By Ira Breskin – The staid maritime industry now boasts several technology accelerators, with more likely to follow.
The accelerator name is self-effacing. These technology “hot houses” are designed to force feed promising start-up firms that offer the promise of highly-sought, cutting-edge, industry-specific software and hardware. Ironically, some of this technology may have been spawned and nurtured in technology incubators, an older and arguably more familiar enhancement setting
WASHINGTON, May 9, 2019—Thousands of communities across the North Pacific will benefit from significant upgrades to maritime infrastructure and improved connectivity following approval today by the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors of two grants for US$38.5 million and US$33.1 million for the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and Marshall Islands, respectively.
Throughout this decade there has been a lone voice calling for ship speed regulations. All of a sudden however Philippe Louis-Dreyfus has found powerful backing from across the world and his tireless go slow campaign could finally become reality soon, taking centre stage at next week’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) meeting at the London headquarters of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
Against the backdrop of a United Nations summit to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the shipping industry, Catholic institutions that are connected to the oceans are announcing their divestment from fossil fuels. These include institutions in Panama, the world’s largest shipping registry, the Philippines, home to the largest group of seafarers, Greece, the world’s largest shipowning nation, and port cities across Europe.
The announcements were made at a Vatican-convened conference, The Common Good and Our Common Seas, which explored Catholic teaching on protection of the marine environment. The Catholic conference coincides with a highly anticipated meeting of the International Maritime Organization, or IMO, the UN agency charged with coordinating security and environmental protection for the world’s shipping industry.