future of shipping

Ammonia could be a CO2-free fuel of the future

The SOC4NH3, Solid Oxide Cell based production and use of ammonia, project which is supported by ammonia-producer Haldor Topsoe and the University of Aarhus, aims to develop ammonia’s options as both a sustainable fuel and also a solution for saving green power from wind and sun.

More investments needed to accomplish a climate-neutral Europe by 2050

SEA EUROPE stated that with 90% of international trade, 80% of the EU’s external trade and 40% of the EU’s internal trade carried by water, shipping is vital for trade. In the meantime, shipping accounts for the 3.1% of CO2 emissions. Should no actions to be taken, shipping emissions could exceed the 250% by 2050. 

Robotic arm for autonomous marine operations

Marine-i, the EU funded program set up to boost marine innovation in Cornwall, awarded Submarine Technology Ltd (STL), a specialist marine technology company, with a grant to proceed with the construction of a futuristic robotic arm. The arm is a ship-based multi-axis robotic arm for autonomous operations.

Green Methanol Project consortium to investigate the use of methanol

Dutch maritime companies collaborate on the Green Methanol Project, in support of Maritime Knowledge Centre, to investigate the use of methanol as a sustainable alternative transport fuel in the maritime sector. Dutch shipowners, shipyards, manufacturers and ports of Amsterdam and Rotterdam have joined forces ahead of the IMO’s 2020 sulphur cap.

AI and automation to boost seafarers’ job

Artificial intelligence and automation will improve the human’s place in the near future. Mainly, Jeremy Bogaisky, Deputy Editor at Forbes, quotes that autonomous and remote-control shipping is sure to decrease cost of consumer goods and enhance safety for passenger ferries and cruise liners.

Social justice in maritime: A continuous fight for equality?

Female seafarers marked themselves lower than the general average in the latest Seafarers Happiness Index while deck crew and officers tended to be happier than their engineering counterparts. How does the industry challenging injustice and valuing diversity though? Are any equal opportunities out there?

IWAI launches portal that optimizes National Waterways

The Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) presented a new portal called LADIS – Least Available Depth Information System to optimize the National Waterways. LADIS will ensure the real-time data on least available depths is disseminated for ship/barge and cargo owners so that they can undertake transportation on NWs in a more planned way. 

EU discusses on climate action and oceans preservation

The international environmental community gathered, on February 19 in Brussels, to discuss their commitment to fight climate change and find solutions on ocean preservation. The two panels to begin discussions will be ‘Climate change and impact on Ocean biodiversity’ and ‘How to conciliate Ocean energy with Marine conservation’.

Next-gen simulators boost Argentina Terminal

Terminal Zárate signed an agreement with Globalim, training solution provider, for two new crane simulators. The facility will be provided with a simulation platform with various configuration options, such as rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs), mobile harbour cranes, and ship pedestal cranes.

Poll

The sulphur cap is less than a year away and with most vessels choosing compliant fuel, do you expect to see a spike in incidents and accidents related to the switch over?

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