SPOTD: India’s First Homegrown Aircraft Carrier Float Out


India yesterday undocked its first indigenously-built aircraft carrier INS Vikrant at a simple ceremony at Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL). INS Vikrant is the first aircraft carrier built in India and the first warship built by Cochin. Work on the ship's design began in 1999, and the keel was laid in February 2009. The carrier was floated out of its dry dock on 29 December … [Read more...]

Namibia Explorers Barge-Based Electric Power Plants

Karpowership Electric Barge

Namibia is exploring the option of using barges with power plants to help plug an electricity shortage that may reach 300 megawatts in the next two years, Finance Minister Calle Schlettwein said. The government is also considering coal, gas and solar projects, Schlettwein said in an interview in Cape Town on June 5. The African Development Bank has been appointed as advisers … [Read more...]

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

jan toschka shell

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]

abb azipod

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...]

Scorpio Bulkers To Sell Five Newbuilds


Related Book: The Shipping Man by Matthew McCleeryScorpio Bulkers announced today that it has entered into agreements to sell three Capesize newbuilding dry bulk vessels and two LR2 product tankers under construction for approximately $236 million in aggregate.  The Capesize vessels are currently being constructed in China, and have expected delivery dates between … [Read more...]

Rolls-Royce Unveils Permanent Magnet Azimuth Thruster at NorShipping

gunnerus rolls-royce permanent magnet azimuth thruster

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...]

Maersk Signs $1.8B Deal With DSME


Note: To learn more about Containerships be sure to read the excellent book The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger by Marc Levinson Maersk Line, a unit in shipping and oil group A.P. Moller-Maersk, said on Tuesday it had ordered 11 ultra-large container vessels from South Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co … [Read more...]