When did the tarnish first appear on the “golden age” of shipping in which we were accused of living, all those years ago? When did the power of the bean-counters first assert itself, bringing to an end the ordered lives we had led in the posh bits of our industry? I remember a technical superintendent from one ..
It appeared, at first glance, to be an ancient artefact, something that demanded the attention of skilled archaeologists, with their carbon dating machinery, after some farmer’s plough had brought it to the surface after aeons underground. It was, in fact a container twistlock, badly corroded and photographed by the ..
This is being written on the “International Day of the Seafarer”, June 25, which, if you consider the way that society is currently treating this essential workforce, appears somewhat ironic. Since Covid-19 raised its ugly head, and for at least the past four months, the maritime world has been screaming out for ..
Without naval architects the world’s ships and boats would be less safe, less economical, more expensive, more polluting and uglier. Naval architects are an essential component of the wider global maritime industry. Of course, as with all professions, naval architects have occasionally failed but, overall, they contribute ..
A big, thick, glossy and beautifully illustrated book in the usual DK (Dorling Kindersley) mould, this offers an excellent overview of almost five millennia of maritime history. Published in association with Britain’s National Maritime Museum at Greenwich, of which the author is Curator Emeritus, the book benefits ..
A recent short article in Seaways, the journal of the Nautical Institute, sang the praises of having a positive attitude towards change. The author, Tom Feakins MNI, pointed out that some people thrive on change while others find it challenging and stressful. He rightly pointed out, however, that the current Covid-19 crisis ..
Otherwise known as dredging and marine construction, our focus area this week remains highly active. Despite the Covid-19 virus, there is much still to be done around our ..
On opening this book your reviewer thought, “Ho hum, yet another dreary rehash of the Bass and Flinders story”. Fortunately, he was wrong, very wrong. It takes a ..
The Royal Australian Navy landing helicopter dock (LHD) HMAS Canberra and its embarked aviation assets assisted in locating the three-person crew of a skiff that had been ..