This edition includes some interim developments on three topics from the ShipInsight Guide series. These are Fuels and Lubes, Navigation and Bridge and Safety and Survival. All are very topical issues and we are sure that you will nd the articles interesting and informative. For an industry that has relied on oil fuels for more than a century, the arrival of alternatives offers some intriguing possibilities even if their take up is currently at a slow pace.
There is also an article looking at the options once the ballast water convention comes into e ect. This is almost certainly very close but progress is agonisingly slow with rumoured rati ca- tions failing to appear as anticipated. With the next MEPC just weeks away, could this be the venue where the starting gun on the convention is finally red?
Linking in with this year’s biggest marine equipment exhibition – and a promised record breaking one if preliminary reports are correct – this issue also includes a preview of SMM 2016. Despite the current problems for shipping, the sentiment at Posidonia in June proved to be very upbeat and all are hoping that SMM will continue in the same vein.
Elsewhere there is a look at the implications of Brexit, an insight into the future of autonomous ships, a pro le of Iridium as it stands on the threshold of being accepted as part of the GMDSS network and a view from the new man at the helm of the International Chamber of Shipping as well as a curtain raiser on an exciting new ShipInsight development.
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