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


Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Lifesaving Incidents

Empress of the North – Photo Essay

Flickr is becoming a strong player in the Web 2.0 world. From breathtaking pro-quality pictures (we use it for our homepage’s photo-of-the-day) to

May 23, 2007
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Lifesaving Incidents

Wanted: 3rd Mate, Captain & future scapegoat

I’m going to keep this posting short before my contempt for HR departments shows (too late, I know). The Seattlest points us to brand new job vacancies

May 23, 2007
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Tuesday, May 22, 2007
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Revive old CDs & DVDs

Recently in my move to Morro Bay I found an old box with navigation supplies and a stack of CD’s from my 3rd Mate days, unfortunately they were scratched

May 22, 2007
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Monday, May 21, 2007
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Discover Maritime News & Stories

Here are some of the top stories of the day from our Maritime News Discoverer: Photos: How to build an offshore wind farm First North Korean cargo ship arrives

May 21, 2007
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Incidents

Alaska Cruise Ship – New Mate, Wrong Turn

Sources close to gCaptain tell us the cruise ship that hit a rock near Juneau Alaska last week was being navigated by a young third mate on his first

May 21, 2007
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Saturday, May 19, 2007
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National Maritime Day

May 22nd is National Maritime Day but most of the activities will be held this weekend. What is Maritime Day? Here’s MARAD’s answer: May 22nd is

May 19, 2007
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Friday, May 18, 2007
Incidents

Alaska Cruise Ship Incident Has Ties to Exxon Valdez Grounding

A common misconception of the public is that the Exxon Valdez grounding was the direct result of an intoxicated Captain. Those of us in the industry know this

May 18, 2007
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Wednesday, May 16, 2007
gCaptain

Simple Searches

As a follow up to yesterday’s long post here’s the short version. For all Martime Related Searches go here: Focused Maritime Search Engine For all

May 16, 2007
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The Captain and the Chief. A Mariner’s joke

The Captain and the Chief Engineer were in the galley revisiting an old

May 16, 2007
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Tuesday, May 15, 2007
gCaptain

GMDSS or how I stopped worrying about and started to love/miss the Radio Officer

It think even those of us who are experts in technology are blow away by some of the capabilities today. Going to a Maritime Academy in the 90’s gave

May 15, 2007
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Navy

NATO Considers Active Protection of Offshore Assets

Considering the recent security concerns in Nigeria NATO is in discussions with major oil companies to provide active protection of offshore

May 15, 2007
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Monday, May 14, 2007
Incidents

UPDATE – Empress of the North’s Long History of Trouble

This is actually the 4th grounding of the vessel “Empress of the Sea”. By reviewing the USCG incident reports along with some google powered

May 14, 2007
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Incidents

Breaking News – Cruise Ship Hit Rock off Juneau Alaska

The Captain of the cruise ship Empress of the North has called for passengers to abandon the ship after hitting a rock off Juneau Alaska. Reports are still

May 14, 2007
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Thursday, May 10, 2007
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Long Lost Ship Surfaces in San Francisco

Our friends at Telstar Logistics keep sending us great stories. Last week they brought us “New Yorkers call 911 on dockwise ship” (hey I am the one

May 10, 2007
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Photo

A license to be proud of…. even if it’s just a dummy.

In MERPAC’s Task Statement #66 from last week’s meeting are a few interesting items beyond the usual TWIC gripes. Including: MERPAC seeks

May 10, 2007
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Wednesday, May 9, 2007
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Death of the HF marine forecast?

Today’s MITAGS newsletter has a story about the USCG’s request for public information regarding the use of HF services including radio facsimile,

May 9, 2007
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gCaptain

Hidden Scoop

Here are some of the upcoming Discoverer posts. Be sure to vote on the ones you like! Will Virginia soon be entertaining big offers for its port terminals? The

May 9, 2007
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Sunday, May 6, 2007
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Discover Upcoming Maritime News

Here are just a few upcoming news and stories from our News Discoverer… make sure you vote for the one you like. Briton kidnapped from Transocean rig in

May 6, 2007
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Senseo Coffee Roaster

My personal preference for fresh coffee on the bridge is the Senseo pod brewer, which not only saves me from assuring the coffee is fresh for the AM wake

May 6, 2007
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Friday, May 4, 2007
Incidents

New Yorkers call 911 on Dockwise Ship

Citizens were quick to call 911 after witnessing the Dockwise Swan’s ballasting operation in New York harbor. Attempting to deliver dredging equipment

May 4, 2007
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