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...]

SPOTD: Cargo Operations at the Shenzi TLP

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Ben Moll sends us the following image he took while conducting cargo operations between BHP Billiton's tensioned-leg platform (TLP) Shenzi and the C-Performer supply boat located in Green Canyon in the Gulf of Mexico, approximately 120 miles south of Louisiana. The Shenzi TLP has a nominal capacity to produce 100,000 barrels of oil and 50 million cubic feet of gas per … [Read more...]

PHOTOS: Quantum Construction Making Progress

Royal Caribbean's next generation cruise ship, Quantum of The Seas, under construction at Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. Photo courtesy Royal Caribbean

Here are some photos showing Royal Caribbean's next generation cruise ship, Quantum of the Seas, under construction at the Meyer Werft Shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. As you can see the ship is about half-way complete. Actually, it seems that the ship is more than half-way complete, if it's possible to even measure. Below is a picture of the steel cutting performed in … [Read more...]