Ship Technology Global is back for another issue packed with technology news and industry analysis. In this issue, we ask how the coronavirus pandemic has changed the outlook for maritime in 2020, explore the financial cost of decarbonisation, and find out about the latest technologies being used to detect illegal shipping activities worldwide.

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In this issue

Coronavirus: the impact on global shipping

The rapid spread of coronavirus in early 2020 has had a major impact on global shipping markets, with the slump in demand for goods from China having a ripple effect on everything from container ships to oil tankers. Adele Berti takes a look at how events have unfolded so far, and asks how the industry could speed up recovery in the future.

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The financial cost of low-carbon transformation in shipping

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There is no doubt that tackling climate change is going to be expensive and challenging. But with new figures suggesting the decarbonisation of shipping could require investments of over $1tn, how much should the industry expect to spend in the coming years? Adele Berti finds out.

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Tackling age discrimination in shipping

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) recently released its new ‘Guidelines for Shipowners to Avoid Age Discrimination On Board Ships’, touching on subjects such as recruitment, retirement and promotion. ICS director of employment affairs ​​​​​Natalie Shaw discusses key takeaways from the paper and future steps with Adele Berti.

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Time’s up: wildlife trafficking through Tanzania’s ports

In recent years, ports in Tanzania have come under increased scrutiny given their vulnerability to the illegal wildlife trade. Last year, 57 representatives from port stakeholder groups in the area met to discuss possible solutions to the problem. Abi Millar asks why this crime has been allowed to proliferate in the area and what can be done to tackle it.

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Redrawing the piracy map for 2020

The annual piracy report by the IMB’s Piracy Reporting Centre has shown that global piracy incidents continue to decline, but certain regions continue to present a significant threat to shipping firms. Chris Lo asks: what are the areas where vessel attacks have swung up or down in 2019?

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We can see you: introducing dark vessel detection

Finnish start-up ICEYE recently launched Dark Vessel Detection, a new global solution which promises to help governments spot ships engaging in illegal activities in their waters. Ross Davies looks at how technology could help coastal states better protect both their economies and human life.

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Using blue laser technology to improve underwater detection

The KETmaritime project is developing photonic marine applications that use concentrated beams of light to assist with a host of maritime tasks. Julian Turner gets the lowdown from Paula Rico of the AIMEN Technology Centre and Ana Vila of the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory.

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Fighting battery fires at sea with direct-foam injection technology

Following a study led by DNV-GL and other industry stakeholders, FiFi4Marine’s lithium-ion fire extinguishing system was found to be the best-performing against battery flames. Ross Davies caught up with FiFi4Marine CEO Cor Meedendorp and managing partner Magnus Eriksson to find out what makes the direct foam injection system so unique.

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Next issue preview

Next time, we catch up on the industry’s efforts towards achieving compliance with the IMO’s low-sulphur fuel regulations, and find out whether the coronavirus pandemic has set the industry back. We also investigate positive stories from the frontline, highlighting areas where ports, shipping companies and maritime organisations have made a difference during the Covid-19 crisis.

Also in this issue: we ask whether the IMO’s regulations regarding ship collisions are due an update; investigate procedures for training new ship helmspeople; and highlight the numerous ways that nanotechnology could benefit shipping in the future.

Finally, we explore the dangers of arctic shipping after the Arctic Council released new guidelines for marine risk assessment in the region, and find out more about the US Coast Guard’s process when it comes to maintaining safety standards onboard ships.

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