Ship Technology Global: Issue 39

In this issue: A project making the Northwest Passage more navigable, how Anaklia deep sea port offers a crucial link, the first unmanned vessel for offshore operations, hackathons in the maritime industry, the problem of stowaways, and more.


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A research partnership has launched the PASSAGES project to help make the icy waters of the Northwest Passage as navigable as possible in the future. With global warming making the area more accessible, could this research be the final piece of the puzzle to a more navigable sea route?

We also find out more about the government of Georgia’s plans to develop a $2.5bn Anaklia Deep Sea Port, take a closer look at the world’s first fully-automated vessel for offshore operations, and round up some of the best concepts from the maritime industry’s Hack the Sea event.

Plus, we look at the risks of illegal stowaways and what shippers can do to prevent such incidents, and speak to the authors of a study that aims to inform UK policy on the problem of underwater noise pollution.

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In this issue

Safe Passages
A German-Canadian research project, PASSAGES, aims to make the Northwest Passage as navigable as possible for shipping. Julian Turner finds out more from Dr Wolfgang Koch of the Fraunhofer Institute.
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Anaklia: Crucial Link
A new deep sea port in the Georgian town of Anaklia hopes to offer a crucial link in the maritime corridor planned between China and Europe. With construction about to begin, Philip Kleinfeld takes a closer look.
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Taking Autonomy Offshore
Automated Ships and Kongsberg Maritime have announced they will build the world’s first unmanned and fully automated vessel for offshore operations. Gary Peters finds out whether the Hrönn is more than just another small, unmanned boat.
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Hack the Seas
Hackathons have become increasingly popular across a range of industries, and now the maritime domain is no exception. But, is this really the way in which innovation thrives? Gary Peters investigates.
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The Hidden Problem
A rise in stowaway incidents at South African ports proves that despite international efforts, the issue is as prominent as ever. Eva Grey takes a closer look at the problem.
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Sounding the Alarm
Comprehensive data on the damage caused by underwater shipping noise is lacking, but larger-scale studies have begun to emerge. Chris Lo finds out more about a recent study examining noise in British waters.
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Building on Spec
The shipbuilding market was, across all sectors, in terrible shape during 2016. With strong competition and historic low prices, Andreas Dracoulis, partner at Haynes and Boone CDG, considers the role freight rates had to pay.
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In November, the Port Authority of Jamaica announced plans to fast-track the upgrade of its major cruise shipping towns to attract more business to the island. The modernisation projects include a $286m transformation at the resort town of Ocho Rios. We take a closer look at the plans.

We also consider the future of hydrogen fuel cells as a means of eco-friendly ship propulsion, delve deeper into the potential of LNG as more and more ship-owners make the switch, and profile the city of Liverpool’s new £400m container terminal.

Finally, we learn more about an appeal from six Arctic indigenous leaders to the International Maritime Organization about the dangers Arctic shipping pose to their livelihoods and communities, and speak to Ghost Fishing about the true cost of cleaning up shipwrecks.

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