The mesmerizing ballet of container ships moving around a shipping dock

What's great about this time lapse that shows a container ship moving around a dock is that it's not doing anything special and yet, the carefully orchestrated ballet of dropping off shipping containers is almost hypnotizing to watch. You get to follow the ship from dock to dock and see other boats move around it too. » 3/26/15 2:17pm Thursday 2:17pm

USS Ross guided-missile destroyer looks like it has its own force field

Here's a really cool photo of guided-missile destroyer USS Ross ripping through the Mediterranean while under high wind conditions. To me, it looks like the warship has activated a force field around it and is impenetrable to everything. In reality, however, the destroyer is drenched. » 3/23/15 6:55pm 3/23/15 6:55pm

These Mega-Cruise Ships Look Like Small Cities From the Air 

The stacks and stacks of cabin windows make today's ocean liners look gargantuan enough from the shore. But the view from directly above gigantic cruise ships is even more startling. » 3/18/15 8:00pm 3/18/15 8:00pm

World's Largest Container Ship Has Four Football Fields of Deck Space

Samsung might be making waves at Mobile World Congress with the new Galaxy S6, but that's nothing compared to the waves that will be produced by what the company's Heavy Industries division is working on. It recently announced that it will be building the world's largest container ship, over 1,300-feet long, for… » 3/03/15 11:45am 3/03/15 11:45am

A Mammoth Ice Breaker Frees a Ship Trapped In the Frozen Ocean

Despite all our advanced shipbuilding and navigation tech, sailing through Arctic or Antarctic waters can still treacherous—as an Australian fishing boat discovered after it got stuck in in the ice this week. Today, the US Coastal Guard's icebreaker, Polar Star, came to the rescue. » 2/14/15 7:42pm 2/14/15 7:42pm

Fascinating Engineering Details of the Titanic From a 1909 Journal 

It's over 100 years since the Titanic final, fateful journey. But tucked away in engineering journals dating even further back are some fascinating details about how the ship was built—and in this video, Engineering Guy Bill Hammack casts a thoughtful eye over them. » 2/11/15 4:30am 2/11/15 4:30am

The Navy's Newest Linux-Powered Command Center Is Right Out Of Star Trek

The DDG-1000 Zumwalt Class Destroyer could very well revolutionize the way the Navy does its surface warfare business. One of its biggest innovations is ditching the cramped, darkly lit Combat Information Center (CIC), a fixture for many decades on past USN combat ships, and replacing it with the state-of-the-art,… » 1/29/15 2:15pm 1/29/15 2:15pm

These Underwater Mountains Are More Dangerous Than They Look

The ocean can look enormously peaceful, like a postcard sent from heaven by someone on Xanax. Under the surface, things aren't nearly so calm and picturesque. And on the coast of North Africa, the U.K.'s Royal Navy found another salty hazard: Two previously unmapped underwater mountains, jutting up from the seabed. » 1/21/15 10:26am 1/21/15 10:26am

The Army's Biggest Tug Boat Can Haul an Entire Aircraft Carrier

Parking a 567-foot guided missile cruiser is tougher than it sounds. So when the Army's largest ocean-going vessels need a helping hand squeezing into foreign ports, they call on the biggest and baddest tugboats in the armed forces: the MGen. Nathanael Greene-class large coastal tugs. » 1/09/15 11:40am 1/09/15 11:40am

This 51,000-Ton Cargo Ship Was Deliberately Run Aground 

This gigantic car transporter has been run aground—on purpose—after it began to list just off the coast of the UK. It weighs 51,000 tons, is laden with 1,400 cars—and now needs to be righted. » 1/05/15 7:30am 1/05/15 7:30am

These fire hot giant chains look like they're being made in Mordor

I'm halfway certain that there is sorcery from Middle Earth involved in building this humungous chain. But it's pure human ingenuity. The chain is meant to be used on Shell's Prelude project (a floating liquefied natural gas platform) which is basically some ginormous platform that's permanently moored offshore. » 12/24/14 11:10pm 12/24/14 11:10pm

Building the World's Largest Floating Object, In GIFs

A few months ago, The New York Times sent a photographer to South Korea to photograph the world's largest floating object. It took him hundreds of shots to capture the behemoth. Now, its makers are giving us a closer look at building of the ship. » 12/16/14 11:45am 12/16/14 11:45am

Houseboat? Try a Seafaring Luxury Apartment

Houseboats are inarguably the awesomest kind of house. But whereas most conventional houseboats are little more than bungalows mounted atop barges, the new Flash Cat 67SC offers a posh alternative. » 11/21/14 11:40am 11/21/14 11:40am

This Is the Biggest Cargo Ship on Earth

In order to keep up with the frenetic growth of global shipping traffic—which has quadrupled over the past two decades alone—commercial cargo ships keep getting bigger. And the newest king of the containerships isn't one of Maersk's EEE titans, it's the CSCL Globe. » 11/20/14 11:40am 11/20/14 11:40am

The World's Most Futuristic Cruise Ship Made Me Miss the Past

I woke up in a strange place. The bed felt plush, and when I rolled over onto my side, there was water, an ocean full of it. I felt slightly sick. I'd just spent my first night on the world's most advanced cruise ship, but a billion dollars worth of technology is no match for the Atlantic Ocean. » 11/18/14 12:00pm 11/18/14 12:00pm

A Look at How Royal Caribbean's New Virtual Balconies Work

It almost sounded too crazy to be true, when Royal Caribbean announced that it would begin installing virtual balconies in windowless rooms on its latest cruise ships. Giant screens that simulate breathtaking ocean views in real time sound crazy! The travel company was not lying, though, and now they've got video… » 11/05/14 4:10pm 11/05/14 4:10pm

Explore the Deck of the Largest Floating Object Ever Created

No one knows quite what to call the Prelude, the floating behemoth that Shell engineered to extract natural gas from below the ocean floor and liquify it for use. It's hard to describe Prelude because it's so much bigger than any other floating structure humans have ever built—which is also what makes it difficult to… » 11/01/14 6:09pm 11/01/14 6:09pm

Did you know you can build Lego ships inside bottles too?

The amount of dexterity and patience that it takes to construct a ship in a bottle has always been something that has fascinated me. I obviously love building Lego, but the thought of doing that inside of a bottle has never crossed my mind until today. Builder Bangooh has melded these two hobbies beautifully and… » 10/13/14 4:08pm 10/13/14 4:08pm

USS America: The Navy's Newest Flattop Can't Decide What The Hell It Is

Yesterday, as part of San Francisco's Fleet Week festivities, the US Navy had a high-profile commissioning ceremony for the USS America LHA-6, the fourth US Navy ship to bear the name and the first in a new class of amphibious assault ships that are really more like aircraft carriers, yet somehow, compromised as both. » 10/12/14 4:30am 10/12/14 4:30am

Dear US Navy: The Futuristic X3K Is What Littoral Combat Ships Should Be

The last decade has seen some pretty awesome looking warships hit waters around the globe. On the "blue water" side of things the Star Wars looking Zumwalt Class and the minimalist art-like Lafayette Class were clearly designed with stealth in mind. Yet the "brown water" is where the most exotic vessels roam, and this… » 10/10/14 3:30pm 10/10/14 3:30pm