Rolls-Royce drone ships challenge industry

Crewless vessels touted to be cheaper and less polluting but critics  question their safety

In an age of aerial drones and driverless cars, Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc is  designing unmanned cargo ships.

Rolls-Royce's Blue Ocean development team has set up a virtual-reality  prototype at its office in Alesund, Norway, that simulates 360-degree views from  a vessel's bridge. Eventually, the London-based manufacturer of engines and  turbines says, captains on dry land will use similar control centres to command  hundreds of crewless ships.

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Hellenic ship owners control 46.72% of EU tonnage says President of Union of Greek Shipowners


Friday, 16 May 2014 | 00:00

Hellenic ship owners control 46.72% of the EU fleet based on dwt tonnage, a token of the size of the country's maritime industry, despite the challenging conditions in global shipping. As such, Hellas has remained the No1 maritime nation globally, controlling a total of 3,669 vessels (over 1,000 GT), which make up for the 16.16% of the global fleet, in terms of deadweight tonnage. This according to yesterday's message by Mr. Theodoros Veniamis, President of the Union of Greek Shipowners (UGS), on the occasion of the Posidonia Exhibition, which is to be held this coming June, attracting exhibitors from more than 93 countries.
Mr. Veniamis noted that the vast majority of the fleet is been managed by

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Pourquoi le transport routier français est menacé de disparition

  Publié le 29/04/2014 - Mis à jour le 29/04/2014 à 12:14

Par Julien Bouillé


Les chiffres ne trompent pas. Seulement 58 % des entreprises de transport françaises ont enregistré un résultat positif l’an passé. Déjà récurrentes, les défaillances s’accélèrent. À fin mars, elles ont augmenté de 4,9 % sur douze mois pour passer à +8,5 % sur le dernier trimestre. Après une année 2013 marquée par le redressement judiciaire douloureux de Mory-Ducros, plus localement par la liquidation du châlonnais Acosta (90 emplois) ou les difficultés de Szymanski, à Muizon, l’année 2014 s’annonce, une fois encore, très difficile. À la tête de la plus importante société de la région (près de mille salariés), le

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Feature: The great EU Filipino crew conundrum

Thursday, 15 May 2014 | 00:00

So just to clarify: The Philippines has failed an audit of its maritime training by inspectors from a European Union safety agency but its seafarers are OK to carry on working on EU-flag ships. The Asian country may, however, fail another audit and then Filipino seafarers may not be o.k. Perhaps this is the right way to put it: The Philippines is in a perpetual state of being audited and no-one will ever know for sure whether Filipino seafarers are EU-approved.
The news last month that the EU, after months of indecision and speculation, had decided that, while a report by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) had made it clear the Asian country did not meet the

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Major shipping alliance set to start operations

 Posted on » Saturday, March 22, 2014

SINGAPORE: Denmark's Maersk Line, the world's No1 container shipping firm, said it expects an alliance with its two closest rivals to start operating from the middle of the year after the tie-up was approved by US regulators.

The industry has been battling overcapacity since the financial crisis because new vessels ordered before the downturn have flooded the market. This has driven rates on the main routes between Asia and Northern Europe to loss-making levels.

The so-called P3 alliance is between the world's three biggest container shipping lines - Maersk Line, a unit of A P Moller-Maersk, Switzerland-based MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company and France's CMA CGM.

To cut costs, they have agreed to pool about 250 ships which will

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