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The Ecoship, a vessel that will carry out humanitarian and environmental missions for Japan-based NGO Peace Boat from 2020, has been hailed as the “world’s greenest cruise ship”. We take a look at the recently finalised design, which will incorporate solar-powered sails, retractable wind generators and hybrid engines, and ask whether it could become a model for more eco-friendly cruising.

We also explore Mercy Ships’ plans to expand its fleet of hospital ships, speak to GE’s Marine branch about its first year in business and future plans, and find out what the Maritime Labour Convention has achieved so far.

Also in this issue, we take a look at the Government of Mauritius’ ambitious plan to develop Port Louis into a global bunkering hub capable of exporting one million metric tons of bunker fuel, and we find out how a partnership between Siemens, Dresser-Rand and Lloyd’s Register aims to provide a better LNG supply system for the industry’s small but growing fleet of gas-powered vessels.

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Promoting Seafarers’ Rights
The Maritime Labour Convention aims to standardise seafarers’ rights globally, but is it working? Daniel Crockford and Alex Penberthy, consultant solicitors for Keystone Law, take a closer look at the provisions and what they have achieved so far.
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Digital Innovation
At the start of 2015, GE unveiled its new marine division. Eva Grey asks president and CEO Tim Schweikert about the branch’s main achievements in the first year of business and its offering for the industry.
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A Model for Greener Cruising?
Peace Boat has unveiled its plans for Ecopship, touted as the “world’s greenest cruise vessel”. Chris Lo takes a look at the design and asks whether it could serve as the blueprint for a more eco-friendly cruise model.
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Mauritius: Bunkering Ambitions
The Government of Mauritius is planning to develop Port Louis into a global bunkering hub capable of exporting one million metric tons of bunker fuel per year. Gary Peters asks whether the ambitious idea can be turned into a commercial reality.
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Fuelling a New Fleet
Siemens Drilling & Marine, Dresser-Rand and Lloyd’s Register have announced plans to devise a more comprehensive LNG supply system for the world’s growing fleet of gas-powered vessels. Gary Peters finds out more.
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The Mission Continues
Global charity Mercy Ships has been serving some of the poorest nations since 1978 with the world’s largest privately owned hospital ship. Eva Grey looks into the organisation’s history and plans for expansion.
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E-navigation remains high on the agenda for the IMO’s safety committee, placing the organisation at the centre of worldwide efforts to standardise and harmonise use of the technology. We round up the progress of adoption and testing of the technology and look into its future deployment.

Also in this issue, we find out how a new initiative by the International Navigation Association is aiming to help the maritime sector respond to climate change, round up what shipowners need to know about the IMO and USCG ballast water regulations, and take a look at BIMCO’s cyber security guidelines for the shipping industry.

Plus, we speak to a new company that has developed a way to reduce shipping costs by more accurately predicting sea levels, and investigate how the European migration crisis and the resulting delays and disputes at borders have affected the shipping sector.

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