SMI Newsdesk Archives

World Maritime Day theme 2019: “Empowering Women in the Maritime Community”

“Empowering Women in the Maritime Community” has been selected as the World Maritime Day theme for 2019. This will provide an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of gender equality, in line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and to highlight the important contribution of women all over the world to the maritime sector.

The Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), meeting for its 120th session Read More…

Norsafe’s Greek training academy in cooperative agreement with DNV GL

Norsafe Academy Hellas has entered into a cooperative agreement with classification society DNV GL, regarding the training of its surveyors.

“Safety Training for Experienced Surveyors” is a specialised practical course, which has been customised to comply with DNV GL’s requirements, offering preparation regarding practical safety and emergency field situations.

After the completion of this safety training, each participant will be able to demonstrate practical knowledge associated with safety requirements and Read More…

Greater benefits for customers with GAC Abu Dhabi’s airport free zone office

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 9 July 2018 – A handover ceremony marked the change of GAC Abu Dhabi’s airport office to free zone status, boosting the benefits already enjoyed by the company’s existing customers.

The new status of the office located within Abu Dhabi Airports Free Zone’s (ADAFZ) cargo terminal is also expected to attract new clients.

GAC Abu Dhabi is no stranger to Abu Dhabi International Airport, as Read More…

Nautisk and Kongsberg Digital announce digital navigation partnership

Oslo, 9 July 2018: Norwegian digital navigation specialists Nautisk have announced a partnership that will make its products available via Kongsberg Digital’s Kognifai platform.

Kongsberg Digital, part of the Norwegian Kongsberg Group of companies, will be able to offer Nautisk’s wide range of digital navigation and bridge management products to members of their existing Kognifai community as part of their end-to-end digital service.

Espen Read More…

ISWAN tackles stress and fatigue

The International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) has launched a third Good Mental Health Guide for Seafarers entitled Managing Stress and Sleeping Well at Sea.


Seafarers face unique challenges shared by few other professions – long periods away from home, living and working in the same place, adverse weather and even the risk of piracy. ISWAN’s new self-help guide, Managing Stress and Sleeping Well at Sea, aims to Read More…

Call for more nominations for IMRF Awards

Anyone with knowledge of an individual or team that has made an exceptional contribution to maritime search and rescue is being urged to submit an entry for the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) Awards now.

Theresa Crossley, CEO IMRF said: “Entries are coming in from around the world, but the closing date is rapidly approaching.  There’s still time to nominate people who have really made a difference to maritime search Read More…

IMO grants WISTA International consultative status

The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) governing body, the IMO Council, approved the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA International) application for consultative status yesterday (5th July).

WISTA International President Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou (pictured) said the status gives WISTA International the opportunity to promote diversity, inclusion and women’s empowerment.

“We can now formally contribute to the discussion for increasing capacity in our industry, a critical component of which is promoting Read More…

Leading maritime companies sign gender equality pledge

Carnival UK today (Friday) led a group of high-profile British businesses and trade bodies in signing a new charter aimed at tackling gender diversity in the maritime sector.

Josh Weinstein, President of Carnival UK – a part of Carnival Corporation & plc, the world’s largest leisure travel company and a recognized leader in promoting diversity and inclusion — was among maritime executives gathering in Southampton to sign the Women in Read More…

International Maritime Prize for 2017 to go to Birgit Sølling Olsen

The prestigious International Maritime Prize for 2017 is to be awarded to Birgit Sølling Olsen, former Deputy Director-General of the Danish Maritime Authority.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) Council, meeting for its 120th session in London (2nd to 5th July) voted to award the Prize to Mrs Sølling Olsen in recognition of her invaluable contribution to the work and objectives of IMO and to the international maritime community as a Read More…

Honorary doctorate for InterManager Secretary General

InterManager Secretary General said he was “humbled” to be awarded an honorary doctorate by Solent University at the weekend.

Captain Kuba Szymanksi, who started a career at sea 33 years ago, was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Maritime Studies.

In addition to his role at InterManager, he also sits on the Executive Board of The Nautical Institute, is a Director of the TK Foundation and a Director at Read More…

‘THE EU must act in the interest of its maritime stakeholders’

The European Commission’s approval of Malta’s tonnage tax system last February – which came under fire in 2011 and triggered a long and complicated investigation – is welcome but still a sore point, said John Gauci-Maistre, CEO of GM International Services, and the organiser of the Malta Maritime Summit.

Following the investigation, it was found that Malta’s tonnage tax procedure was, by and large, in line with the Commission’s maritime Read More…

KONGSBERG enters into agreement to acquire Rolls-Royce Commercial Marine

Kongsberg Gruppen ASA (KONGSBERG) today (Friday) entered into agreement with Rolls-Royce plc to acquire Rolls-Royce Commercial Marine, a world leading technology business within maritime operations.

The transaction is structured as an acquisition by KONGSBERG of the marine products, systems and aftermarket services businesses carried out by subsidiaries of Rolls-Royce plc. The transaction does not include Bergen Engines nor Rolls-Royce’s Naval Business.

The parties have agreed a value for Rolls-Royce Commercial Read More…