Ship Technology Global is back for another issue packed with technology news and industry analysis. In this issue, we ask whether the IMO’s Hong Kong Convention will make ship recycling safer, find out how a state-of-the-art marine tracking system could help reduce whale collisions at sea, and ask leading women in shipping how the maritime sector can help attract more female employees.

In this issue

Dismantling dangerous ship scrapping: inside the Hong Kong Convention

Germany has become the 13th member of the Hong Kong Convention, the International Maritime Organisation’s treaty covering the safe and environmentally sound recycling of ships – but will the legislation help put an end to dangerous scrapping practices in South Asia? Julian Turner reports.

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Roundtable: the women fighting for equality in maritime

Representing only a fraction of the maritime industry’s largely male-dominated workforce, women are pushing for change and equality. With several recruitment initiatives kicking off across the sector, Adele Berti asked leading women in the industry: what needs to be done to attract more female workers to the maritime sector?

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Can technology improve mental wellbeing for seafarers?

Isolation while at sea can mean seafarers fall prey to depression. While technology is often thought of as a solution for keeping people connected it is also often the reason crew members become isolated in the first place. So what role does technology have in improving seafarer mental well-being? Varsha Saraogi finds out.

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Sink or swim: how decarbonisation will reshape shipping forever

What is good for the world isn’t necessarily good for shipping as we know it. That, arguably, is the key takeaway from a recently published study looking into the effects of carbon reduction on the global shipping industry. Andrew Tunnicliffe talks to the report’s author, Stuart Nicholl of MSI.

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How a new marine tracking system could help reduce whale collisions

In just three years, 37 cases of whales colliding with ships were recorded off the US east coast alone. Could a new, smart sensor-based marine tracking system, developed by a research team at the University of California, Santa Barbara, help shippers avoid accidents? Ross Davies meets project director Morgan Visalli to find out more.

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Destination Singapore: behind the rise of the world’s top shipping centre

Singapore has topped the 2019 Xinhua-Baltic International Shipping Centre Development Index, which ranks cities that offer port and shipping business services, for the sixth consecutive year. Julian Turner looks at the city-state’s shipping history and the reasons for its continued success.

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Using technology to reduce ship accidents with Prepare Ships

Led by Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE), the 26-month long Prepare Ships project aims to reduce collisions, improve traffic management, and boost sustainability through machine learning. Varsha Saraogi speaks to project manager Johannes Hüffmeier about how the technology works.

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What could the introduction of free ports mean for the UK?

The UK Government is planning to establish up to ten ‘free ports’ across Britain after Brexit to boost trade, though many claim these areas could facilitate money laundering and tax evasion. With Brexit now delayed until the end of January 2020, Adele Berti answers five key questions the industry is asking about free ports.

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Next issue

Many commentators have suggested that the rise of so-called ‘populist’ political parties in European countries such as Italy and Hungary is leading to de-globalisation. To what extent, if any, is the populism movement affecting maritime?

We explore whether the controversy surrounding the uptake of open-loop scrubbers in shipping is justified, and investigate the Getting to Zero Coalition – an alliance of shipowners aiming to bring zero-emission vessels to international trade routes by 2030.

We also speak to Spire Global about its new satellite-powered tool for maritime weather forecasting, and explore the distribution of power amongst major shipping investment funds.

Finally, we interview maritime business platform SeaFocus about how it is inspiring the next generation of seafarers and ask if the UK needs a ‘shipping czar’ to attract more international charterers to the country.