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Cover Story: Shipping at the heart of Cyprus’ growth

To describe Cyprus’ economic recovery as akin to a phoenix rising out of the ashes could be somewhat harsh yet you can get a sense of the reality when you plot the extent of the country’s economic recovery against the backdrop of economic recession following the banking crisis it faced only four years ago.

According to the country’s Minister of Transport, Communications and Works Marios Demetriades, the Cypriot economy Read More…

Crew Welfare: Fair treatment of seafarers

Change is in the air concerning the fair treatment of seafarers, believes Hilton Staniland, Professor of Maritime Law at the Institute of Maritime Law, University of Southampton and member of the Seafarers’ Rights International (SRI) Advisory Board.

His comments follow hard-hitting political commitments and an expert panel discussion at an international workshop held at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to mark the 2017 Day of the Seafarer.

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How I work: Simon Swallow

The maritime insurance world is watching with baited-breath to see if the recent terrible disasters of hurricanes Harvey and Irma could change the market.

Indeed Simon Swallow, Chief Executive of The Shipowners’ Club, which insures over 32,000 small and specialist vessels, believes the events will have a serious impact on the insurance sector as large losses capacity will be withdrawn and rates will go up.

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Crew Training: Crew Management, Retention & Training

“You cannot develop an organisation. You can only develop people, who will develop the organisation. Together is better!”

The words of Roman Heil, Project Manager at TOPSIM-HEISS, which offers a new way of training – passing on real life scenarios to participants. It is an innovative way of turning learning into action and thereby focusing on creating a safety culture and developing a high performing crew.

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LISW17: Global Maritime Cluster Round Table Debate

SMI used the opportunity of LISW to bring together the heads, or leading representatives of many of the world’s maritime clusters to debate the issue of how clusters should work and cooperate with each other. The panel assembled before an audience of 85, in the London offices of maritime lawyers Hill Dickinson debated the issues. Chaired by SMI Editorial Director Sean Moloney, the panel consisted of Simon Doughty, CEO Read More…