Monster Cables: Connecting the Subsea Factory

-+*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 […]

Ship Photo – Three Grand Queens

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-+*Cunard Cruise Lines kicked off its 175th birthday celebration on Sunday with the gathering its Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria at Cunard’s homeport in Southampton. The sailaway procession began Sunday afternoon as Queen Mary 2 moved into position to lead the fleet out of Southampton Docks and into the the Solent towards […]

M/V Juno Damage Photos

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-+*On 20 April, the handysize bulk carrier M/V Juno carrying a cargo of sugar grounded in the St. Lawrence River after suffering a steering casualty.  The grounding caused the vessel to take on water in one of the forward ballast tanks while she backed up shipping traffic on the waterway. Toronto-based gCaptain follower Ryan Wynott found the Juno […]

SPOTD: Damen Twin Axe’s Under Construction in Singapore

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-+*Sorry folks, but all the photos that I took earlier had to be taken down… except for this one. The 26 meter, all aluminum, catamaran version of the Fast Crew Supplier is called the FCS 2610 “Twin Axe.” The below vessel has been designed to best enable workers to transit to, and board offshore wind farms for […]

The Upside to a Down Market: Innovation and Standardization in Norway

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-+*As a daily consumer of energy, I’ve been selfishly happy about the lower fuel prices of late. Low gas prices are good – at least that’s what I thought.  And then last week, gCaptain sent me to Oslo  to attend the Subsea Valley Conference and Expo, and I learned that low fuel prices are also very bad. […]

Singapore’s Galaxy of Ships

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-+*One thing you’ll notice as you fly in to Singapore’s Changi airport is the seemingly never-ending fleet of ships anchored just off the southern shoreline in the Straits of Malacca. I took this image on my iPhone this morning from the beach just south of the airport: On the left side of the photo where […]

SPOTD: Mark Zuckerburg Visits the Panama Canal

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-+*Mark Zuckerburg, the founder of Facebook, paid a visit to the Panama Canal today and observed the British-flagged chemical tanker CPO New Zealand as she made her way through the locks. The 183 meter-long, 52,000 ton deadweight CPO New Zealand is owned by Hamburg-based Offen Tankers. According to his Facebook page, he was allowed in to the […]

Poking Through the Fog on the Chesapeake

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-+*Maryland pilot Ron Steele was aboard the containership MSC Stella on 18 January when he hailed his colleague John Jamroga sailing on a reciprocal course just north of the Potomac River on the car carrier Marguerite Ace. At the time of the hail, Steele noted he was inside in a fog bank while Jamroga was in clear […]

Long Beach is Beginning to Look Like Singapore [HD PHOTO SPECIAL]

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-+*“I was on a flight back from SFO to LAX on February 9th and we flew over the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach before turning in to land at the airport,” writes photographer Mike Kelley, but the scene below his aircraft was unlike anything he had ever witnessed. As a professional photographer, he […]

Long Beach is Beginning to Look Like Singapore [HD PHOTO SPECIAL]

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-+*“I was on a flight back from SFO to LAX on February 9th and we flew over the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach before turning in to land at the airport,” writes photographer Mike Kelley, but the scene below his aircraft was unlike anything he had ever witnessed. As a professional photographer, he […]

HD Photo Special – Aker Philadelphia Shipyard

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-+*Over the past year, Philadelphia photographer Charles Cerrone has gained access to wield his camera within the confines of one of the United States’ most historic shipyards, Aker Philadelphia Shipyard. Modern tankers are now being constructed for ExxonMobil and Crowley on the same lands that constructed the Iowa-class battleships New Jersey and Wisconsin for the U.S. Navy. “My work […]

Maersk Stockholm Arrives in Genoa with Wrecked Hull of Team Vestas Wind

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-+*Not sure if all the king’s horses and all the king’s men can put Team Vestas Wind back together again… but we hope they do. The hull arrived this morning in Genoa, Italy aboard the containership Maersk Stockholm and the world’s top carbon fiber construction experts at Persico Marine – located 200 miles inland at […]