Fred is a Marine Transportation graduate of the US Merchant Marine Academy and MBA graduate of Finland's Helsinki School of Economics. He has worked in the maritime industry both at sea and ashore for his whole career and has experience working both in the US and in Europe. Fred also blogs on his own site, 'Fred Fry International'

Friday, November 12, 2021

Op-Ed: The Need to Understand What is Wrong with our Transportation Infrastructure

Like many Americans I have been intensely following our country’s supply chain crisis. Many of gCaptain’s readers are maritime, logistics and

November 12, 2021
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Thursday, June 16, 2016

USMMA Canceling ‘Sea Year’ Over Sexual Assault and Harassment Fears?

One of the great benefits of attending the US Merchant Marine Academy is the experience of going out to sea on US-Flag merchant ships. This is called

June 16, 2016
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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Visit the Liberty Ship S.S. JOHN W. BROWN

Still looking for something to do this Independence Day weekend? The S. S. JOHN W. BROWN is one of two still operational Liberty ships from World War II and

July 3, 2014
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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Lifeboats, Liferafts and the Sunken Ferry M/V SEWOL

On April 16, 2014 the Korean-flagged passenger ferry M/V SEWOL sank resulting in a large loss of life of the passengers. While this story will continue to

April 29, 2014
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Saturday, February 1, 2014

David Macaulay Does the SS UNITED STATES

David Macaulay is an author and illustrator well known to most all American children. His book UNDERGROUND has to be one of my all-time favorites when I was a

February 1, 2014
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Saturday, December 21, 2013
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Cable Penetrations Almost Did In The EMMA MAERSK

The EMMA MAERSK suffered a flooding incident in February as it was getting ready to transit the Suez Canal. As reported earlier, water entered the vessel

December 21, 2013
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Monday, October 1, 2012
Grounding Incidents


I covered the sinking of the COSTA CONCORDIA back in January and posted some of my initial comments in ‘COSTA CONCORDIA – Fred Fry’s Comments

October 1, 2012
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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Inside the Amazing Estonian Maritime Museum

This summer I had the opportunity to take a day trip to the wonderful Capital city of Tallinn, Estonia. While I have been to the city many times before,

September 6, 2012
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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Somali Pirate Short Film – ‘Fishing Without Nets’

‘Fishing Without Nets’ is an interesting short film on Somali pirates. While it is a fictional story shot in Kenya, you’d probably believe it

August 23, 2012
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Friday, August 10, 2012

Mercy Ships: ‘Why Do We Dry Dock?’

Here is a nice video of a recent dry docking of the Mercy Ship’s hospital Ship AFRICA MERCY. [vimeo 47311612 w=500 h=281] Why Do We Dry Dock? from Mercy

August 10, 2012
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Monday, June 18, 2012

Draft USMMA Strategic Plan – Open For Comment

A Strategic Plan for the US Merchant Marine Academy has been in the drafting process for the last couple of months. The draft has now been published for the

June 18, 2012
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Sunday, January 15, 2012

COSTA CONCORDIA – Fred Fry’s Comments and Questions

There is lots of guessing out there in the wake of the COSTA CONCORDIA disaster. Here are my thoughts on the matter. The initial accident: First, there is lots

January 15, 2012
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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Cruiseship COSTA CONCORDIA Sinks

UPDATE: The captain of the cruise ship COSTA CONCORDIA has been arrested by Italian police as an investigation into Friday night’s grounding is

January 14, 2012
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Friday, December 30, 2011

Sea Shepherd Vessel Severely Damaged and in Distress

I admit that car racing, whether NASCAR or Formula 1 is a very technical and demanding sport, I mostly watched only to see the wrecks that occurred during a

December 30, 2011
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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Thousands of Issued TWIC Cards Won’t Work Due to an Issuing ‘Error’

Not that many of you needed another reason to hate the TWIC program, but here it comes anyway. The TSA managed to issue thousands of TWIC cards that probably

December 7, 2011
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Monday, October 24, 2011
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Book Review: THE SHIPPING MAN, By Matthew McCleery

As many of you know, sailing is not the easiest way to make a living. There are good runs and bad runs with great and miserable crews. Nice and

October 24, 2011
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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Where is MARAD Administrator David Matsuda?

One of the main stories last week was the apparent dismissal (for lack of a better word) of the Superintendent of the of the US Merchant Marine Academy at

October 20, 2011
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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Lloyd’s List – ‘Piracy and the armed deterrent’

One of the arguments made against arming merchant ships as defense against pirates is the claimed threat that doing so will merely escalate the violence

August 31, 2011
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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Lloyd’s List – TWIC ‘US security rule is a curse on seafarers’

I am certain that there are no shortage of TWIC card ‘victims’ out there. Back in February, I posted a commentary by Dr. John A.C. Cartner

April 21, 2011
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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Lloyd’s List – TWIC ‘Identity card is US’ maritime hobgoblin’

I am certain that there are no shortage of TWIC card ‘victims’ out there, so I thought that you would all enjoy this commentary by Dr. John A.C.

February 16, 2011
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