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Tall Ship Sørlandet

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on July 7, 2015

The tall ship Sørlandet was launched in 1927 in Kristiansand as a training vessel for Norwegian mariners. Displacing 499 tons, it has a length of 208 feet, a beam of 22.3 feet, and a draft of 14.6 feet. Its mainmast has a height above the waterline of 111 feet.

Intermodal Infrastructure: Hard Choices could yield Easy Fix

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on July 6, 2015

I don’t usually like to talk about highways. I despise traffic. Trucking – unless it involves 40’ TEU’s being lifted onto a post-Panamax boxship or perhaps a 53’ unit being driven smartly onto an LNG-powered ConRo ship – just isn’t my bag, either.

Launches 300 feet barge from barge carrier-another 300 feet barge

Posted to Eversafe Marine (by song Tom) on July 5, 2015

When talk about barge carrier people often think about LASH (Lighter Aboard SHip), SeaBees which equipped with the rail mounted gantry crane or a massive stern lift. Can a common barge carries a barge for transportation? And how to launch the…

USS United States

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on July 3, 2015

The Continental Navy was disestablished at the end of the American Revolution. In the early days of the Republic the only armed federal ships were operated by the Revenue Cutter Service. After American merchant ships operating in the Mediterranean came under attack by the Barbary pirates…

Foreign Aid Done Right:

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on June 30, 2015

Last week, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) awarded a grant to the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) to support the planning of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal. According to both ACP and USTDA, when the Panama Canal expansion project is completed next year…

USCGC Polar Star

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on June 30, 2015

The icebreaker USCGC Polar Star (WAGB-10) was commissioned in 1976, following construction by Lockheed Shipbuilding in Seattle. It is 399 feet long, with a beam of 83 feet, a draft of 31 feet, and a standard displacement of 10,863 long tons.

Samuel Cunard

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on June 26, 2015

Samuel Cunard (1787-1865) was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia. His parents were American Loyalists who moved to Canada at the end of the American Revolutionary War. His father was a master carpenter and timber merchant. Foregoing carpentry, young…

Opah

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on June 23, 2015

The opah or moonfish is a large pelagic fish with a colorful and deep body. It can grow up to six feet in length with a vertical measurement of over four feet, but a breadth or width of less than eighteen inches. It weighs up to 600 pounds.

A Tale of Two Academies

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on June 22, 2015

Less than two weeks ago, a vote by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education (BHE) confirmed Francis X. McDonald as the 38th president of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. That’s not especially earthshaking news, and outside our somewhat narrow “maritime” sphere, it garners even less attention.

Revenue Cutter Ingham

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on June 19, 2015

The US Revenue Cutter Ingham was launched in 1832 as part of the Morris-Taney class. The cutters were designed for multiple missions including, but not limited to, law enforcement, fighting pirates (which were particularly prevalent in the Gulf of Mexico and around Cuba), and augmenting the US Navy.

Bone-eating worms

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on June 16, 2015

First discovered on the deep seafloor of Monterey Bay in 2002, bone-eating worms (Osedax) seem to dine exclusively on the bones of whale carcasses that fall to the ocean floor (so-called whale falls). They are about one inch in length and composed entirely of soft tissue.

Royal Charter Storm

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on June 12, 2015

The super-storm of 25-28 October 1859 struck southeast England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and the Irish Sea with unexpected force, causing extensive damage at sea and ashore before moving on the Norway, albeit with diminished impact. It arose in the English Channel…

Preventing the ‘Arc Flash’ Casualty – it’s not over the rainbow …

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on June 10, 2015

GE celebrates the grand opening of its Mebane Customer Experience Center, unveils a multi-million dollar manufacturing facility renovation, and introduces a new product line that could save marine and oil & gas customers millions of dollars in lost time and equipment damage.1984 and TodayIn 1984…

Vampire squid

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on June 9, 2015

The Vampyroteuthhis infernalis (vampire squid of hell) is commonly referred to as the vampire squid by those aware of its existence. Most people have never heard of it and very few have ever encountered it. The vampire squid resembles both a squid and an octopus…

Robert FitzRoy

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on June 5, 2015

Vice-Admiral Robert FitzRoy, Royal Navy (1805-1865) is best remembered today as master of HMS Beagle during the famous voyage of Charles Darwin (1831-36). There is little doubt that the voyage would have been less fruitful without FitzRoy’s presence. He served as Governor of New Zealand (1843-48).

Routing Optimization – The Missing Part (1/3)

Posted to Routing Optimization – The Missing Part (1/3) (by Tero Ilus) on June 4, 2015

Optimal routing is an essential part of Voyage planning. Traditionally, optimal routing has been avoiding areas with high risk of cargo damage. With advanced weather forecasting, the forecast period has become longer. With advanced data communication…

Nuclear power barge Sturgis

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on June 2, 2015

The Sturgis is the former Liberty ship SS Charles H. Cugle that was converted in the 1960s into the world’s first floating nuclear power plant. In the 1950s and 1960s, the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) was conducting research into the design…

Annie Larsen Affair

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on May 29, 2015

The three-masted schooner Annie Larsen was built in Port Blakely, Washington in 1881 to carry lumber up and down the Pacific coast. Many similar vessels were used for the same purpose during this period of rapid development in Washington, Oregon, and California.

Admiral le Bailli de Suffren

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on May 26, 2015

third son of Paul de Suffren, marquis de Saint Tropez. in 1743. galleys. and suppressing piracy along the North African coast. to commander of the Order of Malta in 1771. itself with the rebels. be assigned to the North American theater. Dutch…

Divide Between Marad and USMMA Alumni Widens

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on May 25, 2015

On May 11, USMMA Superintendent RADM James Helis and Deputy Maritime Administrator Mike Rodriguez (KP 79) hosted the first of what is intended to be regular call-in Town Hall meetings for KP alumni, parents, and the KP community. According to a Marad note sent to alumni…