Ship Technology Global Issue 24

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Collisions between ships, or ships and oil platforms, can be severe. In an effort to limit their occurrence BMT ARGOSS and BMT Surveys are using a simulator to recreate collisions in order to help with incident investigation and improve seafarer training. We find out more about the project and what it hopes to achieve.

We also take a look at a trans-Caspian multimodal transport route proposed by China, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan, find out how a rehabilitation of foreign relations between the US and Cuba is opening up a new market for cruise operators, and explore new applications of 3D printing in shipbuilding. Moreover, we ask why the shipping industry needs to adapt to technological advances to stay ahead of hackers and prevent cyber crime, and hear about the major IT trends that are likely to affect the industry in the years to come.

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In this issue

Course of Action
The Rembrandt simulator recreates specific collisions to aid the investigation of incidents and improve training among seafarers. Gary Peters looks into what causes maritime collisions and how the simulator has helped to address the problem.
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Sea to Rail
A new multimodal transport route, initiated by the governments of China, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan, has the potential to shift the power dynamics in global freight. Eva Grey reports on the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route.
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Cruising to Cuba
With American cruise companies now able to sail to Cuban shores for the first time in 50 years, how will the country handle its new-found popularity as the hottest new destination in the Caribbean? Eva Grey investigates.
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Keeping Up With the Hackers
While hackers’ methods become more sophisticated, the industry’s failure to adapt to advances in technology makes it more vulnerable to cyber attacks. Is a change in culture the solution? Gary Peters investigates.
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Shipping Goes 3D
Following Hamburg Ship Model Basin’s decision to bring 3D technology in-house, Eva Grey finds out how the technology is starting to leave its mark on the shipbuilding industry.
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Upgrade, Improve, Transform
As the evolution of IT applications accelerates Steve Driver, managing director at SRO Solution, tells us how major IT trends could affect the maritime industry.
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Next issue preview

The UK government recently published the recommendations of a six-month joint Maritime Growth Study by government and industry, designed to keep the UK competitive in an international marketplace. We ask the report authors what action needs to be taken now to support the future

We also investigate Australia’s proposed new shipping legislation, which caused controversy after reports emerged claiming it could cause a loss of 93% of seafaring jobs in the country, find out what is causing the recent decline in South Korea’s traditionally strong shipbuilding industry, and take a look inside the medical facilities onboard the world’s biggest cruise ships. Plus, we explore the latest in wind power for ship propulsion, including a number of technologies shortlisted for this year’s Ship Efficiency Awards, and examine the ‘transformative technologies’ in ship design and ocean use highlighted by the Global Marine Trends 2030 report.

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