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Digitalization and Ship Connectivity in 2018

By MarEx 2018-01-20 17:33:38

by Stephen Conley While vessels will continue to slow steam in the face of challenging freight rates and volatile bunker prices, the rapid growth of digitalization is challenging traditional ship operating practices, and changing the roles and responsibilities of the...

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Belt and Road: A New Era for Ports

By MarEx 2018-01-17 09:47:16

By Ton van den Bosch As one of the engines of the global economy, the ports sector is acutely tuned to wider political, social and economic trends. Fortunes can rise and fall depending...

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Fresh Ships, Fresh Fish

By Erik Kravets 2018-01-17 05:06:52

It's not even a fair fight for the fish anymore! The German Fishery Union (DFFU, or, natively: "Deutsche Fischfang Union"), has taken over two Norwegian newbuilds, namely the factory trawlers Berlin and Cuxhaven. The DFFU is a wholly owned subsidiary...

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Using Lasers to Rebuild Pistons

By MarEx 2018-01-15 16:40:14

On Monday, Wärtsilä announced that its service division has developed a way to recondition large bore 2-stroke engine pistons using robot-controlled lasers. The firm says that robotized laser cladding can significantly increase the service life of piston heads compared with...

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Five Global Shipping Trends to Watch in 2018

By MarEx 2018-01-13 10:09:01

by Sri Laxmana Overall, 2017 was a good year for the ocean shipping industry. Operating margins for most carriers improved, driven by robust demand, positive inventory developments and higher rate levels. Will the positive recovery continue? Or will the vicious...

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Is 2018 to be Welcomed or Worried About?

By MarEx 2018-01-09 16:00:58

By Mark O’Neil Is 2018 to be welcomed or worried about? It is more of a question of anticipating, understanding and dealing with the challenges that may face the shipping industry over the next 12 months and beyond rather than...

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Handling Multiple Unmanned Vessels Under Way

By MarEx 2018-01-08 05:10:32

As unmanned systems grow in importance for commercial and government operations, vessel operators face an age-old problem for small-boat ops: how do you safely handle launch, recovery and storage while under way? And how can you maximize sea state margins?...

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Shifting Times for Shipping and Insurance

By MarEx 2018-01-07 09:29:23

by Thya Kathiravel During the course of 2017 a number of the long-standing economic challenges facing the global shipping market abated to a certain extent, at least for some sectors. Freight rates showed signs of improvement across a number of...

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Digitalization in 2018 – The Data Floodgates are Open

By MarEx 2018-01-07 09:10:13

by Ilmo Kuutti Most pieces looking at the year ahead will tend to say that we’re on the cusp of something – on the edge of a breakthrough that makes the upcoming year more exciting than the last. When it...

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2017: A Year of Growing Confidence for LNG Bunkering

By Vincent Lagarrigue 2017-12-27 17:53:17

Looking back on 2017, one of the defining themes of the year has been the rise of LNG as a marine fuel.  In 2018, we anticipate that a major challenge will be how suppliers of transfer solutions meet the pressing...

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