SMI Newsdesk Archives

Malta Special Report: Island bids to boost its achievements

Malta’s identity as a strategic maritime hub is well recognised. However, as Felicity Landon reports, there’s a confidence that so much more can be achieved

The maritime industry is very dynamic and resting on one’s laurels is the worst thing one could do, according to John Gauci-Maistre, Chief Executive of GM Conferences & Exhibitions.

As the organiser of the Malta Maritime Summit, taking place this Read More…

First Person: Jeremy Nixon

Driving change and customer care in the box market


There is something serenely cerise about sitting in the reception area of the impressive Singapore headquarters of Ocean Network Express, or ONE as they like to be known, in downtown Straits View.

Whether it is the general décor of the office or the side of an imposing ‘magenta’ steel container that greets you as you enter Read More…

How I Work: Tommy Olofsen

Times are a’changing in the shipmanagement sector that’s for sure, with greater reliance on digitalisation and the way the stakeholders repackage their services high on individual company agendas. The only problem is that when one company announces a new initiative, it seems it is repeated throughout the industry, albeit with a different spin or title.

Tommy Olofsen, Chief Commercial Officer of OSM Maritime Group, has the Read More…

Crew Welfare: Mentoring needed ‘now more than ever’

Astudy into mentoring within the shipping industry has been hailed as a “milestone” by the Secretary General of InterManager.

“As a mentor now, I can see how young people are coming into the job and are not mentored and they are wasting their time and the company’s,” said Captain Kuba Szymanski.

“Very often when I have a ship’s Master who complains about the younger generation, Read More…

Cover Story: A ‘low-hanging fruit’ for cyber criminals

A ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to cybersecurity will not be an effective solution for the shipping industry, a security expert has warned.

Jalal Bouhdada, Founder and Principal Industrial Control Systems (ICS) Security Consultant for Netherlands-based Applied Risk, says the industry presents a “unique challenge” for hardening cyber security as every ship is different.

“A lack of standardisation across vessels means a vast mix of legacy OT has been deployed, 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…