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On the precipice of Brexit, fears abound that the government hasn’t provided adequate assurances over recognition of UK seafarers’ certificates in Europe. We find out what are the stakes for seafarers on both sides of the Brexit discussions, and whether a no-deal outcome can be made to work for the shipping industry.

Our leading feature looks into the challenges of a continent-spanning logistical effort, namely the upgrade to the Rothera research station in Antarctica, which is preparing to host research vessel RSS Sir David Attenborough.

We also turn our attention to liquefied cargoes, which present a persistent danger to ships and represent a cause of great loss of life every year.

Finally, we talk to researchers from Solent University about their one-of-a-kind project into crewing strategies, and find out what’s next for London’s iconic Thames Clippers service after its recent 40 millionth passenger milestone.

In this issue

Havfarm: a new salmon fishing revolution in Norway
Aquaculture company Nordlaks is developing Havfarm, a giant ship-shaped fish farm that could revolutionise salmon fishing in Norway. Where will aspects of ship design assist with this cause, and how might it change Norway’s aquaculture industry in the future? Joe baker finds out.
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Where would a no-deal Brexit leave UK seafarers?
The UK Government has released guidance on how it plans to manage a ‘no-deal’ Brexit with regards to maritime workers, but many argue it provides inadequate assurances over recognition of UK seafarers’ certificates in Europe. Patrick Kingsland asks UK Chamber of Shipping policy director Tim Springett how worried seafarers should be.
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Rothera: giving berth to a revolution in polar shipping
Rothera Research Station, the UK’s Antarctic research hub, is building a new wharf to accommodate the RRS Sir David Attenborough. What are the challenges of this continent-spanning logistical effort, and how will the new wharf enhance the Antarctic station?
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Why are liquefied cargoes a persistent danger to ships?
Solid bulk cargoes – defined as granular materials loaded directly into a ship’s hold – can suddenly turn from a solid state into a liquid state in a process known as liquefaction. IMO guidelines exist to instruct shippers on how to avoid the potential dangers, so why does liquefaction remain such a menace? Patrick Kingsland finds out.
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Inside the Effective Crew Project
Unlike other sectors, the merchant shipping industry has traditionally avoided talk of research into different crewing strategies. Solent University is aiming to change this, having last year launched a new study called the Effective Crew Project, which aims to examine the impact of different strategies on safety and efficiency at sea. Ross Davies meets project leader Kate Pike to find out more.
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40 million up: what does the future hold for London’s Thames Clippers?
This October, London’s river bus operator, MBNA Thames Clippers, celebrated carrying its 40 millionth passenger. What role is the service playing for tourists and commuters, and what steps are being taken to expand the service for the future? Joe Baker talked to Sean Collins, CEO and co-founder of MBNA Thames Clippers to find out.
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Next issue | March 2019

In our March issue, we turn our attention to the decarbonisation of shipping. Firstly, we analyse the viability of fuel cells in the industry after Swiss technological giant ABB partnered with one of Europe’s largest independent research organisations, to test the us of fuel cells as an energy source for ship propulsion.

And secondly, non-profit group Transport & Environment has published a new report on the best ways for the shipping industry to decarbonise in the future.

In an out-of-this-world attempt, a new project attempts to adapt composite technologies developed for the space industry to accommodate LNG shipping.

Finally, we look at how ports conduct clean-up activities of their underwater areas and ask whether current merchant seafarer training standards fit for purpose.