SMI Newsdesk Archives

Cover Story: IoM joins the cluster race

In the latest in our round table debates, SMI brings together leading players in the Isle of Man shipping cluster to talk about the issues driving growth in the cluster. Moderated by Sean Moloney, SMI Editorial Director, the participants included: Tony Whittaker, Company Contacts Manager and Company Secretary, Shell Ship Management; Mark Robertshaw, Brightwell Payments and Chairman of the Isle of Man Shipping Association; James Stevenson, Managing Director Read More…

How I Work: Michelle Handforth

According to the Guinness Book of Business Records, Aberdeen Harbour – established as a business in 1136 by King David 1st of Scotland – is the oldest existing business in Britain.

Could King David have imagined that nearly 900 years later, the port would be at the centre of one of Scotland’s largest ever infrastructure developments? The £350m Aberdeen South Harbour, now under way, has been deemed Read More…

Regional Focus: Next steps in promoting UK maritime growth

In September 2015 during London International Shipping Week, the UK Maritime Growth Study was published setting out recommendations for keeping the UK competitive in a global market. Of course, a lot has changed since then, not least the decision to leave the EU. So it was necessary and timely to undertake a review of this strategy, which commenced in early 2017 and has recently published its Read More…

Crew Welfare: Why pensions matter

Rory Murphy, Chair of the maritime industry’s pension fund – the Ensign Retirement Plan, brings it back to basics, and tells us, why pensions matter. 

The UK’s shipping industry is a hugely important growth sector, contributing around £40 billion to the UK economy, supporting nearly a million employees and responsible for moving 95% of the UK’s global trade. The industry is keen to promote careers for young men Read More…

Cyber Security: The time for thinking has gone

“People still aren’t listening” was the resounding message when industry experts gathered for a round table debate to discuss ‘The year of action’ on cyber security.

Moderating, Jordan Wylie, Founder and CEO of the campaign Be Cyber Aware at Sea, told the Immediasea event: “I think we are definitely going to see more casualties before we see more response.”

Panellist Adrian Durkin, Director (Claims) at North P&I Club stated Read More…

Schulte Group receives approval for PRONAV acquisition

The Hamburg-based Schulte Group has received clearance by the German Federal Cartel Office for the acquisition of the LNG specialist PRONAV.

With this strategic move, the leading family-owned ship owner and manager continues to increase its capabilities and capacity in the growing LNG market. Through the acquisition of PRONAV, the Schulte Group has increased the number of vessels under full management in its third-party management fleet by six additional LNG Read More…

Port of Rotterdam teams with IBM to build a connected, smart port of the future

The Port of Rotterdam Authority and IBM are to collaborate on a multi-year digitisation initiative to transform the port’s operational environment using Internet of Things (IoT) technologies in the cloud to benefit the port and those who use it.

The initiative will also prepare the Port of Rotterdam’s entire 42-kilometre site to host connected ships in the future. It begins with the development of a centralised dashboard application that will Read More…

Thuraya launches its first Dual-mode, Mobile M2M solution

Thuraya Telecommunications Company today announced the launch of its Thuraya Tracking and Monitoring (T2M) service in conjunction with the launch of its first product release of the year, the T2M-DUAL terminal. A mobile, dual-mode device for superior machine-to-machine (M2M) communications and remote asset tracking and monitoring, the T2M-DUAL enables the simultaneous collection of data from multiple points including location information, data from external sensors and peripheral devices, and input gathered Read More…

Thomas Miller acquires Brookes Bell

Thomas Miller, the international provider of market leading insurance services, announces the acquisition of international marine consultancy, Brookes Bell, for an undisclosed consideration.

Brookes Bell is a leading marine technical and surveying consultancy with offices in Liverpool, London, Glasgow, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore. It has served the marine and energy industries since 1903, providing specialist services in areas including emergency response, casualty investigation, salvage and wreck removal operations, scientific cargo Read More…

Liberia opens state-of-the-art maritime training institute

Liberia President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf officially opened the Liberia Maritime Training Institute (LMTI) at an inauguration ceremony in Marshall City, Liberia, on 5 January. The state-of-the-art facility is named after John G Bestman, former Liberian finance minister and a member of the board of governors of the Central Bank of Liberia.

Under the management of the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), LMTI has undergone a massive renovation and facility Read More…

HRH The Princess Royal launches Southampton Solent University’s Warsash Maritime Academy, St Mary’s Campus

Southampton Solent University’s new £6 million home for officer cadet training and first certification courses has been officially launched by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal.

The Princess Royal visited Warsash Maritime Academy at the University’s St. Mary’s Campus on Thursday 18th January.  Her Royal Highness unveiled a plaque inside the building, which is located within the grounds of City College and a short walk from the city centre Read More…

Maritime UK sets up ‘Women in Maritime’ taskforce

Maritime UK has established a Taskforce to address fairness, equality and inclusion within the maritime sector. 

The Taskforce brings together leaders from across the maritime sector to identify practical steps to increase the number of women in maritime, and crucially within senior roles across its shipping, ports, marine and business services industries. 

Achieving a balanced workforce at all levels in the maritime sector will undoubtedly improve culture, behaviour, outcomes, profitability Read More…