Author: Richard O. Aichele

Yards replacing corrosion-prone aluminum plates

The crack in the hull of an aluminum high-speed catamaran last December in Hawaii triggered an investigation by the vessel's builder, its owner and the U.S. Coast Guard to determine the cause. Similar problems soon became apparent in other vessels…

Ballast regs tightened to stop spread of exotic species

A 2003 survey of 81 vessels that entered the waters of the state of Washington found that 24 had discharged improperly exchanged ballast water. Twenty of those vessels "knowingly violated the law in some way," said Scott Smith of the…

Building a new shipyard from the Ground Up

Kvaerner's Philadelphia shipyard has come a long way since 1997, when Kvaerner ASA, based in Norway, decided to build a modern commercial shipyard on the site of the former Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. Manulani, the third of the containerships the yard…

Engine technology propels trends in ship design

Advances in propulsion technology continue to be the driving force in new ship designs. This 807-foot ferry represents a vision of the future developed by Wärtsilä Corp. and Kvaerner Masa-Yards. The 4,200-dwt ro-pax vessel, capable of carrying 2,000 passengers employs…

Matson to proceed with acquisition of containerships

Matson Navigation Co. has reached union agreements that will allow it to proceed with the purchase of two containerships under construction at Kvaerner Philadelphia Shipyard. "As a result of the cooperative efforts of these maritime unions, Matson will be able…

Staten Island ferry crash leaves 10 passengers dead

Initial reports indicated that the assistant captain at the ferry's controls may have lost consciousness in the crucial final minutes as the ferry approached land. Because the assistant captain was apparently no longer controlling the boat's speed or direction, the…

New rules for ballast-water management are on the way

The U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta has directed the U.S. Coast Guard to propose new rules for tighter regulation of shipboard ballast-water management for all ships using U.S. waters. Reducing the introduction of nonnative aquatic species into U.S.…

World's largest containership enters service

"Very large" was the understated description A.P. Moller-Maersk Group provided of its newest containership when it was delivered on Sept. 1, 2006, at the company's Odense Steel Shipyard in Denmark. Emma Maersk is 1,303 feet long. Its beam of 184…