SMI Newsdesk Archives

Sailors’ Society mourns loss of regional superintendent in India

International maritime charity Sailors’ Society is mourning the loss of its regional superintendent in India, Pastor Joseph Chacko who died earlier today (21 February) in a traffic collision in Gandhidham along with his wife Leena and Meru Kaku, a driver at the Deendayal Seafarers’ Centre.

Joseph, who was 54, joined Sailors’ Society in 2012 and was instrumental in the foundation of the Deendayal Seafarers’ Centre.

He was also Read More…

The Swedish Club moves forward on a firm footing

The Swedish Club has reported results for the 2018 renewal season in line with its focus on quality business and expert approach to managing current and future risks.

Growth is running according to plan and the P&I gross tonnage has moved in excess of the 50 million GT milestone. This follows on from the positive news announced by S&P Global Ratings (S&P) earlier this year, when it revised its outlook Read More…

MCTC appoints Catering Manager to head up new Catering Management services

Catering training provider MCTC has appointed Stephen Storey (pictured) to head up its new Catering Management services working with vessels in the procurement of catering provisions.

MCTC, based in Limassol, Cyprus, trains catering crews from all over the world in all types of cuisine, through onboard distance coaching and onshore programmes at its training establishment in Makati, The Philippines.

As part of its flagship Catering Competency Development Programme, MCTC now Read More…

Group revenue down for Sembcorp Marine

Sembcorp Marine posted Group revenue of $2.39 billion for the 12 months to December 31, 2017 compared with $3.54 billion in revenue generated the previous year.

The lower revenue was largely due to lower sales from all key business segments with the exception of Repairs & Upgrades, as well as a reversal of previously recognised rig sales upon the termination of contracts with original customers.

Rigs & Floaters reported a Read More…

London P&I Club records encouraging growth

Following the recent completion of the 2018 renewal, the London P&I Club saw an encouraging 2.5m gt, or 5.8% year-on-year increase in its mutual business, to 45.4m gt.

The club’s underwriting director, Reto Toggwiler (pictured), said: “While the renewal period generally saw rates come under pressure, it is also the case that, in 2017/18, we saw a notable reduction in the impact on income of mid-year churn.

“This renewal again underlined Read More…

Hanseaticsoft targets Asia with its visionary suite of maritime software to lead shipping into the digital age

Maritime software provider Hanseaticsoft is accelerating its growth plans into the Asian shipping market as it looks to open an office in Singapore.

The German company will attend Asia Pacific Maritime in Singapore next month where Alexander Buchmann, Managing Director of Hanseaticsoft, will meet with shipping companies to discuss how its innovative cloud-based shipping software is supporting the digital transformation of the shipping industry, allowing companies to streamline business and Read More…

HELMEPA welcomes new members Royal Caribbean Cruises and vessels under their management

Michael Dalacouras, Deputy Treasurer of the Board of Directors at HELMEPA, met with Captain Nicholas Pagonis, Associate Vice President-Fleet Captain, Global Marine Operations of Royal Caribbean Cruises yesterday (Tuesday), who handed him the applications for the registration, as HELMEPA Members, of the company and 12 cruise ships under their management.

Captain Pagonis expressed his appreciation of HELMEPA’s voluntary mission and its achievements during the past 35 years since the association’s Read More…

The Nautical Institute appeals for seafarer feedback over S-Mode

The Nautical Institute has announced a consultation to help assess the latest proposals for standardised navigation equipment.

The suggestions were presented at the IMO’s 5th NCSR (Navigation, Communication and Search and Rescue) Sub-committee meeting by the Institute and other stakeholders including CIRM (Comité International Radio-Maritime), the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, and delegation members from Australia and the Republic of Korea.

Navigators’ views are sought on the latest concept Read More…

From stamp to screen: DNV GL issues over 50,000 electronic certificates

With the introduction of IMO compliant electronic class and statutory certificates DNV GL took classification into new territory. Now, just four months after the launch of this new service, more than 50,000 certificates have been issued.

“We have been overwhelmed by the positive response from our customers and the industry as a whole,” said Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO of DNV GL – Maritime.

“Many owners have opted not to wait for Read More…

Britannia appoints new exclusive correspondent in Taiwan

In a move to maintain the highest possible service levels to its Members in Asia, Britannia P&I has recently made two important changes.

In April last year, Britannia’s Managers, Tindall Riley, acquired the club’s Exclusive Correspondent in Japan, Cornes P&I.

Renamed Tindall Riley (Britannia) Japan, the acquisition demonstrated the importance of Japanese ship owners to Britannia.

“The renaming of the Tokyo office was the immediate change, with the office continuing Read More…

Further class approval for drone inspection of confined spaces for RIMS from KRS expands options for ship owners

RIMS (Robotics In Maintenance Strategies) have secured a further class approval from Korean Register of Shipping (KRS) for the use of Remote Inspection Techniques (drones) during surveys of enclosed spaces.

The KRS certification for the use of Remote Inspection Techniques (drones) during surveys of enclosed spaces, adds to the now highly impressive portfolio of class approvals RIMS have achieved in such a short period of time.  This further certification means Read More…

A&P appoints new Supply Chain Director

Global ship repair, conversion and marine specialist A&P Group has announced the appointment of a new Group Supply Chain Director.

Carol Hall (pictured) joins A&P Group from British Engines, where she held the position of Supply Chain Manager.  Having spent 29 years working in a wide variety of senior procurement roles, she has a wealth of experience across industries including engineering, oil and gas, MOD and aerospace. Prior to British Read More…