SMI Newsdesk Archives

Ship Suppliers Must be Classed as Essential Workers, says ISSA

Ship suppliers should be given ‘essential worker’ status to enable them to keep the world’s ships stocked with vital supplies and spare parts during the global coronavirus pandemic, says the International Ship Suppliers & Services Association (ISSA).

Responding to complaints from ship supply companies that they are being prevented from delivering to ships in some ports, ISSA has written to the heads of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and the World Customs Organization (WCO) asking for ship suppliers around the world Read More…

A strong year of development for The Swedish Club

The Swedish Club announced a strong year of development to its Board yesterday, a year which saw healthy growth of free reserves and business volume increase. The Club made an operating result of $24.6 million supported by strong investment income. Investment alone generated a return just short of 10%. Free reserves stood at $228 million at the end of the accounting year.

With a strong focus on underwriting, the year Read More…

Connecting crew during COVID-19

Inmarsat Maritime President Ronald Spithout says providing crews with enhanced levels of connectivity and support is critical at this unprecedented time, and offers an insight into the work already underway with welfare organisations to assist seafarers in need

Given Inmarsat’s position as the leading provider of maritime VSAT and L-Band services at sea, it is hardly surprising that we have been alert to the direct connection between coronavirus and surging Read More…

MCTC sees glimmer of hope

MCTC, the leading international catering and training provider, plays an integral part in the operation of any vessel and arguably the most important role in the life of a seafarer.

With shops in countries around the world experiencing shortages in foods and essential items because of the Coronavirus pandemic, this has been an anxious time for all. This is particularly true for seafarers, working far from home and worried about Read More…

Wallem’s Frank Coles on ‘Reality’ of Covid-19

Reality

In a few short months, the mayhem wrought by coronavirus has changed the world. Our response to the epidemic [more than the virus itself] has the potential to permanently alter the balance of the global economy. But it might be the kind of Black Swan event that we need to trigger real change in the shipping industry – and in particular its approach to digitalization of vessel operation.

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Republic of the Marshall Islands urges countries to treat seafarers as key transport workers

The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), one of the world’s largest maritime registries, with more than 4,700 vessels and nearly 100,000 seafarers serving on RMI-flagged vessels encourages countries to recognise and protect seafarers as key transport workers amid restrictions around the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic. During times of crisis, seafarers play an essential role in moving not only food and household goods, but also fuel, medicine, equipment, and critical Read More…

LOC China appoints Shi Wenchao as Managing Director

LOC Group, the international engineering and marine consulting firm, is pleased to announce the appointment of Shi Wenchao to the role of Managing Director of LOC China. Shi Wenchao will be based in Shanghai and will oversee the Group’s Chinese operations, which includes offices in Shanghai and Tianjin.

Shi Wenchao has over 10 years’ experience in the nuclear and power & utilities sectors. He joins LOC China from Bureau Veritas Read More…

ISWAN launches video for seafarers to help manage mental health during Covid-19 pandemic

The International Seafarers Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) has launched a new video aimed at seafarers, onboard, or ashore. The video features Dr Kate Thompson, a counselling psychologist, providing advice to seafarers who are affected by the Covid-19 Pandemic. With seafarers unable to leave vessels for crew changes or unable to travel back to their home countries, the video provides information on how they can cope in the current crisis. Read More…

P&O Ferries reinforces freight operations to secure resilience of Calais-Dover crossing

P&O FERRIES is strengthening its freight operations on the Calais-Dover crossing as part of its commitment to maintain the flow of goods during the Covid-19 crisis. The United Kingdom relies on P&O Ferries for much of its fresh food, as well as imports of medicines and other vital supplies. The crossing is also critical to the economies of France, Ireland and the wider EU.

The shift to meet the challenge Read More…

UK Hydrographic Office continues rollout of ADMIRALTY Vector Chart Service Online

The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has announced two ADMIRALTY Distributors are now approved providers of ADMIRALTY Vector Chart Service (AVCS) Online, the shore-based version of the world’s leading maritime chart service. Bogerd Martin and Global Navigation Solutions (GNS) are the first distributors authorised to provide AVCS Online to their customers.

The service has been developed by the UKHO in response to the need for shore-based teams to access AVCS from Read More…

GRAHAM WESTGARTH ELECTED VICE-PRESIDENT OF UK CHAMBER OF SHIPPING AS THEIR NEW STRATEGIC PLAN IS PUBLISHED

London, 24 March  2020: Graham Westgarth, CEO of V.Group, has had his extensive experience and reputation in shipping recognised by his peers as they elect him as the new Vice President of the UK Chamber of Shipping. He will be joining John Denholm, who has been elected as President and replaces Sir Michael Bibby. 

This change of leadership coincides with  the UK Chamber of Shipping publishing its new Read More…

Better to leave crew onboard than risk catching virus during changeovers, warns Danica boss

A crew specialist has urged ship operators to exercise caution when making crew changeovers while the coronavirus outbreak continues to rampage across the globe.

Responding to industry calls for seafarers to be given special travel dispensation,  Henrik Jensen, managing director of Danica Crewing Services, warns that crew face a bigger risk of catching the virus while they travel to and from postings using public transport networks.

Better to extend contracts Read More…