• Tony Slinn

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

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    Superyachts featuring more and more autonomous functions is a hot topic at this year’s METS, but challenges remain.   Are superyachts plotting a course toward full autonomy? Kongsberg Maritime sales manager Roger Trinterud doesn’t think so. “Generally, I think it’s fair to say that people want to be served by people. In...

    Commercial vessels have been the testbed for electric and hybrid systems. Thanks to their safety, reliability, efficiency and green credentials, they are increasingly finding their way into leisure craft.   METS is an obvious place to showcase electric and hybrid systems. And Engel-Jan de Boer, Lloyd’s Register yacht...

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    From helicopter landing pads to a floating film set, customers are finding new ways to use dock modules, as modern designs and connection systems for the individual units provide increasing flexibility. NauticExpo e-magazine spoke with industry expert John Krogman to find out more.   Marketing & international sales...

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    A partnership between Norwegian fertilizer giant Yara International and marine technology leader Kongsberg Maritime is developing the container feeder vessel Yara Birkeland, the world’s first autonomous, zero-emissions battery-powered container ship.   Yara Birkeland’s batteries will be charged with clean Norwegian...

    Norway-based Kongsberg Maritime, the UK’s Automated Ships and French marine services specialist Bourbon have combined forces to pioneer Hrönn, the first autonomous offshore support vessel (OSV). NauticExpo e-magazine met with Peter Due, Kongsberg’s strategic projects manager.   NE e-mag: Could you tell us more about...

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    Japan-based Eco Marine Power (EMP) plans to set sell in 2018 with its Aquarius Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) solution. It’s the world’s first combination of a rigid sail and solar power system for ships using EMP’s patented technologies, including EnergySail.   After finding strategic partners with the necessary skills...

    Singapore-registered Global United Gas Carriers vessel Trammo Dietlin has become the first ship in the world to carry Lloyd’s Register’s cyber AL-SAFE notation that certifies the safety of onboard autonomous systems.   Built by Hanjin Heavy Industries in collaboration with Alpha Ori Technology, which supplied the...

    Backed by the UK government, the British firm Recycling Technologies (RT) is piloting a system able to turn a mix of plastics—including cling film, polyester clothing, carpets and much more—into marine fuel oil that will more than meet the 2020 MARPOL Annex VI global 0.50% sulfur cap.   The RT prototype machine is...

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    Innovations including satellite technology and advanced alerting devices are bringing lifejackets into the 21st century. But wearability remains key.   NauticExpo e-mag spoke with three manufacturers, who all agreed that designing lifejackets that people want to wear, especially for long periods, should be the major...

    Developed by Netherlands-based Water2Energy, a vertical axis water turbine (VAWT) with an innovative pitch control system is proving from 30% to 50% more efficient than traditional systems.   The VAWT will be installed at the country’s new Tidal Technology Center Grevelingen, due for completion in late 2017/early...