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Maritime museum brings small cheer to New Year

Posted to On the waterfront (by Emma-Jane Batey) on December 31, 2009

As we stand in the last day of 2009 and look forward to a better, brighter 2010, let’s share a good news story from the maritime world. Having posted about all manner of dramatic, negative stories ranging from pirates to drugs hauls to the huge impact of the tiny barnacle…

Reducing the tight hold of the barnacle

Posted to On the waterfront (by Emma-Jane Batey) on December 29, 2009

With the recent UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen bringing issues of ecological responsibility into sharp focus, there is a little-publicised pest in the shipping industry that’s helping to guzzle gallons of fuel, even though it’s entirely natural.

Massive drugs haul off Spanish coast

Posted to On the waterfront (by Emma-Jane Batey) on December 24, 2009

The streets of London may have got just a little bit cleaner and safer thanks to a massive drugs haul off the coast of Northern Spain. Cocaine with a street value of £375million was seized from a large ship, a 150ft former coastguard vessel…

Trafigura wins on expensive semantics

Posted to On the waterfront (by Emma-Jane Batey) on December 22, 2009

The Trafigura waste dumping story just seems to get more and more toxic as it drifts through the British broadcasting and legal systems. Once again, the latest development is nothing to do with the actual people and their very real health issues…

Government makes friends with subsea industry

Posted to On the waterfront (by Emma-Jane Batey) on December 17, 2009

With over 40,000 employees, 800 companies and at least £4bn worth of products and services, the UK subsea industry is an important ingredient in the country’s economy. Although some may say it’s a little tardy, the Government has recently been taking more interest in the sector…

The tide is high

Posted to On the waterfront (by Emma-Jane Batey) on December 15, 2009

The power of the sea has huge potential for providing energy to millions, yet the scientific progress seems to be lagging behind wind power and other alternative fuels. However, the recent introduction of a bizarre-looking ‘Oyster’ off the far…

Isle of Man boosts global profile online

Posted to On the waterfront (by Emma-Jane Batey) on December 10, 2009

It’s not just commercial maritime companies that need to make sure they’re operating as effectively as possible during the bleakest days of the global economic downturn – entire countries (however small!) have to ensure they’re not missing a trick too.

French shipbuilder is saved

Posted to On the waterfront (by Emma-Jane Batey) on December 8, 2009

With its long history of maritime activities, particularly ship building, the coastal town of Saint Nazaire in Western France had a tough time acclimatising to the fall in its fortunes. As the shipbuilding industry took a big knock from the global economic crisis…

Port Support

Posted to On the waterfront (by Emma-Jane Batey) on December 3, 2009

As the UK’s largest container port and one of the largest in Europe, the Port of Felixstowe is a major feature in the Suffolk town. With many local people’s livelihoods dependant on the port’s continuing commercial success, and vice versa, the…

Can Seatec see the green shoots?

Posted to On the waterfront (by Emma-Jane Batey) on December 1, 2009

As we’re fast approaching the eights annual international exhibition for the shipping industry Seatec, businesses in the sector are keen to make the most of the commercial opportunities it offers, this year more than ever. The trade show focuses on the technology…

All Aboard!

Posted to On the waterfront (by Emma-Jane Batey) on November 26, 2009

Despite the wide-reaching impact of the global economic downturn, high-end yacht interior designers are still enjoying a very positive year. With this weekend’s PSP Southampton Boat Show expecting to showcase 1000 vessels, and brand new 65 boats making their debut…

The dirtiest fuel

Posted to On the waterfront (by Emma-Jane Batey) on November 24, 2009

I think it’s fair to say that the global cargo industry has never enjoyed a ‘clean and green’ reputation, but its impact on the world’s seas has just been given another blow, thanks to a new report from the respected New Scientist magazine.

The waiting game

Posted to On the waterfront (by Emma-Jane Batey) on November 19, 2009

British newspapers have been going loony with stories about oil prices this week. It’s one of those subjects, like people on benefits or immigration, which gets everyone up in arms, ranting and raving that ‘something should be done’. For the people of Lyme Bay…

Broadband on board

Posted to On the waterfront (by Emma-Jane Batey) on November 17, 2009

The whole ‘David and Goliath’ story never seems to tire. Everyone loves it when the underdog succeeds. A popular television programme in the UK really capitalises on this very human phenomena, even though it wasn’t part of the initial show,…

Pirates of the European Union

Posted to On the waterfront (by Emma-Jane Batey) on November 12, 2009

The issue of piracy on the open waves doesn’t seem to be far from the news at the moment. Now, this might be because of what my dad rather gruesomely calls the ‘dog bites baby’ syndrome, when something happens once then every story in the newspaper seems to be about the same issue…

Clean Me! How the 'Good Beaches' of the North East are Anything But

Posted to On the waterfront (by Emma-Jane Batey) on November 10, 2009

For residents of Whitburn South in Sunderland, the 23 per cent decline in local beaches featured on the Good Beach this year comes as no surprise. This area of the north east of England has been famous for its beautiful coastline and unspoilt seashore landscapes for generations…

Northern Ireland's Environment minister tries his best to promote its natural resources

Posted to On the waterfront (by Emma-Jane Batey) on November 5, 2009

The coastal fishing communities of Northern Ireland have long been reliant on the resources of the sea. Since the impact of the global economic downturn has hit, the country has tried to promote its capabilities worldwide as a natural resource-abundant location for investment.

Fog on the Clyde clears for a little while

Posted to On the waterfront (by Emma-Jane Batey) on November 3, 2009

The historic shipbuilding industry along the River Clyde in Glasgow has seen a number of ups and downs over the years, recently with more downs than ups. It seems a tragedy that so many highly-skilled workers were reduced to signing on, instead…

Will the end of tax breaks break the UK oil & gas industry?

Posted to On the waterfront (by Emma-Jane Batey) on October 29, 2009

The UK oil and gas industry has reacted angrily to the Government’s rejection of wide-reaching cuts in corporation tax, with the opinion that the decision will swiftly lead to a loss of jobs in the sector. The historically-deep pockets of offshore…

Green thinking in the shipping industry

Posted to On the waterfront (by Emma-Jane Batey) on October 27, 2009

A group of EU environment ministers (a gaggle, a pride…what about a denial of environment ministers?...) have gathered together this week to set out detailed requirements for reducing global greenhouse gasses from the aviation and shipping industries over the next ten years.
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