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Friday, July 19, 2019

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.

Essar Shipping inducts two mini cape vessels

Posted to Essar Shipping inducts two mini cape vessels (by Joseph Fonseca) on November 19, 2012

Essar Shipping Limited (ESL) today reported having taken delivery of two mini cape bulk carriers, m v Kishore and m v Ashok. These new builds are the last two mini cape vessels out of six that have been on order with STX (Dalian) Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., China.

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.

Marine Engineers’ Convention on overcoming economic meltdown

Posted to Marine Engineers’ Convention on overcoming economic meltdown (by Joseph Fonseca) on September 24, 2012

It is incredible that the two-day 26th National Convention of Marine Engineers finally took place in Mumbai, (Navi Mumbai to be exact) over the past weekend on 22 and 23 September 2012. It is in fact the first time in several years that Mumbai was selected as the venue of this convention.

KPIs are key to cost reductions

Posted to SHIPPINGInsight (by James Rhodes) on July 23, 2012

You may have seen the announcement, reported on MarineLink.com last week, that Maersk LIne has saved almost USD$90 million on fuel costs in three years by measuring the performance of individual ships. Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) were…

Amelia Island

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on June 29, 2012

Amelia Island is the northern-most portion of Florida on the Atlantic coast. Georgia lies just across the St. Marys River. This political separation today is of little significance, but it was highly important in earlier times. Some years after…

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…

Kort nozzle

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on February 14, 2012

A Kort nozzle is a hydrodynamically-designed shroud that encircles a ship’s propeller just outside the blade tips. The entire assembly of the propeller and the nozzle is referred to as a ducted propeller. The concept of the ducted propeller…

China factories being pushed over the edge

Posted to Far East Maritime (by Greg Knowler) on November 8, 2011

We asked the question last week that retailers in the US and Europe must surely be ready to put in last minute orders to restock their inventories before the Christmas buying season starts in earnest. Yesterday we received the answer, from the US, at least.

HMS Rattler

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on September 2, 2011

A steam-powered side-wheeler with the tentative name HMS Ardent was under construction in Sheerness when the Royal Navy decided to begin its own experiments with screw propulsion. When commissioned in 1844, the newly-named HMS Rattler became…

War of Jenkins’ Ear

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on July 15, 2011

Relations between Spain and Great Britain during the 1730’s were strained to say the least. Spain had granted to British ships extensive trading rights in Spanish colonies in the Americas and now rued the decision. There were numerous confrontations…

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…

Small Washington Ferry Struggles

Posted to MarineNews Notes (by Raina Clark) on May 8, 2011

Whatcom County Public Works Ferry Division is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Whatcom Chief, a ferry connecting Lummi Island to mainland Washington via a short run across a narrow waterway between Bellingham Bay and Lummi Bay.

A PR Opportunity Wasted

Posted to Observations (by Charmaine Berina) on January 14, 2011

Did you know that 2010 was designated by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London as the “Year of the Seafarer?” No? Don’t feel lonely. No one else knew it either. The idea of focusing the attention of the maritime industry and…

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.

Did the Chilean Quake Shorten Earth Days?

Posted to MarineNews Notes (by Raina Clark) on March 3, 2010

According to a report from NASA, the Feb. JPL research scientist Richard Gross computed how Earth's rotation should have changed as a result of the Feb. 27 quake. Using a complex model, he and fellow scientists came up with a preliminary calculation…