Indian shipyards have long bemoaned the lack of support offered to their industry by a succession of governments, but all that now looks to change, with the announcement of a big new boost that is intended to start India on the way to becoming a major shipbuilding hub.
The market for ballast water treatment technology is set to soar as stricter environmental regulation comes into force, requiring operators around the world to retrofit their vessels. But what exactly are the technological options, and how will the specialised market fare in the long term once all existing ships have been upgraded with new systems?
Now fast approaching the 150th anniversary of its opening, the Suez Canal has witnessed many key events in Egyptian history – and found itself at the centre of more than a few of them. With January’s call for bids on the government’s new master plan to develop some 29,000 square miles along its banks into a new logistics and industrial hub, the canal has once again been propelled into the spotlight as Egypt continues its tenuous early steps into the post-Mubarak era.
The Horn of Africa may have been responsible for firmly establishing our modern image of a pirate as an RPG-wielding Somali in a skiff, but with the Gulf of Guinea now seen as one of the world’s most dangerous regions and attacks in Indonesia rising, it is clear that piracy remains a truly global issue.
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Fulfilling requirements set down by international and national environmental monitors has become a core strategic interest for the shipping industry, as a new era of emissions monitoring legislation sails into view. To find out more about these regulations and how they will be met, Dr Gareth Evans sat down with Dr Steve Dye, business development manager at Parker Kittiwake.
Globally, around 1,000 large ships a year are broken up and recycled. While it means that their steel and other valuable scrap can be reclaimed and their equipment reused, the process itself has largely become the preserve of developing nations – often ‘beaching’ operations with relatively lax health and safety rules and few environmental safeguards.
The maritime industry may be currently going through its biggest crisis for decades, but looking ahead to 2030 the future for shipping and seaborne trade looks much more promising. Dr Gareth Evans reports on the growing collection of voices predicting that seaborne trade could double or more by 2030.
Arctic sea-ice reached a new all-time low in 2012 – another milestone in pattern which has, in recent years, seen both Canada’s Northwest Passage and Russia’s Northern Sea Route (NSR) open simultaneously for the first time in recorded history. Dr Gareth Evans charts the decline in arctic sea ice to find out how global shipping lanes are changing forever.