Former SKANReg Leader to Retire
Nigel Smith, inaugural International Registrar of the London-headquartered St Kitts & Nevis International Ship Registry (SKANReg), is retiring in May after 47 years in the shipping industry. Smith, 62, is a former seagoing engineer officer, technical superintendent, shipyard agent and marine consultant. He has also served on various bodies of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology, which includes being a member of the ruling Council since 2005. In the late 1990’s…
Maritime Emissions: Ship and Port Toolkits Ready
A new set of toolkits to assess and address emissions from ships and ports is now available from the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the global regulatory body for shipping.The Ship Emissions Toolkit and Port Emissions Toolkit have been developed under the GEF-UNDP-IMO Global Maritime Energy Efficiency Partnerships (GloMEEP) Project, in collaboration with its strategic partners, the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) and the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH)."To reduce emissions across the maritime sector…
Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement's Robert Maxwell dies
Robert (Bob) Maxwell, managing director of Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement Singapore (BSM), has died after a three-year battle with cancer, the maritime services company said. "It is with the greatest sadness that BSM delivers the heart-breaking news of the passing of our dear friend and colleague Bob Maxwell, Managing Director of the Singapore office. Bob left us on Monday, 26th March after a long struggle with cancer," said a statement from the company. He had a remarkable career in shipping and his contributions to the industry were formidable.
Obituary: Robert Maxwell, MD, BSM Singapore
BSM announced the passing of dear friend and colleague Robert (Bob) Maxwell, Managing Director of the Singapore office. Bob passed away on Monday, 26th March after a long struggle with cancer. He had a remarkable career in shipping and his contributions to the industry were formidable. Bob trained as a Mechanical Engineer at Southampton College of Higher Education. He started his career at sea in 1988 as a 2nd Engineer and in 1993 became a Chief Engineer officer sailing on bulk carriers ranging from 149,000 to 186,000 tonnes. A few years later, in 1996, he joined Hanseatic Shipping as a Chief Engineer sailing on large containerships and gas carriers. Bob was passionate about shipping, so he continued his journey within the industry devoting his time to his professional development.
IMO Promotes Fishing Vessel Safety
When it comes to fishing vessel safety, the mission is clear, says Sandra Allnutt of the International Maritime Organization (IMO): enhance safety to save lives. “We want to reduce loss of life in one of the most dangerous professions in the world, and we want to enhance safety on board fishing vessels,” said Ms Allnutt, Head of Maritime Technology in IMO’s Maritime Safety Division, following a regional seminar, in Cape Town, South Africa, to promote ratification and implementation of a key fishing vessel safety treaty known as the Cape Town Agreement of 2012.
Maritime & Coastguard Agency Appoints Chapman SOSRep
The Maritime & Coastguard Agency has made a new appointment to the role of Secretary of State’s Representative (SOSRep) Maritime Salvage & Intervention, which oversees the response to accidents at sea. Les Chapman has been appointed to the role and will join the Agency on Monday 21 August. He will work alongside the existing SOSRep Hugh Shaw OBE for several months, to allow a substantial transition period in this important role, and will not assume the role and responsibilities of the SOSRep until an agreed time later on in the year. The SOSRep is responsible for reducing the risk to safety and the environment arising from accidents at sea.
LNG Fuel is Not a Cure-all Solution
Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is not a panacea to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and its increasing use as a marine fuel could be worse for the environment than burning heavy fuel oil, said Ian Adams, the former CEO of the International Bunker Industry Association. “Whilst it is well documented that LNG is an excellent solution for reducing SOx and NOx emissions, I am dismayed to see it being promoted as a solution for reducing GHGs,” Adams said, in stark contrast to claims that the use of LNG as a marine fuel can reduce the industry’s CO2 emissions by as much as 75 percent. Adams, a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology who now heads the Association of Bulk Terminal Operators…
IMO Rolls Out GloMEEP Website
International Maritime Organization (IMO) has launched a website for GloMEEP energy efficiency project. IMO’s continuing efforts to promote environmentally sound shipping received a boost today with the launch of Glomeep.imo.org. The new website provides important information and updates on the Global Maritime Energy Eﬀiciency Partnerships (GloMEEP) project – a GEF-UNDP-IMO initiative that supports the uptake and implementation of energy efficiency measures for shipping, thereby reducing the industry’s greenhouse gas emissions.
MARACAD to Focus on Training in Dubai
Three of the maritime industry’s most respected global professional bodies have announced their commitment to September’s Maritime Academic Conference and Expo in Dubai, demonstrating the priority they are giving to regional education and training needs. The Nautical Institute, the Institute of Marine Engineering Science and Technology and the Royal Institution of Naval Architects have confirmed participation in MARACAD - which will be staged September 20th–21st September at Dubai World Trade Centre, UAE. His Excellency Dr.
Iranian Maritime Knowledge Hub to Open
The Iranian Maritime Industry Knowledge Hub will be soon opened up and ready to use by public in the area of shipping and offshore industry. Reza Mohammad Alibeike, member of The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST), said, "In order to promote culture and knowledge of common people and maritime activists with the maritime industry issues and related jobs, I decided to design and execute a simple, but smart and practical structure. The member of Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) emphasized that in his software maritime industry is defined and its different segments are distinct. Due to absence of a scientific and reasonable definition of maritime industry and lack of unawareness of the authorities…
BSM Joins Imarest Maritime Partnership Program
Bernard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) has joined the Marine Partnership program run by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST). As a result of the partnership, BSM Superintendents will now be awarded affiliate membership of IMarEST, part of BSM’s commitment to ensure that its highly experienced team remains fully equipped to meet the demands of owners and charterers across a wide range of commercial vessels. “We are firmly committed to the professional development of our employees and enabling everyone who works for us to thrive within our working environment,” explains Elena Pantazidou, BSM Corporate Director – HR Shore.
IMarEST Announces New Member Benefit
The Institute of Marine Engineering Science & Technology (IMarEST) has announced a new benefit for its members in the form of IMarEST TV, an on-demand video platform. Members are able to access and watch exclusive content, including lectures, conferences, meetings and tutorials that have been uploaded by the Institute and its branches. This means that members can now live-stream or watch recordings of events going on all over the world, not just at their local Branch. David Loosley…
What Have We Learned From Hurricane Katrina?
To mark the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, specialist insurer Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) has released a report analyzing windstorm risks and losses and how to mitigate future losses, given increasing weather volatility. Chris Fischer Hirs, CEO of AGCS, said “Even without considering the influence of climate change, the prospect of increasing windstorm losses is more likely in future due to continuing economic development in hazard-prone urban, coastal areas around the world and in Asia in particular.
Robert Allan Ltd. Named CIMarE Charter Member
Robert Allan Ltd. announced its election as the Charter Corporate Member of the Canadian Institute of Marine Engineering (CIMarE) Roll number 0001. CIMarE national council created the corporate membership class in an effort to further engage corporations, organizations, societies and professional associations in support of the activities of the organization. CIMarE was incorporated by federal charter in 1976 to promote the maritime industry and its associated professions. Over the years…
Women Engineers Play Key Role in Submarine Races
MOre than 100 young people from 11 universities from six countries on three continents gather to take part in the European International Submarine Races. The event organizers are celebrating National Women in Engineering Day by highlighting the strength the involvement of women had in teams. “Twenty percent of the participants are women, and we celebrate the complete equality of roles in the teams,” says Race Director, Prof William Megill. “Some will have taken a very active role in the design of their submarine…
Plymouth Marine Lab, IMarEST Renews Partnership
Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) announced it is to renew its partnership with the Institute for Marine Engineering Science and Technology (IMarEST). The year-long partnership will see the Institute and PML working together to encourage career development among the laboratory’s 166 employees, as well as boost its profile among the international marine community. PML, which develops integrated marine science to promote sustainable oceans, will also have access to the IMarEST’s vast global information resources and industry networks. PML’s CEO, Prof. Stephen de Mora, commented, "I am delighted that Plymouth Marine Laboratory and IMarEST will be working much more closely together in the future and this partnership is the perfect vehicle for making that happen.
Incoming President Celebrates IMarEST’s 125th Anniversary
Protecting the world and its oceans remains the focus of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) as it celebrates its 125th anniversary, says its new president, Richard Vie, VP Technical Development and Quality Assurance, Corporate Shipbuilding, Carnival Corporation. Addressing more than 400 leading marine professionals from around the world at the IMarEST’s Annual Dinner at London’s Guildhall on Friday, March 28, Vie also called on members to inspire the next generation of marine engineers.
Innovative Solutions to Global Trends at INEC 2014
The newly launched program for the 12th International Naval Engineering Conference and Exhibition – INEC 2014, being held at the Marine Establishment Amsterdam in the Netherlands (May 20-22, 2014) features an incomparable line-up drawn from over a dozen countries speaking to the theme ‘Innovative solutions to global trends’. The program includes keynote addresses by Vice Admirals of both the Royal Netherlands Navy and the Royal Navy, and, thanks to the support of the Royal Netherlands Navy, a networking and industrial visit program with the innovative HNLMS Tromp at its heart.
Polar Code Focus at Arctic Conference
The Polar Code has been under development at the IMO for a considerable length of time but will reach fruition during 2014 after which it will be offered to the various nations to ratify. The Code seeks to provide a common reference for those ship owners, designers and – more importantly, perhaps – the ship users who will be operating inside the Arctic or Antarctic regions. The South Polar Region is already covered for a host of aspects by the Antarctic Treaty which has now been in force for many years.
Registration Open for Oceanology International
Registration for the largest-ever Oceanology International (ExCeL London, March 11-13, 2014) is now open at oceanologyinternational.com. With 520 exhibitors from 35 countries taking up over 8,000 m2 net of space, the biennial global forum is where industry, academia and government come together to share knowledge and connect with their peers in the marine technology and ocean science community, thus improving their strategies for measuring, exploiting, protecting and operating in the world’s oceans. “It is not only the exhibition that is record-breaking, we have an impressive series of eight conferences and three highly topical panel discussions planned by the industry for the industry,” explained Event Director, James Coleman of Reed Exhibitions.
Braemar Brings LNG Expertise to China
As the demand for LNG grows, the Chinese government has recognized that in expanding its LNG capabilities, it must build-up the skill set of its maritime professionals in this vital sector. A new course created by Braemar Engineering aims to support this growing demand for LNG expertise in China and increase understanding of STCW amendments concerning operation and management regulations for liquefied vessels. Developed in conjunction with the Cambridge Academy of Transport and Shanghai Maritime University…
Inaugural IMarEst Marine Electrical and Control Systems Saftey Conference
Ships are becoming increasingly dependent on complex electronic equipment and electrical power systems, with incidence of engine failure and blackouts increasing. Safety and reliability are paramount, as will be discussed and debated at a new conference taking place in early October. With just over a week before the inaugural Marine Electrical and Control Systems Safety Conference (MECSS 2013) organized by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) opens in Amsterdam, speakers from Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, U.K. and U.S.
Dr. Anne-Marie Warris: WISTA-UK Personality of the Year
Dr. Anne-Marie Warris, an internationally respected expert in the fields of sustainable shipping, climate change and environmental management, has been chosen as Personality of the Year 2013 by WISTA-UK, part of the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association. Dr. Warris recently retired from a leading environmental role at Lloyd’s Register to initiate a new venture, ecoreflect ltd, a U.K.-registered company, whose purpose is “to explore ‘eco’ and to ‘reflect’ on the…