Commercial shipping

An urgent need for redesign

An urgent need for redesign

Poorly designed enclosed spaces are proving to be actual death traps for seafarers and port stevedores alike – and, depressingly, these fatalities are dangerously close to becoming accepted as an ‘inevitable’ part of maritime and offshore operations. The International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) has calculated that, since January 2018, 12 seafarers and 16 dockers have […]

Sediment still a problem for VLSFO

Sediment still a problem for VLSFO

The introduction of the 0.5% Global Sulphur Cap for marine fuels on 1 January 2020 represented one of the biggest changes to impact merchant shipping in modern times. Despite concerns – and IMO’s sulphur mandate coming five years earlier than originally expected – the switch went far more smoothly than many had predicted. Today around […]

75 years of Ship & Boat International

75 years of Ship & Boat International

  It’s unlikely that many readers of the first issue of Ship & Boat International, published in 1947, could have envisaged a world of solar-powered ferries, unmanned tugs and offshore wind farms capable of powering tens of thousands of homes. Similarly, the abilities to conduct virtual reality walkthroughs of vessel plans, prior to construction, and to pay […]

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