Paul Bartlett

Paul Bartlett

Correspondent


Paul Bartlett is a maritime consultant and editor of Seatrade's annual Green Guide and twice-yearly Middle East Workboat and Offshore marine publications, as well as being a former editor of Seatrade Maritime Review. Paul's vast experience of the maritime industry spans three decades and all the continents, and has included spells working in specialised ship finance companies.

Well-to-wake (WtW) reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by using LNG as a marine fuel can be reduced by up to 21% compared with current oil-based bunkers, according to an authoritative independent study commissioned jointly by SEA\LNG, an industry foundation promoting liquefied natural gas as a fuel for ships, and the Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF).

“I’m crossing my fingers here,” DNV GL’s director, environment Eirik Nyhus admitted recently.

The ceo of Drydocks World Dubai (DDW), Rado Antolovic, has only been in his current position for 15 months, but he has already stamped his mark on the operation of one of the world’s largest ship repair, conversion and fabrication facilities.

Petro-piracy is emerging once again as a significant threat in West African waters, with the Gulf of Guinea at the epicentre, delegates at the 10th Chemical & Products Tanker Conference were told in London earlier this week.

“We’ve agreed to do it, but we don’t have the recipe on the mechanics, the measures or the technologies,” declared Sveinung Oftedal, chairman of the IMO’s Subcommittee on Pollution Prevention and Response, as he addressed delegates attending the 10th Chemical & Product Tanker Conference in London earlier this week. 

Extensive steel repairs to cargo tank number two and adjacent areas on board the 316,409 dwt Desh Vaibhav, a Shipping Corporation of India-owned VLCC, built in 2005, which suffered a major explosion in the Gulf of Oman last August, are nearing completion at Oman Drydock.

Marine fuel is too cheap for the environmental damage that it causes and sea transport does not reflect the true cost of bringing goods to market. These are the views of Euronav’s forthright ceo, Paddy Rodgers, who recently surprised the shipping community when he revealed his plans to step down later this year.

A revolutionary new technology that enables electronic signals to pass through steel has been developed by a young entrepreneurial Norwegian company, ScanReach, and is likely to transform ship and offshore safety systems.

The scale of the challenge facing ship operators as they prepare bunker tanks for new low-sulphur fuels ahead of the IMO’s 2020 sulphur cap may have been underestimated, according to some marine fuel experts.

Whilst many people believe that the IMO’s ambition to reduce shipping’s 2050 carbon emissions by at least 50% compared with 2008 levels appears to be an almost impossible target, shipping economist Martin Stopford does not agree.

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