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Brexit: What's at Stake for U.K. Trade

By Daniela Stratulativ 2019-02-13 15:41:18

If the U.K. leaves the E.U. Customs Union, it would be able to negotiate free trade agreements on its own terms with non-E.U. countries, and with the E.U. These agreements could take between four and 10 years to finalize, and until then the U.K. will trade on World Trade Organization terms which would mean higher tariffs, increased costs for intermediate outputs used in U.K. production and higher prices for consumers.  The E.U. currently has 43 free trade agreements (FTAs) in...

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Extending the Life of Wire Ropes in the Marine Environment

By Viper 2019-02-12 19:13:00

Wire rope lubrication is an essential part of maintenance in the marine environment, and modern lubrication equipment does a much faster and more effective job than traditional manual methods. The Viper MKII Wire Rope Lubricator cleans and lubricates wire ropes quickly, efficiently and safely. It is faster and safer than manual greasing, increases rope life and can be operated by a single person. The Viper MKII Wire Rope Lubricator range provides fast and effective cleaning and lubricating of wire ropes. Wire...

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Remote Monitoring of Confined Spaces Reduces Risks

By Mark Barker 2019-02-10 00:01:16

According to an International Dry Bulk Terminals Group study, there is a disturbing industry uptick in crewmember deaths in confined spaces. While human error is the root cause generally, there are technologies that ship managers may implement to prevent such tragedies from occurring.    Remote centralized confined-space monitoring systems compliant with OSHA's confined-space entry standards may be set up either on the vessel or onshore to enhance safety and manage any issue quickly, acting as another layer of...

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Human Rights at Sea Reviews ZS Wellness Think Tank Event

By Anastasia Papapetrou 2019-02-04 17:55:15

On January 29, 2019, Human Rights at Sea attended the first ZS Wellness Think and Tank event at the Caledonia Club, London. The mission of the Founder, Andrew Cowderoy, and his partners is: “to educate, train and prevent seafarers from running the risk of loss career or life and to educate the shipping industry to take a proactive rather than reactive approach to both physical and mental health,” as is explicitly stated at the website of the organization. Cowderoy has...

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Managing Vessel Repairs with a "Digital Twin"

By SSI 2019-02-04 16:56:13

Vessel lifespans average between 30 and 50 years, thanks to ongoing maintenance, repair, and refit. Those consistent changes result in a ship that deviates significantly over its lifespan, making it difficult to maintain up-to-date design & build records of the ship that is currently being operated. Maintaining this “digital model” over a ship’s lifespan, with so many changes, requires working with information that comes from different sources, time periods, and technologies. Integrating these different sources of information can increase your...

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New Cruise and Ferry Expo Planned for Hamburg

By MarEx 2019-02-01 17:25:49

Hamburg Messe und Congress (HMC), the organizer of SMM Hamburg, is launching a new expo focused on marine interiors. The new MARINE INTERIORS Cruise & Ferry Global Expo will be dedicated to the interior design and outfitting of passenger ships, addressing the demand from the booming cruise and ferry market.  The first expo will take place from from September 11 to 13 at the Hamburg Messe fair complex. Suppliers from all segments of the ship interior equipment and design industry...

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Improving Safety Standards for Workboat Launch and Recovery

By Vestdavit 2019-01-25 20:13:01

DNV GL is reviewing a new voluntary certification standard covering the davits used to launch and recover workboats and tenders, and it aligns closely with some of the design features that supplier Vestdavit has long advocated for safer and more efficient boat handling. According to Vestdavit, the need for these standards has been brought into focus by the development of smarter, more complex davit designs, where lack of clarity on documentation can lead to incorrect use, and potentially to accidents....

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Analytical Fuel Testing Needed to Tackle Bad Bunkers

By Chris Dyson 2019-01-19 18:32:36

With the implementation of the IMO’s 2020 global sulfur limit now less than a year away, the number and variety of industry players contributing to the debate surrounding the new regulation continues to increase, as does the speed at which narratives around the topic change. Low sulfur fuels, which the majority of vessels will use to comply, are rightly central to industry discussion. In particular, talk of bunker blending, and risks associated with...

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Oil and Gas in 2019 – A time of Transition

By William Hill 2019-01-12 19:09:38

During 2018, volatility marked the global oil and gas sector. Dramatic swings in oil price - from 2015-level highs to vast one-day drops, combined with geopolitical maneuvers, changing global supply and demand trends and mountain budget pressures feed instability in the sector.  And yet, market conditions served as a catalyst for the industry’s continued evolution and transformation, and there is now a sense of cautious optimism moving into 2019. Operators are working to...

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Sanctions

By Mark Church 2019-01-12 17:50:05

The reinstatement of U.S. sanctions against Iran was undoubtedly the development in the sanctions field which garnered most attention in 2018. As President Trump tweeted on November 2, “Sanctions are coming,” and indeed by November 5 the secondary sanctions (sanctions which target the behavior of non-U.S. persons) against Iran had been fully re-imposed by the U.S. Behind the headlines and the tweets there were a number of general trends which have impacted insurers...

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