Ship Technology Global: Issue 29

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As the migration crisis in the heart of Europe rages on, thousands of merchant ships have become involved in search and rescue operations of people stranded at sea. We investigate how the sector is dealing with the demands on its capacity for assistance at sea and ask what can be done to relieve the resulting strain on shipowners and operators.

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 and round up what shipowners need to know about the difference between IMO and USCG ballast water regulations. Plus, we take a look at BIMCO’s cyber security guidelines for the shipping industry and speak to a new company that has developed a way to reduce shipping costs by more accurately predicting sea levels.

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In this issue

Navigating Change
Since emerging on the International Maritime Organization’s agenda in 2006, e-navigation has progressed at a gentle rate of knots. With the first full-scale trial taking place in Norwegian waters, Gary Peters ask if this could be about to change?
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Time to Act
The World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure (PIANC) has devised a new initiative dedicated to help the inland and maritime navigation infrastructure sector respond to climate change. Gary Peters investigates.
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IMO vs USCG: Navigating Murky Waters
The differences between IMO and USCG ballast water regulations have muddied the waters when it comes to finding effective solutions. Eva Grey explores how ship owners and operators can best prepare for both sets of legislation.
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A Humanitarian Storm
As the migration crisis continues to unfold in Europe, thousands of merchant ships have become involved in rescue operations. Eva Grey finds out how the industry is dealing with the increased demand for assistance at sea.
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The Last Mile
New company Sea Level Research has developed a way to reduce shipping costs by more accurately predicting sea levels. Gary Peters asks how the technology could save the shipping industry time and costs in demurrage.
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Spread the Message
In response to growing concerns about cyber threats, BIMCO has launched its first dedicated guidelines to advise the maritime industry on cyber security best practice. Now the challenge is to get the message out there, as Gary Peters finds out.
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In the wake of COP21 the International Monetary Fund has called for a carbon tax of $30 per tonne of CO2 emitted, but the International Chamber of Shipping strongly opposes this measure, stating a preference for further operational and technical emissions reduction efforts or a ‘fuel levy’ to be administered by the International Maritime Organization. We investigate the proposed measures and ask how the industry can get it right.

We also investigate what’s causing the sinking Baltic Index, catch up with the next wave of robotics and automation being developed for the maritime industry and find out where drones are already in use. Plus we take a look inside the UK’s Royal National Lifeboat Institution and find out how the ICS and the International Transport Workers’ Federation are working together to reduce shipboard harassment and bullying.

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