Newsletter July 2013

Uttarakhand Flood Relief Fund

Dear Captains, Chief Engineers and all Ship Staff,

This is further to our request for donation towards Uttarakhand Relief Fund. We are overwhelmed by unprecedented response from our staff, who have contributed generously more than USD 56,500, to assist their countrymen.

More than 110,000 people were evacuated safely to secure locations, however thousands of Iives have been lost in this disaster. The devastation has been huge and in this hour of need we are sure that YOUR valuable contribution will find way to needy through below relief organisations.
– Prime Minister’s Relief Fund
– The International Association for Human Values (IAHV)
– NGO Goonj

The total contribution as on 20th July 2013 is USD 56,500/-.
Name of each contributor is displayed on our website – www.homewardbound.in

We at Anglo-Eastern Mumbai office have extended our help towards an NGO run by AE officers wives – “ANAVI”, since Anavi cannot take foreign contributions. Anavi has been providing direct and sustained support towards rehabilitation of affected people in Uttarakhand. We had sought help of AE families at Dehradun, through our office at Dehradun to provide logistic support.

A very heartfelt and huge THANK YOU, to all for helping your country in this hour of need. We as a seafaring community, feel proud to be of assistance to our suffering countrymen and pray for things to settle down and return to normalcy soonest.

Thank You!
Vinay Singh

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It is our pleasure to announce that on 25th June 2013 on the eve of 3rd Seafarer’s Day, our Junior Engineer Chirmal Singh has been awarded and felicitated for scoring highest marks in MEO Class IV Certificate of Competency Examination by D. G. Shipping.

Long Service Award for exemplary and dedicated service with Anglo-Eastern


2/E Mangesh POTNIS

AEMTC Launches 2nd Mate’s Course In Mumbai

June 17th, 2013 marked the achievement of a big milestone for Anglo Eastern Maritime Training Centre (AEMTC) at Andheri, Mumbai Anglo-Eastern is the first ship management company in India to commence post sea competency course. The inauguration of the Second Mates Function Course was carried out at its Mumbai premises by none other than the Director General of Shipping, Mr. Gautam Chatterjee. Anglo Eastern Ship Management has been successfully running the Second Mates Function Course at their Delhi Training centre since the last two years and has recorded an enviable pass percentage of 95% and now it’s the turn of the Mumbai centre to continue providing high quality training and guidance to the future Indian officers. Present on this occasion were the Chief Guest Mr. Gautam Chatterjee (DG Shipping), Capt. Pradeep Chawla (Managing Director, Quality Assurance and Training AESM Group), Capt. Vinay Singh, Managing Director, AESM India ), Capt. K.N.Deboo ( Director and Principal, AEMTC ), Mr. Francis Akkara (Vice-Principal and Sr. General Manager, AEMTC), various Faculty and Staff, as also the candidates for the II-Mates Course.

To start the event, Mr. Francis Akkara welcomed the Chief Guest and the other dignitaries gracing the event. He mentioned that AEMTC has many “the firsts” to his credit. Some of the important ones being, the MAN BW Electronic Engine training in India, which is the first in Asia, Marflex Electrical Deep well pump systems, another first in Asia, DNV SeaSkill certified Ship’s Electrical Officers course , including high voltage system etc… he added. This followed the lighting up of the Lamp by the Chief Guest Mr. Chatterjee, other dignitaries and followed by the recital of the Saraswati Vandana to invoke the blessings of Goddess Saraswati.

Capt. Vinay Singh was the next speaker, and he gave an invigorating talk on how and why Anglo Eastern has always felt the need to control the quality of its sea staff, and hence its constant endeavor to train its seafarers at all levels, from inception as a fresh cadet right up to a master and chief engineer, further going on to superintendent and auditor training. He mentioned AESM follows the building block principle to educate our Officers to make the foundation strong to mould good quality Officers.

This has resulted in Anglo-Eastern setting up a Cadet Pre-Sea training Academy and post sea training centers in Mumbai and Delhi. It has one of the best faculties and uses various advanced training methods and state of the art Teaching Aids.

Thereafter Capt. Deboo spoke about the illustrious journey and stupendous growth of AEMTC from humble beginnings to its resent mammoth size, both in terms of space, the wide variety of courses conducted by it, as also about the advancement in technology and automation being used in training at the Training Centre. He took the audience through various details and aspects of the Second Mates Course as well and impressed upon the cadets (Anglo-Eastern’s future officers) that the course will be rigorous with the expectation that all the participants will pass the II-mates exam in the first attempt with flying colours. He also mentioned a few prestigious awards AESM Training division received acknowledged by national and International organisations, like Sea Trade, Lloyd lists etc.

After that, Mr. Gautam Chatterjee did the honors of inaugurating the course by cutting the ribbon on the courseware (a three volume set) and expressed his happiness and satisfaction over the progress, dedication and commitment shown by Anglo Eastern towards its efforts on maritime Education and Training. He gave a vital advice to the student that “professionalism in your entire career must be the trump card”. The professionalism will take you to heights and will bring up the Indian seafarers name in the International crew market. He also thanked AESM for taking a step towards conducting the second mate’s competency course and expressed his desire, the organization takes control of the entire educational path of Deck Officers and Engine Officers to mould the Indian Seafarers more competitive in the International market and continue maintaining the high reputation the Indian Officers.

Capt. Pradeep Chawla, then gave a highly motivational talk to the cadets, and spoke about the Second Mate’s Course. He explained to all how important good training at the very start of one’s career is, as it helps build a strong foundation of good human values and soft skills, as well as technical knowledge and expertise in one’s tasks, all of which ensure a really bright future ahead. He also advised the young boys that a strong foundation of basics, which will go hand in glove for building up skill and competence. He mentioned, Knowledge, competence and skill both professional and human resource related are necessary to achieve professionalism. He also thanked Director General of Shipping Mr. Chatterjee for taking out his valuable time amidst his busy and demanding schedule.

The culmination of the programme was a tour of the entire Anglo Eastern Maritime Training Centre by the Chief Guest to witness various facilities and the specialized training equipment installed at AEMTC.

The inaugural batch of Second Mates Competency course thus started with 24 cadets, all having completed their Pre-Sea training from Anglo Eastern Maritime Academy at Karjat, and their seatime on Anglo-Eastern ships.

Source: http://www.maritime-executive.com/article/AngloEastern Mar\time-Training-Centre-Launches-2nd-Mates-Course-in Mumbai-2013-07-01/

Kids have a good time on Federal Hunter

Yahya – 9 years, Maryam – 6 years, and Fatimah – 3 years had a good time during their summer holidays onboard M. V. Federal Hunter with Papa Capt.Khalil Zamindar and Mummy Dr. Sameena Zamindar.

Altamira Express Saves Lives At Sea



Dear Sir,

Good Day,

This is to inform that vessel has picked up four survivors at sea from S/V Champis in distress and now proceeding towards the next port of call Cagliari (Italy) ETA 24th June 2013. Details of the events are as follows.

On 14th June 2014 at 0748 LT (1048UTC) ‘request for SAR’ message was received from MRCC Norfolk for the boat in distress in position 30 29.4 N & 063 01.0 W. 20 nm SSE of on ship position. Vessel contacted the Norfolk MRCC as requested in the message to find out is details of the boat in distress and if any other vessel proceeding for help. MRCC Norfolk requested own vessel to divert proceed for assistance as no other vessel is in the vicinity.

0800 hrs: Own vessel diverted to the position mentioned CO: 138 deg. Also vessel trying to contact the ‘Champis’ on VHF continuously.
0855 hrs: Boat was contacted on VHF and the passengers informed that they require evacuation as the mast of the boat is broken completely and there are no other means of propulsion to reach destination.
0900 hrs: Boat sighed and confirmed on VHF.
0924 hrs: Engines were ready for maneuvering.
1100 hrs: Line was passed to the boat with the help of LTA as it was not possible to come very close to the boat due to heavy weather conditions.
1130 hrs: Boat was pulled alongside.
1206 hrs: All survivors on board (all survivors were in good health with no injuries) boat casted off.
1230 hrs: Vessel resumed passage towards Cagliari.

Attached please find the excel sheet as per ECM 13.2.3, the copies of the passports and the boat papers showing the details of the boat. (SIC)

Please advice if vessel now to proceed towards Cagliari also pleases advice if vessel to send message to all parties as mentioned in ECM 13.2.3 and if any other entries / papers required. (SIC)

Thanks and Best Regards,

Capt. Kedar Nerurkar

AESM – Runners Up in Soccer Championship

AESM has stood Runners-Up in the ‘ Elite Category’ of the Standard Chartered Soccer 5 Corporate Championship with more than 64 teams playing.

The last 4 matches were played under flood lights on the W Railway Ground opposite Phoenix Mall, Lower Parel, Mumbai. Matches were played over 2 weekends. Finals was played nearly at 11pm on 1st June. The Finals was an intense match played against Stanchart Bank where we lost in Penalties.

This was the third consecutive trophy won by the AESM (India) Football Team in the last 6 months.

Federal Margaree – Games Galore

Date: 11th May 2013
AVoyage :Uusikaupunki (Finland) to Santos(Brazil)

A true-blue seafarer has his stakes always held high. So in the true spirit of seamen we demonstrated our pride and joy and forever-young attitude at the GAMES GALORE EVENT, held onboard our good ship M.V. Federal Margaree during the 25 days long voyage, from Finland to Brazil.

Team A – “Margaree Warriors” – Team A leader Capt Dharam Prakash
Team B – “Margaree Machines”- Team B leader Mr. Melzer Pinto


Chief Editor: 2nd Officer, Mr.Jayant Kumar Ghosh
Coordination and Liaison : Capt Dharam Prakash & C/E Melzer Pinto
Logistic and Planning Team : AB Rustum Dias & Mrs. Anuradha Prakash
Arrangments : AB Mujbeer
Referee : Mrs. Anuradha Prakash
Scorer : Agriya Prakash
Venue : The No.5 Hatch Top
Vessel : M.V.Federal Margaree
Location :Equator Belt

Do you get Motion Sickness on-board?

What Causes Motion Sickness?

Motion sickness is frequently called travel sickness, car sickness, and even sea sickness, as it commonly occurs in people who are riding on a boat or a ship. The truth is that any form of motion can trigger this illness, including being on a swing and novelty rides at the carnival. If you’ve never experienced motion sickness, you are very lucky according to the Centers for Disease Control, all of us will eventually experience the illness if we are subjected to enough motion (although it takes more motion for some than others).

How Motion Sickness Occurs ?

Your inner ear is responsible for balance, a sense of spatial awareness (knowing where your body is in relationship to the environment), and maintaining equilibrium. The inner ear accomplishes this with the help of your eyes (your vision), and something called proprioception, which is basically the process by which your muscles, tendons, and nerves are able to work together to sense movement. Your inner ear, vision, and proprioception collectively make up the vestibular system. When you become dizzy, it’s because one or more of these three smaller systems that make up the vestibular system is out of whack, or the three systems are not working together in harmony.

Motion can cause these systems to fall out of sync with one another. For example, if you are sitting in a restaurant on the inside of a cruise ship, your eyes will not tell your brain that you’re moving because inside the ship it doesn’t look like you are, but your body and inner ear can still sense the movement and relay the message to your brain. Your visual senses will tell you that you are not moving while the rest of your vestibular system will tell your brain that you’re in motion. The conflicting messages can cause the symptoms of motion sickness.

This is why some people only experience car sickness if they are sitting in the back seat, and their symptoms sometimes subside if they look out the window or are driving. Looking out the window helps to keep your vestibular system in sync. Your inner ear and the rest of your body know that you are moving, and looking out the window helps ensure that your visual system also knows you’re moving and relays the same message to your brain.

Symptoms of Motion Sickness

The symptoms of motion sickness can be mild or quite severe. Some people are more prone to motion sickness than others. For example, infants and toddlers rarely get motion sickness but kids aged 2-12 years are more susceptible. Pregnant women or those who experience migraines are also more likely to get motion sickness. Symptoms may include some or (if you’re really unlucky) all of the following:
– Nausea
– Vomiting
– Dizziness
– Cold sweats
– Headache
– Yawning
– Malaise
– Dilated pupils
– in some people a general feeling that something is not right or that you are unwell

Prevention and Treatment of Motion Sickness

You can prevent or minimize the symptoms of motion sickness without medication by:
– Sitting in the front seat or at least next to a window
– avoiding reading while traveling in a car, plane or boat
– avoiding spicy, greasy foods or large meals before traveling
– focusing on something in the distance instead of something inside the vehicleif possible
– being the driver and not a passenger
– for some people, drinking a beverage with caffeine may help
– chewing fresh ginger
– taking ginger as a tablet or other ginger preparations can speed up the rate at which your stomach empties and subsequently help with nausea and vomiting

Useful Medications For Treating Motion Sickness

You can buy many over-the-counter (OTC) medications for motion sickness, but in severe cases a prescription medication may be necessary. Many of these medications can cause drowsiness, and some should not be used in children, so make sure you read the package insert and talk to your doctor or pharmacist before deciding which to use.

Commonly used OTC medications include:
– Dramamine (dimenhydrinate)
– Benadryl (diphenhydramine)
While Benadryl does have anti-nausea properties, it may not be as effective as other medicationsmeclizine – this is the active ingredient in many OTC motion sickness medications and is less sedating than Dramamine for most people.

Medications Available by Prescription
– Scopalamine
– Reglan (metocloprimide)
– Phenergen (promethazine)

You will find other “remedies” for sale at stores or online, but keep in mind that many have not been studied or proven useful for the treatment of motion sickness.

American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. Dizziness and Motion Sickness. Accessed: May 30, 2012 from http://www.entnet.org/HealthInformation/dizzinessMotionSickness.cfm
Audiology Awareness Campaign. Inner Ear Balance System. Accessed:May30,2012 from http://www.audiologyawareness.com/hearinfo_iebalance.asp
CDC.MotionSickness.Accessed:May30,2012 from http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/yellowbook/2012/chapter-2-the-pre-travel-consultation/motion-sickness.htm
Medline Plus. Motion Sickness. Accessed: May 30, 2012 from http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/motionsickness.html

Good Luck, Bad Luck, Who Knows?

A father and his son owned a farm. They did not have many animals, but they did own a horse.  The horse pulled the plow, guided by the farmer’s son.

One day the horse ran away.

“How terrible, what bad luck,” said the neighbours.

“Good luck, bad luck, who knows?” replied the farmer.

Several weeks later the horse returned, bringing with him four wild horses.

“What marvellous luck,” said the neighbours.

“Good luck, bad luck, who knows?” replied the farmer.

The son began to train the wild horses, but one day he was thrown and broke his leg.

“What bad luck,” said the neighbours.

“Good luck, bad luck, who knows?” replied the farmer.

The next week the army came to the village to take all the young men to war. The farmer’s son was still disabled with his broken leg, so he was excused.

I am learning to keep my cool:
– Staying grounded in major successes, and refrain from euphoria
– Avoid feeling overwhelmed in any major crisis
– Including wholeness in my perspective

Probably in the larger picture, every event has a purpose, only to be revealed much later.

May this story inspire you to stay neutral in all situations.

Source: Rohan Singal (IIMC 29th Batch)

Shades of Sea By Capt. Alok Patra

HEALTH – 10 Minute Express Workout

This Advanced 10-Minute Express Workout is perfect if you want a fast, challenging total body workout you can do in about 10-15 minutes. All of the exercises are compound, whole-body movements that target mutliple muscles at the same time. To keep the intensity up, move quickly between exercises, but be sure to take breaks as needed. This is an advanced workout and some of the movements are complex, so take your time and practice the exercises with light weights or no weight until you master the moves.
See your doctor before trying this workout if you have any injuries,
illnesses or other conditions.
Equipment Needed
Various weighted dumbbells, a Gliding Disc or paper plate, a medicine ball (optional), a kettlebell (optional)
How To

  • Warm up with at least 3 minutes of cardio before starting this workout
  • Perform each exercise for 30-60 seconds, one after the other, with short rests in between. Add rests as needed
  • For a longer workout, do the circuit twice
  • Modify any exercises that cause pain or discomfort.

Warm up: Start with 3-5 minutes of light cardio.

Burpee with a Renegade Row1 Minute
Stand with legs wide and hold medium weights in each hand.
Squat low to the floor, place the weights on the floor between your feet and step or jump back into a wide stance plank.
Hold that position and alternate a dumbbell row on each side. Jump or step the feet back in a wide stance on either side of the weights, remembering to squat very low to pick up the weights as you stand.
Avoid rounding the back.
Leave the weights on the floor the entire time for a modification. Repeat for 30-60 seconds.

Pivot Squat with a Hammer Curl1 Minute

Stand with the left foot on a Gliding Disc, a paper plate or a towel (if you have hardwood floors).
Begin in a squat position, the right hand holding a dumbbell.
Pivot on the Disc and take the right foot back into a low squat, hanging the weight down.
Pivot once again, bringing the left foot back into a front squat while curling the right arm into a biceps curl.
Repeat for 30 seconds on the right and then switch to the left. View a video of this exercise.

Goblet Squat with Rotation1 Minute
Hold a heavy weight or
kettlebell (optional) in both hands at the chest. Lower into a deep squat, bringing
the elbows to the inside of the thighs. As you stand up, take the weight overhead
and rotate to the right, pivoting on both feet. Lower and repeat for 30-60 seconds
alternating sides.

Rear Lunge with Double Arm Row1 MinuteSquat with dumbbells

Hold medium-heavy weights and step back with the right leg into a straight-leg lunge. Tip forward from the hips, back flat, and pull the elbows up in a double arm row. Lower, step back to start and repeat on the other leg, alternating sides for 30-60 seconds.

Bear Crawls1 Minute Bear Crawl Exercise
Squat down to the floor and walk your hands out until you’re in a plank
position. Do a pushup on the knees or toes and then walk the hands back
to a squat and stand up. Add a jump at the end for more intensity.
Repeat for 30-60 seconds.

Side Lunge With Upright Row1 Minute
Start with feet together, weights in hand.
Take a wide step out to the right and bend the knee into a side lunge. Focus on pushing into the heel as you step the feet back together.
Do an upright row, bringing the elbows up to shoulder level, weights at chest level.
Lower the weights and then do the side lunge on the left.
Repeat the entire series for 30-60 seconds.

Chest Squeeze with Wide Squats and Squat Jumps1 Minute
Stand with feet wide
and hold a medicine ball or weight in both hands close to the chest, squeezing
on either side to activate the chest. Keeping steady pressure on the ball, lower
into a wide squat and come up, completing 4 slow squats, following that with 4
slow plyometric squat jumps while continuing to squeeze the medicine ball. Repeat, alternating 4 squats with
4 squat jumps for 30-60 seconds.

Single Arm Overhead Squat1 Minute
Stand in a wide stance holding light-medium weights. Take the
right arm up, letting the left arm hang between the legs. Looking
up at the right arm (optional) lower into a squat until the thighs are
parallel to the floor. Press back up, keeping the arm up and
repeat for 30 second and then switch sides.

Core Kickbacks1 Minute
In a plank position,
feet wide, hold a weight in one hand. Bring the elbow up next to the torso and
extend the arm out into a kickback. Repeat the kickbacks while holding the plank
position on the same side for 30 seconds and then switch sides.

Bicycle1 MinuteBicyclebicycle

On the floor, hands behind the head, lift the shoulder blades off the floor and rotate the left elbow towards the right knee.
Switch sides, bringing the right elbow towards the left knee.
Continue alternating sides in a ‘pedaling’ motion for 30-60 seconds.

Source: http://exercise.about.com/od/circuittrainingworkouts/l/bl10minuteexpress.htm

How prepared are you for these 4 bad situation in your financial life?

Are you ready for bad phase in your life which might come anytime? How prepared are you?

We should not be pessimistic in life and always look forward to think positive, but that does not mean, we should not be prepared for bad times. Bad things happen in life and you must have seen many bad things happening in others lives. We don’t prepare for these bad times, because we have somewhere believed that we are more lucky or privileged than others (if you don’t agree, ask yourself what are changing of your accident, and you will surely say , much lower than 95% of other people on earth) .

Are you ready for these 4 situations?

When something bad happens in our life (or financial life) , we suffer , our families suffer , lots of confusion arises (and many times we are not there to fix it back) and if we are alive , we regret about not preparing for small things which could have eased the situation. So let’s see how much prepared are you? I want you to not just read, just keep asking at every point if it’s true in your financial life or not ?

Situation 1 – What if you die?

Someone asked me few months back to not use such direct words, but unless I do that, no one reads seriously. Now ask yourself:
Does your family know how to take out money from your bank accounts ? Do they know your ATM password ? Will they be able to access everything you have in your head right now from passwords to remembering how much money you need to get back from a friend, to where exactly your whole net-worth lies? Will they be able to arrange for next 1 yrs of expenses if you are gone? What about next 30 yrs? Have you prepared a black box emergency kit for your family?

Situation 2 – If you lose the job?

I want you to imagine you lost your job right now at this moment. Now:
Can you pay your next6 months EMI? Will you have the guts to take your family out for late night movie and a nice dinner costing 3k or will you tell them – “It’s a flop movie, we can watch on laptop?” Can you sleep well after you are rejected in your new interview? Will you be able to say – “Sorry, I am forced to take this job because … “. What if the job does not match your liking, will you still have that power to say NO to the next job? Now your answer for all these things can be YES or NO, and it’s a clear indication of how well prepared are you for these situations. It’s time to think about it?

Situation 3 – If you need Rs 5 lakhs suddenly?

Lots of people I know can’t arrange Rs 1 lakh given some emergency situation, can you? If yes, then what about Rs 5 lakhs? If I give you 24 hours or 1 month deadline, then can you do it? Have you been preparing for this kind of nasty situation in your life? Now why would you need 5 lakhs? There can be many things which can happen like – some medical emergency situation in family, or because you found your dream home and have to make down-payment.

So, if you can’t arrange for 5 lakhs, then ask yourself how much you can? 3 lakhs? 1 lakh? Rs 50,000? The good news is that you don’t need 5 lakhs at the moment, but the situation can come anytime? Start working on it.
If you were to meet an accident and hospitalized, things would still be in control, if you are conscious, because you can guide your family on what is to be done and from where to arrange for money and where are your health insurance documents, but imagine you are unconscious and can’t communicate to your family – Does your family know how to arrange for few thousand rupees to start with? Do they know where your health insurance card is or how to access your emergency fund? Do they even know the name of your health insurance company, how about the TPA phone numbers? Have you ever stored an ambulance service number in their mobile or you’re mobile which takes not more than 1 min exactly!?
Do you have any black box kit prepared for your family which has some useful information for them in financial life which makes their life easy? In my 2nd book – “How to be your own financial planner in 10 steps” , In the last chapter, I have discussed this matter at length and also told the importance of documentation for a stronger financial life, do order it right now, just takes few hundred bucks !

Situation 4 – Are you getting ready now?

You don’t have to feel overwhelmed because you are not ready, a lot of others are also in the same position, you are lucky to realize this now and have lots of times on your side to work on it. Do not look for perfection and strive to complete 100% of what is asked, but at least identify core issues in your financial life and situations which you feel you should be ready with?

Source: http://www.jagoinvestor.com/2013/06/how-prepared-are-you-for-bad-times.html

Spot The Difference

Image #2 is different from Image #1 in 5 ways. Can you spot these differences?
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