STG September 2017

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Reports suggest that the Greek Government is attempting to persuade shipowners and shipping insurance companies based in London to move their EU headquarters to Greece, as the UK gears up for Brexit. We investigate the potential implications.

We also take a closer look at the One Sea project, an ambitious plan to develop the world’s first autonomous shipping system in the Baltic Sea, find out whether an initiative to grant cargo owners more control over their contribution to marine emissions will have the desired impact, and consider what can be done to improve safety on-board ships as vessels become increasingly complex.

Finally, we investigate the problem of cargo theft, which costs the marine industry billions of dollars every year, and take a closer look at initiatives to incentivise more participation from women in the maritime sector and to encourage greater workforce diversity.

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In this issue

Brexit Effect
Reports suggest that the Greek Government wants to persuade shipowners based in London to move their European headquarters to Greece, as the UK prepares to leave the European Union. Gary Peters finds out whether this is pure speculation, or something more concrete.
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One Sea Ecosystem
The One Sea ecosystem intends to achieve commercial autonomous maritime traffic by 2025. Frances Marcellin takes a closer look at this ambitious plan, as well as some of its achievements to date and challenges ahead.
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The GoodShipping Program aims to grant cargo owners more control over their contribution to marine carbon emissions. Ross Davies finds out more from director Astrid Sonneveld.
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The Technology Conundrum
Maritime safety company Propel suggests that human failure is still top of the agenda when it comes to improving safety. However, in an age where ships are becoming more complex, Gary Peters finds out whether technology is partly to blame.
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A Billion Dollar Problem
The marine industry loses billions to cargo theft and cargo loss each year. Meanwhile, new technology is proving to be both a blessing and a curse, as cyber-piracy and digitalised theft are on the rise. Eva Grey reports.
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Women in Shipping
Demand for qualified seafarers is increasing, while at the same time, a shortage of new talent is threatening the industry. The need to embrace gender diversity in shipping has never been greater, as Eva Grey finds out.
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Into the Wind
The Port of Rotterdam is in the process of building a new offshore wind centre, which will be used to decommission nearby oil and gas platforms. Ross Davies finds out more about the project.
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Next issue preview

In July, the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee pushed back the compliance date of new ballast water management requirements for existing vessels. We look into the reasons behind the delay, and what effect this postponement could have on shipowners.

We also examine the potential impact of blockchain in the maritime industry, find out more about an industry collaboration to create an open source digital platform for the development of new ships, and speak to the team behind Babbler, a digital seal for shipping containers that can be used to monitor shipments via an online app.

Finally, we take a closer look at port initiatives to establish boundaries to reduce their impact on marine life, and investigate the dangers of pollution levels on cruise ships and ask what the industry is doing to combat the problem.

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