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People have always tried to utilize the forces of wind and water to generate the power. The sailing ships and boats of the past used the wind  for propulsion. You should agree that it was quite untrivial task to maneuver a sailing vessel to some destination point under frequently and seriously changing weather, sea and wind conditions.

Moreover, seamen always have to sail through very narrow passageways and through areas with dense traffic. The proceedings of the Eighth Robotic Sailing conference contained in the present publication, have been divided into three major parts. The opening part of the book has been devoted mostly to different technical hardware solutions newly developed for the autonomous sailing platforms - the design and construction, test sailing have been addressed, together with the application of various devices.

The second part is intended to introduce some new ideas relating to the mission planning, localization and avoidance of obstacles. Finally, the last part of this volume is dealing with the design and modeling of controllers and sensors, including their evaluation. Note that some of the papers contained in this collection may treat more than one of the aspects mentioned above.

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The main content of the present volume bases on selected documents presented in the course of the international conference which was held in 2012 in Ireland. It was the result of the project established via close partnership involving many parties with the ultimate aim to examine the role of small navies and their activity both in the past and today, using the interdisciplinary approach engaging with theoretical and practical methodologies to get to the better understanding of this subject which should receive more attention.

This book is expected to be treated as one of the steps forward. Numerous interesting topics have been covered during the conference and the results and associated documents were included in this book. Among these topics are what differs small navies and their ranking, adaptive dynamic capabilities, transformation of the small navies through systematic innovation, Korean navy fleet and small navies in Asia in general, the experience of the British Pacific Navy Fleet during the Second World War, Singapore Navy, and other important areas of concern. In short, this is an excellent collection of essays on small navy fleets which will be interesting to all people in the industry.

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The content of this volume bases on the materials that have been presented in the course of the international conference hosted by the Centre d’Océanologie of Marseille in 2008; it covers a wealth of all hot topics that were related to the ways of interaction of the mankind with the marine environment. The chapters of this book present work on the key areas of oceanography.

It features the most recognized scientific works by the world leading researchers in the field of oceanography from Japan and France and demonstrates the strength of the links between the two scientific communities. The materials have been arranged into six main sections. The first section is dedicated to the aquaculture and covers the newly developed methods for seed culture, quality control of the cultured fish, genetically modified fish, salmon resource creation etc. The second section addresses the artificial reefs and touches the legal aspects, new experiences and developments.







The next section deals with the marine biological diversity and covers biological invasion, adaptation and distribution issues. The remaining three sections deal with the coastal managements, observation of the marine environment, and physical, biogeochemical, biological and chemical functions. At the end of the book there are lists of participants, oral presentations and numerous photographs. 







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The present publication contains a good collection of technical papers which have been presented in the course of the Third MARTECH, i.e. International Conference on Maritime Technology & Engineering held in Lisbon, Portugal in 2016. The content of the volume has been developed on the basis of nearly two hundred professional and respected contributors.

The authors of the documents presented during the conference has focused on such important areas as energy efficiency and maritime transportation of passengers and cargoes, vessels in ports, design and construction of ships, ship hydrodynamics, safety and reliability of the vessels, ship construction and ship repair yard technology, shipboard machinery, safety and reliability of the ships, oil and gas industry, several important aspects of protection of the marine environments, sources of renewable energy and researches in this field, coastal structures and so many other areas.

The book will be useful to the shipping industry professionals including shipbuilders and marine engineers, and other specialists and students having the interest in the fields listed above, and willing to be updated with the latest happenings in the industry.

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Here is a so-called "white paper" for the Interspill International Conference an the Fourth IMO R&D Forum held in Marseille, France, in May 2009. It was recognized by the joint committee of the conference and the forum, that the significant growth observed in maritime shipping of chemical items and the relevant industry and state obligations resulted in the increased attention of the public and industry professionals to the potential dangers of HNS spills.

The HNS stands for the Hazardous and Noxious Substances. The knowledge possessed by the industry today about the fate and potential effects of such spills is much less that the one for oil spills. Everyone involved in transportation of subject cargoes shall be fully aware of all potentially devastating consequences of the spills to the marine environment.

The content of the present white paper has been compiled by the recognized experts of the ITOPF organization and will be very useful for the people engaged in the associated activities. The ultimate intent of the document is to address the most important concerns and key issues related to the HNS spills in comparison to the oil spills, and also to provide a good basis for stimulating open discussion on this matter.

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The document published by the World Maritime University, or WMU, and presents a dissertation devoted to the reduction of NOx emission from the shipboard diesel engine, in connection with the provisions of MARPOL Annex VI.

The sixth annex to the main convention on marine pollution is dealing with a broad range of air pollution prevention and control aspects including various regulations relating to the HCFCs, halons and other substances capable of depleting the ozone as well as SOx and NOx, VOCs, standing for the volatile organic compounds, incineration of garbage on board ships, and quality of the fuel oil - but the content of the annex is mainly focusing on NOx reduction.

The formation of the nitrogen oxides is normally built up as a result of the reaction between oxygen and nitrogen during the combustion, or by the reaction between the oxygen contained in the combustion air and hydrocarbon in the exhaust gas; the third way is the reaction between then nitrogen bindings in the fuel oils.

They are referred to as thermal NOx, prompt NOx and fuel NOX respectively. Note that the first one is considered decisive for the total NOx emission and it is the intent of all methods to reduce this component...

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All of the aircraft carriers serving the United States Navy are nuclear-powered. However, this does not relate to the other surface vessels of the Navy fleet. And this is why and where the need for this study appeared – the interest was expressed by the Congress in wider use of the nuclear power on the surface ships. This publication contains the results of the study performed to check the possible design options.

The authors have compared various options to get full understanding of the advantages that nuclear vessels have over the conventionally powered vessels in terms of operational presence and time required to get to the area of operation located far away. The booklet starts with some background information followed by the chapter where the potential issues for the Congress are explained including such important factors as costs, training of the crew, operational effectiveness and potential environmental impact.

The legislative activities have been addressed in two separate chapters covering the 2009, 2010 and 2011 Defense Authorization Acts. Two data tables supplement the main text of the report and provide some additional information needed to have a full picture of the problem.

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This white paper document is devoted solely to the autonomous ships considered future of the shipbuilding industry. The authors have tried to predict whether these vessels will be efficient enough to compete with the conventional vessels. The content of this booklet presents the results of the discussions and main takeaways of the roundtable meeting of the recognized industry specialists.

The volume itself is of quite introductory nature and gives readers the very basic insight to the autonomous vessels plus some information about the FutureNautics project. Today, the whole mood of the shipping industry is changing with the subject of ship automation and autonomy. Even though this industry is considered very conservative compared to the others and noting that the changes in the maritime shipping normally take place slow, the matter touched inn the pages of this booklet is very promising and has attracted the attention at top levels.

The publication will be helpful to the people willing to be at the edge of the technological advances in the industry. Since this area is fairly new, there are not too many books and other publications readily available today on this subject. You may wish to have a look into the title “Advances in Unmanned Marine Vehicles” as well as the “Further Advances…”.

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