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  • Shipyards ride the crest of a new wave

    An increase in new builds following the global recession has put the spotlight on shipyards and big build programmes. With this in mind, Rowan Watt-Pringle takes a closer look at...

  • Remote operated vehicles offer shipshape maintenance

    Remote-operated vehicles (ROVs) are increasingly taking over the inspection, repair and cleaning of ship hulls. Rowan Watt-Pringle reports on how improvements in technology are allowing ROVs to handle jobs traditionally...

  • Sailing Under a Green Flag

    The cruise liner industry is taking steps to reduce its carbon footprint and present a more eco-friendly image. Guy Richards reports on how various new energy saving technologies are making...

  • Untapping the Potential of Deepwater Drillships

    Post-Deepwater Horizon, there are signs of buoyancy in the market for deepwater drilling ships. To keep tabs on global demand, the deepwater and ultra-deepwater zones are fast becoming the last...

  • Noise and Vibration: What’s Your Signature?

    Measuring and analysing a vessel's acoustics and vibration profile can be a vital tool for military or civilian ships. Chris Lo explores the options with Brüel & Kjær's Northern Europe...

  • The Automatic Vessel

    Automation on ships is increasing in importance as the specialised knowledge of workers continues to decline. Chris Lo talks to René van Lubeek of automation technology company Praxis to chart...

  • Algal Energy: The Dawn of Sea-Worthy Biofuels

    Global warming and rapidly diminishing oil reserves are forcing many navies to consider alternative fuels. In the wake of an ambitious scheme to power boats using algae, Rowan Watt-Pringle takes...

  • The Modern Repair Vessel

    For both military and civilian applications, repair vessels provide mobile maintenance to ships at sea. Chris Lo talks to BMT Defence's Andy Kimber about the past, present and future of...

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