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DP World starts its first hyperloop project in India

DP World will start its first hyperloop project in India. During 2018, DP World collaborated with Virgin Hyperloop One to create a cargo transporter. Now, the first project destination will take place in India. However, it is not yet known when the project will start. Hyperloop is a futuristic mode of passenger and freight transportation in which a pod-like vehicle is propelled through a near-vacuum steel tube.

IMO MSC 100 agrees to tackle sulphur cap safety implications

IMO MSC 100 completed its milestone 100th session on 7 December. MSC 100 had a busy agenda encompassing maritime autonomous surface ships, fatigue guidance for seafarers, polar shipping, goal-based standards and of course the 2020 sulphur cap.

El Faro: Assessing Captain’s failures

The sinking of the container ship ‘El Faro’ in October 2015, claiming the title of one of the biggest marine tragedies in the recent history of US, was largely attributed to the Captain’s wrong assessment of the conditions. Anastasios Chrysikopoulos, Chief Officer at Maran Dry Management Inc. analyzed the Captain’s actions which identified human error as the key lesson to be learned from the El Faro loss. 

Career Paths: Capt. Fared Khan, Wallem Ship Management

Capt. Khan,  who is particularly passionate about the topics of seafarer safety and wellness, is excited to work for Wallem, an organization which supports seafarers to perform every voyage safely and efficiently without losing focus on their wellbeing.  

The Human Element and Seafarer Resilience

During his presentation at the last SAFETY4SEA Conference in Athens, Capt. Yves Vandenborn, Director of Loss Prevention, The Standard Club, noted that seafarer resilience can be improved through enhanced training regimes focused on realism, putting emphasis on additional experience.

Rolls-Royce, Intel collaborate on autonomous ships safety

Rolls-Royce and Intel revealed plans for collaboration on designs for sophisticated intelligent shipping systems to make commercial shipping safer. With a focus on safety, new ships will have systems with the same technology found in smart cities, autonomous cars and drones.

Emergency shutdown for tankers

The North P&I Club shared an insight discussing autonomous cargo systems as a means to address the oft-blamed ‘human error’ in accident reports. The Club suggests that linked ESD systems should be used for oil and chemical transfers, including ship-to-ship transfers.

Survey: Shipping future is autonomous but human to remain key component

IMarEST issued a survey on a number of issues surrounding the adoption of remote and autonomous technology in shipping. The report shows it is very likely that the adoption will proceed on a sector by sector basis, but it is still unclear as to the justifications for the business case for each of these sectors in terms of full adoption.

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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