10 Amazing Time Lapse Videos Of Ships

Time-lapse photography is a great technique to experience the greatness of any process or phenomenon, which is generally subtle to the human eye.

A majority of ship operations are monotonous in several ways, especially to the eyes of seafarers. However, we feel there is great beauty in those boring tasks only if we have the inclination to stop and observe them for a few moments.

This is when a time-lapse video makes us realise that even the simplest of phenomena, natural or man-made, is worth observing and understanding (Thought most of the times it’s not technically feasible).

Let’s take a look at a few time-lapse videos on shipping which we found noteworthy.

1. Panama Canal Traffic

Timelapse video of ships traversing the Panama Canal, as seen from the Miraflores Locks.

Video By: ZipCams’s channel

2. Edith Mærsk at DP World London Gateway

Video By: londongateway

3. Sofrana Surville Voyage 201

A container ship’s entire 33-day South Pacific round voyage through New Zealand, Australia, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, shot in time-lapse and condensed to 14 minutes.


4. Prelude FLNG floats for the first time

Watch as the 488-metre-long hull of the Shell revolutionary Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility is floated out of the dry dock at the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) yard in Geoje, South Korea, where the facility is currently under construction. Once complete, Prelude FLNG will be the largest floating facility ever built. It will unlock new energy resources offshore and produce approximately 3.6 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) per annum to meet growing demand. Shell is the operator of Prelude FLNG in joint venture with INPEX (17.5%), KOGAS (10%) and OPIC (5%).

Video By: Shell

5. Timelapse Video of US Navy Destroyer USS Zumwalt

Video By: Adducent

6. Triple-E Vessel On Its Maiden Call

Timelapse made by 2nd Officer Yaroslav Karetnikov of the MÆRSK MC-KINNEY MØLLER. The timelapse documents the very first port call of the the world’s largest container ship (and our first Triple-E vessel).
The port is the Port of Busan in South Korea.

Video By: Maerskline

7. Sailing down the Suez Canal

A timelapse video from a 2009 trip down the Suez Canal onboard a Maersk container vessel.

Video By: Maersk

8. Cruise Ship timelapse – Extension of Balmoral at Blohm+Voss

We shot this timelapse movie for Blohm+Voss Shipyards in 2007, using two dedicated MKtimelapse camera systems.

Video By: MKtimelapse

9. Hamburg CruiseDays 2014 Timelapse

Video By: MKtimelapse

10. MSC Fabiola to call the Port of Oakland and North America

History was made at the Port of Oakland, March 21-22, 2012. Here is a fun, time lapse video to watch of the MSC Fabiola. This vessel is the largest container ship to call North America and the Port of Oakland to date. Enjoy this fast-paced video as tug boats powerfully guide this massive vessel in the turning basin, before it departs for Asia.

Video By: PortOfOaklandInfo

Do you know any particular time-lapse video that can be added to this list?

Let’s know in the comments below or send us an email at info@marineinsight.com

About Author

Raunek Kantharia is a marine engineer turned maritime writer and entrepreneur. After a brief stint at the sea, he founded Marine Insight in 2010. Apart from managing Marine Insight, he also writes for a number of maritime magazines and websites.

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