SMI Newsdesk Archives

Reverend awarded honorary Master’s Licence


An honorary Master’s Licence has been awarded to the Rev Canon Ken Peters, Director of Justice and Welfare for the Mission to Seafarers, in recognition of the continued support he has given to Liberia’s Maritime Labour Convention (MLC 2006) Inspector training courses.

The Liberian Registry presented the award during the Mission to Seafarers Reception at Lambeth Palace, London yesterday (Tuesday) with Senior Vice President Michalis Pantazopoulos paying tribute Read More…

AKD warns Dutch ship owners against hiring armed guards

Following the release of an independent report advocating better support and protection for Dutch ship owners against piracy, including the use of armed guards onboard, Netherlands law firm AKD has warned that owners who hire armed personnel, could themselves face criminal prosecution, along with their onshore staff.

Created to assess current demand for the use of privately-employed armed guards onboard Dutch vessels transiting piracy hotspots (particularly around Somalia), in addition Read More…

West of England P&I reports steady progress

The West of England P&I Club held its AGM in Luxembourg on September 21st and is pleased to report that at mid-year its Policy Year balances reflect the continuing stability of prior years and that claims for the current Policy Year (2011) are developing within forecasts.

As a result of measures taken at the February 2011 renewal, claims costs are forecast to be significantly lower than for 2010. In particular, Read More…

Bureau Veritas extends Russian partnerships

Classification society Bureau Veritas (BV) has extended its partnerships in the Russian shipping and offshore sector, with focus on High Arctic offshore projects. Bureau Veritas and the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) are working together to provide basic design review for the Shtokman floating production unit for the two tenderers: SAIPEM, SAMSUNG and SOFEC (SSS) and AKER, TECHNIP and SBM (ATS).

The process has called for a comparison between Read More…

Stratos global wins CP Offen contract

Stratos Global, a provider of mobile and fixed-site remote communications solutions, has been selected by German shipowner Reederei Claus-Peter Offen (CP Offen) to provide Inmarsat FleetBroadband airtime services for its entire fleet of 122 commercial vessels – with the aim of achieving improved business operations and crew productivity.

Stratos will fully integrate FleetBroadband with AmosConnect – its maritime communications application – to improve management of all interoffice communications. AmosConnect will Read More…


Governments must not impede the smooth operation of a global maritime regulatory regime by failing to ratify and implement crucial maritime conventions, warns the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS).

It is crucial that the same regulations governing matters such as safety, environmental protection, liability and seafarers’ working conditions apply to all ships in international trade and that the same laws apply to all parts of the voyage, advises ICS – Read More…

AET announces latest delivery for MCV conversion

Eagle Texas, the 61st aframax to be delivered into petroleum shipping giant AET’s fleet, will be the company’s second tanker to take up duties as a modular capture vessel.

The Kuala Lumpur-based company was recently awarded a 20-year contract with Marine Well Containment Company (MWCC) to supply two MCVs to provide hydrocarbon capture and containment services should there be a potential future underwater well control incident in the US Gulf Read More…

IoM signs MLC agreement so safeguarding ‘seafarer rights’

Seafarers’ rights in the Isle of Man have taken a significant step forward after a “Declaration of Principles” agreement was signed which gives seafarers serving on Isle of Man-registered ships better living and employment conditions and pay.

Formalising years of hard work to protect seafarers’ interests, the Isle of Man Ship Registry has signed a tripartite agreement between the Isle of Man Government, the Isle of Man Shipping Association and Read More…

Launch of piracy response programme

An industry response to the human cost of piracy will be launched on United Nations World Maritime Day, 29th September.

Maritime Piracy: a Humanitarian Response is a cross industry programme designed to help seafarers and their families, who are being left traumatised by the growing threat of modern, often violent, piracy – so far this year there have been more than 186 attacks by Somali pirates.

The event, in London, Read More…

RINA marks 150th anniversary with Chinese celebration

International certification, verification and ship classification company RINA is celebrating its ties with China on its 150th anniversary.

It also took the opportunity to celebrate the ties between Italy and China on the 150th anniversary of Italian Unification.

RINA formed as a ship classification society in Genoa, Italy in 1861, is now a global multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural company with growing business in China and the surrounding region.

Today (Friday) in Read More…

ClassNK Opens First Russian Office

ClassNK has marked the official opening of its first exclusive surveyor office in St. Petersburg on 14th September with a reception hosted by ClassNK Chairman and President and Current IACS Vice-Chairman Noboru Ueda, in an event attended by more than 80 guests including executives and representatives from throughout the Russian maritime industry.

Among the many dignitaries at the event were His Excellency Ichiro Kawabata, Consul General of Japan in Saint Petersburg, Read More…

SaveOurSeafarers campaign wins support from UK and Filipino governments

Seafarers’ organisations, shipping companies and business leaders pushing for a solution in the fight against piracy have received a welcome boost from the British and Philippine Governments which this week have confirming their support for the global  SOS SaveOurSeafarers campaign.

In the UK,  correspondence between members of the SOS campaign and the British MP Henry Billingham, Minister for Africa, the UN, Overseas Territories and Conflict Issues, has led to the Minister expressing deep Read More…