Digital twins in shipping: the open-source approach
A powerhouse group of industry and academic partners – DNV GL, Rolls-Royce, NTNU and SINTEF Ocean – is working to develop a new, open-source simulation platform for the design and construction of new ships. Rolls-Royce senior vice president of engineering and technology, Svein Kleven, explains more about the project and the benefits of the digital twin concept.
Protecting ports from global warming
Ports and harbours are vulnerable to extreme weather events, but they are also instrumental in the aftermath of a natural disaster for the delivery of emergency aid to the affected population further inland. So what can be done to better protect ports from global warming?
Did the Maersk cyber attack reveal an industry dangerously unprepared?
A recent survey by Futurenautics found that shipping companies are still largely unprotected from potential cyber attacks, even after the recent ransomware attack that left Maersk reeling. Joe Baker examines the current state of preparedness for protecting vessels from cyber threats and finds out what’s being done both from a technological and regulatory point of view.
Can a new financial mechanism put an end to dangerous shipbreaking?
Shipbreaking is a lucrative industry and one that is almost solely carried out in countries like Bangladesh and India, where cheap labour is used to strip ships right on the beach. Although the negative impacts of such practices are well known, current legislation is either too weak to regulate these practices, or not yet enforceable. A new method to put an end to this is on the cards – but will it work?
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?