SMI Newsdesk Archives

Dimerco switches transportation modes to beat delivery deadline

International transportation and freight forwarding specialist Dimerco delivered high-density cargo from China to Morocco four days ahead of deadline, by implementing changes to the planned transportation mode in response to COVID-driven delays at Ningbo Port. A spokesperson for Dimerco explained, “With vessels being cancelled due to COVID-19 and delays to cargo bound for North Africa, the Dimerco team were keen to find an alternative solution for our customer, a leading Read More…

Survey Association joins Solis Marine Consultants’ Alliance network

The Survey Association of 1914 has joined Solis Marine Consultants’ global Alliance network, further expanding the Group’s presence in Northern Europe.

While the two businesses remain fully independent, under the terms of the alliance Survey Association will provide Solis Marine with additional local surveying capability in Scandinavia. In return, Solis Marine will support Survey Association with salvage, naval architectural and engineering services on a global basis.

Formed in 1914, Survey Read More…

New Digital Slipway Portal Launched

Abu Dhabi Maritime has announced the launch of a brand-new digital service to streamline the management of its slipways, including ramps for moving boats and other water-crafts, while also easing congestion at peak times.

With responsibility for all Emirates waterways and marine ecosystems, Abu Dhabi Maritime’s online booking system at, will allow pleasure boat and watercraft users, such as jet skis, to easily locate and book slipway reservations and Read More…

Shipping emissions incorporated into UK’s Carbon Budget for the first time

The UK’s share of international shipping emissions has been incorporated into the country’s Carbon Budget for the first time as part of a wider effort to cut national emissions by 78% by 2035 compared to 1990 levels.

This is the UK’s 6th Carbon Budget which limits the volume of greenhouse gases emitted over a 5-year period from 2033 to 2037. This will take the UK more than three quarters of Read More…


The Mission to Seafarers has published the latest Seafarers Happiness Index report for the first quarter of 2021, revealing a mixed picture in terms of welfare standards and conditions for seafarers.

The report shows big discrepancies in seafarer welfare, with happiness levels fluctuating significantly. The report also reveals the positive impact of improved connectivity and port welfare services, but also shows growing concern over crew changes, access to COVID vaccines Read More…


Bahrain-based Middle East Navigation Aids Service (MENAS) has underlined its commitment to boosting safe navigation in the Middle East Gulf by launching an Accredited Training Course (ATO) in partnership with the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA).

The ATO accreditation was awarded after a rigorous process undertaken by Trinity House (TH) under an existing agreement between IALA and TH for training audits.

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Mental Health Support Solutions (MHSS) is strengthening its team of clinical psychologists in a bid to meet the demand for its services from ship owners and ship managers.

The company, which provides professional mental health support across the maritime sector, has recruited nine additional psychologists who will start work immediately due to the increased demand for mental health support.

Welcoming the news, Charles Watkins, Founder and Managing Consultant of MHSS, Read More…

Carnival contracts Bureau Veritas to support a safe return to cruising

Bureau Veritas is working with Carnival’s cruise brands, helping get ships back into operation, verifying safety and hygiene standards and measures onboard the global fleet

Bureau Veritas (BV), a world leader in testing, inspection, and certification (TIC), has been contracted by Carnival Corporation & PLC the world’s largest leisure travel company with a fleet of 87 ships visiting over 700 ports around the world, to provide health and safety services Read More…

Panama Maritime Authority approves IRClass to conduct remote surveys

Leading flag administration, Panama Maritime Authority has authorised Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass), an international ship classification society, to conduct specific surveys through remote inspection techniques.

As the maritime world continues to reel under the shadow of the pandemic induced travel restrictions, IRClass ensured that ships continue to stay compliant with various IMO conventions and sail with valid certificates. Alternative means were adopted for evidence compliance by IRClass since 2020 Read More…

Norwegian ‘Winter Wonderland’ not to be missed

Planning is well underway for the next Nor-Shipping event ‘Ocean Now’ – due to take place in Oslo, on 10-13 January 2022. In addition to this, attendees are invited to a two-day hybrid event on 1-2 June 2021, mixing a digital infotainment broadcast, with other events and a focus on energy of the future.

The first day for this is free and tickets are required for the second, when four Read More…

ICTSI Ecuador unveils special economic zone at the Port of Guayaquil

Contecon Guayaquil S.A. (CGSA), International Container Terminal Services subsidiary in Ecuador, welcomes the creation of a special economic zone at the country’s main seaport as an immense opportunity to boost the country’s foreign trade.

The port operator, together with national government and port authority representatives, formally presented its Declaration of Special Economic Development Zone (ZEDE) – a high-impact project that aims to strengthen the competitiveness of Ecuador’s exports.

ZEDE will Read More…

Mitsui & Co. joins Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping as Strategic Partner

Mitsui & Co. and Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping formalizsed their collaboration by signing a Partnership Agreement. With the Agreement, Mitsui & Co. becomes an official partner to the Center, committing to a long-term strategic collaboration about the development of zero carbon technologies for the maritime industry.

As a partner to the Center, Mitsui & Co. will join forces with Center and other leading players across the Read More…