• Theme: Ship and Boat Building

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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...

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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...

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    Taboo, a 90-meter ice class concept super-yacht is the fruit of a collaboration between New York’s Gill Schmid Design and Tim Dempers Studio in Cape Town. Conceived for global exploration, it can handle conditions from polar to tropical. It combines the performance of a commercial vessel with luxury to suit the most...

    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...

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    Forget the rumors. There’s no ban on the horizon. Copper was recently EU approved as an active ingredient in antifouling, and there are interesting biocide-free alternatives on the market.   Keeping marine growth off our hulls without damaging ocean life is a real dilemma. And the problem is getting worse, as the...

    Is it a ship or a spaceship? Scheduled for launch several years from now, Sea Orbiter will generate a gold mine of information benefitting scientific research, space exploration and education in general. We spoke to Frenchman Jacques Rougerie, the father of this future undersea observatory.   NE e-mag: What’s the idea...

    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...

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    The oceans are suffering from overfishing and plastic, oil, chemical and other pollutants. Thought leisure boating is not the biggest source of these problems, the boating community has a responsibility to evaluate and optimize its environmental impact. First on the agenda is a look at how marine activities strain the...

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    With so many yachts made of glass fiber-reinforced plastic (GFRP) since the 1960’s, end-of-life disposal is far from plain sailing. In the Netherlands, Stichting Jacht Recycling was created two and a half years ago to find safe ways to dispose of old yachts.   Many vessel parts pose a risk to the environment when...

    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...