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.
The U.S. Navy hopes to power all non-nuclear powered ships through seawater.
The U.S. Navy scientists believe they may have solved one of the world’s great challenges after decades of experiments. They know how to turn seawater into fuel. (Video)
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)
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.
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.
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.
Those high end speed boats cant even compare to what you can buy from the Navy
Mcleland lets us in on a Wall Street Journal story about two cold-war era, formerly top-secret vessels the US Navy is trying to give away. Continue reading… “Naval Ships Up For Sale”
The Ark Film is a short computer animated film by Grzegorz Jonkajtys and Marcin Kobylecki. The film is based on a fairly complex and symbolic storyline reflecting the dramatic nature of life and the inevitability of certain events.
Underwater cacophony caused by commercial and military ships has become so intense that it is killing whales, scientists at the World Conservation Congress say.
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.
Continue reading… “Future Warships May be Invisible”