Ship Photos of the Day – One of the Strangest-Looking Ships Ever

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The Ramform Atlas has to be one of the strangest-looking ships ever built. It is one of two new vessels in the Ramform Titan class of 3D seismic survey vessels belonging to Petroleum Geo-Services, an Oslo-based seismic data acquisition company. Its unique design, reminiscent of the Millennium Falcon in Star Wars, was developed with one single purpose in mind - collecting … [Read more...]

Panama Canal Draft Restrictions Lifted

A cargo ship is seen on the Panama Canal in Panama City August 10, 2015.  REUTERS/Carlos Jasso

  The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) said Friday that recent rainfall and water management measures means that upcoming draft restrictions for vessels using the waterway won't be necessary.  The restrictions were to enter into force beginning September 8th, but recent rain, water management and the deepening on navigation channels have made it so the … [Read more...]

Drifting MSC Boxship Towed to Safety Off Spain – PHOTOS

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A 300-meter containership that lost power off Spain on Thursday drifted to within just miles of land before a tug was able to gain control of the vessel and tow it to safety. Spain's maritime emergency agency Salvamento Marítimo reports that the container MSC Ajaccio requested assistance Thursday after losing power about 18 miles west of Cape Finisterre, Spain in the … [Read more...]

A Concrete Sample Was Pulled from the New Panama Canal Locks and It Does Not Look Good

Photo dated August 25, 2015 showing water leaking through cracks in the concrete of the new Cocoli Locks complex, located on the Pacific side of the Panama Canal.

  A core sample pulled from the concrete of the Cocoli Locks where cracks and leaks have appeared does not bode well for the Panama Canal expansion project, which is on a strict deadline for completion in April 2016. The crack and subsequent leaks appeared recently in the concrete of one of the interior chambers of the new Cocoli Locks on the Pacific side of the … [Read more...]

World Wide Supply to Lay Up Two PSVs

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  Norwegian platform supply vessel owner World Wide Supply says that the weak spot market in the UK sector of the North Sea has forced it to lay-up two vessels. World Wide Supply (WWS) owns a fleet of six Damen PSV 3300 CD vessels all delivered in 2013. Four of the vessels are on four-year contracts with Petrobras in Brazil ending in June 2018, while the remaining … [Read more...]

WATCH: Lego Stena IceMAX Build Time-Lapse

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Here's a time-lapse showing the building of the Lego-version Stena IceMAX drillship at LSME (that's Lego Shipyard and Marine Engineering). The video is the second from creator Andrew Mcalpine, following his first video showing the construction of the Maersk Triple-E lego kit. According to Andrew: The idea for a time-lapse showing the construction came after I saw a version … [Read more...]

Pipeline Fire Injures Two Off Louisiana

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Two crew members from a dive support vessel were injured Wednesday after a natural gas pipeline they were working on caught fire in the Gulf of Mexico. The U.S. Coast Guard says they were notified Wednesday night at about 8:30 p.m. that a natural gas pipeline ruptured and was on fire about 25 miles south of March Island, Louisiana. The dive support vessel Ms. Kerci was … [Read more...]