Set sail on the world's mightiest ships as they embark on some of the most challenging, dangerous jobs a working boat will ever face. These marvels of marine technology are built for anything the heavens and oceans can dole out, and the dedicated men and women who work aboard these ships are equally battle-tested. From a dredger deepening a massive harbor to the construction and maiden voyage of a luxury mega cruiser, experience it all firsthand on this first-rate, high seas adventure.
Hit the icy seas aboard heavy lift transport vessel Avataq on her perilous, but vital, 2,200-mile lifeline mission to the near-Arctic town of Kuujjuaq. It's one of only three trips this super-sized cargo ship can make there each year due to extreme weather conditions, and the survival of thousands of the town's residents depends on a successful voyage. But this trip won't be easy. They'll face mechanical breakdowns, treacherous ice, and raging waters… and all eyes are on Avataq's rookie captain to make sure his first mission is accomplished.
Set sail on Solitaire, the largest pipe-laying ship in the world. Join a crew of 420 mariners and welders as they take on the most challenging job they've ever faced. The crew will lower 7.5 miles of natural gas pipeline into the cold Norwegian Sea, onto a seabed strewn with giant boulders and steep drops. Solitaire was custom-made for the job, but can she deliver against a tight deadline and an impending storm? Be there for the action as her world-class reputation is put to the test.
Umiak I is the most powerful ice-breaking bulk carrier in the world, and she has to be in order to survive the rough seas and thick ice off the eastern coast of Canada. She is the lifeline to the remote Voisey's Bay Nickel Mine in Labrador. Her job is to deliver desperately needed supplies and return home with 30,000 tons of nickel concentrate, worth over $120 million. Hop aboard and join her fearless crew on a treacherous mission, featuring heavy fog, howling winds, towering waves, and volatile cargo in constant need of monitoring.
The North Star is a roll-on/roll-off ship that delivers cargo from Tacoma, Washington to Anchorage, Alaksa within 72 hours through one of the most dangerous shipping routes.
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