Why America’s shipping ports aren’t automated

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At the Port of Oakland there are massive cranes sitting there that are veritable money-printing machines.  As ships coming from Asia dock in the San Francisco Bay, these industrial behemoths quickly usher goods-bearing containers off the deck and onto land. Modern container ships are filled with thousands of containers. At peak efficiency, a single crane can remove about 40 of these per hour — and for each one they unload, companies moving containerized cargo are charged a terminal handling fee of around $300.

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Amazing Magdeburg Water Bridge – a river over a river

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This is a channel-bridge over the River Elbe and joins the former East and West Germany,
as part of the unification project.

The Magdeburg Water Bridge is a navigable aqueduct in Germany.  It connects the Elbe-Havel Canal to the Mittelland Canal, and allows ships to cross over the Elbe River.  It is the longest navigable aqueduct in the world at 918 meters. (Pics)

 

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Laser Cannons Could Defend Ships Against Pirates

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Lasers cannons could be mounted on ships and boats to help fight off pirates attempting to board the vessels.

British engineers are developing a new type of defense system that uses lasers to incapacitate pirates by dazzling them as they approach a ship.  Lasers cannons could be mounted on ships and boats to help fight off pirates attempting to board the vessels.

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Shift in Tactics Give Pirates an Edge as They Prey on Ships Further Out at Sea

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Pirates off the Horn of Africa.

Two years after international forces dispatched a flotilla of warships to counter piracy around the Horn of Africa, attacks on merchant ships are rising again.Last year, pirates captured 53 ships in the region, up from 51 in 2009, according to the Combined Maritime Forces, which oversees the operations. There were 160 attempted attacks in 2010, up from 145 the year before.

 

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Archaeologists Discover Sunken ‘Graveyard’ Of Ancient Roman Ships

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Amphorae from a Roman shipwreck are seen on the seabed near the island of Ventotene

A team of archaeologists using sonar technology to scan the seabed have discovered a “graveyard” of five pristine ancient Roman shipwrecks off the small Italian island of Ventotene.

 

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Future Warships May be Invisible

 Future Warships may be Invisible

The next generation of warships might be virtually invisible to the human eye, thanks to the development of new stealth technologies.

These new technologies would in fact allow the ships to dodge roaming radars, put heat-seeking missiles off the scent, disguise their own sound vibrations and even reduce the way they distort the Earth’s magnetic field.
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