superintendents is highly valued by our customers – and so we continue to build our team with additional staff in both our Melbourne and London offices, whilst reviewing our workflow to make us more efficient when dealing with customer enquiries.

Seafarer abandonment regrettably continues in this modern day and age and remains a serious concern in our industry. We are working to identify abandonment cases, making them visible on our Qi platform through an automatic downgrade to the risk rating of vessels involved in abandonment. More on this initiative below.

Happy reading!

Martin Crawford-Brunt, CEO


We are continuing our 2019 seminar tour, and would like to thank all those who have joined us at an event so far. It’s great for our team to meet and communicate directly with our customers and members of our wider network, and to hear and address any feedback in person.

To date, in 2019 we have hosted sessions in

  • Hamburg on 04 April with IRI/The Marshall Islands Registry and DNV GL
  • Singapore on 08 May with Wilhelmsen Ships Service and Anglo American
  • London on 11 June with UK P&I Club

In the coming months we will be hosting seminars in

  • Houston on 08 October with Genco Shipping – please register here
  • Japan – November

You can register your interest in attending a future seminar hereTickets to these seminars will be released closer to each event date.


As a result of growing business and our expanding team in the Americas region, our Houston office will be relocating on 01 Septemer 2019 to:

Suite 140, 14141 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, Texas 77478 USA

Please note that the telephone numbers will not change. You can continue to reach our Americas team on +1 832 770 8200. The e-mail address for all RightShip offices remains vetting@rightship.com

1000hrs – 1700hrs

The new office site includes a purpose-built facility to host industry seminars, the first of which will be held on October 8th in conjunction with Genco Shipping. This will include a tour of the new RightShip offices at the end of the formal proceedings.

You can register for the seminar here.


Following a call from the maritime industry for increased action on worldwide seafarer abandonment, RightShip commenced analysing data from the International Labour Organisation relating to abandoned vessels, with the intention of integrating this into our risk assessment process.

Analysing and uploading this information into RightShip Qi increases transparency in responsible ship operations, identifying companies that own and manage stranded vessels.

Depending on the case in question this not only makes those responsible identifiable to chartering companies, but can also lead to a risk rating downgrade of their vessels.

With improved identification of companies responsible for vessel abandonment & the impact this has on stranded seafarers, RightShip customers can use this information to inform vessel selection in line with their own Corporate Social Responsibility objectives.

Please contact our team for more information.


June & July represented another busy period for RightShip with conferences & events.

We have been proud to be Carbon Offset Sponsors of

You may have also seen our team at the 2019 NorShipping event, as well as the Green Award 25 Year Anniversary Conference in Rotterdam.

In the coming months we’re also offsetting the emissions at

Calculating and offsetting the emissions of key maritime events provides a small but tangible, positive step to a more sustainable future. It also serves to highlight carbon accounting and offsetting options that are now available for those who wish to measure and / or offset the emissions of their maritime supply chain.



Many thanks to all who participated in our recent webinar covering the background & applications of our Carbon Accounting tool. For those unable to attend, a copy of the recording can be found on our YouTube channel.

Carbon accounting & offsetting

We were incredibly proud to partner with Anglo American and our carbon credit providers South Pole to offset the emissions of an entire iron ore shipment – an event that we understand to be an industry-first.

Congratulations to all involved in this significant development in the maritime decarbonisation movement. You can read more about this story here.

Cargill’s emissions reduction achievements

We would like to recognise Cargill’s achievements with their annual corporate responsibility report showing an overall 12% reduction in supply chain emissions based on their 2016 benchmark, as well as 82% of their fleet now with a GHG Rating of D & above.

As the emphasis on Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) factors grow across the industry, this is a great example of charterers taking action in the absence of regulation. By setting expectations around performance, charterers can work with shipowners to drive improvement.

Data insights

We have published some new interactive graphs on our data insights page relating to the efficiency of the world’s fleet – click on the links below to view each insight.

Prioritising efficiency – with great size comes great responsibility

Trends in vessel efficiency

Moving with the market – improving your vessel’s efficiency


Vessel verifications and retrofitting works

As always, we encourage ship owners to verify their vessel specifications with our environment team to ensure that their GHG Rating data is accurate and up-to-date.

Prior to undertaking any retrofitting works, you can contact our team to receive advice about upgrade options and the estimated impact that each potential upgrade may have on the vessel’s GHG Rating.


For our Vetting & Inspections team, having an open and transparent relationship with our customers is incredibly important when ensuring the efficiency of our vetting process & their day-to-day operations.

We recently had an experience in Port Hedland where keeping a continuous communication loop between the port authority, terminals, charterers & ship owners led to positive outcomes for all parties involved in the port call.

Vessel inspection

In this instance, a vessel inspected by RightShip was found to have large gaps in the planned maintenance schedule of main machinery items, and some items were well overdue for maintenance.

The inspection was found to be unsatisfactory, however the vessel still arrived at the load port.

Corrective actions

In consultation with charterers and port authority – both of which are RightShip customers – RightShip insisted that the machinery overdue for maintenance be overhauled before entering the port.

Benefits of open communication

Although the ship owner did not welcome this requirement at the time, they later noted that the communication from RightShip helped bridge the disconnect often experienced between the various stakeholders in the situation, ensuring that the agreed rectification plan is acceptable to all.

This is a great example of how we aim to align our approach to minimise disruption to all parties, whilst working towards the best safety outcomes possible.

Hayden Latchford – Manager, Australasia


Our incident & near-miss data, along with the expertise of our vetting & inspections team, provides best practice insights to help minimise the risk involved in a vessel’s operations.

Building on these resources, we have recently launched a Lessons Learned initiative, which includes case studies on:


Please note that the login URL for SVIS was updated last month.

If you still use SVIS and enter the login page via rightship.com, you will not notice any difference; however if you have it bookmarked, you will need to update this to https://svismain.rightship.com/svis/

MAY 2019


A little over a year ago we undertook significant customer & stakeholder research to understand your perspectives on where we could improve and what you appreciate and would like more of at RightShip. This feedback helped to rank our strategic priorities, some of which have been a long time in the planning & development phase.

One of these priorities has been to enhance the IT platform which our vetting tool RightShip Qi runs on. We are now very close to delivering this solution which will provide us with a faster, more reliable and scalable platform to support our vetting service. More on this upgrade below.

We continue to develop our Operational Safety Focus, whereby our vetting process places greater focus on areas demonstrating increased incidents. These currently include maintenance of machinery, fuel management onboard (which will soon include IMO 2020 implementation plans), mooring safety and emergency preparedness.

Your feedback in our research has also been incorporated into our new dry cargo inspection questionnaire, which is currently under final review. The format of the checklist will provide greater guidance and support to both inspectors and vessel operators.

We look forward to sharing this updated inspection checklist with you in the coming months.

In response to your requests for us to share significant safety lessons, I am pleased to launch our new “Lessons Learned” initiative. These are freely accessible under the ‘safety’ section on our website and I invite you to bookmark the location. We have the first case posted, and are working on more to share in the near future. Should you have any suggestions for what you would like to see in the future please get in touch.

In an effort to improve our communication and transparency (again, thanks to your feedback) we are running free webinars and seminars around the world in 2019. The response, engagement and conversation at these events to date has been amazing. I strongly encourage you speak to us at one of these seminars or sign up to our popular webinars.

Our historic agreement with Panama, below, highlights the growing interest in our practical approach to supporting the reduction of GHG emissions in our industry.

Finally I would like to thank you for your engagement, feedback, support and ongoing business with RightShip.

Martin Crawford-Brunt, CEO


Throughout 2019 RightShip are partnering with local industry groups to host a series of seminars in key maritime regions across the world, focusing on trends & developments in the safety and sustainabilty space.

Our first event for the year was was held in Hamburg on 4 April in conjuction with IRI/ Marshall Islands Registry and DNV GL. Many thanks to our partners & all those who attended for making the event a success.

Along with our upcoming Singapore seminar, you can express your interest in joining one of our seminars in London (11th June), Athens (26th June), Shanghai, Tokyo, Imabari, Houston & New York.

We look forward to seeing you at a RightShip event in 2019!


At RightShip, we collect a large amount of incident & near-miss data from industry data providers, our Vetting and Inspections team and Terminal Feedback Reports submitted by our customers.

To put these insights into a useable format we have recently launched a Lessons Learned initiative which outlines best practice safety observations & actions designed to help reduce the risk involved in a vessel’s daily operations.

Our first Lessons Learned case study concerns Helicopter Operational High Potential Near Miss Incidents, which are a relatively common occurance and pose significant risk to the safe operation of a vessel & its crew.

We encourage all vessel owners, managers and crew members to familiarise themselves with this and share within their networks. For more information please contact our operations team.


Building on our recent GHG Rating webinar, we’re hosting an online session focusing on its application as a part of our Carbon Accounting tool.

Our Carbon Accounting tool gives organisations the opportunity to measure and manage the Scope 3 emissions along the entirety of their supply chain. The outputs of the Carbon Accounting calculation can be used in the reporting, benchmarking and offsetting of emissions from shipping activity.

Check out our website or Carbon Accounting animation for more detail on the tool, and sign up to the upcoming webinar with Kris Fumberger (Sustainability Manager) & Sarah Braude (Senior Sustainability Officer) to learn more about its practical application.

Kris & Sarah will reserve time at the end of the session to answer any questions you may have.

Wednesday 29th May 0900hrs London / 1100hrs Athens / 1600 hrs Singapore / 1800 hrs Melbourne


We have been working on a major technical update to the Qi platform, which will be upgraded to Amazon Web Services (AWS) within the next 3 months.

Our platform upgrade will not affect the Qi application itself or the output it produces. The benefits, listed below, will improve our ability to deliver product enhancements and enable us to improve our service to you.

AWS is a secure cloud services platform which offers increased computing power, database storage, content delivery and other functionality to help businesses scale and grow. Our use of AWS for the new Qi platform will provide the following benefits:

Security: AWS utilises an end-to-end approach to secure and harden infrastructure, including physical, operational, and software measures.

Reliability: With AWS we are using the same virtual backbone as Amazon.com’s multi-billion dollar online business that has been honed for over a decade. This means improved reliability for Qi users.

Scalability: Applications built on AWS components can scale up or down based on demand. Backed by Amazon’s massive infrastructure, we will have access to compute and store resources when they are needed.

Power: Dozens of high-powered tools already exist in the AWS ecosystem, such as those used for backups and load balancing – so for our customers, this will improve vetting efficiency.

RightShip’s Insights page provides a range of interactive data reports that provide unique insights into the safety & environmental sustainability of the world’s maritime fleet.

These insights can help our customers stay ahead of the game when it comes to investments, safety and risk management, and maximising vessel efficiency.

You can view each specific insight by clicking on the relevant link.

Trends in vessel efficiency

How accurate is our predictive rating? 2018 incident data

Moving with the market: improve your vessel’s efficiency

Will your investment improve with age?

Does experience influence risk?

Where are the most efficient vessels built?

How green is your shipping activity?

Reduce your carbon footprint & fuel spend


A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between the Authority of Panama (AMP) and RightShip, establishing a partnership to promote environmental sustainability in the maritime industry.

The MoU not only recognises common goals, values and objectives, but will assist in the development of a Port Incentive Program which encourages low carbon shipping by offering incentives to the more efficient vessels that enter the port environs. You can find out more about these programs on our website. This agreement was signed by the Minister of Maritime Affairs and Administrator of the Panama Martime Authority, Jorge Barakat Pitty, and RightShip’s Vice-President (Americas) Anuj Chopra.

Panama is the first country in Central America to sign an agreement aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving their compliance with maritime sustainability regulations.

Our warm congratulations to all involved in this development!


As always, our team have been actively engaging with the industry around current safety and sustainability initiatives, stimulating discussion through presentations, participation on panels and receiving valuable feedback.

Coming up you’ll see RightShip’s Sarah Braude (Senior Sustainability Officer) as a panelist at the Australian Emissions Reduction Summit in Melbourne. We’re also proud to be Carbon Offset Sponsors at Green Marine’s GreenTech conference in Ohio, as well as the Tradewinds Shipowners Forums held in Oslo & Singapore.

Pictured above are Steven Day, Martin Crawford-Brunt and Oussama Darif manning the RightShip stand at the 2019 CMA Shipping event in Connecticut; and below Martin is pictured delivering his presentation ‘Good for business, good for the environment’ at CMA.

MARCH 2019


We are continuing to innovate and improve the performance of the Qi platform and predictive algorithm. This is part of delivering on our mission to improve safety in the maritime industry.

The maintenance of our predictive algorithm includes retraining our data, which is required periodically. Our next retrain is coming up – see below for more information.

We have been active in our attendance of industry conferences & forums to engage with customers and stakeholders – please see more information below and on our website.

We participate in these events to engage with our customers and stakeholders, receive feedback and share some of our ongoing initiatives. We are planning a series of RightShip seminars around the world over the coming months. Please do come and speak with us at these events.

Given the dramatic increase in interest we have seen with our GHG Rating and Carbon Accounting tool recently I would encourage you to attend one of the GHG webinars with our Sustainability Manager, Kris Fumberger, which will be held in the coming month.

Martin Crawford-Brunt, CEO


The RightShip Qi model will undertake a scheduled retrain over the coming weeks. Retraining is a ‘business as usual’ practise for a predictive model that:

  • preserves the desirable features of the original model
  • remedies identified shortcomings
  • increases performance compared with original, and
  • adopts the model to changes in input data since the last training.

As always, the practical outcome of a Qi model retrain is that some vessel star ratings will move – either up or down – however many will stay the same.

We will advise you when we have a firm date for the retrain, and also when it has been completed. If you do have any questions please direct them to your local RightShip office or vetting@rightship.com.

For more information on the Qi retrain please refer to the RightShip website or our animated video.

RightShip’s insights page displays a range of interactive data sets relating to the safety & environmental sustainability of the world’s maritime fleet. These insights can help our customers stay ahead of the game when it comes to investments, risk management & maximising vessel efficiency.

Click on the links below explore each of our data insights.

We will shortly be launching a ‘Lessons Learned’ page on our website, featuring best practice safety observations developed by our safety & risk management professionals. This will be up-and-running soon so keep an eye out!


As always, our team have been busy collaborating with the industry at maritime conferences & events.

Coming up you’ll see Anuj Chopra (Vice President, Americas) at the AMP – OAS – Port Safety & Efficiency Conference in Panama presenting on Economic & Environmental Sustainability; Martin Crawford-Brunt (CEO) & Hayden Latchford (Manager, Australasia) at Singapore Maritime Week and David Peel (Manager, EMEA) at the Dry Bulk Ternimals Group Operational & Technical Meeting in Barcelona.

We continue to offer our Carbon Offset Sponsorships, where we purchase carbon credits from our climate-neutral partners South Pole to offset all emissions related to an event.

In the latter part of 2018 we sponsored the offset of a total of 735 tonnes of CO2e, which is roughly the equivalent emissions output of a cape size bulker carrying iron ore a third of the way from Port Hedland to China. Congratulations for NAMEPATradeWinds & the World Ocean Councilfor your commitment to carbon reduction in the maritime events space.

Carbon-neutral events we sponsor include:

Pictured above is Christopher Saunders presenting at the recent Chemical & Tanker Conference in London & a chat room session hosted by Martin at the recent GasFest conference in Lisbon.

Photographed at the TradeWinds Ship Recycling Forum in Hong Kong is (L-R) John Kornerup Bang, Maersk & SSI Director; David Peel, RightShip & SSI Director; Simon Bennett, China Navigation Co & SSI Director; & Andrew Stephens, SSI Executive Director. It’s great to be part of a wider group committed to furthering the ship recycling movement in the maritime industry.


Building on our introductory GHG Rating webinar,we are hosting advanced sessions for those wishing to understand the GHG Rating in greater detail. A Q&A session with our sustainability team will follow the main presentation.

Register for a short (30 minute) webinar by selecting your preferred session below.

Tuesday 2 April 1900hrs Melbourne / 0900hrs London / 1100hrs Athens / 1600hrs Singapore

Thursday 4 April 0700hrs Melbourne / Wednesday 3 April 1500hrs Houston / 1600hrs New York

If you are unable to attend a webinar a copy of the session will be made available on our YouTube channel.


Following some recent changes, we’re pleased to provide an update of RightShip’s current Board of Directors.

RightShip is equally owned by BHP, Rio Tinto & Cargill, and 2 representatives from each of these shareholding companies are nominated to sit on RightShip’s Board of Directors. The Chairmanship is rotated every two years between our three shareholders.

RightShip Chair

Pictured above is Isabelle Brassard, Vice President Marine & Logistics for Rio Tinto & current Chair of RightShip.

Isabelle replaced our previous Chair and long-serving Director Peter Mannion in 2018.

RightShip’s Directors

Jessica Farrell – General Manager – Dampier Port & Marine Operations, Rio Tinto

Rashpal Bhatti – Vice President Marketing Freight, BHP

Chris Dark – General Manager Integrated Production & Remote Operations (IPRO), BHP

Jan Dieleman – President Ocean Transportation, Cargill

Andrew Barker – Global Operations Manager, Cargill




RightShip’s Martin Crawford-Brunt (CEO) and Kris Fumberger (Sustainability Manager) are pleased to be hosting workshops in Japan in conjunction with Class NK and LISCR

Workshops are being held in Tokyo and Imabari and will focus on RightShip’s recent and upcoming work in the maritime safety, risk and sustainability space.

The sessions will include Japanese interpretation and a drinks reception following the workshop.

Please click on your chosen session below to learn more and register your attendance.

Tokyo – WTC Conference Center
Wednesday 14 November
1300hrs – 1730hrs

Imabari – Kokusai Hotel
Friday 16 November 2018
1300hrs – 1730hrs


Additional membership adjustment in RightShip Qi

Since February 2008, in recognition of the quality objectives and synergies between INTERCARGO’s “Benchmarking Bulk Carriers” and RightShip’s then online vetting tool, SVIS, INTERCARGO members have received a small positive adjustment to the risk rating in the RightShip algorithm.

INTERCARGO membership remain synonymous with quality in dry bulk shipping, however significant changes in use of this big data and predictive analytics over recent years has resulted in improved data and a more sophisticated algorithm to measure maritime risk.

These advancements have been incorporated into our new vetting platform, RightShip Qi. As a result it is now more accurate to directly recognise the safety and quality improvements made by members in the operation of their vessels without the historic INTERCARGO adjustment.

Therefore in consultation with INTERCARGO we have agreed to proceed as follows:

  1. From 01 November 2018, new vessels entered under INTERCARGO membership will not receive the additional membership adjustment in the model.
  2. The effect of this additional adjustment for existing vessels under INTERCARGO membership will be phased out over the subsequent twelve months.

In recognition of the INTERCARGO screening process and above-average vessel quality, this membership will continue to be displayed on the vessel dashboard of RightShip Qi.

We appreciate all efforts made by INTERCARGO to improve safety in dry bulk shipping and wish to continue and deepen our co-operation around this common objective.

For specific member or vessel queries please contact your local RightShip office.


Within the next week auto-cancellation of tasks will be released in RightShip Qi.

This feature has been developed to avoid dormant tasks in Qi. To achieve this, any customer activity (including vets & vetting questionnaires) that has been started but not completed will be automatically cancelled 25 days from the creation date.

The Qi support team will notify users via the in-app message service once the release has occurred.

E-mail reminders will be sent 5 days prior to cancellation, as well as notification once the activity has been cancelled. Reminder and cancellation dates will be set at these default levels, but can be tailored upon request.

Need more information?

You can read a help centre article for more information, and if you have any specific queries or concerns please contact the Qi support team


We understand that Paris MoU plans to withdraw their bulk data feed to the maritime industry from 1st January 2019. RightShip, along with around fifty other organisations from sectors related to insurance, banking and financial interests; class societies; and vetting departments from oil majors will also be affected.

Withdrawing PSC data in a format that allows it to be accessed and used efficiently necessitates some manual processes to complete the vetting, which may slow the process down.

In order to maintain our service standards and minimise the impact of this decision on our customers, we have recruited additional Vetting Superintendents in each of our 3 offices.

We have also taken the opportunity to accelerate planned refinements to our risk management practises and algorithm. This includes improving the way PSC data is used in our vetting process.

Despite the benefits of updating our algorithm, we acknowledge that having this data feed in a usable format is beneficial to achieve our objective of improved maritime safety, quality & sustainability.

We, along with many others affected both within and beyond EU borders and Paris MoU states, support the industry proposal to postpone this decision until it can be considered in the appropriate global forum at the IMO.

More information here.


Since launching our new website in March, we have been working to translate the content into Spanish, Japanese & Chinese. We are pleased to announce that the translated websites are are now live!

You can access these pages on the top right hand side of the RightShip homepage.


As of October 2018, RightShip is proud to be certified by TRACE, the world’s leading anti-bribery standard setting organisation. TRACE gathers resources to provide companies with practical & cost-effective compliance tools & services.

The successful completion of TRACE Certification demonstrates a commitment to commercial transparency, assisting us to conduct business ethically and in compliance with anti-bribery regulations such as the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act & the UK Bribery Act.




It’s been eight months since I started in the role as RightShip CEO, and I would like to thank everyone for the welcome and the feedback that has been provided to me during this time.

I have spent a good deal of time meeting up with industry bodies and customers, and this will continue in the coming months as we visit Japan and Hong Kong together with LISCR, Class NK and Marshall Islands Registry.

Many thanks to those of you who provided feedback to us earlier in the year. Topline results follow below, however the feedback was interesting and varied, and provides us with rich information on which to build our future – with our customer at the centre.

To thank participants for their feedback we made a donation to the Sailors’ Society for each survey response, with the total donation coming to over $12K. Thank you.

One aspect of the feedback which came through strongly is the discontent with the way PSC data is generated, used and analysed. We have accelerated our innovation program to compensate for this, which has also enabled us to be on the front foot should Paris MoU Secretariat stick to their decision to withdraw their commercial data feed from the industry at the end of the year.

Thank you again for your ongoing support.

Martin Crawford-Brunt – CEO RightShip

Paris MoU: Withdrawal of automatic data feed

We were disappointed to learn that Paris MoU will be withdrawing its PSC data in a format that allows us, and many others across the maritime industry, to access and utilise it efficiently.

We have met with Paris MoU Secretariat to discuss this decision, which was taken by the Committee representing its Member States. They confirmed that this decision was not made to directly target RightShip.

Paris MoU acknowledge the safety and environmental benefits that RightShip delivers – partly through use of this data – which they will continue to supply in its current form until the end of the year (31 December 2018). After this, the data will remain available both through the Paris MoU and Equasis websites on a vessel-by-vessel basis. As it is inefficient to use data in this format, this may result in vetting assessment delays for customers.

RightShip employs a predictive risk model which is under continuous development based on re-training of the algorithm, customer feedback and the domain knowledge and experience of our team. Our model receives data from several sources and this PSC data feed in the current format is one of many inputs.

This decision provides us with an opportunity to accelerate planned refinements to our risk management practises and algorithm, however we acknowledge that having this data feed in a usable format is beneficial.

We will continue to work with Paris MoU Secretariat and member states to support our mutual objectives of improved maritime safety, quality and sustainability in the maritime industry.

Meet our Regional Managers

Anuj Chopra – Vice President, Americas (at left)

With over 30 years maritime experience both at sea & onshore, Anuj joined RightShip in 2013 to drive business development, lead the vetting team and foster customer relations in the Americas Region.

Anuj considers environmental considerations to be one of the biggest challenges currently facing the maritime industry. ‘As industry pushes to reduce its carbon footprint & enact tighter regulations on CO2 emissions from shipping, there is mounting pressure on organisations not only to meet these new regulations but to get on the front foot & move more autonomously towards a low carbon economy. It’s fantastic to see more & more organisations take the leap & use tools like our GHG Rating to achieve this’.

Anuj is an inherently social individual who has strong relationships in the maritime industry. A very community-minded person, Anuj is active in community welfare and mentoring projects and also loves his golf.

David Peel – Manager Europe, Middle East & Africa (middle)

Since opening RightShip’s London office in 2007, David has significantly grown the European business and now oversees thirteen vetting superintendents. When asked about corporate social responsibility in the maritime industry, David, who is a Director of the Sustainable Shipping Initiative, believes the most pressing social issues relates to seafarer health & wellbeing and human rights.

‘Times are changing as you can see from last year’s amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention and new powers under the UK’s Modern Slavery Act, which can carry severe penalties for offenders. Organisations need to ask themselves: what are we doing to ensure we adhere to Human Rights principals and legislation? This needs to be an active, not a passive commitment – and we have tools available to assist with this.’

David enjoys cliff walks & playing base guitar, and as anyone who has met him will attest, he is a forthright, affable and social person – but he doesn’t like smiling for the camera…

Hayden Latchford, Manager Australasia (at right)

With over 35 years of maritime experience both at sea and onshore, Hayden commenced with RightShip in 2011 as Tanker Inspection & Vetting Superintendent before stepping up to manage the Australasian vetting and dry cargo inspection teams in 2018.

As a mariner, Hayden believes that high safety standards are key to a successful maritime business. ‘Keeping your crew & your cargo safe is essential. When safety isn’t a priority, not only are you putting the lives of your crew at risk, you are gambling a huge investment in your cargo’.

Hayden enjoys running during his lunch break & playing cricket on the weekend, in his attempt to achieve more balance in mind and body – which also translates to a balance between desk/couch and fresh air!

RightShip’s new Vetting Superintendents

We would like to take this opportunity to introduce RightShip’s newest Vetting Superintendents.

Raul Hernandez – Houston (at left)

Raul has more than 25 years’ experience in the Maritime industry, specialising in ship structures & engine inspection / repairs, surveys, marine management systems, project management and planning. Raul spent 10 years as a Technical Marine Superintendent, and has been in marine surveying for the past 18 years.

Rosevelt Fernandes – Houston (middle)

Rosevelt started his career as an Engineer Cadet, working up to a First Engineer. He then moved to a position as a Trainee Surveyor, later working up to independent Surveyor and then Senior Surveyor.

Rosevelt has a Mechanical Engineering qualification and has completed Class I and Class II Marine Engineer qualifications. He is currently pursuing a Postgraduate Diploma in Executive Maritime Management.

Kishore Suryanarayanan Melbourne (at right)

Kishore joins RightShip as an Extra Master Mariner, and is currently enrolled in a Master of Business Administration course. Prior to joining RightShip he worked a Superintendent, coordinating and responding to SIRE inspections, conducting internal audits, conducting incident investigations, analysing incident trends and was also involved with TMSA audits.

Welcome Raul, Rosevelt & Kishore to the RightShip team!

JUNE 2018


Posidonia 2018 has come and gone, and what a week was had by the RightShip team!

A massive thanks to all those who visited our stand, mingled with us at events & showed enthusiasm towards our work in creating safer vessels & cleaner seas. As always, it’s fantastic to have the opportunity to connect with a range of different players in the international maritime community.

Take a look at our Twitter feed or LinkedIn page to see the comings & goings of the RightShip team at Posidonia.

Now that the dust has settled (& we’re appropriately well-rested) after an eventful week in Greece we can honestly say we look forward to coming back in 2020!

Pictured L-R are our London-based team of Envangelos Melas (Vetting Superintendent), Martin Crawford-Brunt (CEO), David Peel (Manager – EMEA) & Scott Hutchins (Business Analyst – Customers) at the RightShip stand.

Qi Release: Auto-cancellation of tasks

As part of a range of updates to RightShip Qi scheduled in the coming weeks, auto-cancellation of tasks in Qi is being released on Tuesday 19th June (AEST).

In order to avoid lists of dormant tasks in Qi, any customer activity (including vets & vetting questionnaires) that has been started but not completed will be automatically cancelled 25 days from the creation date.

E-mail reminders will be sent 5 days prior to cancellation, as well as notification once the activity has been cancelled. Reminder and cancellation dates will be set at these default levels, but can be tailored upon request.

The Qi support team will notify users via the in-app message service once the release has occurred.

Need more information?

You can read a help centre article for more information, and if you have any specific queries or concerns please contact the Qi support team.

Details regarding other upcoming Qi releases will be communicated in due course. You can also sign up for a Qi customer webinar below to learn more about these scheduled changes to the Qi platform.

Data Insights

RightShip Qi uses predictive analytics to consider the likelihood that a vessel will have an incident in the next 12 months.

We have data on how the the Qi predictive model performed in 2017, which shows a one star bulker being 19 times more likely to have an incident than a 5 star bulker.

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After a lengthy & thorough consultation process with industry (including ports, charterers and ship owners), RightShip have made the decision to remove the Environmental Star Rating from service.

Due to the increasing success & uptake of RightShip’s GHG Rating, which measures the CO2 output of vessels, this decision comes as RightShip look to consolidate these ratings and minimise the overlap with the Risk Rating in RightShip Qi, which now better recognises PSC performance in its algorithm.

In addition, the Environmental Star Rating aimed to reward actions that are now mandatory, and the GHG Rating allows us to continue to recognise best practice.

Furthering our commitment to make the maritime industry more sustainable, the decomissioning of the Environmental Star Rating allows RightShip to foster the development of the GHG Rating dataset, and we will continue to work with ports to reward the most energy efficient vessels in the worldwide fleet. Please contact us if you would like more information.


Come and join our sustainability team as they works towards a low-carbon future for the maritime industry.

We’re looking for a Senior Sustainability Officer to work out our Melbourne Office. If you can bring knowledge, experience & enthusiasm for managing sustainability projects to a dynamic & friendly working environment we’d love to hear from you!

Find more information here.


The DNV GL review of RightShip’s GHG Ratnig methodology concluded that there is an incentive for shipowners to verify their vessel specifications. Over 10,000 ships have now had their details updated in our system, and in December 2017 we completed a record 664 verifications!

To review your vessel’s GHG Rating and the particulars used to calculate this please log in to Qi (if you are a RightShip customer), or visit shippingefficiency.org and follow the prompts.

If you would like to update your vessel specifications you can do so through shippingefficiency.org or by contacting RightShip.


2017 was a busy year at RightShip! As a result the CO2 emissions for our business operations were slightly up on last year.

Whilst we work hard to minimise our emissions, some are unavoidable. Luckily with the help of the South Pole Group we were able to offset 951 toness of CO2e from running our 3 global offices & the international travel of our employees to support the conservation efforts at Lavers Hill in Victoria. It’s great to know that we can practice carbon neutrality so our work doesn’t cost the earth!s

In 2017 we were also proud to partner with the maritime industry to create more sustainable conference & events through our carbon offset sponsorships.

Congratulations to organisers of the following conferences who collectively offset 3,658 tonnes of CO2e, making the maritime industry more sustainable – one event at a time!

  • Ambition 1.5°: Global Shipping’s Action Plan – 128t
  • WOC Sustainable Ocean Summit – 358t
  • NAMEPA World Maritime Day – 92t
  • GreenPort Congress – 720t
  • ANZPAC Workship – 120t
  • Green Marine GreenTech – 96t
  • GREEN4SEA Conference & Awards – 130t
  • Green ShipTech China -351t
  • MIAL Seaf17 – 115t
  • CMA Shipping 2017 – 1,598t
  • IHS Markit Forum – 48t


It’s a new year but we inhabit the same planet with the same amount of resources. We need to use them more wisely than ever!

This year RightShip gave a festive season gift to the planet, providing customers with access to an anonymised GHG Rating dataset. This allowed them to filter by ship type, cargo, DWT or Age, or use their customer code to see the specific data related to their fleet.

With environmental issues at the fore in 2018, we hope that this inspired our customers to consider the environmental impact of their operations, and join the movement to lower carbon & enhance sustainability in the maritime industry.

Take a look at the data here, or if you’re a Rightship customer contact us for your customer code.



As the maritime industry moves towards a more sustainable future within a low-carbon economy, it is encouraging to see the industry work to ensure that issues of sustainability & environmental action remain at the forefront of industry conferences & events.

We were incredibly pleased to have the RightShip GHG Rating on the agenda at MPC71 in July. Our Commercial & Strategic Manager Wayne Blumenthal is pictured addressing the plenary room at IMO HQ, discussing how the GHG Rating can deliver CO2 savings to the market & encourage sustainable vessel selection within the industry.

In the coming months, our sustainability team will be representing RightShip as Carbon Offset Sponsors at Greenport Congress in Amsterdam; NAMEPA’s World Maritime Day in New York, as well as WOC’s Sustainable Ocean Summit in Halifax, Canada. We are also proud to be co-organisers and Carbon Offset Sponsors of Ambition 1.5°: Global Shipping’s Action Plan, held in Bonn as a side event to COP23.

In the past 12 months we have sponsored 7 carbon-neutral events. We are proud to have offset an estimated 2,766 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions through these sponsorships!


RightShip offers assistance for organisations who wish to measure, report on & manage their scope 3 GHG emissions associated with shipping activity.

Our verified Carbon Accounting tool allows charterers the opportunity to further manage their carbon output & explore emissions reporting & reduction opportunities.

By measuring emissions, organisations can reduce their environmental footprint; improve efficiency & identify energy risks in their supply chain, as well as demonstrate industry leadership in their efforts to reduce emissions.

RightShip welcomes the opportunity to work with your organisation to explore carbon neutral shipping. For more information on the benefits of using our Carbon Accounting tool, visit our website or contact environment@rightship.com


Since 2012, RightShip has assisted charterers to select more efficient vesses, through identifying ships on the market with a low GHG Rating & enabling organisations to create policy in accordance with this. This has changed the dynamics of the charterering process – the GHG Rating is now considered in one in every five vessel selections worldwide.

As of September 2017, the GHG Rating was used by 85 industry stakeholders, including 55 charterers, 19 shipowners, 5 indutsry groups, 4 banks & 3 terminals. We are continuously working to develop the GHG Rating dataset, and have so far provided verifications for more than 10,000 vessels.


The DNV GL review of RightShip’s GHG Rating methodology concluded that there is an incentive for shipowners to verify vessel specifications. Over 10,000 ships have now had their vessel specifications updated in our system.

To review your vessel’s GHG Rating and the particulars used to calculate this please log in to Qi (if you are a RightShip customer), or visit shippingefficiency.org and follow the prompts.

If you would like to update your vessel specifications you can do so through shippingefficiency.org or by contacting RightShip.


We are continuing our partnerships with AUSMEPA to develop the Maritime Emissions Portal (MEP). An online platform that will use AIS data to measure in-port emissions, the MEP aims to empower ports & stakeholders to report on, benchmark & better manage emissions data. We have partnered with Oceaneering PortVision as our system developer, to bring the MEP concept into reality in an interactive platform.

RightShip & AUSMEPA welcome the opportunity to work with ports & the wider maritime industry in all stages of MEP development.

We are working with some Australian ports to trial the platform and assist us to develop its functions in accordance with industry needs.

For enquiries, or to register your interest in becoming a trial port, please contact:

Julie Nash – AUSMEPA Executive Officer


Kris Fumberger – RightShip Sustainability Manager




The Australian Marine Environment Protection Agency’s Port Emissions Portal has been selected as one of ten finalists in the 2016 Google Impact Challenge Australia.

Working with RightShip, AUSMEPA’s Emissions Portal will utilise satellite tracking and a big data approach to measure air quality and changing air patterns throughout the port environs.

AUSMEPA could be one of four organisations to receive a $750,000 grant to assist in developing the portal.

The six additional finalists will recieve $250,000.

A judging panel will select three winners, and a fourth will be selected based on public voting, which is open from 4-25 October.

Click here to vote for AUSMEPA – it only takes seconds, and will help AUSMEPA create greater transparency of air emissions caused by shipping activity in ports.

The press release regarding the emissions portal can be found here.


The 2015 DNV GL review of RightShip’s GHG Rating methodology concluded that there is an incentive for shipowners to verify vessel specifications. Over 10,000 ships have now had their vessel specifications updated in our system.

To review your vessel’s GHG Rating and the particulars used to calculate this please log in to SVIS (if you are a RightShip customer), or visit shippingefficiency.org and follow the prompts.

If you would like to update your vessel specifications you can do so through shippingefficiency.org or by contacting RightShip


RightShip are once again proud sponsors of the 2016 GreenPort Congress (11-14 October). Sustainability Manager Kris Fumberger will be presenting on first mover advantages for port environmental programs. RightShip’s EMEA Manager David Peel will also be in attendence, demonstrating the CO2 footprint from shipping emissions at individual ports.

RightShip are also the ‘green’ carbon offset sponsor for the World Ocean Council’s 2016 Sustainable Ocean Summit (30 Nov – 02 Dec). CEO Warwick Norman will be participating in a panel discussing “Reducing CO2; affordable, scalable solutions for the maritime industry”.



Ahead of COP21, twenty-six of the 35 charterers that include vessel efficiency in their supply chain selection have come forward to highlight their proactive measures on climate change. By using the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Rating to find the more efficient vessels, these industry leaders are using their influence to incite change in the maritime industry by rewarding ship owners that prioritise efficiency.

The 35 charterers that utilise the GHG Emissions Rating collectively undertake over 26,000 vessel movements and ship more than two billion dead weight tonne annually.

Following in the footsteps of early adopters Cargill, Huntsman and UNIPEC UK, the following have come forward to announce their use of the GHG Rating: Baere Maritime, BHP Billiton, Canpotex, Dubai Supply Authority, Greenergy, HESS, Hudson Shipping Lines, Incitec Pivot Limited, Ixom, Nidera, Noble Chartering, Olam, Olin – Blue Cube, Par Pacific – HIE, PTTEP, Refidomsa, Rio Tinto, Saudi Aramco Products Trading Company, Scorpio Group, Targa Resources, The Mosaic Company and Z Energy.

For more details the media release can be viewed here.



RightShip is committed to ensuring our GHG Emissions Rating reflects the latest outcomes from the IMO working groups, and aslo responds to industry feedback.

Following a recent review by DNV GL we are making some minor adjustments to our formula so it more accurately evaluates existing vessels as well as enabling us to apply it to additional vessel types.

Whilst these will not have a large impact overall, it may cause a slight adjustment so some vessel ratings.

These updates will take place over the next few weeks and will include

  • changes to assumed fuel type for non-verified vessels
  • aligning ship types for comparison of GHG Emissions Rating with recent updates, and
  • updating the Phase 1 Reference Line comparison

If you have any questions relating to the GHG Emissions Rating or the upgrades we are undertaking please contact us.


As gold sponsors, RightShip’s Warwick Norman (CEO) & David Peel (Manager Europe, Middle East & Africa) will be in attendance at the 2015 Greenport Congress.

Warwick will be presenting on port incentive programs that reward sustainability, and will be happy to provide port operators with an on-the-spot review of their port’s greenhouse gas emissions over a defined period of time.

Following is an overview of RightShip’s GHG Emissions Rating tool:


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Brief, factual summary of what happened, the consequences (or lack of), a preview of the conditions or actions that contributed to the incident (correspondent with Incident Analysis) and a summary of the recommendations.

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APRIL 2019


April 2019 revision for the Inspections and Assessment Report for Dry Cargo Ships

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APRIL 2018


Key Points

Root Cause Analysis is a useful process for understanding and solving a problem.

Figure out what negative events are occurring. Then, look at the complex systems around those problems, and identify key points of failure. Finally, determine solutions to address those key points, or root causes.

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APRIL 2018


A PDF that provides good examples of responses to PSC deficiencies in consideration of root cause, corrective & preventative action.

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JUNE 2017



A large number of vessels were built during the ‘shipping boom’ of the early 2000’s. This report investigates the effect of this ‘boom’ with respect to the performance of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) Class Society, Flag States, and ship type.

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MAY 2017


Description of Revisions

Fully updated – covering cyber security, ECDIS, mooring, Lube & Fuel sampling & passage planning.

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