Huntington Ingalls Lays Keel Of New USCG Cutter

*+-Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) authenticated the keel of the U.S. Coast Guard’s National Security Cutter Hamilton (WMSL 753) today at the company’s Ingalls Shipbuilding facility. Mrs. Linda Kapral Papp, wife of Adm. Robert J. Papp Jr., commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, is the ship’s sponsor. Her initials were welded on a keel plate that will be […]

The US Merchant Marine Academy’s Silent Ally

John Konrad

*+-Editor’s Note: On Friday the New York Times published an investigation into alleged troubles at the US Merchant Marine Academy. The following is a response from gCaptain’s founder, John Konrad, who was quoted in the article. John’s comments are his personal opinion and do not reflect an official stance by gCaptain. On August 1st the New York Times called asking me […]

MTU Ironmen 4000 Workboat Engines Upgraded

MTU Series 4000 Ironmen workboat engine

*+-Tognum  has announced an upgrade to its MTU Series 4000 Ironmen workboat engines for compliance with US EPA Tier 3 emissions regulations. As with the current generation, these new Series 4000 engines will be available with 8, 12, or 16 cylinders for use in diesel-mechanical and diesel-electric propulsion systems or for powering on-board gensets. Installed […]

ECA Tracking – Onboard Support For Vessel Emission Control Areas


*+-Onboard weather routing software provides Emission Control Areas (ECAs) and calculation tools for ships to evaluate the most cost effective voyage track. Using the latest version of AWT’s BonVoyage System, captains manage their voyage track by displaying ECA zones and making them “no-go” areas. By doing this, they can see their voyage track outside and […]

Fleet Decision Support System Announced For Weather Routing


*+-Applied Weather Technology, Inc. (AWT), announced today at SMM Hamburg its Fleet Decision Support System (FleetDSS). The new fleet management system is completely customizable, designed to improve efficiency and fleet safety while facilitating reductions in total voyage costs. “The shipping industry is in constant change and the needs of fleet managers change with it. To […]

Nordic Aurora Installs C-Bird VSAT

*+- The installation of Maritime Broadband’s C-Bird VSAT solution by Nordic American Tankers (NYSE: NAT)  initiates a 36-month contract for C-Band global satellite services to be provided by Maritime Broadband to the vessel. C-Bird was delivered as a kit to the vessel without use of a shore crane. The antenna was then assembled and installed onboard […]

You’re Fired – King’s Point Superintendant Wades Into Brown Water

Rear Admiral James A. Helis, USMMA Superintendant

*+-In the heat and sunshine of a clear summer day, hundreds of cadets stood at attention to welcome the new superintendent, Rear Admiral James A. Helis, to the campus of the United States Merchant Marine Academy. All but the freshman class of cadets were familiar with the uniforms, flags and ceremony that surrounded the event, but […]

Is The USCG Ready for an Arctic Oil Spill? [INTERVIEW]

Coast Guard personnel aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Sycamore set a DESMI “Polar Bear” skimmer into the Arctic Ocean.

*+-The US Coast Guard recently issued a press release commending participants on the success of last week’s oil spill recovery equipment exercise off the coast of Barrow, Alaska. The three-day joint operation was the first of its kind to be held in the Arctic Ocean and the Coast Guard chose the location for the exercise due to its extremely […]

Do You Love Your Ship More Than Your Wife? YES Said Gibbs (Book Review)

USS United States

*+-  When a reporter asked William Francis Gibbs if he loved his favorite ship more than his wife his answer was surprising both in its honesty and in the fact most didn’t doubt that the statement was true. Gibbs answered, “Yes, you are 1000% percent correct!” While working in an industry plagued with high divorce rates, Gibbs is not the […]

Sea Shepherd’s New Ship – M/V Bart Simpson (almost)

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*+-A spiffy Razzle Dazzle paint scheme is not the only thing new over at Sea Shepherd, the controversial anti-whaling organization run by maritime fugitive Paul Watson. The organization also has a new ship, the M/V Sam Simon, named for the donor of the vessel. Simon is better known as co-creator of America’s favorite cartoon family, […]

Containership Burns Off San Diego Coast


*+-According to US Coast Guard officials, a 55 year old crew member of the containership Jupiter suffered third degree burns while attempting to put out a fire that ignited aboard the ship 30 miles west of San Diego. The Coast Guard dispatched a helicopter to airlift the man from to UC San Diego Medical Center […]

OneNet – NMEA 2000 Via Ethernet

*+-Over the last few years, marine electronics manufacturers have been working overtime to develop a common infrastructure to transport NMEA 2000® messages over Ethernet. The solution is called OneNet®, and it’s scheduled to be operational by late 2014. Some manufacturers currently use higher bandwidth Ethernet for video as well as for proprietary messaging on Ethernet […]