Home' Baird Maritime : September 2011 Contents Tongue-Thaied with terminology
Our industry is specialised. Nobody will contradict me on that
(will they?). As a result, there are many industry-specific terms
that seem familiar to us, but presumably baffle the outsider.
Acronyms, of course, are extra good for this. See if anyone at
your supermarket can tell you what a VLCC is, and you'll get
Every so often, of course, new ones come along. The latest, at
least for me, is "Bangkok-max". Of course, I know what Panamax
means, and Suezmax, Capesize and even Aframax. Yet, despite a
lengthy press release, I am none-the-wiser as to what actually
constitutes a Bangkok-max.
Perhaps someone can enlighten me. For the moment, I will say
that I quite like the look of the 'Marlin Blue', which I understand is
Bird dog boats
Speaking of unusual terms... one of my Facebook fans has put
out a call to anyone who can tell us more about bird dog boats.
I'm guessing that a lot of you are thinking something along the
lines of "What the heck is that?". Despite spending more years than
I would care to think about working on or about the waterfront, I'd
never heard the phrase before the request came along.
The world's vastest database (the internet) doesn't shed much
light. Besides which, I am sure my web-savvy Facebook fans have
more internet search skills than I do, so they will know what is out
there. The question to you, dear reader, is: can you shed any light
on this phenomenon so that we will all be that much wiser?
Oh, and to whet your appetite, it seems the basic bird dog boat
has the engine, and propeller, forward of amidships.
A fast Italian horrorscope
'Aries' -- you represent a strong creative thrust and powerful
expression of energy. Unfortunately in this day and age, energy
does not come cheap.
'Taurus' -- you indicate stability, resistance to change, and the
ability to 'enjoy the moment'. Unfortunately that moment is gone.
'Scorpio' -- often considered very sexy, in modern times you are
considered to be a negative sign.
'Capricorn' -- named for the constellation of Capricornus, you
are often depicted as a goat with a fish's tail. As such you are only
partially suited for use at sea.
If I believed in astrology, then this is what I would expect the
horoscopes for the eponymous Jupiter-class fast ferries formerly
owned by Tirrenia would read. Laid up for many years, they were
recently sold for scrap and last seen headed for the yards of Aliaga.
A hugely expensive experiment on behalf of the Italian government
comes to an inglorious end. Certainly these stars were not stellar.
Big lifter news
I'm not sure how you pronounce the surname of Dockwise's
CEO André Goedée but I like to think it is "goody". Certainly I
think he would have been very pleased to confirm the first
contract for Dockwise's massive new Type 0 vessel.
Currently under construction by Hyundai Heavy Industries, its
first job will be to transport a floating production platform hull
from South Korea to the Gulf of Mexico for Chevron.
If you've forgotten, or not heard, how big this sucker is consider
the following: Dockwise's largest ships at present can transport up to
73,000 tonnes; the new ship will be able to carry more than 110,000
tonnes on (and indeed overhanging) a deck measuring 275 metres
long and 70 metres wide. Perfect for shipping ships!
Got a tip? -- Aft_Lines@hotmail.com or Find me on Facebook
The best is not
always left to last
September 2011 BAIRD MARITIME
Nothing bigger in Bangkok?
Not a bird, not a dog... but a cat, apparently trying to fly. (In fact a 27 metre
Morelli 7 Melvin-designed WindCat workboat)
Type 0 ... what the big boys play with
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