Protei Sailboat Fights Oil Spills

The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill has taught U.S. “hard lessons” in marine oil catastrophes and oil rigging. While trying to cover up oil spill mistakes, methods like chemical dispersants and manual cleaning up can make oil spills worse. Continue reading

MS Turano PlantSolar Memorable World Tour


MS Turano PlantSolar, the world’s largest solar-powered boat, is all set to sail from Singapore to Mumbai as well aims to denote its name in the history of voyaging by starting its 18 months journey around the world. Continue reading

Myanmar Port opens for trading with North East India

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The bilateral trade agreement between Myanmar and India will open up trade between the provinces of North East India and Myanmar. The project cost is at around $20 million and is estimated to be completed around 2013. The project will connect the North Eastern Indian provinces to the Sittwe port in Myanmar via Mizoram.

The project involves massive dredging and construction of new terminals to fulfill completion. However, upon completion direct sailing will be possible that enables ships to pick up mainline services from Kolkata. The countries also aim to bring trade between the two countries to around 3 billion by lowering trade tariff rates.

In spite of India’s economic growth, the north eastern provinces also known as the ‘Seven Sisters’ remain economically backward. The nearest port to the provinces is Kolkata which can take a week to reach.

India is also trying to patch up the cracks in the relation between Bangladesh as the Chittagong port in Bangladesh also offers easy connectivity to the Seven Sisters.

 

Jeffrey Allison first British to navigate the Arctic Circle

Jeffrey Allison, a 73-year old retired engineer has become the first British to circumnavigate the Arctic Circle clockwise with only a single crew member. Continue reading

Emax E-Volution – The Greener the Better

If investing in ‘little’ luxurious indulgences like cruise yachts is your favorite pastime, then we guarantee that the newly designed Emax E-Volution fits your taste. Introduced at the Monaco Yacht Show in Monte Carlo, the Emax E-Volution is designed by Sauter Offset Carbon Design to maximize the use of clean energy sources like wind, solar, and wave power. With the help of these natural energy combinations, the solar hybrid schooner can reach a cruising speed of 14 knots and captain a top speed of 28 knots. Continue reading

Freight container shipping rates drive down

The near future for container shipping remains unpromising as demand drives down by western buyers. The panic and fear of a second recession have made westerners wary causing the demand to drive down deeply. The US economy is in shambles and no immediate stimulus seems insight to give it a boost. The picture of the European economy seems even bleaker than the US economy. The emerging nations provide a fair amount of demand for freight container shipping; however, they alone are not enough to fulfill the gap left by the decreased demand from Europe and the US. These new markets have fledged rapidly but the demand still remains nominal when compared to the earlier demands from Western countries. Container shipping rates from Shanghai to US fell almost by 40 percent.

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