World’s largest containership enters service

"Very large" was the understated description A.P. Moller-Maersk Group provided of its newest containership when it was delivered on Sept. 1, 2006, at the company's Odense Steel Shipyard in Denmark. Emma Maersk is 1,303 feet long. Its beam of 184 feet allows it to stow 22 rows of containers across, four rows more than the next largest ship in service.…
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Decision to expand Panama Canal locks should benefit East and Gulf Coast ports

The decision to expand the 92-year-old Panama Canal should provide a major boost to East Coast and Gulf ports, even those that cannot handle post-Panamax vessels. By building locks capable of handling much larger ships, and widening and straightening channels, the Panama Canal Authority will dramatically increase the canal's capacity and allow the transit of vessels up to 1,200 feet…
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The winds of change

Story and photo by Walter Garschagen A windmill icon has begun appearing on British Admiralty charts of waters off the coasts of the United Kingdom, Denmark and other European countries. In the last five years, hundreds of wind turbines have been built offshore, where they are able to capture up to 25 percent more wind than shore-based turbines.These wind farms…
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New products aim to improve upon life rings

By Dom YanchunasFor Capt. Rory Sheridan and deck hand Paul Monti, it was supposed to be a routine pilot transfer from a bulk freighter in San Francisco Bay. Instead, the two crewmembers of the pilot vessel Golden Gate found themselves in the midst of a frantic water rescue of two men near the anchored ship. A surveyor was transferring from…
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This captain is willing to mow the owner’s lawn

Gene Pelland said fellow skippers warned him not to accept a job as captain of musician Billy Joel's fleet of pleasure craft. The Rhode Island native pointed out that professional yacht captains live by a simple credo: "Don't mow the owner's lawn." That means captains who work for a private owner want to limit their work to the boats they…
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Perseverance prevails, as tugs wiggle Intrepid free of mud

For the tugboat industry, it's one of the most famous towing operations in years. Yet it almost didn't happen--twice. On Dec. 5, McAllister Towing and Transportation Co. successfully delivered the historic USS Intrepid to dry dock in Bayonne, N.J. For the previous 24 years, the World War II-era aircraft carrier had rested at Pier 86 in Manhattan as part of…
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