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The Nautical Institute reveals its new film ‑ Navigating the Future

The Covid-19 pandemic has thrown into sharp focus the world’s dependence on shipping. More than 90% of global trade is carried by sea, yet few outside the industry appreciate its scale, dynamism and technological progress, or the opportunities it offers for an exciting and rewarding career.

The Nautical Institute has joined forces with ITN Productions to produce a film that aims to raise awareness and understanding of the vital role Read More…

DNV GL, INTERCARGO and the Standard Club launch new bulk carrier ventilation guide

Proper ventilation is essential to preventing damage to the cargo and to ensure the safety of the crew and vessel in bulk carriers. To provide ship’s masters and crew with an understanding of different ventilation requirements for bulk cargoes, INTERCARGO, The Standard Club and DNV GL, the world’s leading classification society, have launched a new ventilation guide.

The guide covers the main aspects on how and when to ventilate to Read More…

3D visualisation studio enters maritime industry

Maritime Studios, the 3D visualisation company for the maritime industry, has officially opened its doors. The Rotterdam based studio has made a flying start in the industry with the successful delivery of high end renders for its launching customers.

The team – lead by creative director, Kevin van Deursen – consists of maritime professionals and 3D engineers with more than 15 years of experience in 3D visualisations.

Mr van Deursen Read More…

UK Maritime Minister confirmed to speak at UK Chamber of Shipping Virtual Conference

The UK Chamber of Shipping has confirmed Robert Courts MP, the UK Maritime Minister, will speak at its inaugural Virtual Conference in February.

The conference, which will take place on 11 February and is replacing the postponed 2021 Annual Dinner, will see industry leaders come together and look at the key challenges facing the UK shipping industry. The conference aim is to generate pathways for the next decade which will Read More…

BIMCO to open London office

BIMCO will open its fourth local office, this time in London, at the beginning of 2021. The new office will support the organisation’s regulatory affairs activities with Dr Bev Mackenzie taking up the role of BIMCO’s permanent representative at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) from 1st February, reporting to Deputy Secretary General Lars Robert Pedersen at the head office in Copenhagen.

“Opening an office in London is a logical next Read More…

Synergy awarded for its commitment to diversity

The progressive recruitment and human resources policies of Synergy Group have been recognised by Maritime SheEO, the International Maritime Organization-endorsed leadership accelerator organisation for women in the shipping and logistics sectors.

Synergy, one of the world’s leading ship managers, received the “Best Practices in Diversity’ award at the close of the inaugural Maritime SheEO virtual conference which took place on 23rd November.

Organisers noted Synergy’s long-standing and comprehensive diversity, gender Read More…

Ambitious vision set out for Innovative new Freeport in East of England

Public and private sector leaders have set out their joint vision for a new Freeport on the East Coast.

Freeport East would focus on the Port of Felixstowe and Harwich International Port – both owned by Hutchison Ports – and be a strategic hub linking UK importers and exporters with suppliers and customers across the globe, situated as it is at the heart of vital trading routes to Asia and Read More…

Focus on people will be legacy of COVID-19, CSM President tells SMI podcast

Despite promising results from the trials of several COVID-19 vaccines, Mark O’Neil, President and CEO Columbia Shipmanagement has warned that the virus will be with us for the long-term and stressed the need for the industry to adapt.

Speaking in a SMI podcast on how the shipping industry will change in the next 12 to 18 months he said: “I don’t see the industry changing that much. We are not Read More…

UK P&I Club launches ‘Ask an Expert’ video series


First video focuses on soybean cargoes

The Loss Prevention team at the UK P&I Club has launched a new online video series ‘Ask an Expert’, providing specialist analysis and insight on a range of specific topics from leading figures in the marine industry.

The videos involve interviews with renowned experts from a particular field, who tackle specific operations challenges faced by Members and the wider marine sector. Read More…

MOU signed between MCA and University of Southampton

A partnership joining maritime expertise with top level research programmes will continue to put the UK Flag at the forefront of technology on maritime autonomy and emissions reduction.

The joint working between the Maritime and Coastguard Agency – including the UK Ship Register’s ongoing drive to support innovation – and the University of Southampton will see maritime expertise and top level research coming together.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has Read More…

East Coast Australia JIP delivers a new interactive dashboard for LNG forecast

A comprehensive and interactive dashboard that predicts LNG demand and enables scenario modelling in Australia was developed as a result of the East Coast Australia LNG Joint Industry Project (EC JIP).

Facilitated by classification society DNV GL, project partners included oil & gas suppliers, LNG infrastructure consultants, ship owners and operators, charterers, industry associations, governmental agencies and regulators. The EC JIP was recently concluded in October and the dashboard will Read More…

Prevention at Sea signs “safe business & digitalisation in maritime” MoU with KPMG in Cyprus

Prevention at Sea Ltd (P@S) and KPMG in Cyprus have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with an aim to jointly design, develop and promote services and products that reduce safety risk to the maritime industry and ensure a safe business environment.

The MoU was signed by Petros Achtypis, CEO of P@S and George Tziortzis, Head of Management Consulting at KPMG in Cyprus.

Under the MoU, both companies will work Read More…