China’s unrelenting efforts to dominate the South China Sea (SCS) and to restrict its use by vessels of other nations has proved to be a catalyst for the upgrading of regional navies. Taiwan is currently receiving a major boost with the commissioning of new indigenously-built craft, in parallel with huge supplies of ..
Two weeks ago (here) we reported on the profit warnings in offshore wind from industry leaders Equinor and Ørsted. Equinor reported that fierce bidding from BP and others was driving up the costs of acquiring sites for wind farms and would depress future returns, whilst Ørsted announced that it faced a US$489 million ..
While the wider global ship and boat building industry remains busy, productive and, apparently, largely unaffected by the Covid-19 pandemic, the tug sector appears to be especially so. As readers will learn this week from Baird Maritime’s Tug and Salvage Week, the tug and salvage sector is busy worldwide. Not only is it ..
Emergency services vessels, for fire, search, rescue, salvage and more, are another busy sector of the naval architecture and boatbuilding world. The boats being launched are generally faster, more durable and more versatile as well as being easier to maintain. The governments and civil/community SAR services that normally ..
The Faroe Marine Research Institute (FAMRI) has taken delivery of a new vessel from local builder MEST. The vessel has been named Jakup Sverri after Jakup Sverri Joensen, former FAMRI director and the Faroe Islands’ first marine biologist. The Bureau Veritas-classed vessel is equipped to carry out oceanographic and ..
This brief but very valuable book describes the realities of allegedly “state-of-the-art” anti-submarine activities during the Falklands War in 1982 when Britain’s Royal Navy was still, again allegedly, a global naval power. Clearly, anti-submarine warfare (ASW) was then, as probably always, a “hit and miss” ..
While the wider global ship and boat building industry remains busy, productive and, apparently, largely unaffected by the Covid-19 pandemic, the tug sector appears to be ..
Tripmare, a towage operator headquartered in the northern Italian port city of Trieste, has taken delivery of a new all-steel ship handling and escort tug from Sanmar Shi ..
In my last post, I looked at the latest information on the life-of-type extension program for the Royal Australian Navy’s Collins-class submarines. That’s essentially ..