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Ship Technology Global: Issue 20 | June 2015

China, Japan and South Korea remain at the forefront of the global shipbuilding and repair industry, together comprising some 89% of the market share, but a number of countries in Southeast Asia are emerging as competitors. We find out how the Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia are establishing themselves in the market with financial backing from their governments and a healthy dose of foreign investment.

We also take a look at innovations in port security above and below the waterline, explore BlackBerry‘s new IT offering for the freight shipping market and investigate the controversy surrounding man overboard detection systems in the US cruise industry.

Moreover, we ask why the realities of today’s shipping industry make the role of the maritime pilot more important than ever and find out how the Wellness at Sea initiative is helping seafarers deal with mental health issues and the challenges of a life at sea.

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In this issue

Safe Hands
For centuries, maritime pilots have been charged with the tricky task of manoeuvring ships through dangerous and congested passages. Chris Lo finds out what it takes to work in this tough but rewarding job.
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Southeast Asia Emerges
As the shipbuilding industry struggles to recover from the 2008 downturn, a group of Southeast Asian countries are rapidly surfacing as new production hubs. Eva Grey profiles the emerging players working to find a place in a competitive market.
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New Lines of Defence
Ports occupy an important position as the first line of defence against what could become terrorism’s next front. Dr Gareth Evans reports on innovations in port security above and below the waterline.
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Sound the Alarm
Pressure on cruise operators to install new man overboard detection technology is mounting after two holidaymakers died in March after falling from ships. Julian Turner investigates the controversy and asks whether the latest surveillance techniques are suited to cruise operations.
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Building Bridges
A new initiative aimed at preventing mental health issues among seafarers has recently set sail. Eva Grey asks how it hopes to support sailors and tackle the dwindling popularity of careers at sea.
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BlackBerry Goes to Sea
Troubled telecoms giant BlackBerry has launched a cloud-based Internet of Things platform aimed at the lucrative freight shipping market. Julian Turner explores the new technology and its potential to enhance visibility across the increasingly complex maritime supply chain.
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The Marshall Islands have called on the IMO to set a new global target for reducing the greenhouse gas emissions produced by international shipping, a sector currently left out of international climate negotiations. We ask whether enough attention is being paid to shipping emissions on a global scale.

We also find out how Maersk Line cut fuel consumption by more than 13% between 2012 and 2014 and what lesson other companies can learn from this case study and speak to the minds behind a new Danish-led innovation project aimed at improving the safety of navigation.

Moreover, we take a look at Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Sea and find out how a points scheme by Friends of the Earth allows holidaymakers to scrutinise the environmental impact of cruise operators before they make a choice.

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