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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, February 26, 2023
Jeremy Clarkson
Navy

gCaptain OpEd: US Navy Shipbuilding Has A BIG Badger Problem

by Captain John Konrad (gCaptain) Shipbuilding and repair in America is in crisis. Every large ship built here costs multiples of what it would cost to build

February 26, 2023
Total Views: 15492

Saturday, February 18, 2023
Could AI-Fueled Amateur Radio Rebuild Loran-C?
USCG

Could AI-Fueled Amateur Radio Rebuild Loran-C?

by John Konrad, K5HIP (gCaptain) Loran-C was an incredibly reliable and accurate analog ground-based navigation system, operated by the US Coast Guard. Despite

February 18, 2023
Total Views: 11507

Thursday, February 16, 2023
CIMSEC Report: US Navy At-Sea Training Needs An Urgent Overhaul
Navy

CIMSEC Report: US Navy At-Sea Training Needs An Urgent Overhaul

by Captain John Konrad (gCaptain) This week, in a scathing and well-researched CIMSEC article titled “A Fleet Adrift“, Dmitry Filipoff asks if the

February 16, 2023
Total Views: 4349

Friday, February 10, 2023
Bouvet Island arrival
News

HAM Radio Team Reaches World’s Most Remote Island

By John Konrad (K5HIP) Last week, after a long and treacherous voyage, a team of amateur radio operators arrived on the world’s most remote island,

February 10, 2023
Total Views: 18232

Friday, January 20, 2023
Russia's President Vladimir Putin at Navy Day Ceremony
Shipping

Why Seablindness, Not Putin, Could Be The Biggest Energy Threat

by John Konrad (gCaptain) Vladimir Putin’s attempts to destroy Ukraine have been met with powerful resistance, and his energy war against the West has

January 20, 2023
Total Views: 6384

Tuesday, January 10, 2023
US Navy Radio Room repair
Navy

Will SSB Radio Return To The US Naval Academy?

A small group of retired officers is hoping to rekindle dormant radio clubs at the US Merchant Marine, US Coast Guard, and US Naval Academy. by John Konrad,

January 10, 2023
Total Views: 5954

Sunday, January 8, 2023
Coronal mass ejection or CME - NASA
Evergreen

Could An Electrical Pandemic Destroy Shipping?

by John Konrad (gCaptain) As China’s lockdown lifts and the world looks to the future with hope that this marks the final chapter of the worst pandemic

January 8, 2023
Total Views: 17795

Monday, January 2, 2023
US Navy humanitarian food aid ship
Shipping

A Deep Dive Into Shipping And Famine

This editorial dives deep into the devastating effects of shipping on global starvation. Uncover how the marine transportation of fertilizer and food is

January 2, 2023
Total Views: 3965

Australia Port Entry To Fouled Cruise Ship
Cruise Ships

Australia Port Entry To Fouled Cruise Ship

by John Konrad (gCaptain) What should have been a dream holiday for passengers, a holiday cruise through the glittering blue waters from Auckland to Sydney has

January 2, 2023
Total Views: 10921

Saturday, December 31, 2022
Dead In The Water Book
Piracy

Dead In The Water – The Best Maritime Book Of The Year

The following is a review of the book Dead In The Water, a book about the Brillante Virtuoso, a tragedy that shook the shipping world and left us all

December 31, 2022
Total Views: 8220

US Navy Released Worst Rust Photo To Date
Navy

US Navy Released Worst Rust Photo To Date

by Captain John Konrad (gCaptain) In April, the US Chief Of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral Mike Gilday, issued a stern warning to the US Navy fleet: rust-free

December 31, 2022
Total Views: 59713

Friday, December 16, 2022
German Cruiseship Yard Werften Will Start Building Submarines
Navy

German Cruiseship Yard Werften Will Start Building Submarines

Disney may have purchased the last large cruiseship constructed by the famed shipyard MV Werften. The shipyard’s new owner desires to broaden their

December 16, 2022
Total Views: 3421

Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Robert Day Vessel Values
Offshore

Offshore Industry Is Moving Up And Out Of The Doldrums

Speaking at the Marine Money ship finance forum in New Orleans, a representative of VesselsValue said he is optimistic about the offshore industry for the

November 30, 2022
Total Views: 664

Sunday, November 27, 2022
Cruise Industry Shutdown Video
Evergreen

Watch: The Insane Logistics Of Shutting Down The Entire Cruise Industry

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of mariners were stuck at sea aboard thousands of ships worldwide. Most of those ships continued to operate

November 27, 2022
Total Views: 11309

Friday, November 25, 2022
Naval Strike Missile Test
Navy

Kongsberg To Arm Royal Navy With Long-Range Missiles

UK and Norwegian authorities have today announced that they have agreed to further strengthen existing defense ties. The Royal Navy will receive the Naval

November 25, 2022
Total Views: 2377

Book Review: Heavy Metal, The Inside Story Of US Navy Shipbuilders
Navy

Book Review: Heavy Metal, The Inside Story Of US Navy Shipbuilders

by Captain John Konrad (gCaptain) Today is the busiest shopping day in the United States and, with retail inventories at record levels and the backlog of ships

November 25, 2022
Total Views: 8849

The End Of The World Is Just Beginning For Shipping
Navy

The End Of The World Is Just Beginning For Shipping

by Captain John Konrad (gCaptain) There is a large shipping company that’s made record profits in recent years after changing its operational model to bet

November 25, 2022
Total Views: 28804

Saturday, November 12, 2022
Rear Admiral Nunan USMMA
Defense

US Merchant Marine Academy Appoints Joanna Nunan As First Female Superintendent

The US Maritime Administration (MARAD) today announced the appointment of retired US Coast Guard 2-Star admiral Joanna Nunan as the next superintendent of the

November 12, 2022
Total Views: 5733

Wednesday, November 9, 2022
Sunak Cancels Boris Johnson’s Yacht To Build Pipeline And Cable Protection Ships
MSC

Sunak Cancels Boris Johnson’s Yacht To Build Pipeline And Cable Protection Ships

by John Konrad (gCaptain) Monday, the UK announced it canceled Boris Johnson’s National Flagship project. The flagship was an elegant yacht intended to

November 9, 2022
Total Views: 4215

Tuesday, November 8, 2022
Russian Oil Exports Hold Steady As Deadline Approaches
Shipping

Russian Oil Exports Hold Steady As Deadline Approaches

Ship tracking data obtained by S&P Global indicates that Russian tanker shipments of crude oil rose slightly in October as declining oil product exports

November 8, 2022
Total Views: 1185
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