This latest edition of the ShipInsight Journal coincides with the year’s largest shipping event in Europe and so takes an in-depth look at the Nor-Shipping exhibition. Print copies were sent to subscribers last week with an additional 8,000 copies available at the exhibition.
It features all of the candidates for the two ship and young entrepreneurs awards and at some of the ways the country that has been the acknowledged offshore powerhouse in recent years is trying to re-invent itself.
ShipInsight also looks at the offshore ship construction sector on a global scale. Norway’s offshore industry is not the only one to be affected. After the slowdown in cargo ship newbuilding that followed the 2008 downturn, many countries yards turned their attention to offshore ships. Brazil, once the world’s second largest shipbuilder had been reviving its ship construction fortunes on the back off the offshore boom and for some yards there the renaissance has been short-lived.
Staying on an offshore theme, this issue’s company profile section features the Netherlands engineering specialists of Rotterdam Offshore Group. As offshore ships look for new roles outside of oil and gas, specialist skills in converting and refitting them will be in demand. The offshore wind sector has been very much a European initiative but it is attracting interest from further afield and could absorb a fair number of idle vessels once prepared for new tasks.
There is also an article on disruptive sustainability – a term from the business management sector that has infiltrated into shipping. Is it something new or can shipping show the millennial generation a thing or two about the real meaning of adapting to change?
In other articles, we feature an initiative by classification society Bureau Veritas that could radically alter ship maintenance and survey requirements, a piece on cyber security and also a Talking Tech article on pyrotechnics.
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