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Rogue Waves: A Bolt from Blue Waters

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^ A 1940 Photo of a Ship Facing a Possible Rogue Wave in the Bay of Biscay
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The Illuminating Draupner Wave

Christmas, they say, is the season of hope. And that the New Year brings with it tons of exciting prospects. The first day of 1995 certainly was for the world of oceanography. And, it shook the very foundations of our beliefs on ocean waves.

Prodded by ominous winds, an angry sea was hurling menacing, 39-foot waves on Statoil’s Draupner Platform in the North Sea. The crew was not bothered, designed as the platform was for such weather. At 3 PM, onboard authorities ordered the crew indoors. Read More

CargoProa, TankerProa, & the Fundamentals of Sailboat Maneuvering

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^ CargoProa (Golden Colored) attached to a Cargo Ship – Image Courtesy of CargoProa at

Unparalleled Harnessing of Wind Power

In what could culminate into a fantastic invention, the Fair Winds Trading Company is building the PraoCargo, a modern version of the proa, an ancient, multi-hilled cargo ship of the South Pacific.

A proa is a sailboat with two parallel hulls usually of unequal lengths. Also known as perahu, prau, and prahu, it sails with one hull to the windward side and the other to the leeward. It therefore needs to shunt to reverse direction when tacking (as we shall see later).

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How Submarine Drones are Changing the Naval Modus Operandi

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^ William Beebe (left) & Otis Barton near the Bathysphere

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Submarine Drones: A Rising Star

Just over a year ago, in April 2015 to be precise, the U.S. Navy created a position titled First Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Unmanned Systems. By October 2015, they appointed Brigadier General Frank Kelley to the post.

Lest you wonder what the fuss is all about, the appointment is representative of a paradigm shift in the approach of the U.S. Navy. Or the approach of any other top class naval force and shipping company in the world. Shipping is migrating towards greater use of submarine drones. Read More

Echo Voyager & the Little-Known, Drone Side of Boeing

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^ Echo Voyager: The Marathon Champion among Boeing’s Underwater Drones – Image Courtesy of Boeing at

The Submarine Drone-Ward Shift of Shipping

Think of Boeing and images of refined, enormous aircrafts start to flash our trained mind. Unsurprisingly, the company is also working with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to develop crafts for space travel.

Boeing however is not content with scaling the astronomical heights of space alone. The company has been diving in the deepest and darkest recesses of the oceans using submarine drones. And it has been doing so from as far back as the 1960s. Very soon, it will launch another. Read More

The Drones of Shipping

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^ Test Drone LE 4-8X Dual ATEX Flying to Maersk Edgar
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For a Better Meaning of ‘Drone’

Utter the word drone and our thoughts drift to those notorious unmanned aircrafts that secretly bombed terrorists in Afghanistan. In fact, a drone strike in Pakistan killed a heavyweight Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour on Saturday, May 20, 2016.

That was before Amazon announced of its plans to use drones for short distance air delivery of parcels in early 2014. Two years down the line, there was another groundbreaking development. This one went beyond announcements, it spoke of results. Read More

Dredging Project Commenced in Ft. Lauderdale

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After years of waiting, the $17 million Intracoastal Waterway Deepening Project in Fort Lauderdale has finally commenced. The planning and setup has started May 2 and the deepening begins today (May 4) in the Port Everglades opening to the ICW, according to the FIND Chief Strategy Officer, Chuck Malkus.

The economic and environmental report was approved by the U.S Army Corps of Engineers which allows the clearing of way in order for the Port to start the next stage which leads to the deepening and widening of its channels. Read More

How Biomimicry & Other Innovations Will Make Ecoship the Greenest Cruise Ship

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^ Artistic Representation of the Ecoship – Image Courtesy of Peace Boat at  

Cruising Towards Greener Waters

Right from the Kyoto Protocol of the 1990s, climate change agreements have stopped short of bringing shipping and airlines within their purview. Why? Because ships and airplanes move through the territories of umpteen nations, each of which may have its own emission caps.

Not that this has escaped the sharp eyes of global institutions. At the Paris Climate Summit, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for example proposed a carbon tax on the shipping industry, something the International Chamber of Shipping flatly rejected. Read More

What Ails Seamless Ballast Water Management?

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^ Oil Tanker Exchanging Ballast Water – Image Courtesy of Igor Grochev at

Global Calamity in the Making

Transfer of aquatic invasive species is among the prime threats to the long term health of our oceans. And ballast water operations are the chief instrument of such transfers. These species leave their toxic imprint on the environment, economy, and public health.

More than a decade after the International Maritime Organization (IMO) first introduced the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention 2004, the convention remains a paper tiger for want of sufficient number of signatories. Read More

Combating Sailor’s Fatigue with the Crew Endurance Management System (CEMS)

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^ Fatigue is a Huge Killer in the Maritime Industry – Image Courtesy of Xavier gallego morel at 

Focus on the Human Element

Researched and developed by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) over a span of a quarter century and successfully tested by the USCG and the US Army is the Crew Endurance Management System (CEMS), a comprehensive instrument for dealing with sailor’s fatigue.

But, just how serious is fatigue in the maritime world? For one, the USCG blames human errors for 75-96% of maritime casualties. And the same USCG also identifies fatigue as the paramount agent of human error.  Read More

NSafe®-Hull & the Promising Bulwark of Energy Absorbing Steels

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^ The Sinking of the RMS Titanic: A Tragedy of Epic Proportions

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Of Disasters & Techno-Administrative Evolutions

Some disasters leave behind vast and permanent imprints on human conscience. The sinking of RMS Titanic in April 1912 for example spurred the convening of the first International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS). Another such epoch maker was the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

Four minutes past midnight on the fateful, 24th day of March 1989, an oil tanker named Exxon Valdez struck the Bligh Reef of Prince William Sound in the Gulf of Alaska. What followed was the second most disastrous oil spill in U.S. waters in terms of volume of spilled oil. Read More