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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.

We also catch up with industry 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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In this issue

Implementing the Ballast Water Convention
Ship Technology Global caught up with ballast water industry veteran Bryan Bjorndal, President and CEO of Assure Controls, to get insights on the next stages of the IMO Ballast Water Convention implementation.
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Rejecting MPN
The US Coast Guard’s decision to opt against most probable number, a technology used to assess the effectiveness of ballast water treatment systems, has forced a wave of condemnation. Ross Davies finds out more.
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The New LNG Coalition
Some of the biggest names in the maritime industry have joined forces to make the case for liquefied natural gas. Gary Peters asks whether they can make LNG the new fuel of choice.
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The Crown of Miami
Cruise line Royal Caribbean and Miami-Dade County approved the construction of a new terminal at PortMiami, Florida. Eva Grey takes a closer look at the new building.
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Nigeria’s Port Problems
Nigeria has launched a port service support portal to tackle corruption and inefficiencies at its major ports. Eva Grey finds out what this means for the country.
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Fighting to Free Seafarers
A crew of 35 seafarers has been detained in India since October 2013 on the charge of carrying illegal weapons into Indian waters. Eva Grey investigates their case.
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Livestock at Sea
The export of livestock, such as sheep, cattle and goats, by sea is always guaranteed to start a debate. Gary Peters finds out how both animal welfare and shipping livelihoods can be protected.
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Underwater Shipping
We all know how freight is shipped, but Hyperloop One – which to date has been associated with revolutionising rail travel – wants to change it. Gary Peters investigates.
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US West Coast ports have expressed a keen interest in participating in the development of India’s ports, especially the ambitious Sagarmala programme, which could potentially raise $50-$60bn of investment in 150 port modernisation projects. We explore the options for US-India cooperation in ports and shipping, and the benefits of such cooperation for both partners.  

We also take a look at the GloMEEP project, which aims to improve energy and lower greenhouse gas emissions, find out how recycled plastic can be used as ship engine fuel, and investigate how China is reshaping the country’s cruise sector. Plus, we find out how the industry can regulate the use of unmanned surface vehicles in shipping and look at the consequences of crew abandonment and what is being done to help stranded seafarers return home safely.

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