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.

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.

Shipowners will neeed to do more than simply tweak existing vessel designs and business models if they are to meet the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) ambitious target to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) by 50%.

A Norwegian start-up, Fostech, part funded by government-backed Innovation Norway, is in the final stages of developing a new ‘mixed reality’ technology with far-reaching implications for ship construction and through-life maintenance and repairs.

For tanker owners, there is much at stake on 22 June when OPEC oil ministers gather in Vienna for what is likely to be a particularly bad-tempered meeting.

A new hand-held fuel-testing device, the XRF Analyser, unveiled by Parker Kittiwake is set to dispel much of the growing concern relating to off-spec bunker stems, new blends of untested marine fuels, compliance with the IMO’s 2020 sulphur cap and existing sulphur limits in emission control areas.

Hamburg-based Becker Marine Systems has won a range of new contracts for its fuel-saving devices as ship operators once again face higher bunker bills and renewed calls for improvements in ship efficiency.

Shipping is definitely on its way out of the recession but there is still some way to go. This was one of Martin Stopford’s key messages as he spoke to journalists at a press conference in Hamburg on Friday, held in advance of this year’s record-breaking SMM event.

Despite record levels of tanker recycling in the early months of the year, tanker analysts and brokers are increasingly concerned about continuing tonnage oversupply, particularly in the VLCC sector where a series of new contracts have been placed recently with more to follow.

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