Opinion – Page 6

  • The Kairos LNG bunker supply vessel will extend LNG bunkering capacity in Klaipeda in Lithuania

    LNG uptake to be steady not fast: Oxford Institute Energy Studies


    Demand for LNG fuel in Northern Europe is unlikely to accelerate rapidly over the coming years, as ship owners are likely to opt for LNG for newbuilds rather than retro-fitting their existing fleet, according to a new study from the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies.

  • The newly-completed ‘Queen Elizabeth 2’, described as the flagship of the British merchant fleet

    Batteries, fuel cells and gas in 1969


    The January 1969 issue of ‘The Motor Ship’ opened, not with the customary look back over the year, but a look at technical prospects for 1969 and beyond.

  • ‘Manchester Challenge’ was the first British cellular container ship

    Glimpses of the future


    Reading the December 1968 issue of The Motor Ship, so much seems to belong to a later period that I had to look twice to see that I had the right date, writes Bill Thomson.

  • MUM in drill corer configuration.

    The ultimate MUM


    Mums multitask; we all know that. But this particular mum, or Modifiable Underwater Mothership (MUM), takes it to a whole new level, writes Stevie Knight.

  • Nylund at WinGD's RTX-5 test engine in Trieste (credit: WinGD)

    A false ceiling for engine design


    Modern ship engines are often significantly over-specified because they are optimised for unrealistic operating requirements, according to a leading engine designer.

  • Hybrid and digital solutions could make waiting at anchor for a berth a thing of the past (credit: IMO GloMEEP Global Industry Alliance to Support Low Carbon Shipping)

    Electrification and the just-in-time jigsaw


    Digitalisation and hybrid propulsion are the enablers that will make just-in-time sailing and all its emissions and cost-cutting benefits possible, writes The Motorship editor Gavin Lipsith.

  • ‘Antilla Cape’, the largest European LPG carrier

    Crude, gas and containers


    The lead article in The Motor Ship, October 1968, concerned using crude oil as a ship fuel. The motivation came from some tanker owners, operating in isolated locations without normal bunkering facilities.

  • Methanol as a marine fuel, expected to gain full regulatory approval by 2023, should be in the scopes of far-sighted owners

    Methanol’s role in the future fuel mix


    The global fuel sulphur cap will be the start of the conversation about clean fuels, not its end, according to Chris Chatterton, chief operating officer, Methanol Institute. He argues that methanol should be a part of that discussion.

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    Japan faces a crisis


    Once again, in The Motor Ship of June 1968, the Japanese shipbuilding industry was making headlines. Following its rapid rise, thanks to high levels of government investment, shipyards in Japan faced the prospect of a decline thanks to rising costs and a general slowdown in orders.

  • Transas' digital platform and software capability will help Wärtsilä to develop the smart marine ecosystem

    Digital vision drives transformational Transas deal


    The main deliverable from Wärtsilä’s acquisition of Transas will be the software development capability and digital platform needed to knit diverse elements into a cohesive smart ecosystem, writes Gavin Lipsith.

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    Ferries and tankers look to the future


    The March 1968 issue of ‘The Motor Ship’ continued to question whether it was feasible for the new generation of large ships – such as planned tankers of 250,000dwt-plus – to continu to rely on a single-screw propulsion system, whether diesel or turbine.

  • Justin Murphy: The amount and frequency of transgressions will reduce because the warning signs for not doing the right thing are now daubed in bright red paint on the wall. People have seen their contemporaries go under.

    Bunker industry prepares for radical change


    A diverse fuel future, a potentially turbulent transition to the 2020 sulphur cap and the perennial question of business ethics are prime concerns for the ''voice of the global bunker supply chain, says Justin Murphy, CEO of the INternational Bunker Industry Association. He talks to Stevie Knight.

  • Minimum battery safety standards do not guarantee full protection, says Brown

    Battery safety: Is the industry doing enough?


    Current safety requirements for battery installations on ships are ineffective, argues Grant Brown, vice president marketing at energy storage company PBES.

  • Cdre James Fanshawe CBE:  It’s not a case of everyone else moving over to make room for this new technology: my philosophy is that autonomous and unmanned ships have got to find their way into a very structured order.

    ‘No insignificant task’: developing the environment for autonomy


    In June the IMO agreed to a scoping exercise for autonomous vessel regulations that many thought was still some years off. James Fanshawe, chair of the Maritime Autonomous Systems Regulatory Working Group (MASRWG) was one of the key influencers.

  • Marshall: "How many fines, lost contracts and days off charter does it take until that saving [on a cheaper BWMS] is gone?"

    A crucial choice


    Care when selecting ballast water management systems would make life easier for owners, Andrew Marshall of Coldharbour Marine tells Gavin Lipsith.

  • Flemming Bo Larsen: I had to go down and convince people, hammer on doors in every shipping office in London, Hamburg, Singapore. The message? Slow steaming wasn’t just possible, it was plausible.

    Flemming Bo Larsen: Nice – or necessary?


    “I was trained for the sea and I had no other idea in mind, but a few years ago I found myself between roles and landed, temporarily, in one of Maersk’s offices – where I had a view over the company’s entire charter fleet,” said Flemming Bo Larsen. “Seeing it, ...

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    Geir Erik Samnøy: Energy addiction


    Despite being a force for change there’s more to innovation than ‘disruptive technologies’, Geir Erik Samnøy, managing director and founder of Presentwater tells Stevie Knight.

  • Coles: The charterers are missing a trick... If data is shared, you’d soon see which are the most efficient ships.

    Innovation with vision


    Transas has been on the leading edge of maritime innovation for a quarter of a century, offering everything from e-navigation and training through vessel traffic management systems to coastal surveillance. Now CEO Frank Coles believes there are some difficult questions to answer about the direction of innovation within shipping.

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    Computers make their debut


    The main story in ‘The Motor Ship’, October 1967, concerned the launch of the ‘Queen Elizabeth II’. This was, surprisingly, regarded as something of an anti-climax – in both the “remarkably uninspired” choice of name, and the fact that she was seen as “the last of the big liners”.

  • The IMO recognises that shipping must decarbonise to help meet international climate change targets (photo: Roberto Venturini)

    First steps on the path to decarbonisation


    The IMO made its first tentative moves towards its anticipated greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction strategy at MEPC 71 and an intersessional working group meeting last month. Unni Einemo, IMO representative for the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA), was there.