Indian fishing boats lured by cheap fuel prices

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Indian fishing boats are turning to smuggled Iranian diesel, from Karachi based high seas traffickers. The low prices are irresistible to the fishing boats when faced with dwindling catches and soaring fuel prices. Continue reading

Robots Attempting Longest Unmanned Sailing Voyage

A group of four robots, called Wave Gliders, undertook a 300 day plus journey last week in an attempt to create a world record for the longest ever unmanned sailing voyage.The project called PacX (for “Pacific Crossing”) commenced from the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco on November 17. On completion, the unmanned vessels would have traversed 33,000 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean. Continue reading

Riva 63 Virtus to Uncover its Latest Design in Early 2012

It’s wonderful to know that the wait will end soon for the biggest open sportscruisers Riva 63 Virtus, which will launch in early 2012.  This boat will be a strong challenge to large hard top sportscruisers trend. Continue reading

Guns in turbulent seas

The Somali pirate attacks in the waters of East Africa has left merchant ships no choice but to arm themselves to protect their crew and precious cargo. However, posting armed guards on turbulent waters carries it’s own worries. In spite of the frequent international maritime patrol, these waters remain a threat to merchant vessels. The attacks by Somali pirates remain bold and undeterred. Currently there is a huge demand for armed guards on ship. Continue reading

Japan Builds PMA Approved New Vessel

Nissho Shipping Co., Ltd. will own a new vessel that is being built at Japanese shipyard Naikai Zosen Corporation. The vessel is going to be the first one to get approval from PMA – the Panama Maritime Authority.

Technical assistance from ClassNK helped to obtain the certificate which was issued for a new 27,200 dwt open-hatch bulk carrier that will be delivered to Nissho Shipping in the fall of 2012.

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