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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Sci News

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SCI expands its Coastal Shipping Services

The new restructured SMILE Service synergizes Shipping Corporation of India’s (SCI) Services with Shreyas’s Services and seamlessly links up Persian Gulf with East Coast of India and West Coast of India, thereby, further strengthening and expanding SCI’s presence in the Coastal Shipping Sector. The working together of two Lines, i.e., The SCI and Shreyas, on this route will be a force multiplier for SCI which will provide a high quality of Coastal Services on fixed day fixed window and will set the agenda…

Capt. Anoop Kumar Sharma

Sharma is CMD, Shipping Corporation of India

Capt. Anoop Kumar Sharma has assumed the charge of the post of Chairman & Managing Director of The Shipping Corporation of India Ltd w.e.f. 12th September, 2016. Capt. Anoop Sharma has served the shipping industry for over 34 years at various responsible levels. His career started from T.S. Rajendra after which he joined The Shipping Corporation of India Ltd (SCI) in 1982. At SCI, after a successful sailing stint and after obtaining command, he shifted to an on-shore role in 1992 as a Technical Superintendent.

A New Floating Chapel: SCI’s CHAPLAINSBLOG

In the early nineteenth century, the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) lodged its mission to seafarers in a floating chapel in the waters of the Port of New York. SCI prioritized “mobile” spiritual care, meeting mariners where their work brought them. Today, SCI chaplains remain just as agile, climbing gangways and riding tender vessels to reach mariners on board busy ships. This month, however, SCI steps up its mobility to bring chaplains’ messages wherever there is an Internet connection, launching a new blog called CHAPLAINSBLOG (http://chaplainsblog.seamenschurch.org).

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IMO Sec-Gen Visits SCI’s Port Newark Center

Head of global maritime standard-setting authority visits SCI’s International Seafarers’ Center in Port Newark. The Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) hosted International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim to its Port Newark International Seafarers’ Center on Tuesday, May 3, 2016. Secretary-General Lim, accompanied by Fred Kenney, Director, Legal and External Affairs for the IMO (and former Judge Advocate General and Chief Counsel of the United States Coast Guard)…

Eric Larsson (standing), Director of Maritime Education, and SCI’s President & Executive Director, the Rev. David M. Rider (L), sign the contract for the first phase of SCI’s Houston simulator upgrades with Kongsberg Maritime, represented by Area Sales Manager Henry Tremblay (R).

SCI Gears Up for the Future

The Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) signed a contract to purchase new equipment for its Center for Maritime Education in Houston, Texas, initiating a multiphase upgrade to SCI’s simulator technology located in one of the largest petrochemical complexes in the world. The upgrades introduce a path for future groundbreaking safety and security training. The first phase of SCI’s technology improvement places the Houston simulator on par with upgrades installed in 2009 at SCI’s Center for Maritime Education in Paducah, Ky.

SCI Announces E-Learning Partnership

Beginning May 2012, The Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) will enter into partnership with Consolidated Digital Publishing Inc. (CDP) to provide e-learning resources for companies and employees in the maritime industry. SCI’s online course offerings build on more than a century of the Institute’s legacy of continuing maritime education, adding effective, proven tactics in online learning to help maritime industry employees prevent injuries and accidents at work. SCI’s new e-learning opportunities give access to training that helps employees meet industry requirements with clear…

Mr. A K Gupta Chairman and Managing Director of SCI

SCI onto Gujarat Coastal & Exim Container Trades

The Shipping Corporation of India Ltd. (SCI), a Government of India Enterprise, hosted an interactive session on Coastal & Exim container trades of Gujarat on 9th October, 2014 at Courtyard Marriott, Ahmedabad. Shri Arun Kumar Gupta, Chairman and Managing Director of SCI, Capt. B.B. Sinha, Director (Personnel & Administration) of SCI, Capt. Sarveen Narula, Director- Liner & Passenger Services Division of SCI and other senior officials of the company were present at the meet. Shri Arun Kumar Gupta…

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2015 Adventure Race to Support Mariners

SCI announces the opening of registration for the SCI Mountain Challenge: a test of endurance inspired by mariners. From September 24-27, 2015, the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) sponsors a race that mirrors the one mariners run every day as they make deliveries of precious cargo safely and on time. The SCI Mountain Challenge puts teams of three persons on the mountains of Maine to navigate unfamiliar paths, changeable weather and difficult routes. Their efforts do not just pay “lip service” to the struggles mariners face…

The maritime industry came out in strong support of the SCI Silver Bell Award Ceremony.  Photos by Leo Sorel.

Silver Bell Awards Honor Champions

SCI awarded James R. Barker and Paul R. Tregurtha the Silver Bell Award and honored the Right Rev. Mark S. Sisk with the Distinguished Service Award. On Thursday, June 7, over 800 individuals from the maritime industry celebrated with the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) at its 35th Annual Silver Bell Awards Dinner, raising over $865,000 for SCI’s programs serving mariners. The theme of the evening, “Unsung Heroes,” highlighted the essential yet unrecognized contributions the maritime industry makes to our daily lives.

China Shipyard Delivers Panamax Bulker to SCI

The Shipping Corporation of India Ltd. (SCI) accepts bulk carrier 'Vishva Vijay' from STX Shipbuilding, Dalian, China. The vessel is the third in a series of four Panamax bulk carriers ordered by SCI from STX (Dalian) Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., China. These vessels are of higher capacity, over 80,000 dwt each, compared with conventional Panamax vessels which are of about 75,000 dwt. MV Vishva Vijay has a gross tonnage of 44,010 tonnes and deadweight of 80,312 tonnes. The new ship…

Signed Contracts for Acquisition of Two Resale Supramax Bulk Carriers

The  Shipping  Corporation  of  India  Ltd. (SCI) has signed contracts for acquisition of two resale Supramax bulk carriers with M/s Grand Yard. Investments Ltd., China on 15th April, 2011. These vessels have been acquired through a competitive global tendering process and SCI has selected the vessels of M/s Grand Yard Investments based on the technical suitability and commercial competitiveness. These  vessels  are  presently  under  construction  at M/s Guoyu Shipyard, China which is under the same group of M/s Grand Yard Investments Ltd.

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Kongsberg to Overhaul Seamen’s Church Simulators

SCI begins a massive rebuild of its Paducah, Ky. simulators used to train mariners for safety on the water. The Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) has signed a contract with Kongsberg Maritime for a complete overhaul of important maritime simulator technology at its Center for Maritime Education campus in Paducah, Ky. Installation begins in August to replace existing wheelhouse architecture with entirely new mechanisms and navigation tools that more closely mirror contemporary equipment and construction of modern vessels. The new simulators strengthen SCI’s service to American mariners.

Tanker of Shipping Corporation of India Photo SCI

SCI Profit doubles to Rs. 377.29 Crores

The Shipping Corporation of India Ltd (SCI), India’s largest shipping company and a Government of India Public Sector Undertaking, has nearly doubled it’s net profit to Rs. 377.29 Crores for the year ended 31st March 2016 as against a net profit of Rs.200.93 Crores in the previous year. Despite providing for an impairment loss of Rs. 136.38 Crores SCI has posted an impressive profit of Rs. 377.29 Crores The overall financial performance of the company has also improved with enhanced Net worth and Earning Per Share.

New Tool at SCI

Additional simulator in SCI’s Houston Center for Maritime Education enlarges capacity for specialized assessment and training. This month, the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) completes construction of an environment tailored for one-on-one mariner skill appraisal. SCI’s new Houston simulator manufactured by Transas provides a dedicated tool for assessments, corrective action implementation and company human resource evaluations. The new simulator suite contains a single full-mission bridge pilothouse…

Inland Awards Conferred in Paducah

The Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI), organized the 12th Annual River Bell Awards Luncheon in Paducah, KY on Thursday, December 8, 2011. The awards paid tribute to three individuals whose labors have significantly enriched America’s waterways. A crowd of 335 joined SCI’s River Bell Awards committee in commending the work of Joseph H. Pyne, Chairman & CEO of Kirby Corporation; Eddie Conrad; and RADM Mary E. Landry (ret), former Commander of the United States Coast Guard 8th District.

Capt. B.B. Sinha Photo SCI

Sinha Takes Over as CMD of SCI

  Capt. B.B. Sinha, Director (P&A) of The Shipping Corporation of India limited (SCI) has assumed the additional charge of the post of Chairman & Managing Director, SCI w.e.f. 01.01.2016 as per the Office Order received from the Ministry of Shipping till 31.03.2016 or until, further order whichever earlier. A. K. Gupta who was the Chairman and Managing Director of SCI superannuated on 31st December 2015.

New Center for Maritime Education Director

Taking over the reins from Eric K. Larsson, former Director of the Seamen’s Church Institute’s (SCI) Center for Maritime Education, Captain Stephen Polk now commands SCI’s advanced training program for mariners. SCI appointed Polk, a USCG Licensed Captain and US Navy veteran, to begin work as Director earlier this month. Captain Polk has logged thousands of hours on SCI’s advanced simulators training professional mariners and in the classroom helping them evaluate complex situations.

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SCI Expands Fleet

SCI signed contracts for acquisition of two Supramax bulk carriers on resale basis which were originally contracted by M/s Grand Yard Investment Pvt. Ltd., China and were under construction at M/s Guoyu Shipyard, China. SCI had signed contracts for these two resale vessels during April 2011. The second vessel is scheduled to be delivered to SCI by July end. The vessel has a gross tonnage of 33,032 tons and deadweight of 56,638 tons. The vessel has been classed with BV and IRS and has been built to comply with the latest and most stringent international regulations.

The Simulator at the Center for Maritime Education in Paducah, KY.

SCI’s New Chapter in Maritime Training

On December 10, 2014, SCI launched a major initiative to transform training for America’s inland mariners at its Center for Maritime Education in Paducah, KY. The day before its 15th Annual River Bell Awards ceremony, the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) pushed the proverbial boat out on a new era of maritime education. In prior months, SCI had installed new simulators and renovated the hospitality areas at its Center for Maritime Education in Paducah, KY. The official dedication…

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SCI Simulator Offers One-on-one Training

What does a new year of training look like at SCI? With a new simulator in full operation, SCI helps individual mariners complete assessments previously only available in large class settings or in the real world when exact conditions could be met on the water. The Seamen’s Church Institute’s (SCI) Center for Maritime Education puts mariners in real-life situations using high-tech simulation equipment. Most days, SCI classrooms host groups of six to eight students as part of training sessions sponsored by maritime transportation companies…

Post-Piracy Care for Seafarers

The Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) has published Preliminary Guidelines: Post-Piracy Care for Seafarers, outlining preliminary strategies on caring for seafarers (merchant mariners) affected by piracy. The document, based on cutting-edge mental health research and ongoing discussions with shipowners, crewing agencies, representatives of governments, and other stakeholders in the industry, provides practical guidelines for the maritime industry. SCI presented the Preliminary Guidelines to Working Group Three of the United Nations Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia on January 27…

SCI Hosts Industry Conference on Safety

On November 12, 2013, the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) and SafeMARINER, LLC will host “Zero Incidents through Training, Competency & Continual Improvement,” an industry conference for key players in inland American maritime transportation. The forum at SCI’s training center in Houston, Texas invites mariners, industry executives and regulators to the table to discuss critical issues surrounding safe transportation on the water. “Various individuals operating from different angles in transportation possess valuable knowledge unique to their roles…

New Endurance Event Set to Test Maritime Companies

The Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) announces the SCI Mountain Challenge, a first-of-its-kind event in North America supporting the Institute’s mariner welfare programs and services. Mariners train to endure uncomfortable things—months on the water, living in confined quarters, alone and at the mercy of the elements. This September, the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI), North America’s largest mariners’ service agency, asks landlubbers to consider stepping out of their comfort zone, too, stretching their perceived physical and psychological limits in a test of endurance.

The SCI’s Worldwide Agents Meet 2016. Photo R. K. Sharma, General Manager IC (Public Relations) of SCI

SCI’s Worldwide Agents’ Meet 2016

The Shipping Corporation of India’s (SCI) Worldwide Agents' Meet 2016 held on March 2nd, 2016 drew 88 agents from across the world to participate in the Meet. There were representatives from Far East, Indian Subcontinent, Persian Gulf, Western Europe, Mediterranean, Black Sea, East and South Africa, Red Sea, Myanmar, USA, etc. The Chairman & Managing Director (CMD) Capt. B.B. Sinha, CMD, SCI, while delivering the keynote address welcomed the Agents who had gathered from around the world. He gave a brief about the Global shipping scenario.

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SCI Presents Silver Bell Awards 2015

A shared passion and concern brought together a diverse group of people from several segments of the maritime industry to celebrate the milestone achievements of three careers and to raise funds to support mariners served by SCI. More than 770 individuals assembled on Thursday, June 4, 2015, at the Seamen’s Church Institute’s (SCI) 38th Annual Silver Bell Awards Dinner in New York City to honor the maritime industry contributions of three individuals. SCI presented Angeliki Frangou…

SCI’s Worldwide Agents Meet 2015

SCI's Worldwide Agents Meet

The Shipping Corporation of India’s (SCI) Worldwide Agents Meet 2015 was this year held in the Auditorium of  it's Maritime Training Institute at Powai. The meet was attended by about 102  delegates from various agency houses  representing Far East, Indian Subcontinent, Persian Gulf, Western Europe, Mediterranean, Black Sea, Red Sea, USA etc. The  two day meet began with auspicious lightening of lamp by the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) Shri. Arun Kumar Gupta. All the functional directors of SCI, Capt Sunil Thapar , Director (Bulk & Tanker Division),  Capt.