DIVISION AND BRANCH NEWS
Chief Executive visits Bangladesh Branch
During a visit to the Institution’s newest branch, the Chief Executive met with members of the Bangladesh Branch Committee. During the meeting, he was presented with a plaque by the Chairman of the Bangladesh Branch, Dr A Bari, in appreciation of his efforts in forming the branch. Earlier in the day, the Chief Executive had visited Ananda Shipyard and Slipways as the guest of Dr Bari, Chairman of the Ananda Group. During the visit, he met with senior management and naval architects, and later gave a press interview in which he described how the Bangladesh Branch would support and benefit the Bangladesh maritime industry. Whilst in Bangladesh, the Chief Executive
was a guest of the organisers of the MARTEC 2010 conference, where he gave an opening address and chaired the conference.
The Chief Executive meets members of the Bangladesh Branch Committee.
Dr A Bari, Chairman of the Bangladesh Branch and Mr Trevor Blakeley, Chief Executive.
Thoughts for the month
No man will be a sailor who has contrivance enough to get himself into jail; for being in a ship is being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned … A man in jail has more room, better food, and commonly better company. Samuel Johnson, 1759
He who loves practice without theory is like the sailor who boards ship without a rudder and compass and never knows where he may cast.
Leonardo da Vinci MANDATORY REQUIREMENT FOR ALL EXPERT WITNESSES
Since October 2009 all civil expert witnesses at UK courts, regardless of nationality, are required to be aware of the Civil Procedure Rules, Practice Direction 35, the Protocol for the Instruction of Experts to Give Evidence in Civil Claims and the Practice Direction on pre-action conduct and must make a declaration of this understanding within their expert witness reports. If the expert is required to present their evidence they could find themselves being cross-examined on this declaration and their understanding of the rules. Bond Solon has developed a web learning Civil Procedure Rules Certificate with Lord Woolf and leading litigators to enable experts to evidence their understanding and compliance of this recent requirement. Further details of this Certificate are available at www. bondsolon.com/cpr-web-based-training
Members of the Institution will receive a discount on the cost of the Certificate. 6 RINA Affairs January/February 2011
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