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As ships get bigger, tugs and gear follow suit


By Kirk Moore on October 6, 2016 WorkBoat Magazine Today, tugs are typically being designed with twice as much power as 20 years ago, renowned designer Robert Allan has said, with bollard pulls likewise escalating. The daunting prospect of handling 18,000-TEU ships is a big driver of that trend. Washburn & Doughty Associates Inc., East Boothbay, Maine, builds 93’x38’15’5″ Z-drive tugs for Moran Towing and other customers.... Read More ⇒

VV: One in Six Merchant Vessels Now Worth Scrap


Courtesy VesselsValue.com By MarEx 2016-09-14 21:08:26 In an analysis released Wednesday, VesselsValue.com (VV) calculated that as of August, roughly one in six merchant vessels worldwide were worth their demolition value – a reflection of the dire state of the offshore, dry bulk and container markets. The OSV fleet is the most troubled, with nearly 30 percent of offshore supply vessels worth no more than their scrap content, followed closely by... Read More ⇒

3 Reasons Why Global Maritime Trade Will Reach Its Peak


OLAF MERK (Olaf Merk is ports and shipping expert with an international organization. This is his personal blog and the opinions are expressed are his own, not that of any institution he is affiliated with.) August 17, 2016   Maritime transport is driven by what people consume, where things are produced and the energy that is needed for all this. In all three areas, we might... Read More ⇒

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