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BUILDING BLOCKS As our product range has evolved, it now has many applications. Together with our clients, we have the luxury of choosing the right pontoon, in the right materials, for the right job. By developing the heavy-duty end of our portfolio to always be a step stronger, we’ve also become experts in floating breakwaters, able to incorporate the strongest of building blocks when designing and engineering a marina that will withstand the test of time.

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Printed in the UK by Stephens & George © 2020 Loud & Clear Publishing Ltd Views expressed by individual contributors in this issue are not necessarily those of Loud & Clear Publishing Ltd. Equally, the inclusion of advertisements in this magazine does not constitute endorsement of the companies, products and services concerned by Loud & Clear Publishing Ltd. The publisher reserves the right to refuse advertising. Lessons from history Even the most optimistic among us would be hard pressed to say that 2020 has got off to a good start. Coronavirus continues to dominate headlines and is affecting the health of the world’s population and the global economy, and restricting travel and social and business networking opportunities. Several of our marine industry events have been cancelled or postponed. While symptoms for the majority of those contracting the virus appear to be fairly mild, there are challenges to save those more severely affected – poor medical infrastructure, too few medical staff and insufficient emergency beds. A study just released by The Australian National University estimates that millions will die and global GDP will take an AU.4 trillion (US.6 trillion) hit. Why is coronavirus spreading so easily? Flights that speed us swiftly between countries? Urbanisation? Poor sanitary conditions and practices? Climate change? Maybe. Maybe not. Most of us are familiar with ‘modern’ pandemics, such as SARS (2002-03), the West Africa Ebola crisis (2014-15), and HIV/AIDS (1981 and ongoing, with 35 million deaths so far) but are perhaps less familiar with more distant history. Communicable diseases have existed since our days as hunter-gathers and the rise in community living, largely due to farming, boosted our risk. The earliest recorded pandemic (probably typhoid fever) hit Athens in 430BC wiping out up to two thirds of the population. The Plague of Justinian in 541AD (probably bubonic plague) killed a quarter of the population of the eastern Mediterranean. The Black Death (1347-1351) tore through the whole of Europe killing 75-200 million people. It took 200 years for the population to return to pre-1347 levels. Loss of life is always the most significant casualty but pandemics disrupt economies, threaten security and affect trade. They also change lifestyle and livelihood; not necessarily to the detriment of the survivors. The Justinian Plague, which cost the world half of its population, ruptured the Roman Empire irrevocably. The Black Death led to the decline in serfdom, better standards of living, more social mobility and less risk of war. The Spanish Flu (1918/19), which killed up to 50 million on a global scale, led to huge improvements in public health; and H3N2 (1968) helped us understand the vital role of vaccinations. History teaches us much, but how much do we learn? Despite warnings issued by The Global Preparedness Monitoring Board following the Ebola crisis, it claims the world has still remained unprepared for global epidemics. Let’s hope we take better heed when coronavirus is behind us; and let us hope fewer lives will be lost while this virus rages than medical experts fear. Carol Fulford Editor FROM THE EDITOR • • • - March/April 2020 5

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