The issue kicks off with Face the Facts going Back to Class to find out how class societies have adapted during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how they think things will change during 2021 now that there is a vaccine being distributed.

In On the Line, we hear how the key to preventing equipment failure claims is found in a vessel’s planned maintenance system (PMS). Alexianna Kalafati, FD&D Advisor, and John Southam, Loss Prevention Executive, from the North P&I Club provide the insight.

The Spotlight is turned on 2021, and here we take a look at what some industry leaders think next year will look like, with comment from MMI, ABB, Hempel and Royal Caribbean.

Market Intelligence takes a look at how ship repair has fared around the world during 2020, with updates from Clarksons Research and Marine Benchmark. Hanseatic also looks and how COVID-19 has accelerated the growth of maritime digitalisation.

Analysis focuses on the ground-breaking Stena Lagan and Stena Mersey conversions being carried out by Sedef Shipyard for Stena RoRo.

Mechanical Matters features propulsion upgrades and overhauls from the likes of Marineshaft, Lean Marine, MAN B&W and Wärtsilä.

In Focus sees Safinah putting biofouling under the microscope, Hempel fortifying cargo holds against failure,ic and Belzona repairing a ship repair yard’s caisson in Brest.

The Cruise & Ferry Interiors Special highlights Foreship’s unveiling of its ‘Project Hygiea’ Covid-19 action plan to enable a safe restart for the cruise industry, plus Trimline helping cruise and ferry vessels to get ready for the new season. We also have a Q and A with Andreas Ullrich, Global Market Leader, Passenger Ships & Ferries, Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore. He explains just what ‘Restart Your Business’ is, and how it applies to the shipping sector.

Worldwide features updates from Fincantieri, Harland & Wolff, Damen, Namdock, Besiktas, Palumbo, CFS, SMS Group, Lisnave, Dales Marine, ART Shipyard, Metalock Brasil and Vestadavit.

The issue concludes with latest News from around the world.

That only leaves me to again wish you the best of luck in avoiding the virus, and I hope that we can soon get back to some sort of normality. If I am not able to see you in person next year, I will certainly be able to see you virtually, and if technology keeps advancing at the current pace, we may well be able to meet as holograms!

Stay well and happy New Year!

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