In Focus
Foul play

Biofouling is an old and well-known problem that has plagued every shipowner. The accumulation of plants, animals, and bacteria on ship hulls costs the industry billions of dollars per year. Now, as ballast water management is squarely in focus, regulatory bodies are turning more attention to the environmental impact of biofouling.

Green Technology
Challenge 2020

The IMO is spearheading environmental efforts in the maritime industry. Among these, two prominent examples are the 2020 sulfur cap and ambitious targets for the reduction of greenhouse gases. What can the industry do to keep up with environmental targets for 2020 and beyond?

Innovations
Are we there yet?

IMO turns its attention to autonomous vessels. In order to standardize rules that govern shipping autonomy, its Maritime Safety Committee has approved guidelines for trialing to take place. Could that finally mean full steam ahead for Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS)?

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.

Marine News
METSTRADE Event Preview

The world’s premier trade show for maritime equipment, METSTRADE, is coming to the RAI Amsterdam convention center. From November 19–21, around 26,000 industry professionals are expected to attend. Here’s all you need to know about the event—and how to make the most of your time in this great city.