Posts Tagged “Technology Series”

Daytona 500

Daytona 500

We bought a four-day package for the Daytona 500 that included the Can-Am Duel on Thursday night, the NASCAR truck race on Friday night, the Xfinity Series race on Saturday and of course, the Daytona 500 on Sunday. We had great time watching the races, and being at the Daytona 500 was super-exciting. But a…

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The Greatest Show on Dirt

The Greatest Show on Dirt

We’d come to Daytona primarily to attend the Daytona 500, but that’s not the only major racing event in the area in February. Nearby Volusia Motor Speedway was hosting the season opener for the the World of Outlaws Sprint Car racing, “The Greatest Show on Dirt!”. The last dirt track racing we saw was in…

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FPB 781 Cochise

FPB 781 Cochise

We are interested in all ocean-going power boats, but right near the top of the pack is the FPB series from Steve and Linda Dashew.  We’ve seen many FPBs over the years as we completed our around-the-world run and the first things that jumps out is they are unfinished aluminum. When we were in New Zealand…

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On Board the CS Responder

On Board the CS Responder

In this 21st edition of the Dirona Technology Series, we get an opportunity to explore the CS Responder, a trans-ocean cable-laying ship operated by TE SubCom. TE Connectivity is $13.3B global technology company that specializes in communication cable, connectors, sensors, and electronic components. Their subsidiary TE SubCom manufactures, lays and maintains undersea cable. TE SubCom has a base in Baltimore…

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KVH Industries Factory Tour

KVH Industries Factory Tour

Long time readers of mvdirona.com know we love technology. In our around-the-world adventure, we have toured mines, ice breakers, cruise ships, mining truck manufacturers, and even spent time at the helm of a 5,000 hp ship-assist tug. The common thread of each of these adventures are companies applying leading-edge technology to deliver a great product…

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USS Albacore

USS Albacore

The Portsmouth Navy Yard, established in 1800, has a long shipbuilding tradition. The shipyard began building submarines during World War I, including the L-8, the first built by a US Navy yard. The yard produced seventy submarines during World War II, launching a record four in one day, and in the 1950s and 1960s built…

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On Board a Canadian Scalloper

On Board a Canadian Scalloper

While we were in Lunenberg, Nova Scotia, the crew of a 134-ft scalloper in port for maintenance work gave us a tour of their factory ship. (We were asked not to include boat, crew and company names.) The ship was built in 1997, but is well-maintained and is equipped with the latest scallop auto-shucking equipment….

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Deer Island Treatment Plant

Deer Island Treatment Plant

The Deer Island Treatment Plant is the second largest sewage treatment plant in the country, treating 350 million gallons per day with a peak capacity of 1,310 million gallons per day. The $3.8-billion plant is the centerpiece in the successful Boston Harbor cleanup effort. The plant’s unusual egg-shaped digesters are distinctive landmarks on entering Boston…

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USS California Distinguished Visitor Embark

USS California Distinguished Visitor Embark

Last Thursday Jennifer and I were down on Las Olas Blvd in Fort Lauderdale having an enjoyable patio dinner when my phone rang. “James, this is Suzanne Speight, Public Affairs Specialist with Navy Region Southeast. I have one position available to embark on the the USS California.” That sounded pretty good. I’ve never been on…

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Fleet Week Port Everglades

Fleet Week Port Everglades

This weekend we attended Fleet Week Port Everglades as a guest of Mike Chan, Protocol Officer with Navy Region Southeast, who was organizing the event. We arrived shortly before the Legion of Honor Ceremony on board the USS Bataan, where the Consulate General of France, Philippe Létrilliart, awarded nine American veterans with the Legion of…

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Metal Shark Aluminum Boats

Metal Shark Aluminum Boats

Jeanerette, Louisiana isn’t a massive metropolis, so why were us boaters and technology lovers excited to spend a day there? Admittedly the oysters, crawfish, and local beer are all excellent, but that wasn’t the motivation behind the trip. The reason was to visit Metal Shark Aluminum Boats. If you have ever been just a bit…

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Johnny Sessa Bulldozing Visit

Johnny Sessa Bulldozing Visit

What beats an afternoon operating heavy equipment?  Months before we made it to Florida, Oliver Sessa offered us a day at Johnny Sessa Bulldozing with an open invitation to give some of their larger equipment a whirl. James has been looking forward to it since. Within a week of our arriving in Florida, Oliver emailed…

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Behind the Scenes on the Westerdam

Behind the Scenes on the Westerdam

We love technology, how things work, and digging in behind the scenes and so an important part of our trip around the world in a small boat has included stops to tour ice breakers, mines, manufacturing plants, container ships. We even tried our hands at the helm of a 5,000 HP tractor tug. Some highlights…

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Richards Bay Minerals

Richards Bay Minerals

Mining is an industry where the goal is to extract minerals at the maximum possible efficiency while minimizing environmental impact. It sounds simple, but the innovation that lies behind mining, processing, and smelting operations is incredibly deep. And, it’s getting more complex all the time where the world’s global logistics systems allows mines world-wide to…

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Bell Equipment factory tour

Bell Equipment factory tour

Our Nordhavn 52 Dirona is far from light at 110,000 lbs but fully laden, the Bell B40D articulating dump truck weights considerably more at 147,000 lbs. Yesterday, I got a chance to drive this six-wheel-drive monster on the Bell Equipment test track. What’s perhaps even more amazing is this is only a mid-sized truck in…

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On board the Marion Dufresne

On board the Marion Dufresne

The French Oceanographic research vessel Marion Dufresne arrived into Reunion and we were able to get on board for a tour. The ship is registered in Marseilles, but operarates from Reunion, serving the French Southern Indian Ocean and Antarctic holdings. Trip highlights from October 4th follow. Click any image for a larger view, or click…

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