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Wearable technologies are becoming a hot topic in the maritime industry thanks to their health and safety benefits. Norwegian start-up ScanReach recently introduced In:Range, a unique plug-and-play system that can locate seafarers via signals sent to bracelets. We round up the hottest new wearable technologies that are set to revolutionise the seafarer experience.

We also consider the risks presented to ports by climate change and ask how they can be mitigated, hear from Danish company Blockshipping, which is developing the world’s first real-time freight container registry, and find out what countries and shipping carriers are doing to help protect livestock at sea.

Finally, we explore Japan’s ambitious plans to become an international LNG bunkering hub, and analyse the results of a new study on climate change that concluded there is currently no widely available fuel in shipping that can cut greenhouse gas emissions.

In this issue

Port in a storm: how are maritime hubs preparing for climate change?
In light of recently announced plans for expansion at the Port of Vancouver, some have accused developers of failing to account for climate change in their design. Ross Davies looks at how ports across the world are readying themselves for rising sea levels.
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Is this blockchain platform set to revolutionise container shipping?
Danish start-up Blockshipping is developing the world’s first freight container registry. The system is blockchain-based, and will provide a real-time registry of 27 million containers that could save the industry billions. Joe Baker takes a closer look at how it works.
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Suffering at sea: the debate over livestock exports
The movement of livestock by sea has long been a point of concern for animal welfare groups. Recent footage detailing shocking conditions on board voyages from Australia caused Australian MPs to call for a ban. Joe Baker considers whether the trade should be scrapped.
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Wearables in shipping: from passenger luxury to a seafarer lifeline
Wearable technologies such as pendants for cruise passengers and AR glasses for ship technicians are becoming increasingly popular in the maritime industry. Eva Grey explores the gadgets set to revolutionise the on-board experience.
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Spotlight on Japan: an emerging LNG bunkering hub for shipping
A new report recently concluded that Japan has the potential to become a major international LNG bunkering hub. What are the strategic moves that can put Japan ahead of the game in the LNG transition? Eva Grey reports.
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The great clean-up act: are any fuels good enough for shipping?
The IMO recently announced its aim for shipping to cut its carbon emissions by 50% by 2050. While many believe the target does not go far enough, the hunt is now on to source alternative, cleaner fuel types. Ross Davies reports.
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The International Chamber of Shipping has expressed its concern about a new policy reportedly to be brought in by Italy’s new coalition government, closing the country’s ports to migrants disembarking after being rescued by NGO vessels. We look into the new policy and its potential impact on migrants and merchant vessels alike.

We also investigate the drones being used to tackle shipping’s greatest inspection and repair challenges, find out more about the latest trend to create LNG vessels with unique systems that do not require ballast water systems, and speak to Sailcargo about its project to build a combustion-free cargo sailing vessel in Costa Rica.

Finally, we take a closer look at Global Fishing Watch’s satellite-driven transparency platform, which reveals the location and behaviours of commercial fishing fleets across the world, and learn more about an EU project to improve health on ships without a doctor.