Category Archives: Maritime

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Earth’s deepest ocean trenches contain high levels of pollution

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Deep ocean trenches — considered the most remote places in the world — have levels of toxic, industrial chemicals 50 times higher than a highly polluted river system in China, an analysis of tiny deep-sea animals has found. More . … Continue reading

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Sailor to face storm as she leaves Albany in world-record attempt to circumnavigate Antarctica

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Queensland sailor Lisa Blair has set off from Western Australia’s south coast town of Albany to attempt a world record circumnavigating Antarctica. Ms Blair, 32, hopes to become the first woman to circumnavigate Antarctica solo, non-stop, and unassisted in less … Continue reading

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Seasickness and science: Are your ‘sea legs’ in your brain or your muscles?

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There’s nothing like the joy of being in a boat on the open sea — fresh air, wind in your hair and… oh wait, the overwhelming urge to throw up. Sea travel predates the written word and for millennia our … Continue reading

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French solo sailor Thomas Coville sets incredible new 49-day solo round the world record – with a blistering average speed of 23 knots

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French solo sailor Thomas Coville has succeeded in his fifth attempt to break the solo round the world record with an incredible time of under 50 days. Solo sailor Thomas Coville has pulverised one of the hardest records in sport: … Continue reading

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This $550m yacht is so big it even has a room in its mast

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Sailing Yacht A has been built for Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko. Melnichencko made his fortune in fertiliser, coal and electricity, and likes to spend it on big things. He owns a Boeing 737 BBJ, a villa in Antibes, an estate … Continue reading

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Solo sailor Andy Lamont sets off on westward trip around world in non-stop and unassisted adventure.

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An Australian sailor is attempting to sail “the wrong way” around the world in what he hopes will be a record-breaking journey aboard his 34-foot boat. Andy Lamont left the Gold Coast today and is planning to sail solo, non-stop, … Continue reading

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On board the ‘super science ship’ uncovering secrets of the deep.

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Take a tour of Australia’s newest research vessel—the 94-metre-long, 10-storey, $120 million RV Investigator. It’s as if this ship has invisible cat’s whiskers extending off her hull. Pricked and at the ready, they sense the weather, the temperature, the density … Continue reading

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Record-breaking superyacht in NZ for repairs.

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The world’s largest single-masted superyacht, named M5 is moored in Auckland, its towering mast reducing all others to look like matchsticks. M5 has a soaring 90m high mast too large to fit under the Auckland Harbour Bridge. It is at … Continue reading

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Sailing cat acts as deaf owner’s ‘ears at sea’

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Auckland sailor Paul Thompson can’t always hear everything around him while at sea. That’s where his cat comes in. A six-month-old ginger Maine Coon, Strauss von Skattebol of Rebelpawz – or Skatty for short – plays an important role when … Continue reading

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Noah’s Ark

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[Ed:  What can I say except. . .”There were green alligators and long-necked geese, some humpty backed camels. . .but no Unicorns” ] You’ve probably seen pictures of Noah’s Ark in children’s books, complete with giraffe heads sticking out the … Continue reading

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HMAS Sydney: 3D reconstruction reveals more details of Australia’s biggest naval disaster

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The most powerful supercomputer in the southern hemisphere is being used to create a 3D reconstruction of the two shipwrecks involved in Australia’s greatest naval disaster. After a short but fierce battle with the German raider Kormoran, HMAS Sydney sank … Continue reading

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Mummified body found on yacht drifting off coast of Philippines

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The mummified body of a German adventurer was found dead drifting on his abandoned yacht at the weekend off the coast of southern Philippines. Manfred Fritz Bajorat, 59, was discovered by two fishermen aboard his yacht in the Pacific Ocean … Continue reading

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Missing Malaysia jet MH370 weeks away from keeping secrets forever.

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The man leading the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is showing the strain after almost two years of fruitless toil. Martin Dolan, head of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, said he struggles to sleep at times, gnawed by thoughts … Continue reading

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Crew of four women rowing 15,640km across Pacific Ocean set to arrive in Cairns

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A group of women striving to become the first ever team of four to row the Pacific Ocean will arrive at the end of their journey today at Cairns in far north Queensland. The Coxless Crew, made up of Meg … Continue reading

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The “Seabin” Project – a simple solution to our oceans pollution

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We have created an automated marina rubbish bin that collects floating rubbish, debris and oil 24/7 We are excited to introduce our new invention helping to solve, educate and prevent our oceans pollution problems. The Seabin is a revolution in … Continue reading

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John Beeden becomes first person to row the Pacific Ocean solo and non-stop to Australia

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Adventurer John Beeden has become the first person to row solo non-stop from North America to the Australian mainland. December 27 marked day 209 at sea for Mr Beeden, who has rowed more than 7,400 nautical miles across the Pacific … Continue reading

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The Bermuda Triangle – fact, fiction and fantasy

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70 years after the disappearance of five planes in the Atlantic, Giles Milton investigates one of the world’s most enduring aviation mysteries. The message picked up by the control tower was as bizarre as it was alarming. “Everything looks strange,” … Continue reading

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Sunken 18th century Spanish Galleon San Jose found with $3 billion of treasure

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Colombia has announced it has found the shipwreck of a storied Spanish galleon laden with gold, silver and precious stones, three centuries after it was sunk by the British in the Caribbean. President Juan Manuel Santos declared that “this is … Continue reading

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Waterfront living taken to another level

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Floating houses will be built and docked in Gulf Harbour development as a novel way of beating rising land prices. Floating houses are planned for Gulf Harbour, north of Auckland. In what appears to be a novel solution to the … Continue reading

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Sail of the century has its own seaplane

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The world’s largest single-masted superyacht, complete with its own seaplane, will sail into Auckland in February. Designed by renowned Kiwi yacht designer Ron Holland, the 75m M5 (formerly known as the Mirabella V) is now at Port Denarau in Fiji, … Continue reading

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Titanic’s final lunch menu sells for $125,000 at auction

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A menu for the last luncheon served to the first-class passengers aboard the ill-fated Titanic has sold for $US88,000 (about $125,177) at an online auction. Stamped with a date of April 14, 1912 and the White Star Line logo, the … Continue reading

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French agent apologises for sinking Rainbow Warrior 30 years ago

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The French secret service agent who attached the mines which sank the Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior in New Zealand 30 years ago has apologised for his actions. The captain of the bombed Rainbow Warrior says he accepts the apology of … Continue reading

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Infamous pirate Captain Kidd’s treasure found in Madagascar

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A team of American explorers say they have discovered silver treasure from the infamous 17th-century Scottish pirate William Kidd in a shipwreck off the coast of Madagascar. Marine archaeologist Barry Clifford told reporters he had found a 50 kilogram silver … Continue reading

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Yacht theft surprises sailors

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The disappearance of a $145,000 yacht from its Opua mooring has devastated retired Whangarei couple Steve and Carol Holland who fear their home-away-from-home was targeted by thieves and is now in international waters. The 14m cutter Harlech was taken from … Continue reading

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Russian vodka baron’s $423m superyacht arrives in NZ.

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The biggest superyacht to visit New Zealand has berthed at Auckland’s Wynyard Wharf because it is too big for the dedicated big boat marina. The 134m Serene slipped into port early today, tying up around 7.45am, and watched by a … Continue reading