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John Konrad

Captain John Konrad is the founder and CEO of gCaptain and author of the book Fire On The Horizon. He is licensed to captain the world's largest ships and has sailed from ports around the world. John has built some of the world's most advanced ships and managed billion-dollar offshore construction projects in some of the world's harshest marine environments. John is a distinguished alumnus of New York Maritime College. @JohnKonrad

Sunday, April 14, 2024
A boat sails next to a shipping vessel MV Abdullah in this screengrab obtained from a social media video released on March 12, 2024

Somali Pirates Claim MV Abdullah Was Released After $5 Million Ransom Was Paid

By Abdiqani Hassani (Reuters) – Somali pirates released a hijacked ship, MV Abdullah, and its crew of 23 early on Sunday after a $5 million ransom was

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Saturday, March 30, 2024
Key Bridge collapse helicopter view

Demolition Work Begins On The Francis Scott Key Bridge

by John Konrad (gCaptain) The Unified Command started clearing debris from the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse today. They did not specify when they will

March 30, 2024
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The Shipwreck MV Dali

High Pressure Gas Pipeline Halts Salvage of MV Dali

by Captain John Konrad (gCaptain) Salvage efforts to remove the MV Dali from Baltimore’s Key Bridge were delayed indefinitely yesterday after a high-pressure

March 30, 2024
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Wednesday, March 27, 2024
USACE survey's Baltimore bridge collapse

US Army Deploys More Than 1,100 Specialists to Baltimore

by John Konrad (gCaptain) The U.S. Army has activated an emergency operations center for the Corps of Engineers (USACE) in Baltimore. This action mobilizes

March 27, 2024
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Tuesday, March 26, 2024
Ship Dali bridge collision photo

BREAKING: MV Dali Cited for Propulsion Issues Before Baltimore Incident

According to records from the public ship safety database Equasis, MV Dali – the ship that collided with Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge this

March 26, 2024
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Biden on phone with maritime officials in the Port of Baltimore following bridge incident

Can Biden Deliver On His Promise To Baltimore?

by Captain John Konrad (gCaptain) The collapse of Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge this morning was a terrifying event, deeply affecting a public

March 26, 2024
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Ship Dali bridge collision photo

Ship Lost Control Before Hitting Baltimore Bridge

The Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore collapsed early today after the large containerships Dali struck a primary support column. Two individuals were

March 26, 2024
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Saturday, February 3, 2024
Adm. James Stavridis

Stavridis Says Cyber And Military Escalation Against Iran Could Last Weeks

In an insightful interview yesterday with Lester Holt of NBC, retired Admiral James Stavridis, the former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, provided

February 3, 2024
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Sunday, January 28, 2024
Modern Loose Lips Sink Ships poster

Loose Lips Do Not Sink Ships, Public Apathy Does

By Captain John Konrad (gCaptain OpEd) Last week, two US-flagged ships manned by US Merchant Mariners were targeted by Houthis and forced to turn around. This

January 28, 2024
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Monday, January 15, 2024
Naval diplomacy in London

Beyond G7 Gunboats: The Case for Naval Diplomacy to Secure the Red Sea

Both the G7 and the US-led military coalition have been unsuccessful in protecting trade in the Red Sea, Black Sea and other maritime regions. Is there a more

January 15, 2024
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Saturday, January 13, 2024
US Navy CNOs Gilday and Franchetti in Dress Uniform

A Navy In Crisis: It’s Time For The Conference Of Admirals

by Captain John Konrad (gCaptain OpEd) Today, the US Navy is experiencing two contrasting situations. On one hand, the USS Carney and other warships continue

January 13, 2024
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Wednesday, January 10, 2024
Photo of VLS missile launch from a UK Royal Navy destroyer

Greyhound Day: World War II Combat Tactics Return To The Red Sea

by Captain John Konrad (gCaptain) When it comes to Army combat, few commands harden a soldier like “fix bayonets”. However, in merchant convoy

January 10, 2024
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Monday, January 8, 2024
Allied Warships Trickle Into Red Sea Coalition

Allied Warships Trickle Into Red Sea Coalition

by John Konrad (gCaptain) In the Red Sea, Operation Prosperity Guardian (OPG) is witnessing a gradual increase in naval strength. Led by the United States, OPG

January 8, 2024
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smoke pollution coming from a container ship

Houthi Bribe Allegations Rock Shipping Market

by John Konrad (gCaptain) Shares of the Israeli shipping company Zim plunged over 17 percent in premarket trading today following reports that their Chinese

January 8, 2024
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Sunday, January 7, 2024
China’s COSCO Puts Israel Routes on Hold

China’s COSCO Puts Israel Routes on Hold

According to breaking news by the Israeli financial news outlet Globes, the prominent Chinese shipping conglomerate COSCO has halted its maritime services to

January 7, 2024
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Tuesday, January 2, 2024
USS Carney recieves combat honors after returning from protecting ships in the Red Sea.

USS Carney Returns To Persian Gulf With Combat Honors

by John Konrad (gCaptain) USS Carney, the formidable Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer renowned for its role in safeguarding ships in the Red Sea

January 2, 2024
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UK Royal Navy mines ship

Turkey Blocks UK Minehunters From Black Sea

by John Konrad (gCaptain) On Tuesday, Turkey made the controversial decision to block two British minehunter ships from entering the Black Sea, citing the

January 2, 2024
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Photo of a hapag-lloyd containership in port with cranes overhead

Germany’s Hapag-Lloyd Extends Red Sea Route Diversion

by John Konrad (gCaptain) Germany’s Hapag-Lloyd will continue to divert its vessels around the Suez Canal for security reasons, a spokesperson for the

January 2, 2024
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Monday, January 1, 2024
Houthi fighter stands on the Galaxy Leader cargo ship in the Red Sea. Houthi Military Media/Handout via REUTERS

US Treasury Targets Houthi Money Networks Behind Maritime Threats in the Red Sea

On Thursday the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced action against financial networks aiding the Houthi

January 1, 2024
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Sunday, December 31, 2023
USS Carney combat information center

Maersk Opens Fire On Houthi Boat Swarm – US Navy Sinks Three

by John Konrad (gCaptain) Today in the Red Sea, the crew of the Maersk Hangzhou took evasive action and opened fire on Houthi boats that were aggressively

December 31, 2023
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