• Michael Halpern

    Michael Halpern is a US-born and bred writer with experience in radio. He has lived in southern France for 15 years. He is our in-house NauticExpo anglophone translator.

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    An international consortium has announced the launch later this year of a prototype autonomous offshore support vessel, a world first. France’s BOURBON marine services company, UK-based Automated Ships (ASL) and Norway’s Kongsberg Maritime are working on the Hrönn, a light-duty utility vessel for offshore energy,...

    Robosea’s new underwater drone swims like a fish to depths of 60 meters for up to two hours. Biki’s sleek, hydrodynamic shape and WiFi operation allow it go nearly anywhere. Movement is generated by the flexible tail, which swings back and forth. Its still/video camera has an anti-vibration feature to keep shots...

    Launched in September 2016, Oceanco’s Black Pearl superyacht was, according to Boat International, recently seen slicing through the waves on sea trials near the builder’s Netherlands yards. Ebony sails grace the vessel’s three rotating masts which tower over triple decks and raised pilothouse. The proprietary DynaRig...

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    Getting your kid into a life vest has never been easier. Tribord, the nautical house brand of France’s Decathlon sporting goods chain, has introduced its Easy personal flotation device for children. The single front buckle is held in place by a Velcro band to facilitate closure and adjustment. The close-fitting vest...

    Rolls-Royce, the Norwegian University of Technology and Science researchers SINTEF Ocean and classification society DNV GL have partnered to develop an open-source platform for the development of new ships. The tool will enable designers to create a “digital twin,” a copy of an actual vessel, including its operating...

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    RAMLAB, the port of Rotterdam’s additive manufacturing lab, is developing the first ship propeller manufactured using 3D-Printing technology. The joint effort includes partners Damen Shipyards, Promarin, Autodesk and Bureau Veritas. The propeller is based on a Promarin model found on a Damen tug. It measures 1,300 mm...

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    The NERD 3CSup is a stand-up paddle-board that stands out. Nominated for the 2017 Compasso d’Oro, it is ultra light—just 7 kg. The translucent board has an environment-sensitive cardboard core protected by a nature-friendly water-based coating. In addition, a valve built into the handle works like a whale’s blowhole,...

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    Taboo, a 90-meter ice class concept super-yacht is the fruit of a collaboration between New York’s Gill Schmid Design and Tim Dempers Studio in Cape Town. Conceived for global exploration, it can handle conditions from polar to tropical. It combines the performance of a commercial vessel with luxury to suit the most...

    Sealver, creator of the jet-ski driven Wave Boat, is leveraging the power of virtual reality (VR) to improve both production and marketing of their craft. A brick-and-mortar showroom can hold only a few models, while VR can present the entire line. In addition, it is the best way for faraway clients to examine the...

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    Lloyd’s Register launched its Virtual Reality Safety Simulator at this year’s Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, Texas. The software is designed to raise awareness of on-site safety issues and facilitate risk assessment in the oil and gas industry. Offshore platforms and onshore plants are particularly...