John Denham is a retired USN Captain, licensed Master Mariner, former San Francisco pilot, maritime academy teacher, and author with extensive experience as a marine consultant. He is also author of The Assistant and DD 891.

Sunday, May 1, 2011


Some years ago in a now defunct navy journal an article was written about what people think when they fall overboard. Several predominant factors were recognized: (1) Do they know...

May 1, 2011
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Monday, July 19, 2010

To be or not to be, a captain?

To be or not to be, a captain? By John G. Denham It is safe to assume that most sea farers at one time or another have wanted to be...

July 19, 2010
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Thursday, November 12, 2009

S O S = Save Our Ships

By John G. Denham No matter what is preserved or kept safe, it costs money! In my past life I shared my useful abilities with the U.S. Merchant Marine and...

November 12, 2009
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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Ship simulators are not stimulators!

Simulator are not stimulators! By John G. Denham After a career at sea and a period of piloting I tried a tour in academia. I was surprised to find that...

September 29, 2009
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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Big Motor Problems

Big Motor Problems By John G. Denham I am impressed with the significant improvements that large diesel engine manufacturers are making in reducing offensive emissions, improving operational efficiency and cutting...

August 19, 2009
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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Safety at Sea=PAP

Safety at Sea=PAP By John G. Denham In my naval experience I hated inspections more than storms. Most of the inspectors were knowledgeable, competent but tended to harp on what...

June 16, 2009
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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Rerport on 9th Maritime Leadership Symposium

PORT AND HARBOR MANAGERS MEETING By John G. Denham A gathering of 132 maritime and related afficionados of the California ports, harbors and maritime facilities met in Sacramento on the...

May 26, 2009
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Friday, May 8, 2009
Oil Spill

NTSB/USCG Report on Cosco Busan – Analysis of the Analysis

Analysis of the Analysis By John G. Denham Recently three ponderous documents have been published  that may eventually affect pilotage, ship management and hopefully bridge resources management (BRM): USCG report...

May 8, 2009
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Friday, April 3, 2009

Sea Stories – A Break-Bulk Mate’s Bad Day

A Break-Bulk Mate’s Bad Day by John G. Denham The weather was raining and windy with some fog from Cape Flattery as far south to Astoria, Oregon. The sea was...

April 3, 2009
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Sunday, February 8, 2009

Bye Bye Buoy – Sinking Of The “SF” Sea Buoy

Bye Bye Buoy By John Denham The recent sinking of the “SF” Sea Buoy by possibly a large foreign-flag container ship causes more concern about ship management. In recent published...

February 8, 2009
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Sunday, January 18, 2009
Maritime Security

Pirates be damned!

Pirates be damned! By John Denham Piracy seem to be the item dejure. I have been exposed to a number of excellent pieces on the subject including Pacific Maritime Magazine’s ...

January 18, 2009
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Monday, December 15, 2008
Maritime Security

Piracy – It’s Location, Location Location

Piracy – It’s Location, Location Location By John Denham If you did not know,  pirates have been around for as long as treasure was shipped on boats. Piracy is like...

December 15, 2008
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Saturday, November 1, 2008

Feedback – A failure in XXX Resource Management

Perusing ” A failure in XXX Resource Management” I must accept the authors concern. Although encompassing, the point is understood: the maritime industry has problems. It is mostly people and...

November 1, 2008
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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Deconstructing The Cosco Busan Incident – More On Accidents And Why

More on accidents and why. By John G. Denham A pilotage pardox presently exists because of the lack of explanations as to the “root cause” of accidents; basically, a failure...

October 29, 2008
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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Maritime Academy – Cadet Shipping

Cadet Edward Pollard on the TSES Recent news article claim steps in obtaining agreements in placing maritime academy school students aboard merchant ships for accomplishing sea time requirements (Cadet Shipping)....

June 21, 2008
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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Where are the Merchant Marine Inspectors?

Where are the Inspectors? By John G. Denham Each day I read articles in newspapers, see TV clips and peruse blogs featuring maritime accidents. My computer’s “favorites” has a list...

May 28, 2008
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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Sailor, the Nose Knows!

Sailor, the Nose Knows! By John G. Denham After spending most of my younger days at sea and standing topside watches on open bridges in all kinds of weather and...

April 30, 2008
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Friday, April 11, 2008
Oil Spill


TROUBLE ON OILY WATERS. MV COSCO BUSAN vs THE BRIDGE ON SAN FRANCISCO BAY BY John G. Denham On Wednesday 7 November 2007, it started as a short 10 AM...

April 11, 2008
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Friday, March 28, 2008

Cosco Busan Crew Detainment – Commentary by John Denham

Photo By OneEighteen The interesting and disturbing news that the “COSCO BUSAN CREW DETAINED WITHOUT CHARGES” raises the concern that it can happen to U.S. mariners too. Asian jails are...

March 28, 2008
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Maritime Security

What If? Chemical, Biological, Radiation Attack San Francisco

Photo by steven and darusha Jeff Charlton of in London asked a interesting maritime question on the IAEM list-serve the other day that Robin Storm thought we could answer....

March 28, 2008
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