Understanding The Portunus Project

Posted on October 23rd, 2014 by

The Portunus Project is an offshore port concept where future U.S. ports could be located in the ocean some twenty to forty miles from shore. This concept would allow cargo to be inspected at a distance from cities and is intended to improve homeland security. However, this concept is also unique because it would allow the United States to be a world leader in the efficient goods movement.

Source: MarineLink.com

Current Strategies for Freight and Vessel Inspection

Our current defense strategy utilizes programs such as the Container Security Initiative, Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) and electronic manifest submittals to screen …
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Spontaneous Killer: The Reality of Rogue Waves

Posted on October 21st, 2014 by

Known as freak waves, monster waves, killer waves or extreme waves – rogue waves are large and spontaneous ocean surface waves that occur at sea and pose a threat to ships of all shapes and sizes. Over the course of many centuries, mariners have reported various encounters with enormous waves that seem to appear out of nowhere in an otherwise calm sea.

Source: NY Times

The History of Rogue Waves

In 1498, during his third voyage to the New World, Christopher Columbus recorded that a giant wave lifted up his vessels while he was sailing through the waterway between the …
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Job Scams in the Maritime Industry

Posted on October 16th, 2014 by

If you think job scams are only prevalent in specific industries, think again. Fake job agents and job scams are alive and thriving in the maritime industry and affecting recent graduates who have spent four long years of hard work becoming educated as maritime professionals. The problem is very common, disheartening and frustrating for young mariners.

Where Are Maritime Job Scams Coming From?

Recently, Marine Insight did some research to determine where these job scams were stemming from. Surprisingly enough, it has been common that the scammed were getting references from online maritime job websites. After a bit more …
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