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Cool Viking Avant design

From Ship-Technology.com – This new innovative platform supply vessel is designed to carry out regular supply and cargo transport functions for the oil industry. In a significant departure from many designs, the bridge and accommodation lie at the aft of the vessel, in a similar manner to an oil tanker. According to the designers Vik Sandvik, this is intended to reduce movement and noise, and provide a safer bridge layout…

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No Cruise List

The US government through, the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Act of 2004, is requiring that the Department of Homeland Security set up a system for all passenger of ships calling a US port to be scrutinized. All ships boarding or disembarking crew and passenger in a US port will supply a manifess to be compared to the US government’s “secret lists” of suspect people – “suspected terrorist and their associates”….

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Port Weller drydock lands new builds

On September 29th 2005, Port Weller Drydocks announced that it has entered into an alliance with the Netherlands shipyard Peters Kampen to construct two hulls and two “Jumbo 6500” (6,500 grt) multipurpose short-sea shipping vessels with an option for four more. The Ships are a popular design in Europe for short sea shipping. Carisbrooke Shipping of the UK, ordered the vessels from Peter Kampen, to add to their fleet of…

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Canada buys Russian nuclear subs

Well ok, not really, but sort of. Probably a better buy than those British diesel jobbies, ehehehe. Those nasty little fires! The Environmental Foundation Bellona reports, that back in June 2002, in Kananaskis, Canada, at the Group of Eight industrialized nations conference; Canada, along with other countries, pledged 130 million dollars, to properly dispose of Russia’s derelic nuclear submarine fleet. 21.3 million will come as a donation from Canada and…

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Miscalculations of the Seas

These pictures were taken in Costa Maya, Mexico on April 20th 2005 following a bit of an allision with the pier. The ~78,000 grt ship is a Vision Class cruise ship belonging to Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. At the time there was about 2800 pax onboard. There are six of these ship and I have been on one of these when in Costa Maya. It is not unbelievable to see…

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Golfball rig saves the world

What will they think of next! In the quest to spend even more money than ever on “defense” the US has come up with a massive radar floating out on the ocean. Its a part of this much touted missile defence system, which If I am not mistaken has had very little success in actually shooting down any of the test missiles. Take that El Quaida. I wonder if you…

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236 million $ cruise to nowhere

I found this interesting article about Carnival’s response to the Hurricane disaster that hit New Orleans, in the October 2005 edition of the American Maritime Officer, the Union’s newsletter. Foreign cruise interests seek waiver of Passenger Vessel, Services Act A waiver of the Passenger Vessel Services Act has been requested on ,behalf of a foreign cruise line chartering foreign-flagged cruise ships to the U.S. government for use in the reconstruction…

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Cruise ship suffers pirate attack

Searbourne Spirit was the target of an attempted pirate attack off the Somalian coast in the Indian Ocean. (Hell of a place to cruise) The story can be had at the Reuters website. Reuters write: “The Bahamian-registered Seabourn ship was on a 16-day cruise from Egypt to Mombasa, Kenya. It sailed on to the Seychelles Islands, where passengers were to disembark and fly to Mombasa. Seabourn is headquartered in Miami…

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