SMI Newsdesk Archives

Lloyd’s Register tackles oil transfer agenda ahead of new Marpol rules

Lloyd’s Register has developed a comprehensive plan and checklist to aid safe operations regarding the transfer of oil at sea ahead of the introduction of new MARPOL regulations.

Mark Darley, marine client manager, Lloyd’s Register EMEA said: “The bottom line is preventing oil from going into the sea. Our new plans have been well received and we will help operators to manage this process as efficiently as possible. They still Read More…

Top box lines link to fight piracy

Leading container carriers CMA CGM, Mediterranean Shipping Company and Maersk Line are to exchange information on safety, policy and procedure in a collective effort to combat piracy in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean.

In a joint statement the world’s leading trio said: “Our first and foremost concern is the safety and security of our crews. Piracy continues to be a problem for the shipping industry and Read More…

Singapore’s Thome raises management competence barrier

Singapore–headquartered Thome Ship Management has become the first third party ship manager to receive full accreditation by DNV SeaSkill for its competence management system. The system supports owners and managers in competence benchmarking and certification services and gives an independent assessment on skills and management systems. It verifies a company’s ability to identify, define, develop and improve the competence of seafarers and those supporting them ashore in accordance with mandatory Read More…

More Europeans are choosing a cruise

The European cruise industry continues to increase its share of the global cruise market despite facing an unprecedented period of difficulty for the world economy. Figures, released today by the European Cruise Council (ECC) at their annual conference in Brussels, show that passengers made 23.8 million visits to European ports in 2009, an increase of more than 9% over 2008, with 4.9 million European residents booking a cruise holiday last Read More…

Anti-piracy action provides some reassurance for seafarers transiting Gulf of Aden

In the wake of several lost opportunities to bring suspected pirates to justice for their criminal acts, INTERTANKO welcomes this week’s judgment in a Kenyan prosecution following the arrest of pirates by an EU NAVFOR warship.

Seven Somali men accused of acts of piracy have been convicted in the Mombasa Law Courts and sentenced to five years’ imprisonment. This is Kenya’s second pirate conviction this year – in March, eight Read More…

Vizada introduces Card Order service for crew communications

Mobile satellite services provider Vizada has developed a Universal Card Crew order service, enabling seafarers to purchase communications credit on an individual basis.

The service gives crew the opportunity to purchase cards and credit onboard without the need for a pre-existing account or permission requirements and with the freedom to choose pricing options as cards worth 30 or 50 minutes are available for purchase.

To make use of the card Read More…

New Wartsila 3C integrated control system unveiled at SMM

International power solutions company Wartsila has presented its new communication and control centre Wartsila 3C at the SMM conference in Hamburg, Germany.

A unique system, the Wartsila 3C is the first of its kind and unites the vessel’s entire control system together into one interface, providing a fully integrated solution to fleet management, routing, energy configuration and much more. Following consultations with maritime professionals, Wӓrtsilӓ developed the system Read More…

Reederei Stefan Patjens boxship in LNG retrofit ‘first’

Norwegian classification society Det Norske Veritas has joined forces with Maersk, MAN and TGE Marine Gas Engineering in a project to retrofit LNG on a 5,000teu containership owned by Drochtersen-based Reederei Stefan Patjens, writes Christopher Mayer from Hamburg.

The project, based on the 5,044teu Maersk Drury, built at HHI in Ulsan in 2006 and classed to DNV, will represent the first use of LNG as fuel onboard a containership and Read More…

Owners facing up to LNG challenges, says Germanischer Lloyd’s Klein

Fears that owners may not be fully aware of the imminence of or implications of wide-reaching environmental legislation due to be phased into the shipping industry over the course of the next decade may be wide of the mark, Germanischer Lloyd executive board member Hermann Klein told SMI in Hamburg today. (Tues)

Speaking on the opening day of SMM 2010 about future energy efficiency in shipping Dr Klein, who has Read More…

Vizada wins 300-strong fishing fleet broadband deal

Vizada, the largest independent provider of mobile satellite services, has teamed up with its long-term service provider partner Nautical to provide the Inmarsat FleetBroadband service to more than 300 Spanish fishing vessels, enabling them to comply with new European Union (EU) regulations.

The EU regulations came into effect on 1 July 2010 and require all fishing vessels of more than 24 metres (78ft) to supply reports of catch, trans-shipments, landings Read More…

Hutton’s expands by buying UK supply competitor

Hutton’s has announced its acquisition of ship supply company Lars Knutsen & Clode in a move which further enhances its position as the UK’s leading ship supplier with a national network able to supply all British ports.

Established in South Wales more than 100 years ago, Lars Knutsen & Clode (LKC) has a strong history in ship supply. The company’s network boasts 8,000 sq ft of warehouse facility in Pembrokeshire Read More…

Some bunker samples are still failing the new ECA test

Fuel testing agency Lintec Testing Services says that of the fuel samples it has tested in the last four months, 7.5% exceeded the limit of 1% sulphur content specified under the new Emissions Control Area (ECA) regulations which came into effect on July 1 this year. Previously, the sulphur content limit had been 1.5%. These results are measured in accordance with the ISO 8217 specification for international marine fuels.

Michael Read More…