Sailing Singlehanded – Maine Maritime Training Ship Rescues North Atlantic Sailor

Training ship T.S. State of Maine

Maine Maritime Academy’s Training Ship State of Maine responded to a distress call yesterday morning in the North Atlantic. The training ship was on a homeward course when the vessel was contacted by the U.S. Coast Guard RCC (VIA AMVER) about a nearby sailing vessel that was taking on water. The vessel, SV Prodigal, was battered by recent storms, and her Captain, Michael … [Read more...]

SPOTD: India’s First Homegrown Aircraft Carrier Float Out


India yesterday undocked its first indigenously-built aircraft carrier INS Vikrant at a simple ceremony at Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL). INS Vikrant is the first aircraft carrier built in India and the first warship built by Cochin. Work on the ship's design began in 1999, and the keel was laid in February 2009. The carrier was floated out of its dry dock on 29 December … [Read more...]

SPOTD: What Might Be The Most Formidable Ferry Ever


HSC Manannan is a 96-metre wave-piercing high-speed catamaran car ferry built in Tasmania in 1998. She served in Australia and New Zealand for five years and is now owned and operated by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company providing seasonal service between Douglas and Liverpool. But between 2001 and 2006 she served a more lethal role under the code name HSV-X1. For … [Read more...]

Google Releases Stunning Underwater Street View For World Oceans Day


In celebration of World Oceans Day  Google has announced a new map feature that can allow you to explore brand new Street View imagery of more than 40 locations around the world, including the American Samoa and Chagos Islands and underwater dives in Bali, the Bahamas and the Great Barrier Reef. Google hopes the release of this imagery inspires people to … [Read more...]

M/V Courage Arrives In Southampton, 100 Charred Vehicles Expected


A transporter ship that caught fire off the coast of Essex has arrived in Southampton. The American crew of the RoRo M/V Courage are reported safe after fighting a blaze using the ship's CO2 system when a cargo fire broke out on board Tuesday night. The vessel spent Wednesday afternoon anchored off the Isle of Wight before continuing to Southampton, her … [Read more...]