How real is the marine drone threat?

Mosul, Iraq.

In the blazing midday heat, the steady hum of the diesel engine fills there air.
The sound of this armoured vehicle, offering Iraqi Special Forces cover from ISIS sniper fire, is interrupted by an altogether different and deadlier hum.

Bodies scatter, denying an easy grouped target,
Rifles point skyward, as eye’s scan the sky for the small, fast-moving, and deadly threat. The high-pitched whine of the ISIS drone is soon drowned out by automatic rifle fire.

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New Tech – Rough sea or plain sailing?

If you’re going to stay ahead of the pack and survive out front, you need to embrace modern technology.

You don’t need to be a technician to spot how advances in digitalisation, data and analytics have redefined the business landscape.
We’ve seen productivity streamlined, production leap forward and entirely new businesses emerge seemingly overnight.

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Are your hatch covers costing you a fortune?

Over 40% of all P&I claims are due to damaged cargo caused by water ingress from hatch covers – even the smallest leak can do extensive damage to cargos like steel and paper that are sensitive to seawater. It costs the industry $46.9m per year and reports of leaking hatch covers are the most frequent cause for selecting a vessel for an unscheduled condition survey.

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The Shocking Truth: Sudden Cardiac Arrest at Sea

Sudden Cardiac arrest is the world’s biggest killer. Every year, it claims the lives of three million people worldwide and 140,000 in the UK alone, more than breast, prostate and lung cancer combined. Obesity, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, high blood pressure and a cholesterol heavy diet can all be contributing factors, but a healthy lifestyle doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re free from risk.

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Martek Calls for Urgent ISPS Review

Commercial shipping is waking up to the growing threat that drones pose to the safety & security of vessels. Terrorist use of drones deploying explosives is already well documented and the potential for a drone to deliver an explosive charge through the deck of an oil/gas tanker or on a passenger ship with potentially catastrophic results is a stark reality. Vessels in port, at anchor or on coastal transits are potential ‘sitting ducks’ and currently powerless to know if/when they’re going to be attacked, let alone be in a position to defend against the threat.

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ISPS Code Fails to Contemplate Aerial Threats From Drones

Commercial shipping is waking up to the growing threat that drones pose to the safety & security of vessels. Recent years have seen a massive advance in drone endurance, range and payload capacity whilst the price has also plummeted, leading to a proliferation of drones expected to reach 12million by 2020.

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