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Historic Harwich light vessel hit by arson attack

Historic Harwich light vessel hit by arson attack

In a distressing turn of events, the iconic LV18, a preserved light vessel moored in Harwich, Essex, fell victim to a suspected arson attack. Emergency services rushed to the quay shortly after 9:05 pm on Friday, February 2nd, responding to reports of flames engulfing the historic vessel.  Eyewitnesses reported seeing a group of individuals leaving […]

North Star expands into European offshore wind market with newbuild SOV

North Star expands into European offshore wind market with newbuild SOV

In a significant move, North Star, the leading UK provider of offshore infrastructure support services, has secured a landmark contract with Germany’s energy utility giant EnBW. The agreement involves the delivery of a cutting-edge hybrid-electric Service Operations Vessel (SOV) for a decade-long minimum charter to support the He Dreiht wind farm off the coast of […]

Idwal launches digital platform for maritime inspection and fleet management

Idwal launches digital platform for maritime inspection and fleet management

Idwal, a specialist in ship pre-purchase inspections, has unveiled its latest product – Idwal ID, a digital platform which the company hopes will help to redefine the landscape of maritime inspections. The company aims to improve standardisation in fleet inspections, offering a comprehensive condition improvement program which feature a detailed analysis of individual assets within fleets.  […]

Longitude Engineering chosen as designer for ‘world’s first’ zero-emission SOV

Longitude Engineering chosen as designer for ‘world’s first’ zero-emission SOV

Engineering consultants and ship designers Longitude Engineering has been selected as the designer for a zero-emission electric Service Operation Vessel (eSOV) being developed by a British-based consortium led by shipowner and operator Bibby Line. The project, which was first announced during London International Shipping Week in September 2023, is developing a vessel to operate in […]

William Froude: the father of hydrodynamics

William Froude: the father of hydrodynamics

RINA Historian Mark Barton looks at the life and career of one of the Institution’s, and naval architecture’s, most influential figures William Froude (1810-1879) was the first person to formulate reliable laws for the resistance that water offers to ships (such as the hull speed equation) and thus enable ship designers to predict their stability […]

Seahaven makes case for evolution in cruise safety

Seahaven makes case for evolution in cruise safety

The sinking of the Titanic was a tragedy that shook the world. The widespread outrage over the disaster led to sweeping changes on the requirements of lifeboats on board a vessel and the establishment in 1914 of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) which still governs maritime safety today. It […]

UK yards gearing up for shipbuilding boom

UK yards gearing up for shipbuilding boom

The UK shipbuilding industry has been experiencing a resurgence lately. This is driven by ambitious developments at iconic shipyards such as Harland & Wolff and the cutting-edge innovations spearheaded by BAE Systems. These key players are reshaping the industry and contributing to the nation’s maritime prowess in an era of global challenges and opportunities.  Nestled […]

Happy 200th birthday to Devonport

Happy 200th birthday to Devonport

By Mark Barton, RINA Historian For towns it is rare we know the exact day they came into being but that is the case for Devonport, the Royal Navy’s main home in the South West. By Royal Decree the town came into being on the 1st January 1824. This marked a step in the development […]

Portsmouth Dockyard’s forgotten canal

Portsmouth Dockyard’s forgotten canal

By Mark Barton, RINA historian In the maritime industry, we’re used to large elements of infrastructure being constructed to support dockyards, and regular disruptions to the global supply chain regularly highlight the importance of assuring that infrastructure remains resilient. 2023 marked the bicentenary of a project that was designed to do both of those but […]

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