Ship Technology Global November 2016

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US West Coast ports have expressed a keen interest in participating in the development of India’s ports, especially the ambitious Sagarmala programme, which could potentially raise $50-$60bn of investment in 150 port modernisation projects. We explore the options for US-India cooperation in ports and shipping, and the benefits of such cooperation for both partners.  

We also take a look at the GloMEEP project, which aims to improve energy and lower greenhouse gas emissions, find out how recycled plastic can be used as ship engine fuel, and investigate how China is reshaping the country’s cruise sector.

Plus, we find out how the industry can regulate the use of unmanned surface vehicles in shipping and look at the consequences of crew abandonment and what is being done to help stranded seafarers return home safely.

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In this issue

US and India Talk Trade
During a week-long trade delegation in July, India and the US agreed to strengthen their maritime ties. Patrick Kingsland finds out more about the partnership from Hemal Shah, U.S.-India Business Council manager, transport, logistics and real estate.
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The GloMEEP Project
The GloMEEP project is working with ten lead countries to cut emissions and drive energy efficiency. But how will it bring together such a diverse mix of people and politics? Gary Peters investigates.
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Recycling Plastic into Fuel
A new project is testing whether waste plastic could be turned into an alternative shipping fuel. If successful, it could prove a cleaner and cheaper substitute for heavy fuel oil. Eva Grey finds out more.
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China’s Cruise Phenomenon
There’s something remarkable happening in the Chinese cruise industry. Last year the sector witnessed one million passengers, up from approximately 700,000 in 2014. Gary Peters asks how, and why, are we seeing this unprecedented growth?
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How to Regulate USVs
How do you regulate the use of unmanned vessels – and for the purposes of this article – unmanned surface vehicles? The question is become more pertinent, as technology begins to embed itself in the maritime industry. Gary Peters reports.
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Seafarer Abandonment
Without money or a way of getting home, abandoned seafarers suffer inhumane conditions and devastating financial consequences. Eva Grey finds out more about the support network fighting to ensure their protection.
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In August, Australian customs officers seized a record 95kg of cocaine from cruise ship the Sea Princess in Sydney, following a joint operation. Cruise ships increasingly provide a good target for smugglers as they cross international and national jurisdictions visiting many different ports. We find out what’s being done to contain this trend.

We also round up some of the biggest and loudest music cruises, take a look at the EU-funded CyClaDes initiative, which is trying to make ship design more human-oriented, and shine a spotlight on China’s shipbreaking sector, which is feeling the squeeze from depressed steel prices.

Plus, we examine the controversy behind the Netherlands’ port subsidies and ask whether ship diversions could be avoided with proper on-board telemedical assistance.

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