From eco ships to maritime administration, we’ve been keeping an eye on all the most interesting stories from the maritime industry. Here’s a selection of articles from the past week:
Maritime software drives energy efficiency – Germanischer Lloyd experts recently showed how the increased deployment of the latest maritime software systems can help shipping businesses to reduce emissions to air and sea, enhance their reputation as good corporate citizens and even save on port fees. With a growing number of environmental regulations coming into force, the use of maritime software is on the rise benefiting ship managers and operators. It’s also one area of shipping that is highly underinvested with only 0.7% of the investments that go into new vessels going into software technologies, Safety 4 Sea reports.
Japan thinks green – The debate in Japan for financial incentives for building eco ships increases. Lloyds List reports that credit support for building greener ships would benefit Japan, which has been overtaken as a shipbuilding nation by South Korea and China. It would encourage South Korea to compete with Japan to build better eco ships, improving shipping environmental design in general. However, China would be at disadvantage, as its yards have not yet developed the capability to build the calibre of green ships that Japan and South Korea can offer. These issues will be debated at the June meeting of the shipbuilding group of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
Shipping and social media – The shipping industry can no longer ignore social media, as more mariners are jumping on the bandwagon, Fairplay reports. Social networks will be a way in which the industry can combine both business and personal communications, enabling them to have contact with friends and clients simultaneously while on board or shore. Online operations could bring positive benefits and e-commerce possibilities to the shipping industry, however, trust is still a major issue.
Have you read anything interesting this week that you’d like to share?