This issue we cover Environmental Technology and a new subject — Training and Simulation. Environmental issues a ect all sectors of shipping and are behind more than half of the new regulations that are being formulated by national governments and bodies such as the EU and the IMO. If owners are struggling to deal with the latest sulphur regulations that came into force this January imagine what may happen in five years when a new global cap of 0.5% comes into force.
A large part of this issue is also devoted to the Nor-Shipping exhibition that takes place in Oslo in June this year. Linking to the topical themes of the Nor-Shipping conferences and the exhibition gives us the opportunity for an early look at some of the big issues that shipping is coming to terms with and how equipment makers and service providers are helping to overcome obstacles to compliance and make shipping more efficient and pro table.
In future issues we shall be looking far more closely at the technical side of shipping and at the day-to-day problems that operators face in a number of areas such as cargo handling and ship management.
I hope you enjoy this first issue and do be aware we will also be seeking constructive criticism and comment from readers both on the articles and materials that have appeared and those that they would like to see covered in future editions. In other words — let us have your insight too.
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