The Floating Super-Factories Spawned By Our Insatiable Hunger For Gas

The world's ever-growing demand for gas is driving companies deeper and further into the ocean to drill for it. And, to do so, they're building a new type of ship: small city-sized floating factories that drill, process, refine, and barrel gas while still out on the open sea. Think of them as one-stop gas shops that,… » 4/04/14 1:40pm 4/04/14 1:40pm

Rolls-Royce Is Designing Giant Drone Ships to Sail the High Seas

Believe it or not, sailors are a big drag on shipping vessels. They weigh down the ship, take up space, cost thousands of dollars a day, and even cause most of the accidents at sea. So it's no surprise that Rolls-Royce's maritime division wants to replace them with robots. » 2/25/14 3:40pm 2/25/14 3:40pm

How Far Can This Ship Shift Sideways? Enough to Break the Ice

Today's largest cargo ships can exceed 130 feet—in width—making any sort of passage through the arctic's ice-encrusted trade routes nearly impossible without the help of not one but two conventional icebreakers. But with just a single one of these triangular ships leading the way, even the largest container vessel can… » 2/03/14 1:20pm 2/03/14 1:20pm

This Super Icebreaker Is Heading to Antarctica to Free Two Frozen Ships

It may not be the largest or most powerful ice breaker ever to set sail (that record is held by Russia's nuclear-powered NS Yamal), but America's Polar Star is easily one of the most badass. This 75,000 horsepower ship can crush a two story ice wall in a single swipe of its mighty bow. » 1/07/14 11:40am 1/07/14 11:40am

This Rolls-Royce Tanker Is a School Bus for Salmon

Fish tends to spoil fast, even when kept on ice. So to ensure that farm-raised salmon remain at peak of their freshness (read: still swimming) for whole trip to back to shore for processing, Rolls-Royce is building the world's largest mobile aquarium/meat wagon. » 11/29/13 12:00pm 11/29/13 12:00pm

An Iranian Oil Tanker Hacked Its Own Tracking System to Avoid Detection

Lately, we've seen how hackers can cause havoc on the high seas, but the shenanigans have been limited to security researchers for the most part. They wanted to prove that it was possible to do things like take over a ship's navigation system so that it doesn't happen in real life. Welp, too late for that now. » 10/30/13 12:20pm 10/30/13 12:20pm

Hackers Figured Out How to Hijack Shipping Vessel Tracking Systems

A team of white hat hackers recently figured out how to break into the navigation technology used to track 400,000 shipping vessels worldwide. With this kind of access they could hypothetically make it appear as if a fleet of mystery ships was about to invade New York City. This is not good. » 10/18/13 10:20am 10/18/13 10:20am

With Video Walls This Huge, You'll Forget You're on a Cruise Ship

Luxury liners are getting bigger and more grandiose every year. Royal Caribbean's newest cruise ships, for example, are the size of a small town. And, rather than simply stare out at the ocean, revelers aboard these boats will be treated to a visual experience like none before thanks to an array of cutting-edge robotic … » 10/09/13 11:50am 10/09/13 11:50am

This Massive Cargo Ship Will Harness the Wind With Its Hull

It doesn't matter how efficient we make their engines or how many solar panels we install on their decks, the world's largest cargo ships—those water-bound leviathans on which international trade depends—will require massive amounts of fuel for the foreseeable future. However, this conceptual super-carrier could… » 10/02/13 11:30am 10/02/13 11:30am