SMI Newsdesk Archives

The Golden Era: RMS Queen Mary 2 hosts Shanghai trade mission to boost UK-China maritime ties

Maritime UK and the Department of International Trade (DIT) will lead a unique three-day trade mission to Shanghai at the end of March to promote the UK as The World’s Maritime Centre, providing a complete package for global maritime business.

Attended by senior industry and government leaders from both countries, including Shipping and Ports Minister, John Hayes MP, and Trade Minister, Mark Garnier MP, the mission has been timed to Read More…

Northern Powerhouse duo forge business link-up

Two leading maritime organisations have joined forces to stimulate growth in marine, ports and energy businesses in the North.

Mersey Maritime and Team Humber Marine Alliance, representative bodies for the maritime sector, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at collaborating and presenting a united front in the Northern Powerhouse initiative.

Chris Shirling-Rooke, CEO of Mersey Maritime (pictured left), said: “We are really excited to have signed this agreement Read More…

BBC broadcaster Emily Maitlis to moderate LISW17 flagship conference

London International Shipping Week 2017 (LISW17) has announced that Emily Maitlis, broadcaster, journalist, and presenter of BBC’s Newsnight, will once again moderate the official LISW flagship conference which will take place at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Thursday 14th September.

The internationally-acclaimed journalist and broadcaster will bring her forthright and engaging style to the industry-leading conference. With a career spanning almost three decades, Emily began as a documentary maker in Read More…

BG Freight Line announces new container service from Cork

Leeside Shipping, agents for BG Freight Line in Cork, has announced a new container service between the ports of Cork and Liverpool. This new service is due to commence at the end of March 2017.

This is the first time these ports have been connected directly, and the new route will offer greater opportunities for customers in the South of Ireland to make connections with the deep-sea services now calling Read More…

Heroes of the sea to be honoured

The Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society is calling on members of the maritime community, and rescue organisations, to nominate colleagues and associates who have demonstrated outstanding skill and gallantry in rescuing those in peril at sea.

The Society, which has provided financial support to merchant seafarers, fishermen and their dependants since 1839, will hold its 166th Skill and Gallantry Awards Ceremony in October. The Awards seek to recognise those who have shown Read More…

ECOSLOPS signs a Letter of Intent with the Egyptian authorities for the Suez Canal region

Ecoslops, an innovative technology company that upgrades ship-generated hydrocarbon residues, or “slops”, into valuable new fuels and light bitumen, announced today (Thursday) that it has signed a Letter of Intent with EGPC (Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation), through one of its subsidiaries, SSCO, in order to explore the feasibility of creating an oil residue collection and recycling plant in the Suez Canal region.

The objective of the agreement is to identify Read More…

IMO Secretary-General urges vigilance after tanker hijack

IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim has urged the shipping industry to apply diligently IMO guidance and best management practices to avert possible piracy attacks, in the wake of the hijack of the Aris 13, off Puntland, Somalia.

“While we have seen a very welcome decline in piracy off Somalia since the last reported hijack by Somali pirates in 2012, the reality is that piracy off the coast of Somalia has not Read More…

NAVTOR signals new phase of expansion with first UK office

NAVTOR is continuing its global expansion with the news that the Norwegian e-Navigation specialist is opening its first base in the UK.

The firm, which has rapidly built a leading position as a provider of advanced e-Navigation technology and services, has recruited Richard Northover to lead the Somerset-based office.

NAVTOR was established in 2011, launching its acclaimed ENC service to the market in 2012. Since that point the business has Read More…

ABB launches industry-leading digital solutions offering, ABB Ability™

ABB yesterday launched ABB Ability, its industry-leading portfolio of digital solutions, at ABB Customer World in Houston.

With the commercial launch of more than 180 solutions and services today, ABB is unlocking value for customers in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. By combining ABB’s deep domain expertise with network connectivity and the latest digital technologies and innovations, ABB Ability creates powerful solutions and services that solve real business problems and produce Read More…

Palau Registry seminar promotes safety and environmental issues

Palau International Ship Registry (PISR) flag inspectors benefited from a recent seminar at the Italian Coast Guard General Headquarters in Rome covering Port State Control, safety of navigation, maritime security, prevention of pollution (MARPOL) and minimum training standards for seafarers (STCW Convention).

The event was organised after a request by Palau International Ship Registry and was hosted by Rear Admiral Cristiano Aliperta, former Italian representative to the IMO and Head Read More…

OSM Maritime Group appoints industry veterans to the Board

Jens Lassen, former head of Carnival Maritime and Donald Anderson, former CEO of V. Ships Group, have joined OSM Maritime Group as members of the board.

Mr Lassen (pictured below) and Mr Anderson (pictured top) bring a wealth of senior level management experience in shipmanagement, maritime finance, mergers and acquisitions.

“Jens Lassen has extensive experience from the maritime industry and shipmanagement in particular, from his years in senior management with Read More…

ABB extends its brief with upgrade of Remote Diagnostic Service

ABB is deepening its analytical and predictive approach to vessel maintenance with the latest upgrade of its Remote Diagnostic Service (RDS).  ABB is one of the leading advocates of the digitalisation of shipping and has already launched Integrated Operation Centres in Asia, Europe and the USA where data produced by ships is received and monitored.

The upgraded software functionalities will give more power and transparency to the shoreside operations of Read More…