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.

Kitack Lim and Christopher O. Davis at IMO headquarters in London, November 15, 2018.

New CMI President Wants Closer Ties with IMO

By Wendy Laursen 2018-12-01 18:38:15

Christopher O. Davis of Baker Donelson was elected president of the Comité Maritime International (CMI) last month, and MarEx spoke to him about his ambitions. The CMI, formally established in 1897, is comprised of national maritime law associations from the world's leading shipping nations.   What are you aiming to achieve during your term? I was both humbled and honored to be elected the first American president of the CMI at IMO's headquarters in London on November 9, 2018,...

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Time to Rethink Safety in Enclosed Spaces

By Wendy Laursen 2018-12-01 17:51:07

Crew members are often blamed for deaths in enclosed spaces. Human error; so it would seem. But, there are those in the industry who believe that others should be held accountable, that new action should be taken.  In a submission readied for the IMO this year, the International Dry Bulk Terminals Group (DBTG) reveals that its, admittedly not exhaustive, study shows that over 70 accidents occurred during the carriage or handling of solid bulk cargoes between 1999 and April 2018....

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Misquoted

By Wendy Laursen 2018-11-13 16:07:00

Back in 2017, the UK P&I Club was misquoted on seafarer suicide statistics - a mistake that inflated the suicide rate the club had intended to communicate. The mistake was perpetuated widely through trade press and the general media, and it continues to be perpetuated. It's time to set the record straight, but with what? MarEx has endeavored to find out. What was said Around 20 trade and general media articles mentioned seafarer suicide last year as a result of...

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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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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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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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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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