Todd Vorenkamp

Todd Vorenkamp

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Hands-On Learning

By Todd Vorenkamp 2015-11-26 13:43:57

Like the oceans themselves, maritime training is in constant flux. New technological advances and evolving regulatory requirements demand constant adjustment. The schools themselves come in all shapes and sizes – from merchant marine academies, union-supported professional training centers and privately run schools to executive-level institutes and local, single-classroom certification centers. All have one goal in mind: ensuring safety at sea.   For the mariner, though, the keel meets the water during ship-handling simulation and electronic-based bridge simulation. That’s...

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Cargo Ship

Naval Architecture: Designing Efficiency

By Todd Vorenkamp 2015-09-11 12:13:02

Much can be achieved on the hardware side, but it’s the human element that really matters. The new holy grail of shipping is efficiency, yet no single area of ship design can provide extraordinary gains by itself. Instead, designers and operators try to save fuel and reduce emissions incrementally through different aspects of a vessel’s design and operation in the hope that, taken together, real savings can be achieved. CFD Software Hull designs were once tested solely in towing tanks....

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Repair Yards Paying the Bills

Repair Yards: Paying the Bills

By Todd Vorenkamp 2015-09-11 12:12:11

It’s not glamorous, but routine maintenance and unscheduled repairs are most yards’ bread and butter. The ship repair business has steadily recovered from the economic slowdown of the last decade, and more business is on the horizon. Drydocks and repair facilities report solid bookings, and the recent surge in Jones Act newbuilds bodes well for the future. Repair yards are kept busy by both scheduled drydockings and emergency work. Scheduled maintenance is 90 percent of the business and the remainder unscheduled...

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Ship in Storm

Coatings: Rust Busters

By Todd Vorenkamp 2015-05-15 17:41:54

It’s really remarkable what today’s coatings can do – and at minimal risk to the environment. The marine environment may be the single toughest place on earth for man and machine to operate on a daily basis. We are all familiar with the natural disasters that are spawned by the ocean – tsunamis, hurricanes and typhoons – but the sea itself, the organisms that live inside it, and their allies, the sun and air, treat their man-made visitors with unvarnished...

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Harbor Pilot

Aids to Navigation

By Todd Vorenkamp 2015-03-11 17:06:01

***From Jan-Feb 2015 Edition of The Maritime Executive magazine*** It’s not easy docking today’s mega-cruise ships. Portable Pilot Units can help. Imagine being tasked to bring a modern cruise ship into a port. You arrive on the ship and do not know any of the crew you will be working with. They may not speak your language well. The ship's equipment may be inaccurate or not functioning. Around the world, harbor pilots are asked to do this daily. "A ship's...

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Satellite Over Earth

Satcom: Maritime Hotspots

By Todd Vorenkamp 2015-02-19 16:09:33

***From Nov-Dec 2014 Edition of The Maritime Executive magazine***   It seems like yesterday that the Inmarsat constellation, the world's first dedicated maritime communications satellite system, was launched into space. Satellite communications at the time consisted of a static-filled telephone on the ship's bridge used sparingly by the captain for emergencies – and used less sparingly by the cadet who foolishly ran up outrageous $10/minute phone bills calling his significant other. In those days, the ship's radio operator...

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