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November 24, 2016

Ship Technology Global: Issue 37

In this issue: Cruise ships targeted by drug smugglers, how to make ship design more human-oriented, China’s shipbreaking industry, the Netherlands’ mainports policy, how telemedicine can help avoid ship diversions, and more.

By Katie Woodward

STG December 2016

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In August, Australian customs officers seized a record 95kg of cocaine from cruise ship the Sea Princess in Sydney, following a joint operation. Cruise ships increasingly provide a good target for smugglers as they cross international and national jurisdictions visiting many different ports. We find out what’s being done to contain this trend.

We also round up some of the biggest and loudest music cruises, take a look at the EU-funded CyClaDes initiative, which is trying to make ship design more human-oriented, and shine a spotlight on China’s shipbreaking sector, which is feeling the squeeze from depressed steel prices.

Plus, we examine the controversy behind the Netherlands’ port subsidies and ask whether ship diversions could be avoided with on-board telemedical assistance.

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In this issue

Cruising Contraband Cruise ships cross international and national jurisdictions, visiting many different places. It’s no surprise, then, that they are seen as a good target for smugglers. Gary Peters explores what’s being done to foil the threat. Read the article.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Cruises Cruises aren’t just for relaxing and taking in the scenery; they also play host to some of the greatest live acts in history. Gary Peters rounds up some of the biggest and loudest cruises. Read the article.

Inspiring the Human Element Recently, there’s been a focus on making ship design more human-oriented. Gary Peters asks what does it take to make modern vessels better suited to the crews that operate them? Read the article.

Close to Breaking Point Following years of financial losses, China’s shipbreaking industry is under pressure from depressed steel prices and expensive green recycling methods. Eva Grey finds out whether new environmental standards could drive business towards the ailing industry. Read the article.

A Policy to Reconsider For over three decades, the Dutch ‘mainport’ policy has favoured the development of the Port of Rotterdam and Schiphol Airport. Now, a rapidly changing business climate is forcing the government to reconsider. Eva Grey investigates. Read the article.

Testing Telemedicine Every year, medical emergencies force one in five ships to divert from their course, but at least 20% of these cases could be avoided by using on-board telemedical assistance. Eva Grey finds out more. Read the article.

Next issue preview

Hot on the heels of the Paris agreement on climate change, the 70th session of the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee took place in October to discuss new legislation to reduce shipping pollution. From a mandatory data collection system, to a global sulphur cap implementation, we take a look at the outcomes.

We also profile Australia’s cruise ship industry, ask whether 2017 is the year when autonomy will really begin to disrupt conventional shipping, and round up the most innovative ideas for shipping containers.

Plus, we speak to Xeneta CEO to find out how the company crowdsources and relays data from 600 international businesses, and find out whether the world’s legal shipping fleets could act as floating data collection hubs in the fight against illegal fishing.

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