What on earth are people going to be pouring into their diesel engines to support combustion, when the last oil well is capped and hydrocarbons are finally prohibited? It is all very interesting to consider learned papers about “all-electric” ships and wonderful advances in batteries, but realism suggests that the big ..
For most of the 1930s, Winston Churchill was an intensely frustrated man. He clearly saw the perils inherent in the rise of Hitler and Mussolini and was very wary of Stalin. He found it difficult to understand why, effectively, he was seemingly the “only one in-step”. While, as the author makes clear, Churchill made ..
We have a new decade, with the 21st century’s teenage years consigned to the history books and a new regime governing the supply and use of marine fuels. It hasn’t exactly crept up on the industry: for months on end there have been warnings about the great leap into the low-sulphur future programmed for the dawn of a ..
Welcome to the Baird Maritime “Best of 2019” awards. When it came to deciding the winners for 2019, we again turned to the blueprint originally devised seven years ago. With only minor tweaks and improvements, the judging criteria have largely remained unchanged. For the best marine equipment suppliers, market ..
Stephen Fry wrote that, “if a columnist has a single solemn duty, it is to make predictions for the New Year.” Well, I am sorry Mr. Fry, but I am well aware of the pitfalls and have no intention of trying to reverse my abysmal record of failing to predict absolutely everything. This year, I have decided to adopt the ..
James Fisher and Sons is one of the few great British successes in the maritime industry, with a market capitalisation of over one billion pounds (US$1.3 billion) at the time of writing, bigger than any offshore support vessel owner in the world. The company has a long and storied history, being founded by James Fisher, who ..
Security consultancy firm Dryad Global confirms that pirates abducted nine crewmen from an oil tanker in the Gulf of Guinea off Benin on Thursday, February 20. The ..
Royal IHC floated out a new trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) on Wednesday, February 19. The vessel, which has been named Ghasha, will be the second TSHD to be built ..