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.

The sheer scale of the new joint venture shipyard complex now under construction in Ras Al Khair on Saudi Arabia’s Gulf coast was revealed to Seatrade Maritime News this week during interviews in Dammam.

A female humanoid robot called Alpha spent several minutes of her valuable time greeting journalists as they arrived at the Norwegian Maritime Competence Center (NMCC) in Ålesund, Norway, last week.

Ship propulsion and automation specialist Rolls-Royce Marine has launched its first Intelligent Asset Management (IAM) facility at the newly opened second-phase development of the high-tech Norwegian Maritime Competence Centre (NMCC) is Ålesund, Norway.

Ronald Spithout, Inmarsat Maritime President, describes 2017 as “the year of digitalisation”. Requests from owners and operators to connect their ships using Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress (FX) broadband service have exceeded all expectations as Inmarsat continues to strengthen its ties with marine technology companies in its partnership programme.

Norwegian ballast water treatment manufacturer Optimarin has demonstrated confidence in its system technology, based on filtration and UV treatment, by offering customers a five-year guarantee covering parts and servicing all around the world.

Maritime simulation has undergone a transformation over the last three years, largely as a result of computer processing speeds and the ability to create real simulation in real time.

Jeddah’s Red Sea Gateway Terminal (RSGT) has just taken delivery of four new super post-panamax ship-to-shore quay cranes from China’s ZPMC.

Exploration and production (E&P) spending by the world’s largest energy firm, Saudi Aramco, increased five-fold between January 2016 and August 2017, according to experts.

The daily grind of fighting for survival in a seriously oversupplied offshore workboat market was clearly evident amongst operators and service providers exhibiting on the floor of Seatrade Offshore Marine & Workboat Middle East, held in Abu Dhabi this week. But for those lucky enough to spend some time in the conference and seminar sessions, there was plenty of positive sentiment.

Arnstein Eknes, OSV and special ships market and business development director for DNV GL, sees significant potential for smart vessel operations in the Middle East workboat fleet which will cut operating costs and raise efficiency.

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