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Rolls-Royce has signed a deal with Google to use the latter’s machine learning engine to improve the company’s intelligent awareness systems, which detect and track objects that a vessel might encounter at sea. We find out how Google AI technologies could make ships smart enough to run without a crew.

We learn more about Wärtsilä’s tests of an automatic wireless induction charging system on a hybrid powered coastal ferry, explore the difficulties that can arise when building ‘sister ships’, and profile Montrose Port Authority in Scotland, which celebrated a new record for monthly shipping activity in August 2017.

Finally, we look at the dangers that shipping poses to underwater life in the Red Sea after the region was flagged as environmentally sensitive, and take a closer look at a report that revealed the ways in which seafarers pay the price for the shipping industry’s woes.

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Ahead of the Game
Wärtsilä has successfully tested its automatic wireless induction charging system on a hybrid-powered coastal ferry. In a space where even shore-side power supplies are rare, wirelessly charging batteries is a leap in technology, as Eva Grey finds out.
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Advancing Autonomous Shipping
Rolls-Royce has signed a deal with Google to use the latter’s machine learning engine to improve the company’s intelligent awareness systems. Patrick Kingsland finds out whether the technology and collaboration will help advance the goal of autonomous shipping.
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The Power to Transform
Augmented reality is set to have a profound effect on the way companies do business and it won’t be long before shipping companies begin using the technology. Alexander Buchmann, managing director at Hanseaticsoft, finds out more.
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Building Sister Ships
No two ships are identical, and one of the toughest jobs for shipbuilders is to manage to construction of sister ships in an industry where change is the only constant. Eva Grey finds out more from Denis Morais, chief technology officer at SSI.
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Protecting the Red Sea
The Red Sea has been flagged up as an environmentally sensitive area by researchers, with live coral reefs at risk of extinction. Joe Baker finds out what is being done to protect this delicate ecosystem from shipping activities.
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Victims of a Bad Economy
A report by ISWAN revealed the ways in which seafarers pay the price for the shipping industry’s woes. From seafarers out of work to those reporting unpaid wages, the economic downturn has left many facing dire prospects, as Joe Baker finds out.
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From Robert the Bruce to Renewables
In August 2017, Montrose Port Authority celebrated a record-breaking month of shipping activity. With new decommissioning and offshore wind projects in the North Sea, the hope is for more of the same, as Ross Davies finds out.
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The latest UN Review of Maritime Transport notes that seaborne trade grew by 2.6% in 2016, up from 1.8% growth the previous year. However, with supply still outpacing demand, we explore the challenges of balancing the two in the shipping industry.

We find out more about a project to use a schooner, powered by wind and vegetable oil, to carry cargo on the Hudson River, take a look at the conclusion of an investigation into the August 2016 grounding of a container ship on approach to Southampton Port, and profile a new carbon calculator to centralise emissions data for the Panama Canal.

Finally, we take a broad look at the use of drones in the maritime industry, and find out more about workers’ rights in Papua New Guinea, following a government decision to award port operations to a company notorious for poor working conditions.

Yearbook issue available now

In this special issue of Ship Technology Global, we round up the biggest stories making waves in 2017, including the issue of cargo theft, which costs the marine industry billions of dollars every year, as new technology proves to be both a blessing and a curse, as cyber-piracy and digitalised theft continue to rise.

We also take a closer look at the issues of environmental impact, automation and cyber security as they are expected to continue to rise up shipping’s agenda as we enter 2018, and consider what shipping companies need to do to comply with new and stricter regulations regarding ballast water management, which has been a hot topic for the industry in 2017.

Finally, we look back at key regional developments from around the globe, including London’s Port of Tilbury’s £1bn expansion plan to open its doors to larger ships from Africa, India and the Far East, and delve into the latest technology helping to make shipping operations more streamlined.

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