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Standards Required for Ballast Water Compliance Monitoring

By Brian Phillips 2018-06-06 19:41:30

As the number of ballast water treatment systems on the market nears 100 with a wide array of treatment solutions, ballast water management is creating increasing complexity for the shipping industry. Although operating under its own system of ballast water regulation rather than the IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) noted in its Port State Control Annual Report that the number of ballast water management deficiencies doubled in 2017 compared to 2016, on broadly the same...

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A Growing Blue Economy in North America

By David Hume 2018-05-27 20:19:08

Over the last four years 20 incubators, accelerators and clusters focused on the Blue Economy and blue technology have formed in North America, bringing the current total to 26.  You may be asking yourself: “what the hell is the Blue Economy?” It’s a good question, and if you ask 10 different people you’re bound to get 10 different responses. Using the World Bank’s definition, “the Blue Economy is sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods and jobs,...

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Researchers Deploy Jellyfish to Fight Micro-Plastic

By Gemini News 2018-05-23 13:53:00

In the innovative EU project GoJelly, researchers are working to solve the micro-plastic challenge by using nature itself. The project is led by the German Geomar Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research, but the Norwegian research institute SINTEF and NTNU (The Norwegian University of Science and Technology) are involved in the hunt for jellyfish with a talent for catching microplastics. GoJelly’s goal is to develop a so-called biofilter of the mucus produced by the jellyfish. The mucus can actually adsorb both...

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Engineering a Smarter Way to Work

By Andrew Robson 2018-05-19 20:08:44

Remote working is rapidly becoming a popular and productive way of working in this, the information age. Done well, it harnesses the growing array of seamless technology and allows us to communicate and collaborate, without the technology getting in the way of what we are trying to do. It has the potential to improve our productivity, our work/life balance and be kinder to the environment.  This technology isn’t going away, so why aren’t we making more use of it? Are...

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Nine Things to Know About Microplastics

By Pernille Feilberg and Iurgi Salaverria 2018-05-16 19:07:46

Picking up a plastic bag from the beach makes a bigger difference than you might imagine. 1. What are microplastics? Microplastics come in all sizes, shapes and colors. Some particles are so small that they’re invisible without a microscope, while others are perceptible as grains or fibers of different sizes. Microplastics are defined as plastic pieces that are between one micrometer (one millionth of a meter) and five millimeters in size. Nanoplastics are particles that are smaller than one micrometer....

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The Seven Phases of a Cyber Attack

By Craig Reeds 2018-05-13 19:56:36

In the cyber security industry, we are seeing a change in the way that hacks are being performed. A recent set of attacks against critical infrastructure entities, such as oil and gas pipeline operators, utilities and even some city and state governments reveal new motives and methods. The attackers were not out to steal data but were looking to disrupt services. The attackers used a new attack vector that has not been seen before. Instead of attacking their primary targets...

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Introducing the 3-Dimensional Flat Screen Reality Display

By Captain Richard Madden 2018-05-12 22:03:48

This amazing device will assist your bridge crew in the following areas: •  Piloting of the vessel •  Navigation •  Collision avoidance •  Watchkeeping •  Weather observations Amazingly, the 3-Dimensional Flat Screen Reality Display (3D FSRD) can do all this with no external sources of power, no additional computing power, and it permits input from a wide variety of sensors!  No retrofit is required for the majority of vessels, and additional units are already staged worldwide....

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The Value of Sustainability in the Shipping Industry Today

By Christine Mavromichalis 2018-05-06 20:11:30

For the past few weeks, we have been witnessing a series of debates and discussions over sustainability in shipping and the importance of cutting down CO2 emissions in order to protect the sea environment from increasing pollution. Last month in London, at a phenomenal four-day deliberation of the IMO delegates, an historic carbon dioxide reduction deal was reached, agreeing that emissions must be cut by 50 percent by 2050.  IMO’s delegates also decided there should be a 40 percent improvement...

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Diesel Engine Upgrades Cut Port Pollution at Low Cost

By MarEx 2018-05-04 22:06:00

The Diesel Technology Forum (DTF) and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) have released a new report documenting the emission reduction benefits that can be gained by replacing older engines in tug boats and switcher locomotives with the latest clean diesel models. Funds from Volkswagen’s (VW) $2.9 billion environmental trust, established to mitigate for the excess emissions resulting from defeat devices on 590,000 diesel vehicles, can be used to help pay the cost of repowering these and other old diesel engines. The joint research estimates that...

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Cyber Security: The Emerging Threat to Passenger Safety

By Ian Richardson and Patrick Carolan 2018-05-03 19:02:08

Not a day goes by where we do not hear of a company breach, cyber-attack or a company facing a virus or ransomware scenario. Although defenses can be put in place to mitigate such issues, every industry is uniquely different. We have seen an evolution in the cruise industry, with the rising levels of passengers resulting in the introduction of new technologies and the internet of things (IOT) in order to make the journey more engaging and personalized. This new...

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