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Sydney ferry fatality highlights need for more effective wastewater management practices

The importance of maintaining chemical toilets onboard ship has been raised following an incident in February onboard a Sydney Harbour-operating passenger ferry in which a high level of toxic gas was detected in a toilet cubicle after a passenger was fatally injured.

A 39-year-old passenger was found unconscious in a toilet cubicle aboard the Lady Rose and could not be revived by paramedics. While the reasons behind her death are Read More…

London International Shipping Week unveils new website and interactive app

London International Shipping Week 2019 (LISW19) has streamlined the experience for international visitors attending this year’s event by launching a new, interactive app and unveiling its newly-revamped website.

The freshly designed ‘LISW19’ app provides visitors with all the information they need to make the most of this year’s must-attend event, including features to help them plan their day, register for events, network with other delegates, access the event guide and Read More…

Crew Travel Round Table Debate

The annual SMI Crew Travel Round Table Debate saw seven crew travel representatives give their views on the latest developments and issues facing the Marine & Offshore travel market. Kindly hosted by V.Group and with questions from SMI Editor Samantha Giltrow, participants were: John Harding, Managing Director, V.Travel; Jochem Hemink, Head of Sales Shipping Europe & Asia, ATPI Group; Jason Barreto, Independent Consultant; Mark Taylor, Operational Director ISS Read More…

How I Work: Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou

With shipping facing a future of digital information and data solutions, there is increasing need for integration and realising economic efficiencies and, according to Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou, this year will see big changes in the digital data and information flows that impact decision-making.

The CEO of Cyprus-based Tototheo Maritime believes they could even cause shipping to be seen less as a single industry and more as the Read More…

Crew Welfare: Helping seafarers to keep moving onboard

A Hamburg-based shipmanagement company has been recognised for helping its crew members to stay fit and healthy onboard.

Following success with a health programme for its shoreside staff, Zeaborn Ship Management decided to roll out one for seafarers, ‘move on Board’, last year.

Zeaborn Ship Management, which emerged from the consolidation of Rickmers Shipmanagement, acquired by the German Zeaborn Group in September 2017, and E.R. Schiffahrt, Read More…

Cover Story: Positioning for a new era in growth

Any suggestion that Singapore is being adversely affected by shipping’s continued market lethargy can only be described as anathema to those proponents of the island state’s standing as the world’s number one maritime centre. Day-to-day living costs may be going up, certainly when compared to other international business centres, but the long-time thorn in Singapore’s side, the soaring price of accommodation, office and domestic, has not only stopped Read More…

Regional Focus: Hong Kong Report

It might not be particularly surprising that Wah Kwong Maritime Chairman and CMA Commodore Sabrina Chao accompanied Mrs Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s Chief Executive, to this year’s World Economic Summit in Davos. But the fact that shipping is clearly within the sights of the respected leader of Hong Kong, as demonstrated by the people she surrounds herself with, has to be notable.

Indeed, one leading global shipping 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…