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Repurposing ships – old into new
Offshore vessels can cost hundreds of millions of dollars and take years to build. They are constructed to serve a specific purpose:...
Mobile Offshore Drilling Units: MODUs
Offshore drilling has grown rapidly over the last 100 years from drilling off the end of a dock to drilling in thousands of feet of water...
Timeline: The World’s Only DP5 Vessel
Edit: Happy April Fools! Yes, we did mention it at the bottom of the post, but in case you were only reading the headline, this was...
How does deep water drilling work?
The first offshore drilling platform was built in 1897 in California at the end of a wharf, according to How Stuff Works. This was...
Additive Manufacturing – what is it?
Before CAD, before 3D printing Before there was any 3D printing or computer-aided design (CAD), making a prototype or model was a...
What is a Research Vessel?
Research vessels are purpose built to take scientists and scientific equipment to the sea to conduct research. Some are dedicated to one...
Sea Shadow: how the Stealth Bomber turned into a stealth ship
Sea Shadow on the water. Image from Lockheed Martin. The Sea Shadow was a top secret military vessel built to test the limits of stealth...
What is a drillship?
Oil was first struck in the United States in 1859 at a depth of 69 feet underground, beginning the U.S. oil industry and oil rush. People...
Pirates, who were they really?
Pirates, the swashbuckling madmen that roam the seven seas in search of treasure and mayhem. We know them from movies as unhinged...
Chikyū: World Record Drillship
Chikyū is a drillship built for scientific research, drilling holes as deep as 7,000 meters into the sea floor. The mission is to drill...
Underwater Robots - the future of offshore
Why do we need underwater robots? Underwater robots do work that is too dangerous or too expensive for human divers. They’ve evolved from...
Ship propellers - how do they work?
Propellers are the driving force behind most ships and planes around the world. They can drive large commercial ships through the water...
Dec 17, 2021
Container shipping - How does it work?
Shipping containers are the standardized metal box in which most of the world’s goods are transported. Today we’re going to take a look...
Dec 10, 2021
World's Largest Containership: Emma Maersk
When it was put into service in August 2006, Emma Maersk was the largest container ship to grace the seas. She can carry 14,770 TEU by...
Dec 3, 2021
How does offshore power generation work?
As power needs grow and nations push for more renewable energy, we look offshore to generate the power we need. Wind turbines have moved...
Nov 19, 2021
How do hybrid vessels work?
Hybrid ships have exploded in popularity over the last decade as ship owners seek to decarbonize and reduce costs. Hybrid vessels use at...
Nov 12, 2021
How do autonomous vessels work?
Autonomous vessels operate without human interaction at degrees ranging from limited help that informs a mariner’s decisions to fully...
Nov 5, 2021
What is ship recycling?
Ship recycling has many names, also called ship breaking, ship cracking, ship dismantling, and ship demolition. Not all of these methods...
Oct 29, 2021
What is PPE? PPE is Personal Protective Equipment that is “worn to minimize exposure to hazards that cause serious workplace injuries and...
Oct 22, 2021
What is the Jones Act?
The Jones Act, otherwise known as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, regulates trade between United States ports and in United States...