SMI Newsdesk Archives

Major upgrade to ISF Watchkeeper simplifies work hour record keeping

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and IT Energy have announced the launch of the latest release of their acclaimed ISF Watchkeeper software – ISF Watchkeeper 3.5 – developed for maintaining records of individual seafarers’ work hour records, as required by IMO and ILO regulations, and to help prevent crew fatigue and to avoid issues with Port State Control.

This major upgrade, which is available free of charge to existing Read More…

Markel International appoints Marine Underwriter in Singapore

Markel International Singapore, the specialist insurer, has appointed Gustaf Kristiansson (pictured) as Marine Underwriter based in Singapore.

Mr Kristiansson joins the Singapore office from Markel International’s Sweden office where he held the same position. Prior to that, he was located in Dubai, working for Gulf Agency Co, an international shipping logistics and marine services company. He brings with him more than 10 years of shipping and marine insurance experience.

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AkzoNobel launches new marine coatings app to improve user experience

Marine coatings customers can now enjoy anytime, anywhere access to data most critical to them, with the launch of AkzoNobel Marine Coatings’ International mobile app.

The app provides customers with increased convenience and flexibility in accessing the company’s wealth of coatings data. It has been specially designed to provide access to application guides, technical datasheets, product brochures, information cards and regional contacts, as well as social media and blog posts. Read More…

MSX celebrates 30 years working with Brittany Ferries

Macintyre Scott Xtra (MSX), a specialist in bonded warehousing, is celebrating working with Brittany Ferries for 30 years.

During the past three decades MSX has enjoyed a close relationship with Brittany Ferries after providing an efficient and secure distribution service of confectionary, food and alcohol for the ferry operator.

Nicola Ridges-Jones (pictured), Managing Director of MSX, said: “We are so proud to have worked with such a prestigious company as Read More…

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…