Shipping & Vessels

Get the lowdown from Martide's blog about different types of commercial vessels, the merchant fleet and all other things shipping and maritime related.

How is eCommerce Changing the Future of Maritime Transport?

How is eCommerce Changing the Future of Maritime Transport?

The introduction of the ship container shook maritime transport and the industry to its core. Sure, boxes revolutionized it but they also effected employment figures. A similar transition is happening with the rise of eCommerce and automation of the industry: what’s changing the future this time?

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Everything You Need to Know About Lightships

Everything You Need to Know About Lightships

A lightship, or lightvessel, is a ship fitted with a beacon on a mast that functions in the same way as a lighthouse: To act as a warning and to help other vessels safely navigate at night or in fog. Lightships are commonly used in waters that are too deep for a lighthouse to be constructed.

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Everything You Need to Know About Cruise Ships

Everything You Need to Know About Cruise Ships

A cruise ship is a passenger ship that sails to a number of different destinations. The pleasure of the voyage being the point. Cruise ships are synonymous with being luxury vessels & their amenities, activities, dining options & entertainment are all created with the passenger experience in mind

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Why Are Ships Referred to as 'She'?

Why Are Ships Referred to as 'She'?

In the past sailors would spend a lot of time at sea and would develop strong attachment to their ships. As a result, it was typical for them to refer to their ship with affection. Seafarers were said to be "married to the sea" and frequently named their ships after the women they cherished.

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What Are the Different Types of Alarms on Ships?

What Are the Different Types of Alarms on Ships?

Coupled with fickle weather, treacherous seas, and a dose of manmade error, life at sea can be challenging and risky. But that's where your ship's emergency signals and alarms can help. They can assist the crew in responding appropriately to a crisis or preventing an issue.

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Everything You Need to Know About Ferries

Everything You Need to Know About Ferries

Ferries are mainly known as a type of boat that transports passengers from one place to another, and, usually, back again. They have more in common with a bus or train than a cruise ship as their main purpose is to provide passengers with transportation for a reason rather than for leisure.

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Life Jackets

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Life Jackets

According to the dictionary, a life jacket is a life preserver in the form of a buoyant jacket. This sleeveless inflatable jacket is also known as a personal flotation device and it aims to prevent drowning by keeping the wearer afloat when water-related accidents occur.

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What is Marine Salvage?

What is Marine Salvage?

Marine salvage is the process of retrieving, rescuing, and repairing a ship – saving also its crew, cargo, and other properties – after a shipwreck or any other maritime accidents.

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Everything You Need to Know About Dredgers

Everything You Need to Know About Dredgers

A dredger is a boat equipped with a tool that sucks, excavates or scrapes sediment like sand, silt, gravel, trash, rocks, debris and animal and plant matter from the sea bed or a river, estuary or canal. The materials moved are placed elsewhere or disposed of in an act known as dredging.

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Everything You Need to Know About Fireboats

Everything You Need to Know About Fireboats

The water-based or offshore cousin to a fire engine or fire truck, the fireboat is a vessel that has onboard equipment, such as nozzles, hoses and pumps, that are used to fight and extinguish fires both on other ships, as well as along the coastline, on docks and in ports and warehouses.

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Everything You Need to Know About Supramax Vessels

Everything You Need to Know About Supramax Vessels

Aside from container ships, one of the most commonly spotted vessels at sea is the bulk carrier. Unlike container ships which transport goods in - you guessed it - shipping containers, bulk carriers carry loose cargo in huge (bulk) quantities. A Supramax vessel is a type of bulk carrier.

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Everything You Need to Know About Car Carrier Ships

Everything You Need to Know About Car Carrier Ships

A car carrier or car carrier ship is a vessel that’s been designed for the transportation of either just cars, or a combination of cars, trucks, buses and other wheeled vehicles. Car carriers are a type of RoRo ships - which means Roll-On, Roll-Off, as this is how their cargo is loaded and unloaded.

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Will Autonomous Ships Signal the End of Seafarer Jobs?

Will Autonomous Ships Signal the End of Seafarer Jobs?

Autonomous ships and smart ships are buzzwords that have been doing the rounds in the maritime industry recently. And it’s not surprising that many have expressed concern for the future of seafarer jobs. But the rise of self sailing ships doesn’t necessarily mean the end of the mariner. Here’s why.

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Can Passengers Travel on Cargo Ships?

Can Passengers Travel on Cargo Ships?

You think you've seen it all, from opulent cruise ships with 5-star superior suites and eco-retreats with activity programs removed from the mainstream tourists. However, have you ever thought about taking a journey in the "Container Class"?

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What Do Modern Ships Use to Navigate?

What Do Modern Ships Use to Navigate?

In this post we thought we’d take a look at some of the different ways that crews on vessels today navigate so that they, and their cargo (and passengers, if any) can safely and accurately reach their port of destination.

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Everything You Need to Know About Gas Carrier Ships

Everything You Need to Know About Gas Carrier Ships

A gas carrier ship, also known as a gas tanker, LPG/LNG tanker or LPG/LNG carrier is a vessel that has been designed specifically for the purpose of carrying bulk quantities of liquefied petroleum gasses (LPG) or liquefied natural gasses (LNG) from one destination to another.

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Your Guide to Types of Boats, Yachts, Ships & Vessels

Your Guide to Types of Boats, Yachts, Ships & Vessels

It’ll come as no surprise that there’s a whole host of different boats, ships, vessels, and other watercraft out there. From the smallest canoe to traditional sailing clippers and from cargo ships to icebreakers and fishing boats, there’s no end of topics to explore. Which is what we’re going to do!

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Everything You Need to Know About Crane Vessels

Everything You Need to Know About Crane Vessels

As you have probably guessed from its name, a crane vessel - also known as a floating crane, crane ship or heavy lift vessel - is an ocean-going vessel which has one or more cranes mounted on to it. These gigantic ships are incredibly powerful and can handle extremely heavy loads.

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What is a Stowaway on a Ship?

What is a Stowaway on a Ship?

Ever since ships began trading internationally there have been people seeking a better life for themselves, or fleeing war or persecution - but who don’t have the financial means. But recently the problem is increasing as more people are willing to take the very real risks involved in stowing away.

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Everything You Need to Know About Fishing Vessels

Everything You Need to Know About Fishing Vessels

We all know a fishing vessel is a boat used to catch fish, whether that’s on the sea, a lake or a river. It goes without saying that fishing boats vary in size and complexity, but what you might not know is that they can be broken down into a number of main categories and then subcategories.

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What Factors Affect Container Ship Capacity?

What Factors Affect Container Ship Capacity?

Containers are an integral part of shipping and logistics. They are used to transport a wide range of goods around the world, ranging from consumer goods like electronics and clothing to industrial goods like machinery and raw materials.

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Everything You Need to Know About Feeder Vessels

Everything You Need to Know About Feeder Vessels

A feeder vessel is a medium size container ship. Its job is to collect shipping containers from a port and transport them to transhipment hubs or central container terminals so they can be loaded onto larger vessels to complete their journey or onto other vehicles so they can be transported inland.

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Sea Trials: The Importance of Putting Ships to the Test

Sea Trials: The Importance of Putting Ships to the Test

You might have heard of 'sea trials'. But what are sea trials, why are they important and what do they actually involve? At sea, there are any number of factors affecting a voyage so it's crucial for shipowners to be prepared for anything. And this is where sea trials come into play.

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Everything You Need to Know About Oil Tankers

Everything You Need to Know About Oil Tankers

A tanker is a ship that transports liquid cargo in bulk. It doesn’t use containers or barrels but stores the liquid in a hold. The majority of tankers carry oil, hence the name, however some tankers also move edible oils and other liquified food stuffs such as treacle/molasses and drinks like wine.

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Everything You Need to Know About Icebreaker Ships

Everything You Need to Know About Icebreaker Ships

As the name suggests, an icebreaker ship is a vessel that has been designed to...break ice. Specifically so that other vessels have a clear path through icy and frozen waters. This enables trade to keep moving and stops the global supply chain grinding to a halt.

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Everything You Need to Know About Heavy Lift Vessels

Everything You Need to Know About Heavy Lift Vessels

A heavy lift vessel (HLV) is a huge freight ship designed to carry cargo that goes above and beyond the size and weight of the kind of items usually found on a container ship. Think: Dredging equipment, floating dry docks and plants, drilling rigs, offshore structures and even other vessels.

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Everything You Need to Know About Chemical Tankers

Everything You Need to Know About Chemical Tankers

A chemical tanker is a type of cargo ship that has been specifically constructed, or adapted, to carry liquid chemicals in bulk. They are the main form of transport when it comes to moving the commodities that provide the world with its energy requirements from point A to point B.

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How Are Ships Named?

How Are Ships Named?

Virtually every vessel is named, whether it’s a merchant navy cargo or container ship, a small yacht used by a family for sailing on their local lake, a canal boat, a military vessel, or a rowboat.

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Autonomous Ships: The Future of Maritime Transport?

Autonomous Ships: The Future of Maritime Transport?

Driverless cars have been making headlines for a while now but while the roads of our cities are yet to be populated by autonomous vehicles the technology is proving it’s not just a flash in the pan - so when will we see marine tech such as smart ships making waves?

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Everything You Need to Know About RoRo Ships

Everything You Need to Know About RoRo Ships

Do you want to know what a RoRo ship is? If so, you’ve come to the right place. RoRo stands for roll-on / roll-off which means it’s a vessel that has been designed to carry wheeled cargo: Think cars, vans, trailers, busses and trucks. Anything that can be ‘rolled on and then rolled off’ the ship.

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