Captain Richard Rodriguez is a US Coast Guard approved instructor based in the San Juan Islands, Washington. Also a Rescue Tug Captain, Richard's posts on his blog "Bitterend" feature Vessel Assist calls that include live tracking of his vessel.

Monday, March 10, 2008

International Whaling Commission to Let Japan Resume Whaling

gCaptain and others have chronicled the ongoing Whaling – Conservation controversy between environmental groups and Japanese whalers. The Independent/UK

March 10, 2008
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Sunday, March 9, 2008
Maritime Security

Whaling Grounds, Tactics Heating Up

  Activists from the Sea Shepherd group, Ralph Lowe (L) and former Dutch police officer Laurens de Groot, throw bottles at the Japanese whaling ship

March 9, 2008
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Saturday, March 8, 2008

US Coast Guard gets tough with it’s image

US Coast Guard Commandant Thad Allen   US Coast Guard Commandant Thad Allen said in a recent email: “USCG activities involving U.S. and foreign

March 8, 2008
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Friday, March 7, 2008

Mayhem on the High Seas

The Whaling – Conservation controversy in the Southern Ocean has escalated to violence. Earlier today it appears that the Japanese Coast Guard fired on

March 7, 2008
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Wednesday, March 5, 2008

HMS Unseen: Brits Developing Invisible Ship

Stealth ships: HMS Helsingborg and HMS Visby. Photo: Peter Nilsson/Kockums AB   The folks at Giz Magazine are reporting scientists at Britannia Royal Navy

March 5, 2008
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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Wilhelm Gustloff – Hitler’s Titanic

MS Wilhelm Gustloff, 9,000 lives lost in 1945 With a death toll six times greater than the Titanic, new light has been shed on MS Wilhelm Gustloff, as a

March 4, 2008
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Friday, February 29, 2008

Humor: The front fell off

In the vein of Abbot and Costello’s “Who’s On First,” only related to ships. Thanks to BitterEnd reader Robert S, of Seattle and

February 29, 2008
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Thursday, February 28, 2008

I want to ba an Ocean Ranger

Seven Seas Mariner in Skagway, Ak …not really, the cadence actually sounds more alluring than the job. I’d like to see the old Love Boat series

February 28, 2008
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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

M/V Cougar Ace – Marine Salvage Through A Geek’s Glasses

Editor’s Note: Looking for information on the Baltic Ace tragedy? Catch gCaptain’s full coverage HERE or read, Are RoRo’s Safe?, for more

February 27, 2008
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Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Ship Design

My TWIC enrollment experience – less that stellar

It comes as no surprise that we in the United States are security aware. Possible threats create new legislation on a regular basis. Today, I enrolled for my

February 26, 2008
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Monday, February 25, 2008

Nautical Misnomers that drive me crazy

Working aboard boats in Puget Sound, I hear lots on the radio. This is but a short list of Nautical Misnomers that ticks me off: Slack Tide … there

February 25, 2008
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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Notable Captains: Paul Wright, Master Of Cunard’s Queen Victoria

Captain Paul Wright, a Cornishman, is a kind of latter day Henry VIII – a master and commander who moves from one queen to the next in quick succession.

February 23, 2008
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Friday, February 22, 2008

Agato Destroyer Collision: Bridge Management Questions

The bow and stern parts of the Seitoku Maru fishing boat are lifted onto the deck of a salvage barge Wednesday off Tateyama in Chiba Prefecture. Two fishermen

February 22, 2008
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Don’t forget to tell the boss – Admiral Sacked

A short follow up to yesterday’s post: 72 ColRegs and a Japanese Destroyer Japanese Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba has decided to dismiss Maritime

February 22, 2008
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Thursday, February 21, 2008
Lifesaving Incidents

72 ColRegs and a Japanese Destroyer

Last Tuesday, at about 04:00 Agato, a 170 meter, a Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force Aegis destroyer and the fishing vessel Seitoku Maru collided about 28

February 21, 2008
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