28.03.2019
MIGHTY SHIPS — UMIAK I

This episode will tell us about Umiak I, which is the lifeline to remote nickel mine at Canadian eastern coast. The mine desperately needs supplies. The ship has to get there. Fight through storms and swells, she returns to the mine with one hundred million dollar cargo. Out here in the ice, Umiak I is all on her own. Umiak I is the most powerful ice-breaking bulk carrier on the planet.

Driven by the largest single engine in Canada, she sails just one circuit, the 1100 miles between Quebec City and the nickel mine in the Voisey’s Bay in North-Eastern Labrador. From Quebec, Umiak I brings all the supplies required to sustain the mine and keep it working in the 24*7 regime. The returns loaded up with thirty-three thousand tons of nickel concentrate costing more than 120 million dollars. She makes a trip at least once a month, year-round, no matter what the weather.

Every journey is a heavy-duty obstacle course for the captain of the vessel and all crew members. In 2006, Captain Rose was first officer on her maiden voyage and four years later he was given command… In short, this video will provide lots of interesting information about a vessel of remarkable design and construction, and assigned a top important mission.

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27.03.2019
MIGHTY SHIPS — TYCO RESOLUTE

She is the vessel that keeps the world wired. Tyco Resolute builds the information highway under water. This cable ship is designed to submerge the strength of the worldwide web. Tyco Resolute will connect the nation desperate for twenty-first century communications. Its precision work in the dangerous time – the crew members never know what they are going to find and what they find is a trouble.

The vessel is now off pacific coast of Costa Rica. A small boat rises to pick up a special piece of cargo – a telecommunications cable. Tyco Resolute – a one hundred and forty meter long state of the art cable laying vessel is about to lay a vital link in the water. The economy of the entire country depends on her success. Resolute will plug a fiber optic cable into an outlet on the Costa Rican beach.

She will then run that line out to splice it into the major telecommunications trunk line running between California and Panama. The Pan-American crossing called PAC-1 can carry immense amounts of data but right now it bypasses Costa Rica. Attached to the end of a simple rope, the high-tech fiber-optic cables start to leave the ship... This is a must-watch video for anyone interested with the modern communications and sophisticated ships.

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24.03.2019
MIGHTY SHIPS — TONSBERG

This part of the Mighty Ships series tells us about the largest ro-ro ship in the world, Tonsberg. As we know, ro-ro technology stands for the roll-on/roll-off and is referred to as one of the widely used methods of marine transportation. The present vessel loads absolutely everything from construction equipment to luxury automobiles and transports the cargo across the Atlantics.

Owned by Wilhelmsen and delivered in 2011 at Nagasaki shipyard in Japan, this ship features a length and width of 265 and 33 meters respectively. Her gross tonnage exceeds seventy six thousand tons. Tonsberg was specifically designed to carry heavy and high cargoes and she is also capable of carrying break bulk, non-containerized cargoes and special project cargoes, even helicopters and locomotives - actually everything on wheels.

One of the largest ro-ro ships ever delivered, she is a sort of seventeen-story floating warehouse. You are invited to follow Tonsberg on her very latest delivery passage which is the four-port fifteen-days mission taking the ship across the ocean. You will share the difficulties faced by the crew members of this remarkable vessel including, but not limited to the shallow waters and tropical storms, tight channels and many others.

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17.03.2019
MIGHTY SHIPS — QUANTUM OF THE SEAS

This is one of the best episodes of the Mighty Ships series. It is devoted to the famous passenger cruise mega-liner Quantum of the Seas. The name of the vessel contains the word Quantum which is the Latin for "Quantity". The vessel has sixteen passenger decks and nineteen restaurants on board. There are more toys and gadgets offered here that on any other cruise ship anywhere in the world.

Watch this part of the series and join the crew members and passengers of this remarkable mega-liner on their twelve-day adventure. Making her very first full-length ocean cruise, the Quantum of the Seas is heading to the South Caribbean. She is absolutely full of various technological advances and innovations making this ship one of the most sophisticated of today's passenger ships.

She may easily be treated as the huge floating amusement park featuring all types of entertainment facilities for her four thousand guests. However, there is no time and no opportunity to play for the crew and the Master of the Ship. We would like to remind our visitors that there is one more video available at our website - an excellent documentary demonstrating the technology process reveal. An excellent video recommended to everyone.

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15.03.2019
MIGHTY SHIPS — PEACE IN AFRICA

She is called “Peace in Africa” and she is as rare as the diamonds she hunts for on the bottom of the sea. She is a massive, a huge one. Her crew checks thousands tons of mud trying to find a few precious stones. It is a tough and dirty job – a constant battle against unforgiving sea, mechanical breakdowns, and deadlines – this is not a full list of difficulties faced by the crew members every day.

No other ship in the whole world can handle a job “Peace in Africa” does. Thirty kilometers off the coast of West Africa she is mining the ocean floor for diamonds. For millions of years streams of the rivers formed the famous African diamond fields. While regular on-land diamond hunting implies digging very deep, this ship working offshore applies a pioneer underwater mining technique – one hundred and twenty meters below the seafloor.

The vessel is owned by the world famous De Beers Company. Delivered some thirty-five years ago, and originally designed to be a cable layer, this vessel was subsequently converted to the type of ship she is today. She has a huge seabed crawler installed to undertake the dredging and connected by means of the large rubber hose for transferring the seabed material to the plant…

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25.02.2019
MIGHTY SHIPS — PAUL R. TREGURTHA

She is the largest ship ever to sail on North America’s Great Lakes. She can carry fifty five thousand tons of cargo through ice, rough weather and impossibly narrow rivers and locks. The steel mills and power plants of American industry count on her to get through, whatever the risks. As you must have understood, this episode of the Mighty Ships series is devoted to Paul R. Tregurtha– mightiest of all Great Lakers.

Spring on Lake Michigan – the March ice is still thick but it is time for sleeping giant to wake up. This largest Great Laker is three hundred and eight meters long, just imagine that she is bigger than three football fields laid end to end. The ice is the biggest worry for the captain and crew members of this vessel. Paul R. Tregurtha is the first ship out of the gate and the competitors are going to follow her. She is only idle for two months of the season when the locks are closed by the Coast due to the freezing.

For then other ten months of the year she goes back and forth across the Lakes moving a truly astronomical amounts of coal and iron ore each trip. That is enough to fill five hundred railway cars. On the delivery end, she unloads the cargo herself using the eighty-meter conveyor boom…

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21.02.2019
MIGHTY SHIPS — NORTHERN LEADER

Well, there were so many of the Mighty Ships episodes devoted to the various remarkable ships of today, and now let us spend an hour watching an excellent film about the Northern Leader, one of the most powerful and efficient vessels in her class. There only a few vessels in the whole world that could be compared to this one and she is definitely leading the Alaskan fleet of fishing vessels.

The design of this truly perfect ship allows her to tow an incredibly long fifty-mile fishing line equipped with seventy five thousand hooks, reeling in some of the best skate, cod and other fish, working in the difficult-to-work and harsh weather conditions of the Bering Sea. Northern Leader is engaged in active operations throughout the year – the design of this ship allows her to work in the cold ambient temperatures and high winds that are normally encountered in her area of work.

Catching fish with hooks and not with nets is one of the design features of this toughest and longest fishing vessels of today. The crew of the ship is prepared to battle thirteen-meter high waves and strongest winds with the speed exceeding hundred and ten kilometers per hour, and to return home with the usual massive catch.

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18.02.2019
MIGHTY SHIPS — NORTH SEA GIANT

She is one of the largest subsea construction ships in the world. The North Sea Giant – this boat can do anything and now her mission is to build a factory three hundred meters below the surface. It is a job that requires special cranes, submarines and nerves of steel – the project costs billions of dollars – a project that world has never seen before. When it comes to subsea construction, there can be no option better than North Sea Giant.

Her specialty is installing massive components for the oil and gas facilities on the ocean floor. She stands forty-six meters above the water and stretches one hundred and sixty-one meters from bow to stern. A state-of-the-art propeller system enables her to turn swiftly and she has seven cranes for lifting and lowering cargo into the sea. The North Sea Giant is undisputed flagship in the North Sea Shipping fleet.

The captain of the ship leads the team of one hundred and fourteen crew, including contractors and technicians. The capabilities and equipment of the vessel are impressive. For the past eight months North Sea Giant has been working off the coast of Norway on the most ambitious undersea construction project ever - the world’s first underwater natural gas compression station.

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