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October 2017    
Upcoming Event:
VHT seminar "Cyber-Risiken in der Schifffahrt"

VHT seminar Cyber-Risiken in der Schifffahrt

Tuesday, November 7, 2017
in the "Glocke" concerthall, Bremen

For agenda view please see the following link VHT Seminar XI
and for further information please contact Ms. Birte Stützle,

August 2017    
VHT appointed with regard to the re-floating and towage of historic „PEKING“    

Seminar Assessment of welding seams at cargo stoppers

After the successful transport of the historic sailing ship PEKING from New York to Brunsbüttel, VHT- staff surveyor has been appointed by the insurer to supervise her re-floating process as well as the towage preparation for the transfer from Brunsbüttel to a repair yard in Wewelsfleth where she will undergo extensive restoration works during the next years. Afterwards she will find her new berth in the city of her birth, Hamburg.

June 2017    
Seminar "Assessment of welding seams at cargo stoppers"    

Seminar Assessment of welding seams at cargo stoppers

In cooperation with the „Gesellschaft für Schweißtechnik International GSI SLV, Hannover”, the VHT organised the first expert seminar „Assessment of welding seams at cargo stoppers“.

The workshop which was limited to 10 participants demonstrated possibilities how to assess the welding seams of cargo stoppers on board a vessel.

For this propose the theoretical and practical welding knowledge of the attendees was refreshed and in the following practical part the lecturer introduced various weld defects and their effect on the welding seam.

The second part of the course treated of the welding seam calculation as well as the visual quality check of fillet weldings. The a-measurement of welding samples was inspected by a weld size gauge and assessed according to international standard.

At the end of the day the participants had the possibility to practice their new knowledge. The seminar ended with questions and discussion.

The event was rounded off with a dinner the evening before, where the attendees had the possibility to get acquainted with each other. The different experiences and backgrounds of the participants were fruitful for the seminar.

The success of the workshop and the positive feedback of the attendees are motivation for us to offer more workshops. The demand is obvious. The second seminar in August is already fully booked, so there will be a third one on 5th of December 2017. A registration is still possible.

June 2017    
Arne Linke has been elected as a new board member    

Arne Linke has been elected as a new board member

During the annual general meeting of VHT on 13th of June 2017 at Hamburg “Handelskammer” a new board member has been appointed.

Mr. Arne Linke, ERGO Versicherungs AG, replaces the withdrawing board members Mr. Volkhard Loos and Mr. Olaf Röpke. Both are no longer available due to various reasons.

April 2017    
Announcement: VHT organises an expert seminar    

Announcement: VHT organises an expert seminar

The one day workshop will be held at the “Gesellschaft für Schweißtechnik“ in Hannover and deals with how to assess the weld seams of cargo stoppers without extensive metrological efforts.

The participants will be introduced to the usual welding methods of cargo stoppers and will receive information about filler material, the fillet weld geometry and the calculation of welding seams.
Theoretical and practical explanation of the criteria and measurement methods for the evaluation of fillet welds will be given, too.

The practice-oriented seminar addresses superintendents, supercargoes, warranty surveyors and employees of stevedoring companies.

The program starts with a come-together dinner the evening before the seminar.

Further seminars will follow. If you have any questions please contact Mr. J. Dirksen or Mrs. B. Stützle at VHT in Bremen.

March 2017    
Tim de Bruyne-Ludwig new Managing Director of the VHT e.V.    

Tim de Bruyne-Ludwig

On 1 March 2017, Tim de Bruyne-Ludwig (42) will take over the position of Managing Director of the Association of Hanseatic Marine Underwriters (VHT), Hamburg / Bremen.

Tim de Bruyne-Ludwig studied Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering at the Hamburg University of Technology. Thereafter he worked for Germanischer Lloyd as surveyor and later as project engineer with the main focus on claims management. In recent years he was responsible for the "Centralized Damage & Repair Management" as well as the "Emergency Response Service (ERS)" of the DNV GL and acted on a variety of worldwide casualties as representative of the classification society.

January 2017    
New Year's Reception 2017    

New Year‘s Reception 2017

With 340 invited domestic and foreign guests we launched the New Year on January 20th with our traditional New Year's Reception at the Haus Schütting in Bremen.

Following the welcome address of our Chairman, Mr. H.-C. Enge, it was essential to refresh existing contacts and to talk about what moved us in 2016 and which tasks will await us in 2017.

Despite the still difficult situation in the shipping industry we are confident, but not uncritical, to look into the coming year and to expect the upcoming challenges.

We would like to thank all our guests who came in such large numbers, especially those who managed to find their way to Bremen despite the bomb squad working close to the Hamburg-Bremen railway line.