SMI Newsdesk Archives

V.Group to launch seafarer app and showcase new Manila training facilities at Crew Connect

This week V.Group, the provider of marine support services, has announced it will unveil a new app for seafarers as well as an upgraded training centre in Manila as progress accelerates on Project Embark, a programme designed to transform the way the leading supplier of independent ship management and related marine services handles crewing for its pool of 44,000 seafarers.

The app will enhance the seafarers’ experience, while enabling V.Group Read More…

Owner claims against manager for failure to update ballast water management plan

Failure to keep a proper onboard record of regulatory and legislative changes can have costly consequences for ship owners and their intermediaries, as evidenced by a claim recently handled by International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC).

The crew of a ship which frequently traded to US ports found themselves in contravention of state legislation when they conducted deballasting operations enroute to California more than 50 nautical miles out from the California Read More…

Epsco-Ra launch maritime cyber security seminars in Germany and Cyprus

Maritime cyber security firm Epsco-Ra has announced a series of progressive seminars to the international shipping community beginning in Hamburg, Germany on 13th November, followed by Limassol, Cyprus on 20th November 2018.

The European seminars titled, ‘Why We’re Losing the Cyber Security War & What You Should Be Doing About It’, will look at how companies’ operations fail, despite investing money and effort behind cyber security initiatives.  It will explain Read More…

Ballast water market drives revenue hike for Bio-UV Group

Sales of the BIO-SEA ballast water treatment system have contributed to an increase in third quarter revenue for France-based BIO-UV Group. The Group reported a Q3 2018 revenue of €3.4m, an increase of 30% on the same period last year.

“The expanding ballast water market is the main driver underpinning growth, and one that is expected to continue over coming months,” said Benoît Gillmann, President and CEO, BIO-UV Group.

“We Read More…

Palau marks its presence in Dubai

Palau International Ship Registry, the world’s fastest growing flag, added yet more vessels into its fleet with the signing of two new ship registrations during Seatrade Middle East 2018 (STMM) held last month in Dubai.

Jamal S Khalil, General Manager, of Al Rafedain Marine Services signed the documents on the Palau stand at STMM to register two ships and was supported by Global Marine Consultants Group (GMCG) one of the Read More…

European ship owners call upon European Parliament and Council to proceed swiftly and with ambition on European Maritime Single Window environment proposal

Members of the Transport Committee of the European Parliament yesterday (5th November) discussed the European Maritime Single Window environment proposal. European ship owners are pleased that many Members of the Transport Committee reacted positively to the proposal and the draft report of Ms Clune, the rapporteur.

ECSA , as well, has welcomed the legislative proposal and sees several points in Ms Clune’s report that will improve the text on the Read More…

Hill Dickinson commits platinum support to LISW19

As part of its efforts to boost global trade, international maritime law specialist Hill Dickinson has come onboard as a platinum sponsor of London International Shipping Week 2019 (LISW19).

David Wareing, Hill Dickinson Head of Marine and Trade, said: “We are delighted to support London International Shipping Week. This high profile event fits seamlessly with our senior management team’s ongoing strategy to re-position Hill Dickinson as a market leader alongside Read More…

A&P North East restructures to capitalise on ship repair and submarine markets

A&P North East has announced a restructure to consolidate sector expertise and strengthen customer focus, with A&P’s Operation Director Keith Henry at the helm as interim Managing Director.

A&P North East has been reorganised into two business units to put more specialist focus on the submarine and ship repair markets.

The ship repair business unit will be led by Mike Wappett as Marine Director with the support of General Managers Read More…

Maritime charity helps children still traumatised five years after Typhoon Haiyan

Five years ago on 8th November, Typhoon Haiyan – one of the most destructive tropical cyclones ever recorded – hit Southeast Asia, killing more than 6,000 people and leaving an estimated $2.8 billion worth of damage.

Marylourds Lim, 11, survived the disaster, but struggled to deal with the mental trauma it caused.

“I kept thinking about it. I kept dreaming a dog was chasing me. I felt that there was Read More…

New partnerships strengthen WinGD’s global training network

The appointment of two new WinGD training partners will provide easier access to high quality training for ship operators and crews.

Strategically chosen for their high qualifications and location in prime maritime geographical areas, WinGD has signed agreements with Giga Mare in the Philippines, and BlackSea Training in the Ukraine.

By partnering with these training facilities in these key global locations, WinGD extends its services offered to ship owners in Read More…

ICS Chairman calls for comprehensive revision of STCW seafarer training regime

Speaking in Manila, the Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), Esben Poulsson, has called for a comprehensive revision of the IMO STCW Convention which governs global standards for the training and certification of around two million merchant seafarers.

STCW was reviewed in 2010 with the adoption of the ‘Manila amendments’ but the previous major overhaul of the STCW regime was last undertaken by IMO Member States over 25 Read More…

N2Tankers Aframax tanker pool launched by Reederei Nord and Synergy Group

Reederei Nord and Synergy Group, on behalf of Nissen Kaiun, have officially launched N2Tankers, a new Aframax tanker pool the two shipowning companies have set up as a joint venture.

N2Tankers brings the shipowning and operational expertise of Nissen Kaiun and Reederei Nord under one central umbrella administration for the first time. It will focus on generating commercial and technical management efficiency benefits for clients and owners by streamlining fleet Read More…