In this issue

issue 56   |   JULY 2018

A recent report by

PwC has argued that Africa needs to take advantage of the economic potential of its ports and shipping sector if it is to realise its growth ambitions. The analysis shows that a 25% improvement in port performance could increase GDP by 2%. We explore five African ports that are most likely to emerge as major hubs.

We also consider the safety issues surrounding the use of lithium-ion batteries to power vessels, look back at the effects of previous trade disputes in the maritime sector in light of escalating tensions between the US and China, and celebrate 200 years of the Sailors’ Society.

Finally, we ask whether the International Maritime Organization’s pledge to reduce carbon emissions from shipping by at least 50% by 2050 is achievable, and find out how connected technologies are moving ports into the digital age.

Katie Woodward, editor