SMI Newsdesk Archives

Moore Stephens warns on dangers of diving unprepared into shipping pools

International accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens has warned ship owners and operators to check carefully the financial, tax and jurisdictional implications of participating in shipping pool arrangements.

Shipping partner Michael Simms said: “Shipping pools can be an attractive option, particularly in difficult markets and during periods of economic uncertainty. Interest in the concept generally is increasing as a way to leverage money and maximise economies of scale. But while Read More…

North P&I Club encourages members to use Seagull’s crew evaluation system

North P&I Club is encouraging its ship owner members to consider the crew evaluation and benchmarking service offered by Seagull Maritime through an exclusive partnership between the two organisations. The initiative is part of a pioneering campaign by North to support its members in their aim to attract, recruit and retain the ‘right crew’ for their ships.

Over the next 12 months any North ship owner member wishing to assess Read More…

IMRF calls for nominations for the IMRF H.E.R.O. Awards 2017

The International Maritime Rescue Federation is calling for nominations and entries for its H.E.R.O. (Honouring Excellence in Rescue Operations) Awards 2017.

An estimated 400,000 lives are lost in the world’s waters every year, a number that would be much higher without the outstanding work done by individuals and teams in the maritime search and rescue (SAR) sector.

Too often the full story is not told, as the rescues take place Read More…

Advances in connectivity and digital transformation creating new opportunities for maritime procurement

The significant opportunities that can be realised by utilising developments in connectivity to drive e-procurement within the maritime sector was the key theme at the annual Smart Procurement Conference organised by ShipServ, the maritime e-procurement platform.

With continued global economic challenges, and a rapidly changing market, there was widespread consensus that the digitalisation of procurement can tangibly enable ship owners and operators to drive further efficiencies, maximise productivity, and reduce Read More…

Registrations open for Nor-Shipping 2017 charity fun run

Nor-Shipping has opened registration for this year’s 5k charity fun run which aims to raise £100,000 for Nor-Shipping’s 2017 partner charity, the Mission to Seafarers, the maritime welfare charity offering emergency assistance and practical support to seafarers.

The non-competitive 5k run will begin at 5pm on Monday 29th May, taking a scenic route around Oslo city centre, including Akershus Castle, and finishing at Tjuvhomen. The entry fee of NOK 500 Read More…

DNV GL wins DAkkS accreditation as EU MRV verifier

Classification society DNV GL has gained the accreditation from German accreditation body DAkkS to verify compliance with the EU Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (EU MRV) regulation.

The regulation, part of the EU’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, requires operators to monitor and report on CO2 emissions based on ship fuel consumption. It applies to all merchant ships of 5,000 GT or above calling at EU (and EFTA) ports.

“DNV Read More…

Gibdock secures Quality and Environmental recognition

After an intensive 10-month review and upgrade of operating processes across the company, Gibdock has made the transition from ISO 9001:2008 to the new ISO 9001:2015 quality management standard, and from ISO 14001:2008 to the ISO 14001:2015 environmental standard. The Gibraltar yard has completed both transitions long in advance of the mandatory date of September 2018 set by ISO.

A Lloyds Register (LR) assessment team visited Gibdock in early April Read More…

Switch to cleaner fuels could lower risk for Arctic shipping – report

A report published by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), Alternatives to heavy fuel oil use in the Arctic: Economic and environmental tradeoffs finds that using heavy fuel oil in Arctic shipping creates such great risks compared to the cost of moving to safer fuels, that transitioning to these safer fuels is the only rational action for Arctic ship operators.

The report, commissioned by the European Climate Foundation, a Read More…

Classification society ABS announces new Houston HQ

The classification society ABS is building a new global headquarters in Houston, USA, that it says will facilitate collaboration and innovation.

The new HQ will be a 10-storey, 326,800 sq ft  building near the intersection of 1-45 Grand Parkway in the Houston area and will house employees from ABS and its affiliated companies. It is scheduled for completion at the end of 2018.

“This is an important milestone in our Read More…

BMT secures REMBRANDT contract with UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch

BMT Ship & Coastal Dynamics (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group, has announced a new contract with the UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB), acknowledged as a world leader in ship electronic evidence gathering, including VDR data recovery and interpretation.

BMT has installed its marine navigation and manoeuvring simulator, REMBRANDT, and will provide ongoing specialised training, to allow MAIB personnel to benefit from its unique attributes.

Richard North, Technical Manager Read More…

Germany’s most sustainably transported coffee arrives

Organic coffee transported between continents by wind, the sailing cargo ship the Avontuur will arrive in Bremen, Germany on Earth Day 2017 signalling a foundational shift towards a truly sustainable shipping culture.

Timbercoast, the owner of the Avontuur, with their partners at SLOKOFFIE are accelerating the development of a low carbon economy by developing an agile, change-making supply chain that embodies the intensity with which they believe reform in the Read More…

Russian and German ports sign partnership agreement

A workshop run with the accent on ‘Digitalisation in the port sector and logistics’ was held during the traditional German week in St Petersburg. Co-organised by Port of Hamburg Marketing (HHM), the German-Russian Chamber of Commerce and the German business Eastern-Europe Association. The event provided a suitable backdrop to signing a partnership and cooperation agreement between Port of Hamburg Marketing and the Admiral Makarov State University for Sea and Inland Read More…