Arctic ports, drone ships and seafarers’ rights in the latest Ship Technology Global

Joe Baker 26 June 2019 (Last Updated June 26th, 2019 17:08)

In this issue: the first Geneva declaration on seafarers' rights, autonomous ship navigation, measuring noise pollution in ports and more.

Arctic ports, drone ships and seafarers’ rights in the latest Ship Technology Global

As the Arctic ocean warms up, port developers are attempting to build a new deep-water shipping hub at Finnafjord in northeast Iceland. How will this new port capitalise on arctic shipping opportunities? We find out in this brand new issue of Ship Technology Global.

Elsewhere, we put a spotlight on potential solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing the industry today. These include the ‘Geneva Declaration on Human Rights at Sea’ – a new attempt to bring worker protection rights for seafarers up to speed with labourers on land – and the NEPTUNES project, which aims to measure and combat disruptive noise pollution from ships. We also ask NGO the Surfrider Foundation about the damage caused by lost containers at sea and the obstacles involved with tackling the issue.

With an eye to the future, we find out more about Lloyd Register’s first ocean-going autonomous navigation system, and ask how shipping will keep up with supply chain challenges provoked by the rise of e-commerce. Then it’s a trip back in time, as we trace the history of the Port of London – one of Europe’s largest and most venerable shipping hubs.

Read the edition in full here.

In this issue

Finnafjord: a new port for the melting Arctic

New joint venture the Finnafjord Port Development Company is planning to build a new deepwater port at Finnafjord in northeast Iceland, as warmer waters make year-round Arctic shipping increasingly viable. Chris Lo speaks to project partner Bremenports to discuss the opportunities and environmental sensitivities around this new development.

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Lost at sea: how shipping container pollution affects the environment

Hundreds of containers are lost at sea every year due to worsening weather conditions and poor maintenance. Presenting a growing threat to marine life, this issue is often underestimated by the industry and requires urgent intervention, as well as a more standardised set of norms. Adele Berti speaks to Antidia Citores of environmental NGO the Surfrider Foundation about why this problem persists.

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Human rights at sea: bringing shipping up to speed

Migrant smuggling, mistreatment of fishermen, unreported fishing and illegal trade are just some of the situations driving human rights breaches at sea. In a bid to ensure that human rights laws that apply on land are also respected in shipping, the charity Human Rights at Sea has published the first version of the ‘Geneva Declaration on Human Rights at Sea’. Frances Marcellin finds out more.

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Drone ships: inside Lloyd’s Register’s first ocean-going autonomous navigation system

Lloyd’s Register recently announced it was embarking on a collaborative project to develop the world’s first ocean-going autonomous navigation system for commercial operations. Ross Davies asks; are drone ships on their way?

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NEPTUNES: measuring disruptive noise pollution from ships

Complaints about noise from seagoing vessels at berth are increasingly common. Now eleven ports from Europe, Australia and Canada have been jointly researching what causes airborne noise and how it can be mitigated. Frances Marcellin finds out more about the NEPTUNES project.

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Protective layers: key points from ClassNK’s Cyber Security Approach

ClassNK’s recently-published Cyber Security Approach sets out a layered strategy for securing commercial vessels from cyber attacks. Chris Lo highlights the key takeaways from the Japanese ship classification society’s latest guidance documents.

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Shipping and the supply chain: keeping up in the e-commerce era

The rise of e-commerce is changing the face of global logistics, and shipping companies aren’t exempt. How is the industry keeping up with the supply chain changes coming from the e-commerce revolution, and who might be left behind? To find out more, Chris Lo speaks to David Jinks, head of consumer research at online parcel comparison platform ParcelHero.

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The Port of London: a century of change

Trade through the Port of London hit 53.2 million tonnes last year, a remarkable feat last achieved over a decade ago. Adele Berti goes back in time to explore how one of the oldest ports in Europe has evolved, from hosting steamships of the early 20th century to the bustling enterprise it is today.

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Next issue | July 2019

In the next issue of Ship Technology Global, we delve into the industry fallout after two tankers were hit by explosive attacks in the Persian Gulf. Are new security measures needed to protect vessels in the region?

In an exclusive map feature, we profile strategically placed ports in the Indian Ocean. From there, we set sail for the Marshall Islands to highlight its role as an international shipping hub.

Also in this upcoming issue, we head to Rotterdam to explore a new innovation centre run by shipping supplier Bolidt. We also find out how shipping companies can meet increasingly stringent IMO standards for ballast water management systems.

Finally, we take a peek behind the woodwork of the most powerful fully electric ferry in the world, and speak to Mercy Ships, the faith-based ‘floating hospital’ organisation, to ask how its work is saving lives across the globe.