Here are some examples of my journalism, writing, research and copyediting, in a range of formats including ghost written think pieces, features, updates etc, that I have done for various clients worldwide, covering a range of topics including industry start-ups, maritime insurance, 3D printing and blockchain etc.
Marine Engineering Offshore Technology
COLD IRONING: THE ROUTE TO CLEANER CRUISE LINERS?
An increasing number of ports world-wide, especially located in cities are providing cold ironing services to the ships that visit them. Cold ironing, also known as shore to ship power is the process of plugging in the ships power network to the local port power grid.
Shipping innovations start-ups
Here is a list at some interest start-ups concerned with the maritime and logistics business.
New ISO standard for the safe bunkering of LNG-fuelled ships
Traditionally LNG tankers have often used LNG as a source of fuel. However increasingly we are also seeing a number of vessels involved in passenger, cargo, research and support services utilising the fuel, especially in European waters. Today there are thought to be over 100 LNG fuelled vessels operating in European waters, it is expected by classification society DNV that this could increase to over 1000 within a decade.
The automation of shipbuilding
To cut costs and improve productivity, Korean shipbuilders Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. have been investing in automation, in order to help construct major sections of the giant container ships they build for customers.
Hybrid power cuts offshore support vessel costs
Today, owners are looking for new ways to improve their power systems so that they cost less to operate and are more environmentally friendly. One solution that many operators are considering is the adding of a battery or energy storage system to provide hybrid power to meet a vessel’s needs. Such a solution is proving popular in delivering important reductions in fuel costs and meeting the latest IMO and EU emission targets.
A block chain insurance revolution
A group of major maritime operators and insurance stakeholders have come together to launch a new block chain-based marine in ensuring system worth at least $30 billion.
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Greek ship-owners set to verify their ballast water treatment systems with on-board test kit
Piraeus-based engineering and manufacturing firm Maritech Ltd has signed a sales and distribution agreement with French water microbiology company aqua-tools to meet “significant interest” in on-board ballast water testing from Greek ship-owners.
Canada’s new ship building strategy realised
Seaspan Shipyards (celebrated the launch of OFSV1 the first large vessel to be designed and built under the Government of Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS). OFSV1 is the first of three Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels.
VROON OFFSHORE SERVICES DRIVES DOWN FUEL CONSUMPTION COSTS FOR CLIENTS
Thanks to modern vessels and strong management practices, Vroon Offshore Services (VOS) is already achieving industry-leading low fuel consumption. However, that is not stopping the Dutch-based company from driving down fuel costs even further.
New supply vessel, Lizrix, offers 2200cbm of capacity and ability to segregate five grades
As the 2020 sulphur cap approaches, arrangements are being made to meet the new IMO fuel supply requirements. World Fuel Services (WFS) has announced its investment in upgrades at Falmouth, UK. The upgrades are to installations and the introduction of a new supply vessel.
Leading maritime companies sign gender diversity pledge
Leading members of industry body Maritime UK have signed a pledge aimed at supporting gender diversity and inclusion across the sector. The Women in Maritime pledge follows the creation of the Women in Maritime Taskforce, which promotes maritime activities as a career vocation for women in the sector and seeks to resolve gender inequality in global seafaring.
Tackling the cyber problem
Most ship cybersecurity breaches are a result of human error but can easily be avoided by applying cutting-edge technology and proactive policies to prevent crews from inadvertently infecting shipboard systems.
5 trends facing Africa’s power sector
This feature looks at 5 trends affecting the African power sector. These include the shift away from coal power projects to low-carbon power generation such as renewable, the growing interest in renewables and excitement for energy storage, the interest in hybrid power plants, the rise in the interest in distributed generation and the rise of smaller grids and lastly the long-term move towards integrated grids through increased investment in transmissions projects.
How 3D printing is changing the energy industry
The impact of 3D printing is changing all aspects of the energy business, from how the industry innovates to how thing are made. For a start, it has changed the way engineers and technologist in the industry is trained. In many parts of the business, it has begun to change how organisations innovate and deliver new technologies such as new drills and component parts.
Pipeline gas Journal
European energy policy is largely determined by Brussels and implemented by individual member states but Integral to improving European energy security are joint plans to turn Italy into Southern Europe’s energy hub. It would be fed by pipeline natural gas from North Africa and Caspian Sea gas fields, LNG by tanker from the Middle East, and ultimately from the Eastern Mediterranean for onward despatch to markets in Central Europe and the Balkans. To contribute to the EU environmental programme, gas, will replace coal after 2025 in power generation and act as a vital tool to balance the grid as output from renewable supplies increases. Moreover, both the EU and Italian government encourage the use of LNG by heavy goods vehicles and shipping.
Completion of a ghost written think piece article for the LinkedIn Pulse page of Dassault Systèmes executive
How smart factories drive cost savings
The world’s factories are experiencing rapid change from investment in industrial robots which is expected to increase by 25 percent by 2024 according to Global Market Insight. Manufacturer’s investment is driven both by “push,” factors, such as fear of being left behind and loss of competitive edge as rivals embrace innovative technologies, and “pull” factors, such as the potential cost savings and resource efficiencies gained from “smart” factories.