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    WINTER 2019 - 2020
  • Cover
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  • Editorial
    Mark Voorham, CEO SMT Shipping.
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  • Content
    A tribute to Jan Kita
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  • SMT News
    Three new Bulkers to Join SMT Fleet in Q1 2020
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  • SMT News 2
    Santa Claus sponsored by SMT in Gdansk & Nautical News online
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  • SMT News 3
    SMT Shipping adds six more Vectis types to the CSMT fleet & Crew Conference in Manila 2019
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  • SMT News 4
    More conferences around the world
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  • SMT News 5
    SMT Impacted by Venezuelan Sanctions & Mastering the Cape Verga Pearl I
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  • Think SAFE
    Staying healthy and germ-free
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  • SpotLight
    SMT Renews Cadet Program with University in Trinidad
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  • SpotLight 2
    In Their Own Words: The Cadet Experience
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  • Captain's Corner
    Increase your knowledge
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  • The Galley & Chess
    The matches between Karpov and Kasparov
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  • Promotions
    35 promotions!
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  • SMT Personal
    Events in the life of smt staff
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  • SUMMER 2020
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  • SPRING 2020
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  • WINTER 2019 - 2020
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Mark Voorham

CEO SMT Shipping

“Sustainable shipping for a sustainable planet” is the IMO’s World Maritime theme for 2020.  In making the announcement, IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim stated, “The year 2020 (marks) the beginning of a…decisive decade not only for the shipping industry, but for life on the planet”. 

I am proud to say that SMT’s commitment to environmental stewardship is in alignment with the IMO’s platform.  Our ballast water treatment installation program is progressing throughout the fleet, and we wholly support the need to protect the world’s oceanic ecosystems.  We are also in full compliance with the new sulphur regulations which took effect January 1, 2020, whereby vessels must now use marine fuels with a maximum sulphur content of 0.5%.  SMT considers fuel efficiency a top priority for the health of both our company and the planet, and we have made great progress through careful fuel consumption analysis and the use of eco-friendly construction designs.  Yet there is certainly much more we can do – from the way we work to the way we travel – to further our commitment to our global environment.  It is for this reason that SMT management appointed the company’s first Sustainability Officer at the start of this year.

It is our belief that as a responsible company and responsible citizens, we need to go beyond just the minimum regulatory requirements regarding environmental initiatives, and this is an important step in that direction. As we look towards the future, it is clear that there will be no real profitability in the shipping industry without environmental protection, and we look forward to continuing our efforts towards the betterment of our planet.

Special thanks to the following people for their help in preparing this issue:

Krystian Kallaur, Cor Stouten, Linley Geeben, Amanda Llandos, Rhett Chee Ping, Paul Taylor, Kita Family, Andrzej Bednarski, Grzegorz Kaczmarczyk, David Karasz, Mark Voorham, Robert Abraham, Dariusz Stefaniak, Johnny Babun, Alejandro Garcia, John Egan, Andrew Zikopoulos, Alexander Ryan, Shaquille Tull, Antonio Munro, Jacob Bonterre, Slawomir Skrzeszewski, Sarita Mahabir-Lee, Vivian Rambarath-Parasram, Sukhjit Singh, Janusz Sienkiewicz, Sylwester Tyraj, Adam Bodal, Steven van den Haak, Rene van den Schaft, Norbert Mietlarek, Marinanna Yeminitzi, Natasa Pilides, Lisa Straughton, Simon Merritt, Hannah Theophanim, Anna Szyszko, Soren Vestergaard, Paul Eagles, Vanessa Voorham, Harry Fox, Denis Didushok, Anna Parzynska, Ellen Cohen, Rien Kok, Carla Tavenier-Kok, Gerard Tavenier.

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