SMI Newsdesk Archives

V. Group and Xihe Group of Companies announce Technical Management Partnership

Singapore-based tanker shipowner Xihe Group of Companies (Xihe) has appointed V.Group, a leading global provider of ship management and marine services as the technical manager for 16 of its modern tankers.

Mr. Kenny Lim, Interim CEO of Xihe said: “This strategic partnership kickstarts Xihe’s engagement of independent, world-class professional companies to provide technical and commercial management for our vessels. Having witnessed the professionalism of the V.Group team in taking Read More…

London Has Over 80% Share of the Global Maritime Arbitration Market

Research by global, sector-focused law firm HFW has found that London continues to dominate the market for international maritime arbitration, accounting for more than 80% of all cases globally.

London handled 1,737 maritime arbitrations in 2019 – up 14% on the previous year – which equates to around 83% of all international maritime arbitrations that year, according to HFW’s analysis of data from major arbitral institutions around the world.

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Leading maritime technology and digital solutions company, Tototheo Maritime and Marine Fields Holdings, a pioneer in the field of live Port call ‘time-stamp’sharing have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Cyprus Marine and Maritime Institute (CMMI). The data gathering, analysis and assistance to port Call Optimisation and the precise estimation of Ship’s time of Arrival are forming the scopes of the three-way blend of knowledge that will be manifested Read More…

Tony Goldsmith announced as new Head of Marine at law firm Hill Dickinson as David Wareing steps down

Tony Goldsmith, partner, master mariner and marine casualty specialist, has been appointed as Head of  Marine and Trade at Hill Dickinson.

Mr Goldsmith will succeed the firm’s current Head of Marine, David Wareing, who is due to retire in the autumn having held the position since 2017.

Mr Goldsmith, a former seagoing master mariner (class 1), joined Hill Dickinson in 1993 and became founder and managing partner of the firm’s Singapore Read More…


The Mission to Seafarers calls for immediate action to ease plight of seafarers

The latest Seafarers Happiness Index, published today by The Mission to Seafarers, has revealed the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on the welfare of international seafarers and their families.

The report makes it clear that the seafarer community is in the midst of a mental health crisis. The report shows the continuing decline of happiness at sea, Read More…

LOC grows worldwide SCR capability with appointment of Captain Chen Heming in China

LOC Group, the premier international marine and engineering consulting firm, is pleased to announce the appointment of Captain Chen Heming to LOC China’s shipping team, further growing its Special Casualty Representative (“SCR”) capability.

Capt. Chen joins an existing worldwide team of SCRs at LOC, which includes Kevin Highfield and David Ireland, in the Americas and Vaughan Williams, Nicolas White and Jon Walker in Singapore. Captain Heming will be Read More…

GAC brings 3,000 Indian seafarers home

Nearly 3,000 Indian seafarers from Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and Seabourn ships are back with their families after being successfully signed off from their vessels, guided through all COVID-19 procedures and safely delivered to their hometowns by GAC India. The crew members included those who had disembarked the cruise company vessels in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and Manila, Philippines, before being repatriated on chartered flights to Mumbai, Goa and Delhi. Read More…

Sailors’ Society provides mental health support to crew on board more than 1,000 ships

International maritime welfare charity Sailors’ Society is providing free mental health and wellbeing support to crew on board more than 1,000 ships through its Wellness at Sea Awareness Campaign.

Based on Sailors’ Society’s award-winning Wellness at Sea programme, the unique approach was developed in response to the current COVID-19 crisis and aims to spread awareness and provide practical support to help seafarers through these challenging times.

Among the companies who Read More…

BSM launches new Liquid Cargo Simulator Facility

Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM), has launched a new Liquid Cargo training facility at its Maritime Training Centre in Cyprus. This, combined with a structured career progression model, will ensure BSM’s LNG crews are highly trained and competent to support its growing global LNG shipping operations. The new immersive environment is part of a wider boost to LNG training across the whole company, reflecting increasing industry demand and more LNG Read More…

Sailors’ Society appoints new Southampton port chaplain

International maritime welfare charity Sailors’ Society has welcomed a new port chaplain to its Southampton team.

Revd Hasna Khatun will provide welfare and chaplaincy support to the thousands of seafarers who visit Southampton port each year.

Hasna said: “Seafarers can live a lonely existence, spending up to a year at sea away from family and friends, so I’m delighted to be starting a role where I’ll be able to provide Read More…

Pole Position again for Singapore in international shipping centre list

Singapore has retained its premier position at the head of the international shipping centre list for the 7th consecutive year.

The list is published annually by The Baltic Exchange and Xinhua, the Chinese state news agency. Its official title is the 2020 Xinhua-Baltic International Shipping Centre Development (ISCD) Index.

A significant upwards move occurred this year for London which is now at No. 2.

Now with publication of its 7th Read More…

First official meeting of the Cyprus Shipping Chamber with the new Shipping Deputy Minister

Following the official assumption of his duties on 10 July 2020, the Cyprus Shipping Chamber welcomed the new Shipping Deputy Minister, Mr. Vassilis Demetriades, to its office in Limassol today, 13 July 2020 at an official meeting with its Board of Directors.

During the meeting, the Shipping Chamber briefed Mr. Demetriades on the main issues concerning the Shipping sector in Cyprus and provided the Industry’s suggestions on pending administrative issues Read More…