As part of its 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the United Nations has defined 17 goals to improve life on earth and tackle climate change. The IMO works to support these Sustainable Development Goals in the maritime industry and to protect our oceans.
After almost 100 years, a long-promising invention might finally change the industry. The first rotor sail-powered vessel crossed the Atlantic in the 1920s. Now, almost 100 years later, the technology is bringing valuable savings to an industry searching for ways to reduce its carbon footprint.
With the introduction of the Polar Code and the continuous rise of polar cruising, more ship owners are turning to water-lubricated sterntubes. The harsh undersea environments can, however, lead to maintenance concerns. SKF’s Simplex BlueRun water-lubricated sterntube system has undergone vigorous testing to find an optimum balance between lubrication and wear.
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.
The cruise ship sector continues to boom, with around 32 million passengers expected to opt for a maritime vacation in 2020—a 2 million increase compared to 2019. As climate change dominates media coverage, companies are upping their efforts to meet environmental goals by rapidly adopting clean technologies. What can we expect in 2020?