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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

Friday, December 22, 2023
A bunker vessel prepares to supply fuel to Hin Leong's Pu Tuo Shan VLCC supertanker in the waters off Jurong Island in Singapore

Red Sea Ripples: Prolonged Voyages, Soaring Fuel Costs, and Escalating Carbon Emissions Concerns

by John Konrad (gCaptain) South African bunker traders are facing a unique challenge as an influx of ships, diverted from the Red Sea due to threats from

December 22, 2023
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Saturday, December 16, 2023
US Navy warship escorting Maersk ship

Pentagon To Launch ‘Operation Prosperity Guardian’ To Reopen Red Sea Passage

by Captain John Konrad (gCaptain) There is still a lot of speculation but progress seems likely on reopening the Red Sea to shipping. The Drive is reporting

December 16, 2023
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EU Shipping And US Naval Leaders Are Estranged Despite NATO Budget Boost

by Captain John Konrad (gCaptain Editorial) Amid escalating tensions in the Red Sea, marked by attacks on Israeli and European-owned vessels, and ongoing war

December 16, 2023
Total Views: 4099

Wednesday, December 13, 2023
Union Fights Back On Proposal To Import Foreign Labor Into US Merchant Marine

Union Fights Back On Proposal To Import Foreign Labor Into US Merchant Marine

by Captain John Konrad (gCaptain) A pivotal debate is unfolding, one that carries the potential to redefine the trajectory of the U.S. Merchant Marine. Central

December 13, 2023
Total Views: 6194

Monday, December 11, 2023
U.S. Shipping CEO Calls for Foreign Seafarers Amidst US Merchant Marine Pay and Crewing Crisis
Maritime News

U.S. Shipping CEO Calls for Foreign Seafarers Amidst US Merchant Marine Pay and Crewing Crisis

by Captain John Konrad (gCaptain) In the current American labor landscape, the stark contrast between the assertive strides of transportation unions and the

December 11, 2023
Total Views: 20031

Sunday, December 10, 2023
USCG photo of a Haitian child being rescued at sea

The Harsh Reality of US Coast Guard Migrant Policy

by John Konrad (gCaptain) When merchant and cruise ships rescue migrants at sea, they offer more than just a lifeline from the perilous waters; they provide

December 10, 2023
Total Views: 3951

Thursday, December 7, 2023
Mao's Army Navy Goes to Sea book cover

2023 Naval Book Of The Year: Mao’s Army Goes To Sea

by Captain John Konrad (gCaptain) In an era where the South China Sea is a hotbed of geopolitical tensions and China is militarizing it’s Merchant

December 7, 2023
Total Views: 2235

Wednesday, November 29, 2023
US Naval Ship Carson City docked during a storm

US Navy Sued After Alleged Rape Of Senior US Merchant Marine Officer

by John Konrad (gCaptain) The U.S. Navy is facing a lawsuit over allegations of a senior engineering officer’s rape by the captain of the USNS Carson

November 29, 2023
Total Views: 13565

Saturday, November 4, 2023
Ready Reserve military transport ship Cape Orlando
Maritime Security Incidents

Activists Try To Block Military Transport Ship To Stop U.S. Aid to Israel

Yesterday in Oakland, Pro-Palestinian protesters advocating for a cease-fire in Gaza illegally entered port facilities in an attempt to halt the U.S. military

November 4, 2023
Total Views: 14256

Friday, October 20, 2023
The Eilat-Ashkelon oil pipeline at the Red Sea
Maritime Security

Can Israel’s Lifeline To Oil Survive?

by John Konrad (gCaptain) Amidst the intense conflict with Hamas, Israel’s Eilat-Ashkelon pipeline -linking oil tanker ports on the Gulf Of Aqaba to

October 20, 2023
Total Views: 2528

Sunday, October 8, 2023
Ford Aircraft Carrier

U.S. Navy Dispatches Its Latest, Cutting-Edge Aircraft Carrier To Israel

by John Konrad (gCaptain) Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin announced today that the U.S. Navy is dispatching the USS Gerald R. Ford Carrier Strike Group to

October 8, 2023
Total Views: 59720

Monday, September 25, 2023
Maersk Tanker Underway

Maersk Backs Away From US Military Contracts

by Captain John Konrad (gCaptain) In a world where the Pacific is becoming a cauldron of geopolitical tensions and Russia’s actions in Ukraine highlight the

September 25, 2023
Total Views: 17912

Monday, September 4, 2023
How The Defense Transportation System Works

How Does The Pentagon’s Massive Global Transportation System Work?

by John Konrad (gCaptain) Contrary to popular belief, Maersk is not the world’s largest shipping company, nor is Delta the world’s largest airline.

September 4, 2023
Total Views: 10967

Thursday, August 24, 2023
United States Coast Guard USCG port Cyber-security exercise

U.S. Sounds Alarm on China’s Leading Ship Logistics Software LOGINK

by John Konrad (gCaptain) It’s long been evident that social media users readily exchange their data for free information and services. But what if China

August 24, 2023
Total Views: 7570

Wednesday, August 23, 2023
Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Linda Fagan at Congress

Midshipman X: Mariner Relinquishes USCG License Prior to Coast Guard Rape Hearing

by John Konrad (gCaptain) A source close to the investigation has informed gCaptain that Edgar Sison will relinquish his engineering officer license following

August 23, 2023
Total Views: 4595

new methanol powered feeder containership drawing

China Follows Close Behind South Korea With Second Methanol Containership Launch

by John Konrad (gCaptain) On August 17, China shipbuilders marked another milestone in maritime technological advancements with the launch of the “Eco

August 23, 2023
Total Views: 1945

Russian Bulk Exports Surge Despite Western Pressure

Russian Bulk Exports Surge Despite Western Pressure

Despite Western sanctions aimed at hindering Russian exporters, recent data reveals a significant surge in Russia’s seaborne dry cargo exports. Figures from

August 23, 2023
Total Views: 1174

Friday, August 18, 2023
NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft fly over Hurricane Ida in 2021. Photo Credit: Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Doremus, NOAA Corps

San Diego To Halt Ship Traffic Ahead Of Hurricane Hilary

by John Konrad (gCaptain) San Diego is taking necessary precautions by shutting down harbor pilot operations in anticipation of the arrival of Hurricane

August 18, 2023
Total Views: 2924

Sunday, August 13, 2023
Photo of The oceanographic research vessel NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown is the largest ship in NOAA's fleet by Wes Struble of NOAA

Repairing and Upgrading NOAA’s Great White Ships

by John Konrad (gCaptain) In the realm of seafaring, mariners maintain a keen eye on two things: weather and the maps that guide them safely through unknown

August 13, 2023
Total Views: 6288

The cruise ship MSC Euribia underway approaching Copenhagen after its maiden voyage from Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in France. This image belongs to MSC Cruises
Cruise Ships

Unpacking Economic Impact: Did MSC Cruise Ship Launch France’s GDP?

In the realm of economics, where numbers often paint a more eloquent picture than words, we sometimes find ourselves bamboozled by the outliers. Let’s

August 13, 2023
Total Views: 3667


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