SMI Newsdesk Archives

Seafarer survives four days at sea with fractured spine after fall

A Filipino seafarer is recovering in hospital after fracturing his spine falling from a ladder on 14th November.

Adriano Gicos, 55, was descending into the ship’s hold when he slipped and fell four metres, while travelling from Singapore to Brazil.

Colleagues who witnessed the accident had to use a crane to get him back to his cabin, where they administered basic first aid. As a result of the fall, Adriano, Read More…

ABB enables groundbreaking trial of remotely operated passenger ferry

Ice-class passenger ferry Suomenlinna II was remotely piloted through a test area near Helsinki harbour, proving that human oversight of vessels from anywhere is achievable with today’s technologies.

With this historic trial in the Finnish capital’s port last week, ABB and Helsinki City Transport took the next step in autonomous shipping. In the remote trial, the world’s first for an existing passenger ferry, ABB successfully tested the enhancement of ship Read More…

Standardisation of port call data one step closer

Following a successful Industry Input Workshop in May 2018, on 29th November the second Industry Input Workshop was held to discuss and agree on global data standards (GDS) for port call data, allowing machines to understand each other, such as to connect the berth planning of the terminal to the navigation information of the ship.

Earlier, in September 2017, the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) and the International Harbour Masters Read More…

North P&I Club’s Alan Lo retires after 23 Years with the Club

After over 23 years of service, Alan Lo, the Director of North’s Hong Kong office, retired on 30th November. Mr Lo has served the Club and its members with distinction throughout this period and has been a respected ambassador and a good friend and colleague to all at North.

Mr Lo started his career with North in 1995 as Manager of the newly-opened Hong Kong Office and became General Manager, Read More…

Swiss Climate EcoCare and Korean Register sign MoU for IMO DCS services

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) has been signed between Korean Register (KR) and Swiss Climate EcoCare to provide enhanced IMO DCS (International Maritime Organization, Data Collection System) services to the maritime industry.

The MoU was signed in Hamburg, Germany on 22nd November in presence of Philipp Ahrenkiel, Managing Director at Swiss Climate EcoCare GmbH and Michael Suhr, Technical & Commercial Director at Korean Register, Germany. The MoU was signed with Read More…

Thome Chairman receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Olav Eek Thorstensen, Executive Chairman of the Thome Group, received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Tanker Shipping and Trade’s annual conference held in London on 20th-21st November.

Looking back over his 50 years in the maritime industry, Mr Eek Thorstensen recalled the early days of third party shipmanagement and how he realised that Thome could offer more efficient services to owners trading vessels in the Far East. So began Read More…

d’Amico International Shipping announces sale and lease back of medium-range product tanker

d’Amico International Shipping has announced that its operating subsidiary d’Amico Tankers signed a memorandum of agreement and bareboat charter contract for the sale and leaseback of the High Trader, a 49,990 dwt medium-range product tanker vessel, built in 2015 by Hyundai-Mipo, South Korea for a consideration of $27 million.

This transaction allows d’Amico Tankers to generate at the vessel’s delivery around $8.6 million in cash, net of commissions and the Read More…

IEC Telecom Group expands to Denmark

IEC Telecom Group has expanded its presence in the Scandinavian market. In November the global provider of managed network communication solutions opened a new office in Copenhagen, Denmark to deliver to Scandinavian customers the latest satellite equipment and services. The new company, located close to Kastrup airport, will primarily focus on the maritime market; however, will also provide satellite solutions that are tailored to meet the government and local NGOs Read More…

OCIMF and INTERTANKO release new guidance on competency and learning from incidents

OCIMF and INTERTANKO have today released two new information papers that will help improve safety in the energy shipping industry.

The result of a joint initiative between the two organisations, the papers look at two key areas:  competency and learning from incidents.

Behavioural Competency Assessment and Verification for Vessel Operators presents a system for assessing competency in seafarers.

“The behavioural competency assessment and verification system represents a new approach to Read More…

Autonomous Vehicles, the highlight of Ocean Business 2019 training and demo programme

Following the overwhelming number of requests, visitors to Ocean Business 2019 will see a record number of autonomous vehicles taking part in demonstrations, when the show returns to Southampton from 9th to 11th April 2019.  Live demonstrations of cutting edge ocean technology will take place back-to-back onboard vessels, in dockside waters, in the test tank and in classrooms; giving visitors a chance to see the latest products first hand in Read More…

ITIC warns on the potential cost of being an expert

International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) has warned that the role of expert witness should not be undertaken lightly and that all professionals acting in this capacity should be aware that they could face legal action for negligence.

In the latest issue of its online newsletter, The Wire, ITIC cites a case involving an explosion on board a yacht at a marina which resulted in an insurance claim being made against Read More…

Liberian Corporate Registry appoints new MD

Anthony Perea has been appointed Managing Director of the Liberian Corporate Registry.

Mr Perea was previously Managing Director at global corporate and fiduciary services provider AMICORP, where he was head of institutional sales for the Americas, Latin America and Asia. He has nearly 25 years’ experience in business development and operations in the financial and corporate services sector, with a particular focus on wealth management, as well as trust and Read More…