Harry Valentine

Researcher / Author, Langson Energy

Harry Valentine

harrycv@hotmail.com

Mr. Valentine has a degree in mechanical engineering from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada specializing in thermodynamics (energy conversion) and transportation technology. He has worked as a technical journalist for the past 10-years and has more than 2 decades of research in the transportation industry.

Maputo, Mozambique

China’s First African Silk Road

By Harry Valentine 2018-02-15 17:08:59

China recently assisted Kenya, Djibouti and Ethiopia to build new heavy weight standard gauge railway lines. However, in 1976 China actually completed construction of a railway line that extended inland from the Tanzanian port of Dar es Salaam. Introduction China’s...

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Mackinac Bridge

The Option of Submerged, Water-Inflatable Navigation Locks

By Harry Valentine 2018-02-10 18:52:02

Navigation locks installed along inland waterways can serve the combined purpose of a control dam as well as allowing vessels to transit between different elevations of waterway. While the energy sector has developed gigantic inflatable plastic bags for energy storage,...

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paddle-wheel vessel

River Cruises on American and Canadian Inland Waterways

By Harry Valentine 2018-01-31 23:50:29

The development and expansion of Europe’s barge canal network has allowed for the development of their renowned river cruise industry that operates the famous Viking long boats. While not as well advertised as European river cruises, several companies in both...

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Cape Town

Drought and the Maritime Sector

By Harry Valentine 2018-01-13 10:30:19

At the present time, two metropolitan regions in the Southern Hemisphere are experiencing drought and facing severe water shortages. The cities are Sao Paulo, Brazil and Cape Town, South Africa, and the maritime sector offers several options for providing potable...

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Quebec

Assessing Prospects for a Port of Quebec Container Terminal

By Harry Valentine 2017-12-28 14:42:53

Authorities at Quebec City, Canada, have recently announced the intention to develop an intermodal container port and transshipment terminal. Like Port of Newark, Port of Quebec can offer 15-meter (49-foot) water depth and has access to a main highway as...

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railway

Comparing Maritime Versus Railway Transportation Costs

By Harry Valentine 2017-12-25 18:05:15

Several years ago, two independent studies compared maritime to railway transportation costs involving the movement of containers. It seems possible to expand on those studies to estimate transportation costs of containers arriving from overseas points of origin, at certain North...

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containers

An Articulating Hinge for a 50,000-TEU Container Ship

By Harry Valentine 2017-12-03 16:44:41

The recent forecast by McKinsey Consulting Group that container ships could eventually reach 50,000-TEUs capacity has prompted some technical evaluation of the concept. One possible option could involve the installation of an articulating hinge. A long-term evolving trend has occurred...

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Newark

An Evolving Trend in the Europe - North America Container Trade

By Harry Valentine 2017-11-29 03:18:33

Prior of the development of the Port of Newark to serve neo-Panamax ships, transportation analysts had formulated projections that pertained to container trade at east coast North American ports. The opening of the port to larger container ships has revealed...

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bow wave

Reducing Bow Waves on Ships Sailing Through Waterways

By Harry Valentine 2017-11-26 02:25:45

When sailing through narrow channels, reducing vessel speed reduces both the size of the bow wave and coastal erosion caused by such waves. There several other methods that promise to reduce the size of vessel bow waves, with potential to...

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weather

Looking Ahead at Great Lakes Weather Changes

By Harry Valentine 2017-11-19 19:54:53

Climatologists have offered two conflicting long-term forecasts in regard to future rainfall over the watershed region of North America’s Great Lakes and the river that flows to the North Atlantic. Each forecast will influence future shipping on the Great Lakes...

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