A whole series of disastrous events caught my eye recently, because they all involved tugs and all took place in the same country. And while we know you cannot believe everything you read in the newspapers, I have found nothing to indicate the stories are not true. First was news that local authorities were taking ..
We are living in unprecedented times, in a situation where fear and uncertainty oscillate, even in the minds of practical people with heaps of common sense. And if is bad enough on land, try and contemplate the situation afloat aboard the tens of thousands of merchant ships the world depends upon to keep it ticking over. We ..
There is an apocryphal tale that when the French Enlightenment philosopher and lottery scam-artist Voltaire was asked on his deathbed by a priest to renounce Satan and all his works, he declared, “Now is not the time for making new enemies.” Would that Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Sultan followed Voltaire’s ..
Even before the effects of the coronavirus, the “Phase One” agreement between China and the US failed to boost volumes of the implicated goods in January. In fact, exports of the manufactured, agricultural and energy goods included in the deal were down 26 per cent from January 2017, which serves as the base ..
Almost exactly 42 years ago when Baird Publications was established, pollution recovery vessels were unheard of. Several major oil spills, such as those involving the Amoco Cadiz and Exxon Valdez, and the inexorable growth of plastic waste in the sea have ended those clean and innocent days forever. While the oil tanker ..
Just over a year ago, I reported on the uncertain future of the Khon Pi rapids, located near the Thai town of Chiang Khong and lying in the riverbed between Thailand and Laos. At issue was the desire of a Chinese company to blast the rapids and thus open the course of the Mekong for commercial navigation between Southern ..
In these justifiably virus-obsessed days, it is hard to focus on the travel, tourism and entertainment that passenger vessels largely represent. However, we have to ..
The entire ferry world, and the world in general, has been tossed upside down. To say these are unprecedented times is an understatement. We went from not having much ..
Last week Dutch survey giant Fugro declared war. The battle will be fought by an armada of unmanned vessels operated by remote satellite telemetry in every ocean of the ..