SMI Newsdesk Archives

Upcoming General Election threatens UK’s maritime reputation

With the general election and Brexit looming, the UK’s maritime dominance is becoming ‘increasingly precarious’ – leaving it dangerously reliant upon the maritime capabilities of other countries, the maritime trade union Nautilus International has warned.

Ahead of the election, the union pinpoints a 75% decline in British seafarer numbers since 1975, highlighting that it has the potential to put the nation’s economic security at risk. Nautilus International said that unless Read More…

Maritime HR: Planning for a future generation

Delegates from around the world gathered in London for the 11th annual Maritime HR conference from Spinnaker Global.

The sessions were varied, including maritime economics, mental health in the workplace, HR strategies, gender diversity and Brexit, but the prevailing theme was: the maritime industry needs to prepare for a future workforce.

Sessions at the two-day event noted that a whole generation of shipping professionals will be soon leaving the industry. Read More…

Djibouti opens most advanced port in Africa

Djibouti has today (Wednesday) opened the country’s latest mega project – the Doraleh Multipurpose Port (DMP).

The official opening ceremony was held under the auspices of Djibouti’s President His Excellency Ismail Omar Guelleh, together with His Excellency Hailemariam Desalegn, Prime Minister of Ethiopia.

The new 690-hectare facility is equipped with ultra-modern facilities that can accommodate 100,000dwt vessels. The $590m project was started in 2015, and jointly financed by Djibouti Ports Read More…

Golden Ocean’s Birgitte Ringstad Vartdal wins WISTA LeaderShip award

Birgitte Ringstad Vartdal, CEO of Golden Ocean, has been awarded the WISTA LeaderShip Award 2017 by WISTA Norway as recognition of her contribution to the maritime industry, her competency and leadership skills within the traditionally male-dominated role of CEO. The award will be presented at Nor-Shipping’s Waves of Change Conference on 30th May 2017.

“Birgitte Ringstad Vartdal has lived up to WISTA’s core values, and contributed to the development of Read More…

Piraeus Port Authority investment plans tabled at 4th Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum

Piraeus Port Authority is investing €294 million over a five-year period to upgrade its existing infrastructure and help it increase its competitiveness in the lucrative East Med cruise sector.

Details of the specific plans were presented during the opening day of the 4th Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum by Theodora Riga, Manager of Strategic Planning & Marketing Department, PPA.

A significant part of this investment will support Greece’s cruise sector as Read More…

Wärtsilä wins propeller contract for Croatia-built ro-ros

The technology group Wärtsilä has won a contract to supply controllable pitch propellers and power take off/power take home (PTO/PTH) shaft generator systems for two new ro-ro vessels being built at Croatia’s Uljanik shipyard. The ships have been ordered by the Luxembourg-based operator, CLdN Ro-Ro SA. There is an option for two more vessels.

Wärtsilä will supply the vessels with its latest design, WCP G-hub, which is optimised for high Read More…

Videotel launches new eLearning content delivery platform

Videotel™, a KVH company, has launched a new eLearning content delivery platform that will allow users to view its comprehensive range of maritime training programmes on a wide variety of devices, including tablets and mobile phones. The development is a leap forward in maritime training delivery and not only provides a superior user experience for the learner, but also paves the way for seafarers to acquire and test knowledge on Read More…

Adam Usher appointed a director of MAST risk management

International risk management company MAST has appointed Adam Usher as Director of High Net Worth Physical and Asset Protection.

Mr Usher’s responsibilities will include overseeing and managing clients’ physical security including all close protection tasks.  He will also work closely with colleagues from MAST’s technical security department. He is well placed to provide new and existing MAST clients with a ‘total security package’ consisting of both start-of-the-art technology as well Read More…

Alphatron’s AlphaBridge solution will bolster ship navigation techniques

Alphatron Marine has linked its AlphaBridge solution with Transas’s marine simulation system in training centres and showrooms around the world. The combination will enable practical know-how sharing, support the decision-making process and offer an uncompromised and thorough insight of AlphaBridge and its ergonomic and technical capabilities.

Alphatron’s showrooms include integrated solutions ranging from inland, harbour and offshore applications to passenger, fishing and large merchant vessels. The Transas simulation offers various Read More…

Greece is open for cruise industry business says Greek Minister at Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum

The Greek government has signalled its intentions to adopt a public private partnership model drive in order to improve critical port and air infrastructure required to help the country optimise its full potential as a destination of choice for global cruise liners and passengers.

Speaking at the opening day of the 4th Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum, Greek Minister of Shipping and Insular Policy, Panagiotis Kouroumplis, said that Greece is prepared Read More…

Albwardy Damen wins two ship repair awards in four weeks

Albwardy Damen has received two shipyards awards in the space of just four weeks.

On 19th April, during the MASTECH conference in Dubai, Albwardy Damen received the prestigious Best UAE Shipyard Award for 2017, then on 16th May it received the accolade of Best New Building Yard at the presentation ceremony for the International Maritime Awards. This was held at the two-day Shiptek 2017 conference in Dubai. The trophies were Read More…

LOC looks to industry for ways of developing its casualty forum following resounding Singapore success

Nearly 400 senior shipping professionals attended the second Asian Marine Casualty Forum (AMCF) hosted by London Offshore Consultants (LOC) held last month, making the event one of the largest gatherings during Singapore Maritime Week.

Now established as the world’s leading casualty management event, coupled with the overwhelmingly positive feedback received post event, has prompted leading figures in the industry to consider holding the forum alternatively between Singapore and London, perhaps Read More…