Opinion – Page 9

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    Ukranian shipbuilding faces serious crisis


    Ukranian shipbuilding is on the verge of a serious crisis, due to the breakdown in relations with Russia and termination of the $4 billion contract between the two sides, writes Eugene Gerden.

  • The venue – Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center

    Seawork looks towards the Chinese marketplace


    After 16 years of running the flourishing Seawork exhibition in Southampton, UK, Mercator Media is expecting to repeat the success with the first Seawork Asia event.

  • ‘Ville de Bordeaux’ employed a high level of machinery automation and relied on automatic filters for main engine fuel purification rather than centrifugal separators, allowing a 25% cut in manpower

    US embraces Diesel power at last


    The September 1964 issue of The Motor Ship led with news that a US company was to build a European-designed large marine Diesel engine. This may not seem a particularly newsworthy story in a magazine devoted to large Diesel-powered ships, but as the US had resolutely stuck to steam turbines ...

  • The 2004 Japanese-built ‘Lalla Fatma N'Soumer’ LNG carrier has a storage capacity of 145,000m3 in four spherical tanks.

    50 years of LNG transport


    The current focus on liquefied natural gas fuel for ships has its origins in LNG transport which began half a century ago: Dag Pike traces the history of LNG afloat.

  • Greg Atkinson: There’s been no room for fuzzy thinking, we take everything stepwise, proving at each stage that it will work

    Greg Atkinson: Innovation and autonomy


    The potential presented by driverless vehicles, whether cars or aerial drones, is beginning to capture both headlines and imagination so Greg Atkinson of Eco Marine Power tells Stevie Knight that he knew the topic of unmanned ships would not be far away.

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    The ‘cheapskate option’


    A lot has been written, and said, about the plight of shipowners in a market where charter rates barely cover costs, and essentials like fuel are rising in price constantly.

  • ‘NS Savannah’ undertook its first voyage from the US to Europe

    The nuclear age dawns


    The big news in ‘The Motor Ship’, August 1964, was the US nuclear powered merchant ship, ‘Savannah’ undertaking its first voyages, including visiting several European ports.

  • SMM returns to Hamburg Messe in September (Katrin Neuhauser)

    SMM focuses on attracting more marine engineers


    It is an even-numbered year, which means that SMM will soon be upon us, once again: claiming to be the leading international trade fair for the maritime industry, the exhibition runs at the Hamburg Messe und Congress from 9 September to 12 September, with a special effort being made on ...

  • Duke Snider of Martech Polar Consulting in his customary environment

    Duke Snider: Dedicated ice man


    What Duke Snider knows is ice: sea ice, freshwater ice, first year ice, glacial ice, he is intimately acquainted with the lot. But, as he tells Stevie Knight, what he wants more than anything is to pass on his knowledge as he believes now, with rising interest in the Arctic, ...

  • ‘Viking I’ was in many ways the forerunner of the current ro-pax ship

    Nuclear and fuel cell alternatives foreseen


    Such is today’s focus on alternative fuels that it seemed slightly odd to see that the same subject was a hot topic back in 1964.

  • Stephan Timmermann: We are in the middle of a revolution even if many people are only just beginning to be aware of it

    Stephan Timmermann: A quiet revolution


    “Despite people sometimes thinking you are crazy if you talk about a real and fundamental change, you have to realise how far everyone, not just the maritime business, but the whole world has come,” says Stephan Timmermann of MAN Diesel & Turbo SE.

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    Rewards for being green


    Shipowners all want to be environmentally responsible, but few involved in the charter markets can afford the cost of low-carbon, fuel saving measures.

  • The Hall Russell built ‘Hebrides’, for Scottish Western Isles services

    Diesel benefits underlined


    Such is the dominance of the internal combustion engine in today’s ships that it is easy to forget that the prime purpose of ‘The Motor Ship’ when launched in 1920 was to promote the advantages of the Diesel engine over steam power.

  • Henrik Uth: Owners and crew alike have to realise there are the right places to compromise and the wrong ones

    Making the most of experience: Henrik Uth


    “Seafarers are more than just a commodity... I wanted a chance to prove that,” says Henrik Uth of the Survey Association, adding that the best thing an owner can do is make the most of the insight gained by experienced crew.

  • Motorship, marine engineering, history

    Automation enters the fray


    Automation was the hot topic in 1964. The April issue of The Motor Ship devoted several articles to the subject.

  • Pierpaolo Barbone of Wärtsilä: Listening is something you need to do, before you make any assumptions

    Going the extra 9,000 miles


    “People don’t want to interact with virtual world: providing a service is a ‘people business’ Pierpaolo Barbone of Wärtsilä tells Stevie Knight. “Professionalism can’t even begin to play a part unless it’s based on being human.”

  • Sigmund Borgundvaag of Rolls-Royce, the ‘grandfather’ of offshore support design

    Sigmund Borgundvaag: four decades of designing the future


    Stevie Knight talks to naval architect Sigmund Borgundvaag of Rolls-Royce, whose 40-year career in the design of OSVs have earned him the title ''the grandfather of offshore support ships''.

  • Large corporations can invest in sustainable technology concepts like Wallenius Wilhelmsen’s Orcelle – for other owners finance can prove a hurdle (Wallenius Wilhelmsen)

    Driving sustainability: overcoming barriers for technology uptake


    Finding finance can often prove an obstacle to efficiency-enhancing measures; Stephanie Draper, chair and co-founder, Sustainable Shipping Initiative, explains how innovative financing and transparency can inspire technological progression to drive operational efficiencies, reduce fuel costs and lower emissions.

  • Machinery control room in ‘Mississippi Maru’, said to be the world’s most automated ship

    US remains cool about Diesel power


    The lead article in The Motor Ship, March 1964, suggested that the Diesel engine had been accepted as preferred ship propulsion technology everywhere except the USA.

  • Henrique Pestana, head of ship design for ABB: “It is one thing having an intellectual understanding of the interdependent nature of the industry, but it’s still quite another watching these huge economic issues cascade down to hit you”

    Studying the drivers – Henrique Pestana profile


    “Someone once said that God must have been a ship owner, because wherever you are, the resources are somehow always a long way away across a lot of water,” says Henrique Pestana, head of ship design for ABB.