MarineTraffic Blog

Marine Gallery April 2018

Welcome to the Marine Gallery of April 2018, a monthly segment on our blog featuring the five best pictures of every month, selected by members of the MarineTraffic Photo Moderators. These could include images of vessels, ports or lighthouses from around the world. We encourage everyone to submit photos by

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Crewless but not clueless

There’s a lot of talk about autonomous ships. The media is full of it, conferences are discussing it and most industry sectors are working out how to manage it. Just last week Norwegian shipping company Wilhelmsen and technology company Kongsberg announced that they were taking “the next step in autonomous

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Dealing with depression at sea

The ships on the MarineTraffic screen aren’t just a mode of transportation. They are places of work for millions of men and women. Life at sea has never been easy, but a study of seafarers’ mental health has revealed that more than a quarter of seafarers show signs of depression

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Disruption and digitisation to focus on improving efficiency

Wärtsilä’s Tamara de Gruyter talks about digitisation and disruption, following the company’s acquisition of Transas   As the shipping industry sails towards a digital horizon, the sector’s leading players are busy looking for solutions that will help improve operational and business efficiencies. In its attempt to speed up its Smart

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The birth of the modern Flag State

Piracy and profit to quality and best-practice Click on any vessel in the MarineTraffic database and you will see a flag associated with the ship. But have you ever wondered why so many fly the Panamanian, Marshallese or Liberian flags? For vessels, flying the flag of another nation is like

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Maritime satellite market set to grow

A growing demand from passengers wanting to use their smartphones on cruise ships and ferries, as well as increasingly stringent regulatory requirements and more remote performance monitoring of ship systems has led to a strong growth in the number of ships using VSAT. According to the latest report by EuroConsult,

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200 years of helping seafarers

As Sailors’ Society celebrates its 200th year, CEO Stuart Rivers tells how the maritime charity began life as a floating chapel in 1818 and continues to support the world’s seafarers through a combination of modern technology and traditional care. Sailors’ Society was founded in London with the mission of helping

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Singapore buzzing for Asia Pacific Maritime

Singapore will host representatives of many of the world’s leading shipping companies next week, as MarineTraffic joins the best of the international maritime industry at Asia Pacific Maritime (APM). Buoyed by the recent launch of a local presence in Singapore, MarineTraffic will be represented by its Asia Pacific Regional Sales

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