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SMT Shipping was founded in 1990 and has its headquarters in Limassol, Cyprus. Tech­nical Mana­gement & Crewing:­ Ul.Chrobrego 48, 81-723 Sopot, Poland.

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Mark Voorham

CEO SMT Shipping

It has been over half a year since the entire globe has suffered the physical, emotional, and financial toll of the Covid-19 pandemic. To date, there have been over 17.8 million reported cases of the virus worldwide and nearly 680,000 people have lost their lives to the disease. We are very grateful that no SMT Shipping personnel has reported any serious health repercussions from the disease so far. Yet we do know that the pandemic has touched each one of us – whether that be due to illness or death of friends or family, economic stressors, isolation and loneliness, or the anxiety caused by an unknown and ever-changing future.

We also know that the world’s 1.6 million mariners have been one of the worst affected labor groups since the pandemic began. Due to a lack of international coordination, many nations have refused to consider mariners to be essential workers and have imposed strict limitations on crew changes and crew travel. The world’s seafarers have therefore been trapped – either stuck onboard for many months over their contract period or at home waiting to return to work. SMT has gone to great lengths to work around these constantly changing border and flight restrictions. In some cases, SMT has deployed its own vessels to ferry seafarers to and from their ships. Working closely with our agent partners, we have diverted a number of vessels to nations with open borders purely to facilitate crew changes.

Crew changes for our West African operations in Guinea and Ghana have been particularly challenging. Yet even in this case we have used SMT’s famed ingenuity to get our mariners on and off our vessels. Our work is not yet over – but our SMT community must know that we are doing everything possible to honor and support the seamen that we certainly consider essential.

It is also important to mention that in addition to the pandemic, the world has recently come to a greater awareness of the heavy burden that systemic racism has played in the lives of men and women of color. SMT Shipping is deeply committed to a world where access to opportunity, peace, justice, and quality of life is a right for all people and should not be defined by one’s race. We must be constantly vigilant to understand and root out ways in which racism might impact our lives and our work – so that we can truly fulfil our company’s destiny as one diverse and empowered community.

Please stay safe – and thank you again for being part of this great SMT family.


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

Slawomir Pyz, Sekou Camara, Alejandro Garcia, Emelito M. Villas, Marc Smeets, Geerten Vreugdenhil, Jacek Kaszubski, Paul Eagles, Jacek Wisniewski, Slawomir Sabatowski, Jilles van der Niet, Joseph Quaicoe, Mariska Voorham, Francis Blay Erzoah, Emanuel Klar, Hanna Theophani, Peter Newell, Alexander Ryan, Wilson Penzo, Janusz Sienkiewicz, Maciej Krella, Seastatt Experts, Dariusz Stefaniak, Danuta Czerwinska, Ania Szyszko, Joanna Szozda, Sarita Mahabir, Wojciech Chiniewicz, Timme Chrispijn, Jan Pot, Even Vike, , Agniewska Kutcha, Kristian KallaurTomasz Dziubek, Andrew Zikopoulos, Mark Voorham, Robert Abraham, Lisa Straughton, Vanessa Voorham, Ewelina Ołdak-Lewińska, Harry Fox, Denis Didushok, Ellen Cohen, Rien Kok, Jan Brak, Carla Tavenier-Kok, Gerard Tavenier.


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