Ship Technology Global

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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 look at how Portland Port lost its entire container business, find out how ports are adapting to receive mega vessels as cargo traffic continues 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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In this issue

Policing Ports
Ports play a huge part in keeping people safe. Often they are the first line of defence, but what does port security look like in an age of uncertainty? Gary Peters investigates.
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Losing a Container Business
At the end of May, the last container ship scheduled to call at the Port of Portland left the facility, leaving no container operations. Chris Lo asks whether anything could have been done to reverse the slump.
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Dawn of the Titans
This is the era of mega ships. Big, hulking models of engineering ingenuity, carrying more cargo than ever before. Gary Peters asks, then, how is this affecting ports?
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Breaking Ice with LNG
The Polaris icebreaker is being marketed as the most environmentally friendly icebreaker ever built, able to operate on both LNG and low sulphur diesel fuel. Gary Peters finds out what makes it so special.
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The Hidden Seafarer
After making the move ashore, seafarers often embark on a multitude of interesting jobs. Eva Grey finds out how three former seafarers and cadets transitioned back to land and a new career path.
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A Vital Service
For years, the International Sailors’ Society has played a major part in the lives of seafarers, providing support to victims of terrorist abductions. Eva Grey finds out more.
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Next issue preview

When it comes to assessing the effectiveness of ballast water treatment systems, lines have been drawn between most probable number (MPN) and vital staining. The US Coast Guard controversially rejected the use of MPN, a move which could severely restrict the use of ultraviolet ballast water management systems. We check in with both sides of the debate and investigate the possible fallout for the market, and get the latest insights and opinions on the ballast water issue from industry insiders.

We also catch up with the industry’s efforts to speed up the use of LNG as a marine fuel and take a look inside Royal Caribbean’s new cruise terminal in Miami. Plus, we find out how Nigeria is ramping up regulation and enforcement to tackle corruption at its ports and review the case of the 35 seafarers who have been detained in Chennai since October 2013 following a controversial arrest.

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