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Heavy lift: the ships that ship huge ships
Let’s say you have a large vessel that needs to be transported, but not under its own power. I may be damaged or not yet seaworthy, what...
What is a FPSO?
FPSOs, or floating production storage and offloading facilities, help process and store oil and gas offshore. These vessels retrieve,...
What is life like offshore?
Working offshore can involve a grueling schedule, cramped quarters, and being away from home for weeks or even months at a time. Working...
What is the difference between DP1, DP2, and DP3 vessels?
“Dynamic positioning may be the most important shipboard navigation system since the compass.” - Professional Mariner, Journal of the...
How does wind propulsion work on ships?
Decarbonization is sweeping the commercial shipping sector. Shipping has lagged behind in this area, but pressure is mounting to lower...
FLIP - the ship that goes vertical
What is FLIP? R/P FLIP is a unique vessel that can flip 90 degrees, staying vertical for weeks at a time to do ocean research. FLIP...
What is a shuttle tanker?
Shuttle tankers are specialized vessels that transport oil from offshore oil wells to refineries on shore. They were first used in the...
What is the Falkirk Wheel? (video)
It’s Fun Fact Friday and today we’re going to take a look at a fantastic piece of technology, the Falkirk Wheel. It’s a huge, rotating...
22 Types of dynamically positioned vessels
We’ve collected a list of all the types of dynamically positioned vessels we could find. Some of the categories overlap and some ships...
What is a fallpipe vessel?
Rock dumping vessels, also called stone dumping vessels are designed specifically for dumping rocks on the seafloor. They have reinforced...
What is dredging?
Why do we need dredging? Cargo ships move a lot of goods around the world every day and require deep water to travel in shipping...
10 Promising Alternative Shipping Fuels
Shipping is more than 80% of global trade volume, and with that, more than 3% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Emissions from shipping...
What is wave power?
Wave power for electricity generation involves capturing the energy of waves to produce power. The machine that does this is called a...
How is subsea cable repaired?
It’s Fun Fact Friday and today we’re going to talk about repairing submarine cables. Submarine data cables are located under the ocean,...
How do pipelay vessels work?
It’s Fun Fact Friday and today we’re going to take a look at pipe laying vessels! Pipelay vessels are any ships that install pipe on the...
North Sea Giant - Fun Facts
It’s Fun Fact Friday and we’re taking a look at the North Sea Giant! The North Sea Giant is the world’s tallest, and one of the world’s...
How do jack-ups work?
It’s Fun Fact Friday and we’re going to take a look at jack-ups. These rigs use retractable legs to stand above the waterline and perform...
Neptune, the world's largest jack-up
It’s Fun Fact Friday and we’re going to take a quick look at the Neptune jack-up, the world’s largest jack-up vessel. What exactly is a...
How do cable lay vessels work?
It’s Fun Fact Friday and today we’re going to take a closer look at cable lay vessels, why they’re needed, and how they operate. So, why...
Image Credit: Jordan Valinsky. Popular Mechanics. This Fun Fact Friday we are taking a look at Navy ships. The United States Navy has...