Live from Posidonia 2018

The Seatrade Maritime reporting team bring you all the key stories in the run-up to, and live on the ground during, Posidonia 2018, the international shipping exhibition with the largest gathering of Greek and international shipowners.

5 things we learned at Posidonia 2018

1 – Not everyone thinks scrubbers are a bad idea for meeting the IMO 2020 low sulphur cap. Scrubbers are attracting some serious attention from Greek owners especially for large vessels such as VLCCs.

2 – LNG powered ship engines are having a format war akin to the VHS versus Betamax video recorders in the early 1980’s although in this case its MEGI versus X-DF propulsion. Let’s hope for early adopters of MEGI it does not prove to be the same as for early adopters of Betamax.


3 – Electric vehicles in large scale production will be cheaper to manufacture than petrol driven cars, which could be bad news for tanker shipping come 2025.

4 – New regulations for safety and emission reductions can actually mean a new ship has higher fuel consumption not less. So Japanese shipbuilder Japan Marine United (JMU) has designed a bulker to overcome the negative impact of the additional equipment and steel and still be more fuel efficient.

japfan5 – Sometimes the old technologies work best. When the power failed during the Japan Seminar, ironically on Maritime Innovation, on a very hot afternoon, the quick thinking organisers whipped out plastic fans to give the audience to help keep themselves cool.

Posted 8 June 2018

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Editor, Seatrade Maritime News Marcus Hand is the editor of Seatrade Maritime News and a dedicated maritime journalist with nearly two decades of experience covering the shipping industry in Asia. In addition to running Seatrade's maritime and offshore news website based from Singapore he is the Asia Editor of Seatrade Maritime Review. Marcus is also an experienced industry commentator and has chaired many conferences and round tables. Prior to joining Seatrade at the beginning of 2010 Marcus worked for shipping industry journal Lloyd's List for a decade and previous to that the Singapore Business Times covering shipping and aviation.

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