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Maritime Monday, November 6th, 2017

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China Tests New “Island Builder” Dredge

BEIJING (Reuters) – China is testing a new dredger ship that will greatly enhance its land reclamation capabilities, a state media report said on Sunday, as the country continues to develop facilities in the South China Sea in a bid to strengthen its claims in the waters. Show More Summary

What is a Walkaround Boat?

when I think about the "one-boat" question I often end up thinking about the walkaround boat. with a full cockpit, a console steering station, a cuddy cabin with a head, and a foredeck.

US Navy Memo: Back-To-Basics OR Outdated-And-Ridiculous?

By Captain John Konrad (gCaptain) After reading the U.S. Naval orders for Back-to-Basics reforms and the USS Fitzgerald and USS McCain investigation reports along with expert analysis by naval experts, I’ve known for years and trust implicitly… my mind is blank. Show More Summary

U.S. Government Report Says ‘Extremely Likely’ that Humans Are Causing Global Temperatures to Rise

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Congressional Leaders Defend the Jones Act During Hearing on Hurricane Relief and Recovery Efforts

Congressional leaders from both sides of the isle defended the Jones Act’s impact on hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico during a hearing this week exploring initial lessons learned from the 2017 hurricanes and key challenges and obstacles that may remain in the way of recovery. Show More Summary

HMS Queen Elizabeth Back at Sea for Second Phase of Sea Trials

The Royal Navy’s future flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth sailed from her homeport of Portsmouth Naval Base for the first time this week, embarking on her second set of sea trials off the southern coast of England. HMS Queen Elizabeth isShow More Summary

Nigeria Oil Militant Group Ends Cease-Fire, Pledges Attacks on ‘Every Oil Installation’

By Elisha Bala-Gbogbo (Bloomberg) — A militant group in Nigeria’s southern Niger River delta, whose attacks on oil installations in 2016 cut output to the lowest in three decades, said it ended its self-imposed cease-fire and will resume its violent campaign. Show More Summary

NASA Scientists Get Up-Close Look at Massive Iceberg ‘Roughly the Size of Delaware’

A NASA aircraft on a mission to map polar ice in Antarctica got one of the first up-close looks at the massive iceberg that broke off from the Larsen C Ice Shelf this past July. The giant one trillion ton iceberg, known as A68, originally...Show More Summary

World’s Largest FPSO Departs Samsung Heavy Industries

The world’s largest Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel left the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in Geoje, South Korea under tow on Tuesday for its voyage to Nigeria.  The Egina FPSO was ordered by Total in 2013...Show More Summary

U.S. Navy Orders Back-to-Basics Reforms After Deadly Collisions

PHILIPPINE SEA (June 14, 2017) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) maneuvers alongside the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) for a refueling-at-sea. Bonhomme Richard is theShow More Summary

British Containership Loses 42 Containers Overboard Off Japan

The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch has launched an investigation into the loss of dozens of containers from a British containership off Japan. The MAIB says 42 containers were lost overboard from the UK-flagged MV Ever Smart approximately 700nm east of Japan on October 30, 2017. Show More Summary

ClassNK releases updates to Good Maintenance Onboard Ships

Leading classification society ClassNK has just released the latest version of Good Maintenance Onboard Ships (October, 2017). The comprehensive checklist is designed to be used by shipmasters, crew, shipowners, and other key personnel in order to ensure vessels are safe, well-maintained and comply with regulations. Show More Summary

Shell Opens 430 Million-Litre Lubricants Plan in Singapore

Shell today opened an integrated lubricants and grease production facility in Tuas, Singapore. At 10 hectares, the site size is equivalent to almost 25 football pitches. It is Shell’s 3rd largest lubricants plant in the world and 2nd largest...Show More Summary

Navy Collisions Report – The Error Chain Is Broken

A myth persists in the maritime industry, a myth nearly as persistent as the Kraken, Flying Dutchman or Nessie. Like all good myths, this one has some basis in reality but is largely a result of common misconceptions. Also, like many myths, scientists have proven it false. Show More Summary

Branson’s Virgin Voyages Unveiled New Cruise Ship Design

Sir Richard Branson’s new cruise line, Virgin Voyages, has provided the first look at the design of three new cruise ships it is building at Fincantieri in Italy.  The keel laying ceremony of the first ship for Virgin Voyages was held Tuesday in Sestri Ponente (Genoa), where the three ships will built. Show More Summary

Grounded Bulk Carrier ‘Glory Amsterdam’ Refloated Off Germany

Two salvage tugs managed to free the Glory Amsterdam Thursday morning four days after the ship aground off Germany during severe weather. Germany’s Central Command for Maritime Emergencies has reported that the ship was freed with help...Show More Summary

Oil Traders Set Sights on High Seas as Diesel Renaissance Is Born

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Winter Is Coming – Gear To Stay Warm In The Winter North Atlantic

Stay warm and cozy in bed with our Ultimate Ship bedding set to match our hottest selling item this year… the Ultimate Ship shirt! gCaptain’s Full Winter Collection Click HERE to view our full winter collection of gear to keep you warm...Show More Summary

Crowley to Acquire Three U.S.-Flag Tankers from SeaRiver Maritime

Crowley Alaska Tankers has agreed to purchase of three tankers from SeaRiver Maritime and will charter them back to SeaRiver under varying multi-year terms. Included in the acquisition are the tankers Liberty Bay and Eagle Bay, eachShow More Summary

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