Merchant Ship Types and Fleets

Our new video delivers a concise look at the essentials of merchant ship types and trades. It includes familiarisation with shipping market terms such as MPV, RO-RO, LR 1 and 2, SUPRAMAX, CHINAMAX, AFRAMAX, OSV and many more. Confident of what all of these acronyms mean? You will be after watching our video!  

Not again! USS JOHN MACCAIN and ALNIC MC collision

Another US naval vessel collision and 10 more US navy sailor deaths. What on earth is going on that two similar naval and merchant ship collision catastrophes can have occurred so close together in time? Is the human element the primary cause once more? Many photos, videos and news reports have already been posted. Only[…]

‘Running away to sea’ on board ‘Queen Mary 2’

A former seafarer’s vision of a ‘busman’s holiday’ has got to be a 9-day cruise from Southampton to Norway’s fjords on board Cunard’s newly refurbished ‘Queen Mary 2’. My wife, otherwise secretly known as ‘she who must be obeyed’, thought it would be a splendid idea. Having spent 22 years at sea, inclusive of much[…]

The ‘Titanic’ enquiry whitewash and the birth of SOLAS and the IMO.

Most of us have seen the ‘Titanic’ movie but many of us will not know of the tremendous impact this terrible tragedy had in creating an international system for the regulation of ship, crew and passenger safety. This short article will focus on some of the key features of the ‘Titanic’ incident as the principal[…]

MEGA-ships, MEGA-ports & MEGA-Alliances 2017 – a new container era

Last year saw a wild ride for the container sector with a number of major players choosing to ‘sell and consolidate’ over pending bankruptcy and Hanjin Shipping being earmarked as the world’s biggest ever shipping collapse. As always, over capacity was the core problem, driven by market disruptions which included both political and commercial impacts[…]

Drewry Forecasts ‘Rising Tide’ For 2017 Dry Bulk

Due to on-going contraction in vessel supply and a healthy demand growth, the dry bulk shipping market is expected to recover during 2017 onwards, according to global shipping consultancy Drewry. Their most recent forecast, published last week, notes a better than expected outlook for dry bulk demand coupled with record levels of scrapping and a[…]

“Old [sea] dogs and new tricks”: Ulstein’s rapid adaption to market change.

In today’s still stormy shipping market, it’s worth recalling that Darwin’s famous theory of evolution was not ‘the survival of the fittest’ but was actually ‘the survival of the quickest to adapt to change’. This week’s SeaBlog is about the commercial application of this theory to the business of offshore ship design and building –[…]