Life is pretty busy right now for everybody. Most of what is keeping me awake at night (and travelling around the world talking to shipowners) is to do with energy efficiency. I had the pleasure of presenting the results of our SmartShipping survey (see inside back page of Horizons January 2013) in Singapore in October ... Read more.
EEDI will (officially) enter our shipping lives in less than 10 weeks: major ship types (tankers, bulk carriers, containerships etc) contracted after 1 January 2013 will need to comply with the new requirement. The current EEDI framework is very much a ‘one size fits all’ approach, where most ship types are treated on the basis ... Read more.
At IMO MEPC 63 the term and challenge of ‘technology transfer’ emerged. IMO has undertaken substantial work on capacity building under its activities related to technical cooperation. The technology transfer discussion at IMO MEPC GHG discussion relates to two main themes: technology transfer as envisaged under UNFCCC; EEDI and SEEMP Regulation and its adoption. As ... Read more.
“No one notices us when things are going right.” It’s a sad but all-too-commonly-held view that shipping is all but invisible to the public until there is an accident. When high-profile accidents have thrust shipping into the public eye, societal concern has often prompted significant regulatory changes. Multiple bulk carrier losses, particularly the Derbyshire, led ... Read more.
Lloyd’s Register’s China Technical Committee has just met in the rarefied air of Shangri-la. Over 100 representatives from China’s yards, shipowners and other maritime industry stakeholders, together with LR staff, attended the meeting – at 3,300m in Yunnan province in the far south west of China. To start the day my namesake, Nick Brown, Marine ... Read more.