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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • GAO issues report on vessel tracking systems

    For those keeping up with vessel tracking technology, Bryant’s Maritime Blog alerts us that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a report on the review of vessel tracking systems used by the Coast Guard.  Specifically, the report focuses on the duplication of data that the two primary long range tracking methods provide which include […]

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  • Twitter on the high seas?

    Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read other users’ updates known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters in length which are displayed on the user’s profile page and delivered to other users who have subscribed to them (known as followers). Senders can restrict delivery to those in their circle of friends or, by default, allow anybody to access them. Users can send and receive tweets via the Twitter website, Short Message Service (SMS) or applications such asTweetie, Twitterrific, Twitterfon, TweetDeck and feedalizr. The service is free to use over the Internet, but using SMS may incur phone service provider fees.

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  • The One-Man Bridge – Ulstein Bridge Alarm System

    The Maritime Executive brings us news on the type approval by Det Norske Veritas (DNV) class society of the Ulstein Bridge Alarm System (Ulstein BAS). The system, developed by Ulstein Elektro is specifically designed to enable a near fail-safe, one-man bridge operation through a ladder of alarms or alerts to other qualified navigators, and the master should a situation occur that needs the attention of others.

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  • Coming to a chart table near you?

    A friend alerted me to this crazy piece of technology.  Imagine a chart that can be manipulated like a giant ipod.  Sounds like they are doing some work with the British RNLI.  It also reminds me of the huge displays Tom Cruise used in “Minority Report”.  Maritime Charts on Surface from Rob Blackwell on Vimeo. Richard […]