Saturday, August 20, 2016

Maritime Flags of Convenience Visualized

  We recently decided to get to work on some maritime visualizations. Above is a bubble graph I created representing the number of ships registered to each flag state.   This graph...

August 20, 2016
Total Views: 128

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Emma Maersk’s Wärtsilä-Sulzer Super Ship Engine – Part 2

A look "under the hood" of the World's Largest container ship ever built. The engine that powers the Emma Maersk.

July 21, 2013
Total Views: 4068

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Fire in the Sky – What Causes Auroras?

The following article originally appeared on,’s sister site and the leading ski and snowboard industry website. By Dr. Kaye, Aurora are a frequent visitor to the dark...

February 8, 2012
Total Views: 45

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Container Shipping Companies – The Ten Largest Visualized

UDPATED: January 2012 The data visualization above represents the worlds 10 largest container shipping companies by TEU capacity. WORLD TEU CAPACITY: 15,899,687 For those who prefer more traditional data we...

January 7, 2012
Total Views: 107

Monday, October 31, 2011

A gCaptain Halloween – Navy Ships in Razzle Dazzle

Some of you may remember a cartoon which appeared during World War I, a drawing showing an inquisitive stranger talking with the gateman at a railway crossing. The gate was...

October 31, 2011
Total Views: 92

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Emma Maersk – The Secret Story of Building The World’s Largest Container Ship

Emma Maersk – Photo By Tidewater Muse Emma Maersk The Emma Maersk is a true modern marvel. She is the world’s largest container ship, the longest container ship currently in...

April 5, 2011
Total Views: 1357

Monday, December 20, 2010

Interesting Ship of The Week – The ‘J.W. Westcott II’

The J.W. Westcott II, owned and operatd by the J.W. Westcott Company based in Detroit Michigan, is a 45-foot-long tugboat that acts as a USPS contracted mail courier, delivering mail and other packages to vessels...

December 20, 2010
Total Views: 8

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Dodge Morgan (1931-2010) – The passing of an American sailing icon

Associated Press When I was a kid, I remember being mesmerized by  a 2-hour TV special about a man who spent 150 days sailing his 60-foot sailboat, American Promise, 27,000 miles around...

September 18, 2010
Total Views: 18

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

FPSO Delivery Photos – Heavy Lift Transport

FPSO delivery photos from the gCaptain archives… enjoy! Ever wonder how a huge FPSO is delivered to it’s destination? Shipspotting forum points us to Seven Marine’s photos of a recent...

August 10, 2010
Total Views: 21

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Moon Setting on Calm Water

The above photo was taken using a technique we published in a story titled “Shipboard Digital Camera Tricks“. Many more great moon pictures by the photographer, Licya, can be found...

July 29, 2010
Total Views: 177

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Bridge Designs – 5 Most Ambitious of Today

History is littered with bridges designed to do the impossible. One example, Euroroute (pictured above), would literally take drivers through the White Cliffs of Dover to an island five miles...

June 23, 2010
Total Views: 276

Friday, March 26, 2010

Caspian Sea Monster – World’s Fastest Ship OR Largest Plane?

  From the gCaptain Archive: World’s Fastest Ship OR Largest Plane? Thrilling Wonder brings us the story of The Caspian Sea Monster. Built during the cold war this Russian plane...

March 26, 2010
Total Views: 60

Thursday, June 18, 2009

How It’s Built – Cruise Ship Cabins

How is a cabin is built in this day of containerization and commodization? Remotely of course. Eurodam News, Holland America’s blog showcasing the shipyard activities around their latest new build...

June 18, 2009
Total Views: 469

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Interesting Ship Photos – Heavy Lift Collection

May 13, 2009
Total Views: 11

Friday, February 27, 2009

BEM Monge – Interesting Ship of The Week

This week’s vessel is the BEM Monge, a Measure and Test Ship of the French Navy.  The ship is equipped with extensive tracking technologies as well as trajectory processing and...

February 27, 2009
Total Views: 276

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

The BBC “Box” Making Its Way Across the US

BBC’s “The Box”, the year long experiment that explores globalization and world trade, has made its way into the States via the Port of Los Angeles.  According to the BBC...

December 9, 2008
Total Views: 1

Friday, December 5, 2008

BIMCO – ISF shipping industry statistics

We recently ran across some interesting statistics from a 2005 joint study on manpower from BIMCO and the ISF. Q: How many officers are currently employed aboard ships?

December 5, 2008
Total Views: 32

Friday, November 14, 2008

Wind Propulsion Vessel E-Ship 1 – Interesting Ship of The Week

This weeks Interesting Ship is brought to us by Thanks to increasing oil prices! Here comes E-Ship 1 from ‘Enercon’, one of the world’s leading companies in the wind...

November 14, 2008
Total Views: 444

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

A Tunnel For Ships?

MarineBuzz points us to Norway’s plan to build a One Nautical Mile long tunnel for ships. Reuters tells us: Norway has drawn up plans to build the world’s first shipping...

October 15, 2008
Total Views: 8

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Ulstein X-BOW, A Viking Ship Redesigned for Modern Use

A vessel found in 700 AD, several centuries before Vikings ruled Norway, an Oseberg ship from approximately 800 AD and the vessel knarr from around year 1000 AD all have...

September 25, 2008
Total Views: 363