Video Captures Last Year’s Epic Collision Between Fully Laden Containerships in the Suez

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On September 29, 2014 something went terribly wrong aboard Hapag-Lloyd's containership Colombo Express when it lost control and slammed into the Maersk Tanjong today. Both vessels were heading south through the north end of the Suez Canal. The collision occurred at 0715 local time at kilometer 15 and the Colombo Express suffered a 20-meter dent to its port bow, … [Read more...]

Shell’s Alexia S3 Offers Smooth Transition to Emissions Control Areas

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Shipowners switching to low sulphur content fuels in line with their obligations in Emissions Control Areas have demanded confidence in the cylinder oils specified to lubricate their engines The shipping world has been settling down to new restrictions on sulphur content in fuel, introduced after 1st January, 2015 in Emission Control Areas (ECAs). Ships in the Baltic Sea, … [Read more...]

Inside the Home of ABB Azipods [IMAGES]

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With the roll-out of ABB's Azipod "D" series of gearless thruster this past March, I decided to make my way over to Helsinki to see where and how these impressive machines were built, and upon arrival I quickly realized there was a lot more to these thrusters that I had realized. Firstly, an Azipod that might be found on a cruise ship, an icebreaker or perhaps a yacht … [Read more...]

Rolls-Royce Unveils Permanent Magnet Azimuth Thruster at NorShipping

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After over a decade of research and development, Rolls-Royce is heading into full production of their permanent magnet tunnel thruster from their facility in Ulsteinvik, Norway. At the same time, the company is also introducing to the market a permanent magnet azimuth thruster. Related Book: Marine Propeller and Propulsion by John CarltonA permanent magnet drive is … [Read more...]

Asia Dry Bulk: Pacific, Atlantic Capesize Rates Set to Diverge

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By Keith Wallis   SINGAPORE, June 4 (Reuters) - Rates for capesize bulk carriers could diverge next week, holding steady in the Pacific on healthy cargo volumes but easing in the Atlantic on a lack of coal and iron ore cargoes from South Africa and Brazil, ship brokers said. "There's still a fair amount of cargo from Australia. But not a huge amount of action from … [Read more...]

Singapore’s Historic Sembawang Shipyard [Photos]


Last year I had the unique opportunity to tour Sembawang Shipyard on the northern coast of Singapore. The last time I had been there was in 2001 and it was my first point of entry into Singapore while my ship, USS Paul F. Foster (DD 964), spent a few days having work done mid-deployment. It was exciting to be back to see, with a bit more perspective on the … [Read more...]

WATCH Massive Containership Take 40 Degree Rolls in North Atlantic WATCH

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Last year the Massive 2,992 TEU, 245 meter, containership OOCL Belgium was caught in the middle of the North Atlantic this week experiencing first-hand winter storm "Hercules", a huge low pressure system that forecasters say could be creating waves of over 20 meters tall. Not The Perfect Storm but certainly impressive. In this video, the OOCL Belgium is shown rolling … [Read more...]