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How Will Ship Routing Look in Fifteen Years?

By Michael O'Brien 2018-11-18 18:03:49

This past September, StormGeo announced its acquisition of Nautisk — a leading supplier of maritime charts and publications. By allowing us to integrate our routing and weather services with state-of-the-art charts and publications, this move pushes our company full-speed into the future of shipping technology. It has also made me think about how ship routing will look in years to come, and how it will likely be delivered in a very different way...

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Captain’s Rounds

By Captain Richard Madden 2018-11-03 19:19:20

Browsing P&I Clubs' websites can be quite enlightening. As they bear the financial costs when mariners get injured or the ship is damaged, they can have insightful guidance. This month, one of the topics discussed by the London P&I Club brings us back to the basics - routine inspections of the vessel by the captain. Captain’s rounds  The Club’s Ship Inspection Programme is aimed at the assessment of third party liability risks on entered ships on both the mutual and...

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Perfect Storm Brewing for Wind Ships

By Gavin Allwright 2018-10-21 21:21:41

While the year is not over, 2018 has already been a very significant one for wind propulsion and the shipping industry in general. We could say that a perfect storm is brewing for the uptake of primary (wind etc.) and secondary renewable energy (alternative fuels/energy storage) in shipping. Policy, price, perception, providers and people are all starting to align.  Policy The IMO is moving forward with the sulfur cap, MRV and most importantly the initial targets of ‘at least’ 50...

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The Significance of Keel Laying

By Colin Darlington 2018-10-14 18:45:01

The laying of the keel of a ship is one of the significant dates in that ship’s life. The date in effect marks the birth of the ship.  It had been years since there was a keel laid for a ship of the Royal Canadian Navy, until, on June 9, 2016, the keel was laid for what will become HMCS Harry DeWolf, first of the patrol ships of the Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) project. This event was the...

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New Technology Promises to Save Marine Species from Bycatch

By MarEx 2018-10-13 21:15:31

Hundreds of thousands of marine creatures are killed every year after becoming accidentally tangled in fishing lines and nets. Unlike fish, marine mammals need to surface to breathe, so if they get entangled they drown. Bycatch, as it is known, is one of the most disturbing issues associated with commercial fishing and one of the biggest threats to a number of iconic species.  Modern fishing gear, which is extremely strong and often can’t be seen, is very efficient at catching...

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Naming ceremony for Harry DeWolf

Canada's Warship Naming Ceremonies Explained

By Colin Darlington 2018-10-09 16:47:42

The first of the Arctic and Offshore Patrol Vessels (AOPV) being built by Irving Shipbuilding under the Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) project for the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) was launched in September 2018. A naming ceremony took place on October 5. The following are short descriptions of some of the terms that could be used during such occasions. Naming  Though traditionally naming and launch ceremonies were filled with religious aspects, increasingly they have become secularized. In the RCN...

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VSAT Connectivity can Cut Costs for Asia’s Fishing Fleet

By Stephen Conley 2018-10-06 19:01:23

The burden is mounting for small and medium fisheries to comply with fresh regulations, designed to put the brakes on over-fishing. As dwindling supplies continue to squeeze budgets, a cost-efficient digital solution, in the form of satellite broadband connectivity, could make all the difference to these smaller businesses, keeping them connected with the tools they need to thrive.  Responsible for generating close to 60 percent of the globe’s total catch, Asian small and mid-sized fisheries (SMEs) are bearing the brunt...

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Business Needs to Translate Human Rights Rhetoric into Action

By Nick Grono 2018-10-06 18:34:59

Over the last five years leading multinational companies have become far more willing to talk publicly about the risks and challenges of forced labor and modern slavery in their supply chains. This is a welcome development. But some 25 million people are still being coerced to work around the world, despite forced labor being prohibited under international law and in every country. The challenge now is for companies to translate their rhetoric and public commitments – and their legal obligations...

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Jens Ismar, CEO of Western Bulk.

No Change, No Future

By Jens Ismar 2018-09-29 21:45:21

Digitization, blockchain, AI, and tech in shipping are on everybody's lips these days. These topics seem to have almost displaced autonomous vessels as the topic du jour for suppliers and trade media. But as with autonomous ships, the realities and practicalities of introducing new tech ideas into an organization or business model are far from straightforward and do not provide immediate returns on investment. There is always a transition phase. So how will tech change a typical shipping-related business?  ...

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Quicker and Easier Than Falling Asleep?

By Captain Richard Madden 2018-09-22 20:58:55

Harry Potter asks his godfather’s spirit, “Does it hurt?” after he’d passed away.  The answer Sirius Black gave was, “Dying?  Not at all. Quicker and easier than falling asleep.” That answer may be familiar to enclosed space victims.   The air we breathe consists of several major components. Oxygen, critical for human life makes up about 20.9 percent of that air. That majority of air is made up of nitrogen – close to 78 percent. The remaining one percent largely...

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