The Collision of Two Cargo Ships Caused the Mumbai Oil Spill

The Collision of Two Cargo Ships Caused the Mumbai Oil Spill
On August 7th 2010, two cargo ships, the Panama-flagged MSC Chitra and MV Khalijia collided off the coast India, near Mumbai. The MSC Chitra, which was outbound from South Mumbai’s Jawaharlal Nehru Port at around 9:50 A.M local time, collided with the inbound MV Khalijia. The collision resulted in the spilling of containers and oil ...

The Ins and Outs of Cargo Ship Tourism

The Ins and Outs of Cargo Ship Tourism
Journeying across seas and oceans while sharing the daily life of the crew – a trip on a cargo ship can be either a thrilling and an unforgettable trip of discovery of great maritime trading routes, or the most boring experience of your life. We let you decide. Going on a freight cruise is probably ...

Meet the Biggest Engines on the Planet

Meet the Biggest Engines on the Planet
Many of us don’t put much thought into the size of the engines that are in our vehicles; let alone how large an engine needs to be to power an airplane or a cargo ship. However, these behemoth pieces of machinery keep the cargo industry operating at the high pace of speed that consumers demand. ...

World’s Worst MPG Mileage Vehicles

World's Worst MPG Mileage Vehicles
It is said that an average plate of food in North America crosses 2400 km (1,500 miles) on fossil fuels before it is served, which naturally made me wonder – what are the biggest gas guzzlers in the world of moving supplies from point A to point B? I had an idea to compare the ...

The Post-War Cargo Cult of John Frum

The Post-War Cargo Cult of John Frum
War has many horrific sides, from the loss of human life, both soldiers and civilians, to the destruction left behind stretching across war-torn landscapes. Wars let us see the extreme costs, not just with lives lost, but financially as well. However one thing that most people never see is how this simple act of supplying ...

Redefining Flotsam, Jetsam, Lagan and Derelict

Redefining Flotsam, Jetsam, Lagan and Derelict
When human feet mysteriously started washing up onto shores in and around Vancouver in 2007, the city officials and the media alike had to assume there was a serial killer with a penchant for dismembering victims on the loose. The first foot was discovered in 2007 by an unfortunate girl who saw a tennis shoe ...

Remembering FedEx Flight 705 That Flew Upside Down

Remembering FedEx Flight 705 That Flew Upside Down
A FedEx cargo plane first officer flew his DC-10 upside down while the pilot was fighting a flight engineer who was trying to hijack the plane and kill everyone on board. April 7th 1994 was a beautiful day for a cargo flight, or at least Captain David Sanders would have thought so as he was ...

A Plane Crash, a Murder, the Killer and the Aftermath

A Plane Crash, a Murder, the Killer and the Aftermath
13 years after an airplane collision caused total loss of life, a traffic controller is dead, his murderer is free, and changes to the automated Traffic Collision Avoidance System are now becoming mandatory. In 2007, a Russian man named Vitaly Kaloyev was appointed the deputy minister of construction in the North Ossetia-Alania area of Russia. ...

Rubber Ducks That Sailed the World’s Oceans

Rubber Ducks That Sailed the World's Oceans
The Hebrides are a group of islands off the coast of Scotland, famous for their historic castles and Celtic ruins. In 2003, a magistrate on holiday was greeted by a sight that no visitor to the Hebrides had ever seen before: a plastic toy frog washing on shore, completing an 11 year journey across the ...

Marooned Freighter That Put the last Stone Age Society Into an Iron Age

Marooned Freighter That Put the last Stone Age Society Into an Iron Age
Unlike every other culture on earth, the Sentinelese tribesmen have successfully resisted integration with the remainder of the world. Indeed, their culture has remained largely unchanged for perhaps 60,000 years, since the Andaman Islands, of which North Sentinel is part, were thought to have been inhabited by a migration from Africa. However, even the assumption ...