SMI Newsdesk Archives

Make Sure Your First Aid Kit Meets Latest Regulations

As the new diving season gets underway, Hutton’s is advising its customers in the offshore and diving industry to ensure their onboard first aid equipment complies with the latest legislation.

New regulations introduced in 2009 by the Diving Medical Advisory Committee, (DMAC) make a number of changes, the most significant of which is the addition of a defibrillator as a required item of first aid equipment. The new rules also Read More…

GAC in Irish maritime training venture

A new training initiative, GAC Training & Service Solutions Limited (GTSS), has been launched through a joint venture between GAC and the National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI) which will provide innovative and cost saving training solutions for seafarers.

The partnership will provide expert delivery of a portfolio of training courses for both seafarers and shore-based shipping personnel working in the LNG and tanker markets as well as other maritime Read More…

Golden Ocean banks on growth

Oslo-listed dry bulk company Golden Ocean Group has taken steps to secure cash flow as it remains bullish about the future markets, especially in the anticipation of increased growth coming from the Far East.

In order to reduce counterparty risk for its capesize newbuilding programme, Golden Ocean has restructured the long-term charter of one of its capesizes under construction at Jinhaiwan Shipyard, having agreed for its charterer to pay Read More…

BIMCO endorses new quality standards for ship agents and brokers

BIMCO (Baltic and International Maritime Council) has endorsed a new Quality Standard (QS) for ship agents and brokers set up by the Federation of National Associations of Shipbrokers and Agents (FONASBA), which will serve to assist ship owners and operators in their selection of who is to represent them in demonstrating a tangible commitment to quality.

Deputy Secretary General Søren Larsen said: “BIMCO fully endorses this initiative as an important Read More…

GAC supports Sailors’ Society in the Year of the Seafarer

To mark the Year of the Seafarer, the GAC Group has offered its support to international maritime welfare charity the Sailors’ Society, facilitating its global distribution network in aid of the organisation.

Every year the Sailors’ Society receives more than 20,000 warm woolly hats, deemed an essential item of clothing for mariners, all knitted by volunteers, and this year these will be distributed free of charge to seafarers at Read More…

Bureau Veritas moves towards MLC

Classification society Bureau Veritas has moved ahead of the implementation of the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006 and has set up a system to audit and certify manning agencies for seafarers, as the need for standards to be adopted well in advance is being pushed right across the industry.

“Ship owners and managers need to be able to demonstrate they are working with properly run seafarer recruitment and manning offices,” Read More…

The future ‘looks good’ for Harland and Wolff

SMITV talks to David McVeigh, Sales Manager, about the Napoli, renewable energy and the future

ITIC underlines value of D&O cover

The International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) has warned that shipping companies should be checking their Directors & Officers (D&O) insurance cover in the light of their continued and increased exposure in the current difficult financial climate to liability claims from a variety of interests, including shareholders, employees, regulatory authorities and associated companies.

ITIC has cited a number of recent instances which illustrate the value of D&O cover, including a Read More…

Thrane & Thrane sponsor record-breaking circumnavigation attempt

Thrane & Thrane has sponsored a teenager with a SAILOR 250 FleetBroadband system for her personal quest to become the youngest ever person to sail solo, non-stop around the world in a trip that will cover 27,500 nautical miles.

Abby Sunderland, just 16 years old, set sail onboard her Open 40 racing yacht from Marina del Rey, California on 23rd January 2010, and despite facing an epic journey alone, Read More…

Bibby Ship Management opens training centre in New Delhi

Bibby Ship Management has opened a new dynamic positioning training centre in New Delhi to cater for increasing demand to train seafarers from Northern India, building upon the current success of its Mumbai training centre.

The new facility in the Indian capital, a joint venture with established Indian marine training provider Oceans XV, will be named the Sir Derek Bibby Oceans XV Maritime Training Centre.

Accredited by the Nautical Read More…

World’s first ballast water management system

A milestone has been reached on the signing of the world’s first major Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) contract for larger vessels, signifying a major breakthrough for approaching legislation under the IMO’s Ballast Water Management convention.

OceanSaver, one of the pioneers of this emerging industry, has been contracted by ship builder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) for its Ballast Water Management Systems to be installed on three VLCCs on order for Read More…

Dubai’s GulfNav set to expand fleet

Dubai’s Gulf Navigation Holding, the sole maritime and shipping company listed on the Dubai Financial Market, has revealed its plans to rigorously expand its fleet of ships in 2010, grasping the opportunity to acquire tonnage while values are low.

The company has announced that it is in the process of purchasing four new tankers, and with 12 ships currently in operation in the crude oil and petrochemicals fields, GulfNav Read More…