After years of sporadic reports of GPS spoofing, the shipping industry is still unprepared for this particularly malicious type of cyber-attack. To find out more about how the industry can thwart such attacks, we talked to Pen Test Partners, who just last year demonstrated that hacking a ship’s ECDIS navigation system could easily send incorrect GPS location and size information.

Our reporter provides first-hand coverage from the February’s Smart Ports Summit, where the biggest issues in shipping, from digitalisation to sustainability, were addressed by industry leaders.

Speaking of digitalisation, Orca AI, a brand new entrant to the market, talks to us about its brand new AI-based tool to improve safety in navigation, while also looking at the looming IMO sulphur regulations hanging above shippers’ heads.

Finally, we ask how Sweden’s ambitious roadmap to fossil free shipping is going to be achieved, while analysing political instability and crises threatening Venezuela’s shipping sector.

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In this issue

How are US sanctions on Venezuela impacting shipping?

A set of sanctions recently introduced by the Trump administration on Venezuela’s oil exporting market, which put a chokehold on the country’s trading, is stopping shipping in its tracks. Adele Berti reports.

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Sustainability and digitalisation dominate the Smart Ports Summit

As the maritime industry works to become increasingly digital and more sustainable, the Smart Ports Summit held in London in February provided a useful platform for debate over what the future looks like for ports. Here’s a round-up of the key themes.

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So long Sulphur emissions: navigating the new IMO regulations

In January 2020 the shipping industry, and those supplying its fuel, face one of the biggest challenges in decades. Andrew Tunnicliffe finds out how the sector is preparing for the next adaptation of the MARPOL Convention.

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Using AI to navigate the tricky topic of ship navigation

Ship navigation has been fraught with danger ever since the first vessel took to the water. Like many roles today, that of a ship’s captain has been made less risky thanks to technology. Andrew Tunnicliffe looks at Orca AI – a new navigation system which offers increased sight in the toughest conditions – and how it might help.

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GPS spoofing: what’s the risk for ship navigation?

GPS spoofing – or GNSS spoofing more accurately – is a much-discussed cyber-threat to ship navigation systems. With the potential for paralysed shipping lanes, collisions and even untraceable piracy incidents, Chris Lo asks: what is the current state of play between the shipping industry’s cyber-defences and the malicious actors who aim to cause chaos through GPS spoofing?

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Green light: Sweden commits to fossil-free shipping

The Swedish Shipowners’ Association has developed plans to phase out the use of fossil fuels by 2045, in line with the country’s wider climate change plans. It’s a bold move for a heavy fuel industry, but far from unachievable, as Ross Davies reports.

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Keeping the Mississippi River Channel clear

The Big River Coalition has been highlighting the importance of dredging in the Mississippi River Channel so it is deep enough to support the larger ships that navigate the waterways today. In this video feature, we look into the dredging efforts along the Mississippi River and their importance for the US shipping sector, as well as the regeneration of coastal areas.

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Maritime 2050: five talking points from the UK’s vision for shipping

The UK’s long-term vision for its shipping industry, Maritime 2050, was launched in January. What are the key takeaways from a document that aims to define UK shipping’s development for the next three decades? Chris Lo finds out.

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Algae fuel production method “really important step” towards viable biocrude

Algae fuel has long been discussed as a sustainable alternative to traditional fuels for ships, vehicles and jets, but making it a commercial reality has proved a challenge, Lucy Ingham writes.

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Next issue | July 2019

As the Arctic is rapidly melting, year-round shipping through the Northeast Passage is becoming an increasingly feasible possibility. In our next issue, we profile Bremenports’ plans to build a new deep-water port in the north-east of Iceland at Finnafjord, and ask how the project can avoid aggravating environmental threats to the fragile Arctic.

We also talk to the minds behind a new report that analyses the impacts of container loss on the marine environment, and review the very first Geneva declaration of human rights at sea, highlighting the biggest breaches of rights currently taking place.

Finally, we find out how sip lines, ports and customers can get involved in the e-commerce revolution by tightening relations within the supply chain, and chart the history the industrious Port of London in an interactive timeline.