Wendy Laursen

Wendy Laursen

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.


Counting Sheep

By Wendy Laursen 2017-10-28 18:08:40

The recent arrival of the 40-year-old Bader III and the 27-year-old Awassi Express in Australian waters has re-ignited an “old” debate. The animal welfare group...



By Wendy Laursen 2017-10-11 21:46:14

A “downer” is an animal who can't, or refuses to, stand up. One of the reasons this can happen during a live export voyage is that the animal slips over. With...

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A Lifetime of Love for Nella Dan and "Nella Dan II"

By Wendy Laursen 2017-09-23 20:47:19

Finn Wollesen first sailed on the Nella Dan when he was six weeks old. His love for the now-wrecked vessel has seen him put a lifetime of experience into the design of a...


World Rhino Day: The Trade is Changing

By Wendy Laursen 2017-09-21 19:07:46

World Rhino Day is celebrated on September 22 every year, and as poaching becomes more sophisticated, so does the world's response to it. Earlier this month, the...


Biofouling: Times Have Changed

By Wendy Laursen 2017-09-13 21:18:32

The role of biofouling as a means of spreading marine invasive species had generally been considered to be about the same as that of ballast water. However, that view is...

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Port Hedland Boosts Live Export Trade Potential

By Wendy Laursen 2017-09-13 20:50:03

About 2,000 head of cattle sailed from the Pilbara's Port Hedland in Australia on September 2, marking a turnaround in live export for the region. The Angus Express,...


Israel Boosts Animal Welfare Protocols, Protests Continue

By Wendy Laursen 2017-09-13 03:17:09

Israel's Forum of Livestock Importers signed a convention earlier this month obligating them to self-regulate on animal welfare. The covenant was signed at a ceremony...

Christian Stidsen, First Officer, Loke Viking - part of the Viking Supply Ships fleet.

Mixed Reality Technology Readied for Offshore Vessels

By Wendy Laursen 2017-09-11 21:15:09

Danish technology company Virsabi is teaming up with Viking Supply Ships and MAN Diesel and Turbo on the development of a mixed reality system that will be used for onboard...


Australia Boosts Animal Welfare During Festival of Sacrifice

By Wendy Laursen 2017-09-07 22:57:18

Australia livestock exporters and their in-country partners have been proactive in Middle East and South-East Asia markets during Muslim Festival of the Sacrifice...


More Biofouling "Casualties" to be Expected

By Wendy Laursen 2017-08-28 20:33:40

In March this year, the bulk carrier DL Marigold became the world's first biofouling “casualty.” The vessel was ordered from both New Zealand and Fijian...

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