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 ..
I was delighted recently to be informed I was considered an essential service provider as part of Hong Kong’s salvage response team and could get a priority booking for a coronavirus jab. In the same week I also qualified as an elderly person. The only difference was that wrinklies could choose which type of jab they ..
Stena Group companies have been much in the news recently. On the ferry side, Stena Line has been boasting about the number of women they employ, whilst Stena Bulk has been touting an innovative new concept for the bulk trades. Stena Line said it will attract, recruit, and keep the best talents “by actively recruiting ..
In Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE, public investment by petro-states is increasingly focused on squeezing out private sector businesses in oilfield services, especially international ones. This is leading to state-owned companies competing with one another in the region. Drilling rigs, supply vessels, and even forklifts ..
Fatigue, I was reading recently, has become a major problem in our meanly manned ships of today. The obvious solution would be to increase the available manpower to a level that might make it less likely that people would fall over from exhaustion, but that fails to commend itself to the ruling bean-counters. One cheaper ..
What is going on in the North Pacific, as scarcely a week goes by without stacks of containers hurling themselves into the sea as ships roll extravagantly in the heavy weather they seem to be encountering? Is the weather any worse than might be expected during the winter season in this notoriously fickle route between Asia ..
The Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) recently commissioned a new diesel-electric submarine into service. JS Toryu (“Fighting Dragon”) is the final ..
Roger Revelle, a research vessel of Scripps Institution of Oceanography of UC San Diego, has completed undergoing an 18-month mid-life upgrade program expected to extend ..