Jet Powered Seaplane Kicks Up Wicked Rooster Tail [VIDEO]

Beriev Be-200 Altair

If you happen to notice a contact on your radar screen with speed leader stretching clear across your screen, it may not be an anomaly, but rather a Russian-made jet-powered seaplane/water bomber. Designed in the 1990s by Beriev Aviation Company, the concept hasn't truly caught on like it might have 40 years ago, but if you want to put out a fire like a boss, buy one of these … [Read more...]

LNG – Eastern Europe’s Hope to Escape the Russian Bear?

fsru independence

Just a week ago, a vessel arriving to the Lithuanian port city of Klaipeda was met with a bit more fanfare than the average commercial ship – the welcoming ceremony was live broadcasted and included Lithuanian President, Dalia Grybauskaite, as well as representatives from Latvia, Estonia, Norway, the United States, Finland, Sweden and the European Council.  This pomp and … [Read more...]

Post-Panamax Bulk Carrier Rides Air Bubble Blanket to Reduce Emissions

Photo credit: MHI

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has announced the delivery of the first of three post-panamax bulk carriers to achieve energy efficient operations through the use of an air bubble lubrication system. The recently delivered bulk carrier, MV Harvest Frost, is the first vessel of its size to use MHI's proprietary Mitsubishi Air Lubrication System (MALS), which reduces the drag … [Read more...]

Video: Life Aboard One of the Biggest Container Ships in the World

Triple-E nearly fully loaded departing Algeciras, Spain.  Photo courtesy Maersk Line

We saw a short clip of this video earlier this month along with a New York Times feature article, "Aboard a Cargo Colossus", so consider this the extended version with interviews with the captain and crew. The video offers a glimpse of what life is like aboard a Triple E containership, the MV Mary Maersk, which at 400 meters and with a capacity of 18,200 TEUs is one of the … [Read more...]

8 Tips for Ship Launching via Rubber Inflatables

Airbag Launching of an 8400 ton ship, image via Max Groups

Ship launching using rubber inflatables, or commonly known as airbags, is a very popular vessel launching method, particularly in Asia. Besides, many shipyards are using it for ship repairs where the “rubber airbags” (or “belons” in Indonesia) are used to facilitate the haul-ins of ships by winch. The use of such inflatables may seem to be pretty simple and straightforward, yet … [Read more...]