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.


Thursday, September 2, 2021
washington state ferries
Maritime News

Washington Ferry Mariners Protest COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

As a result of the state’s mandate for COVID-19 vaccines, Washington’s ferry service faces a potential slowdown over Labor Day weekend as mariners stage “sickouts”. The Washington State Ferries (WSF) said they expect long ferry lines on Labor Day weekend due...

September 2, 2021
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Wednesday, September 1, 2021
Captain Kevin Stith
Blog

Interview With MARAD Administrator Candidate Captain Kevin Stith

By John Konrad (gCaptain) Early this year the influential American Maritime Officers union endorsed Captain Kevin P. Stith for the job of Administrator of the United States Maritime Administration in...

September 1, 2021
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Navy

US Strengthens Ties With Israeli Navy

US Navy and Israeli Navy have strengthened ties by conducting combined maritime security patrols in the Red Sea. Four Israeli and U.S. Navy ships sailed together in the Gulf of...

September 1, 2021
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Monday, August 23, 2021
Fishing Net Tangled With Hawser
Fishing

NOAA Rebukes EU Fishing Laws And Bans IUU Vessels From US Ports

This month NOAA released the 2021 Biennial Report to Congress for illegal, unreported, unregulated (IUU) fishing activities and bycatch of protected marine life on the high seas. In it, the...

August 23, 2021
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Wednesday, August 18, 2021
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Ports

Biden Extends Mask Order At US Ports And Ferries

The Biden administration confirmed late on Tuesday it plans to extend requirements for travelers to wear masks aboard ferries, at ports, and all other public transportation modes. The Transportation Security...

August 18, 2021
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Monday, August 16, 2021
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Navy

US Seabase Completes Anti-Piracy Trials Off Nigeria

While most of the Pentagon is focused on evacuating Afghanistan, the US Navy’s Expeditionary Sea-Base USS Hershel “Woody” Williams – the first US ship permanently assigned to West Africa –...

August 16, 2021
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Friday, August 13, 2021
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Navy

US Navy ‘SWO Bill’ May Bring STCW To Warships

by Captain John Konrad (gCaptain) Today, Congressmen Rob Wittman and Mike Gallagher introduced the Surface Warfare Officer Leadership Enhancement (SWOLE) Act that will change how navy ship drivers are trained....

August 13, 2021
Total Views: 3800

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Environment

Hydrogen Is Not A Green Alternative For Ships Says New Study

Hydrogen is the most abundant substance in the universe but a new peer-reviewed study suggests that using it to propel ships may create more climate problems than it solves. What...

August 13, 2021
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Thursday, August 12, 2021
USCG

Watch Admiral Fagan Discuss Diversity

In June of this year, the U.S. Coast Guard welcomed Adm. Linda L. Fagan as its new Vice Commandant. In doing so, she becomes the first female four-star Admiral in...

August 12, 2021
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Wednesday, August 11, 2021
Ports

Ports Face The Biggest Crisis In 65 Years

by John Konrad (gCaptain) Ports have taken center stage during COVID-19. While countless airports, roads, and trains ground to a halt during the peak of the pandemic last year, authorities...

August 11, 2021
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Wednesday, August 4, 2021
Radiance at Hubbard Glacier - Alaska
Cruise Ships

Royal Caribbean To Fully Resume Cruises In 2022 Despite Delta Surge In Florida

Royal Caribbean International, which operates the biggest cruise ships in the world, including “Symphony of the Seas,” said on Tuesday it will restart sailing in September, and the complete fleet of ships...

August 4, 2021
Total Views: 1017

Thursday, July 29, 2021
Ever Given Rotterdam Tugboats
Incidents

Rotterdam Welcomes Ever Given

by John Konrad (gCaptain) The mega-sized containership M/V Ever Given arrived in the Dutch Port of Rotterdam early Thursday after being released by authorities in Egypt. The ship was scheduled to...

July 29, 2021
Total Views: 4070

Tuesday, July 27, 2021
long-beach-fire-boat
Navy

Dear Admiral Kitchener: San Diego Urgently Needs A Fireboat

It has been well over 200 years since the first fireboat proved her effectiveness, but when one of the US Navy's largest ships caught fire in the Navy's most important port last year, there wasn't a single fireboat available to help.

July 27, 2021
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Finance

Navios Stock Crashes After Newbuild Announcement

by John Konrad (gCaptain) Shares of Navios Maritime Partners $NMM fell 7.5% this morning after the company announced a six-ship order for mid-sized containerships. Angeliki Frangou, CEO of the company,...

July 27, 2021
Total Views: 2203

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Maritime Security Incidents

Crippled South African Port Network Declares Force Majeure

South Africa’s state-owned ports and freight-rail company, Transnet, has declared force majeure after disruptions caused by a cyberattack last week. The measure was imposed because of the effects of the...

July 27, 2021
Total Views: 2132

Monday, July 26, 2021
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Finance

Baltic Index Climbs On Uncertainty And Extreme Weather

by John Konrad (gCaptain) The Baltic Exchange’s main sea freight index, the Baltic Dry Index (BDI), rose for a fourth straight session on Monday, fueled by higher demand for Capesize...

July 26, 2021
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Sunday, July 25, 2021
Robert Gordon Sproul Scripps
Environment

Scripps Gets $35M From California To Build A Hydrogen-Powered Research Vessel

California has given Scripps Institute of Oceanography $35 million to design and build a new coastal research vessel. The project includes a hydrogen-hybrid propulsion system.

July 25, 2021
Total Views: 1419

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Ports

Indian Union Accuses China Of Unofficial Seafarer Ban

Today Indian media reported that Beijing has imposed an unofficial ban on ships crewed by Indian seafarers. The Times of India, which is the largest selling English-language daily newspaper in...

July 25, 2021
Total Views: 3114

Saturday, July 24, 2021
Finance

It’s About Stimulus Checks Not Ocean Carriers Like Maersk Says White House Source

by John Konrad (gCaptain) Earlier this month, the Biden Administration signed an order cracking down on anti-competitive behavior in the shipping industry. This week a source close to the administration says the...

July 24, 2021
Total Views: 6152

United Shipbuilding Corporation CEO Alexei Rakhmanov.
Maritime News

Putin Reviews New Short Sea Shipping Plans To Bypass Suez Canal

This week Russian President Vladimir Putin met with the country’s shipbuilding executives to review plans to prioritize short sea shipping with the hope of bypassing the Suez Canal. “We are...

July 24, 2021
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