Journal issue 7 is now available

Issue 1/2017 of the journal has now been published and print subscribers will be receiving their copies later this week. For digital subscribers to view a copy online or to download a PDF version. This year is already shaping up to be another rollercoaster following on from 2015 and 2016 which were momentous in their own way. Brexit and President Trump’s election may have been the surprise events of last year but their impact is only just beginning to make itself known.

This edition includes some interim developments on three topics from the ShipInsight Guide series. These are Environmental Technology, Power and Propulsion and Coatings and Corrosion. All three are very topical issues and we are sure that you will find the articles interesting and informative. There have been some important developments with regard to environmental regulation in the last year that look to put shipping in a situation where some expensive times are on the cards.

Overcapacity in shipping is perhaps the biggest issue owners are facing with regards to operational profitability. Despite this having been a problem for several years, in many sectors new deliveries outpace both laying up and recycling. The latter is a hot topic in its own right and we look at developments in Europe and Asia that have put owners and regulators at odds.

There is also an article looking at the likely events in the run up to the ballast water convention coming into effect this September. After the US authorities gave type approval to three systems at the end of last year, more are on the cards and shipowners it seems have discovered an ingenious way to buy more time before they need to install a treatment system.

In other articles we feature a Thinking Allowed piece from an executive of a leading engine maker and look at expedition cruise vessel as the latest ship type to achieve popularity and the rush of orders received for them.

I hope you enjoy this issue as much as you have previous ones. We have had some very positive comments from readers but we have no intention of resting on our laurels and are always open to constructive criticism. Your views really do count and will definitely be taken into account. We want to hear views and opinions from both ship and shore staff so that every facet of technology and regulation can be given equal consideration.

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