SMI Newsdesk Archives

IMO Sec-Gen reflects on the Sanchi tanker casualty

Our thoughts and prayers are with the seafarers still missing from the oil tanker Sanchi, following a reported collision off the coast of China. I send my deepest sympathies to all their families and loved ones.

“I would like to commend all those who have been involved in the international search and rescue operations so far and in the efforts to battle the fire and contain pollution from the ship.

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Risk profiling is becoming more important to port state control inspections, says PaSea

Port State Control inspections are increasingly focusing on the risk profile of the ship under inspection with inspectors singling out the performance of the ship manager and the flag state recognised organisation (RO) as major factors to concentrate on.

Petros Achtypis, Chief Executive Officer of Cyprus-based Prevention at Sea (PaSea) (pictured), said PSC inspectors were changing the way they inspected ships with greater emphasis being placed on a vessel’s Read More…

Majority of Auxiliary Engine Damage Occurs Due to Human Error, warns The Swedish Club

An investigation by The Swedish Club into auxiliary engine damage has revealed that the majority of all damage takes place immediately after maintenance work. A key finding is that 55% of casualties occur within only 10% of the time between overhaul (TBO), corresponding to the first 1,000 hours or so of operation after overhaul. In most cases the damage occurs only a few hours after start up. The report, Read More…

Isle of Man Ship Registry 2017 review and 2018 outlook

By Dick Welsh, Director, Isle of Man Ship Registry

2017 has been a big year for the Isle of Man Ship Registry. In many ways, it has been a year of change for which we have been planning a long time. In April we introduced an entirely new way of working with our clients and the regulation of their ships. We delegated the three remaining statutory requirements of shipboard Read More…

Clipper Fleet Management joins Dania Ship Management in new partnership agreement

Dania Ship Management has announced plans to extend ship management capabilities to include dry cargo in a partnership agreement with Clipper Fleet Management, part of the Clipper Group.

The partnership, which strengthens the commitment by V.Group, Nordic Tankers and Clipper Group to create a compelling platform for Copenhagen based ship management solutions, will see the transfer of 28 shore-based employees and around 1,000 seafarers to Dania Ship Management.

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IACS Council Focuses on Quality Operations, Transparency and Ongoing Modernisation

The International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) has focused on Quality issues at its biannual meeting held in London this week.  Building on recent work done to revise the IACS Membership Criteria, agreement was reached to revise IACS internal benchmarking criteria for existing members along with an initiative to investigate ways to further strengthen the practical implementation of QSCS including the oversight exercised by the IACS Operations Centre.

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Container ship load planning systems are vulnerable says ethical hackers

Ethical hackers Pen Test Partners have highlighted a vulnerability in the load planning processes used by container ships.

“Intercepting and modifying the messaging used in bay planning can be relatively straightforward if you know what you’re doing,” said Senior Partner, Ken Munro.

“When asked to investigate this, we noticed a lack of security in the validation of the message’s integrity and a simple phishing attack is all it takes to Read More…

M.T. Solviken honoured by DNV GL for exemplary PSC Record

The M.T. Solviken, a crude oil tanker, was delivered from the shipyard in 2007. Since delivery, the Solviken has had 15 PSC inspections without a single Port State Control (PSC) observation recorded.

The vessel is managed by Wallem Europe. On completion of the latest PSC inspection which took place in Primorsk in Russia, the PSC Inspector made a point of highlighting this achievement to the vessel.

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Designers should not treat water treatment as an afterthought

“Wastewater management presents a challenging dilemma that if not addressed in the design stages can impact a vessel’s operational flexibility,” ACO Marine’s managing director Mark Beavis told delegates yesterday (Wednesday) at a Royal Institution of Naval Architects conference.

Providing an overview of the technical challenges faced when designing and building systems for prestigious projects, such as mega yachts, offshore and naval vessels, Mr Beavis said that while water treatment is Read More…

Epic Gas announces first quarter results

Epic Gas today (Thursday) announced its unaudited financial and operating results for the interim period ended 31st March, 2017.

Highlights from the results show vessel calendar days were up 7% year over year to 3,569 and revenue of $33.9 million, up 5% year over year. Time charter equivalent revenues of $8,423 per vessel calendar day were up 3% from Q4 2016, but down 3% year over year.

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Oldendorff appoints Verifavia for EU MRV verification

Oldendorff Carriers, the owner/operator of dry bulk carriers, has appointed Verifavia, the emissions verification company for the transport sector (aviation and shipping), to verify its fleet of vessels in line with the European Union’s Monitoring, Reporting, and Verification (EU MRV) regulation.

Verifavia Shipping will provide EU MRV services to Oldendorff, including the assessment of monitoring plans and verification of carbon emission reports according to the ISO 14065 standard and regulation Read More…

Clyde & Co expands regional IP Network with Kuwait Launch

Global law firm Clyde & Co has announced the completion of its network of intellectual property offices across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries with the addition of an office in Kuwait.

The office, which is part of the Clyde IP Services brand, provides trade mark and patent filing capabilities. It adds to the existing network, which also spans the rest of the GCC countries: Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar Read More…