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www.sea-technology.com June 2018 | ST 9 soundings )) IMO to Phase Out GHG Emissions in This Century. Countries that met recently at the United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London have adopted an initial strategy on the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships, setting out a vision to reduce GHG emissions from international shipping and phase them out as soon as possible in this century. The vision confirms IMO's commitment to reducing GHG emissions from interna- tional shipping and, as a matter of urgency, to removing them from the industry picture. The initial strategy envisages, for the first time, a reduction in total GHG emissions from international shipping, which should peak as soon as possible; more specifically, a reduction in the total annual GHG emissions by at least 50 percent by 2050 compared to 2008, while pursuing efforts toward phasing them out entirely. The strategy includes a specific reference to "a pathway of CO 2 emissions reduction consistent with the Paris Agreement temperature goals," which include limiting global temperature rise in this century to well below 2° C above pre-industrial levels. The initial strategy was adopted by IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) during its 72nd session at IMO headquarters in London. The initial strategy represents a framework for member states and includes candidate short-, mid- and long-term fur- ther measures, with possible time lines and their impacts on states. The strategy also identifies barriers and supportive measures, including capacity building, technical cooperation and research and development. )) World's First AI-Powered Situational Awareness System Aboard a Container Ship. Boston-based Sea Machines Robotics signed a contract with A.P. Moller-Maersk of Copenhagen, Denmark, to trial its perception and situational awareness technology aboard one of the company's newbuild Winter Palace ice-class container ships. The deal is significant not only to Sea Machines and Maersk but also to the larger maritime industry as the installation marks the first time computer vision, LiDAR and perception software will be utilized aboard a container vessel to augment and upgrade transit operations. The solution uses artificial intelligence (AI) to improve at-sea situational awareness, object identification and tracking capabilities. Similar to advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) commonly found in automobiles, which alerts drivers of roadway hazards and prevents accidents, Sea Machines' system uses advanced sensors to collect a continuous stream of information from a vessel's environmental surroundings, identify and track potential conflicts, and efficiently display the knowledge in the wheelhouse. The system facilitates safer and more efficient maritime operations. Maersk's goal of the collaboration is to prove the technology aids seafarers, can remove the line-of-sight restriction from the bridge and provides the infrastructure for a future autonomous col- lision avoidance system. )) Report Examines Mid-Atlantic Vulnerability to Climate Change. The Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) released a first-of-its-kind report at the Mid-Atlantic scale that examines the vulnerabilities of several crit- ical economic sectors to climate change. The report quantifies the potential impacts of threats such as sea level rise, increasing ocean temperatures and changes in the ocean's chemistry to communities and businesses in 63 counties and independent cities along the coast from New York to Virginia. The challenges are especially pronounced in the Mid-Atlantic, the most densely populated stretch of coastline in the U.S. The region's waterfront is home to the larg- est U.S. city, New York; two of its busiest ports in New York/New Jersey and Hampton Roads, Virginia; and iconic beach destinations. The analysis considers the ramifications of both temporary flooding events and the permanent inundation of some areas that would occur if sea levels were to rise by 3 or 6 ft. by the year 2100—two scenarios that are commonly assumed by planners throughout the region. Among the findings: approximately 14.6 million people live in census tracts adjacent to the ocean, Chesapeake or Delaware bays—in the 3-ft. scenario, the resulting flood- ed area could affect 1.7 million people and in the 6-ft. scenario, 2.1 million people; today, 912,000 housing units would be vulnerable to flooding in the 3-ft. scenario and 1.1 million in the 6-ft. scenario; and approximately 557,000 jobs would be vulnerable in the 3-ft. scenario and 974,000 in the 6-ft. scenario. "No community or business in the Mid-Atlantic will be spared from the impacts of climate change," said lead author Charles Colgan of the Center for the Blue Economy of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California. "This is not simply a threat to waterfront areas. With everything from jobs to the housing market being tightly bound to ocean-dependent industries, every coastal community, whether beachfront or further inland, has some vulnerability." )) Finland-Singapore Maritime Innovation Camp. MacGregor, part of Cargotec, is one of the partners participating in the Finland-Singapore Maritime Innovation camp, which has been designed to accelerate developments within the maritime industry and create value for stakeholders. It will take place in the third quarter of 2018 in Singapore. During the innovation camp, a challenge will be presented to students by the corporate partners. The University of Turku (UTU) and the Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI) will facilitate the multi-day session where students will solve the given challenge. The benefit for universities and students is the possibility to test theories on real-life problems. Universities facilitate situations where new ideas can be created and new questions can be generated, potentially leading to new opportunities. MacGregor values the importance of collaboration and co-creation with stakeholders, such as universities, to innovate and develop solutions that benefit the maritime and offshore industries. ST

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