Ship Technology Global: Issue 19

In this issue: a new wind-LNG hybrid vessel concept, forecasts for the global tanker market, robotic help for ballast water tank maintenance, a new vision for a Nicaragua canal, tackling congestion at the US West Coast ports, and more.


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Ship Technology Global: Issue 19 | April 2015

The maritime industry is under a lot of pressure to clean up its act, but switching from traditional fuels to low sulphur and nitrogen alternatives doesn't come cheap. Among a host of radical new solutions being explored, the Vindskip concept proposes a vessel powered by a combination of wind and LNG. We speak to Norwegian designer Teje Lade about the feasibility of his design for commercial shipping.

Staying with big visions, we review the $50 Nicaragua Canal scheme proposed by China's HKND Group and ask whether the company and the Nicaraguan government can pull it off by the 2019 deadline in the face of financial uncertainties and strong public opposition.

Also in this issue, we investigate the implications of low Brent crude prices for the global oil tanker market, review the results of a European study assessing alternative power options for terminal equipment, take a look at new robot for ballast water tank inspection, and find out how port operators on the US West Coast plan to resolve current congestion problems.

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In this issue

Oil Tankers: A Global Outlook
With the price of Brent crude remaining low, oil tanker operators
are taking advantage of contango market conditions. Julian Turner finds out about the prospects from Matthew Jurecky, head of oil and gas research and consulting at GlobalData.
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A Tall Order
A new $50bn Nicaragua Canal scheme promises huge economic benefits for Central America's poorest country, but faced with a long list of unanswered questions, uncertain financial prospects and strong public opposition, can the project really be completed by 2019?Chris Lo investigates.
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Riding on the Wind
Propelled by a mix of wind and LNG, the Vindskip vessel concept proposes a radical solution to the industry's sustainability dilemma. Ross Davies met Norwegian designer Terje Lade to find out more about his vision.
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Robot on Board
The RoboShip project has developed an inspection robot that can move independently along rails built into ballast water tanks. Rod James finds out how the system could take over a dirty and dangerous maintenance job.
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Mega Shippers
From Danish major Møller-Maersk to Japanese giant Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, we rank the top ten
shipping companies based on carrying capacity.
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Going Green in Europe
The European GREENCRANES project has assessed alternative power options for terminal equipment in a bid to reduce emissions at ports. Rod James finds out whether the findings could pave the
way for cleaner port operations.
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Queues on the West Coast
With labour disputes at US West Coast ports tentatively resolved, stakeholders can now turn their attention to the bigger issues causing congestion at some of the country's most important gateways. Elly Earls reports.
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Over-tonnaging has been a source of concern for the industry since the market downturn began in 2008, yet despite this shipbuilding in Southeast Asian is rebounding. China, Japan and Korea still dominate the industry in the conventional market segments but a number of Southeast Asian countries have been boosting their offerings by developing shipbuilding and repair facilities. We take a look at the evolution of Southeast Asia's shipbuilding market and explore the future outlook for the region.

We also explore the risks of terrorist attacks on ports and the technological solutions being developed to counter them, from cargo screening to underwater security systems, find out how the Sailors' Society's new Wellness at Sea initiative is working to improve crew welfare and staff retention rates, and much more.

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