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The EU has rejected a ban on the use of heavy fuel oil (HFO), which many campaigners have referred to as ‘toxic’, especially in environments such as the Arctic. We ask how bad HFO really is and what can be done to make sure its effects are at least well managed.

We also find out more about the new shipping container lines collaboration, THE Alliance, which will cover East-West trade lines, ask why some European ports fare better than others in terms of transport emissions, and profile the complex plan to develop a trilateral free trade zone between India, Iran and Afghanistan, using the Port of Chabahar. Plus, we speak to the PartnerShip project partners to find out how the initiative hopes to inspire a new generation and examine the rights of Brazilian seafarers in light of their industrial action against Transpetro.

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In this issue

Phasing Out HFO
Earlier this year, a group of NGOs called for the phase out of heavy fuel oil used in ships navigating Arctic waters. Despite the fuel’s known threats, the EU stopped short of pushing for a ban. Eva Grey investigates.
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Building THE Alliance
Shipping container lines Hapag-Lloyd, Nippon Yusen Kaisha, Hanjin, K-Line, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, and Yang Ming have formed THE Alliance, a new behemoth accounting for 18% of the global container fleet capacity. Gary Peters finds out more.
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North vs South
Shipping containers from Asia via northern European ports to areas such as southern Germany, the Czech Republic or Poland is more sustainable than via southern ports, despite greater distances. Gary Peters asks why.
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A New Crown Jewel
In May, India and Iran signed the Chabahar Port Project agreement, signifying the start of a new era of trade between the two countries, plus Afghanistan. Gary Peters looks at plans to develop this trilateral free trade zone.
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The PartnerShip
The PartnerShip project is an initiative to raise awareness of the shipping industry through a virtual ship, fusing an array of maritime technologies into a single model. Rod James finds out more.
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Striking a Balance
Brazilian seafarers who voted to take industrial action against Transpetro were faced with violent removal from the company’s vessels, despite acting fully within their rights. Eva Grey takes a closer look at the conflict.
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The Port of Dover is the busiest passenger ferry port in Europe, presenting numerous security challenges, as does the fact that passengers often arrive from Calais – the busiest ferry route between Britain and France. We find out how Dover keeps people moving.

We also find out how Portland Port lost its entire container business, look at how ports are adapting to receive mega vessels as deliveries continue to increase, and explore Wärtsilä’s new Polaris icebreaker, the most environmentally friendly diesel-electric icebreaker ever built.

Plus we talk to seafarers about how they can bring their expertise onshore and find out more about the International Sailors Society’s work and why protecting seafarers at home and abroad matters.

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