SMI Newsdesk Archives

‘Failure is not an option’ says Jamaica’s Hylton

When it comes to its long-ranging and dynamic plans to develop as an international logistics centre, failure is not an option for Jamaica, according to the country’s Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce. 

Addressing the Jamaica Parliament as his contribution to the 2013/2014 Sectoral Debate and speaking to the theme of Achieving Transformational Growth, the Hon. Anthony Hylton said: “Let me make it clear that, in this mission, failure Read More…





Crewsure has appointed G2 Crew Services, the recently formed partnership between Griffin Global Group Limited and Gulf Agency Company Limited to act as its global Correspondent. 

Crewsure provides medical and personal accident insurance directly to crew and is underwritten by the Munich Group, one of the world’s leading Insurance Companies. The benefits provided are tailored to meet the needs of crew and the latest requirements of the Read More…

SMITV talks to Panama’s Alfonso Castillero

The head of the Panama flag talks about the MLC and the state of the industry

SMITV talks with maritime armed guards companies and the shipping industry about putting guards onboard ship

SMITV talks to Thome’s Carsten Ostenfeldt

SMITV used the recent Sea Asia show in Singapore to catch up with Carsten Brix Ostenfeldt, CEO of Thome Ship Management

ITIC warns on costs of US documentary disclosure

 ITIC has warned that onerous documentary disclosure rules in the US courts can drastically increase the cost to shipping interests of defending even without-merit claims. 

In the latest issue of its Claims Review, ITIC cites a case involving the manager of a number of cruise ships which was sued by a shipowner in a US court for alleged failure to oversee maintenance, for negligence in the provision of manning advice, Read More…


The Eco Ship revolution may be on the horizon but these new ships will not replace the existing fleet overnight and ship managers are under increasing pressure to come up with solutions to save ship owners money when it comes to fuel efficiency and operation expediency, according to Simon Barham, Chief Operating Officer at Bibby Ship Management.

While slow steaming is an option, it can Read More…

Intercargo Calls for Swift Casualty Investigation into the Loss of the Harita Bauxite



The International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners (Intercargo) has called for an early casualty investigation following the tragic loss of the bulk carrier Harita Bauxite. 

The Panama-registered, 1983-built handymax ship which was reportedly carrying a cargo of nickel ore from Obi, Indonesia to China, sank on the evening of 17 February after suffering engine failure, possibly during poor weather.

Although ten crew were rescued Read More…

Videotel responds to changing piracy patterns with new piracy and armed robbery programme

As yet more crew are kidnapped in another raid on a vessel off the coast of Nigeria, ship owners, ship managers and operators are once again forcibly reminded of the need to take steps to protect the safety of their crew, their cargo and their vessels.

Nigel Cleave, CEO of Videotel, is well aware of the industry’s need for support and guidance. “In the last few Read More…

ClassNK issues statement of compliance for ship recycling facility

ClassNK announced that it has issued the world’s first Statement of Compliance (SOC) for a ship recycling facility to Jiangmen Zhongxin Shipbreaking & Steel Co. The Statement of Compliance issued by ClassNK certifies that the facility and its recycling procedures are in full compliance with the Hong Kong International Convention for the safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009 (Hong Kong Convention). This marks the first time that a Read More…

UN climate change conference DOHA – ICS comments on shipowner contribution to UNFCCC green climate fund

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) is representing global shipowners at the United Nations (UNFCCC) Climate Change Conference in Doha (COP 18).

 At an event in Doha (27 November) hosted by the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO), ICS will report on the further progress being made by shipowners worldwide to reduce their CO2 emissions and improve fuel efficiency.

ICS comments on the recent UNFCCC secretariat report on means of long term Read More…

Seafarers’ charity concerned at drop in public donations

A report issued today by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and the Charities Aid Foundation suggests that giving to charities by members of the public dropped by 20% from £11bn to £9.2bn in 2011-12.

The report also found that in a typical month the proportion of people giving to charity dropped from 58% to 55%. 

John Green, Head of Fundraising at the Apostleship of the Sea said: “At Read More…