SMI Newsdesk Archives

Cover Story: ESW17 Round Table Debate

SMI invited representatives from shipping’s leading companies and associations during European Shipping Week to discuss how sustainable the industry can be with regulation knocking at the door. Debating this thorny issue were: Edgar Dominic Milla, Chief Operating Office, PTC; Dirk Fry, Director, Columbia Shipmanagement; Karoliina Rasi, Public Affairs and Communications Director, European Community Shipowners’ Associations; Norbert Aschmann, CEO, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement; Chris Shirling-Rooke, CEO, Mersey Maritime; Kuba Szymanski, Secretary-General, InterManager; Read More…

Regional Focus: Gibraltar Rocks

Europe’s number one bunkering port, a pivotal link between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic Ocean, a favourite stopping-off point for superyachts and a tiny city port with a burgeoning  infrastructure base. Gibraltar has never been busier

A spectacular landmark for passing ships? A UK Royal Navy base? Or an outcrop of southern Spain? The British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar has been all three of these at one time Read More…

ECDIS & Navigation: Flying Lessons

Importing safety practices from aviation isn’t a panacea for the shipping industry, but there are opportunities to learn, argues Transas CEO Frank Coles

Civil aviation stirs mixed emotions among seagoing types. It is often held up as a shining beacon of what the shipping industry could achieve if only it saw – and followed – the light. Others argue that such comparisons are unfair, inappropriate or dismiss them Read More…

Transas Global Conference: Shipping Industry Must embrace the ‘perfect storm’

Shipping companies must be prepared to embrace the ‘perfect storm’ that will hit the industry over the next couple of years – Transas CEOFrank Coles told a packed room of over 400 delegates at its Transas Global Conference in Malta.

The two-day conference in March brought together high-level professionals from the maritime industry and beyond with an agenda that was designed to inspire change.

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Cyprus Special Report: Negotiating a strong future ahead

Cyprus is undergoing an interesting period in its economic history with several potential game changers poised to kick in if the right actions are taken. At the heart of it all is resolution of the Turkish crisis which involves a ban on Cypriot flagged ships visiting Turkish ports as well as the island’s emergence from its banking problems of 2013 and 2015 and the discovery of natural gas off its Read More…

Bolidt covers karting joy at sea

The world’s first full-scale shipboard racetrack is now on the water, in a project which has brought the best out of German karting technology specialist RiMO Supply and Dutch decking specialist Bolidt for owner Norwegian Cruise Line.

The 326m long, 167,800gt Norwegian Joy entered the water at Germany’s Meyer Werft in March, offering a glimpse of surface from Bolidt that has been extensively used for road works, car parks and Read More…

MVS helps cadets get life at sea with a good CV

A group of young nautical cadets keen to improve their chances of a career at sea have teamed up with the Fleetwood unit of a national maritime charity for real work experience opportunities.

The Maritime Volunteer Service (MVS) has 24 active units around the coasts, estuaries and waterways of the United Kingdom. The organisation’s aims are to help to keep the UK’s maritime tradition alive by training and delivering practical Read More…

Epic Gas announces end-of-year results

Singapore-based Epic Gas today (Thursday) announced its unaudited financial and operating results for the year ended 31st December, 2015. The year 2015 shows revenue of $130.3 million, up 11% on the previous year. Vessel calendar days were up 19% over the year and adjusted EBITDA of $29.8 million was up 25% over year. Adjusted general and administrative expenses of $1,150 per vessel per calendar day were down 22% over year Read More…

ClassNK establishes Global Research and Innovation Centre in Singapore

ClassNK used last week’s Singapore Maritime Week to promote the activities of its new Global Research and Innovation Center (GRIC).

Joined by representatives from Nanyang Technological University, ClassNK Executive Vice President Tetsuya Kinoshita explained the rationale behind GRIC and the current goals for the centre.

In addition to research and development into creating new technologies and improving existing technologies in the fields of safe/smart ships and eco-technology, it is also Read More…

Mediterranean crisis – shipping industry comments on EU 10 point plan

Following the meeting of EU Foreign and Interior Ministers in Luxembourg yesterday (20th April) the European and global shipping industries have welcomed the increased attention that all EU Member States are giving to the humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean. This includes the ’10 point plan’ adopted as a result of the impetus provided by the terrible tragedy involving the loss of hundreds of lives at the weekend.

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Suezmax shuttle tankers benefit from MacGregor’s Pusnes bow loading systems

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has secured contracts to supply Pusnes bow loading systems for three newbuild shuttle tankers intended for operations in Brazilian waters. The order was booked into first quarter 2015 order intake.

South Korean shipyard Sungdong Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co Ltd will install a Pusnes bow loading system on a 157,000 dwt Suezmax DP2 shuttle tanker under construction for tanker specialist Tsakos Energy and Navigation. The Greek Read More…

Ship manager fined for breach of US sulphur emissions regulations

International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) has confirmed that a shipmanagement company has been fined over a quarter of a million dollars in connection with a breach of clean air regulations in the US.

ITIC reports that an inspector of the California Air Resources Board, the clean air agency of the state of California, boarded a ship in July 2011 at a terminal in Los Angeles. The chief engineer was asked Read More…