IACS Acts on Software Safety

By MarEx 2015-05-06 21:08:36 Ships depend more and more on complex computer systems. When each system is isolated and serving only one function then a software failure can have only limited consequences. But when the systems become integrated the risk of a software failure bringing down the entire ship system or the risk of failures…

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Costa Concordia Ready for Last Journey

By Wendy Laursen 2015-05-06 20:36:08 Nine and a half months after arriving in Genoa, Italy, the Costa Concordia has been stripped of enough material to enable it to pass over the breakwater of the Prà Voltri Port to reach the Superbacino area for dismantling. There it will go to drydock for final decommissioning. The journey…

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Difficulties Ahead with IMO’s New GHG Study

By Wendy Laursen 2015-05-06 19:55:59 The IMO has released the Third IMO Greenhouse Gas Study 2014 report saying emissions from shipping have dropped; that’s the good news. IMO Secretary-General, Koji Sekimizu, says the mid-range forecasted scenarios presented in the report show that, by 2050, CO2 emissions from international shipping could grow by between 50 percent…

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The Lusitania Sinking: “Be British Boys”

By MarEx 2015-05-06 19:00:28 On May 7, 1915, the Cunard liner Lusitania was torpedoed and sunk by a German U-boat, causing the deaths of 1,195 passengers and crew. Thomas Snowden was a 30-year-old third-class passenger on board. He was British but was living in the United States and he wrote this a few weeks after…

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