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  • 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.

  • Happy New Year

    Best wishes for 2013 from The Motorship


    The team at The Motorship look forward to a happy and prosperous 2013, and send our good wishes to all subscribers and advertisers, and thank all our supporters and sponsors, online, in print and at our conferences, for their help in 2012.

  • USC subsidiary ‘Proletarian Zavod’, which may form a joint venture with Hakkinen of Finland

    Russian government encourages domestic recovery


    The Russian government is considering creating conditions for the recovery of its marine engineering industry, in the form of support for domestic manufacturers of and attracting foreign investors to establish production in Russia, says Eugene Gerden.

  • SMM 2012 is expected to rival the 2010 event in terms of exhibition space and visitors (SMM; Michael Zapf)

    SMM takes an optimistic stance in difficult times


    Henrik Segercrantz attended the SMM organisers’ traditional pre-event briefing, to find out how the biannual event, normally the largest in the shipbuilding calendar, was faring while shipping is seen as a contracting industry.

  • ‘Allure of the Seas’ – a disaster to a ship of this capacity could cause serious problems when evacuation is needed

    The bigger they are the harder they fall


    In the shipping industry, size matters, says Dag Pike: it was the VLCCs and the bulk carriers that started off the expansion in ship size and they only stopped when they reached the half-million tonne size.

  • Maersk Tankers says it will invest some $680million in fitting BWMS to its fleet

    Danish shipowners question wisdom of BWMS


    Although the Danish Shipowners Association supports the IMO Ballast Water Convention, Denmark, like several other major shipowning states, has yet to ratify it, in the light of several serious concerns about practical aspects.

  • ‘Meteor’: one of four German research ships being replaced

    Germans invest in four new research ships


    The German Government is to invest nearly €850 million over the next eight years in four new state-of-the-art research vessels, writes Tom Todd.

  • The final meeting of Hercules-B project partners, at the MAN Diesel House in Copenhagen

    Productive outcome from Pan-European engine research project


    As the third phase (Hercules C) of the European engine research project gets the go-ahead, David Tinsley reports on the work undertaken so far.

  • 'Costa Concordia' will have undoubted ramifications for marine insurance

    2012 looks bleak for insurance industry


    Prospects for shipping operations in 2012 are bleak, to say the least, and the outlook for marine insurers is also dismal, reports Denzil Stuart.

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    Engine power … did you know that?


    The first oceangoing, diesel-powered ship in the world, the m.v. Selandia, began her maiden voyage from Copenhagen to Bangkok in 1912, powered by two B&W 4-stroke main engines. She stopped off in London where Winston Churchill was one of the visitors. In honour of the Sealandia’s achievement a century ...