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OUT NOW: Offshore Wind Vessels 2024 supplement

OUT NOW: Offshore Wind Vessels 2024 supplement

It’s estimated the global offshore wind market could exceed US$100bn by the end of this decade, with a global capacity 330GW per annum. By common consent offshore renewables are an essential component in society’s transition towards sustainable energy. Although in its early years offshore wind depended heavily on vessels more typically deployed for oil and […]

ABS and Hanwha Ocean go smart on shipyard development

ABS and Hanwha Ocean go smart on shipyard development

Classification society and shipbuilder enter strategic framework to advance the digital transformation of shipbuilding In the ever-changing currents of shipbuilding technology a newly announced collaboration between the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and South Korean shipbuilding company Hanwha Ocean could be a transformative force in naval architecture. Announced in January 2023, the deal signed by […]

Can cruise ships go bigger?

Can cruise ships go bigger?

The economies of scale are a powerful driver to build ever larger cruise ships, but has a maximum size been reached? Kari Reinikainen reports Forty years ago, the shipping media carried stories about a 250,000gt cruise ship that the chairman of what was then Norwegian Caribbean Line (NCL), Knut Kloster, was planning to build: it […]

Mandatory Maritime Single Window accelerates global shipping digitalisation

Mandatory Maritime Single Window accelerates global shipping digitalisation

In a leap towards promoting connectivity in the maritime sector, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has announced the mandatory Maritime Single Window (MSW). As of January 1, 2024, governments worldwide are obligated to employ this digital platform for efficient information exchange between ships, ports, and government agencies. The MSW, which comes under the Convention on […]

Norway’s Maritime Cleantech welcomes new collaborators

Norway’s Maritime Cleantech welcomes new collaborators

Maritime CleanTech, a proponent of green initiatives in the maritime sector has announced it will be collaborating with several key companies.  Ada Jakobsen, CEO of Maritime CleanTech, expressed enthusiasm about the expanded network, underscoring the profound significance of each member’s contributions to the collective endeavor. “Together, we are not merely navigating the seas; rather, we […]

Idwal launches digital platform for maritime inspection and fleet management

Idwal launches digital platform for maritime inspection and fleet management

Idwal, a specialist in ship pre-purchase inspections, has unveiled its latest product – Idwal ID, a digital platform which the company hopes will help to redefine the landscape of maritime inspections. The company aims to improve standardisation in fleet inspections, offering a comprehensive condition improvement program which feature a detailed analysis of individual assets within fleets.  […]

Japanese consortium signs contracts for construction of ammonia-fuelled gas carrier

Japanese consortium signs contracts for construction of ammonia-fuelled gas carrier

In a move towards harnessing more sustainable technology, Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK), Japan Engine Corporation, IHI Power Systems Co., and Nihon Shipyard Co., Ltd. have inked contracts for the construction of the world’s first ammonia-fueled medium gas carrier (AFMGC).   The vessel, a 40,000 m³ type ammonia fuel ammonia carrier, is set to be delivered […]

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For more than half a century, RINA’s principal publication, The Naval Architect, has been covering the latest advances in ship design, construction and technologies, providing independent technical information and insight on commercial shipping’s ongoing evolution. Focusing on large (100m plus) merchant ships, we feature a range of angles and opinions including expert comments from industry […]

From metrics to measures: IMO’s Carbon Intensity Indicator one year on

From metrics to measures: IMO’s Carbon Intensity Indicator one year on

Whether you consider it a utilitarian solution for determining shipping’s contribution towards greenhouse gas emissions, or an inherently flawed regulatory instrument that fails to grasp the nuances of ship operations, IMO’s Carbon Intensity Indicator is now an inescapable reality. By 31 March 2024, shipowners should have submitted their calculated CII to their nominated Data Collection […]

Quick wins: 15% of the global fleet is ripe for decarbonisation, says Powercell

Quick wins: 15% of the global fleet is ripe for decarbonisation, says Powercell

By Johan Burgren, business manager Marine, PowerCell   To date, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has focused many of its greenhouse gas (GHG) regulations on bigger ships in the merchant fleet that make up 85% of the industry’s carbon footprint. But it is the other 15% – such as short-sea fixed route shipping – where ultra-low- and […]

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