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

Harmony Of The Seas

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?


“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

Bulker file photo.

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...]

Ship Photo of the Day – Iceberg Wrangling in the North Atlantic

Tug Towing Iceberg

    Atlantic Towing vessels wrangle up an iceberg drifting near offshore rigs in the North Atlantic off the Newfoundland and Labrador coast. The photo was posted to social media by Saint John, Canada-based JD Irving, Ltd. and shows the moment the line was shot across so that the vessels could guide it iceberg to a safer location. Photo courtesy Wayne … [Read more...]

Saipem Gets Green Light for South Stream Pipelay Project


Saipem has just been given the go-ahead by South Stream Transport BV to commence construction of a multi-billion dollar 931 kilometer subsea gas pipeline that will connect Russia to Europe through the Black Sea. Water depths for this pipeline will reach up to 2200 meters. South Stream Transport B.V. is wholly-owned by Gazprom. Russian natural gas also flows via a … [Read more...]