Building The Greenest Ultra-Large Container Vessel

The recently launched M.V. Barzan. is an ultra large container ship and among the largest container ships in the world (as of July 2015). It is the first of a series of six 18,800 TEU container ships built by UASC in South Korea. It is considered the “greenest of the Ultra Large Container Class ships, as its carbon emissions are far lower than the Maersk EEE class container ships.

Barzan (Arabic: برزان) means “high place” in Arabic, is a name of towers used for observation and as watch towers in Qatar, which is a shareholding state in United Arab Shipping Company (UASC). Built by Hyundai Heavy Industries in Mokpo, South Korea in 2015, she has a deadweight of 199,744 tonnes, and gross tonnage of 195,636. It took the shipyard ONLY six months to build her (from steel cutting to launching).

Classed as the first ship ever to have the “Gas Ready” class notation, the Barzan has the lowest per container level of carbon emissions. Watch this video and see if you can comprehend the speed and organization required to launch such a ship in only 6 months. Crazy!  This time lapse video shows her build with some very cool angles as the camera is moved around more than normally seen in a time lapse video. Enjoy!



Building a Wood Strip Canoe

Happy Monday. This canoe was beautifully built in a make-shift boat shop presumably on a breezy back deck with some plastic enclosure and lots of wooden strips and power tools. What a beautiful canoe this focused builder created for himself in these 2 videos.

Have you built your own boat? Do you dream of moving the cars and bikes out of the shed or garage and turning the space into a boat shop? This winter the crew at TotalBoat Show will be building a kit kayak and we will be videoing the process. It will be a great way for the TotalBoat staff to use and understand the products we sell and a great opportunity for teamwork and some good fun at work. Everyone is looking forward to it. The big question is: how to fit everyone inside the kayak? Guess we need a sign out sheet!

Watch Part II of the strip canoe build here. And don’t ignore your dreams. Get yourself a kit or some plans and start building a cool boat! You don’t need a super shop! Just the will and some wood… and maybe a few other things. GO!



Timelapse of Building Melonseed Skiffs

Time lapse videos of long projects are super fun. It’s akin to watching grass grow: never to be done in realtime – super fascinating and riveting in time lapse. Such is the tale of the boatbuilding time lapse. The process on a day to day basis is so interesting ethereally – but not something to sit around and watch. Every step is as precise and important as the last and the next step – and to see the whole thing sped up so you can actually see how and what makes a boat build come together is suddenly riveting.

These melonseed skiffs were built over a span of two and a half years and have been compressed into 300 seconds! Barry Long is yet another JD Customer putting the products we sell to excellent use.

Check it out!

And you can check out Barry’s own blog here:  and a video of the Melonseeds out for a sweet sail here.  Great work, Barry!