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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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The International Maritime Organization’s Marine Environment Protection Committee recently pushed back the compliance date of new ballast water management requirements for existing vessels. Eva Grey reports.
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Transformative Technology
Blockchain technology has taken many industries by storm, with everyone from financial firms to charities jumping on the bandwagon. Eva Grey considers how it could change the face of global trade.
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Digital Twins
A powerhouse group of industry and academia partners is working to develop a new, open-source simulation platform for the design and construction of new ships. Chris Lo finds out more about the project from Rolls-Royce senior vice president of engineering and technology, Svein Kleven.
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Introducing Babbler
Designed for CORE, an EU-funded security project, Babbler is a new low-cost, digital seal developed for shipping containers. Ross Davies finds out more about the devices.
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Going Slow
This summer the Port of Vancouver is asking ships to voluntarily slow to 11 knots, a 40% reduction in speed to help reduce noise levels for endangered killer whales. Patrick Kingsland finds out more about the trial.
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Polluted Cruises
An undercover investigation has found that passengers on cruise ships could be exposed to harmful levels of pollution. Abi Millar takes a look at the dangers and asks what the cruise sector is doing to combat the problem?
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Back to Basics
Shipping needs to pay attention to the basics of automation to future-proof the fleet. Børge Nogva, CEO of Høglund Marine Automation, explains why.
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The Port of London Authority is working with the Mayor of London and TfL on new research to help develop an Air Quality Strategy for the Thames. We find out more about the research, which covers shore side power, emissions from vessels during trips and an inventory of all emissions from vessels on the river.

We also learn more about a research project to address safety and efficiency in Arctic ship operations, take a closer look at the most important shipping chokepoints and analyse how they contribute to the global oil supply, and consider the fate of the proposed 170km canal linking Paris to Rotterdam and Antwerp.

Finally, we find out how the Global Industry Alliance is helping break down barriers blocking the industry from moving towards a low-carbon era, and hear from MAATS Tech about why a changing energy landscape could be the catalyst for a new generation of ships.

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