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Dutch Researchers Developing Maritime Crash Barriers for Wind Turbines



Dutch researchers are exploring three concepts to stop drifting ships from colliding with wind turbines (MARIN)




A team of Dutch maritime researchers is working on solutions to avoid collisions between ships and the growing number of offshore wind turbines in the North Sea. According to the team, the risk of a collision is growing rapidly as the number of wind turbines expands and they believe that they have identified several promising “crash barrier” methods to reduce the risks associated with a collision similar to one that occurred earlier this year.

“The accident involving the Julietta D shows the real dangers posed by vessels adrift,” says MARIN’s Traffic & Safety team leader Yvonne Koldenhof. “Even with current resources, it’s difficult

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IMO Calls Special Ukraine Meeting Amid Safety Fears for Ships

March 4, 2022


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The International Maritime Organization (IMO) will convene a special meeting next week to discuss the risks to seafarers and ships in the Black Sea and Sea of Azov after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the UN’s shipping agency said on Friday.

Over 15 countries earlier this week called for an IMO meeting as concerns grow for the safety of ships and their crews amid ships being damaged by projectiles.

Many shipping firms have suspended sailings to affected Black Sea ports and other terminals in Ukraine. Insurance premiums for voyages have soared since Russia’s invasion on Feb. 24, an action Moscow calls a “special operation”.

An Estonian-owned cargo ship sank on Thursday off Ukraine’s major Black Sea port of

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Containers lost at sea




Increased cargo capacities, climate change, and port congestion induced risk


Globally, there are currently over 6,000 active ships carrying containers and the twenty-foot-long containers (TEU) capacity of the container ship fleet has grown by nearly 76% between 2017 and 2020.1 Given this tremendous growth on a large worldwide fleet, the climate change-induced increase in tropical cyclone intensity, paired with the recent congestion at major ports worldwide, amplifies the risk exposure for containers to be lost at sea.

Climate Change

Just looking at the North Atlantic alone, cyclone intensity has visibly increased over the last two decades, with eight of the ten most active years since 1950 occurring within the

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Auto-docking - a giant leap for passenger vessels








Along the coast of Norway, science-fiction meets reality as Wärtsilä tests its new auto-docking solution for ships. See why this has the potential to revolutionise the marine industry.

When Captain Espen Haukanes is at the helm of the Folgefonn ro-ro and passenger ferry in the stormy waters off the Norwegian coastline, he doesn’t grab a large Macrame-knotted wheel to perform a tricky manoeuvre. Instead, he quietly clicks a mouse cursor over the word “sail” and the ship drops its moorings in one port, sails, and moors again in a new port. All of this, automatically. The coffee, however, he has to fetch himself.

This may be a small gesture for a crusty sea captain but it represents a giant

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New U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy Singles Out China's "Coercion"





But rather than trying to push ASEAN to confront China, the White House has made an important gesture for unity.



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[By Aristyo Rizka Darmawan]

The United States has just released an Indo-Pacific Strategy document, reiterating the importance of the region under President Joe Biden. Even though the document states the United States “will focus on every corner of the region, from Northeast Asia and Southeast Asia, to South Asia and Oceania, including the Pacific Islands,” it’s obvious that Southeast Asia is very much in the heart of the US Indo-Pacific Strategy.

Many of the ten Association of Southeast Asian Nations member states are specifically mentioned, with

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