Panama Canal Lightning Storm – Ship Photo Of The Day

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This photo from the gCaptain archives was submitted by Eric Miller and was taken by John Dunaway, 2nd mate of the 8,000 DWT US Flagged heavy lift vessel M/V Ocean Atlas. The ship has a 400 metric tons lifting capacity, 11,500-cbm bale, box-shaped holds, and 16.5 knot service speed. The Ocean Atlas was designed for the movement of project/heavy-lift and military cargoes such as … [Read more...]

2 Activists Now Chained To Shell Support Vessel

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Bellingham, Washington -This photograph provided by Reese Semanko shows Chiara Rose, a environmental activist protesting arctic drilling, suspended from the anchor chain of the offshore vessel Arctic Challenger. According to a spokesman for the protesters, she climbed up the chain Friday night in protest of Shell's plan for Arctic drilling. The Coast Guard says it has no … [Read more...]

‘Under Construction’ – Harmony Of The Seas, Ship Photo Of The Day

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The above photo is of the latest Oasis-class Mega Cruise Ship Harmony of the Seas'. She is currently under construction at STX France. The steel cutting for the ship began on the 23rd of September 2013 and the metal shell is now about 80% complete. The last mega-blocks will be installed in early June and she is set to be launched later that month. Harmony of the Seas, Royal … [Read more...]

Ship Incident Rate Steady Despite New Technology – Why?

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“Of all the systems on board a vessel, a human being is the most complex, and perhaps the most difficult one to integrate into a system of safer transportation.” -Tracy Murrell, Director, Office of Marine Safety, National Transportation Safety Board. For the last few decades, the maritime industry has greatly improved the reliability and user interface design of ship systems … [Read more...]

Capesize Demolitions at Record Pace in 2015

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The Capesize dry bulk demolition market is off to its busiest start ever in 2015 amid some of the lowest dry bulk freight rates in the last three decades. According to the world's largest shipowner association BIMCO, during the first four months of 2015 a total of 52 Capesizes with a total DWT of around 8.7 million have been sold for demolition. Bimco points out that with … [Read more...]