Ship Technology Global is back with a bumper edition, combined with our sister title Future Cruise, bringing all of our expert maritime analysis together in one place.

Chinese investment in ports is not a new phenomenon, as the country’s Belt and Road Initiative focuses on maritime routes with the Maritime Silk Road. But recent investment in the Port of Hamburg in Germany has been a cause for concern for those worried about China’s growing influence. We investigate the matter in this issue.

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Elsewhere, we profile the Stad Ship Tunnel project in Norway, which will allow shipping to bypass the Stad Peninsula, one of the most dangerous routes along the coast of Norway. We also learn how the decision to suspend the National Flagship programme in the UK has enabled investment into Defence projects.

As well as all of this, we look at Moscow’s decision to suspend participation in a joint UN-Turkish programme that enabled the export of Ukrainian grains via a maritime corridor in the Black Sea. Lastly, we consider the role that the Panama Canal could play in resolving the warehousing logistics crisis in the US.

For all of this and more, read on. And don’t forget to stay up to date with everything at @ShipTechMag and @FutureCruiseMag.

Peter Nilson, editor

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In this issue

UN pushes ahead with Ukraine grain inspections as Russia backs out

Moscow has suspended participation in a joint UN-Turkish programme that enabled the export of Ukrainian grains via a maritime corridor in the Black Sea. Richard Thomas reports

Could the Panama Canal ease the US warehousing logistics crisis?

The US warehousing logistics crisis is showing no sign of ending. Viola Caon looks at whether the Panama Canal could help to alleviate these difficulties.

Royal yacht funding redirected to MROSS project

The decision to suspend the National Flagship programme has enabled investment into Defence projectsRichard Thomas reports.

China continues to move into global ports

COSCO Shipping Ports Limited is aiming to build a global terminal network through controlling stakes. Jasleen Mann explores the matter.

Sea safety and the Stad Ship Tunnel project

The long-awaited Stad Ship Tunnel in Norway is on the verge of becoming reality. Jasleen Mann reports on the first tunnel in the world to be built exclusively for shipping.

MSC World Europa brings a myriad of firsts

The launch of MSC Cruises’ new vessel showcased a host of firsts for the operator, from design and power solutions, to food & beverage concepts to new entertainment activities, Frances Marcellin offers a round-up of the new ship.

Explora journeys looking for “discerning travellers”

Frances Marcellin speaks with Explora Journeys CEO Michael Ungerer about the operator’s new luxury offerings, and why the company is more than a cruise line.

Next issue preview

The maritime sector is a considerable contributor towards carbon emissions, but the shipping and cruise industries are both making strides to address their environmental impact.

Next issue, we highlight the maritime industry’s moves to reduce its carbon output and find greener energy sources.

In the meantime, you can stay up to date with everything at @ShipTechMag.

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