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 By Jim Shaw    Features    April 1, 2020

Marine Propulsion – Modern Marine Engines

Marine propulsion, the means of making a ship move, has become an increasingly complex segment of the maritime industry over the years as more power is squeezed from less fuel and new environmental...

 
 By Jim Shaw    Features    January 1, 2020

Fuel Tech: The Propulsion Revolution

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulations limiting the sulfur content of bunker fuel to 0.5 percent, a reduction of over 80 percent from previous levels, took effect at the start of...

 
 By Jim Shaw    Features    February 1, 2019

Russia's Arctic: More Than Promise

The Arctic holds considerable economic potential as ice retreats, with last year being the region's second warmest year on record, but most commercial development is taking place in the Russian Arctic...

 
 By Jim Shaw    Features    June 1, 2018

Digging Deeper: the world of dredging

Marine construction often calls for dredging or filling and a vessel known as the dredge has long fulfilled these requirements, although few know how they work. For the most part they are unappealing...

 
 By Jim Shaw    Features    March 1, 2018

Getting Rid of Old Ships – The World of Shipbreaking

The shipbreaking industry has been around as long as there have been ships but over the past half-century it has gravitated to regions offering both inexpensive land and cheap labor. Prior to World...

 
 By Jim Shaw    Features    February 1, 2018

West Coast Ferry Operators Modernizing Their Fleets

Ferries provide extremely important services along the West Coast and a number of new vessels are entering operation this year and next, most incorporating up-graded systems and/or new technologies....

 
 By Jim Shaw    Features    February 1, 2018

Promise of the Arctic: Ice-Capable Vessels

The project to acquire a new polar icebreaker was initiated in the US Coast Guard's FY 2013 budget submission and has received about $190.6 million in acquisition funding to date. The Coast Guard's...

 
 By Jim Shaw    Features    October 1, 2017

Scandinavia Looks Beyond Fast Ferries

Scandinavia has long been known for its high-speed ferries but a shift has been taking place over the past half-decade to a slower but much more environmentally-friendly vessel that makes use of...

 
 By Jim Shaw    Features    September 1, 2017

Dangerous Derelicts

Old boats and ships neglected by their owners along the Pacific Coast have caused a considerable number of problems over the years and they don't seem to be going away. There are currently only a limi...

 
 By Jim Shaw    Features    May 1, 2017

Could the Suez Canal be Closed Again?

The Suez Canal has been expanded significantly over the past half-century and can now accommodate all but the world's largest ships. However, it remains in a politically sensitive area and over the...

 
 By Jim Shaw    Features    February 1, 2017

The Continuing Search for Cleaner Propulsion

Ship operators are continuing to search for cleaner and cheaper propulsion as environmental regulations tighten and fuel prices rise. To date, the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) has been one...

 
 By Jim Shaw    Features    February 1, 2017

Russia's New Icebreakers

Russia's Baltic Shipyard at St Petersburg has floated out the hull of the icebreaker Arktika (see Pacific Maritime Magazine, Feb. 2016) but funding for the highly expensive ship, which will displace...

 
 By Jim Shaw    Features    January 1, 2017

Gas Carriers: They've Come a Long Way

The use of natural (LNG) and petroleum (LPG) gases as clean energy sources has been increasing dramatically, particularly with the advent of shale gas extraction, and more ships are being built to car...

 
 By Jim Shaw    Features    November 1, 2016

The World's Biggest Ships

Considered the world's largest ship by displacement, beam and volume, the 1,253-foot by 407-foot topsides removal/installation vessel Pioneering Spirit (see Pacific Maritime Magazine, March 2016) comp...

 
 By Jim Shaw    Features    September 1, 2016

Flag of Convenience – or Flag of Necessity?

The flag of convenience, more politely known today as an open registry, is supported by some and damned by others in the international maritime trade. Flag of convenience (FOC) trading, the practice...

 
 By Jim Shaw    Features    August 1, 2016

ATBs Take Over

Articulated Tug/Barge (ATB) sets now dominate the coastwise refined products trade and are being designed and built on all four coast lines to handle liquid as well as dry bulk and unitized commodities. Looking back, it's hard to believe that the...

 
 By Jim Shaw    Features    July 1, 2016

A Record Number of Cruise Ships on Order

Cruise ship owners continue to be among the more optimistic of vessel buyers in the maritime sector where owners of container ships and bulk carriers have fallen on hard times and a glut in tankers...

 
 By Jim Shaw    Features    February 1, 2016

Icebreakers – Expanding the World's Fleet

The US needs new icebreakers but they may be a long time in coming. Although President Obama proposed speeding the acquisition and building of new Coast Guard icebreakers during a visit to Alaska...

 
 By Jim Shaw    Features    January 1, 2016

The Move to LNG: Gaining Momentum for All Ship Types

The use of LNG as a marine fuel has grown rapidly over the past decade and shows no sign of slackening, with a large number of vessel types now either built to operate on LNG, under construction or...

 
 By Jim Shaw    Features    November 1, 2015

Canals in the News

The world's two great inter-ocean canals, Panama and Suez, have been in the news lately, as has a proposed new inter-ocean canal across the country of Nicaragua in Central America. In Egypt a new...

 
 By Jim Shaw    Features    October 1, 2015

Bulk & Breakbulk: Smaller ports look at cargo diversification

West Coast ports are awaiting the fallout of China’s financial crisis, which saw the Asian country’s imports fall by 14.3 percent in August compared to a year ago while exports fell by 6.1 percent...

 
 By Jim Shaw    Features    September 1, 2015

Offshore and Coastal Towing

The towing industry has been playing second fiddle to the ship assist and escort sectors for many years as new propulsion technologies have been introduced to the latter, including azimuthing and...

 
 By Jim Shaw    Features    June 1, 2015

Regional Report: The Columbia Gateway

The Columbia River System has seen two major events take place over the past few months, the inauguration of the nation's largest floating drydock at the Portland Shipyard and the loss of virtually al...

 
 By Jim Shaw    Features    May 1, 2015

Developments in Propulsion Technology

This year has brought with it a host of new regulations the shipping industry must deal with in regards to vessel propulsion and emissions while attempting to operate as efficiently and economically...

 
 By Jim Shaw    Features    January 1, 2015

World's Largest Container Ship

The first of a series of five 19,100-TEU container ships ordered by China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL), the CSCL Globe, has set off on its maiden voyage from China's Tianjin Port to Hamburg,...

 

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