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Japanese shipping stakeholders to join forces on unmanned ships

art1June 8, 2017 — A new collaborative group including Japanese shipyards and the country’s most prominent shipping lines is set to work together on technologies to support autonomous shipping, sharing costs and expertise as they aim to drive the introduction of self-navigating ships by 2025, according to reports in Japan’s Nikkei business newspaper. Continue Reading…


Hybrid-sail developers envision savings windfall for ocean shipping

art2May 31, 2017 — “It isn’t only about the cost and fuel savings,” explained Professor Yasuo Yoshimura, describing the work he is doing on alternative power systems for deep-sea ships. “We need to reduce the carbon emissions as well.” Continue Reading…


MTU gas engine to be trialed in Lake Constance ferry

art3June 12, 2017 — From 2019, Rolls-Royce Power Systems and Stadtwerke Konstanz, the local public utility in Konstanz, Germany, are to begin testing the marine propulsion technology of the future — in the form of an MTU gas engine — on Lake Constance (Bodensee) Continue Reading…


Electric and Hybrid Propulsion Leaders Recognized

art4June 12, 2017 — The fourth annual Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards were announced in Amsterdam this week, highlighting a range of innovative vessels and the people and equipment that made them possible. Continue Reading…

The Maritime Executive

Ballast Water Management Treaty Ratifications Boost

art5June 12, 2017 — Last week has seen four more States become Party to International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s Ballast Water Management Convention, designed to counter the threat to marine ecosystems by potentially invasive species transported in ships’ ballast water. Continue Reading…


James Espino
President, Gnostech

art6June 5, 2017 — Please tell us your background.
I was a career Coast Guard Officer until I retired in 2013. Upon retiring from the Coast Guard I joined Gnostech as the chief operating officer and became president in late 2014. The majority of my career was spent in either maritime law enforcement and defense operations or as a specialist in the Coast Guard’s technology community primarily working in and around command, control, communications, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems development or procurement. Continue Reading…

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