Opinion – Page 11

  • The Harima-Sulzer 10 RD 90 engine fitted to the ‘Hatsushima Maru’ tanker- the largest and most powerful Sulzer-powered ship

    The digital age appears on the horizon


    The Motor Ship for October 1963 began with reports that Shell Tankers was bucking the trend away from opposed-piston engines by chartering a newbuild tanker with the latest Doxford J-type engine.

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    Gas fuel is here to stay


    The recent Motorship Gas Fuelled Ships Conference provided a unique opportunity to experience LNG as fuel in actual operation – over a full two days.

  • Eco Marine Power’s solution places photovoltaic cells on the surface of its wing sails

    The wind as fuel


    Dag Pike looks at the current efforts in harnessing free power from the wind in order to cut ship fuel costs and reduce emissions.

  • ‘MOL Comfort’ – another major casualty likely to impact on marine insurance in general

    Casualties cause jitters for insurers


    Several major casualties have impacted on marine property insurers and the P&I clubs, and they fear there may be more to come this year, writes Denzil Stuart.

  • The ‘Johann Schulte’ bears little resemblance to modern car carrriers

    One large or two small?


    In The Motor Ship, September 1963, the debate raged on about large bore marine diesel engines. Then, as now, there was discussion about whether a single large engine was a more economic and safer option than two smaller units.

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    Heading for a log jam


    Shipping and shipbuilding could, say some commentators, fall apart in the next few years. A lack of any sense of urgency seems to be to blame.

  • Univan considers that it is important to keep its ships in good order to minimise bunker consumption, and to consider and recommend appropriate fuel-saving modifications

    The technical challenges of ship management


    Ship managers, as well as owners, are being squeezed to minimise costs in the face of low charter rates and oversupply of ships. We asked Univan Ship Management of Hong Kong how they were responding to these challenges; this is what chief operating officer Pradeep Ranjan had to say.

  • MAN's gas-fuelled four-stroke on test in Augsburg

    Gas fuelled ships, 1963 style


    One of ‘The Motor Ship’s’ campaigns was to promote the advantages of the Diesel engine over steam power. Therefore it was rather a surprise to read in the July 1963 issue a leading article on a ship powered by a steam turbine.

  • One of ‘probably the most unusual photographs in modern shipbuilding’

    A short-lived shipbuilding revolution


    June 1963 saw The Motor Ship devote a considerable proportion of its space to the opening of Gotaverken’s new shipyard at Arendal, Sweden.

  • Admiralty Shipyard, one of Russia’s major shipbuilding centres

    Russian commercial shipbuilding faces serious crisis


    In spite of concerted support and increased funding by the state, the Russian shipbuilding industry is plunging into serious crisis, writes Eugene Gerden.

  • Top view of the Fiat engine which had achieved over 32,500bhp on test, showing the cylinder tops and Brown Boveri turbochargers.

    Outputs exceed 30,000bhp ceiling


    In 1963 the marine engineering industry was certainly obsessed with power and bore size.

  • NorShipping 2013 aims to repeat the success of the 2011 show

    The raisin in the sausage


    This Norwegian expression sums up the importance of NorShipping as a showcase for Norway’s thriving maritime community – NorShipping 2013 runs from 4-7 June, at Lillestrøm, near Oslo.

  • Britain’s largest – a H&W-B&W engine of 21,000bhp

    Motor conquers steam


    Large and powerful engines continued to excite our predecessors at The Motor Ship, the April 1963 issue of which led with an item about large tanker propulsion.

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    Sailing by wind and tide


    As this issue closed for press, we learned, via Danish shipowner Norden’s newsletter, that a 47,400dwt product tanker sailed 280 nautical miles with the main engine stopped, using nature’s free forces as the sole driving power.

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    The Holy Grail of hull coatings


    New developments usually bring benefits, but there is one area of shipbuilding and marine equipment that seems to have taken a backward step – that of hull coatings.

  • MAN’s 6-cylinder 860mm bore engine on trials at Augsburg

    Higher power for faster steaming


    The Motor Ship, March 1963, as in previous months, continued to focus on large-bore high-power diesel engines.

  • The complexity of modern electrical installations demands a high level of expertise from marine electrical engineers

    Status, certification and training of ships’ electrical engineers


    John Grace, managing partner of US company Electrical Engineering Consulting Group (E2CG) looks at how the status and training of marine electrical engineers has not kept pace with the advance of complex onboard electronic equipment.

  • Ice navigation promises to save time, fuel and emissions, but at a probable cost

    Ice navigation encourages new technologies


    It is a very rare occurrence these days when a new sea route opens up; now the traditional trading rotesm plus the later additions of the Suez and Panama Canals are being supplemented by the Arctic. Dag Pike considers the implications.

  • The ‘Costa Concordia’ sinking will be painful for underwriters (Rvongher, Wikimedia)

    Few signs of optimism in hull and machinery insurance


    After another gloomy year for marine insurers, will 2013 be a pivotal year for underwriters? Will the market turn up? The signs are not encouraging, writes Denzil Stuart.

  • Mega-boxships like ‘CMA CGM Marco Polo’, at 15,000TEU, could bring about new problems

    Boxship blues


    As large chunks of the shipping industry batten down the hatches to ride out the deepening economic storm, one of the hardest hit sectors is container shipping, with more than 300 idle, equating to about 550,000TEU, at the time of writing, according to statistics from Lloyd’s List Intelligence, writes Denzil ...