• Samantha Fisk

    Samantha Fisk worked at RINA (The Royal Institution of Naval Architects) for 7 years and has now gone into freelance, working for European magazines.

    The latest ISO industry standards for “environmental” paints and coatings are now in force. ISO 19030 was developed by paint manufacturer Jotun, heading up a working group including 53 other participants. Cutting fuel costs and emissions are now a priority for the entire industry. Jotun says that hull and propeller...

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    Swedish systems manufacturer Alfa Laval is upgrading its latest product control systems. The company says the move will both modernize interfaces and make products easier to use. The latest new-look control boards, the Alfa Laval Touch Control (ATC), have been rolled out across the boiler product line, with plans to...

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    The boating industry has seen increased demand for dry vessel storage space. At the same time, new technology is being developed to handle these needs, like the NO PROFILE Boat Lift system.   As vessels get larger and more technically advanced, the boating industry is seeing the development of additional stacking...

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    Already a buzzword in other industries, composites and biocomposites may be poised to play a greater role in the nautical sector. New regulations governing ship’s emissions and wastewater handling have encouraged many companies to focus on going green. The development of technology to make vessels more...

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    Hull cleaning and inspection are everyday elements of maintaining a vessel. With remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), shipowners can carry out these tasks efficiently and without excessive costs. Rotterdam port’s EXCEL initiative, for startup businesses, has seen further developments in unmanned technology. One such...

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    As part of the Robert Allan ‘Rave’ development, the Canadian-based naval architects have introduced it latest offering to the market the Carousel- RAVE The Carousel-RAVE is a development from the Robert Allan RAVE design that utilises both a different form of towing system and a new propulsion drive arrangement. The...

    The Port of Vancouver is paying closer attention to the wildlife in its local waters. Its EcoAction program potentially saves ship owners up to 47% on charges if vessels meet certain classification criteria. Orla Robinson, program manager for Enhancing Cetacean Habitat and Observation (ECHO) program, says that one of...

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    Monitoring a boat has been significantly expanding with owners now able to monitor vessels from their phone or iPad thanks to apps. Choosing a technical solution is not always easy, but the development of ‘smart boating solutions’ is making that process and the task of monitoring boats a little less complicated. One...

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    FLIR’s Ocean Scout thermal camera could ease the challenge  of spotting things when out at sea either at night or day. This camera relies on thermal imaging as it picks up the heat that objects emit. Pocket sized, it displays data on a high-resolution LCD display. An InstAlert mode can be used in case of “man...

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    Swiss-based electronic instrument manufacturer JDC has launched recently its latest weather station, the Skywatch BL500. This pocket-sized device (26*116 mm) is able to measure wind speed, temperature, humidity, pressure and UV Index. All these data are then both displayed and recorded automatically on a smartphone,...