Sustainability as a Driving Factor for New-Age Ships

Sustainability is a term heard with increasing frequency these days in the maritime industry. There are numerous suggestions on how sustainability should be maintained in new ships, how old ships need to be revamped for better efficiency, and how the growth of global trade is going to be influenced by sustainability in the future. All these factors make one aspect clear, which is, the construction and manufacture of ships is now increasingly oriented towards making them sustainable for the future. To understand why and how sustainability is driving the manufacture of new-age ships, it is important to understand the factors that have made it inevitable. The scope of sustainability in shipping is vast, so much so that people don’t know where to start when taking up sustainable measures. However, to summarise sustainability in shipping, the essential idea is to undertake all measures necessary to balance human activities so that the ocean’s health and diversity is unaffected in the long term. Let us now explore the scope of sustainability and the reasons why it has become a driving factor for ship manufacturers. Why is the Maritime Industry concerned with Sustainability? The shipping industry is the biggest transport industry in the world. 90% of goods are transported by ships across national and international routes. Consequently, the environmental impact of ships is proportionally … Continue reading Sustainability as a Driving Factor for New-Age Ships

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The 4 Aspects of Boat Design and Manufacture You Need to Know

Boat design and construction has been an integral part of the history of a strong maritime nation like India. Over the years, there have been numerous changes in the design and development stages of boats. However, some aspects of boat and ship design have remained consistent. These include the structural, technological and holistic factors that primarily influence boat design. It is interesting to note that though the transient components have changed with the social, political, military regulations, the core values of boat design have remained mostly untouched. In recent times, with the advent of technology and the increasing awareness about the harmful effects of boat emissions, boats have undergone some fundamental revisions for better performance. Here we discuss the principal aspects of boat design and manufacture and also the ones that influence the sale of boats. We shall not focus on the structural aspects, instead focusing on the aesthetic and technological aspects that have come to dominate the design requirements today. Principal Aspects of Boat Design and Manufacture There are four principal aspects of boat design, viz., aesthetics, materials used in building the boat, the various technologies and features integrated into the boat, and the psychology of the boat buyer. All of these aspects need to be optimized for creating a boat that is up-to-date, environment-friendly and economical. Let us … Continue reading The 4 Aspects of Boat Design and Manufacture You Need to Know

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