SMI Newsdesk Archives

Port of Tyne Say the Tyne Is Right

Offshore wind could provide 30% of Britain’s electricity generation by 2030, and the Port of Tyne is perfectly placed to support this growing renewable sector.

Announcing that the ‘Tyne is right’ to utilise its location, within 100 nautical miles of Dogger Bank, Hornsea, Seagreen and Sofia, the Port of Tyne is increasing their offer to potential offshore wind manufacturers.

The Port of Tyne is nearing the final phase of a Read More…

Post-Brexit port preparation a priority

Departure from the EU could be fast approaching, and leading AEO compliance specialists, VARTAN, is urging UK ports to get their customs compliance ‘house in order’. HMRC and Border Force need to know that consignments do not leave the port until they have been customs cleared and have no holds on them. ‘Unlawful removal’, in all probability will lead to civil penalties.

UK Ports of Entry have been given Read More…

UK Club: Financial strength maintained despite a difficult year

The Club remains financially strong with free reserves of $505 million even after allowing for the high number of large claims incurred during the 2018 year. Combined with lower investment returns, the Club reported a deficit of $32 million and a combined ratio of 114%.

The frequency of claims in excess of $3 million doubled in 2018 compared to recent years. The cost associated with these additional claims was nearly Read More…

Shipping Industry Expresses Concern Over Recent Trade Developments

Major shipowners’ associations also give full support to the World Trade Organization.

A delegation from the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the Asian Shipowners’ Association (ASA) and the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) have expressed concern over recent protectionist measures at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva. Presenting two position papers to the WTO the shipping sector has “fully committed to the preservation and promotion Read More…

Growing numbers of ship owners and operators developing Ship Implementation Plans to mitigate risks and minimise disruption

V.Group, the global marine and offshore vessel management and support services provider, today urged ship owners and operators to take a proactive approach to 2020 compliance. With the global sulphur cap less than nine months away, V.Group is seeing growing numbers of shipowners and operators developing Ship Implementation Plans (SIPs) to mitigate risks and minimise disruption.

It is predicted that most ships will burn ultra low sulphur fuel oils (ULSFOs) Read More…

World not ready for autonomous ships

Autonomous vessels will not be hitting the high seas just yet. Or, perhaps never in the way people imagine it, to be coasting, completely unmanned!

While the idea of autonomous vessels have been bandied around as early as the 1960s’. Yet for all for practical reasons ranging from adherence to the ISPS and ISM codes coupled with an inability to move through narrow channel straits along with all manner of Read More…

Denmark’s first new-build hybrid ferry operating on key passenger route

Danfoss Editron has provided the hybrid electric drivetrain system powering a new ferry connecting the communities of Thyborøn and Agger in north west Denmark. The ferry, which was delivered by the country’s Søby Værftshipyard, was ordered to replace the previous one that had been running for over 40 years and reached the end of its operational lifetime.

 Like most ferries in Denmark, the Thyborøn-Agger service operates over a relatively short Read More…

The Standard Club appoints new Legal Director – Jamie Wallace joins leading P&I Club

The Standard Club, the world’s fourth largest P&I club, has appointed Jamie Wallace to the role of Legal Director.

The role, will manage the key legal functions for the organisation, including supervising the handling of Defence Class claims, promoting the club’s policies on legal issues and managing the implementation of key processes.

Jamie brings to the role 17 years’ legal experience, principally in the maritime sector. Previously a Partner at Read More…

ITIC says simple checks will defeat shipping industry fraudsters

International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) says ship brokers and agents are among those most at risk of exposure to fraud in the shipping industry, and urges them to carry out simple checks in order to protect themselves. In the latest issue of its Claims Review, ITIC cites the case of a ship broker which received an emailed freight invoice from an owner for $120,000. The bank account detailed in Read More…

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…

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…