SMI Newsdesk Archives

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‘All flags are not alike’

“Our role is to ensure that the ships and the ship owners are complying with international regulation, but we have to do it in a way that does not inhibit their ability to service the needs of global transportation,” Mr Bergeron said.

This was a point underlined by Alfonso Castillero, Chief Commercial Officer at the Registry, who said it was a balancing Read More…

Crew Travel Debate

SMI garners the views of crew travel representatives on the latest issues and developments affecting the Marine & Offshore Travel Market – Nikos Gazelidis, Global Head of Shipping, ATPI Griffinstone; Samantha Collins, Key Account Manager, Marine Travel; Wayne Durkin, Head of Sales & Account Management, Good Travel Management

What will be the main challenges facing the marine travel industry in 2018 and how can you overcome these? Read More…

Liberia Focus: 70 years of quality operation

Celebrating 70 years in business is a true cause for celebration in any industry let alone international ship registry, because longevity is a badge of honour that is only awarded to businesses that are in it for the long haul, and survive because of the quality services they provide.

And Liberia is no exception to this point. According to Scott Bergeron, CEO of the Liberian International Ship Read More…

Crew Welfare: Gender pay and bonus gap grows for maritime and shore-based jobs

A gender pay gap does exist in UK shore-based maritime roles, according to statistics presented to members of WISTA (Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association) recently.

HR Consulting from shipping and energy recruitment company Spinnaker Global discussed the findings at a networking event, hosted by Reed Smith, which focused on the UK maritime gender pay gap, as calculated using 2017 Maritime HR Association salary data.

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Singapore Cluster Report: Shipping out the ‘Blues’

It has been a real hard slog. Ten years ago when the global financial crisis hit, it took global shipping to one of its deepest troughs. Ships in inventories were not the only things that were lost. So were scores of jobs and livelihoods and the once turfed out vessels are almost certain never to return, Jaya Prakash reports from Singapore.   

More than a year has 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…