gCaptain’s Top 50 Most Viewed Stories of 2014

A rundown of gCaptain’s 50 most viewed stories from 2014. Enjoy!

50. WATCH: Atlantic Ocean B&B Takes Direct Hit from Hurricane Arthur

Photo Courtesy Frying Pan Tower B&B
Photo Courtesy Frying Pan Tower B&B

The Frying Pan Tower B&B is a former U.S. Coast Guard Light Station located 32 miles south of Bald Head, North Carolina and, in July, it took a direct hit from Hurricane Arthur. The owner was aboard to capture video of the storm.

49. WATCH: Chinese Ship Runs Over and Sinks Vietnamese Fishing Boat

On 26 May 2014, a Chinese fishing vessel chased down and ran over Vietnamese fishing boat off the coast of Vietnam, approximately 17 nautical miles from where China’s Haiyang Shiyou 981 drilling rig was operating.

48. CSCL Globe – Introducing the New World’s Largest Containership

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CSCL Globe

The MV CSCL Globe was delivered by Hyundai Heavy Industries to China Shipping Container Line in November. With a TEU capacity of 19,000 TEUs, the ship – one of five in the same series – beat out Maersk Lines’ 18,000+ TEU Triple-E’s for the containership with the highest cargo carrying capacity, but it is unlikely that the record will be held for long.

47. Triple-E Lego Kit On Sale Now

In January, LEGO’s 1,500 Maersk Triple-E kit hit the shelves (and sold out very quickly).

46. With 40 Knots Closing Speed, Offshore Racing Trimaran Runs into Cargo Ship

45. Video: Pilot Boat Coming in Hot

Cameras rolled as a SWATCH-hulled pilot boat in Emben, Germany made its approach just a little too hot.

44. Kenya Blows Up Heroin Ship

Photo courtesy State House Kenya/Twitter
Photo courtesy State House Kenya/Twitter

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta sent a message to drug smugglers by making a big spectacle out of blowing up the ship at the center of a record-breaking drug bust at the port of Mombasa. Drugs are bad.

43. Pirates of the Caribbean Tall Ship Sinks

The Brig Unicorn, an iconic two-masted, square-rigged tall ship famously featured in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, sank off Saint Lucia in May.

42. Tilting Lock Could Solve Moveable Bridges’ Traffic Problems

41. Maersk Containership in Bremerhaven Allision

In February, strong winds caused the 8,700 TEU containership Maersk Laberinto to collide with another Maersk containership, as well three cranes, causing millions of dollars in damage.

40. Car Carrier and Brunei Navy Ship Have Hard Time Letting Go

39. Triple-E Infographic

Everything you ever wanted to know about the (former) world’s biggest containerships.

38. Training Ship Empire State VI Like You’ve Never Seen Before

A SUNY Maritime College cadet used his GoPro camera during this year’s Summer Sea Term to capture the training ship underway from a very unique perspective.

37. Captain Shows How Not to Overtake Another Vessel

Bank effect strikes again!

36. Cruise Ship Gives Best Salute Ever

35. Naked Man Found Standing on Ship’s Rudder [PHOTOS]

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You can’t make this stuff up.

34. Amazing Photos Show True Scale of Queen Mary 2

Photos (c) James Morgan, James Morgan Photographic Consultancy
Photos (c) James Morgan, James Morgan Photographic Consultancy

That’s the Captain on the bulbous bow… not naked.

33. Spanish Navy Clashes With Greenpeace Activists

Greenpeace was back to their same old antics this year, this time off the Canary Islands.

32. World’s Largest Containership Sets Record for Largest Engine Ever

The current world’s largest containership by TEU carrying capacity, CSCL Globe, also set the record for the largest marine engine ever – standing a whopping 17.2 meters tall.

31. Video: This Is What Happens When You Don’t Properly Secure Your Ship

30. Video Shows Team Vestas Wind Grounding

Team Vestas Wind grounded on the Cargados Carajos Shoals, Mauritius, in the Indian Ocean, November 30,2014. Photo credit: Brian Carlin/Team Vestas Wind/Volvo Ocean Race
Team Vestas Wind grounded on the Cargados Carajos Shoals, Mauritius, in the Indian Ocean, November 30,2014. Photo credit: Brian Carlin/Team Vestas Wind/Volvo Ocean Race

An amazing video shows the moment Team Vestas Wind crashed their 65-foot racing yacht into a charted reef in the middle of the Indian Ocean during the Volvo Ocean Race.

29. Danish Naval Architect Uncovers Important Clues Into MOL Comfort Demise

MOL Comfort disaster, considered the worst containership loss in history, continued to make headlines in 2014.

28. Kim Jong UN Showboats Rusted 1950’s Era Sub

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un looks through a periscope of a submarine during his inspection of the Korean People's Army (KPA) Naval Unit 167 in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang June 16, 2014. REUTERS/KCNA
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un looks through a periscope of a submarine during his inspection of the Korean People’s Army (KPA) Naval Unit 167 in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang June 16, 2014. REUTERS/KCNA

27. Video: The Easy Way to Offload Timber from a Ship

26. Giant Peter Schelte Caught on Camera [VIDEO]

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Some new video posted to Youtube gave us the first good look at the massive Pieter Schelte, a unique catamaran-like vessel that will soon be used to remove decommissioned oil rigs in the North Sea.

25. 15 Spectacular Photos of the Refloated Costa Concordia

Photo courtesy Italian Civil Defense Department
Photo courtesy Italian Civil Defense Department

What an amazing feat of engineering.

24. GoPro Video From Inside a Sinking Ship

23. Coast Guard Patrol Boat Capsizes on Launch

22. Luxury Yacht Runs Aground in Brazil

21. Drone Films Costa Concordia Under Tow

EPIC!

20. Video: Panama Canal Mule Crushed by Containership

19. Coast Guard Cutter Collides with Fishing Boat

18. Out of Control Tug Slams Into Dock and Keeps on Truckin’

17. Kidnapped Off Nigeria – American Ship Captain Tells the Truth

In October 2013, American ship captain, Captain Wren Thomas, was kidnapped by Nigerian pirates after they stormed his vessel, the Edison Chouest Offshore vessel ‘C-Retriever’. In this exclusive interview with gCaptain’s Rob Almeida, Captain Thomas tells the amazing story of the kidnapping and 18-days of captivity in drug-filled pirate lair.

16. Video: Triple-E Leaves Port with World Record Load

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

15. Watch: Crane Operator Saves Supply Vessel from Capsizing

14. Dutch Reporter Gives Best Interview Ever

Totally fake. Still hilarious.

13. Russian Warship Sunk in Crimea

In March, The Russian Navy intentionally sank the Kara-class cruiser, Ochakov, at the entrance to Lake Donuzlav in order to block Ukrainian Navy ships.

12. Cameras Roll as Hansa Containership Runs Aground in Hong Kong

11. How Many Shipping Containers Are Really Lost At Sea?

In June, the World Shipping Council released an update its figures first released in 2011, which have been widely accepted as the best estimate for how many containers are really lost at sea each year. While it’s not the 10,000 commonly quoted by the media, the real number may surprise you.

10. MOL Comfort Incident Photos

MOL Comfort as seen on June 17, 2013 in the Indian Ocean.
MOL Comfort as seen on June 17, 2013 in the Indian Ocean.

The MOL Comfort disaster continued to make headlines in 2014 with the Investigative Panel on Large Container Ship Safety, set up to investigate the incident, releasing its final report in September.

9. USS Coronado Bangs Into Panama Canal

8. Russian Nuclear Submarine Rescues Sailors in Distress – PHOTOS

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7. Lifeboat Does Perfect Front Flip

Lifeboat accidents are no laughing matter, but it was hard not to on this one.

6. Watch: Pride of Calais Ferry Hits Turkish Beach at Full Speed

Turkey Aliaga Ship demolishing yard

5. Helicopter Goes Down While Flying to Transocean’s Jack Ryan Drillship

In May, a service helicopter carrying workers to Transocean’s ‘Jack Ryan’ drillship off the coast of Ghana crashed into the ocean, killing four people.

4. Video: $10 Million Dollar Yacht Launch Fail

Skip to 2:30 for the action.

3. Video: Huge Waves Split Cargo Ship in Half

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The MV Luno just after breaking up along a sea wall in Anglet, France, February 5, 2014. Image (c) REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

The Spanish-flagged MV Luno split in two after becoming pinned against a breakwater in southern France. It was all captured on a 4-minute video.

2. Containership’s 40 Degree Roll

Makes you seasick just watching this.

And the number 1 most viewed story of 2014 was…

1. Video Captures Epic Collision Between Laden Containerships in the Suez

Cameras rolled as two fully laden containerships, the MV Colombo Express (right) and MV Maersk Tanjong, collided in the north end of the Suez Canal. Nobody knows what really happened, but the leading theories are bank effect, a stuck rudder, or payback over a pack of stolen smokes.