Lillypad City: The floating city

With global sea levels predicted to rise significantly over the next century due to climate change, a lot of people living in low lying areas are expected to be displaced from their homes. Architect Vincent Callebaut has come up with a possible relocation destination for these climate change refugees in the form of the “Lilypad”…

Eco Marine Powers environment-friendly ships

E.E. Cummings once wrote: “for whatever we lose, it’s always ourselves we find in the sea.” In today’s world, that quote can take on a rather different meaning. According to an article in The Guardian, recent data suggests that just 15 of the world’s biggest ships emit as much pollution as all of the world’s…

Allseas renames Pieter Schelte to Pioneering Spirit

Update: Allseas renames Pieter Schelte to Pioneering Spirit Dutch contractor Allseas has bowed to pressure to rename its platform installation/decommissioning and pipelay mega-vessel Pieter Schelte. The vessel’s new name will be Pioneering Spirit. The €2.4billion vessel, capable of lifting topsides weighing 48,000-tonne, was named after Allseas’ founder Edward Heerema’s father, tho had been in the German…

Sea-trials proposal for unmanned marine craft

Developing offshore technologies to test prototype vehicles The importance of unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) to navies and global maritime industries, including companies involved in offshore oil exploration and production, has become evident in recent years. With continuous advancements in UUV technologies, remotely-controlled and autonomous subsea vessels are now proving their capabilities and demonstrating their potential…