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    Posted by: Holly Savage on Feb 03, 2017
    Shipping by numbers

    Shipping is a global, giant of an industry – but how big and what are the numbers that can really tell us more of what is going on, where, when and how? Let’s look at the data… Continue reading

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    Posted by: Holly Savage on Jan 27, 2017
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    Z-Drive – A Z-drive is a type of marine propulsion unit and is in essence an azimuth thruster. The pod can rotate 360 degrees allowing for rapid changes in thrust direction and thus vessel direction. Continue reading

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    Posted by: Holly Savage on Jan 13, 2017
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    Seafaring “X” is for… Let’s get this rolling with: X – The letter “X” is used by ships observing and reporting weather events to denote the development of “hoar frost”. This occurs when a white, crystalline deposit of ice is

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    Posted by: Holly Savage on Jan 06, 2017
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    Watchkeeper – A watchkeeper is someone who keeps watch on board a ship. The term “watchkeeping”, therefore concerns the division of personnel over a set time period to operate a ship continuously. Continue reading

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    Posted by: Holly Savage on Dec 21, 2016
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    Let’s get this rolling with:

    Ullage – The “Ullage” or “headspace” of a tank or vessel is the unfilled space left to be filled, and describes the empty space in large tanks or holds used to store or carry liquids –usually oil, but can be applied to bulk solids such as grain. Taking an ullage reading is the companion process to taking a “sounding”. However, where a sounding measures the depth of fluid from the surface to the bottom of the tank, an ullage value is the distance yet to be filled. Continue reading

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    Posted by: Holly Savage on Dec 21, 2016
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    Vapours – Tankers, despite safety advances, still have the capacity to act as floating bombs. This is due to the “fire triangle”, and the fact that before a fire or explosion can occur, three conditions must be met simultaneously. A fuel (ie. combustible gas) and oxygen (air) must exist in certain proportions, along with an ignition source, such as a spark or flame. The ratio of fuel and oxygen that is required varies with each combustible gas or vapour. Continue reading

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    Posted by: Holly Savage on Dec 16, 2016
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    Let’s get this rolling with:

    Tanker
    Tanker
    Tankers – All ships used to be “general cargo vessels”, they lifted whatever cargo was going and whether it was suitable of not, there was very little in the way of specialisation. Ships plied their trade wherever carried whatever was available. Continue reading

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    Posted by: Holly Savage on Dec 02, 2016
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    Security – Shipping has long been vulnerable to attack, fraud and crime at sea, so the industry takes maritime security seriously. People, cargoes and vessels have an inherent value and so are attractive targets for terrorists, pirates, fraudsters and criminals. Different areas have different risks, but security is an increasingly important part of shipboard operations. Continue reading

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    Posted by: Holly Savage on Dec 02, 2016
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    Radar – Radar is an “object-detection system” using radio waves to determine the range, angle, or velocity of objects. It can be used to detect any objects which reflect radio waves – so is particularly good at sea for identifying and monitoring other ships, land and even nearby weather. Continue reading

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    Posted by: Holly Savage on Nov 15, 2016
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    Passage Planning – Passage planning or “voyage planning” is a procedure to develop a complete detailed strategy of a vessel’s voyage from start to finish, or “berth to berth”. The plan includes leaving the dock and harbour area, the en route portion of a voyage, approaching the destination, and mooring. According to international law, a vessel’s captain is legally responsible for passage planning – Continue reading

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