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While the International Maritime Bureau’s annual report shows a total of 191 piracy and armed robbery incidents recorded in 2016, the lowest level since 1998, the year also witnessed the highest number of crew kidnappings in the last ten years. We find out how the nature of piracy has changed.
We also take a look at a project to construct the world’s largest hybrid vessel, explore London’s Port of Tilbury’s £1bn expansion plan that will allow it to open its doors to larger ships from Africa, India and the Far East, and find out more about cruise ship safety from the Cruise Lines International Association.
Finally, we look into the results of a study into seafarer fatigue, which show the issue is getting worse, and consider how the industry can improve the detection of toxic gas in shipping containers to better protect seafarers.
In this issue
Rocking the Boat The latest attack by Somali pirates on a tanker vessel travelling to Mogadishu from Djibouti has rocked the maritime industry. Does it show that the piracy threat is as real as ever? Gary Peters finds out. Read the article.
The Future of Hybrids In January, Color Line and Ulstein agreed to build the world’s largest hybrid vessel to date. Contracts have now been signed, setting in motion a plan to unveil the vessel by 2019. Gary Peters finds out more. Read the article.
Tilbury’s Open Doors The Port of Tilbury in London is planning a £1bn expansion that will allow it to open its doors for larger ships from Africa, India and the Far East. Ross Davies weighs up the move. Read the article.
Toxic Boxes The air quality inside shipping containers varies depending on the cargo inside, as well as a range of other factors. People are being exposed to potentially harmful levels of hazardous gases and chemicals, but what can be done to lessen the effects? Gary Peters finds out. Read the article.
Cruise Ship Safety A cruise vacation remains one of the safest forms of leisure travel, and the safety of its passengers remains a top priority for cruise lines. Bud Darr, CLIA’s senior vice president, technical & regulatory affairs, takes a closer look at some crucial safety features. Read the article.
Asleep at the Helm At the beginning of the year, maritime trade association InterManager released the initial findings of Project MARTHA, a comprehensive study on seafarer fatigue. Eva Grey takes a look at the results. Read the article.
Artists at Sea Seven artists spent weeks at sea as part of Container Artist Residency 01, a unique artist-in-residence programme that takes place on board commercial cargo ships. Eva Grey takes a closer look. Read the article.
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Siemens and Land Rover BAR have teamed up to design, evaluate and verify an America’s Cup class catamaran in a bid to design a winning racing boat and launch it within just 30 months. We take a closer look to find out how these incredible vessels are designed.
We also find out more about a US project to test robotic welding technologies for shipbuilding, profile a new ship tunnel that will run through 1.7km of rock at the narrowest point of the Norwegian Stad Peninsula, and look at plans to expand the Port of Virginia in an effort to boost annual container capacity by 40% by 2020.
Finally, we catch up with one of the IMO’s new Maritime Technology Cooperation Centres to find out how the maritime industry can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and ask whether shipping companies are living up to their pledges to tackle contraband.
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