A friend of mine, a pilot in Townsville, invited me to join him during an inbound pilotage of a car carrier back in the 1980s. The bridge is forward on car carriers and there was a strong crosswind on the day. My friend said the trick in bringing in these high windage ships was to never look back. I sneaked a quick look aft ..
Further evidence of the growing speculative bubble in offshore wind came from Cadeler, the wind turbine installation company formerly known as Swire Blue Ocean, which listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange in November. Then, the shares were priced at NOK23.50 (US$2.76) per share. On Friday, they closed at NOK39.80 (US$4.68), a ..
In 2007, I was invited by the United Nations to address a regional conference on multilateral cooperation in Pacific Rim ocean governance. The conference was hosted by the Admiral Nevelskoy State Maritime University in Russia’s Far Eastern city of Vladivostok, which lies closer to Darwin than to Moscow. Arriving on a ..
The day after Good Friday – Saturday, April 3 – was a good day for DeepGreen Metals, the company that plans to mine polymetallic nodules from the deep abyssal plain of the Pacific Ocean in the Clarion-Clipperton zone, west of Baja, California (map here). DeepGreen announced (here) that it was to become a public company ..
The recent pictures of the gigantic Evergreen containership sitting forlornly across the Suez Canal, bow and stern hard aground on the sand, with a diminutive digger scraping away around the bulbous bow, sparked a few memories. For a start, the sheer size of the canal itself, able to offer a passage to ships of 400 metres ..
“In the decade ahead, the UK will deepen our engagement in the Indo-Pacific, establishing a greater and more persistent presence than any other European country.” Those are the words of the British government’s long-awaited integrated review, which establishes the vision and strategy for “global ..
South Korean shipowner HMM has taken delivery of the first in a series of eight 16,000TEU containerships built by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI). The Liberian-flagged, ..
The European innovation project Flagships will deploy the world’s first commercial cargo transport vessel operating on hydrogen, plying the river Seine in Paris. ..