Modern Technology’s Answer to the Ghost Ship

Posted by Eric Haun
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A Russian cruise ship, the Lyubov Orlova, allegedly adrift on the Atlantic Ocean since last year, is a haunting reminder of the present dangers that can afflict our shores. The 328-ft, 1,565-ton cruise liner was being towed down to the Dominican Republic to be sold for scrap metal from Canada when a storm caused the line to break, sending the floating catastrophe on an unplanned, perilous journey into the unknown waters.

The Lyubov Orlova, it is believed now by Western European authorities to have sunk to the bottom of the Atlantic, but earlier last week reports surfaced that this boat was on a crash course to the British Isles with cannibalistic, diseased rats on board. This spooky phenomenon is hardly the first account of a “Ghost Ship” being reported. Over history, there have been numerous reports of these abandoned and unmanned ships drifting hopelessly at sea, at times with disastrous endings. Perhaps the most famous of these being the Mary Celeste, which when found in 1872 was completely intact and under sail but devoid of all crew, a mystery still to this day.

After sending the Lyubov Orlova into international waters, Transport Canada said it was satisfied the ship “no longer poses a threat to the safety of [Canadian] offshore oil installations, their personnel, or the marine environment”.

In the last 10 years, technology companies have come up with innovative solutions to tackle some of the dangers associated with open water, such as piracy or risks of collision. One of them is the Spynel camera system, manufactured by HGH Infrared Systems; Spynel is a rotating, panoramic infrared thermal imaging camera that provides continuous monitoring of ultra-wide areas in real-time. Its high resolution image coupled with automatic detection and tracking of targets on 360 degrees ensures that no event is missed, even in total darkness or fog. In Maritime applications, Spynel can successfully operate on very rough seas thanks to an autonomous gyro-stabilized platform and come with sea-specific image processing algorithms. This built-in image processing allows for minimal false alarm rate and effective differentiation between distant small boats and waves. The Spynel systems are currently used by the French Navy for antipiracy purposes in the Gulf of Yemen.

Ghost ships and other collision risks in ports and open water can be intercepted effectively with the assistance of military grade equipment used today by private entities and security companies over the world.
 

Maritime Reporter October 2013 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Technology

Cable Trackers Help Diving Companies and Military

Trying to locate subsea power and communications cables has always been a difficult job. Regulations require cables be buried from several feet to several meters

Permanent Magnet Technology for Maritime Propulsion

Multipurpose vessels, especially those that operate primarily at part loads, have been facing pressure when it comes to making money in today’s business environment.

Industry Professionals to Speak at ShipConstructor Conference

The speakers representing various companies at next week's SSI Americas ShipConstructor User Conference, October 7-9, 2014 in Mobile, Alabama, demonstrate SSI's

News

NY Harbor Supply & Distribution Fall Reception/Buffet

More than 600 attendees are expected at the 52nd annual New York Harbor Supply & Distribution Fall Reception/Buffet for the energy and energy related industries

Kounalakis Joins OW Bunker N. America

OW Bunker, a reseller and physical supplier of marine fuels, announced the appointment of Georgia Kounalakis to its physical supply operation in North America.

Louisiana to Get Natural Gas Liquefaction and Fueling Facility

Tenaska Bayou LNG expected to meet growing marine, transportation and oil and gas exploration and production demand on the Gulf Coast Tenaska NG Fuels, LLC and Waller Marine, Inc.

Marine Equipment

Cummins Debuts Mobile Tier 4 Generators

Cummins’ certified Tier 4 Final QSB7 and QSL9 engine platforms form the basis for mobile sets that meet EPA regulations U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final certified mobile

Power and Endurance Ready for Austrailian Waters

Wamalhanha is the final newbuild in a series of six tugs of the Robert Allan Design, RAstar 3200 where her main duties will be terminal activities, escort duties, ship assist, towage duties.

N-Sea Completes Inaugural System Diving Scope

Inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) specialist N-Sea has recently completed its inaugural diving scope with the TUP Diving System (Transfer Under Pressure).

Electronics

New Simulation Tool for Collision Reconstruction

BMT ARGOSS and BMT Surveys, subsidiaries of BMT Group Ltd, the international design, engineering and risk management consultancy, announced an innovative new service

Schlumberger Releases 2014 Software Platforms

Schlumberger has released the 2014 versions of its industry leading software platforms. The Petrel* E&P software platform, Techlog* wellbore software platform,

IMO Takes Important Step Towards Electronic Certificates

In the future, the IMO member States should accept the use of electronic certificates. This is the request of the Facilitation Committee (FAL) and, hence, the road is paved for less paperwork,

Maritime Safety

USCG Cutter Rush Returns

The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Rush returned to its homeport following a successful 72-day deployment in the Central and Western Pacific, Monday. Rush departed

Report on MOL Comfort Incident is out

In response to the casualty of “MOL COMFORT” which occurred on 17 June 2013, ClassNK established the Investigative Panel on Large Container Ship Safety, comprised

NAT Tankship Rescues 150 in Mediterranean

Nordic American Tankers Limited ("NAT") says the one of its vessels, the 'Nordic Passat' performed a rescue operation, involving 150 people in the Mediterranean last Saturday afternoon,

 
 
Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Maritime Standards Navigation Offshore Oil Port Authority Salvage Ship Repair Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1472 sec (7 req/sec)