SMI Newsdesk Archives

Project Forward paves the way for meeting IMO’s reduction on CO2 emissions

The Project Forward initiative led by Athens-Based Arista Shipping, with Wärtsilä as one of the participants, demonstrates that with LNG as fuel, an advanced hull design, and highly efficient propulsion machinery, it will be possible to meet the IMO’s target for a 40% reduction in carbon intensity by 2030.

Model tests of the Project’s concept vessel indicate that the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) is well below the currently most Read More…

Second Good Mental Health Guide translated into five additional languages

ISWAN’s second self-help guide for seafarers, Psychological Wellbeing at Sea, is now available in five additional languages.

The guide is the second in our series of three Good Mental Health Guides for Seafarers, which was shortlisted in the Best Crew Welfare Programme/Campaign category of the Safety at Sea Awards 2018. Using evidence from the field of Positive Psychology, Psychological Wellbeing at Sea provides seafarers with straightforward, practical tips on how Read More…

New Wärtsilä Hybrid Centre will boost sustainable shipping

The technology group Wärtsilä has inaugurated its new Hybrid Centre, the first of its kind in the world. The facility represents an innovative concept that will enable further development and deployment of the Wärtsilä HY hybrid power module, while at the same time providing customers with the possibility to experience the benefits of the Wärtsilä HY. It will also be used to train crews and provide hands-on experience for technicians. Read More…

ChartCo and MeteoGroup announce long-term partnership agreement

ChartCo, the global supplier of maritime digital data and compliance services, has selected MeteoGroup to deliver its weather routing technology services (SPOS) through its OneOcean platform.

OneOcean is ChartCo’s software platform for e-navigation, route and passage planning, environmental compliance, data management and a broad range of other services. The MeteoGroup services enable ships to safely navigate the globe with minimal fuel consumption and emissions, by calculating and recalculating optimum routes Read More…

Wärtsilä opens the first International Maritime Cyber Centre of Excellence in the world

The technology group Wärtsilä opened an International Maritime Cyber Centre of Excellence (IMCCE) yesterday (16th October) in Singapore. The IMCCE consists of a Maritime Cyber Emergency Response Team (MCERT) and a cyber academy. The IMCCE is a world’s first industry solution for the marine industry, founded by Wärtsilä together with its strategic partner in cyber security, Templar Executives. The IMCCE will provide a focal point for the industry to help Read More…

Crew welfare – pay now or pay later?

When it comes to the welfare of your crew do you pay now – with good conditions, facilities and support for seafarers – or pay later – through medical bills, lost working time and mistakes?

That’s a key question that delegates at this year’s Crew Connect Global in Manila will consider. Examining the Return on Investment (ROI) for seafarer wellness, attendees will be asked: “What’s your strategy?”

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CEO at Port of Milford Haven, Alec Don, steps down

The Port of Milford Haven today (17th October) announced that Alec Don, Chief Executive of the business since 2010, is stepping down from the role.  With the support of a great team Mr Don has set a vision for the business, securing planning consents for the development of Milford Waterfront and establishing Pembroke Dock Marine as a core component of the Swansea Bay City Deal.

The business has been shepherded Read More…

IMRF Awards 2018 shortlist announced

Nominations have been received from across all maritime sectors for the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) Awards, and the shortlist has just been announced.

Theresa Crossley, CEO IMRF said: “We’re delighted to announce this year’s IMRF Awards finalists.  The nominations have been submitted from all over the world and the judges’ selection highlights just some of the incredible actions, expertise and skills shown by those involved in saving lives at Read More…

Seafarers’ mental health is focus of new training programme offered free to seafarers worldwide

KVH Videotel introduced a new training package, ‘Seafarers Mental Health and Wellbeing’, yesterday during the 5th Annual International Shipowning & Shipmanagement Summit in London, and announced that the package will be available free of charge throughout the industry due to the critical importance of the topic.

The programme was produced in association with the International Seafarers Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) and comprises a short video, facilitator notes, and information Read More…

Captain Belinda Bennett awarded 2018 Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service

Charting a course to success in the cruise and maritime industry, the Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service has been presented to Captain Belinda Bennett of Windstar Cruises, as ‘the first black female captain in the commercial cruise industry.’

Captain Bennett was given the award for services to the promotion of the maritime sector under the auspices of the UK Department for Transport and Maritime & Coastguard Agency.

Her Royal Read More…

Separating fact from fiction: ICS releases new study on seafarers and digitalisation

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has released a new study conducted by the Hamburg School of Business Administration (HSBA) on behalf of ICS, regarding the potential effects of autonomous ships on the role of seafarers and the global shipping industry.

In light of growing media interest and the diversity of expert opinions on the subject, the study seeks to separate fact from fiction. Commenting on its release, ICS Secretary Read More…

Thordon strengthens its presence to meet anticipated rules for cleaner seas

Thordon Bearings has signed sales and distribution agreements with St Petersburg-based Industrial & Marine Projects (IMPRO) and Tallinn’s Marine Ecology Equipment (MEE), in a development that anticipates the introduction of more stringent pollution rules for European waterways.

The appointment of new distributors for Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Russia and Azerbaijan coincides with concerns that more should be done to reduce the impact of oil pollution in the ecologically sensitive Baltic Sea Read More…