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Dorian Relief for the Bahamas

On 1 September 2019, Hurricane Dorian made landfall in the Bahamas, and for the next day and half became one of the greatest disasters in the country’s history. The storm crawled over the islands, with wind gusts up to 350 km/hour, and created waves of over 7 meters in height. Dorian caused at least 53 deaths and over 1300 people missing. Yet for those who survived the storm, the devastation is almost unimaginable, with dangerously limited food, shelter, and basic medical care.

SMT Shipping has a close relationship with the Bahamas – we have made numerous voyages to the island nation, and many of our vessels are registered under the Bahamas flag.

As a result, when Crewing Manager Dariusz Stefaniak received a call for help, he immediately turned to the SMT community to raise funds. Within days, donations poured in from both seafarers and shore based staff, and we are proud to announce that together we have raised USD16,000 to support the Bahamas National Emergency Management Agency’s Dorian Relief program. As Dariusz explains, “one donor responded that his contribution represents only a drop in a sea of need.
Yet our individual drops have together created a small pool of resources to help victims and show them that they are not alone.”

Annual CSC Charity Beach-Volley Tournament 2019 in Cyprus

On Sunday, September 8, the SMT Volleyball Team played in the first round of the Annual CSC Charity Beach-Volley Tournament 2019 in Cyprus. As one of 21 participating teams, the SMT Team won two of the qualifying matches and lost two of them, but played competitively in each game, only losing by one or two points to last year’s winning team.

Many thanks to players Andreas Christofides, Angelos Kyprianou, Nikitas Polemitis, Pantinos Mavrogenis, Marina Vakana, and Mark Rensen for their hard work and sportsmanship!

Drones Are Transforming the Maritime Industry

Drones are rapidly becoming standard equipment in the maritime industry, according to Martek Marine. Growth in commercial and civilian drone industry is expected to exceed defense industry applications in the next five years. In many cases, drones offer solutions that are safer, faster, and more cost effective than equivalent human action.  

For example, tank inspections are a common task onboard vessels, but they come with a serious risk of suffocation or poisoning. This can be completely avoided by deploying a drone. Easy and quick analysis will determine the safety of the tank for entry – saving lives with just a matter of minutes of drone flight. In sum, drones will clearly become a more common tool in the maritime industry’s quest for safe and efficient operations.