Shipping industry organisations have condemned the attacks on two tankers on the Gulf of Oman on Thursday and expressed concern over the global economic impact of a threat to maritime traffic in the Straits of Hormuz.

The opening conference at Nor-Shipping sought to try and illuminate the disruption that shipping faces with opinions from both industry and non-industry voices. For the generally very practically minded shipping executive the presentations took us on a voyage to platform pirates and unicorns.

The vast majority of over 3,000 scrubber installations to ships are for open-loop systems despite concerns over washwater, with some countries banning use in their waters, according to classification society DNV GL.

The crashes involving the Boeing 737 Max aircraft linked to an automated system illustrate why the autonomous ship is long way off, says Frank Coles, ceo of Wallem Group.

What might we expect from a Seatrade Parliamentary Debate? Before we took our seats, a guest from mainland Europe suggested: “Perhaps it will be like your UK Parliament, with the two sides facing and shouting at each other?”

As shipping searches for future fuels to meet a low or zero carbon future a report commissioned by the Environmental Defense Fund Europe has identified ammonia as possible substitute for fossil fuel.

The decarbonisation of shipping and the IMO targets for CO2 reductions by 2030 and 2050 have thrown open the question as to what will be the future fuel, or fuels, of the industry. It is a complex question with no single silver bullet, and one which classification society American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) is involved with on a global basis in trying to find a solution to.

When Hapag-Lloyd unveiled its ‘Strategy 2023’ towards the end of last year, it was based on the premise that the container shipping market’s rush of consolidation is over.

The environment, regulation and technology, and the links between all three, topped discussions at Sea Asia 2019 this week in Singapore.

In a sign of the times the Connecticut Maritime Association’s annual conference this week the fuel-related sessions were not relegated a rabbit warren of meeting rooms at the back but instead took centre stage in the Grand Ballroom.

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