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  1. IIRC Tilbury Calais ran for a couple of months with very light loadings before being suspended. However this was before all the changes with the current situation, plus issues with SNCF not bringing traffic, so potentially could all add up now.
  2. I believe that has come to a dead end as the plan was to use Lake Nicaragua, which also provides the majority of Nicaragua‘s fresh water, would be ruined by the plan as it sliced a huge deep shipping trench through the lake. There are a few Nicaraguans who believe it can still go ahead, but China has shifted focus to Panama and the Panama Canal in their continuing play for power. In a wider view it will be interesting to see what happens to global shipping with the increasing return of highly automated manufacturing to countries that moved manufacturing in the cheap labour Asian countries
  3. Suez Canal 2 through Israel has been on the back burner for ages, even after the US's grand 'nuke the Negev' plans. Erdogan's Istanbul Canal project is part of China's Maritime Silk Road initiative to gain easier access to the Danube for their ships. The Maritime Silk Road initiative also has another two, shall we say ambitious, canal plans to improve access even further to central Europe. The first runs from Thessaloniki in the Aegean Sea to the Danube at Belgrade using two existing rivers as the basis of the canal. This is only 600km / 372 miles long with an estimated £15 billion price
  4. Au contraire for the beauty of industrialised ports. There is beauty and wonder in them all, from their history, construction, the industries with and their operation that many prefer to forget but brings us all wealth and the comforts of everyday life. There is plenty to marvel at from the ingenuity of humans to how how fragile this all is in reality. As an example, the much derided Le Havre - we enter (or leave depending on timings) along the Route Industrielle or Route de l'Estuaire, taking in the industrial zones, under the 4km conveyor built to bring stone from the quarries north of
  5. From the air when I flew from Aeroport de Dinard Bretagne a couple of years ago.
  6. Suez Canal - Ever Given.mp4 An updated analysis from Maritime Casualty Specialists - http://www.maricaspe.com Another indication that the pressure differences across the hull from the bank / bottom affected the Ever Given.
  7. Interestingly just read that ships over 64m / 210 ft beam have a 10 knot wind limit. The Ever Given is with 10% of that limit, yet was sailing through with winds exceeding 25 knots according to weather reports. Also from the cross sectional navigation data, around 2.3 km south of the grounding point, the width of the canal at point of grounding narrows from 247 to 217m effective width (between navigation aides), the larger width needed on curves to allow for turning. By rough calculation using the AIS plots, this is also about where the canal straightens after the initial curve in the can
  8. First, thank you. (Re-editing comment was for a half written post and fat fingers near the enter key.) The Suez Canal has a variable ship profile as the canal itself is more an inverted trapezium shape than a rectangular box and approximately only the centre third is a at the maximum depth. As an indication 50m (164') beam has a maximum draught of 21.12m (66') 60m (197' 1") beam has a maximum draught of 16.8m (54' 11") 65m (213' 3") beam has a maximum draught of 15m (49' 2") and so on. The variation in draught go in one inch increments to calculate the maximum beam allowed.
  9. Both have similar principles concerning with the movement of fluids around a body combining Bernoulli, Newton, Euler etc for cause and effect. In flying, through aeronautical engineering shaping the aircraft, positive velocity changes are created in the fluid (air) around a moving surface to produce aerodynamic forces about that surface. These surface forces are resolved to perpendicular and horizontal force vectors in relation to the fluid flow, otherwise known as lift and drag. The part of Bernoulli that is applicable is the change in fluid speed relates to change in pressure. This is
  10. Another good image from ESA showing the congestion building due to the blockage.
  11. Good image from a Maxar satellite showing dredger at bow.
  12. This can be a great tool. However a lot of the ground around there is loose material so there would have to be precise planning to do this, or you would make the issue worse by causing an ingress of extraneous material into the area. There are constant dredging operations in the Suez Canal to keep it navigable from this loose material, two new dredgers designed for the Canal launched last year. Something about sand and building houses springs to mind. Edit to add - Another consideration is that is the liquefaction changes the material supporting the ship too quickly not only do you risk m
  13. Looks like this is a result of known hydrodynamics on ships in shallow water assisted by the hydrodynamics of vessels passing within close range of shore, banks etc aggravated by very variable wind strengths. In short as a ship sails through shallow water, the movement of the water caused by the ship's displacement causes a low pressure area under the aft section which pulls the stern into the water and therefore the bow to raise. This effect is also seen when a large vessel sails close to the shore / bank where the stern gets pulls into the bank and bow pushed out. Bear in mind too that
  14. Stena Freighter is still under conversion in Pensacola, Florida, but now has a new name - Jacklyn after Jeff Bezos's mother. The two funnels have now gone replaced by funnel stumps and the rear ramp has been replaced by a solid stern. No longer a RoRo now a FoLo (Fly On Lift Off). Photos - Eric Flood (Twitter @EricFlo19671974) There is no rush to finish the work as now Blue Origin's New Glenn rocket initial launch is NET Q4 2022. The photo shows a model of the finished ship with the first stage of the new Glenn rocket on deck after landing. Photo - Jeff
  15. For this discussion we might need a big red bus. Is that the size beyond Melchizedek?
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