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Would Autonomous Ships Be Good for Society?

ART1October 31, 2016 — There has been a good deal of discussion recently suggesting that unmanned, autonomous ships represent the future of the maritime industry. The discussion has been primarily driven by EU-funded research that sees autonomous, unmanned ships as a key element for a competitive and sustainable European shipping industry in the future.

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 UK firm, Kongsberg to build first unmanned OSV

art2November 7, 2016 — (LONDON) — Automated Ships Ltd. and Norway’s Kongsberg Maritime have signed a memorandum of understanding to build the world’s first unmanned and fully automated vessel for offshore operations, the companies announced. The vessel, Hronn, is a light-duty, offshore utility ship servicing the offshore energy, scientific/hydrographic and offshore fish-farming industries. It is expected to be built at the Fjellstrand shipyard in Norway and put into operation in 2018. Sea trials will take place in Norway’s newly designated automated vessel test bed in the Trondheim fjord and will be conducted under the auspices of DNV GL and the Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA).

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ICS: IMO Needs to Agree to CO2 Commitments by 2018

art3November 8, 2016 — At the UNFCCC Climate Conference (COP 22), in Marrakesh, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) said that the recent International Maritime Organization (IMO) agreement on a CO2 Road Map for shipping is a significant decision giving further impetus to the substantial CO2 reductions that are already being delivered by the global industry.
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BIMCO: Box ship demolition at all time high

art4November 7, 2016 — Containership demolition is at an all time high —creating what BIMCO calls “a positive surprise for the struggling container shipping industry. ”

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MarineLogChanges, Challenges Are Tough on the World’s Ship Masters

art5November 7, 2016 — Bullying, micro-management of his activities and the threat of going to jail while doing his job, remain major pressures for the Masters of merchant ships – and the situation is getting worse.

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Crowley Joins the Clean Cargo Working Group

art6November 6, 2016 — Crowley Maritime Corp. has joined the Clean Cargo Working Group (CCWG), a global, business-to-business initiative dedicated to reducing the environmental impacts of global goods transportation and promoting responsible shipping. Membership in the group underscores Crowley’s practice of prioritizing and utilizing technology and operations that are friendly to the environment, and of joining partnerships focused on reducing vessel emissions.

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