SPOTD: Buksèr og Berging’s LNG-Powered Tugs Support Kårstø

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I've been cruising around Norway for the past 6 days and met up with the folks from Rolls-Royce and Norwegian tug operator Buksèr og Berging who gave me a first-hand look at their two new LNG-powered tugs which are servicing Statoil's Kårstø processing plant just north of Stavanger. This facility collects and processes hydrocarbons from 30 fields offshore Norway and receives … [Read more...]

Vale Makes First VLOC Port Call at Kashima

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The Vale Brasil arrived at Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal's (NSSMC) Kashima port on June 18, marking the first time a VLOC has called on Kashima. Loaded with 390,000 metric tons of iron ore, Vale notes the Valemax vessel first berthed at the ports of Oita and Kimitsu and then sailed to Kashima to deliver the rest of its cargo (150,000 metric tons). NSSMC received its … [Read more...]

British Navy Secretly Building 2000 Foot-Long Aircraft Carrier

Prince of Wales Aircraft Carrier

The following images leaked by the Royal Navy on their Facebook page show the bow section of the Prince of Wales aircraft carrier currently under construction. As you can see however, the relative size of the bow bulb indicates this ship will be far bigger than any ship the world has ever seen. It barely fits under the giant shipyard gantry crane... Or... Maybe … [Read more...]

Giant Whirling Ice Smashers

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The Finnish Transport Agency's new 19MW icebreaker ordered from Arctech Helsinki Shipyard this past February will be outfitted with three of ABB's heavy duty Azipods according to a press release today.  A single 6MW unit will be located at the bow and two 6.5MW units at the stern. The cost of the new vessel is € 123 million (including € 24 million in European Union grants), … [Read more...]

Dead Right Whale Found on South African Beach

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A dead Southern Atlantic right whale was discovered on Sunset Beach near Cape Town, South Africa on Saturday. During the southern hemisphere's winter months these whales arrive off South Africa to calve and mate.  The global population of the Southern Atlantic right whale is around 10,000 according to a 2008 study by the National Geographic Society. Although a ban on the … [Read more...]

SPOTD: China Blasts Vietnamese Ship With Water Cannon

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A Chinese ship (R) uses water cannon on a Vietnamese Sea Guard ship on the South China Sea near the Paracels islands, in this handout photo taken on May 5, 2014 and released by the Vietnamese Marine Guard on May 8, 2014. Vietnam said on Wednesday the Chinese vessel intentionally rammed two of its ships in a part of the disputed South China Sea where Beijing has deployed a … [Read more...]

SPOTD: Dual MLPs off San Diego

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Last Friday afternoon, the NASSCO-built ships MLP-1 USNS Montford Point and MLP-2 USNS John Glenn crossed paths off the coast of San Diego for a rare dual MLP photo opportunity. USNS John Glenn left San Diego and was en-route to Everett, Washington while the Montford Point was entering the channel here in San Diego. The picture was captured in the vicinity of buoy 1SD off … [Read more...]