Columbia Marlow participates in day 2 of London International Shipping Week

Yesterday Mark O’Neil spoke at the Hill Dickinson conference on ‘Digitalisation and the Future of Ship Management’. Mr. O’Neil later joined panel discussions at Reed Smith’s shipping seminar and Capital Link’s forum on ‘Tomorrow’s Maritime World, Today’ and ‘Industry Challenges and the Road Map Ahead’.



Mark O’Neil speaks on first day of London International Shipping Week

On 11th September our CEO Mark O’Neil gave the keynote address at the 4th Annual International Shipowning & Shipmanagement Summit, as part of LISW. His keynote speech explored ‘Will Shipmanagement be a standalone service or part of the overall service offerings expected by tomorrow’s owners and charterers?’ Mr. O’Neil later participated in a panel debate on ‘How can third party managers strengthen their relationship with ship owners and cargo owners?’.




Columbia Shipmanagement and Marlow Navigation have today announced confirmation of regulatory approval allowing their previously reported intended merger to proceed.
Columbia Marlow will continue to deliver the high-level quality services that are, and will continue to be, in demand by today’s fast-changing shipping industry. It will focus on its core services of technical and crew management, together with whatever support services are required by its clients.
The merger is seen as a perfect fit and brings together two of the shipping industry’s most highly respected privately owned shipmanagement companies.

JUNE 2017

Columbia wins football tournament

On 26th June 2017, the Columbia team became undefeated champions after 13 straight wins during the So Go Football business league. Congratulations to our players!


JUNE 2017

NYK Rumina wins ‘Best Quality Ship Award’

We are proud to announce that one of our container ships, NYK Rumina, has received the Best Quality Ship Award for 2016, awarded by the Japan Federation of Pilots’ Associations (JFPA). Technical Fleet Manager Mr. Pablo Mussi accepted the award on behalf of CSM on 23rd June 2017 at an awards ceremony in Tokyo.


Pictured L-R: Mr. Pablo Mussi (CSM Cyprus Technical Fleet Manager), Mr. Shoichi Fukunaga (Chairman of Japan Federation of Pilots’ Associations), Mr. Tomohiro Kotaki (CSM Japan representative)

JUNE 2017

CSM celebrates Day of the Seafarer

In honour of Day of the Seafarer on 25th of June, CSM staff took a photo to say a special thank you to each and every one of our seafarers for their hard work and commitment!


JUNE 2017

CSM hosts InterManager Executive Committee Meeting

On the 1st June 2017, Columbia Shipmanagement hosted the InterManager Executive Committee Meeting in their Limassol offices.

InterManager is a leading organisation taking up and offering solutions for concerns of the ship management industry, representing and promoting excellence in ship management. It currently has close to 100 members which include full members and associate members who are collectively involved in the management of some 5,000 ships and almost 250,000 seafarers.

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MAY 2017


Columbia Shipmanagement together with Marlow Navigation have underlined their individual commitment to a digital agenda in quality shipmanagement by signing a ground‐breaking partnership with Lufthansa Industry Solutions that will pave the way for a new era of blue sky thinking in the maritime sector.

The agreement between Blue Dynamics – a cutting edge software company previously set up by Columbia and Marlow – and Lufthansa Industry Solutions will provide the highest standards of information technology relating to performance monitoring, predictive maintenance, remote sensoring, procurement, logistics, crew planning and other important topics such as development resource sharing, lab utilisation and state‐of‐the‐art development processes.

Lufthansa Industry Solutions has successfully provided several innovative IT solutions to the maritime industry over the years, both in the transport and the cruise sector. The subsidiary of the Lufthansa Group supports its clients along every step of the way toward secure network and internet solutions, from the concept and implementation of IT infrastructures to the optimization of existing ones. Cruise companies also have the option of integrating the Velimo mobile platform, which was developed by Lufthansa Industry Solutions especially for the cruise and tourism industry. The platform offers guests access to a wide range of digital content and smart services.

Mark O’Neil, President of Columbia Shipmanagement, and the future CEO of the merged Columbia Marlow (subject to regulatory approval), welcomed the partnership and said the goal was to create “a truly transformational digital environment consisting of integrated applications and services which will enable the customer to be fully integrated into the management and vessel operation process. It will empower our staff with more information to help them in their decision‐making processes, ensure optimisation of maintenance and processes, allow for better monitoring of crew training and pastoral needs, and help immeasurably in achieving economies and efficacies of scale. All this tailored to the specific needs of each individual client, large and small.”

Bernd Appel, Managing Director of Lufthansa Industry Solutions, said that "we very much welcome this partnership between two companies sharing the same values, impeccably high standards and commitment to innovation. Our roots are in aviation, a highly digitized, security‐sensitive industry. Lufthansa stands for quality and reliability, which means that we as a subsidiary have good DNA. The sharing of IT solutions between the airline and maritime sectors can only assist both and lead to improved safety, efficacies and efficiencies."

Columbia and Marlow Navigation have long acknowledged the importance of digitalisation in their drive to create a credible, innovative and achievable digital agenda focusing on enhanced planning; environmental awareness; process control; safety; vessel performance monitoring; predictive maintenance and transparency. This development can only fast‐track that process.
Both companies established Blue Dynamics several years ago in order to develop an industry leading IT platform and detailed digital agenda, as well as creating the environment for blue sky thinking on the maritime sector and ship management’s future digital needs.


(L – R) Mark O’Neil, President of Columbia Shipmanagement, Bernd Appel, Managing Director of Lufthansa Industry Solutions

MAY 2017

Columbia Cyprus welcomes visitors from ‘Adopt a Ship’ campaign

Columbia Cyprus welcomed 38 teachers from the ‘Adopt a Ship’ 2016 – 2017 campaign on Wednesday 31st May. The ‘Adopt a Ship’ campaign is arranged by CYMEPA (Cyprus Marine Environment Protection Association) and supported by the Department of Merchant Shipping and Cyprus Shipping Chamber.

Entering its 11th year, the ‘Adopt a Ship’ educational programme aims to establish a link between ships and schools by partnering local schools with shipping companies, in order to learn more about the industry.


MAY 2017

Columbia plays in charity football tournament

On Sunday 28th May, Columbia Cyprus took part in a charity football tournament arranged by Intership Navigation. The one day tournament took place at Valley Sports Arena in Germasoyia, with 20 local companies entering teams. Columbia’s football team drew 2 games and won the 3rd.

Proceeds from the tournament were donated to The Alma Foundation, a centre for the early intervention of premature babies and young children with mental and physical developmental impediments. We were glad to support this event.


MAY 2017

Columbia’s Health Awareness Month

Our Health Awareness Month is underway! Cyprus staff can choose from a variety of presentations to attend on our premises, ranging from nutrition and sun protection to effective methods for quitting smoking. On the fitness side, staff can choose from a range of sessions including workouts in the company garden, windsurfing and beach walks. We encourage all to ‘Commit to be fit!’


MAY 2017

Columbia Shipmanagement Cyprus places 2nd in Dragon Boat Challenge

Congratulations to our team Columbia Dragons who took 2nd place victory at the 2017 Race the Dragon Challenge on Sunday 21st May at Yermasoyia Dam in Cyprus! The team’s hard work paid off as they also achieved their personal best time of 52.14 against the wind versus 54.95 last year! The Cyprus Dragon Boat Federation had 22 entries for their 200 meter course event.



MAY 2017

DNV-GL presents certificates for ISO 50001 and OHSAS 18001

On 9th May 2017 Mr. Schramm, Mr. Lange and Mr. Quas from DNV-GL attended the Columbia Germany office to present the certificates for ISO 50001 and OHSAS 18001 for CSM Cyprus, Singapore and Germany.

Congratulations to all involved for this achievement.



MAY 2017

Columbia co-hosts 2nd Annual Capital Link International Shipping Forum in Shanghai

On Friday 5th May Columbia Shipmanagement was pleased to co-host the 2nd Annual Capital Link International Shipping Forum in Shanghai, China - co-chaired by Managing Director, Andreas Hadjpetrou. Columbia’s President Mark O’Neil addressed delegates on the Trends & Developments in Technical Fleet Management. Mark O’Neil said: “I was pleased that Columbia Shipmanagement could support the 2nd Annual Capital Link International Shipping Forum in China. It’s a highly prestigious event and we look forward to working with them again in the future.”




MARCH 2017

Columbia places 5th at Limassol Marathon Corporate 5k Race

On Saturday 18th March 2017 a total of 180 runners representing CSM Cyprus took part in the Limassol Marathon Corporate 5k Race. Thanks to CSM’s running team, Columbia was placed 5th out of 165 companies! Congratulations to the CSM team, which included 18 timed runners.

The 11th Opap Limassol-GSO marathon is the Island´s single largest athletics event and saw a total of 15,000 runners take part. It aims to raise funds for the Karaiskakio Foundation - a non–profit organisation established with the sole purpose of organising a volunteer Bone Marrow Donor Registry.



Capital Link’s 1st Cyprus Shipping Forum Draws 400+ Delegates

Columbia Shipmanagement was delighted to support Capital Link’s first ever shipping forum in Cyprus. The inaugural “Capital Link Cyprus Shipping Forum” took place in Limassol on Thursday, February 9, 2017, at the Columbia Plaza, under the Auspices of the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works.

The event was a huge success drawing 400+ delegates from abroad and from the vibrant Cyprus shipping community. The Forum aimed to raise awareness of the role of Cyprus as a regional maritime, logistics and energy hub.

Keynote speakers of the ‘Capital Link Cyprus Shipping Forum’were:
- Marios Demetriades, Minister of Transport Communications & Works of the Republic of Cyprus,
- Martin Stopford, non-Executive President of Clarkson Research Services Ltd and
- Zhang Ye, President of Shanghai Shipping Exchange.

Columbia’s CEO Mr. Carsten Sommerhage participated in a forum session on the topic ‘Optimising Technical Fleet Management’. Capital Link intends to organize this event in Cyprus on an annual basis. Columbia Shipmanagement is a proud Global Gold Sponsor for all Capital Link Forums in 2017.

After the event, Mr. Andreas Hadjipetrou, Managing Director of Columbia Shipmanagement stated “We are all very excited to see in Limassol, and especially at the Columbia Plaza, a full house event with top class delegates and in depth discussions on the most important shipping subjects. What was even more impressive was the fact that international and local companies were represented by their top figures who took pride in supporting Capital Link in Cyprus and promoting Cyprus as a shipping center. We look forward to next year’s event!”

Capital Link is known for the organisation of large scale high quality maritime and investor forums in key industry centers, such as New York, London, Athens and Shanghai, and as of 2017 in Limassol. Capital Link organises fourteen conferences annually, of which seven are focused on the maritime sector.




Columbia Shipmanagement places second in the CSC Charity Beach-Volley Tournament

news-88.jpgCongratulations to the CSM Rockets for coming second place in the Cyprus Shipping Chamber’s annual Charity Beach-Volley Tournament.

Held at the Cyprus Volleyball Federation in Limassol, the event saw a friendly competition among colleagues, with CSM entering two teams; CSM Rockets and CSM Warriors.

Under the auspices of the Minister of Communications and Works, the competition has been running since 1996, providing a great way to raise money for charity, as well as a fun social event for Chamber members.

Proceeds from the event were donated to the ‘One Dream One Wish’ Children’s Charity Association, which fulfils the wishes of children suffering from cancer and related diseases.


CSM speak at the first International Maritime Human Rights Conference

news-83.jpgColumbia Shipmanagement participated in the first International Maritime Human Rights Conference which took place on Wednesday 14th September at The Royal College of Surgeons, London.
CSM Crewing Director, Norman Schmiedl spoke from a Shipmanager’s perspective on the impact of migrants on crew, as part of the ‘Maritime Welfare – Challenges and Responsibilities’ session.
The Conference focused on explicitly addressing the issue of maritime human rights and associated welfare issues throughout the maritime environment, by bringing together industry, civil society and government-level leaders for discussion and debate on current issues that universally affect the human element at sea.
Following the event, CSM Managing Director, Andreas Hadjipetrou, commented: “CSM is proud to have attended the first conference of this kind, exchanging views with others in the industry.”

JUNE 2016

Day of the Seafarer

news-78.jpgIn honor of Day of the Seafarer on 25th of June, CSM staff took a photo to say a special thank you to each and every one of our seafarers for their hard work and commitment!

JUNE 2016

Columbia Cyprus welcomes visitors from the ‘Adopt a Ship’ campaign

news-73.jpgColumbia Shipmanagement Cyprus is pleased to have welcomed teachers from the ‘Adopt a Ship’ 2015 - 2016 campaign to the company offices on Tuesday 31st May.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the year-long educational programme run by Cyprus Shipping Chamber (CSC) in co-operation with CYMEPA (Cyprus Marine Environment Protection Association), aims to establish a link between ships and schools by partnering local schools with shipping companies, in order to learn more about the industry.

The day got underway with welcomes from Dr. Michael Ierides, Secretary General of CYMEPA, Mr. Andreas Hadjipetrou, Managing Director, CSM and Mr. Phivos Vakis, Chief Financial Officer, CSM, before three VIP speeches by:

Mr. Yiannis Efstratiou, Acting Director, Cyprus Department of Merchant Shipping
Mr. Alex Josephides, Deputy Director General, Cyprus Shipping Chamber
Dr. Andri Othonos Zacharious, Inspector, Ministry of Education and Culture

Also in attendance was Mr. Thomas Kazakos, Director General of the Cyprus Shipping Chamber.
Following the speeches, Captain Demetris Matis, Insurance Manager, CSM, gave a presentation where he spoke about ‘Life as a Captain’, touching on his past experience.

Whilst visiting CSM Cyprus, the 26 teachers in attendance were then presented with certificates, congratulating them on having completed a full year in the ‘Adopt a Ship’ programme, before being given a tour of the CSM Cyprus office.

Following the visit, all attendees were treated to lunch courtesy of Columbia.

JUNE 2016

Columbia Shipmanagement Cyprus places 2nd in Dragon Boat Challenge

news-67.jpgCompeting in the Dragon Boat Challenge for a second year running, Columbia Shipmanagement Cyprus is delighted to have come 2nd in the standard boat corporate category. The event took place on Sunday 29th May at Germasoyia Dam in Limassol, Cyprus with a total of 12 corporate teams competing across two categories.

Narrowly missing out on 1st place, the 200m race saw Columbia finish in a time of 54:95 seconds, with U.N Blue Berets beating CSM to the post with a winning time of 51:45 seconds. Completing the top three was KPMG Dragons with a time of 58:68 seconds.

The day focused on raising funds to send a Cyprus National Dragon Boat Team to the European Championships in Rome at the end of July.

MAY 2016

Columbia Shipmanagement proud to attend the Capital Link China Shipping Forum

news-62.jpgColumbia Shipmanagement is proud to have attended the Capital Link China Shipping Forum on Tuesday 10th May, as one of the partners of the event.
Taking place at the Grand Kempinski Hotel in Shanghai, the forum saw Chinese ship-owners, global maritime industry players and global investors come together to discuss joint venture opportunities, demonstrate how to optimize ship management during difficult market conditions and show how owners can restructure their business.
Throughout the day, guest speakers and members of the panel explored topics such as how Chinese ship-owners and leasing firms can benefit from the latest trends in global financing, capital markets development and alternative financing, with Columbia’s Managing Director, Andreas Hadjipetrou speaking on optimizing ship management in tough market conditions.

APRIL 2016

Columbia’s Health Awareness Month 2016 proves a great success

news-57.jpgFollowing the completion of Health Awareness Month 2016, Columbia Shipmanagement Cyprus is delighted by its success, and the amount of positive feedback from all its staff.

Taking place from 2nd- 23rd April, the event saw Columbia encourage staff to lead a healthier lifestyle by holding talks from medical practitioners on topics such as ‘how to increase productivity through nutrition’ and ‘office ergonomics’, as well as offering exercise classes ranging from Pilates to Zumba for everyone to enjoy.

In addition, all staff at Columbia’s Limassol headquarters received a complimentary CSM sports water bottle and daily fruit bowls across all departments.

Speaking directly to the company, members of staff at Columbia commented:
“CSM’s health awareness month was an excellent idea. We had the opportunity to participate in a great variety of events, which everyone thoroughly enjoyed. This helped motivate us and boost our productivity as we had something exciting to look forward to every day. At the same time, we have also learnt a lot of new tips and tricks driving us towards a happier and healthier lifestyle. We greatly appreciate this brilliant idea from our company and thank them for implementing it.”

“CSM Health Awareness Month was a great experience and I thank the management for taking good care of us. All the sessions that I attended were very interesting, helpful and most importantly, fun! I hope that we will have CSM Health Awareness Month again over the coming years.”

“For me, Health Awareness Month was a brilliant concept which I really enjoyed. At the same time, the company managed to not only remind us of the Greek saying ‘healthy mind - healthy body’, but also encouraged us to take active measures in order to become healthier people. The best part of the month for me was the Pilates lessons in our beautiful gardens.”

“CSM Health Awareness Month, was highly appreciated. I found the lectures interesting and helpful, not only for my efficiency at work, but also for my personal life – helping me to become more productive and open up a different way of thinking. I hope it can be repeated next year.”

“As a long-time chocaholic, it was a relief to suddenly have fruit within easy reach at the workplace. I am pleased to have doubled my fruit intake and feel so much healthier for it! Health has become a common talking point in the office – especially when colleagues returned from presentations and chatted about what they’ve learnt. The nutrition presentation was my favourite, as it highlighted the risk of ‘mindless eating’ e.g. auto-munching through toffee popcorn at the cinema.

“I loved exercising in the garden. After sitting within 4 walls in the confines of an office, there is something freeing about exercising under an open sky. For me, this was the ultimate ‘thank you’ from my company - I felt valued.”

“It was an exciting and invigorating month. On the top of my list was the stand-up paddling (SUP) session. It is a very good exercise and at the same time very calming. I understand it is an expensive sport, so I want to say a special thanks to my company for providing this possibility.”

APRIL 2016

Columbia Shipmanagement proud to sponsor Nautical Institute Woman at Sea event

news-55.jpgTaking place at the Columbia Plaza in Limassol, Cyprus, Columbia Shipmanagement is proud to have sponsored the Nautical Institute Woman at Sea event on Tuesday 19th April.

With close to 140 attendees in total, the evening saw Captain Iakinthi Tzanakaki, one of a very select handful of women who command Greek ships, reflect on her career and discuss challenges faced as a female seafarer and modern ship master, as well as talking about the incident that resulted in her receiving a special ‘Woman of the Sea’ Award at Lloyd’s List Greek Shipping Awards 2014.

A Cretan islander by birth, and a graduate of the Merchant Marine Academy of Aspropyrgos, she is currently serving as a tanker Master with Tsakos Columbia Shipmanagement.

Highlighting just how important it is to promote diversity within the maritime industry, professionals from all sectors turned out for the event, with 16 Directors/CEOs from a host of different companies in attendance, as well as 14 students from a variety of educational institutions.

APRIL 2016

Columbia runs the Limassol Marathon 5km Corporate Race

news-50.jpgFor the third year running, Columbia participated in the Limassol Marathon 5km Corporate Race, which took place on Sunday10th April 2016. The President of Cyprus opened the official marathon for approximately 13,000 runners from 52 countries.

Columbia would like to congratulate their team of 13 race competitors who achieved 10th place out of 201 companies. Outside of the competition, 158 Columbia staff and friends enjoyed the scenic route passing through the old town and Limassol marina.

APRIL 2016

Columbia’s healthy start to April - Health Awareness Month

news-45.jpgColumbia Shipmanagement Cyprus has launched a Health Awareness Month taking place in April 2016. As an advocate for promoting a healthy lifestyle, Columbia is encouraging staff to take action in improving their health through a variety of events.

To kick start their healthy regime, all staff at Columbia’s Limassol headquarters received a complimentary CSM sports water bottle and health bar.

To further promote healthier eating habits in the workplace, fresh fruit is being provided for staff in all company kitchens, as well as fruit bowls in all departments. The free fruit selection rotates on a daily basis between apples, pears and bananas.

Throughout April, Columbia will be holding talks from professionals, with topics ranging from ‘How to Increase Productivity Through Nutrition’ through to ‘Stress Management’ and ‘Office Ergonomics’. Columbia’s company gardens are being used to host Pilates fitness classes and ‘Krav Maga’ self-defence lessons for staff. Weekly Zumba lessons are being held at a nearby facility, whilst adventure-loving staff can enjoy weekend lessons at the beach for SUP (Standup Paddling) and Windsurfing.

This weekend, Columbia will be entering a team of 13 runners in the Limassol Marathon 5km Corporate Race, to compete against other corporate teams. Outside of the competition, CSM have a total of 158 regular participants. Ahead of the marathon, evening seafront walks have been organised.

Marina Christofi, Columbia’s Human Resources Officer says, “Feedback from our staff has been extremely positive so far - our health presentations and fitness sessions are fully booked. In this fast paced shipping industry, Columbia recognises that the health and well-being of its staff is a number one priority!”


Rescue operation of 17 refugees by CSM Singapore managed tanker

news-43.jpgSeventeen refugees have been rescued by a Columbia managed tanker on 15th January 2016. Whilst the vessel was on route to Kingston, Jamaica, the tanker responded to an alert from M/V Fast Titan requesting assistance with the rescue of seventeen persons from a raft.

Technical Superintendent Mr. Nizamul Islam was immediately notified, and then remained in close contact with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore and vessel´s owner.

At 10:58 a radio call was received on VHF 16 from M/V Fast Titan. At 11:00 all crew were mustered, psn 21 00'5 N; 084 17'9 W. The rescue mission was completed at 12:25, with all 17 persons: 5 female, 12 male, brought onboard in good health. The refugees were given food and clothing, after being at sea for 15 days on their raft.

All refugees were disembarked in Kingston, Jamaica, by the local authorities on January 16th and were taken to a Red Cross institution until further repatriation to Cuba.

Mr. Tan Suan Jow, Director of Marine Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, expressed his thanks to Columbia Shipmanagement Singapore, “Please accept our commendations and appreciation to the crew of the Columbia managed tanker for their gallant deeds.”

Columbia Ship Management would like to express its appreciation to Captain Robert Stanescu and his crew for their professionalism and good seamanship.

November 2015

COLUMBIA Shipmanagement receives BIMCO President’s Award 2015

news-39.pngAt this year’s BIMCO Annual Conference and Awards Dinner, Columbia Shipmanagement received the “President’s Award”. This award, which is not based on nominations, is presented and chosen by the BIMCO President Mr Philippe Louis-Dreyfus and it honours an individual or a company, who has made a significant contribution to shipping and the maritime industry.
Below please find an extract from the official BIMCO press release.
“BIMCO President honours seafarers involved in migrant rescues with a special award BIMCO announces winners of its 2015 Awards Last night in Hamburg, BIMCO President Philippe Louis-Dreyfus chose to give public recognition to all seafarers who have been – and still are – involved in rescuing people in distress at sea.
Mr Louis-Dreyfus awarded the BIMCO President’s Award to Columbia Shipmanagement, for their “outstanding” work in rescue operations involving migrant boats in the Mediterranean. He asked Captain Horber from Columbia Shipmanagement to accept the award on behalf of their crews, but also on behalf of all seafarers who risk their lives in rescue operations.
Shipping professionals attending the event saw a video showing the events of an evening in September 2013 when a Columbia ship, the King Julius, responded to two calls to assist boats in distress in one night– bringing over 180 people to safety in a matter of hours.
Mr Louis-Dreyfus called these events “a classic example of the outstanding work done by our seafarers.” He went on to say:
“BIMCO recognises the commitment and achievement of King Julius’ crew – and by all seafarers involved in similar rescue operations. No doubt the large number of people who have been rescued or assisted at sea during migration would also thank them if they could. Many of them owe their lives to the seamanship and skills of our seafarers.”
We are very proud having received this prestigious award and that the hard and often dangerous work of our seafarers is being recognized.

April 2015

CSM and Staff donate to a local charity for Easter

news-35.jpgThis Easter Columbia Staff in Cyprus collected food donations to support the work of ‘Funraising Charity Association’, based in Limassol. A large amount of grocery items were collected. On Thursday 9th April 2015 the goods were handed over from Mr. Phivos Vakis to a representative of the ‘Funraising Charity Association’.

The grocery food items have since been distributed to Limassol families in need.

Thank you to our colleagues for contributing towards this worthy cause.

April 2015

Columbia enhances relationship with Interunity Management Corporation

news-34.jpgWe are pleased to announce that our fleet has grown with the addition of Phoenix Hunter and Phoenix Falcon, bringing our total number of vessels under Crew Management from Interunity to six.

April 2015

Columbia runs the Limassol Marathon 5km Corporate Race

news-33.jpgFor the second year running, Columbia participated in the Limassol Marathon 5km Corporate Race, which took place on Sunday 29th March 2015.

A great atmosphere was enjoyed by 135 Columbia staff with family and friends. Runners took a scenic route, starting from the Molos seafront, past the old town area and returning through the Limassol new marina.

Columbia achieved 34th place out of 155 companies who competed in the 5km Corporate Race. Well done to our runners!

April 2015

Introducing Columbia Cruise Services

news-32.jpgColumbia Cruise Services (CCS) is a newly established Company, affiliated to the Columbia Shipmanagement Ltd. CCS is now operational and is solely dedicated to managing cruise vessels, expedition vessels and luxury yachts.

Operating out of Hamburg, Germany, CCS offers the full range of services required by the maritime leisure industry: from consultancy and newbuilding supervision to technical management, marine operations, hotel management, catering and crew management.

To achieve highest operational, safety and environmental standards Columbia Cruise Services will provide its clients full transparency, allowing them to look into every operational detail.

CCS strongly believes that collaborative partnerships based on custom made contracts are essential for achieving the ultimate goal: passenger satisfaction.

To find out more about Columbia Cruise Services go to

December 2014

New Client - Lomar Corporation

Columbia has recently commenced Full Management services for our new Client, Lomar Corporation based in London for a number of container vessels. Lomar Corporation is a ship-owning and management group and is owned by international business group, the Libra Group. The company has a diversified fleet of over 60 bulk carriers, container ships, offshore vessels, LPG, products and chemical tankers.

The following vessels have been allocated to our Columbia’s Offices in Cyprus, Hamburg and Singapore:

Columbia Shipmanagement (Cyprus):
Seoul Trader – Container vessel 2700 TEU
Busan Trader - Container vessel 2700 TEU

Columbia Shipmanagement (Deutschland):
Cartagena Trader – Container vessel 3500 TEU
Maine Trader – Container vessel 5000 TEU
Vermont Trader - Container vessel 5000 TEU
Virginia Trader – Container vessel 2490 TEU

Columbia Shipmanagement (Singapore):
Milan Trader – Container vessel 2460 TEU

December 2014

Columbia Update - Sinokor Petrochemicals Co Ltd.

Columbia’s relationship with Sinokor continues to be strengthened with additional vessels assigned to Columbia’s management. Recently Sinokor has confirmed 3 VLCCs as well as an additional 3 MR Tankers from the Silver series vessels. These confirmations now bring the Sinokor fleet under Columbia’s care to a total of 14 vessels.

Updated deliveries and upcoming deliveries as follows:

Silver Series (MR Tankers):
No 6 - Silver Carla – delivered 16th Sept 14
No 7 - Silver Hannah – delivered 12th Nov 14
No 8 - Silver London – expected delivery 19th Dec 14
No 9 – Silver Hague - expected delivery 02nd Jan 15
No 10 – Silver Philippa - expected delivery 23rd Feb 15
No 11 – Silver Eleanor – expected delivery 04th March 15

No 12 – Plata Pioneer – delivered 04th Nov 14
No 13 – Plata Glory – delivered 12th Nov 14
No 14 – Plata Sunrise – delivered 19th Nov 14

November 2014

CSM New Office Shanghai

news-29.jpgOn the 03rd November 2014, Columbia Shipmanagement and Singhai Marine Services celebrated the official opening of their joint venture, the ship management company, Columbia Shipmanagement (Shanghai) Co Ltd. The opening ceremony was held in Shanghai with more than 150 attending guests, including the Vice District Mayor of the Shanghai Hongkou District Government, a representative from the Shanghai Transport and Port Authority, representatives from Shanghai Maritime Safety Administration, leaders and guests from the Shanghai maritime and shipping industry as well as numerous Chinese and international dignitaries.

Columbia Shipmanagement Shanghai was officially incorporated on the 14th March 2014 and granted an International Shipmanagement License. The Hongkou District Government, Shanghai Transport and Port Authority and the Water Transportation Administration Bureau of the Ministry of Transport have provided valuable support through the registration and licensing of the joint venture.

Columbia Shipmanagement through the new partnership continues to build on its already long relationship with China, a relationship which Columbia has enjoyed since 1987 through 130 new ship building projects and supervision over the years. Columbia Shipmanagement Shanghai will operate with the same high standards and quality systems of the Columbia Group, ensuring that our Chinese Clients will receive quality and highly competitive services in a professional and transparent manner, adding value to their assets and contributing to the success of their organizations.

August 2014

Columbia Update - Sinokor Petrochemicals Co Ltd.

In continuation of our Sinokor updates, we are pleased to advise that the 5th of the confirmed new build sister vessels has entered Columbia’s Full Management on August 01st. No aerial photo available at present and once received webstie will be updated.

Client: Sinokor Petrochemicals Co Ltd.
Vessel : Silver Carolyn – delivered 01st Aug 14

Sister vessels to be delivered till end Nov14:
Silver Carla – estimated delivery 16th Sept 14
Silver Hannah – estimated delivery 13th Oct 14
Silver London – delivery tba

July 2014

Columbia Update - Sinokor Petrochemicals Co Ltd.

news-25.jpgIn continuation of our initial message regarding Columbia’s new client Sinokor, we are pleased to advise that the third and fourth of the confirmed new build sister vessels have entered Columbia’s Full Management. We would also like to highlight that since our last update, Sinokor have confirmed another 3 vessels in addition to the initial 5, thus bringing the total confirmed Sinokor fleet for CSM Management to a total of 8 vessels.

Client: Sinokor Petrochemicals Co Ltd.
Vessel : Silver Emily – delivered 23rd June 14 / Silver Cindy – delivered 11th July 14

Sister vessels to be delivered till end Nov14:
Silver Carolyn – estimated delivery 01st Aug 14
Silver Carla – delivery tba
Silver Hannah – delivery tba
Silver London – delivery tba

June 2014

Thomson Cruises awards CSM with five year contract

news-24.jpgThomson Cruises and Island Cruises, part of the UK’s leading holiday company TUI UK & Ireland, announces that it has appointed COLUMBIA Shipmanagement as its technical management partner for its three ‘owned’ cruise ships - “Thomson Celebration”, “Thomson Dream” and “Island Escape”. The contract, which breaks new ground in the cruise industry, begins in November 2014.

Incumbent COLUMBIA Shipmanagement, which has worked with Thomson Cruises and latterly Island Cruises for over ten years, won the five-year contract after a thorough tender process involving several of the industry’s leading ship management companies. The new contract will be structured in a very different and innovative way that brings ship owners and managers closer together in a more collaborative partnership.

The key innovations include a structure of joint governance committees that enable collective decisions to be taken on all aspects of the operations and financial processes, with full transparency between the two parties. In addition this allows the very top level of management of both organisations to be closely involved with the operation, particularly from a longterm strategic point of view.

Helen Caron, managing director of Thomson Cruises & Island Cruises said: “I am delighted to announce our new partnership with COLUMBIA Shipmanagement. Over the last 18 months its senior management team has worked closely with my senior operations team, to develop an innovative governance structure that brings ship owners and managers closer together in a more collaborative partnership.

As a result I firmly believe that COLUMBIA Shipmanagement is the right partner to ensure that we continue to drive the highest operational, safety and environmental standards - a key part of our plans as we enhance the fleet going forward.”

June 2014

New Client - Hurtigruten ASA

news-22.jpgWe are very pleased to inform you that the following “expedition type” Cruise Vessel, MV Fram, has entered Columbia’s “Crew Management Services” on 01st June 2014.
This is a new Client to Columbia - Hurtigruten ASA, based in Norway.

April 2014

New Client - Sinokor Petrochemical Co Ltd

news-20.jpgCOLUMBIA is proud to have been selected as one of the ship managers for the South Korea Company, Sinokor Petrochemical Co Ltd as part of their high profile “Silver Project” tie up with Shell for MR Tankers on long time charter to Shell. Columbia has been approved by Shell for this business and as such 5 MR Tankers have been assigned Owners, Sinokor Petrochemicals to Columbia, with the potential of increased numbers later this year and next. The first vessel, the Silver Valerie was delivered during the month of April, followed by the Silver Órla in May. The balance, Silver Emily, Silver Cindy and Silver Carolyn, will be delivered within June and July.

March 2014

It’s your ship RUN it Like a Pro!

news-21.jpgColumbia Ship Management took place at the 5th Limassol Marathon on Sunday the 16th of March 2014. The Company participated in the 5Km Corporate Race of Limassol Marathon with more than 100 employees and family!! All runners successfully finished the race.

Limassol Marathon started off as organizers 5 years ago, having an overall participation of 70 people. The number this year reached the unprecedented for Cyprus Marathon of 7000 participants. People’s faith and support in this event gave the strength to the organizers to target and establish the Limassol Marathon as one of the most popular Marathons in Europe.

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January 2014

New Client – Mano Maritime Ltd.

news-19.jpgColumbia has added 2 more Passenger vessels to its fleet through the Company’s new client Mano Martime Ltd., who have assigned the Golden Iris and Royal Iris to Columbia’s crew management services. This has boosted our Crew Managed fleet of Passenger vessels to 12 with more cruise vessel project on the horizon, both on the Crew and Technical Management side. With dedicated Cruise Services, COLUMBIA anticipates steady growth within this sector in the coming years.

January 2014

Changes in Senior Management

At the end of 2013, we saw major changes in the management structure of COLUMBIA in Cyprus.
Mr. Dirk Fry, our Managing Director for the past 33 years, who played a very significant role in building-up the company and its reputation, reached the age of retirement. He handed over his duties to Mr. Andreas Hadjipetrou for commercial matters and Mr. Maurice Baker for operational matters. Mr. Fry will, however, continue to work for COLUMBIA on a consultancy basis and represent the company at international shipping bodies, such as BIMCO and others. He will also assist in the marketing of COLUMBIA.
Mr. Hadjipetrou, BSc MBA, joined the company in 1996 and served as a Senior Accountant and later Commercial Manager before he moved to COLUMBIA Hamburg in 2006 to take over the role of Financial Director. He returned to Cyprus in 2012 to take up the post of Deputy Managing Director.
Mr. Maurice Baker, Master Mariner, joined the company in 1999 and served as Operations Manager before he moved up to the position of Marine & Operations Director in 2007.
In addition, Mr. Eddie Bucknall, our Technical Director, who has been with us for more than 22 years, retired at the end of December. In shipping circles he is very well known for his outstanding engineering and technical knowledge and experience. I am very pleased that he will also continue to assist the company with project work on a consultancy basis.
Mr. Duncan McLennan, who joined the company in July 2013, succeeds Mr. Bucknall. Mr. McLennan, B.Eng C.Eng, is a Chartered Marine Engineer and has served in various senior positions within Classification, Ship Owning and Ship Management Companies, most recently as Vice President Technical within the Marine Transportation Division of an International Energy Conglomerate. He has extensive experience in vessel operation, new construction and special projects.
At COLUMBIA in Singapore there also was a change. Mr. Demetris Chrysostomou, the Commercial Managing Director for the last six years has returned to Cyprus to take over as Marketing Director of the COLUMBIA companies. Captain Andreas Xapolytos who has been with COLUMBIA for 24 years and has recently completed his term as Managing Director of Tsakos-COLUMBIA Shipmanagement in Athens replaces him in Singapore.
Last but not least, we are very happy to welcome Mr. Wolfgang Harms at Austral Asia Line. He is the new Deputy Managing Director and representative of greater China in Shanghai.

November 2013

COLUMBIA Raises Typhoon Aid

news-16.jpgCOLUMBIA Shipmanagement is providing employment to more than 8,000 Philippine seafarers. Some 800 families of crew members were affected by the typhoon “Hayian” that struck the Philippines in November 2013.
COLUMBIA staff members in Manila immediately mobilised all resources available to contact the families and inquire about their well-being. Eventually, all families could be contacted and crew members informed. COLUMBIA, many clients and employees onboard and ashore have raised funds to trustee accounts to provide help and assistance to crew members and families in need.

November 2013

AMVER awards for COLUMBIA vessels

news-17.jpgThe U.S. Embassy in Nicosia, in cooperation with the Cyprus Shipping Chamber and the Cyprus Marine Environment Protection Association, organised an awards ceremony in November 2013 to recognise shipping companies participating in the U.S. Coast Guard’s voluntary Automated Mutual Vessel Emergency Response System (AMVER) program. AMVER is a computer-based voluntary global ship reporting system used worldwide by search and rescue authorities to arrange for assistance to persons in distress at sea. Prior to sailing, participating ships send a sail plan to the AMVER computer centre. Vessels then report their position every 48 hours until arriving at their port of call. In an emergency any rescue coordination centre can determine the relative position of AMVER ships near the distress location and divert the best suited ship or ships to respond.
COLUMBIA Shipmanagement Ltd. received awards for quite a number of vessels under its management.

December 2012

CIPA International Investment Awards

Columbia Shipmanagement Ltd was chosen as one of the recipients of the CIPA (Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency) International Investment Award.

The award recognises Columbia’s contribution to the development of the island as an international business centre and was presented to Mr Dirk Fry at the Presidential Palace in Nicosia on 19th November 2012.



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