Ship Technology Global is back for another issue in a brand-new design and packed with even more technology news and industry analysis. In this issue, we ask whether regulations need to change at ports to boost protection from hazardous goods in the wake of the Beirut explosion, find out what the industry is doing to protect seafarers’ mental health during the Covid-19 crisis, and investigate a new project to create an all-electric tugboat with Echandia Marine.

In this issue

Beirut explosion: tracing the timeline of the disaster

Captured in footage that shocked the world, the explosion in Beirut, Lebanon on 4 August was a truly devastating event, causing at least 200 deaths, 6,000 injuries and billions of dollars’ worth of property damage. Below, Adele Berti traces a timeline of the events preceding the blast and its aftermath.

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Handline dangerous goods in the wake of the Beirut explosion

The blast that killed hundreds of people in the Lebanese port of Beirut earlier in August has left many wondering what could have been done to prevent the tragedy. Adele Berti finds out whether current regulations go far enough and what the shipping industry needs to do to ensure dangerous goods are handled safely.

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Digital seas: how Covid-19 could change the face of freight shipping

The global freight shipping sector, initially crippled by Covid-19, is emerging with a new purpose and confidence that digitisation could be the legacy of the pandemic. Andrew Tunnicliffe speaks with Jeff Wehner, co-founder of freight logistics automation company Haven Inc, about the revolution that might finally be coming.

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Seafarer mental health: lessons learnt from the Covid-19 pandemic

With 800,000 still affected by the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, the plight of seafarers is far from being over. While the industry campaigns for their safe release, what has been done to address their mental health issues? Ilaria Grasso Macola finds out.

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EU carbon market: plan to include shipping emissions rattles industry

The EU has rattled the shipping industry by adopting new legislation to include the sector in its Emissions Trading System. What is the European Parliament trying to achieve with this move, and does its reach exceed its grasp in this case? Chris Lo finds out.

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Damen and Echandia partner to scale up electric shipping

Echandia Marine and Damen Shipyards are collaborating on a new generation of full-size, all-electric tugboats. Echandia CEO Magnus Erikkson discusses the project, the requirements for heavy-duty marine battery systems, and the broader picture on electrification in shipping with Chris Lo.

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Tackling piracy in the Singapore Strait

Currently one of the busiest shipping routes in the world, the Singapore Strait has seen a worrying surge in the number of pirate attacks in the last couple of years. Ilaria Grasso Macola finds out why ships in the region have become increasingly vulnerable.

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How to speed up shipping: a look at the IMO’s ‘Just in Time’ Arrival Guide

The International Maritime Organization’s Global Industry Alliance has published its new Just In Time Arrival Guide, which provides recommendations on how to speed up and optimise the port call process. Adele Berti finds out how improving the procedure could lead to reduced carbon emissions and costs, as well as enhanced safety and operations.

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Next issue preview

As we enter the new year, we take a deeper look at the way that shipping is regulated; does the industry need oversight from a global body such as the International Maritime Organization, or should more regulations be laid out at a regional level?

We discuss the impact that the end of the UK’s Brexit industry will have on fishing vessels, and ask how the outcome of the US election will affect the industry as a whole. We also highlight the sector’s continued push towards decarbonisation with a profile of HySHIP – an EU-backed project to develop a new ro-ro vessel powered by liquid green hydrogen – and discuss what the future of the scrubbers market might look like.

Finally, we find out how ZeroNorth is using real-time data to help shipowners reduce emissions, and take a look at a recently launched regeneration project for the Historical Port of Djibouti and what this will mean for the East African nation.

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