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Regional Focus: A steady ship in the ‘richest poorest country’

Despite Greece being in the grip of economic uncertainty and facing mounting debts following three bailouts, the country’s maritime industry is still a steady ship it seems.

Well-known shipbroker Basil Mavroleon, Managing Director of  WeberSeas (Hellas), who hails from an eight-generation shipping family, says the shipping industry remains pretty much isolated from the economic woes which have seen huge unemployment and higher taxes for the working man.

“Greece is Read More…

First Person: Natasa Pilides

Cyprus’ new Deputy Minister for Shipping

 

The appointment of Natasa Pilides as the new Cyprus Deputy Minister for Shipping is significant for a number of reasons. Not least because it gives shipping on the island its own home ‘or temple’ as one shipping observer noted, from which to do its work – recognition you might say for the role it plays in the country’s economy –  but significant Read More…

How I Work: Sabrina Chao

It takes a level of confidence to stand up in front of the great and good of the Connecticut Maritime Association and accept the ribbing that comes with being awarded the honour of that year’s Commodore. But to then turn the tables and poke fun back, to great applause from the audience takes a large degree of poise and knowledge. Especially when you consider that Sabrina Chao is Read More…

Crew Welfare: Food for thought

A seafarer who eats healthily and eats well is more alert – which means a safer ship, and, in turn, less likelihood of accidents and insurance claims. 

It might be easy to dismiss all that as myth or assumption. But Christian Ioannou, Managing Director of Marine Catering Training Consultancy (MCTC), said: “We recently upgraded our courses in collaboration with Steamship Mutual (a Protection & Indemnity Club). They are very Read More…

Cover Story: Cyprus round table debate

Moderated by SMI Editorial Director Sean Moloney, the panellists included: Andreas Hadjipetrou, Managing Director of Columbia Ship Management; Nikolaos Kretsis, Fleet Director for Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement Cyprus; Capt Eugen Adami, owner of Mastermind Ship Management; Dieter Rohdenburg, CEO of Intership Navigation Co. Ltd; Thomas Kazakos, Director General of the Cyprus Shipping Chamber; Capt Eberhard Koch, Chairman and Partner of Osterreichischer Lloyd Shipping Group; Andreas Chrysostomou, Chief Strategic Officer for 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…