• Tony Slinn

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

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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...

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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...