MARAD AWARDS $9.8 MILLION TO SMALL SHIPYARDS

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) has awarded $9.8 million to 18 U.S. small shipyards through its Small Shipyard Grant Program. The investments support industrial modernizations aimed at allowing the shipyards to compete more effectively in the global marketplace. Small shipyard facilities vary in size, from family-owned businesses …

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AUTONOMOUS SHIPS BEFORE AUTONOMOUS CARS

Given the media focus on autonomous cars, it might be expected that self-driving vehicles will be in use before autonomous ships. The reality is quite the reverse, according to a report on the future of autonomous maritime systems produced by Lloyd’s Register, QinetiQ and the University of Southampton. Applied artificial …

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A KING’S ORDERS TO THE U.S. NAVY

The mark of a great shiphandler is never getting into situations that require great shiphandling. Admiral Ernest King, USN by Captain John Konrad (gCaptain) could a simple bit of advice from a Naval hero prevent collisions at sea among both military and civilian ships? In our attempt to understand the USS Fitzgerald and USS John S. …

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