A fender can almost best be explained as the maritime version of a bumper. Fenders protect the ship from damage from collisions with other ships or the dock, much like a bumper protects a driver in an accident. However, docking a ship is not quite comparable to parking a small Fiat [...].
When you hear the word "hedge", few people think of the maritime environment. Firstly, the idea of a hedge on board a ship seems a little impractical. Where should it be placed? And does it need water? Secondly, it seems unnecessary. After all, on a ship there is typically [...]
It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's... ....A supertanker. Imagine the biggest ship you've ever seen. Imagine again that it's now twice as big. Then we're getting up to supertanker size. The mastodons of the oceans carry oil from A to B, and that requires space on board. A lot of space. A [...]
You probably know what a yoyo, a momo, and maybe even what FOMO is. But what about a RoRo? Probably not, right? You'll do it in a heartbeat. If nothing else, you've almost certainly been dependent on a RoRo before if you're a car owner, have taken line 5C to Nørreport, or have stuffed your station wagon with [...].
What's the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word "clapping"? The deafening clatter and bustle of clapping cake at a children's birthday party? Or maybe the flaps we have on our hearts to stop the blood from flowing the wrong way? Both of these possible associations have something to do with the word "flap", and you don't want to [...].
Knots are the preferred speed measurement at sea and are used synonymously with nautical miles. If you hear a captain exclaim that his ship is doing five knots, it means it's traveling at five nautical miles per hour. One nautical mile/knot equals 1.852 kilometers. It may sound silly to change the usual kilometer measurement from the second [...].
Starboard / Port
One of the most basic (and frustrating) things to learn first on board a ship is port/starboard, aka left and right. Basically, when the ship is moving forward and you look at it from behind, port is left and starboard is right. However, it's not that simple, as it gets flipped upside down when the ship is going backwards; [...].