What’s the best color to paint a ship? The answer might surprise you!

+-*In his well reviewed 2007 book The Tankship Tromedy, Former MIT Naval Architecture professor and ship owner Jack Devanney has strong opinions on the best color to paint tankers: white! The most effective way of controlling deck dribs and drabs is simple: white decks and topsides. Most tanker owners paint their decks a dark color, […]

NYK Line Orders New LNG Carriers to Ship U.S. LNG Exports

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+-*Japan’s Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) has followed up with an order for two new liquified natural gas carriers that will be used to transport U.S.-produced natural gas from the the Cameron LNG export facility beginning in 2018. NYK Line ordered the ships after sealing time-charter agreements with Singapore-based Diamond Gas International. The vessels will […]

Magic Pipe – Norwegian Operator, Engineers Charged with Environmental Crimes

+-*A federal grand jury in Mobile, Alabama has returned a seven-count indictment against a Norwegian shipping company and four of its employees with violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS), conspiracy, obstruction of justice and witness tampering in relation to the use of a so-called ‘magic pipe’. Det Stavangerske Dampskibsselskab AS, or DSD […]

Marlink to Integrate with North Sea 4G Communications Network

+-*4G connectivity is available in pretty much every metropolitan area of the world, and oddly enough, in the middle of the North Sea as well. Since 2013, offshore communications provider Tampnet been providing 4G wireless connectivity on the high seas via its network of base stations located on the myriad of fixed offshore platforms. Approximately […]

Bremerhaven Container Crane Fails, Operator Killed

+-*Bremerhaven police have confirmed the death this morning of a 52 year old crane operator who was loading and unloading containers on Wednesday night from the Maersk Kerachi when one of the structural members of his crane failed. The crane operator’s gondola then fell to the bottom of the ship’s hold. An investigation into the incident […]

Monster Cables: Connecting the Subsea Factory

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+-*If the oil and gas industry’s dream of a subsea factory is to become reality, then R&D that advances current technology is imperative. Companies like ABB are working to advance subsea power conversion, Aker Solutions is developing capping technologies, and OneSubsea has already built the first multiphase compressor that in and of itself is a quantum […]