UK Based Ocean Signal Enters Crowded GMDSS Market – Video


-+*With the crowded nature of the GMDSS / Emergency Signaling market, does the maritime world really need another manufacturer? I’ll leave that question for you to fight over in the comments but, regardless of need, a new player has emerged; a UK based company called Ocean Signal. Take a look at the following video for […]

Green Lasers – Not SOLAS Approved But Can They Save Lives?

Green Laser

-+*In past articles gCaptain contributor Mario Vittone has clearly illustrated the importance of flares in finding vessels in distress. And having nineteen years of combined military service in the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard, the bulk of which he spent looking for mariners in distress, we value his opinion on the matter.  But Mario also […]

Gliders For Use In Hyrdographic & Anti-Submarine Missions

NURC Hydrographic AUV Glider

-+*For the last few weeks, in the Ionian Sea to the southeast of Sicily, three gliders participated for the first time in an anti-submarine warfare exercise. During operation Proud Manta 11, NURC – a NATO Research Centre in La Spezia – successfully used the gliders to collect three-dimensional environmental data to support improved operational planning […]

Wallenius Wilhelmsen to Award Grants for Clean Technologies.


-+*WWL opens 2011 application period for Orcelle Grants to support clean-tech entrepreneurs. 02.02.2011– Oslo, Norway Today, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) the global shipping and logistics provider, announced plans to award $100,000 in grants this year to entrepreneurs working on zero-emissions technologies for shipping and port logistics. WWL has also expanded the eligibility criteria for the […]

Question To The Coast Guard: Where Are The UAV’s?!


-+*Just think of the opportunities if every Coast Guard boat station and cutter had it’s own fixed wing aircraft and could initiate search and rescue operations before rescue boat had even the chance to cast off their dock lines. Whit this in mind the CG Blog asks the questions; Where Are The UAV’s? They write: […]

ECDIS – The Next Step

USCG Technology

-+*Electronic Chart Display Information Systems (ECDIS) represent the navigational future. Used properly, they offer substantial advantages over the old paper and pencil variety, a continuous plot of the ship’s position, warnings about navigational hazards in the vicinity, and improved safety. A huge bonus is the ease of correction compared to the labour-intensive manual correction process […]

Wireless Internet At Sea – Breaking Free Of Corporate Internet Part 2

ubiquiti routers bullet and nanostation loco

-+*Part two in our series on Breaking Free Of Corporate Internet looks at long range wireless internet. Everyone is familiar with this technology, plug a Wi-Fi router into your broadband connection at home and POOF… you are free to roam the house surfing gCaptain on your laptop free of the entanglement of wires. But this […]

Marine VSAT – Breaking Free Of Corporate Internet, 1

Seatel Marine VSAT Antenna

-+*To start our series on Breaking Free Of Corporate Internet at sea we will first take a look at VSAT technology. The remaining posts of this series will look at terrestrial based systems for accessing internet at sea but all such systems fail once your ship sails into deep water. So, for ocean voyages there […]

Breaking Free Of Corporate Internet

Breaking Free Of Company Internet

-+*gCaptain’s growth has been phenomenal and we have you, the reader, to thank! But no matter how good our content is, no matter what we do to support our readers there remains the underlying problem that many of our readers can’t access the website while they are at sea. We want to change that. gCaptain […]

Class B AIS – Filtering Of Targets By Ships


-+*Discussion has returned on the use of Class-B AIS data by commercial ships. For those unaware of the technology, Class B is an AIS system designed for use by boaters and is compatible with the Class A AIS units of large ships but with limited features.

“EMILY” – The Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard

-+*Continuing with our interest in safety equipment and the latest lifesaving technology, we were happy to stumble across this system that is currently being tested by lifeguards at Malibu’s Zuma Beach. Designed by Tony Mulligan of Hydronalix, the Emily – short for Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard – is a remote controlled bouy system capable of […]