Ships

  • The third and last Zumwalt-class ship for the US Navy launched on Sunday at the General Dynamics-Bath Iron Works shipyard in Maine. One of the three largest destroyers ever built for the Navy, she was floated over a period of several days by moving her to a drydock, which was then slowly flooded.
  • The BAS's state-of-the-art polar research ship Boaty McBoatface was launched on Saturday July 14 at the Cammell Laird shipyards on the River Mersey. Okay, its name is actually RRS Sir David Attenborough after the NERC rejected McBoatface after it won a public vote in 2016.
  • To make ships and submarines slippier, Anish Tuteja, an associate professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Michigan, is working on an "omniphobic" coating that not only repels water, but many other substances, like oil, alcohol, and even peanut butter.
  • The competition to build the Royal Navy's next frigate moves forward as Babcock Team 31 shows off its proposed design for the Type 31e warship. Called the Arrowhead 140, the contender for the £1.25 billion (US$1.63 billion) program is based on a design in service with the Royal Danish Navy.
  • The Queen Elizabeth 2 is set to begin its new life as a floating luxury hotel this week. The last of the Atlantic liners, the 70,000 gross ton Cunard steamship will operate as a major tourist destination at Mina Rashid on the Dubai waterfront.
  • ​Known as biofouling, the accumulation of barnacles and other marine organisms on ships' hulls greatly decreases their hydrodynamic efficiency. Thanks to a new paint, however, removing those greeblies may soon be as simple as periodically wiping the ship's hull with a sponge.
  • 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.