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Security Association for Maritime Industry appoints Executive Director

The Security Association for the Maritime Industry (SAMI) has announced the appointment of former Royal Navy officer Howard Leedham MBE as Executive Director of its commercial arm, SAMI Trading Limited.

SAMI Trading Limited will focus upon offering commercially tailored products and information in order to specifically increase the benefits of accredited member companies of SAMI.

SAMI founder Peter Cook, said: “We have for some time been looking at ways Read More…

Seagull donates seafarer training software to Mercy Ships

Norwegian seafarer training provider, Seagull, has donated software to Mercy Ships, the operator of the world’s largest non-governmental hospital ship, the Africa Mercy.

Mercy Ships provides free health care, community development, health education and agriculture projects, mental health programmes and palliative care.

“The donation from Seagull increases the skills of our crew, and the onboard training programmes will allow us to direct even more of our resources to the people Read More…


The winners of the 2011 International Seafarers’ Welfare Awards were announced last night during a high profile ceremony at the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Geneva.

The ceremony, which took place on the opening night of the Maritime Labour Convention tripartite meeting, was attended by a number of key figures in the industry, including Mr Arthur Bowring, Managing Director, Hong Kong Ship Owners Association and Mr David Cockroft, General Read More…

Ports and Carriers United on the Need to Weigh Loaded Containers

The International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) has joined with the World Shipping Council (WSC), the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), and BIMCO in the effort to encourage the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to amend the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) to require, as a condition for stowing a loaded container on board a ship, that the ship and the port facility have a verified actual weight Read More…

Eversheds comment: Eurozone crisis to spur shipping insolvencies

Funding problems at European banks have triggered what is being described by shipping financiers as the worst conditions in some shipping markets in 25 years, with vessel values falling and owners being pressurised to sell off ships – international law firm Eversheds has commented on the current situation.

Jessica Maitra, Partner at Eversheds, said: “The comments of the shipping financiers come as no surprise in circumstances where decreased global Read More…

Graig Group opens new Hong Kong office

The Graig Group is opening a new office in Hong Kong, strategically placed to be close to the growing cluster of Chinese ship owners operating from there.

The new branch will enable the international shipowning and shipping services group to enhance its growing service businesses in China and across Asia.

The office will be headed up by Geoff Hutcheon, General Manager, who will relocate from Singapore on Monday (12th Read More…

Stars and royalty support ICAP’s record-breaking charity day

A record £12.75million was raised as a host of stars turned out to support interdealing broker ICAP’s 19th annual Charity Day yesterday (Wednesday).

Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton and rocker Rod Stewart visited the company’s London office along with HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, in support of one of the day’s beneficiaries Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres, of which she is patron. The Duchess even brokered several trades including one of Read More…

The Swedish Club’s P&I book reaches 50 million GT

The Swedish Club reached a milestone in 2011, with its P&I portfolio increasing to just over 50 mil¬lion GT. In his report to the Club’s Board, meeting in London December 1, Managing Director Lars Rhodin gave his overview of progress in a year of mixed fortunes.

Lars Rhodin said: “The Swedish Club continued to grow throughout 2011 and, certainly, the attain¬ment of the 50 million GT mark is a Read More…

Guidelines published to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS among shipping companies

The National Maritime Occupational Health & Safety Committee, comprising the UK Chamber of Shipping and maritime unions Nautilus International and RMT, today (Thursday) released guidelines to shipping companies on HIV and AIDS to raise awareness of risks and give guidance on prevention for seafarers, in support of World AIDS Day.

Since 1988, World Aids Day has aimed to raise awareness and unite people around the globe in the fight against Read More…

Leading maritime figures debate use of citadels in fight against piracy

Leading figures from across the maritime industry gathered yesterday (Wednesday) to discuss the use of citadels onboard ships.

Parallel to the debate on armed guards, the use of citadels is on the rise and the Citadel Symposium, hosted by the Security Association for the Maritime Industry (SAMI), heard from a panel of industry experts.

The International Maritime Organization has stated that citadels can only be established with the input and Read More…

Liberia re-elected to IMO Council

LIBERIA has been re-elected to the Council of the International Maritime Organisation for 2012-2013, a distinction it last enjoyed in 1997. Liberia’s Commissioner for Maritime Affairs, Binyah Kesselly, says, “It is very gratifying to see Liberia returned to its rightful place at IMO. As a country, and as an integral part of the international shipping industry, Liberia has made enormous strides forward in recent years. It has also been a Read More…

Jamaica re-elected to IMO Council

Jamaica has maintained its position at the heart of international maritime rule-making following its re-election to the International Maritime Organization’s Council.

Jamaica is a Category C Council member and will serve until 2013. The Maritime Authority of Jamaica’s Director General, Rear Admiral Peter Brady, chairs the IMO’s Standards of Training and Watchkeeping (STW) sub-committee.

Speaking at the IMO’s 27th Assembly meeting in London this week, Jamaica’s High Commissioner Mr Anthony Read More…