Author: Professional Mariner Staff

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…

Strong Waters

With the price of fuel these days, you don't want to be bucking the tide if you can avoid it," said British Columbia towboater Don MacKenzie. With a lifetime on boats and a home port on Sechelt Inlet inside one…

Integrated bridge technology winning over savvy shipowners

The 4-to-8 watch isn't what it used to be, at least not on ships equipped with integrated bridge systems (IBS). The bridge of Polar Resolution. Polar Tankers Inc., a ConocoPhillips subsidiary, installed integrated bridge technology on its new Endeavor Class…

DP taking on a larger role in response to the oil industry

The search for oil and gas has been a driving force in the development of dynamic positioning systems. Drill rigs, for obvious reasons, must maintain a fixed position above the ocean floor. As rigs moved off the continental shelf into…