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  • The Arctic Danger – Are ships in the arctic dangerous?

    The NY Times posted an interesting article about the environmental risks of arctic shipping. This topic has been brewing for some time now, and although the article mentions that the arctic is a buzz with activity, it is still relatively barren of commercial shipping. Most of the present maritime activity is centered on research and oil exploration. Despite the low level of full scale commercial shipping activity, the arctic is changing, and there are certainly some very real dangers and challenges presented by the opening of a viable Northwest Passage.

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  • Princess Cruise ship catches fire

    The Princess Cruise ship Royal Princess suffered an engine room fire today while departing Port Said, Egypt.  Here is the word directly from Princess Cruises: Royal Princess Update – 2:00pm PST At approximately 8:10 pm local time, an engine room fire broke out aboard Royal Princess, as the ship was departing Port Said, Egypt. The […]

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  • Cruise ship blimp goes into the drink

    Well, it was a short lived, but useful trial.  Apparently the blimp that the new Royal Caribbean cruise ship Oasis of the Seaswas testing detached and fell to the ocean during sea trials.  Kudos to Royal Caribbean to having the patience to test this endeavour before putting passengers aboard.  For our previous article on the blimp trial, […]

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  • Chinese sub collides with navy towed array

    In another incident between the U.S. Navy and China, a submerged Chinese sub apparently collided with a towed array from the Arliegh Burke Class guided missile destroyer USS John McCain on Thursday.  Here is the story from Reuters: WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Chinese submarine accidentally collided with an underwater sonar array being towed by a U.S. […]

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  • Green lighting on the bridge? Not so fast!

    Do you have energy saving compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) on your bridge?  The Coast Guard says you should consider removing them.  The lights use an RF lighting device that has been known to cause interference on communications equipment.  The FCC has recognized the interference problem and will now be requiring manufacturers to provide a warning […]

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  • Blimp on a cruise ship?

    A blimp on a ship? Sort of. I came across these photos of the newly built Oasis of the Seas testing the feasibility of deploying an aerostat or tethered balloon. The world’s largest cruise ship afloat was conducting sea trials and added testing the feasibility test of a tethered balloon to the extensive 3-day sea trial period off the shores of Turku Finland

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  • Another eco-ferry to set sail in San Francisco

    Pisces is the second of two 25 knot, 149-passenger vessels recently built by WETA. The City of Alameda manages the Harbor Bay ferry service and contracts with Harbor Bay Maritime to operate the service. The City of Alameda chartered the WETA-owned ferry for use on the Harbor Bay Ferry service.

    Like its sister vessel, Gemini, which set sail on the Tiburon-San Francisco commute in December 2008, Pisces is the nation’s most environmentally friendly ferryboat. Its exhaust is 85% cleaner than EPA emissions standards for Tier II (2007) marine engines and is ten times cleaner than existing Bay Area ferries. Pisces also incorporates innovative measures to protect bay and marine life, including low-wake, low-wash hulls.

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  • Where is the Maersk Alabama's $30,000?

    Is this the tale of a simple miscommunication, confusion in a crisis, or something more? Somebody might have an extra $30,000 stashed away….apparently the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) is investigating the whereabouts of $30,000  in cash that was reportedly given to the pirates aboard the Maersk Alabama as part of a failed deal by […]