GD BIW launches DDG 1000

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GD BIW launches DDG 1000

October 30, 2013—General Dynamics Bath Iron Works successfully launched the Navy’s first Zumwalt-class destroyer October 28 at its Bath, ME, shipyard. The future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) went from Bath Iron Works’ land-level construction facility to a floating dry dock on Friday. Once loaded into the dry dock, the dock was flooded and the ship was removed from its specially designed cradle. By late Monday, the dock had been flooded and the ship was floated off and tied to a pier on the Kennebec River.

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The seasickness is wearing off

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* Tactical battle on the Bay of Biscay is temporarily appeased
* Conditions are challenging for the organisers
* The first boats are expected to arrive in Sada (near La Coruña) tomorrow evening or over night

After twenty-four hours of racing in north-westly and westly winds accompanied by chaotic seas the Minis have at last begun to see some pleasant sailing conditions. Between the excitement of the start, the stress of the weather conditions and the reality of life aboard, many competitors have suffered from seasickness during the initial hours of the race. The wind is dropping and the pain is easing so now the tactical battle begins.

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‘Full Steam Ahead’ nominated at TIGA Games Industry Awards 2013

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‘Full Steam Ahead’, the game developed by Brunel’s ss Great Britain, the Science Museum and Aardman Animations has been given the nod at the TIGA Game Industry Awards 2013 with three nominations: ‘Best Game with a Purpose’, ‘Best Game Design’ and ‘Game of the Year’.

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Mini Transat – A pause in Spain

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* The race will be temporarily halted at the tip of Spain
* The port of Sada (near La Coruna) is ready for the Minis
* A break necessitated by deteriorating weather

The Race Director of the Mini Transat has decided to implement plan B, which had been mentioned before the start at the last competitor briefing. The fleet will now stop at the port of Sada, near La Coruna, to wait for the strong winds from the south-west that will sweep Cape Finisterre, on 1 and 2 November to moderate and go northwest. The fleet is expected to arrive in the area on the night of October 31 to November 1.

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29W (Northwestern Pacific Ocean)

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The AIRS instrument aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite captured infrared data on Tropical Depression 29W on Oct. 29 at 04:23 UTC/12:23 a.m. EDT and saw strong thunderstorms (purple) west and east of the center.
Image Credit: NASA JPL, Ed Olsen

NASA infrared imagery revealed that bands of thunderstorms have been wrapping into the center of newborn Tropical Depression 29W, indicating it’s organizing and strengthening in the Philippine Sea.

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Chouest crew kidnappings are part of worrying trend

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Pride is first Norwegian Cruise Lines ship with scrubbers

October 29, 2013—The first Norwegian Cruise Line ship to be equipped with exhaust gas scrubbers will be its U.S.-flag Pride of America, which is Hawaii (and thus North American ECA) based. The ship is now in the final phases of installation of its fuel scrubbers. Meantime, the two 4,200 berth Breakaway-class cruise ships, Norwegian Escape and Norwegian Bliss, which are under construction by German shipbuilder Meyer Werft, will also be equipped with fuel scrubbers.

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The Kydd Kit: Spread the Word!

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The Kydd Kit
Spread the word!

The Kydd Kit: Spread the Word!
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Would you like to help ‘spread the word’ about the Kydd series? We’ve put together a great KYDD Kit – a special selection of Stockwin memorabilia: some to keep for yourself, others to hand out to ‘spread the word.’ You can pass them on to friends, bookshops, your local library – wherever you’d like to recommend the adventures of Tom Kydd.

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