Industry fights for ratification against unfair criminalisation

The release and return to India of the Hebei Two after their long-term detainment in South Korea has spurred the shipping industry to continue efforts to push for ratification of international legislation to prevent the unfair conviction of seafarers in incidents at sea. Global ship manager V.Ships, which has spearheaded support of Captain Jasprit Chawla […]

Hebei Spirit Captain and First Officer speak exclusively about his detention

The jailed Captain and First Officer of the Hebei Spirit have said that their 551 day detention in South Korea could have positive repercussions for a shipping industry working to rid itself of the scourge of criminalisation. In an exclusive interview with SMI, Captain Jasprit Chawla and Syam Chetan, also expressed their gratitude to the […]

RINA sets new environmental standards

Genoa-based classification society RINA has underlined its commitment to the environment through the introduction of new voluntary standards allowing ships to connect to shore-based electricity while in port in the effort to reduce harbour air pollution. The new High Voltage Shore Connection (HVSC) sets standards to design into a newbuilding or modify an existing ship […]

American Club remains solid

The American Club has reported significant strength during the first half of 2009 despite the ravages of the economic downturn, with net income increasing to nearly $21 million from just over $1m the previous year. Although the substantial figures were largely offset by unrealised losses on investments of just over $19m, incurred claims reduced by […]