SMI Newsdesk Archives

Ship Registries: Flags step up support for regulation concerns

Ship owners undoubtedly have their ‘lie awake at night worrying’ lists.  Right now, the list includes the IMO sulphur cap and reducing GHG emissions further ahead, digitalisation, cybersecurity, piracy, relentless regulation and, of course, the generally tough state of the market.

What do they expect of their ship registers in the form of help, advice and support?

“Despite certain signs of industry improvements, shipping is Read More…

Crew Welfare: Younger seafarers opting for healthier choices

To misquote a quote: “Crew are what they eat.” And younger crew, in particular, want to eat healthily and well.

Yes, we can still find seafarers who want to eat sausages and fried food every day. Yes, if you ask around you can still find an astonishing lack of understanding regarding diet and nutrition. But Christian Ioannou, Managing Director of Cyprus-based Marine Catering Training Consultancy (MCTC), says Read More…

How I Work: Capt Dwain E. Hutchinson

In 2018 the Bahamas Maritime Authority recorded its lowest ever number of annual detentions following Port State Control inspections, with just 24 ships being detained.

This, according to recently appointed Managing Director and CEO Captain Dwain E. Hutchinson, is testament to the close working relationship the BMA has with its owners and managers to ensure vessels, and crew, meet the necessary high-quality standards in a sea of Read More…

Cover Story: Your People Don’t lose sight of what matters

A website promoting maritime training centres based on the ‘Booking.com model’ is set to shake up the shipping industry, increasing competency and reducing accidents.

That’s according to former Shell Ship Management Managing Director Richard Turner, who set up tapiit maritime in early April. The Chief Executive Officer first thought of the idea three years ago and developed the concept with a friend and senior Microsoft developer in the Read More…

Regional Focus: Environmental technologies drive Norwegian maritime innovation

Norway has a proud heritage in the maritime sector and still punches above its weight in the global arena. This was highlighted late last year when the country was ranked fourth in the prestigious Leading Maritime Nations report from Menon Economics and DNV GL. Only the powerhouses of China, Japan, and the United States sit above them. When it came to The Leading Maritime Capitals report in April, Read More…