SMI Newsdesk Archives

Regional Focus: Dublin eyes post-brexit opportunities

As the UK moves closer to the exit door from the European Union, Dublin is set to seize opportunities to capitalise by attracting new shipping businesses and the expansion of existing ones. Operators are looking at options to counter the loss of the UK as intra-EU landbridge between Ireland and the rest of the EU.

Several major maritime businesses are looking at Dublin as an attractive EU base for Read More…

How I Work: Gustavo Machado

Brazilian Gustavo Machado has been with the Wilson, Sons shipping group for more than 15 years and CEO of Wilson, Sons Ultratug (WSUT) offshore support vessel operation since its inception, in 2010, but he and WSUT have never experienced such a depressed shipping market as the one they have suffered over the past three years.

The OSV operator, which includes Chilean service provider Ultramar as a partner, owns Read More…

Crew Welfare: We are what we eat

Why do we eat what we eat? What does sugar do to our brains? How does the powerful food industry persuade us to buy unhealthy products?

These are questions that many people have never considered – and, if they are not informed, how can they make healthy choices in terms of what they eat and drink?

Christian Ioannou, Managing Director of Cyprus-based Marine Catering Training Consultancy (MCTC), gets Read More…

Cover Story: London aims to stay ahead of the game

London is among the leading maritime business hubs in the world and is determined to remain so whatever the still uncertain outcome of the protracted Brexit negotiations. Maritime businesses based in the UK capital are preparing to adapt to this change as well as the increasing competition they are facing from some maritime hubs outside the EU.

Jos Standerwick, Chief Executive of Maritime London, which promotes London as a Read More…

Ship Supply: Technology transforming procurement

Technology is transforming the way ship operators can source and order supplies for their vessels and an ever increasing number of suppliers are investing in the software required for e-procurement.

One such project is the introduction of a new customer portal by Wilhelmsen Ships Service, which is said to slash customer response times.

Launching at last month’s SMM trade fair in Hamburg, the FRED (Framework for Enterprise Data) customer 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…