In Focus
BWMS testing

The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) presents two main guidelines for testing a BWMS before it can achieve type approval. But depending on the ballast water treatment method used, different testing stages will apply. Here, the differences between testing stages in the G8 and G9 guidelines are clearly outlined.

Innovations
Sensing a shift

Digitalization of industries has been a concern for the maritime industry for some time now. A traditionally analogue sector, it has been relatively conservative towards adopting the technologies that are revolutionizing other markets. Yet it seems the tides are turning as a huge number of exciting technologies are increasing in prevalence.

Engineering Practice
Smooth operator

Through scientific exploration and testing, research vessels play a valuable role in determining the state of the oceans. The world’s largest research vessel is in development and will enter service in 2020. Discover how retractable fin stabilizers will keep this new ship steady at zero speed and whilst underway.

Engineering Practice
Shipyard support

When a ship comes into dry dock, downtime and delays can lead to enormous costs. Shipowners and shipyards must react fast to solve any issues. To accelerate response times and gain access to high-precision repair services, shipyards are forging partnerships with suppliers.

Marine News
From strength to strength

A year on from our ‘Bright Horizons’ article, we reexamine some of the trends and technologies impacting the cruise sector. How are operators coping with growing demand? Could regulatory policies provide a stumbling block for growth? Or is it plain sailing for the cruise industry?