As something of a frustrated naval architect myself, I have long respected and admired the achievements and talents of our naval architects through history, particularly the more innovative and imaginative of the breed. I am fortunate to have known many globally successful naval architects, including my own eldest son, so ..
It’s an obvious point and one that probably occurred to Malcom McLean at some stage, that you can leave a container out in the rain and nobody minds if it gets wet. But in pre-container days, rain was a big deal and could markedly affect the smooth running of our voyages. For a start, much of the cargo we carried needed ..
This is a delightful, whimsical, enlightening and instructive book by our renowned and widely respected columnist Alan Loynd. It is very well worth reading by anyone in the maritime industry and beyond. Alan was a young Devon lad with, self-admittedly, no particular talents or ambitions, who ran away to sea at age fifteen ..
I was sitting at home with a bunch of A4 photographs of all the ships I had sailed on as a young man. I thought I would write a piece on the back of each one telling of the life and times I had and I came to the North Esk. I thought I would look up the dimensions and came across your post. I was a Bucko on the North Esk as ..
The Seven Stones Reef lies between the Scilly Isles and Lands End. It’s clearly shown on navigation charts surrounded by deep water. Fifty-three years ago, a Suezmax tanker was heading for Milford Haven refinery in Wales with a cargo of 120,000 tonnes of Middle East crude. She didn’t have a full set of charts for the ..
The last 18 months have been challenging operationally, it is understandable to say. The effects and mechanisms of Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union has (by Murphy’s Law) come at the same time as the world’s coronavirus pandemic. There have been challenges faced by the whole sector regarding supply-chains ..
As something of a frustrated naval architect myself, I have long respected and admired the achievements and talents of our naval architects through history, particularly ..
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) station in Exmouth was called on to rescue a fisherman who had taken to his liferaft after his boat started to take on wate ..
Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM) has laid the keel of the future US Navy littoral combat ship (LCS) USS Cleveland. The vessel will be the fourth US Navy ship to honour ..