After Decades Of Failure I Am Confident Short Sea Shipping Will Return To The USA. Here’s Why.

  Today's episode of The REAL gCaptain Podcast was recorded in the wake of the Blue Highway Conference hosted by SUNY Maritime College.  We report on major work being done by MARAD and maritime industry stakeholders to defibrillate the once vibrant but now ailing near coastal and inland waterway transportation system.  In this podcast we ask the … [Read more...]

A Simple Way To Prevent Fatalities At Sea

The saying goes that today's marine safety regulations where written in the blood of mariners who sailed before us... but is that statement true? Or is the USCG and IMO forgetting important lessons from the past? In today's episode of The REAL gCaptain Podcast we explore historical incident investigations and propose a simple idea for preventing future fatalities at … [Read more...]

Should MARAD Close The US Merchant Marine Academy At Kings Point?

In today's episode of The REAL gCaptain Podcast we take a harsh look at the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA), a federal college that provides free tuition to American merchant marine officers. In this episode we share both sides of the debate and I offer my own unvarnished answer to the question... should MARAD close the US Merchant Marine Academy at King's … [Read more...]

US Navy Seizes Aden Pirate Booty

MANAMA, Bahrain -- The guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham seized an illicit weapons shipment found aboard a stateless skiff in the international waters of the Gulf of Aden, Aug. 28 now at counted 2,521 AK-47 automatic rifles. The count follows an initial estimate of over 1,000 rifles. The skiff was determined to be stateless following a flag verification boarding, … [Read more...]

The Jones Act And Duncan Hunter – A Rebuttal

by Salvatore R. Mercogliano (Editorial) Opponents of the American Maritime Industry and the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, known as the Jones Act, have new ammunition in their assault against this sector and legislation and it is Congressman Duncan Hunter.  There is absolutely no defense for the actions taken by Congressman Hunter and he should be made accountable.  … [Read more...]