Ship Technology Global: Issue 17

In this issue: emerging piracy threats against oil and gas tankers, the strategies behind new shipping alliances, inside the Quantum of the Seas, hunting for the lost Malaysian Airlines flight 370 with Fugro’s technology, a day in the life of a Maersk deck cadet and more.


Ship Technology Global: Issue 17 | January 2015

In 2014 the formation of two new and powerful shipping alliances, 2M and the Ocean Three, made waves in the industry. We explore the strategic thinking behind these partnerships and how they will affect competition in the global shipping market.

Recent years have seen a surge in hijacking and siphoning attacks on oil and gas tankers in the seas of Southeast Asia as pirates cash in on high prices and taxes on fuel. We investigate this emerging trend and ask how authorities in the region are responding to the threat. We also go onboard Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas to find out whether the new cruise liner lives up to its 'smart ship' billing.

Moreover, we find out what Canada's discovery of a lost ship from the 19th century Franklin expedition means for sovereignty disputes in the Northwest Passage, take a look at the technology used in the search for the missing Malaysian airliner MH370 and speak to a Maersk deck cadet about training for a career in the shipping industry.

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In this issue

Target Oil and Gas
Pirates operating in the seas of Southeast Asia are cashing in on the high prices and taxes on fuel by hijacking tankers and siphoning oil onto stolen vessels before selling it on to criminal organisations. Berenice Baker investigates this new trend and asks how authorities are responding.
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Stronger Together
This year saw the formation of two major global shipping alliances, 2M and Ocean Three. Rod James investigates the strategies behind these partnerships and what effect they will have on the industry.
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An Arctic Mystery
Canada's discovery of a sunken ship from the 19th century Franklin expedition has shed new light on a maritime mystery. Chris Lo explores the technology involved in the search mission and asks what it means for sovereignty disputes in the Northwest Passage.
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A Quantum of Superiority
Featuring online check-in, a robotic bar and RFID-based passenger services, Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas is billed as the first 'smart ship'. Frances Marcellin finds out whether the cruise liner lives up to its promise.
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Solving the Mystery of MH370
Offshore survey specialist Fugro is employing multibeam sonar and subsea sled technology in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Julian Turner finds out more about the challenge of sniffing out aircraft fuel in the uncharted southern Indian Ocean.
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Stories from the Sea
A career at sea isn't for the fainthearted. Getting cargo safely from A to B is paramount and you can't afford to make mistakes. Laura Walkinshaw goes on board with Maersk deck cadet Justin White.
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China has signed a deal with Carnival Cruise Lines to build the country's first luxury cruise ship, marking the country's emphatic move into high-end cruising. China's state-backed industry rarely makes moves half-heartedly, so there is a chance of further big deals in the future. We find out whether China could become a competitor in the cruise ship construction market.

We also investigate the dangers posed by a growing trend of AIS data manipulation, review Thales' Pastor anti-piracy system and explore the technological options for tracking cargo containers lost at sea. Moreover, we speak to Eniram about its award-winning fuel-saving technology and take a look at the construction and capabilities of the Vigirous, the new largest floating drydock in the US.

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