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 is even more interesting, it shows the number of ships registered to each country by foreign owners. Notice the Flags of Convenience? Some will also be … [Read more...]

Windoc Incident – Story Behind YouTube’s Most Chilling Video

In August 2001 the Bulk Carrier Windoc was lined up on the Welland Canal's Bridge 11 in Ontario Canada. After receiving the flashing amber approach light indicating that the bridge operator was aware of the vessel, the captain lined up on the centerline and maintained a speed of 5 knots. Minutes later while the vessel was half way through the bridge started descending. The … [Read more...]

MHI Finally Delivers Delayed Aida Cruise Ship, AIDAPrima

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) announced that it has delivered the fuel-efficient AIDAprima cruise ship to AIDA Cruises at a ceremony held at Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works in Japan. AIDAprima is the first of two large cruise ships being built by MHI and will be the flagship of the German cruise line. Delivery of the AIDAPrima was originally anticipated in … [Read more...]

Study: Megaships Not Good For Economies of Scale

A simulation study on the operational and financial impacts of 'megaships' with a carrying capacity of more than 18,000 TEU on lines, terminal operators, ports and other supply chain stakeholders by global shipping consultancy firm Drewry revealed that these mega vessels provide only modest savings for the overall supply chain. The study found that the economies of … [Read more...]

Rolls-Royce to Supply LNG Propulsion For Fish Food Carrier

Rolls-Royce will supply a liquefied natural gas (LNG) propulsion package for a cargo vessel, which will deliver fish food on behalf of BioMar Group. A $6.5 million contract was signed by Rolls-Royce and Turkey-based Tersan Shipyard for the LNG propulsion system, which includes Bergen C26:33 natural gas engine rated at 2160 kW, combined rudder and propeller system, tunnel … [Read more...]