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  • Prisoners of the Cosco Busan

    This comes to us from the Bay Area magazine East Bay Express. Interesting article that discusses the human impact of the Cosco Busan incident, and the effect on key crew members from the ship who were sequestered in San Francisco for over a year in an exotic mix of legal limbo.  It is an interesting […]

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  • Bosporus Blunder

    The St. Vincent & Grenadines flagged cargo ship Ella J demonstrates the time tested theory that ships do not react well with land. In this case, the Ella J apparently developed a technical problem in clear weather resulting in the ship striking a concrete quayside wall at Yenikoy on Thursday.

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  • North Korea may start next naval crisis

    Things are heating up around North Korea.  Not only has the most recent nuclear test raised the eyebrows of many around the world, but so has North Korea’s reaction to the proposed interdiction of North Korean ships to counter nuclear proliferation under the U.S. led Proliferation Security Initiative. North Korea intensified its threats against South […]

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  • Urea coming to an engine room near you?

    Urea…yes…a primary waste product of urine is actually a key ingredient to reducing nitrogen oxides or NOx emissions from diesel engines. NOx is a by-product of combustion, and is the primary cause of smog, acid rain, and the production of ozone. Not only does NOx not take too kindly to the atmosphere, it also does not take kindly to humans. NOx and various toxic by-products from reactions with NOx cause lung irritation, and in high enough concentrations permanent lung damage and biological mutations.

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  • Global Positioning System may crash in 2010

    Yes, break out your sextants and dust off the ol’ H.O. 229s and get ready for 2010. 2010 is when the Government Accountability Office (GAO) believes the system of GPS satellites may begin to catastrophically fail. Essentially the GAO believes the Air Force may not deploy new GPS satellites in time to replace aging and failing satellites currently in orbit.

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  • Drive your own ship on Google Earth

    I came across this free ship simulator that allows you to control different types of ships in different areas of the world using Google Earth in your web browser. Its very basic, and the true simulator connoisseur may find many faults, but hey, its fun! There are no explosions or special effects if you try […]

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  • Blackwater pirate fighting ship sidelined by its own crew

    It looks like the McArthur, the 183ft ex-NOAA oceanographic research ship that Blackwater bought and converted for use as a maritime security platform is no longer offering services in the anti-piracy effort. Life on board the McArthur was apparently not so good. Blackwater, now re-named Xe, now has three separate harassment claims from crewmembers who […]

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  • Russian reefer smashes into Norway

    Yes…smashing into Norway literally.  The pictures tell the story best.  Some amazing photos provided by the Norwegian Coastal Administration. On Monday, the Russian reefer ship Petrozavodsk became stranded near Bjørnøya, Norway.  The ship is now being smashed against a sheer rock cliff on Bear Island, resulting in extensive damage to the ship.  Dangers from potential […]