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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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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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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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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A Phone Call Away

By Wendy Laursen 2018-12-17 17:58:27

The limited ability to provide medical care at sea has been classified as one of the “special risks” for seafarer stress. The authors of a 2015 article published in the Review of Psychology observed that stress resulting from treatment of disease at sea is due, in part, to the fact that medical care on board is administered by someone who is not a medical professional and that treatment options are generally limited. The uptake of telemedicine in recent years has...

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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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