China’s Polar Silk Road, a threat or an opportunity

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a development strategy proposed by the  Chinese government that focuses on connectivity and cooperation between Eurasian countries, primarily the  People’s Republic of China (PRC), the land-based Silk Road Economic Belt (SREB) and the ocean-going Maritime Silk Road (MSR), since 2013. Source: Mercator Institute for China Studies It aims… Read more »


Digitalisation and ICT innovations – A focus on port logistics

Shipping has been an important human activity throughout history, particularly where prosperity depended primarily on international and interregional trade. According to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) statistics in  2017, shipping has an essential contribution to the world economy since more than 90% of the world’s trade, in volume,  is carried by sea. In a broader… Read more »


Ports need smarter GHG reduction incentives

A new Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development International Transport Forum report argues ports need to develop more and smarter incentives to meet the International Maritime Organisation’s greenhouse gas (GHG) targets for the shipping sector   Reducing Shipping Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Lessons From Port-Based Incentives includes a global summary of 28 ports with environmentally-based port… Read more »


RAMLAB prints first ship’s propeller

3D printing or additive manufacturing is defined as a process in which the material is joined or solidified under computer control system or software to create a three-dimensional object from a digital file. In this process, an object is created by laying down layers of material until the object is created. These layers can be seen as a  sliced horizontal cross-section… Read more »


LNG Dredger conversion begins at Damen Dunkerque

Work has begun on the conversion of the trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) Samuel de Champlain, which will become Europe’s first LNG-fuelled dredger. The vessel is being converted from diesel-electric to dual-fuel propulsion at Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque. Steel has been cut for the prefabrication of a new section of hull that will hold the new… Read more »


DNV-GL to Class New Royal Caribbean Duo

DNV GL is to class two LNG-fuelled cruise ships to be built by Meyer Turku for Royal Caribbean, the first in the cruise line’s new Icon class. The two vessels, due for delivery in 2022 and 2024, feature several cutting-edge technologies designed to reduce environmental impact, including dual-fuel engines, fuel cell technology and air lubrication… Read more »


Evolution in Cruise Ship Design From Italy

‘MSC Seaside’ has put down a new marker for Italian design and construction as her Swiss-based owner rolls out an ambitious and innovative, 10-year fleet investment programme. As the world’s most prolific builder of cruise vessels, Fincantieri has reached a new milestone in its unerring business drive by delivering the largest ship constructed in Italy… Read more »


Toward digitalisation of maritime supply chains

Maritime Supply Chain is one of the key sectors for digital transformation. With its high degree of networking and its large number of interfaces, maritime supply chain offers a broad range of applications for digital technologies. Stakeholders across the supply chain see huge potential to improve maritime and port service level and efficiency by having… Read more »