SMI Newsdesk Archives

Maritime piracy and armed robbery reaches 22-year low, says IMB report

 

 

 

A total of 180 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported to the International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) International Maritime Bureau (IMB) in 2017, according to the latest IMB report.

It is the lowest annual number of incidents since 1995, when 188 reports were received. In 2017, 136 vessels were boarded, while there were 22 attempted attacks, 16 vessels fired upon and six Read More…

IFCHOR opens Dubai office and appoints new S&P Co-Director

Fast growing international shipbroking company, IFCHOR has opened a new office in Dubai. The office will operate under the name IFCHOR Middle East, and its primary focus will be on regional markets, covering the dry bulk markets.

IFCHOR CEO, Manu Ravano said: “Dubai is the hub of the expanding Middle East maritime sector and we are very excited about our first ever office in the region. IFCHOR Middle East will Read More…

IMO Sec-Gen reflects on the Sanchi tanker casualty

Our thoughts and prayers are with the seafarers still missing from the oil tanker Sanchi, following a reported collision off the coast of China. I send my deepest sympathies to all their families and loved ones.

“I would like to commend all those who have been involved in the international search and rescue operations so far and in the efforts to battle the fire and contain pollution from the ship.

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Risk profiling is becoming more important to port state control inspections, says PaSea

Port State Control inspections are increasingly focusing on the risk profile of the ship under inspection with inspectors singling out the performance of the ship manager and the flag state recognised organisation (RO) as major factors to concentrate on.

Petros Achtypis, Chief Executive Officer of Cyprus-based Prevention at Sea (PaSea) (pictured), said PSC inspectors were changing the way they inspected ships with greater emphasis being placed on a vessel’s Read More…

Majority of Auxiliary Engine Damage Occurs Due to Human Error, warns The Swedish Club

An investigation by The Swedish Club into auxiliary engine damage has revealed that the majority of all damage takes place immediately after maintenance work. A key finding is that 55% of casualties occur within only 10% of the time between overhaul (TBO), corresponding to the first 1,000 hours or so of operation after overhaul. In most cases the damage occurs only a few hours after start up. The report, Read More…

Isle of Man Ship Registry 2017 review and 2018 outlook

By Dick Welsh, Director, Isle of Man Ship Registry

2017 has been a big year for the Isle of Man Ship Registry. In many ways, it has been a year of change for which we have been planning a long time. In April we introduced an entirely new way of working with our clients and the regulation of their ships. We delegated the three remaining statutory requirements of shipboard Read More…

Clipper Fleet Management joins Dania Ship Management in new partnership agreement

Dania Ship Management has announced plans to extend ship management capabilities to include dry cargo in a partnership agreement with Clipper Fleet Management, part of the Clipper Group.

The partnership, which strengthens the commitment by V.Group, Nordic Tankers and Clipper Group to create a compelling platform for Copenhagen based ship management solutions, will see the transfer of 28 shore-based employees and around 1,000 seafarers to Dania Ship Management.

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IACS Council Focuses on Quality Operations, Transparency and Ongoing Modernisation

The International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) has focused on Quality issues at its biannual meeting held in London this week.  Building on recent work done to revise the IACS Membership Criteria, agreement was reached to revise IACS internal benchmarking criteria for existing members along with an initiative to investigate ways to further strengthen the practical implementation of QSCS including the oversight exercised by the IACS Operations Centre.

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Cover Story: Female sexual abuse at sea – How many are suffering in silence?

More female seafarers than ever are reporting cases of sexual harassment or assault but many are still suffering in silence for fears they will be branded troublemakers and will not be believed.

That’s according to the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) which provides a 24-hour helpline to seafarers needing advice and support.

Its Project Manager Caitlin Vaughan told SMI how one of the most Read More…

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 discuss the increasing cyber threat and what it means for the shipping industry. Kindly hosted at the offices of Thomas Miller and chaired by SMI Editorial Director, Sean Moloney, the panellists were Andrew Jamieson, Claims Director & Legal Adviser, International Transport Intermediaries Management Co Ltd (ITIC); Michael Read More…

Tomorrow’s Maritime World: Accessing the 4th Industrial Revolution

Businesses don’t have the luxury of standing still; they must adapt or risk getting left behind. Just as ships switched from sail power in favour of steam, and their manual compasses for satellite guided navigation – ship owners must get ready to adapt again.

Emerging out of Silicon Valley, the fourth industrial revolution represents a new wave of technological advancements that are bringing disruption to every Read More…

How I work: Ian El-Mokadem

V.Group described the appointment of new CEO Ian El-Mokadem as ‘marking a significant milestone in the Group’s ambitious transformation plans’. Indeed, following hot on the heels of a decision to create a new and simpler corporate structure to enable what it described as a closer relationship with its customers, V.Group said the appointment of a strong leadership team was important in blending a depth of maritime experience with broader Read More…