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European discovery of Florida

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on April 2, 2013

On 2 April 1513 (500 years ago, for those who have lost count), a fleet of three Spanish ships commanded by Juan Ponce de León sighted land west of the Bahamas. He believed it to be another island and named it La Florida (the Flowery Isles) in recognition of its verdant landscape.

China looks inwards as export demand remains weak

Posted to Far East Maritime (by Greg Knowler) on October 25, 2012

China became known as the world’s factory by offering manufacturing costs that could not be matched by the developed nations. Its wages paid to uneducated rural migrant labour were a fraction of the mostly unionized pay required in the West, and land for factories was plentiful and cheap.

Right whales

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on February 17, 2012

There are three species of right whales (four if you include the bowhead whale). These are the North Atlantic right whale, the North Pacific right whale, and the Southern right whale. They acquired the name “right” from whalers, because these whales are commonly found near land and because…

NMSAC Makes Recommendations on Seafarer Shore Access

Posted to Maritime Transportation Security News and Views (by John C.W. Bennett) on May 20, 2011

The National Maritime Security Advisory Committee (NMSAC) met by teleconference this morning (May 20th) to finalize a Resolution on Seafarer Shore Access. The Resolution was adopted unanimously, after two amendments. One of the maritime transportation…

On Environmental Offices

Posted to We Love Your Ship (by Joseph Wrinn) on June 15, 2010

We create efficient designs, why don’t we work in environmentally friendly offices? As engineers, we always look for ways to improve on our designs. The first improvement in design usually occurs when we can design a more efficient solution to the given problem.