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.

Nuyina central conning console courtesy of Mike Jackson

Reimagining the Bridge

By Wendy Laursen 2019-04-20 21:00:37

For all the developmental work going on in sensor fusion, digitalization and autonomy, there's no escaping the human element for safety, efficiency and style. In designing the bridge for Australia's new icebreaker, Nuyina, the captain of the nation's old icebreaker covered walls and workbenches with sheets of paper printed with life-size representations of the bridge instruments. Then, using “role play” to move around the bridge, he customized the original design provided by Damen to suit the safety and efficiency...

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Credit: Animals International

Global Standards Say “No” to Livestock Stress During Transport

By Wendy Laursen 2019-04-18 21:03:32

Recent footage of livestock being beaten at a port in Croatia has highlighted the need for those involved in livestock transport to revisit the standards set out by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).  Over 180 nations, including Croatia, are OIE member countries. As part of its mandate, the OIE develops international standards to improve animal health and welfare worldwide. By becoming members, countries commit to implement these standards and incorporate them into their national legislation. The OIE...

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image from whistleblower footage

Live Export: Following the Paper Trail

By Wendy Laursen 2019-03-26 20:18:21

When thousands of sheep died of heat stress on the Awassi Express, there was no public outcry, no public apology and no shocked politicians. These responses came a long time after the event when 60 Minutes aired whistleblower footage showing the livestock dying, sometimes bogged in feces. More footage, “Boiled Alive,” deemed so confronting that commercial television would not show it, was aired by Fairfax Media shortly after. Up until then, the incident had not gained notoriety -...

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U.S. Travel Industry Thriving, Will China Follow Suit?

By Wendy Laursen 2019-02-07 17:11:32

2019 marks a decade since the U.S. travel industry emerged from the depths of economic recession. Over the past 10 years, the surge in recovery has coincided with an economic turning point in emerging markets, fueling a historic burst in demand for travel. It remains to be seen, though, whether China, second only to the U.S. in the number of cruisers, will follow the same cruising trends. From 2009 to 2017, U.S. cruise passenger numbers grew from 10.4 million to...

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Images courtesy of RSPCA

Live Export: What the Observers Saw On Board

By Wendy Laursen 2019-02-02 15:31:09

The exporter had left some beer, so on the first two nights of the voyage, the government-appointed observer had a beer and a chat with the crewmembers of the livestock carrier he would sail on for next few weeks. Two of the conversations were noteworthy enough to be included in the observer's final, official voyage report to the Australian Department of Agriculture. However, the details of those conversations were redacted before the report was handed over to the RSPCA in January...

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Credit: Emanuel Exports

More Live Export Footage, This Time from Industry

By Wendy Laursen 2019-01-20 15:04:00

Australian Liberal National Party Member of Parliament Keith Pitt didn't discuss stocking density during his tour of a docked live export ship last week, but he did feel that what he saw gave him confidence in the future of the industry.  Pitt wanted to take part in the industry-led tour because around five hundred people in his electorate voiced their concerns to him about animal welfare on livestock carriers after whistleblower footage was released on 60 Minutes in April...

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The double-ended MF Husavik Ro-Pax ferry is equipped with two SCHOTTEL Rudder EcoPeller ® type SRE 340 CP. Photo Credit: Fjord1

Target 2050

By Wendy Laursen 2019-01-05 15:44:27

With the IMO targeting 50 percent fewer CO2 emissions by 2050, the industry is already looking beyond LNG to a hybrid electric future for propulsion. For the transition, Patrick Toll, Managing Director of Hamburg-based PT-Shipmanagement, says: “The reality is the diesel engine, in whatever configuration, will remain a dominant supplier of propulsion or electricity for marine vessels. Simply put, with current technology there is no better translation from fuel to power in terms of efficiency.” LNG will come, but it...

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The world’s first autonomous discharging bulk cranes will be fitted on ESL’s two new Handysize bulk carriers, Viikki and Haaga.

The Digital Deck

By Wendy Laursen 2018-12-26 22:49:38

Machinery manufacturers are demonstrating that reducing the shipping industry's carbon emissions is not just a mandate for engine makers. At SMM 2018, Michel van Roozendaal, President of cargo and load-handling company MacGregor, a subsidiary of Helsinki-based Cargotec, commented on the IMO's ambition to reduce shipping's greenhouse gases by 50 percent by 2050. “How can you achieve that?” he asked. “Ships are already quite efficient. If you switch to LNG, perhaps it will be a little bit cleaner, but it doesn't...

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File photo courtesy of Diamantino Rosa

Earning Their Keep

By Wendy Laursen 2018-12-25 18:23:56

Olav Eek Thorstensen, Executive Chairman of Thome Group, delivered his company's 55th anniversary message in May, highlighting the need for agility and noting a focus on digitalization. He's not alone in his thoughts. With only 20 percent of ships under third-party management, there’s plenty of room for growth, but the competition is fierce – even for the 20 percent. Thorstensen has responded to what he says is a more demanding market than ever before with the recent opening of a...

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Credit: Captain Rich Madden

Thank-You to Our 2018 Contributors

By Wendy Laursen 2018-12-19 18:59:28

Thank-you to all the people who have contributed to our MarEx news coverage over the year. It's been great to work in such a knowledgeable and thoughtful community! A special thank-you goes to Gavin Allwright, Ally Cedeno, John Dalziel, Colin Darlington, Mia Bennett, Charles Digges, Dr. Sue Foster, Paul Gonzalez-Morgan, Alan Jamieson, Allan Jordan, Erik Kravets, Denise Krepp, Pierre Leblanc, Captain Rich Madden, Dr. Nikos Mikelis, Jad Mouawad, Bjarne Rasmussen, Diamantino Rosa, Prof. Gary C. Kessler, Dr. Lynn Simpson, Theodor...

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