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issue 52   |   MARCH 2018

The ballast water management convention

might now be in force, but shipowners are dragging their heels over installing new systems to prevent the spread of potentially invasive alien species in the ballast water of ships. A lack of specialist expertise and training from manufacturers isn’t helping progress, as we find out.

We also learn how monitoring our oceans has improved over the decades, consider the extent to which speeding up or slowing down vessels can protect marine life, lower transport fuel costs and provide a boost to jobs, and find out how some landlocked countries have developed thriving maritime economies.

Finally, we take a closer look at the Nairobi Convention to understand what is being done to protect the seas from dangerous shipwrecks, and explore the main challenges still facing the fishing sector following the introduction of new legislation to improve conditions for workers.

Katie Woodward, editor