Latest Opinion News – Page 8

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    Fuels for the future


    Just as this issue was being finalised, we were invited to a presentation by our new largest classification society, DNV GL, on future alternative fuels for shipping.

  • A 77m diesel-electric DP2 PSV under construction at Shin Yang; one of two in built at the yard, with the first scheduled for delivery in June 2014

    Shipbuilding competition promotes efficient working


    In order to compete in a crowded market, efficiency is the key to success in shipbuilding today: both efficiency in the yard’s operation and in producing fuel-efficient ships for customers. We spoke to Malaysian offshore specialist shipyard Shin Yang Shipbuilding to see how the company was faring in difficult times.

  • The ‘Viking Grace’ entered service, powered by dual fuel four-stroke engines running almost entirely on LNG as fuel, and proved a great success, not least as the venue for The Motorship’s fourth Gas Fuelled Ships conference

    A year when efficiency became the focus


    2013 may well go down as the year in which the shipping world in general really woke up to the fact that serious changes will have to be made.

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    Game changer in marine propulsion?


    Wartsila has now officially announced its dual-fuel two stroke engine, describing it as a ‘game changer’.

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    Keeping the news alive


    Much has changed in maritime publishing in the last few years, and we are now very much part of the digital revolution.

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    Gas fuel is here to stay


    The recent Motorship Gas Fuelled Ships Conference provided a unique opportunity to experience LNG as fuel in actual operation – over a full two days.

  • Eco Marine Power’s solution places photovoltaic cells on the surface of its wing sails

    The wind as fuel


    Dag Pike looks at the current efforts in harnessing free power from the wind in order to cut ship fuel costs and reduce emissions.

  • ‘MOL Comfort’ – another major casualty likely to impact on marine insurance in general

    Casualties cause jitters for insurers


    Several major casualties have impacted on marine property insurers and the P&I clubs, and they fear there may be more to come this year, writes Denzil Stuart.

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    Heading for a log jam


    Shipping and shipbuilding could, say some commentators, fall apart in the next few years. A lack of any sense of urgency seems to be to blame.

  • Univan considers that it is important to keep its ships in good order to minimise bunker consumption, and to consider and recommend appropriate fuel-saving modifications

    The technical challenges of ship management


    Ship managers, as well as owners, are being squeezed to minimise costs in the face of low charter rates and oversupply of ships. We asked Univan Ship Management of Hong Kong how they were responding to these challenges; this is what chief operating officer Pradeep Ranjan had to say.

  • Admiralty Shipyard, one of Russia’s major shipbuilding centres

    Russian commercial shipbuilding faces serious crisis


    In spite of concerted support and increased funding by the state, the Russian shipbuilding industry is plunging into serious crisis, writes Eugene Gerden.

  • NorShipping 2013 aims to repeat the success of the 2011 show

    The raisin in the sausage


    This Norwegian expression sums up the importance of NorShipping as a showcase for Norway’s thriving maritime community – NorShipping 2013 runs from 4-7 June, at Lillestrøm, near Oslo.

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    Sailing by wind and tide


    As this issue closed for press, we learned, via Danish shipowner Norden’s newsletter, that a 47,400dwt product tanker sailed 280 nautical miles with the main engine stopped, using nature’s free forces as the sole driving power.

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    The Holy Grail of hull coatings


    New developments usually bring benefits, but there is one area of shipbuilding and marine equipment that seems to have taken a backward step – that of hull coatings.

  • The complexity of modern electrical installations demands a high level of expertise from marine electrical engineers

    Status, certification and training of ships’ electrical engineers


    John Grace, managing partner of US company Electrical Engineering Consulting Group (E2CG) looks at how the status and training of marine electrical engineers has not kept pace with the advance of complex onboard electronic equipment.

  • Ice navigation promises to save time, fuel and emissions, but at a probable cost

    Ice navigation encourages new technologies


    It is a very rare occurrence these days when a new sea route opens up; now the traditional trading rotesm plus the later additions of the Suez and Panama Canals are being supplemented by the Arctic. Dag Pike considers the implications.

  • The ‘Costa Concordia’ sinking will be painful for underwriters (Rvongher, Wikimedia)

    Few signs of optimism in hull and machinery insurance


    After another gloomy year for marine insurers, will 2013 be a pivotal year for underwriters? Will the market turn up? The signs are not encouraging, writes Denzil Stuart.

  • Mega-boxships like ‘CMA CGM Marco Polo’, at 15,000TEU, could bring about new problems

    Boxship blues


    As large chunks of the shipping industry batten down the hatches to ride out the deepening economic storm, one of the hardest hit sectors is container shipping, with more than 300 idle, equating to about 550,000TEU, at the time of writing, according to statistics from Lloyd’s List Intelligence, writes Denzil ...

  • A chemical aditive used to reduce particulate emissions, among other things, is being blamed for sea pollution

    ‘Green’ additive or lethal pollutant?


    The UK media has recently run a number of stories about a ‘mystery’ marine pollutant that was supposedly responsible for the deaths of a large number of seabirds on the English south coast.

  • Maersk Triple-E – larger ships equal lower cost per unit container (Maersk Line)

    Shipbuilding in 2012


    Shipbuilding did not enjoy the best of years in 2012. Although on the surface things seem satisfactory, with many yards reporting that production is still high and order books are full, the realisation that far less healthy times are just around the corner.