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The Impact of Colossal Container Ships: Implications & Limitations of the Size Race

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How Big is Too Big?

Perhaps it is their length that makes them look mammoth. Or the endless rows of stacked containers. Be as it may, latest generation container ships carry over 19,000 containers of twenty foot equivalent (TEU) size. And by the looks of it, they are about to get bigger.

MSC Oscar is the largest-capacity container vessel in the world at present with a 19,224 TEU capacity. It captured the top spot in January 2015 after ending the short, two-month reign of the 19,000 TEU CSCL Globe. We may well see 21,000 TEU capacity ships by 2017.

Container ships are the veritable work horses of the global economy when it comes to transporting consumer goods. Please note, shipping carries 90% of the globally traded merchandise. Read More

The Impact of Colossal Container Ships: General Overview

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MSC Oscar is the World’s Largest Container Ship with 19,224TEU Capacity
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Exponential Expansion

Malcolm McLean was one frustrated man in 1937. The owner of a North Carolina trucking company, he grew wary of the process of loading ships with cargo from trucks – it took ages. It occurred to him that cranes could load truck trailers directly onto ships.

But it would be another nineteen years before McLean could put his idea into practice and build the very first container ship, the Ideal X. She was a converted tanker that could carry 58 containers. Only 58 containers by today’s standards. From then on, there was no turning back.

MSC Oscar is the largest container ship of the day and can carry 19,224 twenty foot equivalent (TEU) containers. The size of container ships has expanded faster than that of any other ship type. Read More

PlaxxTM: The Phoenix Rising from Plastic Trash

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^ RT7000: Residual Waste Plastic Conversion

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PlaxxTM: Rags to Riches

Plastic-infested landfills make good claim to be the living hell on earth. The unbearable stench announces their presence for miles around even as the piles of garbage present an ugly sight you can certainly do without. And we are not even talking of the pollution and diseases they unleash.

But then, plastic has become an integral element of our present-day, on-the-go lifestyles. Who among us does not use carry bags, water bottles, soda cans and other such plastic items? Read More

Monthly Maritime News Roundup: October, 2016

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October might be known for festive frights, but a number of events in the maritime industry gave us some real world scares. Hurricane Matthew kicked off the month, weaving its way from the Caribbean to the Southeastern United States. Its destructive path ushered in 100 mph winds, storm surges as high as 9 feet, with rainfall and flooding. The price tag for damages is estimated to be in the billions of dollars. Read More

The Peculiarities of Welding Stainless Steels

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^ Stainless Steel used for Industrial Piping
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Importance & Weldability of Stainless Steel

Contrary to popular belief, stainless steel (SS) is not a single material. It is a broad term that includes five types of steels and there are subdivisions under each of these five. The 304 and 316 grades are among the most popularly used stainless steels.SS is widely used in industry because it resists corrosion and is durable under testing conditions. The fact that you don’t have to replace it repeatedly, saves money, time, and effort. That apart it is strong with 500-1000 MPa strength, maintains its look over time, and is recyclable. Read More

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Top Recent Developments in Arc Welding

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Necessity, the Mother of Evolution & Revolution

Living as we are in the age of rapid technological advance, things are changing at breakneck speeds. And the transformation affects all walks of life. Since ages, change has been the only imperishable entity. Of late however, it has gathered unprecedented momentum.

Welding is among the most popular joining processes, highly valued across the rank and file of the metal industry as it connects materials at the molecular level with joint strength equivalent to that of the constituent materials. Read More

Monthly Maritime News Roundup: September, 2016

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Every month brings a wide range of news and developments for an industry as dynamic as ours! This September, Kemplon Engineering rounds up some of the most buzzed-about headlines and issues in this edition of the Monthly Maritime News Roundup:

The last day of August ushered in shipping turmoil with Hanjin Shipping’s Bankruptcy Filing. Described by JOC.com as “the largest container shipping bankruptcy in history,” the fallout from the filing rocked September with news of scrambling merchants and shippers, marooned ships, ships unserved at port, and seized assets. This development is a huge one for container shipping, not merely for Hanjin’s size – it is the seventh biggest container shipper – but also for the timing, which may be disruptive to high retail demand expected in the coming holidays at the end of the year.  Read More

Monthly Maritime News Roundup: August, 2016

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As the month of August comes to a close, Kemplon Engineering takes a lookback at some of the maritime industry’s most compelling issues and developments, in this issue of the Monthly News Roundup:

Fishing and International Relations. Seafood is a major component of diets worldwide, and fishing a source of livelihood for millions. Aside from fishing as big business, however, access to precious maritime resources are also becoming symbolic of national sovereignty and power – dictating who gets to fish where, and what happens to those who are caught violating the rules. In some parts of Asia, maritime territories have become an arena for dueling nations, where fishing has become a contest of wills.

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Understanding the Migration from ISO 9001:2008 to ISO 9001:2015

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ISO’s Key Objectives

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Why Standards are so Important?

Standards inspire trust. Compliance with standards means the makers of a product or the providers of a service comply with the necessary legal, technical, and environmental regulations.

This reassures consumers that systems, products, services, and organizations are reliable, safe, and environment-friendly. Through this, standards facilitate trade, equitable and sustainable economic development, ecological improvement, innovation, safety, and health.

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Skilled Labor in the U.S. Shipping Industry

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^ Mentors are a Priceless Asset for Rookie Welders

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Skilled Labor: An Essential Commodity in Manufacturing

In order to start the production of any kinds of goods or services, you need four essentials – land, labor, capital, and enterprise. Economists refer to these elements as the factors of production. The United States is running out of skilled labor.

Manufacturing built the U.S. economy between 1900 and 1950. In the 1970s however a combination of automation, outsourcing, and cheap imports shrunk the manufacturing sector as companies and colleges cut down heavily on skilled labor training programs.

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