SMI Newsdesk Archives

LR joins project to build world’s biggest sailing cargo ship

Lloyd’s Register (LR) has joined the Quadriga sustainable shipping project – an initiative from Hamburg-based Sailing Cargo, which aims to build the world’s biggest sailing cargo ship.

The project outlines a plan to build a 170-metre car carrier, capable of carrying between 1,700 and 2,000 cars, which will be equipped with four DynaRig masts and will operate on hybrid propulsion with sails and diesel-electric engines, and an optional battery system Read More…

IMarEST’s Guild of Benevolence helps stranded Seccadi crew, now returned home

A group of nine seafarers from the Panama-flagged cargo ship Seccadi, who were left stranded on UK’s Mersey River for almost three weeks, have now returned home. The IMarEST’s Guild of Benevolence made funds available to support the crew of both this vessel and MV Toba, also under detention.

The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency detained the ship on 20th June at a berth in the country’s Ellesmere Port, Liverpool, Read More…

UKHO’s specialist marine geospatial and hydrographic expertise support safe arrival of HMS Queen Elizabeth into Portsmouth Harbour

The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has supported the safe arrival of HMS Queen Elizabeth into Portsmouth today by providing specialist marine geospatial and hydrographic expertise and data capabilities.

Following initial dredging operations to make Portsmouth’s navigation channel and entrance deeper, hydrographic data was collected by the survey launch HMS Gleaner using modern multibeam echosounder technology to confirm the available water depth.

As well as providing advice during data collection, Read More…

IBIA supports continued efforts to protect MFM integrity and expanding application to terminal loadings

The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) believes the benefits achieved from adopting mandatory use of Mass Flow Meters (MFMs) for marine fuel oil deliveries in Singapore must be protected by effective enforcement, and that using approved MFMs to measure quantity being loaded onto bunker tankers as well as that delivered to ship would address a missing link in supply chain integrity.

The Singapore regulation that came into effect on 1st Read More…

Intelsat provides satellite services to Brazil’s Mareste to deliver communications for smaller vessels

Satellite communications company Intelsat has announced that Brazil’s Mareste Equipamentos e Serviços de Telecomunicação will use Intelsat satellite services to deliver communications solutions for maritime customers.

Under a new, multi-year agreement, Mareste, a privately held company based in Rio de Janeiro, will offer Ku-band communications services delivered by the Galaxy 28 satellite for the leisure, fishing and coastal sectors in Brazil, Peru, Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. Mareste will package the Read More…

TK Foundation gives IMRF $450,000 to support African SAR development

The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) has been awarded $450,000 by The TK Foundation to support its work building vital maritime search and rescue (SAR) capability in Africa.

The funding will be spread over three years and will support the IMRF’s Global SAR Development (GSD) project, to help improve SAR capability across 29 countries in Africa, with a focus on building the capability of Rescue Coordination Centres (RCCs), Rescue Sub-Centres Read More…

Dawn Robinson appointed Global Director of People at North P&I Club

North P&I Club has appointed a new Global Director of People as part of a company-wide focus on driving forward leadership and development. Dawn Robinson has joined the global marine insurer following three years in a global role at Nomad Digital and previous appointments with Sage PLC, as well as Finland-based Outotec. Ms Robinson brings with her a wealth of experience in change management, leadership and development, operations and employee Read More…

FarSounder sonar system to be fitted to RRS David Attenborough

FarSounder’s longest range sonar system, FarSounder-1000, is to be the latest addition to the state-of-the-art equipment incorporated into the British Antarctic Survey’s new Polar Research Vessel, the RRS Sir David Attenborough. Commissioned by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), built by Cammell Laird Birkenhead shipyard, UK to a Rolls-Royce design, for operation by the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) this £200 million government investment secures the UK’s position as a Read More…

London Thamesport receives first train move for Armitt Group

The first train has arrived at Hutchison Ports London Thamesport bringing steel coil for UK shipping agent and logistics company, The Armitt Group. Operated by DB Cargo, this is the first train to use the Group’s fully integrated 120,000 square feet specialist handling facility at the port.

One thousand tonnes of steel coil was transported by rail from the Tata Steel manufacturing plant in South Wales. The steel is due Read More…

Briese Schiffahrt appoints Korean Register to deliver EU MRV verification services

Classification society Korean Register (KR) has announced it has been appointed to provide EU (European Union) Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (EU-MRV) services to Briese Schiffahrt, a management company of general cargo, multipurpose and heavy lift vessels, which is headquartered in Leer, Germany.

KR and Briese Schiffahrts signed the agreement yesterday (Monday), which covers verification services including assessment of monitoring plans and verification of carbon emission reports in compliance with ISO Read More…

New EU Research Project to improve safety in Arctic shipping

A new three-year research project, funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme, has been launched to address safety and efficiency in Arctic ship operations. SEDNA will develop a novel risk-based approach to Arctic navigation, ship design and maritime operations.

Recent years have seen a rapid increase in shipping operations in Arctic regions, as ice cover has reduced due to global warming. While this offers the potential to save significantly on Read More…

V.Group acquires Graig Ship Management to strengthen dry bulk capability in China and Western Europe

V.Group has acquired Graig Ship Management Ltd, part of Graig Shipping PLC, which has developed a reputation for high quality new build supervision and ship management of dry bulk vessels.

This reputation, which has its roots as part of Graig Shipping PLC’s 100 year history and is supported by a global maritime workforce, has grown steadily over the past 25 years despite market challenges. This growth is testament Read More…