• Tony Slinn

    Formerly editor-in-chief of IHS Maritime, Tony Slinn is an independent maritime journalist.

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    Global information and communication technology (ICT) giant Ericsson plans to transform shipping efficiency through its Maritime ICT Cloud that the Swedish company defines as a solution to enable “ cargo and logistics data to be shared automatically at each leg of the cargo’s journey, helping to streamline the entire...

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    The international maritime industry is increasingly looking to hybrid power. Batteries are a proven, commercially viable technology that offers significant environmental benefits. But they have a limited lifespan.   The norm for all batteries is that they be fully recycled at the end of their life. That is a costly and...

    Rolls-Royce may have captured the headlines with its vision of autonomous vessels, but small autonomous craft known as nautical drones are attracting serious attention—and serious investments.   Unsurprisingly, the military was an early adopter of the drone concept. One example is the Oscar-class stealth drone,...

    In the maritime world cyber risks conflate with vessel safety, making a multifaceted response essential, Inmarsat senior VP for safety and security Peter Broadhurst told us.   NE e-mag: How many of today’s ships have always-on internet access? Peter Broadhurst: About 30,000 vessels globally have some sort of access to...

    Augmented and virtual reality in industry is predicted to become a US $80 billion market by 2025, according to Goldman Sachs. Its impact on shipbuilding will be no less dramatic.   Goldman Sachs AR & VR Research Business Unit leader Heather Bellini states that AR and VR have the potential to transform the way people...

    Canada-based Seaspan Ferries Corporation (SFC) has taken delivery of the world’s first hybrid dual-fuel marine diesel/liquefied natural gas and battery-powered trailer ferries. They are also the first vessels in North America to be bunkered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker truck.   The Seaspan Swift and Seaspan...

    In collaboration with Finnish universities and global maritime companies, Rolls-Royce Marine has completed phase I of its Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications Initiative to make autonomous shipping a reality. We talked to Rolls-Royce vice president of innovation–marine, Oskar Levander.   NauticExpo e-mag: Does...

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    HH Ferries Group, which operates the Scandlines ferries across the Öresund strait between Helsingborg, Sweden, and Helsingør, Denmark, will convert two of its fleet to battery power.   The Tycho Brahe and the Aurora will be fitted with 4.16 MWh of batteries this year. The $32.6 million investment is co-financed by...

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    Backed by the Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) and led by shipbuilder Fiskerstrand, the HYBRIDShips innovation project aims to have a pilot version of a hybrid hydrogen/battery-powered ferry operational by 2020. HYBRIDShips will establish the knowledge base necessary to build zero-emission propulsion systems for...

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    High technology is a major trend at the 2017 Miami International Boat Show, with manufacturers turning to smartphone-style control systems. Mercury is offering Joystick Piloting, a retrofit that lets you operate a boat as if playing a video game. It’s available for pod drives, sterndrives, inboard, and even outboard...