8 Tips for Ship Launching via Rubber Inflatables

Airbag Launching of an 8400 ton ship, image via Max Groups

Ship launching using rubber inflatables, or commonly known as airbags, is a very popular vessel launching method, particularly in Asia. Besides, many shipyards are using it for ship repairs where the “rubber airbags” (or “belons” in Indonesia) are used to facilitate the haul-ins of ships by winch. The use of such inflatables may seem to be pretty simple and straightforward, yet … [Read more...]

Video Shows RV Ocean Researcher V Aground Off Taiwan, Frantic Search and Rescue

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New video shows the scene from Friday night's search and rescue after the Taiwanese research vessel Ocean Researcher V struck a reef and sank near the Penghu Islands in the Taiwan Strait. Search and rescue crews were able to recover all 45 people onboard, but tragically two researchers lost their lives in the accident. In the video you can clearly see the research vessel … [Read more...]

Jaenichen: The Jones Act Moves Industry and America’s Economic Prosperity

U.S. Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen speaks at Tradewinds' Jones Act Shipping Forum held October 8th in New York. Photo (c) Dept. of Transportation

By Paul "Chip" Jaenichen, U.S. Maritime Administrator Our very first Congress singled out the domestic U.S. Merchant Marine as essential to our economy and national defense. That is why, from the beginnings of this nation, they took steps to secure the U.S. Merchant Marine fleet from foreign flag competition in coastwise domestic maritime trade. Senator Wesley L. Jones … [Read more...]

This USMMA Cadet’s Sea Year With MSC Did Not Suck [VIDEO]

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Check out this highlight reel from a USMMA midshipman's Sea Year with Military Sealift Command on board the USNS Joshua Humphreys. The USNS Joshua Humphreys (T AO 188) is one of fifteen ships in MSC's Henry J. Kaiser-class of fleet replenishment oilers, providing underway replenishment of fuel, fleet cargo and stores to U.S. Navy ships at sea. The video was filmed and … [Read more...]

Australia Pacific LNG On Turning CSG Into LNG… Safely [VIDEO]

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The Australia Pacific LNG Project is a US $21 billion project that involves the construction of a new plant on Curtis Island near Gladstone, located in Queensland, Australia, which will be used to turn coal seam gas (CSG) into Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). Australia Pacific LNG is already the largest producer of gas from coal seams in Australia, and the project is expected to … [Read more...]