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.

Natasa Pilides

Natasa Pilides is Taking Cyprus Shipping Forward

By Wendy Laursen 2018-10-02 17:37:17

On March 1, 2018 Natasa Pilides was appointed as Cyprus’ first dedicated Shipping Deputy Minister, reporting directly to the President. MarEx spoke to her about the state's new governance and its shipping future. How is the Cyprus government's oversight of the shipping sector changing? The Deputy Ministry is the successor body to the Department of Merchant Shipping (DMS) which brings a strong 40-year heritage for us to develop for Cyprus’ shipping sector. This provides a solid foundation that we will...

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With Ammonia, There's No “Chicken or Egg” Dilemma

By Wendy Laursen 2018-09-29 21:29:50

Ammonia has so far been a little-considered future fuel for shipping, but it's proponents say it's one that does not suffer from the “which comes first, the chicken or the egg” dilemma that has plagued the adoption of LNG as bunker fuel. For LNG, the dilemma has been that shipowners have been reluctant to make the switch to LNG as bunker fuel in the absence of ports around the world able to supply it. Yet, the development of the required...

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Squeezing Every Penny

By Wendy Laursen 2018-08-25 20:21:16

Even as the ship repair industry tracks the wider shipping upswing, the market remains depressed and hasn’t yet recovered from the crash a decade ago. Ship managers continue to squeeze every penny, and they’re getting expert help. A growing number of specialized services are being designed to reduce operating costs. U.K.-based Relmar, for example, tackles what it calls “infant mortality” – breakdowns during newbuild commissioning – with its marine reliability-centered maintenance strategy. Bottom line, it's a full lifecycle approach that...

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Seri Cemara

The Eco Argument

By Wendy Laursen 2018-08-14 21:11:38

A.P. Moller-Maersk CEO Soren Skou estimates that the upcoming restrictions on sulfur emissions could increase annual fuel costs for the shipping industry by over $50 billion. It's no wonder, then, that the demand for eco-tonnage is expected to grow. Demand for eco-friendly newbuildings ebbed along with oil prices in 2015 and 2016, but the argument for such vessels is again strong given the current high-fuel price environment as 2020 approaches, says Stuart Nicoll, Director at shipping analyst firm MSI: “With...

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sheep and farmer

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 the most common responses to footage shown on a recent 60 Minutes media exposé of cruelty to sheep on live export shipments. 13 percent of people said they found the footage sickening. Throughout the program footage from five separate...

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livestock carrier

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 take sheep from Australia during the southern hemisphere winter to the Middle Eastern summer in the lead up to this year's Muslim festival of sacrifice in September? Yes, says the government. Last Tuesday's voyage...

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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 where thousands of sheep died of heat stress on their way to the Middle East. Although the events shown on both programs happened outside Australia, they have prompted criticism and public demonstrations around the nation with animal welfare proponents calling...

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Sheep in excrement

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 to port. They died of heat stress, some trapped in a bog of excrement, and someone on board filmed it. The Awassi Express The film shows images on board an August 2017 voyage for the exporter...

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energy storage

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 idle, resulting in low efficiency, low fuel economy and unnecessarily high emissions. However, with a large energy storage system capable of supplying power instantaneously, some of the engines can be switched off, and this is a solution that Stena Line...

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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 project last year and set a new standard in systems integration. The ship has two fully integrated bridge systems that make it possible for the ship to move both forward and aft. Both navigation bridges are equipped with a multifunction...

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