Tag archives for Engineering

Dawn of the Ocean

The earth 4 billions years ago: Water does not exist — the earth is a gigantic mass of molten rock. Comets formed of ice and dust rain down on the earth. They bring with them water that immediately evaporates. When the projectiles from space become fewer, the earth forms a solid crust as the temperature…

Man vs Typhoon

Titan Salvage is tasked with the removal of the Colombo Queen, a 497 ton oil tanker, from Taiwan’s protected coastline. They appoint Albert Dai, a naval architect of 15 years who is confident that he can refloat the tanker. However, he knows he’s up aganist a force even he cannot control — The Western Pacific’s typhoon season. Completely exposed on…

Horses on the Rocks

The MV Gabriel was in transit to Ponta Delgada when she ran aground in the Azores, just ten nautical miles from her destination. At the time, the Gabriel was carrying seven prized dressage horses, a cargo load that had never before crossed this salvage teams’ path, in their thirty years at sea.  With her tanks…

Flying Humans and The Bionic Turtle!

by Gayle YoungProducer Some researchers say one of the most common dreams in the world is of flying – not crammed in the middle seat of an airbus during peak travel season, but of floating effortlessly through space of you own volition. Now, with the perfection of wingsuits, that’s almost a reality. No rig, no…

Coastal Crisis!

The refloat attempt of the Colombo Queen continues in Taiwan, as salvors return to the wreck site after typhoon Morakot has passed. Re-assessing the damage, the tanker is in bad shape, and it is going to take an almighty effort to even attempt a refloat. Meanwhile another storm, Hurricane Ida, has ripped through the Gulf,…

Fish For Dinner

by Jim KowatsProducer Day one of the shoot. I’ve just flown from Washington to Frankfurt, Frankfurt to Bremen, and then driven two hours to Jever Air Force Base in Northern Germany. I’m jet-lagged and don‘t understand much German. But our crew of five — a German Producer, cameraman, sound recordist, and grip — all speak…

Awesome Animals, Unpredictable Humans

by Gayle YoungProducer Studies have shown that babies have an innate fear of falling, and will avoid crawling into a void or over the edge of a high perch. Seems logical, doesn’t it? Perhaps it’s an evolutionary adaption from our earliest ancestors. But in the tallest building in America, you’re supposed to throw that primal…

Filming Inside a "Ghost Ship"

by Vicky Matthews, Break It Down Series Producer Filming the deconstruction of the USS Savannah AOR-4 was probably one of the most interesting projects I’ve done in a long time. The ship had spent years shut up and anchored in the James River, alongside dozens of other decommissioned Navy vessels (Google “ghost fleet” to find out more…

Transformers from the Pentagon

Hey you Transformers fanboys out there: stop moping because that über-hottie Megan Fox has been dropped from the cast of the upcoming Transformers 3 flick that’s scheduled for release in the summer of 2011, reportedly after saying uncomplimentary things about director Michael Bay.  Instead, check out this dispatch from the actual world, the one that exists outside your parents’…

Living on a Stealth Sub

by the “21st Century Stealth Sub” production crew Long before I ever set foot on a submarine — or had any notion that I’d ever get to — I had decided that it was not someplace I’d ever like to be. All I knew of submarines was what you seen in the movies, and it seems like…