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Unmanned ‘ghost’ ships are coming

It's not all plain sailing when it comes to autonomous ships – they could make accidents at sea more severe and even end up being more expensive to run.
A man stretches his leg on the bank of the Han River as a ship passes by amid thick haze. Tens of thousands of premature deaths in east Asia every year are caused by shipping pollution. REUTERS/Stringer

Three ways to improve commercial shipping’s environmental footprint

The merchant navy – some 20,000 ships – carries the vast majority of trade goods around the world. Unfortunately, they also spew toxic pollutants that harm people and the environment.
A Hanjin Shipping Co ship stranded outside the Port of Long Beach, California, one of many around the world. Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Explainer: why Hanjin’s ships are stranded around the globe

South Korean Hanjin Shipping has ships and crews stranded in ports around the world as creditors and customers wait to see if the company can be saved.
South Africa could grow by developing its oceans economy. The starting point is to build the skills that are required by the industry. Shutterstock

What South Africa can do to harness a neglected resource – its oceans

South Africa’s oceans economy can contribute R177 billion to the GDP and create up to one million new jobs by 2033. But this requires more skilled people to drive the growth.
Expect to see more ships on the horizon, as global shipping booms. But how well are we measuring and governing what happens at sea? Chris Phutully/Flickr

The challenge of managing Earth’s new economic frontier: our oceans

As the world's land-based economies struggle with around 2% GDP growth, the global marine economy – often talked about as "the blue economy" – is a bright light on the horizon.

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