Wendy Laursen

Contributing Writer

Wendy Laursen

Wlaursen@maritime-executive.com

Wendy Laursen is the MarEx news editor for Asia-Pacific. Based out of Australia, Wendy Laursen is also a long-time contributor to The Maritime Executive magazine. She holds a Master of Science research degree in marine ecology and diplomas in journalism and subediting.

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Australians Care About Animals and Farmers

By Wendy Laursen 2018-05-21 02:39:02

A new poll of the Australian public has found that twice as many people think the live export trade should be ended as those who believe it should be maintained. Expressions of sadness, empathy for the animals and anger were...

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Saying Goodbye to the Al Shuwaikh

By Wendy Laursen 2018-05-20 19:31:26

The Al Shuwaikh departed Australia with around 60,000 sheep on board last week; a couple of days before the results of the government's latest live export industry review, the McCarthy Review, were released. Will more livestock carriers be allowed to...

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Live Export Trade Faces a Kangaroo Court

By Wendy Laursen 2018-04-15 20:11:29

A second 60 Minutes program has aired in Australia: this time showing Animals Australia footage of sheep being beaten, dragged and thrown outside an abattoir in Qatar.  The first 60 Minutes program, a week prior, showed footage of voyages...

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Thousands of Sheep Died and Someone Filmed It

By Wendy Laursen 2018-04-08 18:05:06

It started out as a routine voyage. The Awassi Express sailed from Australia's winter to the Middle Eastern summer in the lead up to the annual Muslim festival of sacrifice. But something went wrong. Approximately 2,400 sheep didn't make it...

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Stena Line Takes Up Battery Technology

By Wendy Laursen 2018-04-08 00:38:37

For Ro-Pax vessels particularly, it is crucial to always have sufficient power to run the bow thrusters. A power black-out along a coastal route or narrow waterway could be devastating. This means that often most of the engines are running...

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SCF ship Christophe de Margerie

A Tale of Three Ships

By Wendy Laursen 2018-03-29 18:41:23

Three ships exemplify the latest developments in navigation, marking the way forward for bridge teams and the technology revolutionizing their world. The first is the Polar Class ARC7-icebreaking LNG carrier Christophe de Margerie, which commenced operation for the Yamal LNG...

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NEW FRONTIERS

By Wendy Laursen 2018-03-16 21:08:00

The refugee crisis in Europe prompted Damen to complete the first two of six migrant rescue vessels for the Turkish Coast Guard in under 10 months. The coast guard’s efforts have been crucial in saving lives in the Aegean and...

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Greenland's Lifeline

By Wendy Laursen 2018-03-11 18:30:34

Royal Arctic Line has an exclusive concession for the transportation of all sea cargo to and from Greenland, and for the last 25 years, the company has been the nation's lifeline, delivering supplies to all the towns on both the...

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Transformational Experiences

By Wendy Laursen 2018-03-07 19:06:42

Current data shows cruise travel is steadily on the rise with a projected 27.2 million passengers expected to set sail this year. What are they seeking? The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) says one of the key demands is the...

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Vying for Attention

By Wendy Laursen 2018-03-05 18:11:54

Digitalization promises to change business models and generate value-producing opportunities. For ship operators, faced with a multitude of options, it may not be a simple transition, and satcom players are vying for attention, paving the way across the potentially industry-wide...

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