Last piece of the puzzle: funding the Seine-Nord Canal
A plan to build a 107km canal linking Paris to the northern European ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp has been gestating for many years, while the funding for the €4.7bn project is still uncertain. With a new French Government in place, what’s in store for this challenging infrastructure programme?
How the IMO’s Global Industry Alliance is promoting a low-carbon future for shipping
The Global Industry Alliance launched at the end of June to help break down the barriers blocking the shipping industry from moving more quickly towards a low-carbon era. With stricter environmental controls incoming and industry activity sluggish, could this coalition of shipowners, builders, consultancies, classification societies and oil companies succeed in stimulating the move towards a more efficient shipping sector? Joe Baker finds out more.
How researchers are making Arctic voyages safer for seafarers
A new three-year research project has been launched to address the safety and efficiency of Arctic ship operations. SEDNA – Safe Maritime Operations Under Extreme Conditions: the Arctic Case – will aim to mitigate navigation issues, as well as design special vessel coatings based on the water-repellent feathers of penguins. Joe Baker finds out more from project coordinator Philipp Lohrmann.
September's top stories: Maersk to sell tanker business, Fincantieri wins Silversea Cruises deal
Maersk entered a deal to sell its tanker business unit Maersk Tankers to APMH Invest for $1.1bn in cash. Fincantieri wins €310m contract from Silversea Cruises to build a new ultra-luxury cruise ship. Ship-technology.com wraps up the key headlines from September 2017.
Maritime chokepoints: the backbone of international trade
Earlier this year, two reports analysing the world’s main shipping routes found that international trade is increasingly reliant on a handful of transit chokepoints, the disruption of which could easily throw the global food supply and the energy market into disarray.