It was a picture of a brand new pilot boat in Work Boat World that got me thinking; a beautiful and powerful craft, clearly built for heavy weather and the efficient delivery of the pilot. It probably cost about as much as a 10,000-tonne ship did sixty years ago. The weather, as we came slowly up to the pilot station off ..
Monday opened with the most significant spike in the oil price since Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1990, with Brent crude shooting up 20 per cent to over US$70 per barrel. The drone strike on Aramco’s Abqaiq crude treatment facility and a simultaneous attack on the onshore Kurais oilfield potentially knocks out five ..
There are many factors within the whole process of pilot embarkation. There remains an excellent focus on ships’ rigging of pilot ladders – to minimise their movement and to improve their integrity. However, the fact that pilots are still falling (even when ladders are legally compliant) suggests that we need to ..
I have a dim and distant memory of a black and white war film that we probably watched on deck in the tropics to great enthusiasm. “Damn the torpedoes – full ahead and give her all you’ve got Mister!” said the heroic captain of this cheesy epic, which is the only thing that has been retained in my memory. The film ..
Strategically located, multi ethnic, multi-faith Lebanon is frequently the focus for regional security problems. These are often maritime in nature. There are sea border disputes with both Syria and Israel. Also, Israel has long held that Iranian-manufactured arms, including some very sophisticated weaponry, are shipped ..
For thousands of years ships have sailed the oceans, through most of recorded history. Most of those centuries saw little change regarding sea transport, wooden vessels propelled by oars or sail. At times tectonic change did come to the very tradition bound business. The movement from sail to steam was one, as we approach ..
Estonian builder Baltic Workboats has delivered a newbuild vessel to Szczecin Pilot, a Polish harbour pilots’ association that operates primarily in the ..
Jianglong Shipbuilding has won an order for a new law enforcement vessel from the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs. The vessel will have a length of 70.2 ..