SMI Newsdesk Archives

ClassNK releases new guidelines for gas fuelled ships

Class Society ClassNK has released new guidelines to address safety measures for the use of natural gas as ship fuel.

As regulations curbing atmospheric pollution and greenhouse gas emissions grow stricter amid stronger calls for a greener shipping industry, more attention is turning to the potential of natural gas as a cleaner alternative to liquid fuel oil.

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is used widely on vessels designed to transport the Read More…

Thomas Gunn now top supplier of navigation services to UNICOM fleet

Thomas Gunn Navigation Services (TGNS) has been awarded an important new contract by Unicom to supply an additional 43 vessels with its outfit management services, meaning TGNS now supplies navigation solutions to 78 vessels, the bulk of the Unicom fleet.

“We value the strong business relationship we have built up with Unicom over a number of years. We are very pleased that their positive experience of that relationship has enabled Read More…

Moore Stephens calls for EU tonnage tax stability

International accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens has called for stability for European tonnage tax regimes now that the EC has begun its review of EU State Aid Guidelines to Maritime Transport

The start of the EC’s review of the EU State Aid Guidelines to Maritime Transport was announced on 14 February 2012. These guidelines cover European tonnage tax regimes as well as other state aid to the maritime sector. Read More…

ISF launches new onboard training book for engine ratings

The International Shipping Federation has updated its widely used On Board Training Record Book for Engine Ratings to take into account changes to the IMO STCW Convention which came into force in January.

For the first time, the 2010 amendments make it mandatory for trainee engine ratings to provide evidence of structured onboard training, and the revised ISF book – the second in a series of newly updated training record Read More…

Brussels considers acting on piracy and cruise safety

European Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas has not ruled out taking unilateral action to improve vessel safety following the worst cruise ship disaster for a generation and the continuation of Somali pirate attacks against merchant shipping.

A review of existing passenger ship safety legislation originally put in place after the Estonia disaster, will now include elements such as ship stability after an accident, evacuation procedures as well as language spoken onboard Read More…

Cruise industry adopts new safety drill policy

In response to the Costa Concordia disaster, the global cruise industry has announced a new emergency drill policy, requiring mandatory muster (safety briefings) for embarking passengers prior to departure from port.

Following the industry’s announcement on January 27th of a Cruise Industry Operational Safety Review, in response to the Costa Concordia incident, the new drill policy has been introduced as part of the industry’s efforts to review and improve Read More…

University launches Masters degree in maritime security

The world’s first Masters degree in Maritime Security has been launched by the University of Greenwich.

SMI first revealed plans for the course last October and the university will be taking on new students this September in the hope of helping the international shipping industry tackle threats such as piracy and terrorism at sea.

The MSc will also deal with new issues affecting environmental and energy security, and aims to Read More…

Whales stressed by shipping noise

Shipping noise causes chronic stress to whales, scientists have shown for the first time.

Researchers used the two days following the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001 to carry out a unique experiment when shipping traffic ground to a halt in the Bay of Fundy, Canada.

Leading the study was Rosalind Rolland, a researcher at New England Aquarium in Boston, who had originally set out to collect whale faeces to study Read More…

Tonnage keeps on coming

Drewry Maritime Research’s latest edition of its Dry Bulk Forecaster has pulled no punches in its assessment of a market that looks certain to continue hitting dry bulk ship owners hard.

Tonnage supply hit a massive 605 million dwt at the end of 2011, an increase of 15.2%, which is impressive considering 19m dwt was removed in the same period. With rates suffering under current market conditions, Drewry’s forecast for Read More…

Changing face of VLCC spot market

Spot rates for AG/West VLCC voyages have dropped by 25% in the past seven years according to figures recorded by Braemar Seascope.

With so much discussion of poor freight rates available to VLCC owners hiring their ships out for voyages from the Middle East to major consumers east and west, it is interesting to see how much the spot market has changed in just a few years.

AG/West spot Read More…

InterManager starts the year with expansion

InterManager, the international trade association for the ship management industry, has started 2012 with significant expansion.

Last month it welcomed two Full Members – ship management companies Histria, based in Romania, and Green Wave, from Singapore – and two Associate Members – international law firm Hill Dickinson and crew communications provider SMART Link.

And, building on this momentum, InterManager has appointed Captain Paddy McKnight to the role of Read More…


The Board of Directors of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), whose member national shipowners’ associations represent all sectors and trades and more than 80% of the world merchant fleet, met in London yesterday (6th February), where issues as far-reaching as piracy, emissions reductions, cargo liquefaction and the Costa Concordia were discussed.


ICS members reviewed the continuing threat to shipping from Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean. Noting that Read More…