SMI Newsdesk Archives

Global crew shortage still a major problem and needs addressing now

In spite of the perceived alleviation of pressure on crew numbers, the industry’s major shipmanagement companies have claimed that the world is still suffering from a critical shortage and that action needs to be taken now to secure shipping’s future.

 Roberto Giorgi, President of V.Ships and President of InterManager, emphasised how “cutting corners is not an option. We cannot afford not to spend money in order to increase the quality and Read More…

Shipmanagement will be dominated by a handful of players

A handful of larger players will dominate the shipmanagement market but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for the boutique managers, according to Annette Malm Justad, CEO of Eitzen Maritime Services (EMS).

Addressing delegates attending the 4th International Ship Management summit in Oslo, Ms Malm Justad said boutique managers would still have a role servicing specific needs in the market and would differentiate themselves on different grounds.

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Light at the end of the tunnel

Where there is hope there are brokers, and despite the ambiguous market situation as shipping still sees itself stuck fast in one of the world’s worst economic crises in living memory, the charter market is still on the move, writes Amy Kilpin from Oslo.

According to Denis Petropoulos, Joint Managing Director of top London broker Braemar Seascope Ltd, the recession is not over, “but there is light at Read More…

INTERTANKO welcomes Hebei Spirit releases with disappointment at failure to exonerate

INTERTANKO has expressed delight that Captain Jasprit Chawla and Chief Officer Syam Chetan, Master and Chief officer of the Hebei Spirit, have finally been released after being held in Korea for 550 days since the accident in December 2007, and will be returning home within days.

“That these men were held for so long is unjust and unacceptable, and support for their case has come from a uniquely broad coalition Read More…

Hebei Spirit officers are free


InterManager President Roberto Giorgi has welcomed the release of the two officers from the Hebei Spirit from South Korean detention and has pledged to embrace the 2006 Maritime Labour Convention to tackle the issue of criminalisation, writes Sean Moloney from Olso.

 The two officers will be flying home of Saturday after 551 days in detention in South Korea. Mr Giorgi will be flying to India next week to welcome Read More…

More owners are using broadband to repair IT problems onboard ship

Increasing numbers of ship owners are looking at ways to use broadband connectivity onboard their ships to improve and make more efficient their planned maintenance operations by remotely accessing computer systems onboard their vessels, according to the head of Inmarsat’s Maritime Business.

Greek ship owners are one owning sector in particular which has seen benefits in solving computer problems from the shore rather than having to endure the expense of Read More…

And the award goes to….

Nor-Shipping’s focus on ‘green shipping’ kicked off with the Clean Shipping Awards 2009 during its opening conference, in which over 60 companies were reviewed for three separate award categories.

Sturla Henriksen, Director General of the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association, addressed the assembly with particular emphasis on how environmental initiatives and performance standards will shape the future of the shipping industry and how it is imperative for companies to adopt measures to Read More…

Wärtsilä combines its ship design units

Wärtsilä is to combine all its ship design units into a single entity, to be known as Wärtsilä Ship Design. The units involved in this re-organisation include the recently acquired naval architect companies Vik-Sandvik of Norway, Conan Wu & Associates (CWA) of Singapore, and SCHIFFKO of Germany, as well as the company’s conceptual ship design unit in Finland.

The new set up will generate a variety of new designs, from Read More…

Norshipping gets underway

Despite a disappointing turnout at the Oslo Town Hall, Mayor Fabian Stang welcomed guests from over 53 countries around the world and declared this year’s Nor-Shipping officially open.

Tollef Schiander, organiser of the event, said Nor-Shipping was Oslo’s largest exhibition and with every hotel bed taken up, was proving as popular as ever.

Piracy attacks predicted to double in 2009

The number of piracy attacks in Somalian waters have been revealed as higher than figures previously released by the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) and are expected to double from last year’s figures, according to the latest research from maritime security company RiskIntelligence, reports Amy Kilpin from Oslo.

With 135 attacks to date this year, the piracy risk expert has predicted that if current levels are maintained, a total of 314 attacks are Read More…

Owners losing money in unmonitored port management costs

Port agencies have been exposed as having the “upper hand” when it comes to port management fees, costing shipping companies unnecessary and disproportionate expense due to inconsistent information in ports, writes Amy Kilpin in Oslo.

Addressing members of the international maritime press on the opening press day of Nor-Shipping 2009 at Oslo’s Shippingklubben, DA-Desk has unveiled itself as a new industry solution to independent port cost management and has been Read More…

Shipping can cut emissions by 15% now, claims DnV’s Svensen

By Sean Moloney, Oslo

Shipping produced emissions of CO2 could be cut by ‘a significant’ 15% within the next couple of years if ship owners followed a series of simple procedures, according to Tor Svensen, COO of leading class society DNV.

If the procedures were followed through correctly, and with the help of new ship designs, then emissions could fall by as much as 50% by 2030 and Read More…