Shipping decarbonization: Three key elements to move forward
Definitely decarbonization is the number one challenge for the industry, Mr. Eiriki Nyhus of DNV GL comments, citing three key elements to accelerate pace. He concludes that climate change is the key driver for more action, meaning that policy makers ‘have to actually start today’ and not wait till 2023!
Timeline of energy transition developments until 2050
According to DNV GL's Energy Transition Outlook, until 2050, energy from renewables will meet 50% of our energy needs. In addition, increased electrification of energy demand, along with the rise of wind and solar energy, will grow the world’s electricity transmission and distribution systems.
Energy transition fast, but not enough to meet Paris Agreement goals
Natural gas projects will receive a significant investment over the coming years, while the global energy demand will peak in 2035. What is more, the increased electrification of energy demand, along with the rise of wind and solar energy, will grow the world’s electricity transmission and distribution systems.
Engine room safety: Best practices
The industry has mostly shed its focus on navigational safety or pollution prevention; however, the issues related to engine rooms and installations should not be disregarded considering that many accidents have been reported due to engine failures, loss of power or other engineering related causes.
Addressing seafarer mental health issues: Do's & Don'ts
Taking care of the mental wellbeing of crew is vital and currently industry places a high priority on the issue. MLC, 2006 is a landmark convention on crew welfare but not enough; therefore, shipping operators need further policies to promote the health, safety and welfare of seafarers.
Ransomware: A big problem or a big business?
Have you ever thought that ransomware is being created, bought, and sold in underground economies? According to a security firm’s research, from 2016 to 2017, there has been a 2,502% increase in the sale of ransomware on the dark web while cyber criminal economy has hit global revenues of $1.5 trillion a year.
The added value of pursuing maritime education
Interview with Alexander Coutroubis, Head of Department of Maritime Studies, NYC at Posidonia 2018
Near grounding of Aquadiva: Pilot and crew had different passage plan
ATSB issued an investigation report on the near grounding of the bulk carrier 'Aquadiva' in the Newcastle Harbour, NSW, in 2017. The report revealed that bridge resource management (BRM) techniques were not effectively implemented throughout the pilotage.
INTERCARGO: Ammonium Nitrate should not be treated as group C
Currently, the Ammonium Nitrate Based Fertilizer is listed as a group C cargo, however, the M/V CHESHIRE accident showed that this cargo, or at least some of the ammonium nitrate based fertilizers shipped as this cargo, should treated differently under the IMSBC Code.
Lessons learned: Contact while berthing
In the latest edition of its Monthly Safety Scenario, the Swedish Club describes a case of a contact of a vessel with another vessel during berthing and cites a number of questions to take into consideration regarding the errors that led to the incident.