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Sunday, December 15, 2019

Digital Twin (Ship) Is NOT just for Cost Cutting

Posted to Shipbuilding and Offshore Software (by Denis Morais) on April 6, 2018

A common strategy that is being implemented throughout our industry is to have a Digital Twin (Ship). However, many companies are falling into the trap of using their digital strategy to only improve the way they are working today. This focus on “cost cutting” is not optimal…

What is a Digital Ship (Twin)?

Posted to Shipbuilding and Offshore Software (by Denis Morais) on January 19, 2018

We have heard the term “digital twin” being used more frequently throughout the literature we read or even at conferences we attend. I have also written several blog posts about the benefits of the digital twin as well as Achieving the Digital Twin.

National Freight Advisory Committee Unveiled

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on June 5, 2013

Outgoing Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood last month announced the members of the National Freight Advisory Committee (NFAC). The newly announced Advisory Committee will be comprised of 47 voting members from outside the Department of Transportation.

Picton Castle

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on May 3, 2013

The barque Picton Castle is a commercial sail training vessel homeported in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia and registered in the Cook Islands. It was built in Swansea, Wales in 1928 as a motorized fishing trawler and named for the local Welsh castle.

USS Somers

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on September 18, 2012

The brig USS Somers, launched in April 1842, was the second vessel of the United States Navy to bear that name. Like its predecessor, it was named in honor of Lieutenant Richard Somers (1778-1804) who died with his crew when the bomb ketch Intrepid…

Casual putter across oceans has shippers steaming

Posted to Far East Maritime (by Greg Knowler) on May 22, 2012

There is nothing wrong with focusing on profits - that's how business works. Revenue falls, squeeze the bottom line costs. That seems to be the perennial position of container lines. Barring the odd good year, the lines manage to lose money like a Chinese government official at a Macau casino.

Tardy Hong Kong missing the cruise boat

Posted to Far East Maritime (by Greg Knowler) on October 13, 2009

It took the Hong Kong government 10 years after the airport moved to call for tenders to develop the old Kai Tak airport site and slap a cruise terminal at one end. And it has taken another two years on top of that for the first foot to finally step on the first shovel to begin preparation work.

China carrier takes industry losses to new lows

Posted to Far East Maritime (by Greg Knowler) on April 3, 2012

Just when you thought the 2011 shipping industry losses could not possibly get any worse, along comes one of China’s state owned carriers to set the benchmark at a new low. As China’s largest line, that honour naturally fell to Cosco, and the…

CUI Program Update

Posted to Maritime Transportation Security News and Views (by John C.W. Bennett) on November 14, 2011

Ten days after posting its initial version of the Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) registry on its website, as previously reported, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has issued a press release announcing the establishment of the publicly available registry.

New HK cruise terminal – a case of all berthed up and nowhere to spend

Posted to Far East Maritime (by Greg Knowler) on March 22, 2011

People who take long holidays on cruise ships are not backpackers or students. Anyone who has seen one of the giant liners disgorging thousands of passengers will have noticed that the average age is well on the other side of 50. The reason…

Jack Ward (1553-1622)

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on March 11, 2011

Born in Faversham, Kent in about 1553, Jack Ward (or Birdy) spent his youth in the fisheries trade. Following the defeat of the Spanish Armada, he participated in privateering, an activity encouraged by Queen Elizabeth. With the accession of James I in 1603, Letters of Marque were no longer issued.

Will the Korea who blew up that warship please report to the principal’s office

Posted to Far East Maritime (by Greg Knowler) on April 27, 2010

South Korea’s government believes it was a torpedo that blew up and sank its warship near the border with North Korea last month. The 1,200-tonne Cheonan was blown in two on March 26 by an “external explosion”, according to an investigation…

US Short Sea Shipping

Posted to US Short Sea Shipping (by Bruce L. Perri) on March 18, 2010

US highway traffic continues to increase particularly in the urban areas of the northeast, eastern central, gulf and the LA to Seattle corridor. In addition to greatly increased risks in everyday commuting, the impact on the environment continues to rise.

Statoil Tests World´s First Diverless Hot Tap

Posted to Brazilian Subsea and Maritime News (by Claudio Paschoa) on January 5, 2010

During early August 2009 the world’s first diverless hot tap operation on a pressurised pipeline was performed by Statoil on the Ormen Lange field in the Norwegian Sea. This was the catalyst for the development of the world’s only remote hot tapping machine.

Market town welcomes subsea investment

Posted to On the waterfront (by Emma-Jane Batey) on October 20, 2009

A small town in north Somerset is fast becoming major name in the European subsea oil and gas industry. Although Nailsea is not yet tripping as easily off the tongue as Aberdeen or Great Yarmouth, this little town that’s seven miles to the south…

DOF Subsea tackles the 'pre-salt' frontier in Brazil

Posted to Brazilian Subsea and Maritime News (by Claudio Paschoa) on October 13, 2009

The DOF Subsea Group is a specialized subsea service company that provides survey, construction, inspection, repair and maintenance services which involve complex and challenging engineering in an international environment. Their main business activities are project management…