Ships

  • The British Defence Secretary, Sir Michael Fallon, has unveiled the government's plan to increase the size of the Royal Navy by embarking on a crash program to build a new class of frigate, called the Type 31e, costing no more than £250 million (US$327 million) each.
  • If Amazon’s drone delivery service is to get off the ground, it’ll need some major infrastructure upgrades to support it. A new patent awarded to the retail giant could see drones being patched up and launched from mobile maintenance facilities carted around on the back of trains, trucks and ships.
  • Eco Marine Power is preparing to put its rigid solar energy sails through their paces next year. The EnergySail from EMP can harness the power of the wind and sun at the same time, for high-efficiency transport on the high seas.
  • Work has begun on the first Type 26 frigate for the Royal Navy. Today at BAE Systems' Glasgow shipyard, the British Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon pressed the button that started the cutting of the first steel for the City-class warship now named HMS Glasgow.
  • Vincent Callebaut Architectures has unveiled a new ferry terminal for Seoul, South Korea. If built, it would resemble a massive manta ray and float to deal with seasonal flooding. It would also include some very ambitious sustainable technology, allowing it to produce all the energy it needs.
  • ​The USS Enterprise has been decommissioned after almost 55 years of active service. No, we're not talking about a certain starship, but the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, which was commissioned in the US Navy in 1961.
  • The US Navy's largest destroyer, the USS Zumwalt, arrived at its new homeport of San Diego, California today. The first-in-class warship left the Bath Iron Works shipyard on September 7 and made passage through the Panama canal making goodwill visits to various ports along the way.
  • The UK’s Automated Ships Ltd and Norway’s Kongsberg Maritime have announced plans to construct Hrönn, a vessel they claim will be the world’s first autonomous ship for offshore operations.
  • To the music of brass bands, the USS Zumwalt has formally been commissioned into the United States Navy. On Saturday at 6:20 pm EDT, Captain James A Kirk took command of the next-generation multimission destroyer at North Locust Point in Baltimore and the US flag and commissioning pennant raised.
  • ​Barnacles may seem fairly low down the list of troublemaking sea creatures, but their habit of building up on ship hulls can be the bane of a boat-owner’s existence. A new material makes anti-fouling hydrogels more effective and, in future, it could actively detect and respond to their presence.
  • The future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) suffered an "engineering casualty" shortly after leaving Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia. The guided-missile destroyer suffered only minor damage, but was forced to return to Norfolk for assessment and repair.
  • ​The US Navy has revealed that the USS Zumwalt, its largest-ever destroyer and most technologically-advanced surface ship to date, left the Bath Iron Works in Maine, US, and is preparing for its three-month journey to its home port in San Diego.