While the shipping industry celebrates a year without a successful hijacking off the coast of Somalia, events off Western Africa and a potential link with terrorism have triggered concern. In partnership with OceanusLive, Ship-technology.com covers the latest incidences and the international response to piracy.
With political wrangling preventing serious discussion on the UK’s lack of hub airports, the country’s ports are stepping to the plate. DP World’s London Gateway, due to open later this year, could be just a taste of what’s to come.
Anti-piracy operations in South East Asia are being ramped up in the wake of increased pirate activity and the death of up to 32 fishermen off the coast of Bangladesh. In partnership with OceanusLive, Ship-technology.com covers the latest incidences and the international response to piracy.
Despite biofuels promising to be more environmentally-friendly, critics have condemned their efficiency, labelling the technology too immature to be relied upon. By bypassing photosynthesis and using electricity, electrofuels could provide the requisite maturity.
With GPS signals occasionally choppy at sea and jammers used for illicit means, shipping companies have sought positional assistance in shipping straits. Through the world’s first deployment of eLoran, the English Channel may have solved this crisis.
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New patrol boats inaugurated in Nigeria, and ten Somali pirates are tried in Hamburg, while pirate activity remains low. Ship-technology.com reports on incidents of piracy across the globe, covering the latest incidences and the international response to piracy in August 2012.
The cruise industry has proven itself to be incredibly lucrative, with weeks at sea a favoured holiday destination. As cruise operators pack people aboard, the largest cruise ships are often the most popular. Ship-technology.com lists the world’s largest.
The European Union’s Naval Force has launched its first ever land-based raid on Somali pirate assets, destroying speedboats and ammunition and fuel stores in an attempt to prevent further acts of piracy.