Pilot and Captain Your Own Ship

Through the nifty little Google Earth plugin you can now be the helmsman of your ships. This ship simulation program is a trip and I expect to be wasting hours of my precious time in the near future.  I love firing off the ship’s horn.  Maybe this is the way that all the unemployed captains and crew of the cargo ships can waste away the idle hours.

One of the largest fleets of ships ever gathered idles just off Singapore, marooned by the receding tide of global trade…So many ships have congregated here — 735, according to AIS Live ship tracking service of Lloyd’s Register-Fairplay in Redhill, Britain — that shipping lines are becoming concerned about near misses and collisions in one of the world’s most congested waterways, the straits that separate Malaysia and Singapore from Indonesia