Inside Marine meets
At the end of June, the infamous Boaty McBoatface, the latest type of autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) developed by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), returned onboard the RRS James Clark Ross from its first scientific deployment in the Southern Ocean. The Autosub Long Range vehicle collected data on temperature, speed of water flow and underwater turbulence rates of the Orkney Passage, which is around 4,000m deep and roughly 500 miles from Antarctica.
InterManager, the trade association for in-house and third party ship managers, has stepped up as a leading industry voice in the pursuit for better working conditions at sea. On January 31st 2017, InterManager presented the findings of Project MARTHA, a report on the growing levels of fatigue at sea, to the IMO. Capt Kuba Szymanski, Secretary General for InterManager, spoke to Daniel Barnes about a number of industry matters, including tackling the issue of fatigue for seafarers, his personal history in the shipping industry and the increasing role he believes InterManager will play in the future.
On 29 October 2015, the Port of Rotterdam Authority launched a start-up accelerator programme called PortXL to entice businesses and people with innovative ideas and concepts to work their magic on the port and its related industries.