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Ship Technology Global: Issue 23 | October 2015

The IMO’s ballast water management convention is nearing ratification, but are ship operators ready to implement the new rules? We take a look at the progress of the convention and the industry’s efforts to prepare for compliance, and profile a range of ballast water management solutions available to vessel owners and operators.

We also find out what the UN General Assembly’s plan to develop a legally binding treaty for the conservation of biodiversity on the high seas could mean for the global shipping industry, and investigate the environmental controversy surrounding the recently approved plans for a new cruise terminal on London’s River Thames. Moreover, we ask Port of Amsterdam operator Havenbedrijf Amsterdam about the strategy behind the port’s success, and look into plans to build a ‘rail canal’ across Thailand to transport ships between the Indian and Pacific oceans.

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In this issue

Get Ready
The IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention is nearing ratification, but are ship operators ready? Julian Turner talks to Matthew Flatley of Evoqua Water Technologies about invasive species, the dangers of non-compliance and the company’s SeaCURE technology
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Talking Tech
As the industry prepares for the Ballast Water Management Convention, Gary Peters takes a look at the technology solutions being developed to help operators comply with the new rules
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Protecting the High Seas
The UN General Assembly has adopted a formal resolution to create a legally binding treaty for the conservation of biodiversity on the high seas. Rod James asks what impact this could have on the global shipping industry
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Next Stop: London
London’s first cruise terminal on the River Thames is set to open in 2017, after receiving approval from Mayor Boris Johnson in August. Eva Grey takes a look at the project and asks why it has divided opinion in the city
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Dutch Lessons
Port of Amsterdam operator Havenbedrijf Amsterdam NV recently announced good results for the port after a year of big decisions. Rod James looks into the operator’s success
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Rail to the Rescue?
The idea of a shipping canal across Thailand’s Kra Isthmus has been under consideration for a while, but now a South Korean-inspired concept proposes a rail canal instead. Gary Peters finds out more
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Next issue preview

In a bid to tackle the problem of collisions at sea, maritime consultancy BMT ARGOSS and surveying specialise BMT Surveys have partnered to conduct a maritime casualty investigation using a ship manoeuvring simulator. We take a closer look at the project to find out how it aims to improve navigational safety. We also take a look at emerging cyber security risks in the maritime industry and how operators can protect their ships and supply chains from cyber attacks

A Trans-Caspian international transport route, combining both a rail route and seaport, has been proposed by the governments of China, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan. We ask how the project connecting China and Central Asia will benefit the rail freight and shipping industries. We also find out how a relaxation of US restrictions on travel to Cuba are opening up a new market for cruise operators, and take a look at the potential of 3D printing in the shipbuilding sector.

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