SMI Newsdesk Archives

BIMCO appoints new Head of Maritime Security

BIMCO has appointed Jakob P. Larsen as Head of Maritime Security. He has a broad maritime experience from both the private and public sector – and always with a large security component.

Mr Larsen will replace Phil Tinsley, who will be leaving BIMCO shortly.

BIMCO has established itself as a leading authority on many maritime security issues, highlighting the threats and urging the industry to adopt a risk-based approach. BIMCO Read More…

Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) secures Information Security Management System Certification ISO 27001

International classification society Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass), has secured ISO/IEC 27001 certification for its Information Security Management System from British Standards Institution (BSI).

The ISO 27001 standard requires the management to systematically examine its organisation’s information security risks – threats, vulnerabilities and impacts, implement a coherent set of information security controls to address risks that are deemed unacceptable, as well as adopt a management process that ensures the security Read More…

GAC’s Dubai South contract logistics facility opens

GAC Dubai has opened its newest contract logistics facility, in the Logistics District of Dubai South. The new facility adds to the company’s existing contract logistics capacity and complements established facilities in the Jebel Ali and Dubai Airport Free Zones, bringing total capacity in the Emirate to over 170,000 pallet positions dedicated to customers active in the local and regional markets.

The 45,900 pallet, two-chamber temperature- and humidity-controlled facility is Read More…

UN Ambassador Peter Thomson issues urgent call for action at Opening Oceans Conference

Peter Thomson (pictured), the United Nations Special Envoy for the Oceans, has used the first Opening Oceans Conference (OOC) in Copenhagen to highlight the desperate plight of the oceans and the need for a sustained, universal push from the maritime industry to help halt, and hopefully reverse, their decline.

Speaking to an audience of over 300 key executives from the shipping and ocean industries, Ambassador Thomson highlighted issues such as Read More…

Damen strengthens female presence in the maritime industry

Damen’s Head of Communications, Sylvia Boer, has recently been appointed President of the Netherlands chapter of WISTA – the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association. WISTA the Netherlands was founded in 2000 and currently has 140 members from across the maritime industry.

Ms Boer, who has been a WISTA member since 2008 and joined the organisation’s board in 2013, said: “I am honoured to take up this position as President Read More…

Union gives cautious welcome to Isle of Man ferries buy-out

Nautilus has cautiously welcomed a ‘definitive agreement’ on the purchase of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company (IoMSP) by the IoM government.

Described by ministers as ‘a ‘once-in-a-generation opportunity to take strategic control of the island’s sea services on behalf of the nation’, the £124m deal is subject to Tynwald approval.

The move is being made after extensive assessment of potential operating models and analysis of the island’s current Read More…

Inaugural Caribbean bunker workshop fuels green discussions

Greenhouse gas emissions and the challenge of meeting stringent global targets on sulphur and CO2 were centre stage during lively discussions as the Maritime Authority of Jamaica hosted the inaugural International Bunker Industry Association’s (IBIA) annual bunkering conference.

Welcoming international and Caribbean delegates, MAJ Director General, Rear Admiral Peter Brady, said: “Jamaica is fortunate to host what could arguably be the first major global maritime fuel event after the IMO’s Read More…

Can the maritime industry get onboard with autonomous shipping?

Neglecting ‘human factors’ in the drive towards autonomous shipping could pose big threats to safety and the environment, Nautilus International warned ahead of top-level talks on the issues today (Wednesday).

As the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) maritime safety committee begins discussions on its two-year review of the regulatory framework governing the operation of autonomous ships, the Union is urging delegates to take note of the findings of a survey of Read More…

Newport Shipping shifts focus with ship repair game-changer

UK-headquartered Newport Shipping Group has appointed a new executive team and refocused its business proposition to provide comprehensive drydocking, repair services and financing to the global shipping industry.

A key element of the company’s new service portfolio is a unique ship repair financing proposition, whereby shipowners opting to repair their ships at one of Newport Shipping’s 13 drydocks can stagger 60% of their drydocking payments into 12 or more equal Read More…

V.Group appoints Managing Director for China

V.Group has appointed Junshan Zou to build, lead and drive V.Group’s activities in China, including business development, shipmanagement and marine services.

Speaking about this appointment, Alastair Evitt, Group Managing Director for V.Group’s Ship Management East division said: “We have made a long-term commitment to growing our business in China and I am delighted that Junshan Zou is joining us at what is an exciting time for the Group. This new Read More…

“Time is Fast Running Out” for Global Sulphur Cap says ICS Chairman

“Time is fast running out” for implementation by IMO Member States of the 0.5% global sulphur in fuel cap by 1st January 2020, says Esben Poulsson, Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS).

The IMO global sulphur cap for marine fuel is expected to see shipping’s bunker prices increase significantly.

“While ICS fully supports the objectives of the IMO cap, the overnight introduction of this regulatory game-changer will have Read More…

Shell Marine expands its distribution network in New Zealand, Indonesia, Spain and Chile

As part of its continuous review of its marine lubricants logistics offering, Shell Marine has expanded its distribution network into New Zealand, also adding three new key locations to its delivery options – in Indonesia, Spain and Chile.

“Customers in New Zealand will now benefit from Shell Marine’s 24/7 international delivery promise, with formal guidance given on arrival lead times in each location,” says Marcus Schaerer, Global Marketing Manager Shell Read More…