Ship Technology Global: Issue 27

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Against the backdrop of COP21 negotiations in Paris, the shipping sector gathered to pledge its commitment to CO2 reductions across the international merchant fleet. We report on the outcomes of the Shipping as Part of The Climate Solution conference, including calls on the IMO to take the lead in developing a tighter regulatory framework, and the need to embrace change in operations and new technology development.

We also get a look inside Norwegian Cruise Line’s largest ever vessel, the Norwegian Escape, find out how Amsterdam’s new Ijmuiden sea lock will help boost traffic at the entrance to the North Sea Canal, and explore Curaçao Ports Authority’s plans to develop the Port of Willemstad into one of the Caribbean’s hottest tourist destinations. Plus, we take a look at technology trends in ship maintenance, and find out how UK start-up Kontainers plans to revolutionise ocean freight booking.

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In this issue

Norwegian Escape
The first in Norwegian Cruise Line’s new Breakaway class, the Norwegian Escape is one of the most innovative cruise ships to ever set sail. From fine dining to outstanding artwork, we take a look inside the new cruise liner.
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Technology Trends in Maintenance
The past year has seen the introduction of new maintenance technologies that reflect three important current trends: remote operations, predictive maintenance and robotics. Rod James takes a closer look at developments in these areas.
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Leading the Change
Against the backdrop of COP21 negotiations, the shipping sector has pledged its commitment to ambitious CO2 reductions across the international merchant fleet. Eva Grey and Gary Peters report.
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Gateway to Europe
As gatekeeper to around 80% of Europe’s cargo by sea, the Port of Amsterdam is building a new, tide-independent sea lock to accommodate some of the world’s largest ships. Eva Grey takes a look at the construction of the IJMuiden sea lock.
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Curaçao’s Next Gem
Curaçao Ports Authority recently embarked on an ambitious development project of its main harbour, the Port of Willemstad. Eva Grey asks how the remodelled port, tipped to be fully operational in 2018, will turn the island into one of the Caribbean’s hottest tourist destinations.
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Shipping Made Simple
Kontainers is on a mission to revolutionise container shipping with its online booking platform providing instant access to live shipping rates and real-time tracking. Gary Peters finds out more from CEO Charles Lee.
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The Ecoship, a vessel that will carry out humanitarian and environmental missions for Japan-based NGO Peace Boat from 2020, has been hailed at the "world’s greenest cruise ship". We take a look at the recently finalised design, which will incorporate ten solar-powered sails, retractable wind generators and hybrid engines. We also explore Mercy Ships’ plans to its fleet of hospital ships, and speak to GE’s Marine branch, one year on from its launch, about its offering for the sector and future plans.

Also in this issue, we take a look at the Government of Mauritius’ ambitious plan to develop Port Louis into a global bunkering hub capable of exporting one million metric tons of bunker fuel, and we find out how a partnership between Siemens, Dresser-Rand and Lloyd’s Register aims to provide a better LNG supply system for the industry’s small but growing fleet of gas-powered vessels.

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