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Have you ever wondered why is a ship referred to as a “She”? Word has it that dating as far back as 500 BC, the ancient mariners were mostly “married to the sea” because of their love for the ocean.  The ships were their livelihood, their home and their love thus as a reference and compliment to the women they ...

As they say, prevention is better than cure.  Rather than allowing a fire to break out, it is better to prevent them from happening.  Fire on board ships can be avoided by being diligent.  Below are some important points to note for fire prevention on board ships:   Exhaust leakages and steam leakages should be rectified immediately.   Ship’s crew ...

In the early days, seafarers did not have the luxury of measuring their ship’s speed using modern GPS (Global Positioning System) driven devices. How they used to measure how fast their ship was sailing was by throwing a piece of wood or other floatable object over the vessel’s bow and then counting the period of time that elapsed before the ...

The U.S. petroleum industry first drilled successfully in open waters in the Gulf of Mexico in 1938.   Gulf of Mexico federal offshore oil production accounts for 17% of total U.S. crude oil production   The Gulf of Mexico has about 20 oil rigs in operation.   Oil rigs are commonly referred to as “floating cities,” since many different people ...

All seafarers know that port and starboard are nautical terms for left and right side of a vessel respectively, facing forward.   Since port and starboard never change, they are unambiguous references that are not dependent on the marine observer’s orientation. Have you ever wondered why the sides are named port and starboard? The term starboard is derived from Old English ...