SMI Newsdesk Archives

Seafarer happiness level goes down

The happiness level of seafarers is going down, according to a new study into key welfare issues.

The Seafarers Happiness Index (SHI) identifies the level as being 6.25 out of 10, whereas with past surveys in 2015 and 2016 it was 6.45 and 6.41 respectively.

The SHI initiative was relaunched in 2017 under Project Founder Steven Jones with the continuous study aiming to ascertain seafarers’ thoughts and opinions on issue Read More…

‘The disruption has begun’ warns Transas CEO

Frank J Coles, Transas CEO has delivered a keynote speech at the Transas Global Conference in Vancouver where he talked about ‘Enterprise change’.

This is what he said: “You know if Elon Musk was to attend a plenary session of the IMO, he could be forgiven if he thought he was watching a reenactment of the Charles Dickens book Hard Times, with Mr Gradgrind the Headmaster. What a sad reflection Read More…

Amsterdam Container Terminal connects with the new Silk Road

A new direct connection has been launched between Amsterdam Container Terminal and Yiwu in China as part of the new Silk Road connecting two of the world’s leading economies.

The first train set off on its 11,000 kilometre, 16-day journey yesterday (Wedensday) from the intermodal railhead at Amsterdam Container Terminal to the trading hub of Yiwu in Zhejiang province. Reflecting The Netherlands’ diverse export market, it carried a variety of Read More…

ClassNK reforms its way of governance

ClassNK has announced that it is reforming its way of governance by implementing a Corporate Officer system for structural enhancement. The move was disclosed at meetings of the Council and Board of Directors, held yesterday (Tuesday).

The election of Executive Officers also took place as follows: President & CEO, Representative Director Koichi Fujiwara; Senior Executive Vice President, Executive Director Tetsua Kinoshita; Senior Executive Vice President, Executive Director Junichiro Iida (newly Read More…

Liodden leaves Nor-Shipping for new opportunities

Birgit Liodden has decided to leave Nor-Shipping and the Norway Trade Fair to pursue new opportunities.

Per Martin Tanggaard, who previously held the role as Exhibition Director, is now taking over as Director for Nor-Shipping, a well-earned recognition after stepping in as Acting Director of Nor-Shipping in August last year.

“Liodden joined us in February 2015, with the mandate to build relevance and visibility across the industry”, said Trade Fair Read More…

Alfa Laval wins prestigious GREEN4SEA Technology Award for ballast water treatment system

Alfa Laval was among the recipients of the third annual GREEN4SEA Awards, which recognise outstanding performance in fostering environmental excellence and sustainable shipping. At the awards ceremony on 6th March, Alfa Laval PureBallast was announced the winner of the 2018 GREEN4SEA Technology Award.

Established in 2016, the GREEN4SEA Awards are presented each year in conjunction with the GREEN4SEA Conference. The conference gathers key decision makers from the shipping industry to Read More…

ShipServ and IB sign partnership agreement to offer full integration

ShipServ, the global maritime e-procurement platform, and IB, a provider of technical fleet management software, formally announced their partnership agreement, which will see ShipServ’s e-procurement solution fully integrated with IB’s InfoSHIP maritime software suite. The announcement was made at Seatrade Cruise Global, currently taking place in Fort Lauderdale.

The agreement will see both parties working together to enable all InfoSHIP customers to benefit from seamless integration to the ShipServ trading Read More…

Pen Test Partners’ top 10 tactical tips to reduce the risks of cyber hacking

Ethical hackers Pen Test Partners have spent a lot of time highlighting cyber vulnerabilities within the maritime sector by speaking at various shipping conferences and events to promote the need for better cyber security.

One of the most common questions that Senior Partner Ken Munro gets asked following one of his engaging presentations is: “Where do we start with maritime security?”

In answer to Read More…

New partnership creates one-stop-shop for oil spill response

Norwegian suppliers Framo, Maritime Partner, Norbit Aptomar and NorLense have come together to create the OSRV (Oil Spill Recovery Vessel) Group to offer a complete oil spill response solution.

“Our aim is to be a one-stop-shop where we pool our efforts and act as a total systems supplier of safe, highly functional, and well-tested technology. The emergency response equipment has undergone thorough testing and quality assurance drawing on 40 years Read More…

Knect365 Maritime puts seafarers at the heart of shipping’s future with the Mission to Seafarers

Maritime event organiser Knect365 Maritime has placed seafarer welfare at the heart of the future of shipping by choosing the Mission to Seafarers as its official charity for its forward-looking upcoming events GST & Shipping2030 Europe (20-23 March in Copenhagen), and CrewConnect Europe featuring CruiseConnect Summit (23-24 May in Hamburg).

The partnership will not only support the Mission in its essential welfare work with seafarers around the globe, but will Read More…

Offshore Ship Designers presents new series of Ice Class vessel designs

Offshore Ship Designers (OSD) has unveiled a new series of Ice Class vessel designs, especially suited for marine services around the development of new arctic ports, terminals and offshore structures.

A prerequisite for this type of vessel, operating under arctic conditions, is the ability to deal with the presence of first-year or floating ice, cold conditions and less developed shore facilities. Apart from the ability of the vessels to Read More…

IMO celebrates 70 years with visit from HM Queen Elizabeth II

HM Queen Elizabeth ll visited the IMO’s headquarters in London today (Tuesday) to mark 70 years to the day since the treaty establishing the International Maritime Organization was adopted.

Accompanied by IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim, she unveiled a commemorative plaque and cut an anniversary cake. Her Majesty also met some of the guests attending the event, including representatives of IMO Member States, inter-governmental and international non-governmental organisations, and IMO Secretariat Read More…