IUA Circular 017/19

RMS Titanic: A study in Inevitability – Liability Then and Now

with Dave Brown, Education Demonstrator, Merseyside Maritime Museum
and Peter Townsend. Chaired by : David Brackenbury, David Brackenbury Associates Limited. Welcome from ICIC Representative: Julie Flello, Manager, Lloyd’s Agency Network and Technical Performance, Agency Department, Lloyd's  

Event Date: Thursday 11 April 2019
Time: 12.15pm to 1.15pm with buffet luncheon
Venue: ACORD Conference Centre, 8th Floor, 1 Minster Court, Mincing Lane, London EC3
Subject: This Market Briefing aims to highlight similarities from two major maritime disasters: RMS Titanic and Costa Concordia, exploring cargo issues and passenger/crew safety.

This is a free event, but names and email addresses of all attendees are required for registration.
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Contact: Deborah Finch, IUA Events Manager
In the global history of peacetime maritime disasters, the RMS Titanic remains the most infamous. The largest ship afloat at the time it entered service, Titanic was the second of three Olympic class ocean liners operated by the White Star Line. Built by the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast, she sank on April 14th 1912 hours after colliding with an iceberg on her maiden voyage with approx. 2,200 on board. 1,500 lost their lives. 

Almost a century later, on 13 January 2012, the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia struck rocks off the Isola de Giglio, Tuscany and overturned.  32 lives were lost. 

Despite 100 years between the two accidents that happened in different seas, there are many similarities relating to the major maritime accidents: both shipping companies encouraged prioritizing performance over safety and both Masters were aware of the potential dangers. 
Our market briefing aims to compare and contrast the two disasters, firstly focusing on various aspects of the Titanic story: Why the ship was built, the construction of the vessel, its furnishings, comparison to the different types of accommodation as to class and launch. In addition, the cargo on board and subsequent claims will also be highlighted and the presentation will aim to dispel myths and legends that Titanic has attracted and also cover the  role Titanic has assumed in the media, films and television programmes. In addition, the technologies, construction disaster response and media interest for 1912 and 2012 will be contrasted. 

The presentation aims to compare the Titanic and Costa Concordia, taking into consideration the above topics and looking to the future in avoiding such tragedies.  
Our Speakers:
Dave Brown began his career on the River Mersey in 1977, employed as a Deck Hand on tugs and barges, before moving to Bulk Cargo Handling Services, a division of Alexandra Towing Sun tugs in London. At 18, he moved to larger vessels handling grain, transported via the Manchester Ship Canal to   CPC Corn Products Company, while still undergoing tug work. He joined the Maritime Museum in 1986 as a boat trip Guide and gave numerous talks on tours of the Liverpool South Docks. Honing his vast experience and presentation skills, Dave now conducts research, develops and performs monologues for public and school groups as well as relevant sessions at the Merseyside Maritime Museum. 
Peter Townsend graduated from Warwick University in 1979 with an Honours degree in Economics.  He commenced work as a clerk at Lloyd’s in 1980.  After completing his Fellowship of the Chartered Insurance Institute in 1986, he moved to become deputy underwriter on a small syndicate, writing all classes of marine business. Peter has been in the London market for 40 years.  In November 2015 he moved from Swiss Re to become Director of Marine at Amtrust, writing for their Lloyds syndicate.  In 2018 he set up Ensign Consultancy providing professional services to the Shipping industry. Peter is the immediate past Chairman of the Joint Hull Committee, the London market hull technical body.  He is a past member of the Lloyds Market Association committee and the International Union of Marine Insurers (IUMI) Ocean hull committee.  He is a committee member of the Insurance Institute of London. He lectures regularly at the Lloyd’s Maritime Academy, the technical courses for the Chartered Insurance Institute and has spoken at IUMI and Salvage conferences. 

As a member of the CPD (Continuing Personal or Professional Development) Certification Service the IUA is committed to providing high quality training activities. Our market briefing events are certified as being suitable for CPD purposes. To obtain a self assessment form for any particular event please email Deborah Finch. These forms will be issued after each individual event upon request. 
For events held in the conference rooms at Balls Bros., Minster Pavement, America Square Conference Centre,Grange Hotel or Baltic Exchange you will not require an entrance pass but we will require a note of your attendance for room capacity and catering requirements. 
Events at the ACORD Conference room will require ID for a building pass, collected from the reception.