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Examining Autonomous Ships' Vulnerability to Piracy

By Thibaut Eude 2019-09-14 21:53:25

Autonomous ships are a hot topic in the maritime sector; piracy and armed robbery too. Since the beginning of the year, according to the IMB, almost 100 attacks have been committed against ships all around the world. 2018 saw a marked increase in attacks compared to the past few years.  Here is an attempt to describe an autonomous ship hijacking scenario. The scenario In 2025, an autonomous ocean-going container ship is chartered on a busy commercial line between China and...

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Performance Standard Under Development for In Water Hull Cleaning

By Dave Smith 2019-09-14 17:25:00

There is an identified need for an internationally accepted performance standard to be developed for the use of in water hull cleaning (IWHC) systems. This will ensure that any cleaning is in accordance with a set of commonly accepted practices and operating conditions. Part of this standard should include relevant test protocols to verify that a particular system has proven efficacy in its capability of safely removing the biofouling mass found on ships hulls. Applied research scientists at Plymouth Marine...

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Dr. Syed Mohammed Anwer, President Maritime Study Forum, presenting the shield of honor to Professor Julius Kibet Bitok, High Commissioner of Kenya to Pakistan.

Recalibrating Pakistan-Kenya Relations

By Syed Abdullah Anwer 2019-09-14 17:25:00

Kenya is increasingly emerging as a regional hub of economic activity, especially after the formation of the East African Community, said Professor Juilus Kibet Bitok, High Commissioner of Kenya to Pakistan while meeting with Dr. Syed Mohammed Anwer President of the Maritime Study Forum in Islamabad. Kenya’s location is crucial for Pakistan’s “Look to Africa” plan, says Anwer. The plan was formulated by the Maritime Study Forum in early 2019 as a concept map for the public and private Pakistani...

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Emerging Pakistan-Mauritius Maritime Relations

By Syed Abdullah Anwer 2019-09-09 03:30:00

A new dynamism is needed in maritime relations and trade exchanges between Pakistan and Mauritius, says the Mauritian High Commissioner in Pakistan, Soobadar Rashidally. Mauritius has had diplomatic relations with Pakistan since 1968, soon after its independence, but the two countries do not have much joint economic activity even though there is a Pakistani diaspora there.  Rashidally met with Dr. Syed Mohammed Anwer, President of the Maritime Study Forum, in Islamabad on September 3 to discuss mutual interests between two...

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The Road Towards Autonomous Ship Handling with Tugs

By H. Hensen, J.H. de Jong, M. van der Laan and D. Merkelbach 2019-09-07 17:10:00

In a pragmatic way, the recently published third edition of the book “Tug Use in Port – A practical Guide” pays attention to the interesting future of autonomous or remote controlled tugs - a good reason to pay more attention to this very specific subject while focusing on the period till 2050. Autonomous Shipping Almost daily publications appear about automation and autonomy in shipping. Names of large maritime industrial companies are often found in these publications, giving the idea that...

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Building a Risk Management System

By Karen van Vliet 2019-08-17 21:53:54

Increased emphasis is being put on risk management within organizations. This is, among others, shown in the latest revisions of the most used standards worldwide: the ISO 9001 on quality management systems and the ISO45001 on Occupational Health and Safety in which risk assessments are increasingly referred to. Another interesting aspect is the increase in root causes stating that the absence of a risk assessment has led to the accident happening. Though a discussion can be started on whether the...

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Safety First, Safety Second, Safety Always!

By James Taylor 2019-08-07 16:57:11

During my career in the shipping business, the subject of safety was always at the forefront. I was fortunate to be schooled by several knowledgeable people in the business. It was always stressed that you should never take chances in situations that did not look or “feel” right. Safety gear was meant for a purpose and should never be neglected or forgotten. The rule of thumb was that the one time that you forgot or did not observe safety rules...

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Pirates of the Caribbean, a Disney Fantasy or a Real Threat?

By Alejandro Guzmán Woodroffe 2019-07-29 18:07:49

Contrary to the version portrayed by Disney in its franchise Pirates of the Caribbean, piracy does not take place in a universe full of adventures and adrenaline. The illusion of a fun “superhero” in the form of a pirate has framed in people’s imagination a picture of a guy with parrots, wooden legs and eye patches.  Pirates are and always have been not only a significant shipping problem but also the executors of terrible crimes. Piracy has existed alongside maritime...

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The Road Towards Autonomous Ship Handling with Tugs

By Captain Henk Hensen 2019-07-27 21:30:06

Are autonomous tugs feasible? A good question, but let us first make clear what autonomous vessels are, because the term autonomous is not always used in a correct way.  The following definition is being used: An autonomous ship is a marine vessel with sensors, automated navigation, propulsion and auxiliary systems, with the necessary decision logic to follow mission plans, sense the environment, adjust mission execution according to the environment and potentially operate without human intervention (E-Navigation 09/01/19).   This means...

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The Road to Green-Land

By Dimitri G. Vassilacos and Jason Dallas 2019-07-15 17:59:27

Although shipping is undoubtedly - and by far - the most efficient/greenest way of transporting large cargos across long distances, it is clear that the industry is under increasing pressure from pretty much everyone, from countries and international organizations all the way to investors and pressure groups, to become even greener. Given the industry’s critical role as the connecting tissue of global logistics and its impact on the overall economy this is no simple task to achieve.  ...

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