Ship Technology Global is back with a bumper edition, combined with our sister title Future Cruise, bringing all of our expert maritime analysis together in one place.

The UK Secretary of State for Defence and Shipbuilding Tsar, Ben Wallace has called for the UK to ramp up inward investment in order to increase global competitiveness, following decades of decline.

In our cover story, we look into the state of shipbuilding in the UK – in both defence and commercial sectors – finding out how some firms are taking an active step to future-proof their operations.

Elsewhere, the Port of Antwerp-Bruges is set to welcome the world’s first hydrogen-powered tugboat, built by Compagnie Maritime Belge. We profile the new vessel, finding out how it works and why the choice for hydrogen power was made.

Whether you are on a desktop, tablet or smartphone, you can read the magazine for free online.

Looking to the cruise sector, Norwegian Cruise Line has launched its new Prima Class ship, which boasts an abundance of entertainment and leisure options for cruisers and a premium health & wellness programme. We report from the ship’s maiden voyage, learning how the new vessel’s upscale-focused design could elevate the guest experience onboard.

As well as all of this, we look at the UK Government’s five-year maritime strategy, analyse the Russia-Ukraine conflict’s global impact on maritime trade, learn about Transcend Cruises’ ambitions for B2B river cruises with their new fleet of river ships, designed by Tillberg Design of Sweden.

For all of this and a lot more, read on. And don’t forget to stay up to date with everything at @ShipTechMag and @FutureCruiseMag.

Peter Nilson, editor

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In this issue

Are UK shipyards prepared to invest in the future?

The UK shipbuilding industry has been urged to prove its competitiveness with inward investment, as Richard Thomas reports.

Decarbonising in the maritime industry through hybridisation

Jasleen Mann explores how a hybrid propulsion system can help make vessels flexible and able to adapt to future technology developments.

Inside the UK Government’s five-year maritime strategy

Jasleen Mann explains how the strategy will enhance maritime technology, innovation and security while taking the environment into consideration.

The Port of Antwerp-Bruges goes for hydrogen

The Port of Antwerp-Bruges is set to welcome the world’s first hydrogen-powered tugboat. Abi Millar profiles the new vessel and looks at why Antwerp opted for hydrogen power.

The Russia-Ukraine conflict’s global impact on maritime trade

Jasleen Mann highlights how the maritime industry has seen an increase in global vessel demand and the cost of shipping, according to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.

Sohar shines bright with a new solar project

Jasleen Mann explores how the $30m investment in a new solar-powered integrated inspection facility demonstrates the possibilities for sustainable development.

In this issue

Meet the ultimate cruise cocktail: NCL’s newest ship Prima

Norwegian Cruise Line’s new Prima Class ship boasts a plethora of options to challenge the cruise line’s rivals. Frances Marcellin reports from the inaugural voyage and finds out how the new vessel’s upscale-focused design could elevate the guest experience onboard.

Brintons rolls out the red carpet for cruises

Jasleen Mann speaks to Brintons design manager Jodie Hatton to find out how the firm combines heritage and luxury carpet design for marine vessel interiors.

Transcend Cruises wants to bring a new class to river cruises

Frances Marcellin speaks to Matthew Shollar, co-founder of Transcend Cruises, about how the operator’s ambitions to take on the B2B market with its new river cruise offering. 

Flying ferries: Candela’s new electric vessels

Candela has developed the 30-passenger Candela P-12 Shuttle, a hydrofoil electric ferry operating in Stockholm. Jasleen Mann profiles how the new vessels will benefit the city’s locals.

Next issue preview

This summer, Japanese freight companies launched two of the world’s first fully autonomous container ships. The development is spearheaded by a consortium including the Japanese nonprofit Nippon Foundation and freight industry partners such as Mitsui Lines and Japan Railway Construction.

In our next issue, we profile Mikage, the autonomous container ship owned by Mitsui Lines, as well as the self-driving ship Suzaku, finding out how the technology behind the vessels works and asking what the ramifications of autonomous vessels will have on the maritime workforce.

In the meantime, you can stay up to date with everything at @ShipTechMag.

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