October Newsletter

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October 2016

Welcome to our newsletter


New WISTA UK Website

WISTA UK has launched its new website, members should have received an email with a link to log in and update their passwords and profiles, if you can’t find it please contact us and we will resend it. The new website will become a vital part of WISTA UK building an online community as well as the physical one, we will have discussion groups, online networking and a market place.



Reminder: 2016 WISTA international AGM!

Just a quick reminder that the AGM this year is being hosted by WISTA USA onboard the MS Koningsdam, departing Fort Lauderdale on 9 November 2016.

For further details and to register for the AGM please visit the WISTA website at:  http://www.wista2016international.com/

Diary dates!
3 November 
Drinks, WISTA UK Liverpool, venue tbc

15 November WISTA UK London – Joint Networking with Time & Tide After Hours – National Maritime (NMDG) 
Time: 5:30pm – 8:00pm
The Old Tea Warehouse, 4-8 Creechurch Lane, London EC3A 5AY
Cost: Free

9-13 November WISTA International AGM and Conference, MS Koningsdam

£1.5m raised for OSCAR

Hundreds of shipping luminaries joined forces at the 3rd annual Dragon Boat Race on 16 September to raise money for the OSCAR Campaign and brought the total funds raised to an incredible £1.5million target. 19 teams took to dragon boats on the Thames, racing each other and competing for the coveted winner’s medals. Sponsored by Lloyd’s Register and Liberian Registry, the event was a resounding success.
The biggest fundraisers of the day were Union Maritime and Scorpio, each raising over £21,000. But the winning team – in gruelling windy conditions on a chilly Thames – were the North of England P&I Club.

Photos of the 2016 event can be found at:


Mapping a maritime career

On 12 October, WISTA Southampton held an event at Southampton Solent University to discuss careers at sea and what can be done to attract more people into the shipping industry.

Students studying maritime courses at Southampton Solent and Plymouth Universities joined industry representatives from entities including SeaVision, Lloyds Register, Human Rights at Sea and IMS Shipping to discuss what young people need and expect when making decisions about maritime careers.

For a full story of the event see: https://www.solent.ac.uk/news/school-of-maritime-science-and-engineering/2016/maritime-careers-wista

Meet a member!

Héra Mpondo – Mines & Metals Risk Analyst at Anglo American

Hera is a Risk Specialist within the Mining industry. She focuses on Base and Precious metals
trading at Anglo American where she is in charge of risk measurement for Thermal Coal, Platinum and Copper markets.

Her experience has included several Consulting positions, where she specialized in advising investment banking institutions and trading & shipping houses on their risk management tools and policies.

Hera holds an MBA from the University of Geneva where she specialized in Commodity Trading and Shipping and she also achieved a Diploma of Advanced Studies in Commodity Trading from the Geneva School of Economics and Management.

Hera is a member of the CTA Alumni association, a group related to the Swiss Trading and Shipping Association which aims at promoting networking among its members and between its members and the trading and shipping industry worldwide.