Blast from the past: resurrecting sail freight shipping
The Schooner Apollonia is a community-focused carbon-neutral project to transport local goods along the Hudson River, to and from New York City, in a sailboat. The project is one of several start-ups looking to kickstart sail freight shipping, not as a historical re-enactment, but as a modern, sustainable and scalable transportation method. Heidi Vella finds out more from project co-founder, Jason Marlow.
Old attitudes, new systems: why shipowners are struggling to adapt to the BWMC
The Ballast Water Management Convention might now be in force, but shipowners are dragging their heels over installing new systems. A lack of specialist expertise and training from manufacturers isn’t helping progress, as Ross Davies reports.
Mapping our oceans: how the Earth’s satellites power shipping
With the launch of a new generation of powerful satellites, marine observation data has vastly improved, ushering in new possibilities for navigation and ocean protection. Eva Grey visited the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites in Germany to learn exactly how ocean monitoring has improved over the decades, and how the data is used to guide, safeguard and improve shipping operations.
Can landlocked countries develop a blue economy?
A United Nations report recently revealed that poor maritime connectivity continues to keep smaller and weaker economies from reaching world markets. However, for those few landlocked countries that have defied their geographical limitations and developed a maritime industry, the risk seems to have been worth it.
Rolls-Royce teams up with Google on AI-driven ship awareness
Rolls-Royce has signed a partnership deal with Google to use the latter’s machine learning engine to improve the company’s intelligent awareness systems. Will the technology and collaboration help advance the goal of autonomous shipping? Iiro Lindborg, Rolls-Royce general manager of remote and autonomous operations sheds light on the issue.