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Training & E-Learning: The real way to engage

In today’s maritime world of constantly changing regulation and legislation, the need for training to be engaging and relative has never been more crucial.

It is widely acknowledged that people learn best by doing and, says Raal Harris, Managing Director at maritime training provider KVH Videotel, “the more experiential the learning is, the better on so many levels”.

Which is why the maritime industry is now Read More…

How I Work: Paul Jennings

When Paul Jennings arrived in Newcastle from Suffolk as an eager law student 37 years ago, he didn’t realise the grip the city, and its maritime heritage, would have on him.

For while he decided not to embark on a career as a solicitor or barrister, he wanted to use law in some way and had the opportunity when he graduated to join a P&I Club – Read More…

Crew Welfare: Connectivity Impact on Crew Behaviour

The impacts of onboard connectivity on the ebbs and flows of life at sea are not as straightforward as they might first appear, according to a qualitative study initiated jointly by the Sailors’ Society and Inmarsat.

Numerous surveys have attempted to measure the uptake of connectivity in the commercial shipping fleet. These statistical analyses paint a broad brush picture illustrating the increasing prevalence of broadband at sea. Read More…

Cover Story: Cyber Security Round Table Debate

In the latest in our series of round table debates, SMI drew together key figures in the maritime security sector to debate business interruption triggered by cyber-attacks and the risk of not investing. Kindly hosted at the offices of Thomas Miller and chaired by SMI Editor Samantha Giltrow, the panellists were: Michael Hawthorne, CEO, CobWeb Cyber; Sharif Gardner, Training Manager – Cyber, Axis Capital; Mark Sutcliffe, Director, CSO Read More…

Regional Focus-Denmark

This year (2018) opened with the launch of the Danish government’s Maritime Denmark report – a forceful and ambitious document which lays out a strategy for the future development and growth of ‘Blue Denmark’.

“Maritime Denmark is one of Denmark’s largest export industries,” declares the preface – but, it also notes, the sector’s key position as a value creator and growth engine in the Danish economy ‘did 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…