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  • The combination of electrification and automation added to new business models will deeply disrupt transportation and shipping markets, says Seba
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    The electric and autonomous disruption

    2017-06-27T00:54:00Z

    One of the more adventurous speaker choices at this year’s Nor-Shipping exhibition and conference was serial entrepreneur and transportation futurist Tony Seba. Here we present an edited version of his discussion on the nature of disruption and how electric and automated vehicles will bring radical change to markets both on ...

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    A future view of large tankers

    2017-06-22T20:00:00Z

    The Motor Ship, July 1967, featured a lengthy article by Cmdr E. Platt, a director of BP Tankers, discussing the next generation of ‘mammoth’ tankers.

  • Joerg Roehl: “Some large projects are coming back into play”
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    Joerg Roehl: The big (and heavy) picture

    2017-05-22T07:59:00Z

    Despite the problems of the heavy lift segment – which has experienced two years of restructuring, vessel layups and consolidation – Joerg Roehl of TGP Group insists “we are beginning to see some positive signs”. But, why should we believe him?

  • Your profit goal – the monetary reward - has to equal your value goal – what you believe in. If that’s true, you have harmony... But if it isn’t, it will eventually compromise the long term growth of the business.
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    Brent Perry: Under a spell

    2017-05-17T09:36:00Z

    After founding and running two energy storage companies, you might think Brent Perry, CEO and founder of PBES, had seen it all in that field. But batteries still hold a little bit of magic for him, he tells Stevie Knight.

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    British yard exports to China

    2017-04-20T10:03:00Z

    ‘Coals to Newcastle’ is a well-known English expression reflecting the fact that Newcastle, on the River Tyne, was once a major coal exporting port, so sending coal there was a fruitless exercise. We were reminded of this – or to turn it around a bit – by ''Ships from Sunderland'' ...

  • Retrofitting of scrubbers or other sulphur compliance options is a difficult decision for owners of older vessels
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    To scrap or not to scrap?

    2017-03-31T06:00:00Z

    Innovative technical and financial options are needed if owners of older ships are to avoid scrapping vessels in the light of onerous environmental regulations.

  • Hannu Jukola: “You can easily be a thousand miles from port or a week away from another vessel. If something happens, there’s no one to call, even helicopters will take days to reach you.”
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    Hannu Jukola: Cold realism

    2017-03-27T19:52:00Z

    “There are some very pretty pictures of cruise vessels surrounded by floating ice in the brochures, but these vessels have no ice class: to an expert eye it’s actually extremely dangerous,” Hannu Jukola of Steerprop tells Stevie Knight. The cruise industry has been taking some heavy risks without, it seems, ...

  • Ship owners have traditionally paid scant regard for the automation basics that will enable technology-driven gains
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    Editorial: Improving automation

    2017-02-16T16:36:00Z

    Ship operators must strengthen their focus on automation basics if they are to reap the rewards of technological advances, writes The Motorship editor Gavin Lipsith.

  • Willie Wagen: “It maybe that we’ll move away from just one strong indicator dictating everything"
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    Willie Wagen: Beyond the oil price

    2017-02-15T07:07:00Z

    There’s no going back says Willie Wagen, global vice president of sales and marketing and managing director Europe, Corvus Energy. “Regardless of a rise in oil price we won’t be seeing a simple ‘return to normal’.... we’ll be looking at a very different future.”

  • Claudia Ohlmeier: “if a vessel gets detained, that’s difficult enough – and then class comes along and says ‘you have even more work to do – and guess what, that’s going to be an extra bill’...”
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    Claudia Ohlmeier: Bridging troubled waters

    2017-02-15T07:03:00Z

    Claudia Ohlmeier’s current project, as she sees it, is to help stop ships being sucked into “a downward spiral” of detentions. Not that everyone appreciates it - at least at first. Stevie Knight writes.

  • FinFerries vessel Stella trialled a fusion of advanced sensor technologies as part of the Rolls-Royce led Advanced Autonomos Waterborne Applications project
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    A year to remember?

    2016-12-19T08:28:00Z

    The onward march of emissions regulations dominated headlines in 2016, but the year was also notable for some important technical advances and engine developments. The Motorship editor Gavin Lipsith picks the highlights from an eventful year.

  • Follow all the action from Hamburg on the Gas Fuelled Ships Live Blog
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    Live from Gas Fuelled Ships 2016

    2016-11-16T01:19:00Z

    The Motorship''s Gas Fuelled Ships conference kicks off today in Hamburg, Follow the action here, including speaker highlights, photos, social media commentary and reporting from technical visits..

  • Jeffrey, Lord Mountevans: “We must evolve again if we are to remain the world’s leading maritime centre; we cannot be complacent about our position in the global market or the decline of UK shipping interests”
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    No room for complacency

    2016-11-07T10:27:00Z

    “Britain’s maritime offering, especially when it comes to engineering and technology, is first class,” says Lord Jeffrey Mountevans. But in order to keep its place and relevance, Britain’s maritime industry must evolve, he tells Stevie Knight.

  • Karin Orsel: Starting a ship management company was “a gamble maybe not everyone would have gone for”
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    The decisive Karin Orsel

    2016-10-10T09:44:00Z

    “It’s like an addiction,” says Karin Orsel, CEO of MF Shipping Group. “You get a taste for this industry and you don’t want to leave.”

  • ‘Manchester Port’, the first British ship to be designed for unmanned engine room operation, befitting of the engineers’ professional status
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    Looking ahead in ferry operations

    2016-10-10T09:27:00Z

    No fewer than 56 pages of the November 1966 issue of The Motor Ship were devoted to a special survey of ferries operating in European waters.

  • Gunnar Johnsen:  “You have to see what fails and why it fails - so you have to push the limits and test it. You have to get people’s trust to be able to do that...”
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    Gunnar Johnsen: magnetic personality

    2016-09-12T05:42:00Z

    There’s an age-old technology that’s now stepping out of the wings to claim its share of the limelight: permanent magnet (PM) motors. But look behind Rolls-Royce Marine’s commercial development of PM units and one remarkably tenacious man stands out. By Stevie Knight.

  • Hallvard Slettevoll: “If it’s ahead of expectations... it’s very hard to get people to believe you”
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    Hallvard Slettevoll: Converting the unbelievers

    2016-07-29T00:18:00Z

    “If you are offering something really different – not just ‘more of the same’ – then it’s actually quite difficult to sell,” says Hallvard Slettevoll, founder of STADT, the small engineering company that has stolen electrical integration contracts away from big, established players like General Electric and ABB.

  • Jack Brown: founder of Cargospeed and creator of over 50 ro-ro patents
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    Jack Brown: Six decades of contagious ideas

    2016-07-05T09:33:00Z

    He maybe one of the grandfathers of ro-ro technology but Jack Brown admits design is still an itch he occasionally wishes he could “simply turn off”, adding: “If I get an idea I have to try to follow through, just to see if it’s practical.”

  • Ann Nerheim: “It gave me the opportunity to see a project through from the initial problem to getting some answers.”
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    Ann Rigmor Nerheim: All about the pressure

    2016-03-21T10:25:00Z

    Ann Rigmor Nerheim of Rolls-Royce was not, she admits, looking to get involved with the marine industry. But by 2013 the marine industry had begun to look for her.

  • ‘Tor Anglia’, Europe’s most powerful ferry
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    A new start for UK yards

    2016-03-21T10:24:00Z

    Reorganisation of shipbuilding in the UK was the main story in ‘The Motor Ship’, April 1966. The Geddes Report recommended a “fresh start for British shipbuilding”, to be achieved through regrouping the industry into four large groups, incentivised through a £37.6 million government package.