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.

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.

A shipyard in Germany or Scandinavia is likely to be chosen within the next few weeks by Norwegian coastal freight and passenger ferry operator, Hurtigruten, as it embarks on a major environmental upgrade of seven existing vessels to run on LNG and liquid biogas (LBG).

Global shipping took a giant leap forward earlier this week as Rolls-Royce Marine and Finferries successfully completed the world’s first truly autonomous voyage, deploying the car ferry Falco in the congested waters of the archipelago, just south of the city of Turku in western Finland.

In what Mikael Makinen, Rolls-Royce President, Commercial – Marine, described as a ‘ground breaker’, close to 100 VIP guests attended the voyage of Falco, a 54-metre double-ended car ferry, between Parainen and Nauvo in Finland yesterday, the world’s first fully autonomous voyage.

A smart end-to-end digital procurement and logistics set-up for marine stores and spares could transform the old-fashioned and inefficient approach to spare part inventories, ship maintenance and global supply arrangements.

Norwegian paint manufacturer Jotun AS believes there is huge scope to raise hull and propeller operating efficiency by using shipboard data more effectively. According to Global Concept Director Stein Kjølberg, pictured, only about 15% of the world fleet is equipped with high-frequency performance monitoring equipment and only around 7-8% are using the data efficiently.

Firmer oil prices and improving sentiment have been catalysts for several key strategic moves in recent days, as offshore contractors align themselves to make the most of the imminent upturn.

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