Learn about Ancillary Machinery

Marine deck equipment

Marine deck equipment is important. Almost every ship needs a crane of some sort for taking provisions and stores aboard …

Dry cargo hold

The carriage of dry cargo can be just as hazardous as for liquids and in some cases the problems are …

Tanker operation

Tanker operation is by its very nature a specialist subject and while the principles of pumping and storing cargoes are …

Learn about Ballast Water Treatment

When the IMO convention was adopted in 2004, it was not a sudden event as the discussions around it had …

The issue of ballast water treatment to stem the spread of invasive species is as much an issue in the …

After such a long delay in getting the convention ratified, a year ago it was expected that the IMO would …

Learn about Coatings and Corrosion

antifouling

Having dealt with the ban on TBT and developed a new ISO standard for measuring the effectiveness of antifoulings, coatings …

ship coatings

It is accepted wisdom that for hull coatings to contribute to fuel saving then they must be effective at preventing …

In terms of protecting against naturally occurring problems, no area of a ship has received as much attention throughout history …

Learn about Communications

All satellites make use of a beam which is a pattern of electromagnetic waves transmitted by the satellite. The transmission …

Maritime communications

Until the advent of radio in the early 20th century, the only maritime communications with and between ships was limited …

Some 30 years after the first ever communications satellite was put into orbit, the roll out of GMDSS (Global Maritime …

Learn about Environmental Technology

Scrubbers have been developed as a means of meeting the SOx regulations be they the existing SECA limits or the …

MRV regulation

New rules affecting shipping often come into effect at the turn of the year and from 1 January 2018 the …

After NOx, the next family of exhaust gases to attract regulatory attention was sulphur oxides or SOx. Emissions are covered …

Learn about Fuels and Lubricants

The perennial problem of leaking stern tube bearings is one that has never been solved completely satisfactorily. With the vast …

As the realisation that the 2020 global cap on sulphur is drawing inexorably closer gradually dawns, the long-awaited acceptance of …

fuels for ships

As shipping is urged to decarbonise, the search for alternate fuels for ships has stepped up a pace. Fossil fuels have …

Learn about Navigation and the Bridge

It is twenty years since the first ever ECDIS type-approval certificate to the IMO performance standards was issued by the …

e-navigation

e-Navigation is perhaps the most controversial topic in the future technological direction of the shipping industry. It is being actively …

Although VDRs represent modern methods of recording events on the bridge, the written and printed word is still a big …

Learn about Power and Propulsion

dual-fuel engines

LNG has been used as a marine fuel for more than 50 years but for most of that time it …

For over two decades, engine makers have been obliged to reduce emissions to meet MARPOL and other regulations, with no …

Motive power, however it is produced must operate a propulsor to achieve its purpose. In the vast majority of ships, …

Learn about Safety and Training

maritime simulators

Maritime simulators are now the modern way to gain competence. Beginning with basic navigation but now extending to almost every …

Often makers of what might be considered as incidental products are quite happy to supply them safe in the knowledge …

Although seen as vital pieces of equipment and the last hope for crew and passengers in an emergency, survival craft …

Learn about Software

To some it’s considered a non-issue but cyber attacks are starting to hit the shipping industry and the concerns are …

As things stand, the only software specifically mentioned and required in SOLAS regulations are strength and stability software aimed at …

Software and apps can be found for almost all aspects of shipping including some which few owners would have considered …