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(c)2000 Issue No 63 05 Feb 00
Published free of charge to Readers
Editor: Sam Ignarski

In this issue:

1. Welcome
2. Shipbreakers Show How They Do That
3. Future of Air Industry Conference
4. E-Publishing Moves in Australia
5. Merlin Picks
6. And Finally...

1. Welcome

Bow Wave Issue 62 last week for some readers turned into an unwelcome message when it began to "loop" in transmission. Some readers complained during the day that they received it no less than 50 times. This was we think the result of a small on-line problem in the transmission of that particular mailing list. From Issue 64 onwards we will be migrating Bow Wave to an internet mailing system run by Lyris-Dundee, the market leaders. This will save countless hours of administration adding and deleting subscribers to Bow Wave and will guarantee a much more reliable and robust mailing. We sent out apology messaged to Readers who wrote in and complained. To those who did not and still suffered the looping, our apologies. Thanks for the patience.

We will only make the changeover once we understand how to use the new systems. The current e-mail system we do use (Eudora) is under strain because it is not really designed to mail to 5000 readers at a sitting. Which is where we are this week after the dust has settled.

Quite a good collection of gear in this Issue. Item 6 continues our occasional series on the future of transport and item 2 looks like one for those who need to understand the quo vadis of air transport.


2. Shipbreakers Show How They Do That

Tony Powell of SeaFacs, who has turned over a few clipping files in his time, sent in this Times of India On Line Reference to the heroic work product of a group of ship breakers tasked with reducing a ferro-concrete block of flats to small pieces.

3. Future of Air Industry Conference

Prof De Wit, perhaps knowing our weakness for peering into the future has passed on details of the international Conference on the Future of Air Transport which will take place in Brussels on 22/23 February 2001. Prof de Wit and the Law Faculty of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Brussels University) have organised the meeting to examime pressing problems which are currently very much in the political spotlight.

The programme contains interesting sessions on airline legal liability, the role of the surveyor in claims settlement as well as more general sessions on where the industry is going in the next century. Bow Wave Readers may take advantage of the Early Bird Rate up to the date of the Conference.

For further details contact

4. E-Publishing Moves in Australia

The Qarterpoints Column In Lloyd's List today
attempt to frame the emergence of e-mail and e-mail based publications in our industry as in some ways the antithesis of the high cost,transactional end of the internet typified by the dot.coms with their high monthly burn rates and their often overreaching ambitions.

It so happens that on the same day in Australia,the people over at Lloyds List Daily Commercial News are replacing one of their three paper appearances during the week with an on-line version of this paper aimed at the shipping and transport world down under and edited by the cerebral Kevin Chinnery. The electronic version of Lloyd's List DCN will include news, features and special reports; The List, Shipping Guide, classified advertising, container availability as advertised by depots, casualty reports and daily exchange rates. Subcribers will also be receiving a daily e-mail bulletin giving breaking news.

5. Merlin Picks

These Gentlemen, whom we met this week, have a lot to answer for; insofar as in 1989 they started your editor's career in shipping journalism by commissioning a few columns of him for Fairplay magazine, then under their beneficial care. They now run a PR and Consultancy Business called Merlin which goes from strength to strength.

Their Web Picks:

Ananova, very virtual, general news business and entertainment site, well written short to read and racy. They have a good short e-zine.

Seatrade Web, the on-line and paper newsletter operation from the house of Seatrade written by the experienced team of Ian Middleton, David Glass and Bill Box. Like having a research team of your own.

6. And Finally...

Ports of the Future

From Japan comes the unmistakable signals that the country is thinking hard about its infrastructure of the future. We once knew a company of English graphic designers who were awed to be asked to sign a 25 year contract with one of their Japanese clients. They were not accustomed to thinking in such long terms.

This week alone we have seen two things which demonstrate this propensity for thinking in the longer term. The first were reports of Mega-Float the steel and titanium pontoon which has been tested in prototype in the western part of Tokyo Bay. by using propellor to land and take off. The project aims to have a 3 mile long floating airport up and running within 5 to 10 years. This kind of project is a natural reaction to the reluctance of Tokyo and like cities to endure the development of new fixed airports. Have a look at this work in progress at:

The other item appears in the Japan Times and describes the ideas commissioned by Japan's Land, Infrastructure and Transport Ministry for future seaports, including plans featuring floating cities and "weatherproof ports."

Read all about it at:

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