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Superships

Season 1
 (3)
200513+
We take the world's largest ships, from double hulled super tankers, to floating oil-rigs and the largest salvage tug, exploring the incredible and often revolutionary technology that places these ships at the forefront of their industries. Each episode uncovers a pioneering super ship and examine its precise role, history, and the machinery that drives it using state of the art 3-D animation.
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Documentary
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Audio Languages
English

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  1. 1. A Grand Carrier - The Ferry Ulysses
    4 May 2005
    46min
    13+
    Audio Languages
    English
    Crossing the Irish sea in winter the world's largest car ferry battles through gale force wind and 10 meter seas. 3D examination looks at the stabilizing and ballasting systems and explains the advanced design that allows a shallow draught vessel to carry up to 1,300 cars and 2,000 people.
  2. 2. Freeway on the Seaway - The Cat
    11 May 2005
    46min
    13+
    Audio Languages
    English
    The Cat is a super fast car ferry which races across the Gulf of Maine at speeds in excess of 90 kilometers an hour. Using 3D animation, we explore the aluminum hull construction, water jet propulsion and car handling system.
  3. 3. Launching a Leviathan - Hellespoint Fairfax
    18 May 2005
    46min
    13+
    Audio Languages
    English
    Check out the world's largest double-hulled oil tanker under construction. As hundreds of workers assemble the massive show over a 12 month period, the inner workings of the ship come to light.
  4. 4. Sailing the Dream - The Royal Clipper
    25 May 2005
    46min
    13+
    Audio Languages
    English
    The biggest sailing ship in the world; a five masted square rigged clipper ship transporting 200 excited passengers on a seven day cruise through the Caribbean Sea. The secrets of the amazing sail handling system, the silent mechanical systems and the luxury of three swimming pools, an atrium, and a 4 star menu are carefully examined with the help of 3D animation.
  5. 5. Super Servant - The Careful Movers
    1 June 2005
    46min
    13+
    Audio Languages
    English
    This amazing ship crosses the oceans while piggybacking racing and pleasure yachts to distant places on behalf of owners and operators who lack the time or skills to do their own long distance cruising. 3D animation and on the spot filming reveals how this amazing ship can sink and re-float itself.
  6. 6. Eirik Raude - Oil Patch Explorer
    8 June 2005
    46min
    13+
    Audio Languages
    English
    The World's largest self-propelled, semi-submersible, all weather oil drilling rig leaves Halifax Harbour on it's first voyage to test its sea worthiness and oil drilling systems in the frigid waters of the North Atlantic 300 kilometers from shore. 3D animation illustrates the work it can perform on the bottom of the sea several kilometers below the drill tower.
  7. 7. Shanghai Express - Ocean Highway Hauler
    15 June 2005
    46min
    13+
    Audio Languages
    English
    On a voyage from Rotterdam to Hamburg the world's biggest container ship is examined in detail, especially for its remarkable cargo handling methods - veritable ballet of boxes. The business end of operating a container port is also dealt with and 3D animation illustrates the advanced technology behind the rapid transport of such enormous cargoes.
  8. 8. Kilo Moana
    21 June 2005
    46min
    13+
    Audio Languages
    English
    Kilo Moana is a research vessel, which employs fantastic hull technology. Using 3-D animation we explain the amazing science behind the SWATH hull structure which keeps the vessel stable in a stormy sea. Meanwhile scientists grapple with experiments that will help our understanding of the effect of deep ocean currents on marine life and global warming.
  9. 9. Mighty Servant 1 - High Seas Muscle
    29 June 2005
    46min
    13+
    Audio Languages
    English
    Trucking a huge section of an offshore drilling platform from Korea to the Gulf of Mexico is the hugely difficult task of the Mighty Servant. Loading the massive unit calls for a smooth sea and a steady hand. 3D animation explains the amazing technology that makes such a heavy lift and transport possible.
  10. 10. The Mighty and the Miniature - Atlantic Guardian
    6 July 2005
    46min
    13+
    Audio Languages
    English
    When an undersea cable breaks, millions of communication pathways are shut down. The Cable Ship, Atlantic Guardian, which is on 24 hour stand-by in Baltimore, Maryland for just such an emergency demonstrates how quickly it can search for and repair the cables. 3D animation takes the viewer to the bottom of the sea to watch a shark rip at the cable.
  11. 11. The Land Maker - Vasco da Gama
    13 July 2005
    46min
    13+
    Audio Languages
    English
    Need an airport created in the ocean, or a harbor dredged to a greater depth, the world's largest Dredger can suck up sand and transport it to a new location in one ultra smooth, ultra powerful operation. In Singapore, this amazing ocean going apparatus is shown as it goes through its paces and 3D animation explains the parts and processes that are normally hidden from view.
  12. 12. First Lady of the Mississippi - The American Queen
    20 July 2005
    46min
    13+
    Audio Languages
    English
    The biggest Sternwheeler ever built plies its trade on the Mississippi River, complete with old fashioned calliope tunes and Riverboat gamblers. It's steam powered engine gets a close up look, as does the navigation and operating systems. 3D animation is used to give us a cross sectional look at the many decks and the shallow draught construction.
  13. 13. The Top Ten: Superships
    27 July 2005
    46min
    13+
    Audio Languages
    English
    We are counting down The Ten most amazing Superships on the ocean today. The most unique, toughest vessels human beings can construct: from super-sized ferries and mighty tankers...to the most radical ship design in 6,000 years. You will see the most incredible vessels that sail and work on the Seven Seas. The Top Ten Superships!

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Directors
Michael R. MacDonald
Season year
2005
Network
Topsail Entertainment
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Nico WeyersReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 March 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Enjoyable to watch and informative
I really loved this entire series. I watched each episode a few times - and will continue to do so. Sure, there are some factual errors, and some parts are maybe overly dramatic. For example: "If the ship doesn't stop in time, it could crash into the pier, spilling oil and contaminating the harbour, potentially sending this ship to the bottom of the ocean". What an insult to the highly trained, professional crews!

But I feel fine about giving this a 5* review, on account of the glorious shots of ships' mechanical components in action.

Very enjoyable show indeed. If you like boats - even just seeing them - this is a great show. It could do without the fake drama
2 people found this helpful
Will H.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 March 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
A great idea!
such a very interesting topic but watchable only in small doses due to constant grating and unnecessary music, style of narration, repetition, and over dramatisation.
5 people found this helpful
UsernameReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 January 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Good Program but some Incorrect Facts in Episode 1
In Regards to the Herald of Free Enterprise that Capsized. "The program states it capsized on approach to Zeebrugge but it was leaving Zeebrugge bound for the UK.
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