As ballast water management regulations shift towards enforcement shipowners are finding that the majority of ballast water treatment systems (BWTS) installed do not function properly.

The use of methanol as a marine fuel has not yet widespread interest amongst the global shipping community seeking alternatives to high-sulphur fuel, as its use as a clean fuel is overshadowed by commonly known scrubbers, low-sulphur fuel oil and LNG.

The use of scrubbers to meet the 2020 sulphur cap, their lack of regulatory framework, and impact on the market were very much under discussion at the Greener Shipping Summit in Athens last week.

Wages for officers have stagnated over the last decade rising by 1% annually since 2008, and increases look set to remain modest in coming years.

Whatever the outcome of Brexit negotiations, the UK intends to remain “the undisputed leading global hub for Maritime Services,” Shipping Minister Nusrat Ghani told attendees at the Maritime London/IMIF annual dinner held in the UK capital on Monday evening.

Digitalisation is the buzzword across all sectors in shipping with it seen as a way to improve vessel performance and streamline processes, and the world’s largest ship manager V.Group is now in the process of trying to bring these benefits to the crewing sector with the kind of smart technology we already use in many aspect of our day-to-day lives.

The elephant in the room at the CrewConnect Global conference in Manila this week was the Philippines failure to comply with the European Maritime Safety Agency’s (EMSA) standards for the implementation of the STCW Code and increasingly possible ban of Filipino officers.

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.

The Great Lakes shipping community received a huge boost in late October, with President Donald Trump signing a bill that would authorize close to $1bn for construction of a second lock allowing transits of large “Laker” vessels, at the Soo Locks in the north of Michigan at the eastern terminus of Lake Superior.

The arrival of the global sulphur limit in 2020 will pose multiple challenges to ship operators, Lloyd’s Register principal consultant on fuels Tim Wilson told a Maritime Future Leaders seminar organised by Dubai Maritime Cluster Office, held at the Seatrade Maritime Middle East event in Dubai this week.

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