PHOTOS: Historic Whaleship Charles W. Morgan Under Full Sail

What a beauty! The 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan with sails set while in the midst of a historic voyage to New England ports. The Charles W. Morgan is the United States’ oldest commercial vessel and the world’s last surviving wooden whaling ship. She was relaunched last summer after completing an extensive restoration at the world famous Mystic Seaport in … [Read more...]

“Wind Challenger” a Next Generation Bulk Carrier

As fuel prices continue to put a relentless burden on shipowners, the age of sail may be returning. A joint industry project launched in 2009 by the University of Tokyo and supported by NYK, MOL, K-Line, Oshima Shipbuilding, Tadano and ClassNK is looking to develop a next generation sailing vessel that will have a 50 percent lower rate of fuel consumption as compared to a … [Read more...]

Rolls-Royce and B9 Shipping: Reviving the Age of Sail

Rolls-Royce is working with B9 Shipping to develop a ship with a capacity of 4,500 tonnes that will be primarily powered by a 180-foot sail, with bio-methane engines providing additional power. “We’re at the dawn of a transition,” said Oskar Levander, vice president for innovation at Rolls Royce’s marine unit. The industry has been discussing for … [Read more...]

American Schooner Goes Missing in South Pacific

Concerns are mounting over the fate of a historic American schooner and her crew after the vessel went missing June 4 while sailing from New Zeeland to Australia. The 70-foot Nina, built in 1928, left Opua, New Zealand on May 29 and has not been heard from since June 4, when the vessel was about 370 nautical miles west-north-west of Cape Reinga. There are seven people on … [Read more...]

Could Wind Power Return to Commercial Shipping?

As the shipping industry endeavours to conserve expensive fossil fuels, cargo ship designers are now turning to the oldest source of power there is: the wind – but can the power of the past move the shipping fleets of the future? Wind power could be making a radical comeback within the shipping industry. A drive for fuel efficiency and new forms of marine propulsion is … [Read more...]