Ship Technology Global: Issue 30

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In the wake of COP21 the International Monetary Fund 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 the fall of the Baltic dry index will mean for freight shipping and the global economy, take a look at Queensland’s ambitious port expansion projects, and find out about emerging applications for unmanned aerial vehicles in the maritime industry. 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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In this issue

The Big Question
Carbon tax of fuel levy? As the IMF and the shipping industry clash over climate change mitigation measures, Eva Grey investigates the case for a carbon tax and asks how the industry can get it right.
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After the Fall
Viewed as an indicator of the state of global trade, the Baltic dry index fell to record lows earlier this year, leading many to speculate on the consequences for shipping freight and the global economy. Gary Peters finds out more.
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Queensland Builds Up
As Australia’s third largest economy, Queensland is undergoing a major expansion at its main bulk commodity ports over the next two years. Eva Grey asks how the developments aim to strike a balance between enhancing economic growth and protecting regional environmental interests.
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Drones Ahead
As the development of drone technology gathers pace, Gary Peters explores how unmanned aerial vehicles are finding new applications in the maritime industry.
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Saving Lives at Sea
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is a charity offering round-the-clock search and rescue services across the UK and Ireland. Eva Grey speaks to RNLI lifesaving support manager Adrian Carey to find out more.
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Changing Behaviour
Working away from the everyday support networks places a great deal of strain on seafarers. The situation is compounded by the threat of bullying and harassment, but just how bad is it? Gary Peters investigates.
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Next issue preview

As the UK’s referendum on EU membership approaches, what are the implications for the country’s £10bn shipping industry? Access to Europe’s single market and free-trade principles are a massive advantage, but the UK Chamber of Shipping has criticised overlapping regulation between the EU and the IMO and other issues. We ask industry insiders whether UK shipping would be better off inside or outside of the union.

Also in the next issue, we investigate the maritime legal issues surrounding Crimea’s closed ports, speak to Daewoo about risk management in shipbuilding, and take a look at Ferguson Marine’s plans to take on 150 new apprentices at its Clyde shipyard. Plus, we explore a new prediction tool for rogue waves could help improve safety and find out how the cruise industry is mitigating safety threats during journeys in high-risk areas.

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