Poking Through the Fog on the Chesapeake

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-+*Maryland pilot Ron Steele was aboard the containership MSC Stella on 18 January when he hailed his colleague John Jamroga sailing on a reciprocal course just north of the Potomac River on the car carrier Marguerite Ace. At the time of the hail, Steele noted he was inside in a fog bank while Jamroga was in clear […]

A Tour of Kroonborg, Wagenborg’s New Walk-to-Work Vessel

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-+*This week, Royal Wagenborg’s new ‘Walk-to-Work’ vessel Kroonborg was christened in the port of Delfzijl.  She was built last year by Royal Niestern Sander shipyard in the Netherlands and is slated to work in the Southern North Sea for Dutch oil and gas company Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij BV (NAM) over the next decade. This “Walk-to-Work” vessel, as the […]

Long Beach is Beginning to Look Like Singapore [HD PHOTO SPECIAL]

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-+*“I was on a flight back from SFO to LAX on February 9th and we flew over the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach before turning in to land at the airport,” writes photographer Mike Kelley, but the scene below his aircraft was unlike anything he had ever witnessed. As a professional photographer, he […]

Long Beach is Beginning to Look Like Singapore [HD PHOTO SPECIAL]

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-+*“I was on a flight back from SFO to LAX on February 9th and we flew over the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach before turning in to land at the airport,” writes photographer Mike Kelley, but the scene below his aircraft was unlike anything he had ever witnessed. As a professional photographer, he […]

Four Ships Run Aground on Turkish Coast

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-+*Four cargo ships hit the shore of Turkey last weekend during a storm that caused the vessels to drag anchor. The vessels include the Gofer B, Bodyer and Melek B which all hit the shore line near Nemrut Bay and the Zanzibar-flagged Pasha, which ended up capsizing and sinking near Pomegranate Pier in the Bal?kesir’in […]

HD Photo Special – Aker Philadelphia Shipyard

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-+*Over the past year, Philadelphia photographer Charles Cerrone has gained access to wield his camera within the confines of one of the United States’ most historic shipyards, Aker Philadelphia Shipyard. Modern tankers are now being constructed for ExxonMobil and Crowley on the same lands that constructed the Iowa-class battleships New Jersey and Wisconsin for the U.S. Navy. “My work […]

Watch: VOS Vigilant Encounters Big Breaking Seas

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-+*Vroon Offshore’s 2011-built Emergency Response and Rescue Vessel VOS Vigilant took a bit of a pounding while operating off the Shetland Islands last month. This UK-flagged vessel is an IMT955L-design from Offshore Ship Designers and was built for Vroon at the Astilleros Zamakona Shipyard in Pasaia, Spain.  She is diesel-electric powered. The following video was shot […]

Video: A Day in the Life Offshore

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-+*William Skogland, a student at Bergen Maritime Well Technology created the following film from clips provided by North Sea operator Nexen (a CNOOC subsidiary) and Odfjell Drilling. The fixed platform in the video is Nexen’s Buzzard facility, located about 96 km northeast of Aberdeen in approximately 96 meters of water.  It is the largest UK North […]

Maersk Stockholm Arrives in Genoa with Wrecked Hull of Team Vestas Wind

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-+*Not sure if all the king’s horses and all the king’s men can put Team Vestas Wind back together again… but we hope they do. The hull arrived this morning in Genoa, Italy aboard the containership Maersk Stockholm and the world’s top carbon fiber construction experts at Persico Marine – located 200 miles inland at […]

SPOTD: Supporting the Bonga FPSO

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-+*Today’s ship photo of the day comes from offshore Nigeria by gCaptain contributor Andrey Vakarchuk. In the above photo taken on 25 January 2015, one of the cranes on board Shell’s Bonga FPSO transfers equipment from the 4,678 deadweight ton Bourbon Ruby platform supply vessel working offshore Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

Watch Japanese Tugs Free Grounded Containership MOL Express

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-+*A spectator on shore captured the following high quality video of Japanese tugboats working together to free the containership MOL Express after she ran aground while maneuvering in Tateyama Harbor, Japan.  Seaspan, the owner of the vessel, says the tugs managed to free the vessel, which was on charter to Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, on the morning […]

Video From Inside a Crew Change Helicopter Crash

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-+*Shockingly, it appears that all eight people on board survived this helicopter crash. Although there’s no date associated, it seems this video depicts the crash of a crew change helicopter approaching the CGG-chartered seismic vessel Viking Vision. Australian authorities report that on 12 December 2013, a helicopter with 6 personnel and 2 pilots was forced […]